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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

We’re Putting It on Wax

Because I had never recapped a TV show before, I tried it for The New York Times with the first season of Vinyl, HBO’s lavish reconstruction of the early-1970s music business. The series had a promising but flawed beginning (with a two-hour pilot directed by Martin Scorsese), then it gradually got worse, then it perked […]

posted 9 May 2016 in Outside. no comments yet

Hi, We’re the Replacements

A few favorite artists I missed on seeing live when I was younger and probably won’t ever get to now: Talking Heads, Hüsker Dü, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. (Okay, that last one definitely isn’t happening, because he’s dead.) The Replacements would have been high on that wish list, except I caught the reunion tour at […]

posted 25 March 2016 in Outside. 1 comment

Rolling in the Deep: 12/2/15

I took some time off from Rolling Stone because I was working on a slew of books, but in recent months, I’ve had a few pieces appear on the RS website. I wrote up the memoirs by Carly Simon (who proved to be an impressive prose stylist) and Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen (who didn’t), […]

posted 2 December 2015 in Outside. no comments yet


If you are a fan of Blur–is it okay to start digging them now if you never connected with them in the past quarter-century? Sure, why not?–you might want to check out my recent article about the band in the pages of The New York Times. It ran on the front page of the Weekend […]

posted 3 November 2015 in Outside. no comments yet

Buried Treasure

I got this crazy idea some months back: I would read every record review printed by Rolling Stone in the 1970s and compile a list of the albums that had gotten rave reviews but were now obscure or forgotten. (It was inspired by a similar feature they did last year for the 60s–but the magazine […]

posted 13 August 2015 in Outside. no comments yet

Rolling in the Deep: 1/16/15

I’ve been busy lately–busy enough that I haven’t been telling you what I’ve been working on. But if you’d like to catch up on my recent writing for Rolling Stone, then I have links galore. For the print magazine, I wrote about Bill Murray (!), interviewed the Duplass Brothers (again), met Meghan Trainor (print version […]

posted 16 January 2015 in Outside. no comments yet

Rolling in the Deep: 9/23/14

If you’ve been waiting for me to post here to see what I’ve been up to lately for Rolling Stone, then happy days are here again! I attended the Made in America festival, the VMAs, an Ed Sheeran concert, and the Simpsons gala at the Hollywood Bowl. I wrote half of a list about the […]

posted 23 September 2014 in Outside. no comments yet

Rolling in the Deep: 8/14/14

The march of progress! Some of my recent work for Rolling Stone, if you’d like to catch up: I interviewed Beck about his all-star Song Reader album (for the print magazine, but also available in a longer version online). Also in the print magazine: my home studio visit with Avicii. I conducted a five-way Q&A […]

posted 14 August 2014 in Outside. no comments yet

Rolling in the Deep, 5/14/14

Would you like to catch up on some of my recent Rolling Stone bylines? Of course you would! I had an article in the print edition of the magazine (the Julia Louis-Dreyfus issue) on the all-star sessions recording recently unearthed Dylan lyrics from the Basement Tapes sessions (which was crazy fun to report, hanging out […]

posted 14 May 2014 in Outside. no comments yet