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Michael Katzif

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.

Michael Katzif appears in the following:

Field Report: Elegant And Minimal Folk Songs

Monday, September 29, 2014

Hear the guitarist and singer Chris Porterfield and his band Field Report perform songs from Marigolden in the Soundcheck studio.


Check Ahead: Foxygen, '...And Star Power'

Sunday, September 28, 2014

The retro-leaning Los Angeles band returns with a wildly ambitious 24-song double album. Hear the album in its entirety before its release on Oct. 14.
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Shakey Graves: A One-Man-Band Rocker Evolves His Sound

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Austin, Texas rocker performs songs from his upcoming album, And The War Came, in the Soundcheck studio.

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Those Darlins: Magnetic Nashville Rockers

Friday, September 19, 2014

The ferocious Nashville rock band performs songs from its 2013 album, Blur The Line, in the Soundcheck studio.


Buck 65 Crafts A Sonically Opulent Breakup Album

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The two-time Juno Award-winning Nova Scotian rapper returns with his most personal work yet, Neverlove, an album that documents his own divorce. Hear his latest single, "She Fades."
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U2 Surprises With Free 'Songs' On iTunes

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Apple unveiled its latest iPhones and brand new Apple Watch yesterday. But the biggest surprise of the day was U2's first new LP in five years, given away for free exclusively on iTunes.
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Heaven's Jail Conjures An Ominous Ritual With 'Long Island Sound'

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Brooklyn band makes dark and blustery folk rockers that channel Laurel Canyon cult psychedelia and the distinctive eerie visuals of Twin Peaks.
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Elephant Stone: A Soulful Melding Of Sitar And Psychedelia

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Watch a live in-the-studio video of "Knock You From Yr Mountain," from the Indian-infused psychedelic pop band's latest album The Three Poisons.
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Check Ahead: Dry The River, 'Alarms In The Heart'

Monday, August 18, 2014

Known for its delicate folk songs that build to emotional climaxes, the London band's new songs cannot help but sound inspired by the Iceland's grandiose landscapes.
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Agnes Obel: Stark And Seductive Chamber Pop

Monday, August 11, 2014

Hear the Danish pianist and composer perform songs from her ornate and  album, Aventine, in the Soundcheck studio.

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Lera Lynn's Sophisticated And Shimmering Country

Thursday, August 07, 2014

The Nashville-based singer-songwriter's new album, The Avenues, signals an evolution in sound and lyrical maturity. Download a brand new track from the album, "Out To Sea." 

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Weezer's Going 'Back To The Shack' Like It's '94

Monday, July 21, 2014

For longtime fans who felt a little burned by a string of not-so-good efforts, news of a new Weezer record always comes attached with some trepidation. But the band's new single "Back To The Shack" from the forthcoming album, Everything Will Be Alright In The End, seems to point towards a return to its beloved early years.

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Go Behind The Scenes With Marco Benevento's New Song

Thursday, July 17, 2014

For those familiar with Marco Benevento's instrumental work (or maybe from the Soundcheck theme song), one thing will immediately jump out with his new song, "At The Show": For the first time, the longtime keyboardist is singing. Watch a behind-the-scenes music video of his song, from his forthcoming album, Swift.

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Tiny Victories: Haunting Memories And Irresistible Peaks

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Brooklyn duo wowed us two years ago with an EP full of ghost stories and live electronic layering. Hear Tiny Victories perform songs from their latest record, Haunts.


Watch: Nickel Creek, Live On Soundcheck

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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.

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About Last Night: Sylvan Esso And tUne-yArDs' Colorful Shows At Webster Hall

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Earlier this week, Sylvan Esso and tUnE-yArDs wrapped up a month and a half-long tour with two back-to-back nights at New York’s Webster Hall. Soundcheck producers Mike Katzif and Katie Bishop attended the shows on two separate nights, and chatted afterward online about their post-show impressions and the two bands, which both released albums this year.

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Shabazz Palaces Shares Some '#Cake'

Monday, June 23, 2014

There's an otherworldly cosmic tone in everything Shabazz Palaces members Palaceer Lazaro and Tendai Maraire create. And its brand new song "#CAKE" -- from the Seattle hip-hop group's upcoming album, Lese Majesty, seems perfectly suited to soundtrack your late night chillout after the party starts to peter out.

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Interpol Mimics Shaky Fan Videos With 'Anywhere'

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Interpol’s last, self-titled album came out back in 2010, and unless you happened to catch the brooding New York band’s recent live performance at Governor’s Ball a couple weekends back, you probably have not heard much of the band's new music. Until today. Interpol has just shared a live concert music video for “Anywhere” -- a track from the band’s forthcoming, anagram-y titled album, El Pintor.

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Matana Roberts: Exploring History Through Free-Flowing Improvisation

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Hear jazz saxophonist and composer Matana Roberts perform in the Soundcheck studio.

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Speedy Ortiz: Explosive Energy And Whip-Smart Wordplay

Monday, June 16, 2014

Hear Speedy Ortiz perform live in the Soundcheck studio.