Writing

2019

Avant-Garde Legend Anthony Braxton on His 'Trans-Idiomatic' Improv Odyssey (Rolling Stone)

Jazz Drum Great Andrew Cyrille Revels in Collaboration at Lifetime Achievement Show (Rolling Stone)

Heavy-Metal Auteur Trevor William Church Keeps It in the Family (Rolling Stone)

Pioneering Rock Writer Ellen Sander on the Joy and Terror of the Sixties Scene (Rolling Stone)

The Crimson King Seeks a New Court (Rolling Stone)

The Art Ensemble of Chicago on the Past and Future of Their 'Great Black Music' (Rolling Stone)

Death Metal Is Officially Classic Rock (Rolling Stone)

Offbeat Rock Trailblazers King’s X Get a Book Worthy of Their Unique Saga (Rolling Stone)

How La Dispute Turn Real-Life Tragedy Into Post-Hardcore Poetry (Rolling Stone)

Brooklyn Anti-Fascist Metal Fest Was a Beacon for a Troubled Scene (Rolling Stone)

Winter Jazzfest 2019: 10 Best Things We Saw (Rolling Stone)

Jawbox Talk First Tour in More Than 20 Years: ‘This Year Made Sense’ (Rolling Stone)

Song You Need to Know: Krallice, "Wolf" (Rolling Stone)

2018

Best of 2018: Digest (DFSBP)

The Band's Essential Albums (Rolling Stone)

20 Best Jazz Albums of 2018 (Rolling Stone)

Jazz Is Dance Music Again (Rolling Stone)

Van Morrison's 'Astral Weeks' Sideman Looks Back: 'I Was Lucky to Be There' (Rolling Stone)

Farewell, Frank Mullen: Suffocation's Death Metal Maestro Goes Out on Top (Rolling Stone)

Review: Rush (Rolling Stone)

Review: Peter Brötzmann and Heather Leigh (Rolling Stone)

Review: Charles Mingus (Rolling Stone)

'The Right Church': Why Clutch Endure (Rolling Stone)

Review: Esperanza Spalding (Rolling Stone)

Review: Tyshawn Sorey (Rolling Stone)

New Doc 'Fire Music' Sets the Record Straight on Free Jazz (Rolling Stone)

Review: Cécile McLorin Salvant (Rolling Stone)

Will Oldham: My Life in 15 Songs (Rolling Stone)

Niche Metal Podcast 'Radical Research' Represents the Best Kind of Online Fandom (Rolling Stone)

Review: Voivod (Rolling Stone)

Total Hardcore and Total Doom: Why Eyehategod Are One of America's Greatest Live Bands (Rolling Stone)

Review: Wayne Shorter (Rolling Stone)

Killing Joke at 40: Why These Trailblazing Veterans Are Still in Their Prime (Rolling Stone)

Review: Clutch (Rolling Stone)

Anthony Braxton’s Big Ideas: Why ‘Forces in Motion’ Is an Essential American Music Book (Rolling Stone)

Live Review: 2018 Newport Jazz Festival (Rolling Stone)

Review: Charles Lloyd and the Marvels + Lucinda Williams (Rolling Stone)

Review: John Coltrane (Rolling Stone)

"The Music vs. the Moment: On 'Criticism' and attemping to get a clear look at Kamasi Washington's 'Heaven and Earth'" (DFSBP)

"Morbid Angel's 'Covenant': How the Band's Major Label Debut Raised the Bar for Extreme Metal" (Rolling Stone)

Review: Kamasi Washington (Rolling Stone)

"Enormity of song: 40 Watt Sun live at Saint Vitus" (DFSBP)

"You go and you play: On Paul Motian's limitless jazz" (DFSBP)

"Cecil Taylor: Remembering the Ultimate Piano Radical" (Rolling Stone)

"The fuchsia-colored awning: What Cecil Taylor taught me" (DFSBP)

Feature: Dan Weiss's Starebaby (New York Times)

"Voyages: Tim Berne's Snakeoil and the art of the musical journey" (DFSBP)

2017

Feature: John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra (Rolling Stone)

"Magic in the method: The Art Ensemble of Chicago live in New York" (DFSBP)

"Heavy Metal Bebop: Pianist Matt Mitchell on the Bonds Between Jazz and Metal, and His Hard New Album" (WBGO)

Review: Vijay Iyer (Rolling Stone)

"Opeth's Mikael Åkerfeldt: My 10 Favorite Metal Albums" (Rolling Stone)

"Infinity again: On Fushitsusha's radical songmaking" (DFSBP)

"Aiming for forever: Krisiun's steady climb to greatness in the face of Metal Myopia" (DFSBP)

"Black Sabbath's Bill Ward: My 10 Favorite Metal Albums" (Rolling Stone)

Interview: Bill Ward (Rolling Stone)

The 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time [select blurbs] (Rolling Stone)

"The wandering healer: Peter Brötzmann live with Heather Leigh" (DFSBP)

"Swedish death metal pt. 2" (DFSBP)

"Slipping into the past: The eerie pull of 'I Called Him Morgan'" (DFSBP)

"'His work was play': Celebrating Ornette, then, now, always" (DFSBP)

Feature: Obituary (Rolling Stone)

John Coltrane's Interstellar Space at 50: Legacy of a Free-Jazz Masterpiece (Rolling Stone)

