Of Flora and Fauna: On  Stranger , Austin's Balmorhea Charts Vibrant New Territory —  MAGNET , OCT. 2012

Of Flora and Fauna: On Stranger, Austin's Balmorhea Charts Vibrant New Territory — MAGNET, OCT. 2012

Paramore: The Honesty Imperative — Nashville  Scene , FEB. 2011

Paramore: The Honesty Imperative — Nashville Scene, FEB. 2011

Hammock's "(Tonight) We Burn Like Stars That Never Die" —  The Atlantic  Online, NOV. 2012

Hammock's "(Tonight) We Burn Like Stars That Never Die" — The Atlantic Online, NOV. 2012

New York Observer

Sufjan Stevens Review, Carrie & Lowell

Winged Victory feature

Lower Dens, Escape From Evil

Vaadat Charigim feature

Tennis feature

Torres feature

Benoit Pioulard review

The Atlantic

After a Boom-and-Bust Hype Cycle, The Rapture Get Spiritual

Track of the Day: Jensen Sportag's "Let the Queen Be the Boss"

Track of the Day (Premiere): Tennyson's "In One Piece"

Track of the Day: Deerhunter's "Monomania" 

Track of the Day: Balmorhea's "Masollan"

Track of the Day: Balmorhea's "Heir I"

Track of the Day: Caitlin Rose's "No One to Call"

Track of the Day: Benoit Pioulard's "Margin"

Track of the Day: Lotus Plaza's "Come Back"

Track of the Day: Hammock's "(Tonight) We Burn Like Stars That Never Die"

Track of the Day: Washed Out's "It All Feels Right" 

Track of the Day: Sleigh Bells' "Bitter Rivals" 

Track of the Day: Volcano Choir's "Byegone"

Track of the Day: Wild Cub's "Thunder Clatter"

Track of the Day: Phantogram's "Bill Murray"

Track of the Day: Mac DeMarco's "Brother"

The Nashville Scene


DIIV: Endless Charade

Failure: Return from Fantastic Planet

Daniel Rossen: Stepping Out

Real Estate: Suburban Dreamin'

Dum Dum Girls: Pop is Prologue

Desaparecidos: Mad as Hell

Bon Iver: The Triumph of Sincerity

Paramore: The Honesty Imperative

Hammock: The Beautiful South

Tennis: This Boat Could Be Your Life

Deerhunter: Public Image Limited

Less Than Jake: Southern Weather

Cold Cave: Punk-Rock Poetry

Blonde Redhead: Submit to Nothing

Keegan DeWitt: Thespian Rock

Magic Kids Proudly Claim Memphis on their Skillful, Nostalgic Debut

Tristen: What Doesn’t Kill You

Donald Miller Profile

Critics' Picks

BANKS at Cannery

Sleepwave at Rocketown

David Bazan at 3rd and Lindsley

Milktooth w/Little Tybee at Basement

Maxwell at Schermerhorn

Katy Perry at Bridgestone

Amen Dunes at Stone Fox

Swans w/Xiu Xiu at Exit/In

Lissie at 3rd and Lindsey

Shlohmo at Mercy Lounge

Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks at Exit/In

Cut Copy at Marathon Music Works

mewithoutYou at Exit/In

Yellow Ostrich

Oberhofer w/Small Black

Washed Out w/Jensen Sportag

Caspian at Exit / In

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. at Exit/In

Viceroy at 12th & Porter

Daughter at Exit / In

Hockey at The High Watt

Paper Route at Exit / In (2013) 

Mountains at The Stone Fox

Sixpence None the Richer at Franklin Theatre

Cold War Kids w/Houses at Cannery

Matt Pond at The High Watt

Matt Pond PA, Emblems Tour

A Place to Bury Strangers at the High-Watt

Owen at The End

Sea Wolf at the High Watt

Mykki Blanco at the High Watt

Schermerhorn Grand Re-Opening Feat. Itzhak Perlman

Purity Ring at Cannery Ballroom

Toro y Moi at The End

Pinback at Exit/In

Tycho at Exit/In

Small Black at Exit/In 

Plastic Visions at Mercy Lounge

Better Off w/Give and Take

VHS or Beta at Mercy Lounge

Pretty Lights at Municipal Auditorium

Damien Jurado at The Basement

Matt Pond PA, Emblems Tour

Bleeding Rainbow at The High Watt

Balmorhea at The Basement

Canon Blue w/Tyler James and Action!

