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The Rocking Dead

I wrote an article for the New York Times about Jeff Jampol, who manages musicians including Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin, and Rick James–as I put it, “the performers that the music business calls legacy acts and that the general public refers to as dead people.” If you’re interested in that niche of the show-business ecosystem, […]

posted 24 June 2016 in Articles, Outside. no comments yet

Custard Magpie

The jury is still out (literally) on whether Led Zeppelin plagiarized elements of Spirit’s “Taurus” for “Stairway to Heaven,” and whether that Wayne’s World scene will have to be updated with a sign that says NO STAIRWAY AND/OR TAURUS. But that’s not the only time Plant and Page cheekily borrowed somebody else’s work–I wrote up […]

posted 23 June 2016 in Articles. no comments yet

Tomato! (Tohmahto!)

Shaun White is on the halfpipe today in Sochi (no spoilers here!). If you want to flash back to his first Olympic triumph, eight years ago, you can read my Rolling Stone cover story on the Flying Tomato here. “I need a Crunk Juice glass with diamonds on it,” he told me. Something that didn’t […]

posted 11 February 2014 in Archives, Articles. no comments yet

Rolling in the Deep, 12/27/13

For your reading pleasure, some of my writing for the Rolling Stone website in the past month. I attended the annual KROQ Christmas show, with eighteen bands playing over two evenings. Night one had more guitar oriented-bands, such as Queens of the Stone Age and Vampire Weekend, while night two had more dance music, such […]

posted 27 December 2013 in Articles, Outside. no comments yet

Merry Christmas, Baby

You may have missed this one: I recently compiled forty of the greatest Christmas albums of all time for the Rolling Stone website. I wanted to include albums that rewarded repeated plays, not wacky Yuletide novelties–which means that I didn’t include Bob Dylan’s Christmas in the Heart, even though I really wanted to use my […]

posted 23 December 2013 in Articles, Outside. no comments yet

Rolling in the Deep, 10/10/13

Lately, I’ve been writing more dispatches for the Rolling Stone website, and it occurred to me that you might like to know about them. I don’t want to slam you with a barrage of links, so once a week or so, I’ll do a quick roundup and you can click on whatever interests you. On […]

posted 10 October 2013 in Articles, Links. no comments yet

Get a Tan From Standing in the English Rain

Hugh Laurie has released his second album, Didn’t It Rain: another disc of New Orleans jazz and blues, a genre that he loves and proves to be a surprisingly fluent performer in. It’s been almost two years since I wrote a profile of Laurie for The New York Times Magazine (and almost seven years since […]

posted 13 August 2013 in Articles, News. no comments yet

A Man, a Plan, a Dan–Alpanama!

You may recall an article I wrote last year for Men’s Journal about Dan McLaughlin and his “Dan Plan”: at age 30, despite never having played a round of golf in his life, he decided that he would quit his job and devote 10,000 hours to remaking himself as the best golfer possible (with the […]

posted 22 July 2013 in Articles, Outside. no comments yet

Lonely Is an Eyesore

I don’t know when I’ve had as much fun reporting an article as I did hanging out with the Lonely Island for this Rolling Stone feature. When I asked where they wanted to meet, the answer was at the Universal Studios theme park, so they could go on the Transformers ride. Plus, we took in […]

posted 13 June 2013 in Articles, Outside. 1 comment

Shell Shocked

You have probably already heard the news of Michelle Shocked’s onstage meltdown and rant against gay marriage, which seems to have put the kibosh on her current tour, and possibly her career. Previously, she was not just a warrior for progressive politics, but imbued with a generous spirit towards humanity, which makes this descent into […]

posted 19 March 2013 in Articles, News, Outside. no comments yet