Mike Katzif

Digital Producer, Soundcheck

Mike Katzif appears in the following:

Songs We Love: Pity Sex, 'What Might Soothe You?'

Monday, September 28, 2015

Behind the self-deprecating, kinda-emo moniker lies a love song written from both protagonists' points-of-view, set against a sludgy and stormy squall of guitars.


Songs We Love: Sports, 'Get Bummed Out'

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Fronted by songwriter Carmen Perry, the Ohio band's irresistible pop-punk anthem captures the yearning, confusion and vulnerability that often comes with being young and in love.


Songs We Love: Air Waves, 'Thunder'

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Nicole Schneit's song plays out like a short vignette, recounting observations with evocative economy and below-the-surface harmonies from Lower Dens' Jana Hunter.


First Listen: Telekinesis, 'Ad Infinitum'

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Michael Benjamin Lerner's fourth album as Telekinesis is what happens when a songwriter recognizes a bout of artistic lethargy and uses it as an opportunity to challenge himself.


First Listen: Ben Folds, 'So There'

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

The ambitious singer and pianist splits his new album into halves: one recorded with the New York classical ensemble yMusic and one 21-minute "Concerto For Piano And Orchestra."


First Listen: The Arcs, 'Yours, Dreamily'

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

In his new band, The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach plays immersive, funky R&B and soul that's embellished with velvety harmonies, hissy tape recordings and lip-curling attitude.


Take A Sunset Cruise With Mac DeMarco

Monday, August 10, 2015

With just a keyboard and a microphone, the singer takes to a rowboat in the lightly choppy waters off Far Rockaway, Queens, to perform his song "No Other Heart."


First Listen: Palehound, 'Dry Food'

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Ellen Kempner and her band document a fraught transition from childhood to adulthood — and do a great job, in part because they're still living through the process.


Songs We Love: Gold, 'Wake Of The World'

Friday, July 31, 2015

This skeletal rock song is a brilliantly written reminder that, while life is good, it could be so much better.


First Listen: Night Beds, 'Ivywild'

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Winston Yellen's folk project dims the lights on a new collection inspired by electronic pop and R&B.


Desaparecidos, Live In Concert

Friday, July 17, 2015

Conor Oberst's music has rarely felt this jarring, raw and immediate. Watch his recently re-formed punk band put on an exhilarating, fist-pumping show at Brooklyn's Shea Stadium.


First Watch: Krill, 'Torturer'

Friday, July 17, 2015

In the Boston band's surreal new video, a mansion caretaker's isolation gives way to paranoia as "Torturer" builds through waves of noisy outbursts.


Song Premiere: Youth Lagoon, 'The Knower'

Monday, July 13, 2015

Stark intimacy gives way to a regal, celebratory fanfare in this first track from Savage Hills Ballroom.


First Watch: Diane Coffee, 'Everyday'

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Foxygen's Shaun Fleming steps to the fore in a song (and video) with a smile-inducing spirit.


First Listen: Son Lux, 'Bones'

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Thanks in part to Ryan Lott's expanding roster of collaborators, Bones is the sound of restless, forward-thinking musicians as they search for something new.


Spoon, 'Inside Out'

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Watch a new slow-motion video for one of They Want My Soul's best songs, directed by the production team LeBlanc + Cudmore.


First Listen: Joanna Gruesome, 'Peanut Butter'

Sunday, May 03, 2015

On a sophomore album that packs 10 songs into less than 22 minutes, the Welsh band showcases its considerable gift for balancing sweetness and chaos.


First Listen: Speedy Ortiz, 'Foil Deer'

Sunday, April 12, 2015

What makes the band's second album truly crackle is the way Sadie Dupuis' words interlock with her band's barreling energy and turn-on-a-dime arrangements.


First Listen: Public Service Broadcasting, 'The Race For Space'

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Using samples from vintage news broadcasts and in-flight NASA chatter, a British duo tells the story of the Space Age's first 15 years.


Speedy Ortiz, 'Raising The Skate'

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Frayed-nerve guitar riffs and knotty melodies fuel a tense song that erupts into noisy diversions.