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Luke O’Neil

Luke O’Neil
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HQ: Boston, MA

 

Longtime music writer and reporter for my hometown papers like the Boston Globe, I got my first taste of the indie scene as a DJ in college at Holy Cross, where I learned that rich kids from Connecticut aren't really into the Promise Ring. After that, I migrated to grad school at Emerson, where I learned that poetry isn't a viable career option, but also how to wear girl jeans. I got my start in publishing at Conde Nast in New York City, before throwing that away to go serve as the music editor for tastemaking alt-weekly the Weekly Dig. Meanwhile, I was singing in a screamy, new-wave rock band, the Good North, that AP probably should've put on the cover, like, five times.

Now, I write really long features on controversial music news topics for Altpress that Tim Karan has to chop down to size and report regularly about arts and culture for the Globe, Boston Metro, Boston Phoenix and Black Book, all of which you can see here.

Aside from music, I also somehow ended up as a cocktail and bar writer, and have a book on dive bars that will be published later this year (in other words, I'm a drunk). Sometimes I feel like the Danny Glover in Lethal Weapon of music writing ("too old for this shit") but even though I'm old enough to remember when emo wasn't a dirty word, I still have the tastes of a 14 year-old at Hot Topic. Mostly, I just want you to look at my goofy joke blog and read my book, Boston's Best Dive Bars: Drinking And Diving In Beantown.  

 

TOP 10 ALBUMS EVER

  1. The Smiths - The Smiths
  2. The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
  3. The Sheila Divine - New Parade
  4. The Used - The Used
  5. Kent - Isola
  6. Stereolab - Dots And Loops
  7. Belle And Sebastian - If You're Feeling Sinister
  8. Idlewild - 100 Broken Windows
  9. From Autumn To Ashes - Holding A Wolf By The Ears
  10. Further Seems Forever - The Moon Is Down

 

Recent Contributor Posts

  1. No More Silence: Sexual harassment in the scene

    No More Silence: Sexual harassment in the scene

    For the past several months as scandals unfolded, as our leaders spoke out and the fans came together, as excuses and apologies tumbled out in equal measure, the staff of AP has been working...

  2. The Death Of Revenge Porn: One mother’s journey to affect serious change

    The Death Of Revenge Porn: One mother’s journey to affect serious change

    When we interviewed Hunter Moore in August 2012, the “revenge porn” impresario was in the midst of what appeared to be a sudden change of heart. He was closing down Is Anyone Up?, the site...

  3. The Lead - Brand New Calamity: If downloading won’t kill labels, maybe the post office will

    The Lead - Brand New Calamity: If downloading won’t kill labels, maybe the post office will

    With the explosion in file-sharing on the internet and the incremental obsolescence of the CD, traditional models for purchasing music have been hit hard in the last decade. But for years, a...

  4. The Lead - Watching Rocketown: exaggeration, religion, state laws and how the venue became infamous

    The Lead - Watching Rocketown: exaggeration, religion, state laws and how the venue became infamous

    After an employee of the Nashville music venue/youth outreach center Rocketown was fired in late January for what appeared to be his support of same-sex marriage, and a physical altercation between...

  5. Crystal Castles - (III)

    Crystal Castles - (III)

  6. Broadway - Gentlemen’s Brawl

    Broadway - Gentlemen’s Brawl

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