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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hear jazz saxophonist and composer Matana Roberts perform in the Soundcheck studio.
Hear Speedy Ortiz perform live in the Soundcheck studio.
Twelve albums and more than 1,500 shows into its career, Phish has never seemed more at ease embracing what it does best, while still trying to refine and reinvent its own formulas.
The Teen Age is still a relatively new band with only a few songs released so far. But the group has already made some waves thanks to its blown-speaker rockers, shoutable choruses, and reckless exuberance. That woozy youthful energy is on full display in the new music video for “Stop,” from the band’s debut EP, Ways To Adapt.
Watch the brilliant comedian and extraordinary loop-happy musician construct his hip-hop and soul-infused songs in the Soundcheck studio.
While the songwriter's sonic scope may have widened, her songs have never been more intimate and revealing. Hear Sharon Van Etten and her band perform tracks from the new album Are We There.
Wig Out at Jagbags is the Jicks' first album recorded since the Pavement reunion a few years back. Hear the group perform in the Soundcheck studio.
While Sharon Van Etten's sonic scope may have widened, on her latest album, Are We There, her songs have never been more intimate and revealing. Stream Are We There, in its entirety before its release on May 27.
On her latest album, Make My Head Sing..., the longtime alt-country singer-songwriter reveals her explosive side with songs full of gnarled distortion and seething emotion. Watch her perform songs from the album in the Soundcheck studio.
The Calgary band's new music video for its short and stirring song "Black Water" highlights the song’s restless, world-weary mood and emotionally-searching spirit.
The prolific Bright Eyes mastermind goes solo once again on his latest album, Upside Down Mountain. Hear the country-infused record in its entirety.
Even before you watch the music video, Les Jupes' single “Introversion” already evokes an eerie and hair-raising feeling. But the video's dreamlike point-of-view really teases out and heightens the song’s anxiety and isolation.
Watch the prolific songwriter and composer perform selections from his ambitious Los Angeles-centric, The Ambassador, in the Soundcheck studio.