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.
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.
Part rock band, part sprawling collective, The Family Crest plays wildly ambitious orchestral pop songs that jump from genre-to-genre, often in the same song.
Beck has not put out a new record since 2008, but now (finally!) after a long wait and a ton of side projects, the iconoclast songwriter and producer is set to release Morning Phase on Feb. 25. Members of the Soundcheck team took the album for a spin and have these first impressions.
Hear the proto-punk-styled New York band Mainland's new EP, 'Shiner,' in its entirety.
Art Decade is part of a small boom young bands playing earnest and ambitious orchestral pop full of sweeping strings, big choruses and epic melodic peaks. Hear the Boston band's self-titled sophomore album in its entirety before its release next week.
With his debut album, Golden Age, jazz guitarist Nir Felder shows why he's been such a go-to sideman and one of the exciting young voices in jazz. Watch him in a new live concert music video for "Lover" filmed live at Rockwood Music Hall.
Watch the dreamy psychedelic folk of Quilt, playing songs from its latest album, Held In Splendor, in the Soundcheck studio.
Hear a preview of the Nashville singer-songwriter's upcoming EP with the gritty and lovely song "Happy Ever After."
Hear "Escucho Mucho," a track from the Uruguay-born, Queens-based Juan Wauters' upcoming new album N.A.P. - North American Poetry.
Here's your chance to discover Sweden's version of our favorite Beatle. His name is Peter Morén, of Peter Bjorn & John fame, and his newly released single and music video is a singular blend of soul, New Wave and infectious pop hooks. Watch it here.
Hear Broken Bells -- the collaborative band of The Shins' James Mercer and Danger Mouse -- play an acoustic version of a new song from its latest album, After The Disco, and an old favorite, in the Soundcheck studio.
Hear "Singularity," a new track from Hollow & Akimbo's upcoming self-titled debut album.
Despite being active for only a few years in the mid-'80s, Vex's so called "anarcho punk" proved important underground circles. But until a new reissue, it was practically impossible track down any of the group's music. Hear Sanctuary: The Complete Discography, a collection of the punk band's entire recorded output -- all eight songs of it.
Hear Until The Colours Run, the emotionally stirring new album from U.K. band Lanterns On The Lake, in its entirety.
Hear jazz saxophonist and composer Matana Roberts perform in the Soundcheck studio.