The Head and the Heart at Cannery Ballroom

Cursive and Minus the Bear at Mercy Lounge

White Rabbits

The Twilight Singers at Mercy Lounge

Interpol at the Ryman

Cass McCombs w/Lower Dens at The Basement

Paper Route at 3rd and Lindsley

Other Lives at 3rd and Lindsley

Sonia Leigh at 12th and Porter

R. Stevie Moore w/Tropical Ooze and Action!

Greg Ginn & The Royal We at Springwater

Explorer’s Club w/Bows and Arrows & Ohtis

Bright Eyes w/The Mynabirds

Baths Openings for Cold War Kids

Unify New Year’s Bash

Paul Oakenfold w/Chuckie

Jolie Holland w/Kyp Malone

Local Natives w/Ruby Suns & Union Line

Dub the Halls feat. Nero, Plastician & More

Underoath w/A Day to Remember

Minus the Bear

Milktooth w/Flashbulb Fires, Xpia & More

Horse Feathers w/Anais Mitchell

Valentine’s w/Gladys Knight

Steve Aoki at Limelight

Keegan DeWitt w/Madi Diaz at Imogene+Willie

Nashville Cream / Country Life

Ken Andrews Interview

Daniel Rossen Interview

Mikky Ekko Tease of 2013

Album Review: Jensen Sportag's Stealth of Days

Donald Miller Moves to Nashville 

Album Review: Canon Blue’s Rumspringa

Album Review: Worker’s Neurology

Time Reaffirms Grimey’s Indie Cachet

New Caitlin Rose Video for “Shanghai Cigarettes”

Hammock Still Not Slowing Down, Collaborating with Aussie Legends The Church

Consequence of Sound


Overseas' Overseas 

Deerhunter’s Halcyon Digest

Rihanna’s Loud

Tim Kasher’s The Game of Monogamy

Refused’s The Shape of Punk to Come [Reissue]

Sufjan Stevens’ The Age of Adz

Hammock’s Longest Year EP

Mark McGuire’s Living With Yourself

Underoath’s Ø (Disambiguation)

Blonde Redhead’s Penny Sparkle

Yann Tiersen’s Dust Lane

Lissie’s Catching A Tiger

ceo’s White Magic

J. Tillman’s Singing Ax

A Sunny Day in Glasgow’s Autumn, Again

The Radio Dept.’s Never Follow Suit EP

Matthew Dear’s Black City

How to Dress Well’s Love Remains

Goldmund’s Famous Places

Film School’s Fission

Caribou’s Swim Remixes

Starflyer 59’s Changing of the Guard

!!!’s Strange Weather, Isn’t It?

Baths’ Cerulean

Nite Jewel’s Am I Real?

Bobby Bare, Jr.’s A Storm - A Tree - My Mother’s Head


An Intimate Conversation with Memoryhouse’s Evan Abeele

Live Reviews

Memoryhouse and Twin Sister, The End, Nashville, August 16, 2010

LEO Weekly 

Dustin O’Halloran and Rachel Grimes: New Music Composers Join Forces for Special Night (Co-written with Peter Berkowitz)


40 Years of Abbey Rd. for the ATL Collective

Non-Music Published Work


What’s at Stake in Cairo: A Conversation with Former Presidential Speechwriter, Troy Senik

Katie White Profile for Vanderbilt 







Discovery: Courtney Barnett

Q and A w/Balmorhea


Mac DeMarco Profile

Damien Jurado Profile

David Bazan Feature

War on Drugs Review (Lost in the Dream)

Liars Review (Mess)

Phantogram Review (Voices)

