Mike Katzif

Digital Producer, Soundcheck

Mike Katzif appears in the following:

Songs We Love: Madeline Kenney, 'Always'

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

With "Always," the Oakland polymath songwriter delivers a blustery song of resolve in the face of external skepticism and internal fears.

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First Listen: Palehound, 'A Place I'll Always Go'

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Last year, Ellen Kempner faced the unexpected death of a friend and the passing of her grandmother. She channeled her grief into honest songs about mortality and the search for closure.

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First Listen: Chastity Belt, 'I Used To Spend So Much Time Alone'

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The stars of Seattle's underground rock renaissance have never felt this vulnerable, or as relatable.

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Songs We Love: Showtime Goma, 'Secret NRG'

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Known for hopscotching between an array of bands, Jen Goma embodies numerous roles in the video for her empowering new dance-pop gem.

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First Listen: Charly Bliss, 'Guppy'

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Guppy is one of those ecstatically empowering records you'll return to again and again.

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Songs We Love: Palehound, 'Flowing Over'

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Ellen Kempner documents grief on a buzzing new song and collaborates with the Boston League of Women Wrestlers for the video.

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First Listen: Diet Cig, 'Swear I'm Good At This'

Thursday, March 30, 2017

The pop-punk duo's debut album will give those weathering tough times the confidence to pick themselves up and dance.

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Songs We Love: Hiccup, 'Neverwhere'

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Hiccup's members first met while playing in the house band on a public-access comedy show. Its new song captures that same frenzied and fun dynamic, but with more space to stretch out.

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First Listen: Jay Som, 'Everybody Works'

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Oakland-based indie-rock musician Melina Duterte plays every instrument and produced nearly every sound on her new record.

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First Listen: Grandaddy, 'Last Place'

Thursday, February 23, 2017

It's rare for a band to make a comeback album like Last Place that stands up alongside its best work.

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Songs We Love: The Spirit Of The Beehive, 'Ricky (Caught Me Tryin')'

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

With a woozy hook that's as dissonant as it is catchy, the Philadelphia band's new song mixes the pretty with the messy.

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The Flaming Lips Combats Evil Forces With New Album 'Oczy Mlody'

Friday, January 13, 2017

Beloved psych act The Flaming Lips delivers its newest brainteaser with the conceptual Oczy Mlody. Relishing in serious shenanigans, The Lips reach backwards in time with ceaseless self-reinvention.

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Songs We Love: Jay Som, 'The Bus Song'

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Melina Duterte's new song as Jay Som starts with a gentle strum and hushed whisper, but swells to a romantic, orchestral peak.

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First Listen: Sad13, 'Slugger'

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Sadie Dupuis' new solo songs are brimming with taut hooks, layers of flittering keyboards and electronic beats that'll get everyone bobbing and moving on the dance floor instead of in the mosh pit.

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First Listen: Phish, 'Big Boat'

Thursday, September 29, 2016

The band's 13th album feels like a tonal sequel to 2014's terrific Fuego, thanks to a balanced ear for Phish's on-stage exuberance and sonic cohesion.

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Listen: Phish Share A Breezy New Rocker

Monday, September 12, 2016

"Breath And Burning" is a breezy rocker punctuated by some classic soul horn lines and a joyful key-change in the chorus that hints at future jams.

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First Listen: Keaton Henson, 'Kindly Now'

Thursday, September 08, 2016

The English singer-songwriter's new album is a collection of stark, beautiful chamber-pop ballads that run him through the emotional wringer.

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First Listen: Slow Club, 'One Day All Of This Won't Matter Anymore'

Thursday, August 11, 2016

The English duo took to a Virginia studio for mining the complexities of a dissolving relationship. From folk to rock to country, the music is rich and nuanced.

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Hear Belle And Sebastian's New Olympic Anthem

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The cheerful, buoyant instrumental track, titled "Olympic Village, 6AM," is tailor-made for a heroic sports montage.

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Songs We Love: Beach Slang, 'Punks In A Disco Bar'

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Beach Slang offers a glimpse into what it's like to be young, misunderstood and out of place. The video is "a gritty, cinematic collage of Americana, debauchery and youth," frontman James Alex says.

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