Michael Katzif

In addition to being a musician and music writer, Michael Katzif is a producer and keeper of all things podcast at NPR. He came to NPR as the intern for All Songs Considered, where he obsessively picked over the onslaught of music and wrote about unsigned artists for the site's daily Open Mic (now Second Stage) feature. He currently produces a handful of podcasts and music content for NPR Music and is a frequent contributor to NPR's Song of the Day and NPR's jazz blog, A Blog Supreme.

When not at NPR, Katzif stays distracted with various creative endeavors and musical exploits, documented on his Web site, Hello Come In. He recently finished a long-distance collaboration with friends on a year-long project that produced an EP of original music every month.

Field Recordings
6:33 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Bleached: Picnic Table Punk

Bleached performs "Electric Chair" for a Field Recording at the 12th Street Soular Food Garden in Austin, Texas, during SXSW 2012.
Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 2:35 pm

The blues may come in myriad shapes and sizes, but on the eve of 2012's South By Southwest music festival, it took the form of two sisters from Los Angeles: Jennifer and Jessica Clavin, who make up the core of Bleached. A rough-and-tumble garage-rock band, Bleached is one of many young punk-infused acts playing three-minute, three-chord bashers with sneering, unraveled immediacy. When played on stage, the band's music takes on a messy-but-fun live-wire buoyancy.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
9:26 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Exitmusic: Tiny Desk Concert

Emily Bogle NPR

The transporting music of Exitmusic is so grandiose, so romantically rich, it could easily envelop a concert hall or cavernous church. It's a beautifully buzzing mix of distorted guitars, synth pads and sparse electronic beats, all of which intermingle around Aleksa Palladino's alluring, heartsick voice like a swarm of bees in your chest.

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All Songs Considered Blog
1:46 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

David Byrne And St. Vincent Are Putting Out An Album

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 2:18 pm

Man, talk about a dream team pairing. After some enticing rumors and teases of a potential collaboration between David Byrne and St.

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Field Recordings
10:13 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Debo Band: Ethiopian Funk On A Muggy Afternoon

Katie Hayes Luke for NPR

Originally published on Wed May 16, 2012 11:31 am

Compared to a dark club full of dancing fans, a muggy Austin afternoon with the sun peeking out over our isolated spot at Joe's Crab Shack isn't the ideal setting for a Debo Band performance. But once the group began digging into "Ney Ney Weleba" — a classic song by Alemayehu Eshete — it didn't take long to get caught up in Debo Band's deep, infectious groove.

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Field Recordings
10:48 am
Wed April 18, 2012

Lee Fields: Early Morning Soul

Katie Hayes Luke for NPR

Originally published on Tue May 15, 2012 9:39 am

It was Friday morning during South by Southwest, and Lee Fields was gassed. The veteran soul singer told us he'd given his all in a concert the night before, and you could tell that our early appointment at Joe's Crab Shack in Austin, Texas, had left his voice gravelly and raw.

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