Luke O’Neil

Luke O’Neil

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.  



  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


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