I began reviewing music when I was three years old. My mom would play Beatles records for me and I would illustrate the songs in a little book. At that point, I had no idea generating reactions to music was a viable (or, even moderately viable) career path, but apparently it’s led to something.
Since learning to construct sentences and eventually graduating from American University with degrees in Film Studies and Journalism, I’ve worked as an editor at JazzTimes, Harp, Tracks, the Aquarian Weekly and CO-ED magazines—most of which are now defunct— and have written for more publications than you can name. After living in Washington, D.C., New York and Denver, I am now located in Los Angeles, mostly because they don’t have winter here.
I received an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College in 2009 and for the past three years I’ve run an event series with SPIN at Housing Works in New York where we pair authors and musicians onstage to raise money for homeless people with HIV/AIDS and promote literacy. I write for several publications along with Alternative Press including Relix, YRB and MySpace Music, and I have a weekly column on MTV’s Music Blog.
TEN ALBUMS I REALLY LIKE IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER:
1. Explosions In the Sky- All Of A Sudden I Miss Everyone
2. Jawbreaker- Dear You
3. Bob Dylan- Time Out Of Mind
4. Modest Mouse- The Moon & Antarctica
5. The Faint- Blank-Wave Arcade
6. Mogwai- Rock Action
7. Alkaline Trio- Goddamnit
8. Biffy Clyro- Puzzle
9. Jimmy Eat World- Clarity
10. M Ward- Post-War