Outside Lands Day 2

I just completed my second day at San Francisco’s music festival Outside Lands, and it was just about as good as Day 1 was. I began my day with a melancholic, tearjerking folk rock set from 20 year old Julie...

Outside Lands Day 1

I’ve just returned to my hotel in San Francisco after Outside Lands Day 1. And it was truly a great day of music all around. These are my unfiltered, biased reactions to my favorite performances of Friday. I...

Easy on Malia Obama

Scrolling through my Facebook feed this morning, I kept seeing headlines such as “Malia Obama skipped Radiohead’s set at Lollapalooza” and “Malia Obama chooses Major Lazer over Radiohead at Lollapalooza”. The a...

My Top Six Favorite Rock Drummers

Sorry to fans of Ginger Baker and Stewart Copeland. Your guys didn’t make the cut. Here are my top six favorite rock drummers of all time. 6. Keith Moon-The Who  Pure, chaotic, unadulterated, animalistic ...

Wolfmother Far From Victorious

“You honestly can make things happen. You can change destiny,” claimed Wolfmother frontman Andrew Stockdale with regards to the band’s fourth studio album, Victorious. With this new record, Stockdale is endeavo...

Upcoming Records I’m Stoked For

2016 has been a pretty kickass year for music so far. We’ve been blessed to receive incredible music from the likes of David Bowie, Death Grips, Kendrick Lamar, Sturgill Simpson, and Beyonce, to name a few. But...

Top Five Wackiest Rap Samples

Sampling other musicians’ songs in rap instrumentals is a long-standing hip-hop tradition, with producers generally drawing from old-school funk, soul, and rock n’ roll songs. Because sampling is such a hip-hop...

Put a Little Effort Into Listening!

On the Fourth of July, I had a conversation with my musician friend, Mackin Carroll, who told me about a talk he saw Henry Rollins give at USC. According to Mackin, Rollins vehemently criticized people who beli...