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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:

Tropic Of Pisces: Swooping Synths And Chirping Circuits

Monday, April 21, 2014

Tropic Of Pisces is the project of Matt Scheiner, a diverse musician who's played with bands like Oberhofer. Hear "They Count," a track from the native New York musician's upcoming EP, Symmetry.

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Check Ahead: Wye Oak, 'Shriek'

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Baltimore duo Wye Oak has typically been known for its flurry of guitar and drums, but with its new album, Shriek, the band drops the guitar, picks up the bass and goes in an entirely new, synth-heavy direction. Hear the album in its entirety before its release.

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Timber Timbre And Fiver: Two Takes On An Unsettling And Alluring Tale

Thursday, April 17, 2014

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.

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Eternal Summers' Swooning And Distorted Record Store Day Track

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Hear "Goodnight Goodbye," a track by Eternal Summers from Kanine Records' upcoming official Record Store Day compilation, Non-Violent Femmes.

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Watch: Perfect Pussy, Live On Soundcheck

Monday, April 07, 2014

Hear the rising Syracuse punk band perform songs from its explosive debut album, Say Yes To Love, in the Soundcheck studio.

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Soundcheck's 10 Favorite Musical Moments From Letterman's 'Late Show'

Friday, April 04, 2014

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.

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Dum Dum Girls: A 'Vivid' And Sparkling Sound

Thursday, April 03, 2014

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.

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Sharon Van Etten Seeks Her Fortune In 'Taking Chances' Video

Thursday, April 03, 2014

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.

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Watch: Nickel Creek, Live On Soundcheck

Thursday, April 03, 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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Check Ahead: NØMADS, Free My Animal

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Hear the Brooklyn band's dynamic and distorted debut album, in its entirety.

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Shearwater: Grandiose And Operatic Pop

Monday, March 31, 2014

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.

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Check Ahead: EMA, 'The Future's Void'

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Hear The Future's Void, the ambitious new album from songwriter and producer EMA, in its entirety.

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Check Ahead: White Hinterland, 'Baby'

Monday, March 24, 2014

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. 

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Check Ahead: Cloud Nothings, 'Here And Nowhere Else'

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Hear Here And Nowhere Else, the new album from the gloriously noisy rock band in its entirety.

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Knee-Jerk Reaction: tUnE-yArds Returns With A Buoyant New Song

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

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.

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Le1f: A Unique And Magnetic Voice In Hip Hop

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Hear the hip-hop artist and dancer perform new music from his just-released EP, Hey, in the Soundcheck studio.

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Careful's Pitch-Bending, Gender-Shifting Duet With Himself

Monday, March 10, 2014

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.

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Knee-Jerk Reaction: Get Happy! Pharrell's Back With 'G I R L'

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

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. 

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Watch: Courtney Barnett, Live On Soundcheck

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

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. 

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Knee-Jerk Reaction: Soundcheck On St. Vincent's Very Danceable New Album

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

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.

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