Michael Katzif is Soundcheck's Digital Producer, where he serves as writer and site copy editor, photographer-videographer-editor, social media dude, and so on. He previously worked as an audio producer, video editor, and writer at NPR and NPR Music on All Songs Considered, the Tiny Desk Concerts series, Pop Culture Happy Hour, and a boatload of other things. He likes loud music.
Timber Timbre's song "Curtains?!" embodies both the unsettling and the alluring as frontman Taylor Kirk sings a tale about a man's secrets exposed. But in an alternate version sung by Fiver (a.k.a. Simone Schmidt), the song takes on a new identity.
Hear "Goodnight Goodbye," a track by Eternal Summers from Kanine Records' upcoming official Record Store Day compilation, Non-Violent Femmes.
Hear the rising Syracuse punk band perform songs from its explosive debut album, Say Yes To Love, in the Soundcheck studio.
The legendary late-night host is retiring next year, and with him goes a stage that has hosted the biggest bands of the past two decades.
On the arresting and catchy new record, Too True, Dum Dum Girls sands down the band's trademark primitive grit, revealing a new sleeker side to Dee Dee Penny's charismatic vocals. Hear the band perform songs from the album in the Soundcheck studio.
The music video for Sharon Van Etten's song "Taking Chances," from her upcoming album, Are We There, finds Van Etten reading Tarot cards and getting her palm read, while nodding to a classic French film.
It's been eight years since the phenomenal folk and bluegrass trio Nickel Creek released an album. In that time Chris Thile, Sara Watkins and Sean Watkins each pursued myriad individual projects. But now they've finally regrouped with a new album, A Dotted Line. Watch the group perform in the Soundcheck studio.
Hear the Brooklyn band's dynamic and distorted debut album, in its entirety.
On its latest album, Fellow Travelers, Shearwater turns to reinterpreting other musicians' songs, enlivening songs from Sharon Van Etten, Xiu Xiu and even Coldplay with operatic grandiosity. Hear the indie rock band perform live in the Soundcheck studio.
Hear The Future's Void, the ambitious new album from songwriter and producer EMA, in its entirety.
On Baby, the brand new album from White Hinterland, songwriter Casey Dienel delves into personal territory and reinvents herself with a bold dance pop sound.
Hear Here And Nowhere Else, the new album from the gloriously noisy rock band in its entirety.
After the incredible success of tUnE-yArDs’ 2011 masterpiece, w h o k i l l -- Merrill Garbus returns with her third album, Nikki Nack. The Soundcheck team gives you their gut reactions.
Hear the hip-hop artist and dancer perform new music from his just-released EP, Hey, in the Soundcheck studio.
Hear an exclusive premiere of the Brooklyn-based electronic producer's new song, "You Will Have To Kill Me," from his forthcoming album, The World Doesn't End.
Pharrell Williams dominated 2013 with appearances on Daft Punk's "Get Lucky," Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" and his own track "Happy," the Soundcheck team put on their Pharrell hats and took the record for a spin, and have these first impressions.
On her superb 2013 record, The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Peas, Courtney Barnett sings of long-winding and darkly comedic tales and matter-of-fact observations. Watch the Australian songwriter and her band play in the Soundcheck studio.
After three brilliant albums -- and a collaboration with David Byrne -- St. Vincent's Annie Clark makes a major creative leap on her self-titled fourth album, St. Vincent. Members of the Soundcheck and WNYC team give the new record a spin.
The Chapel Hill collective eschews the sweeping strings and chamber music arrangements for a sleeker, dance pop sheen on its latest album, Past Life. Hear them perform live in the Soundcheck studio.
After two albums of winding polyrhythmic instrumentals, the members of Delicate Steve began to make music that felt far different from what they had done before. So they started a new band, Saint Rich. Watch the band play songs from its album, Beyond The Drone, in the Soundcheck studio.