Mike Katzif

Digital Producer, Soundcheck

Mike Katzif appears in the following:

First Listen: Bill Ryder-Jones, 'West Kirby County Primary'

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The former Coral frontman's songs ache with the resignation of someone still searching for answers. Remarkably, these songs sway with a light touch, with melodies that feel lived-in and singable.


First Listen: Beach Slang, 'The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us'

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The Philly rock band creates earnest rallying cries for the uncool, for anyone who's ever felt like they don't fit in, and for those who eventually found belonging in cramped basement shows.


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.