selected interviews, essays + criticism

I Hope We Both Die: How The Mountain Goats Wrote The Ultimate Anthem To Dysfunction
”No Children” is a darkly funny song about divorce — but even more, it’s a safe place to be your worst self
NPR • American Anthem • 2018

Analog For The People: Synth Master Tatsuya Takahashi On Engineering Fun
A few words with one of the most inventive minds in music tech, on making tools anyone can use
NPR • The Record • 2017

Children Of The Con: Tegan And Sara's Decade Of Influence
Fourteen artists, one for each song, explain how Tegan and Sara's touchstone album changed them
NPR • All Songs Considered • 2017

Join The Black Parade: My Chemical Romance And The Politics Of Taste
To toast an iconic album's 10th birthday, an essay and conversation about listening while black
NPR • The Record • 2016

Carly Rae Jepsen, "Run Away With Me" (Patrick Stump Remix)
The Fall Out Boy frontman delivers a whip-smart remix that dares to treat Jepsen as more than a meme
NPR • Songs We Love • 2016

Being Aaron Burr: Leslie Odom Jr.'s Year Of Empathy
A conversation with the Hamilton star, whose life changed the moment he saw a villain as a human being
NPR • The Record • 2015

Worriers, Imaginary Life
On a razor-sharp debut, the band stares down the judgment of peers, the corruption of institutions and the clumsiness of language
NPR • First Listen • 2015

Two Punks on Identity and Paying Bills
Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! and Lauren Denitzio of Worriers talk sexism, success and survival
NPR • All Songs Considered • 2015

Music, The Food of ‘Amour’
Michael Haneke’s film about love at the end of life uses music sparingly but crushingly
NPR • The Record • 2013

Full Disclosure: Fugazi’s Best Live Moments, Remembered
An very incomplete oral history
NPR • The Record • 2011


Migos Rapped A Children's Book. It's Funny, But It Makes Perfect Sense
The trap trio and the author of Llama Llama Red Pajama share a love for the sensuous contours of language
NPR • The Record • 2017

Ted Leo: Tiny Desk Concert
Leo's work has, more often than not, addressed an anxious world. Seven years after his last solo album, he's turned inwards
NPR • Tiny Desk Concerts • 2017

Apple Discontinues The iPod Classic
NPR Music 10th Anniversary Timeline: 2014 Mini-Essay
NPR • All Songs Considered • 2017

Seeing Fall Out Boy Live
NPR Music 10th Anniversary Timeline: 2013 Mini-Essay
NPR • All Songs Considered • 2017

reviews & blurbs

Now, Now, "SGL"
NPR • Best Music of 2017

Kendrick Lamar, "LOVE."
NPR • Best Music of 2017

Kanye West, "Ultralight Beam"
NPR • Best Music of 2016 (So Far)

Leslie Odom Jr., "I Know That You Know"
NPR • Best Music of 2016 (So Far)

The 1975, "A Change of Heart"
NPR • Best Music of 2016 (So Far)

100%, “Room 336”
NPR • Songs We Love • 2015

Quarterbacks, Quarterbacks
NPR • First Listen • 2015

Lemuria, The Distance Is So Big
NPR • First Listen • 2013

The Evens, The Odds
NPR • First Listen • 2012

Waxahatchee, “Be Good”
NPR • Song of the Day • 2012