I am a freelance music journalist and the publisher of Write On Music.

My writing has also been published by various outlets, including No Depression, AOL Spinner, The Seattle Post Intelligencer, and Blogcritics, where I was the Senior Music Editor (2011-2012) and Assistant Music Editor (2008-2011).

I've interviewed and profiled such artists as Jakob Dylan, Meiko, Tony Bennett, Lucinda Williams, Alan Parsons, Kate Nash, Neil Finn, Allen Toussaint, Susanna Hoffs, Daniel Lanois, Charli XCX, Christina Perri, Rod Argent, Colin Blunstone, Buddy Guy, and many more.

I also write about my current battles with several chronic autoimmune illnesses and the extensive history of my health in general.

Check out my photography blog.

Going to see Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers tomorrow night in Tampa.

Opening the show is the great Steve Winwood, who was also the opening act the last time I saw Tom Petty, in 2008. These are two photos I took then, from my seat in the eighth row.

Somehow I scored eighth row again on the floor for this shindig tomorrow night… Gonna be fun.

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This song’s got groove.

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Janet Jackson’s classic LP, Rhythm Nation 1814, was released 25 years ago today.

Where its predecessor, Control, put Miss Jackson (if you’re nasty) on the map as a pop superstar, Rhythm Nation 1814 signaled a serious talent was on the scene—one that was bursting with soul, conscience, and old-school boogie. This was an album that recalled the social and racial themes advocated in some of the defining works of Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, and Stevie Wonder. This was music with a message.

Jackson didn’t tour on the heels of Control, so when she mounted the Rhythm Nation tour, it was a mighty big deal. I have been to hundreds of concerts in my life, and I have never been to one that had the energy and sense of anticipation as the one I attended on July 14, 1990 at the Florida Suncoast Dome in St. Petersburg, Florida. Some of the pre-show excitement had to do simply with Jackson’s name and lineage: this was the Jackson 5’s little sister—this was Michael’s sister. Janet’s family tree became a moot point, though, once she took the stage. The lady was a force unto herself, and the show she staged was phenomenal—just like the album from which it was inspired.

Posted at 10:09pm and tagged with: Janet Jackson,.

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Janet Jackson’s LP, Rhythm Nation 1814, was released 25 years ago today.

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HE’S OUR MAN — Marking Leonard Cohen's 80th with vintage interviews by Karl Dallas (Melody Maker, 1968) and Cliff Jones (Rock CD, 1992). Plus Johnny Black on the background to Cohen’s 2008 comeback AND Part One of Mat Snow's unmissable audio interview from 1988…

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My anxiety is so, so bad. It’s like I’m sitting in some horror film, riddled with panic and impending doom. It’s extremely frightening to feel this way, and all the more troubling that I don’t seem to have the capacity to make it stop or subside.

Posted at 11:36pm and tagged with: anxiety, depression,.

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Some lady on Facebook posted, “Dammit, sore throat, not this week.” And her friends are replying with things like, “Oh no! Feel better!”

Which reminds me… “Dammit, sore everything, not this week and every single one after that.”

Posted at 2:20am and tagged with: fibromyalgia, chronic pain, autoimmune,.

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Just stumbled onto this bootleg (not just of this classic song, but an entire performance) this morning… What a voice on this woman. 

Posted at 12:20pm and tagged with: Kate Bush, bootleg, 2014,.