2016

List: 10 Crucial LPs From the Living Legends of Jazz (GQ Style)

Feature: Crowbar (Rolling Stone)

Interview: Dean Ween (Rolling Stone)

Interview: Maynard James Keenan (Rolling Stone)

Live review: Yusuf / Cat Stevens (Rolling Stone)

Interview: Rage Against the Machine's Tim Commerford (Rolling Stone)

Feature: Descendents (Rolling Stone)

Interview: Robert Glasper (Rolling Stone)

Review: The Snails (Rolling Stone)

2015

"10 Things We Learned From Rush's Michael Moore Interview" (Rolling Stone)

Interview: Maynard James Keenan (Rolling Stone)

Interview: Milford Graves (Red Bull Music Academy)

Feature: Slint's Britt Walford (Modern Drummer)

Interview: Antonio Sanchez, re: his Birdman score (Time Out New York)

"How to Get Into: Led Zeppelin" (GQ)

"How to Get Into: Black Sabbath" (GQ)

Interview: Jason Moran, re: the Village Vanguard's 80th anniversary (Time Out New York)

Interview: System Dialing Records, re: a new album featuring Ornette Coleman (Time Out New York)

2014

Review: Antemasque (Wondering Sound)

Interview: Julian Casablancas and Karen O (Time Out New York)

Commentary: Aaron Freeman (NPR)

Profile: Serpentine Path (Bandcamp)

Live preview: Future Islands (Time Out New York) 

Profile: Bikini Kill (Bandcamp)

Profile: Chicago Underground Duo (Bandcamp)

Interview: Will Scharf of Craw (Noisey)

Profile: The Young Mothers / Ingebrigt Håker Flaten (Bandcamp)

Heavy Metal Be-Bop: Andrew Hock (Noisey)

Review: Demilich (Pitchfork)

2013

Best of 2013 (DFSBP)

My Year in Music (PItchfork)

Review: Black Flag (Pitchfork)

2013: A Year in Death Metal (Noisey)

Review: Motörhead (Pitchfork)

Review: Carcass (Pitchfork)

Review: Gorguts (Pitchfork)

Feature: Lightning Bolt's Brian Chippendale (Modern Drummer)

Review: Black Sabbath (Pitchfork)

Interview: Adrian Sherwood (Red Bull)

Review: Black Host (Pitchfork)

Feature: NYC Metal (Time Out NY)

List: The 100 Greatest Drummers of Alternative Music [various entries] (Spin)

Interview: Giorgio Moroder (Red Bull)

NYC Jazz/Metal (Red Bull Music Academy)

Review: James Salter (Time Out NY)

Preview: RVIVR (Time Out NY)

Review: Kvelertak (PItchfork)

Preview: Ravi Coltrane (TONY)

Review: Miles Davis (Pitchfork)

Preview: Wayne Shorter (TONY)

Preview: David Virelles and Continuum (TONY)

2012

Best of 2012 (Top 50, plus) (DFSBP)

Review: Charles Mingus (Pitchfork)

Dimples: Learning to love Henry Threadgill's Zooid (DFSBP)

"Steve Shelton: 5 Key Performances" (Modern Drummer)

"Ween Albums From Worst to Best" (Stereogum)

Review: Neurosis (Pitchfork)

Go see the world: David S. Ware and ELEW (DFSBP)

Interview: Billy Corgan (TONY)

"Jesus Lizard Albums From Worst to Best" (Stereogum)

Interview: Corin Tucker (TONY)

Feature: How to Dress Well (FADER)

Profile: Savages (FADER)

Profile: Julia Holter (FADER)

Review: Serpentine Path (Pitchfork)

Review: Frank Ocean (TONY)

Interview: James Hetfield (TONY)

Profile: Japandroids (TONY)

Revew: Corrosion of Conformity (Pitchfork)

Profile: Steve Lehman (TONY)

Live review: Maryland Deathfest (Spin)

Review: Moss Icon (Pitchfork)

Profile: The Billy Hart Quartet (TONY)

Review: Unsane (Pitchfork)

Review: Loincloth (Pitchfork)

2011

Top 10 of 2011 (TONY), plus annotations, jazz-only list and honorable mentions

Review: Cynic (Pitchfork)

Live review: Frank Ocean (TONY)

Review: Void (PItchfork)

Interview: Lou Reed and Lars Ulrich (GQ)

Profile: Kieran Hebden, Steve Reid and Mats Gustafsson (FADER)

Review: Miles Davis Quintet (Pitchfork)

Profile: Peter Brötzmann (TONY)

Interview (re: Ween): Jesse Eisenberg (Spin)

Live review: The Big 4 (TONY)

Preview: Neil Young (TONY)

2010

Interview: Nicki Minaj (TONY)

Profile: Francis and the Lights (TONY)

Top 10 of 2010 (TONY), plus annotationsjazz-only list

2009

Interview: Henry Threadgill (The Wire)

Live review: Heaven & Hell (TONY)

Top 10 of 2009 (TONY)

Top 10 of the decade (TONY)

Earlier

Top 10 of 2008

Top 10 of 2007

Top 10 of 2005

Mixtape: Bobby Few (Destination: Out)

Review: Evan Parker (AllMusic)

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From the blog:

The floating world: Goodbye, Paul Motian

In praise of Obituary: Forgoing the space race

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Reevaluating Peter Brötzmann's Machine Gun

"I am not a jazz journalist"