Staff Writer

May 30th, 2008: As seen on SPIN (PDF)

The punk younger step-sibling of Rolling Stone, SPIN’s mark on the national music scene as a monthly magazine was ineffable to those that wanted to dive deep into more Talking Heads than another Bruce Springsteen profile. Launched in 1985 with its teeth firmly cut in the underground, the mag would grow to feature award-winning coverage of everything from outsider art and politics to Japanese manga.

Thriving in the dot com era at a time when the media company was experimenting with a localized, national publishing strategy, I shuffled from Rolling Stone, beat-reporting on gigs predominantly in New York City by night, scribing new band profiles by day, eventuating falling in line as a Chicago correspondent.




Conor Oberst

Tapping into the same spiritual curiosity he sought in a town full of psychics on Bright Eyes’ Cassadaga, Conor Oberst seeks solstice in the footsteps of Mexican lore.


Lemonheads Revisit ‘Ray’ in Chicago

Fallen alt-rock pinup Evan Dando put the shred on nostalgia last night at Chicago as the Lemonheads’ 1992 breakout album, ‘It’s a Shame About Ray’, turns old enough to drive.


Food For Animals

Somewhere amidst the glossed over experimentations of El-P and the digital firestorm currently being explored in grime lies the Food For Animals sound.


Catch the Buzz: A.M.

Just-over-one-minute fuzz atop American-bred Oi! as if Stephen Malkmus was forever caught in a punk conniption fit.


Dimitri From Paris

Subtleties of chicka-chicka-wicka-wicka get velvet-slick when Istanbul-born Parisian-bred DJ/producer Dimitris Yerasimos brings disco and funk’s most sweaty golden hits onto the dance floor.





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