St. Vincent Review (St. Vincent)

Movement's Movement

Chromeo's White Women

Yann Tiersen's Infinity

Owen Pallett's In Conflict


Hurricane Sandy Feature



Panda Bear’s Tomboy

Damien Jurado’s Saint Bartlett


In Print

Shins Feature

Ethan Luck Profile

Oneohtrix Point Never Profile 

Hammock Profile

Amanda Shires Profile

On Balmorhea's Stranger

Profile: Helado Negro

Best of 2012: Grizzly Bear's Shields

Best of 2013: Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City

Sunny Day in Glasgow Profile

Live Reviews

David Bazan at Next Big Nashville

Take Cover! Column

Bon Iver takes on Bonnie Raitt and Leon Russell

Damien Jurado and Rosie Thomas take on Springsteen’s “Wages of Sin”

Gillian Welch takes on The Byrds’ “Hickory Wind”

Yacht takes on X’s “Nausea”

El Perro Del Mar takes on Lou Reed’s “Heavenly Arms”

Franz Ferdinand takes on LCD Soundsystem’s “All My Friends”

David Bazan takes on Radiohead’s “Let Down”

Queens of the Stone Age take on The Kinks’ “Who’ll Be the Next in Line”

The Morning Benders takes on The Cardigans’ “Lovefool”

The Wooden Birds take on Hall & Oates’ “Maneater”

Karate takes on Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit”

The Civil Wars takes on Smashing Pumpkins’ “Disarm”

Wilco takes on Big Star’s “Thirteen”

Madeleine Peyroux takes on Elliott Smith’s “Between the Bars”

Trentemoller takes on Chris Isaak’s “Blue Hotel”

The Twilight Singers take on Marvin Gaye’s “Please Stay (Once You Go Away)”

Johnny Cash takes on Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt”

The Tallest Man on Earth takes on Bob Dylan’s “I Want You”

The Black Keys take on Buddy Holly’s “Dearest”

Stone Temple Pilots takes on Led Zeppelin’s “Dancing Days”

Beck takes on The Korgis’ “Everybody’s Got to Learn Sometime”

Grizzly Bear takes on Hot Chip’s “Boy From School”

Hercules and Love Affair takes on The xx’s “Shelter”

Love Inks takes on David Essex’s “Rock On”

David Bazan takes on Bob Dylan’s “The Man in Me”

Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy takes on Sufjan Stevens’ “All The Trees Of The Field Will Clap Their Hands”

The Great Book of John takes on INXS’ “Never Tear Us Apart”

Sex Beet takes on Sonic Youth’s “Dirty Boots”

James Blake takes on Feist’s “Limit to Your Love”

Sam Amidon takes on R. Kelly’s “Relief”

The Get Up Kids take on The Cure’s “Close to Me”

NOFX takes on Billie Holiday’s “All of Me”

Oh Land takes on Fleet Foxes’ “White Winter Hymnal”

Soundgarden takes on The Beatles’ “Come Together”

A.C. Newman takes on a-ha’s “Take on Me”

Jay Reatard takes on Deerhunter’s “Fluorescent Grey”

Secret Sisters (Feat. Jack White) take on Johnny Cash’s “Big River”

Nouvelle Vague takes on Echo & The Bunnymen’s “The Killing Moon”

The National takes on The Clash’s “London Calling”

Cat Power takes on Oasis’ “Wonderwall”

Social Distortion takes on The Rolling Stones’ “Under My Thumb”

A Place to Bury Strangers takes on David Bowie’s “Suffragette City”

Vampire Weekend takes on Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m Goin’ Down”

Lissie takes on Kid Cudi’s “Pursuit of Happiness (Feat. MGMT & Ratatat)”

First Aid Kit takes on Fever Ray’s “When I Grow Up”

Damien Jurado takes on Nick Drake’s “Pink Moon”

Radiohead takes on Joy Division’s “Ceremony”

Memoryhouse takes on Grizzly Bear’s “Foreground”

Failure takes on Depeche Mode’s “Enjoy the Silence”

