This Horrible Trump Thing: Inside Prophets of Rage’s Battle at the RNC

[First published at Noisey] Outside the Agora Theater, two miles from the political pantomime and cable news sideshow of Cleveland’s East 4th Street, around 200 people are scrummaging towards a dimly-lit lobby, sweating. A thick-necked man in an “ALL TAXES ARE STEALING” T-shirt chuckles as he turns down a copy of the Socialist Worker from the old woman peddling them on the street. A fat … Continue reading This Horrible Trump Thing: Inside Prophets of Rage’s Battle at the RNC

Bruv, Stormzy’s New York Debut Landed a Haymaker for Grime in America

[First published at Noisey, March 2016] Stormzy / Photos by Cheney Orr Every heavyweight champion needs an opponent. Tonight Stormzy is gassed at the soundman—his choice of word, not mine. Since the Croydon-bred 22 year old made his way through the crowd to the stage—hood pulled down, surrounded by a five-man entourage—he’s been raging at the man behind the booth. Every track he lines up … Continue reading Bruv, Stormzy’s New York Debut Landed a Haymaker for Grime in America

Neutral Milk Hotel at Kentish Town Forum, August 15, 2014

[First published at ClashMusic.com, August 20, 2014] That Neutral Milk Hotel sold every ticket to tonight’s show at 48 hours’ notice shouldn’t come as a surprise. Before it was cancelled midweek, ATP’s Jabberwocky Festival was going to be the band’s triumphant return after a decade and a half away from the UK. Songwriter and ringleader Jeff Mangum broke the near-complete silence a couple of years … Continue reading Neutral Milk Hotel at Kentish Town Forum, August 15, 2014

Mikal Cronin at Mississippi Studios, June 6, 2013

[First Published at End Hits, June 11th 2013] With the release of MCII early last month, it became clear that Long Beach export Mikal Cronin had crafted a record that infused the garage-rock prototype of his peers with more heart than many of them could manage in a career beneath all the bluster. Whether or not they were favorable (they were, actually, always favorable), the comparisons with his friend … Continue reading Mikal Cronin at Mississippi Studios, June 6, 2013