I'm an author, Boston Globe contributor and freelance journalist. From 1995-2004 I was a pop music and culture critic for the San Francisco Chronicle. I've been an editor for Rolling Stone and a consultant for Pandora, and I have written for a long list of print publications, websites and assorted rags. I've done album reviews for Entertainment Weekly and NPR's All Things Considered, have appeared on radio, TV and as a talking head in several documentaries.


In my spare time, I am a programmer and moderator for the Newburyport Documentary Film Festival and founder and co-organizer of Lit Crawl Boston. I have served as a Library Trustee, an alumni mentor at the University of New Hampshire and a workshop volunteer at 826 Boston, where we helped a class of high school students write and publish the anthology We Think You're Old Enough to Know.