Grizzly Bear takes on The Crystals’ “He Hit Me (It Felt Like a Kiss)”

Atlas Sound takes on Connee Boswell’s “Blue Moon”

Beach House takes on Daniel Johnston’s “Some Things Last a Long Time”

Gnarls Barkley takes on Violent Femmes’ “Gone Daddy Gone”

Lowry takes on Toto’s “Africa”

Death Cab for Cutie takes on Björk’s “All is Full of Love”

Foo Fighters take on Arcade Fire’s “Keep the Car Running”

My Bloody Valentine takes on Wire’s “Map Ref. 41°N 93°W”



Track Reviews

Lyonnais’ “The Fatalist”

Caitlin Rose’s “Shanghai Cigarettes”

A Winged Victory for the Sullen’s “A Steep Trail of Vicodin Tears”

Love Inks’ “Blackeye”

And the Relatives’ “Hammer Down”

Balmorhea’s “Night Squall”

Balmorhea’s “Clamor”

Tim Hecker’s “Hatred of Music I”

Sherlock’s Daughter’s “Kids”

pulseprogramming’s “First They Fire”

The Fear and Trembling’s “Let Me Know You’re Mine”

Matthew Ryan and Hammock’s “Like New Year’s Day”

Dustin O’Halloran’s “A Great Divide”

La Sera’s “Devils Heart Grow Gold”

JEFF the Brotherhood’s “Diamond City”

Max Richter’s “Infra 4”

Sam Amidon’s “Kedron”

Collections of Colonies of Bees’ “Lawn”

EDM’s “StereoVideo”

Belong’s “Perfect Life”

Action!’s “Sandpiper”

The Dodos’ “Black Night”

Clinic’s “I’m Aware”

Fennesz/Daniell/Buck’s “Antonia”

Freebass’ “Not Too Late”

Goldmund’s “Brown Creek”

El Guincho’s “Bombay”

Choir of Young Believers’ “Claustrophobia (Peter Silberman Remix)”

The Good Wolves’ “66fix”

Sun Airway’s “Oh Naoko”

Blonde Redhead’s “Here Sometimes”

Phosphorescent’s “The Mermaid Parade”

Warm Ghost’s “Open the Wormhole In Your Heart”

The New Pornographers’ “Your Hands (Together)”

Mi Ami’s “Latin Lover”

Eternal Summers’ “Able To”

Club 8’s “Western Hospitality”

Minus the Bear’s “My Time”

Horse Feathers’ “Belly of June”

Grovesnor’s “Taxi from the Airport”

The Ruby Suns’ “Closet Astrologer”

Sam Amidon’s “Relief (R. Kelly Cover)”

Ólafur Arnalds’ “Þú Ert Sólin”

Damien Jurado’s “Arkansas”

Damien Jurado’s “Cloudy Shoes”

Film School’s “Heart Full of Pentagons”

Keegan DeWitt’s “Say La La”

Keegan DeWitt’s “End Credits”

The Sword’s “Tres Brujas”

BRMC’s “The Line” (iTunes Live)

Video Reviews

Hammock’s “Breathturn”

jj’s “Let Them”

Jessie Baylin’s “Hurry Hurry”

Interpol’s “Lights”

Nils Frahm’s “Unter”

The Morning Benders “All Day, All Light”

Oval’s “Ah”

Fol Chen’s “In Ruins”

Holy Ghost!’s “I Know, I Hear”

Juan MacLean’s “Feel So Good”

Class Actress’s “Journal of Ardency”

Jónsi’s “Go Do”

White Hinterland’s “Amsterdam”

PS I Love You’s “Facelove”

The Besnard Lakes’ “Albatross”

Rusko’s “Hold On (Feat. Amber Coffman)”

News Writing

In the News: Week of June 06, 2010

In the News: Week of June 20, 2010

Mixtape Introductions



In Print

Milktooth, March 2010

Winston Audio, August 2009

Balmorhea and Tiny Vipers, 529, Atlanta


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