About

If you’re here, you’ve probably been reading my articles and want to know a little more about me.

How’s this?

I am a Boston-based freelance writer. I write about music—and a few other things—for publications like Premier Guitar, Bandcamp Daily, Reverb LP, Vinyl Me Please, and a few others. I have a degree in Jazz Studies from the New England Conservatory of Music (I graduated a long time ago), but my interests are not limited—at all—to jazz. I like music with personality and edge (hint to publicists: don’t waste your time sending me wimpy-jangly singer/songwriters, that—and Broadway musicals—make my skin crawl). I like loud guitars, daredevil improvisation, fast tempos, never-ending-trance-inducing grooves, raw production, lo-fi, no-fi, weird dissonance, noise, singable melodies, world grooves (too broad? turn me on to something I don’t know), and basically anything where it’s obvious the artist is real.

I write for a number of guitar-interest publications and I know a lot about gear, but I am not a gearhead. My Tele only has one mod. My amp has too many buttons. My pedalboard needs love.

What else?

I am also an orthodox rabbi (bet you didn’t see that coming). I spend most of my non-music time in online Jewish education. You can learn more about my Jewish-interest work and writing here.