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.
Former South African President Nelson Mandela died Thursday at 95. One of the world's most respected statesmen, and an iconic symbol of hope and freedom for the world, Mandela was also a man who inspired a lot of music. Listen to a playlist of written for and inspired by the life and legacy of Mandela.
Watch the energetic Detroit rapper Danny Brown perform songs from his latest album, Old, in the Soundcheck studio.
Watch the stark black-and-white music video for Portland songwriter Vikesh Kapoor's song "Bottom Of The Ladder."
Watch the music video for Wry Climate's new song "Low Tide."
Hear "Tough Luck," a blistering new song from punk band Eagulls' just-announced forthcoming 2014 album.
Watch Swearin' perform rare stripped-down versions from its latest album Surfing Strange live in the Soundcheck studio.
Hear "At Home And Away," a track from Philip Perkins' just re-issued 1985 album Drive Time.
Hear "D.A.V.E. (Digital Awareness Vector Emulator)," a new track from bassist Ben Allison's upcoming sci-fi-influenced album The Stars Look Very Different Today.
Watch a video of Capsula covering Black Sabbath's "Planet Caravan."
When Philly-born, Brooklyn-based soul singer Nicky Egan went to make her latest recording, she went with a decidedly old-school approach to unveiling new music, with an Internet-spin: The 45 Homestead Project is set of three digital 45’s put on her Web site out over three months this summer. Hear "Train Trials," a brand new previously unreleased bonus track from the project.
Watch the creepy but darkly comedic new music video for The Can't Tells' song "Insincere," a track from the Bushwick band's upcoming album No Television.
Every week brings a new batch of new music releases before you've even had a chance to catch up and digest the last ones. So to help, members of the Soundcheck team share some of their favorites of the week, including Lucius, The Dismemberment Plan, and Tim Hecker.
Hear Speedy Ortiz perform live in the Soundcheck studio.
Right now, hundreds of bands, college radio programmers and DJs, music industry folks, and music fans are descending upon New York City for this year's iteration of the CMJ Music Marathon. Because there's so much going on, we've combed over the official (and less-than-official) schedules to pinpoint a small handful of bands we're really excited to check out this year.
Hear jazz saxophonist and composer Matana Roberts perform in the Soundcheck studio.
Watch the provocative and experimental Norwegian pop musician Jenny Hval perform songs from her latest album Innocence Is Kinky in the Soundcheck studio.
Watch Buke And Gase's latest video for its song "Revel In Contempt," a collaboration with Susan Marshall & Company's evening-length dance work, Play/Pause.
Hear Let It Be Told, the new album from SWF in its entirety.
Hear "Gimme," a new song from Beck.
New York's 6th & B Community Garden was just the right setting for the artist formerly known as Smog. Watch Bill Callahan perform "Small Plane," from his new album Dream River.