Read More

See below for some of my writing from the Syracuse Post-StandardNew Times, the Democrat & Chroincle, Charleston Post & Courier and more:

Syracuse Post-Standard

For more of my work, visit

Prison breaks and pop culture: Why we’re so fascinated with the Dannemora escape (6/29/15)

Chevy Court: The best free concert series in America? (5/28/15)

What do Barack Obama, George Bush and Bill Clinton have in common? B.B. King (5/15/15)

Trash or art? ‘Welcome to Syracuse’ sign takes a poignant swipe at Mayor Miner (5/10/15)

Grandstand concerts at state fairs may be a thing of the past (4/29/15)

Saturday night fever: 5 takeaways from an evening at a Brewerton Disco (4/28/15)

Electronic dance music: Rock  ‘n roll? Or disco? (8/2/14)

Dancing with Marge, Syracuse’s biggest music fan (8/1/14)

B.B. King struggles at Jazz Fest, and we all love him for it (7/13/14)

Beta testing with Yonder Mountain String Band 2.0 (7/8/14)

Abdo’s Grocery closes shop after 78 years on Westcott Street (6/27/14)

5 reasons we love to hate Dave Matthews Band (5/28/14)

The Phish that got away: Syracuse nearly landed the band’s 6-day stay (5/19/14)

David Remnick at SU: If commencement isn’t the right forum for a socially charged speech, what is? (5/12/1$)

WSYR’s local presence continues to fade (4/1/14)

How to drink like a grownup on St. Patrick’s Day (3/14/14)

Unwinding with Phish bassist Mike Gordon (2/27/14)

Punk rockers Perfect Pussy: Scorned in Syracuse (1/16/14)

Life lessons with longtime rocker Todd Hobin (1/15/14)

Lou Reed’s last legacy at Syracuse: A criminal, a dissident and a poet (10/31/13)

Telling tales with Upstate’s most ambitious new band: Rabbit in the Rye (10/20/13)

Remembering and resurrecting the Long Branch concerts (6/18/13)

May album reviews (5/24/13)

Old Crow Medicine Show (5/23/13)
How a group of buskers from Ithaca became the biggest bluegrass band in America

Meet this year’s NYS Fair grandstand acts (5/17/13)

NYS Fair: Do country acts sell more tickets? (5/10/13)

Ke$ha proves more style than substance at the Carrier Dome (4/27/13)

After 48 years, Garland Jeffreys returns to Syracuse (4/19/13)

Record Store Day 2013 celebrates the commercial resurgence of vinyl (4/19/13)

Review: Dirty Projectors supersede standard indie rock (4/15/13)

Bob Dylan’s love/hate relationship with Upstate NY (4/11/13)

Review: The Revival Tour returns populism to popular music (4/3/13)

Syracuse vs. Michigan: Beyond basketball (comedy) (4/2/13)

Review: Dinosaur BBQ proves Syracuse is more than just a basketball town (Samantha Fish) (3/22/13)

Why hip-hop in Syracuse gets a bad rap (2/22/13)

Why Mumford & Sons didn’t deserve a Grammy (2/11/13)

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle

Review: The Blue Man Group (11/2/12)
The blue-faced trio takes the stage at the Rochester Auditorium

Review: Patton Oswalt (9/22/12)
The porky stand-up comic takes aim at himself at Rochester’s Fringe Fest

Syracuse New Times

Ring-a-Ding Boomeranger (9/19/12)
Syracuse ivory-tickler Vinnie Falcone returns home after a 40-year Vegas career including a long run with Frank Sinatra

Growing Pains (9/5/12)
Adulthood seems to be finally catching up with Syracuse sweethearts The Scarlet Ending

Water Works (8/8/12)
COVER STORY: How a small town turned a toxic island into a thriving quarter-million dollar arts and entertainment venue

Jason Benetti (7/3/12)
COVER STORY: Syracuse Chiefs commentator Jason Benetti has taken the organization by storm in the past three years

Q&A with Bobcat Goldthwait (4/25/12)
COVER STORY: Syracuse native Bobcat Goldthwait discusses the premiere of God Bless America at the SXSW festival in Austin, TX

Jim Donovan of Rusted Root (4/25/12)
The champion drum circler comes to Liverpool to lead a community-based workshop

Bird Brains (4/18/12)
The latest scandal in Orange nation: a basketball-shaped birdhouse (scroll down to find story)

Laugh Out Loud (4/11/12)
What caused Syracuse groups to book three major standup comics in one weekend? (scroll down to find story)

West Side Wonder (4/4/12)
A group of Syracuse University students transform a drug house into an arts education facility on the Near West Side

Books, Brews, and Bumpin’ Beats (3/21/12)
Creekside Books emerges as the premier music venue in Skaneateles following the closing of Morris’s Grill.

Stimulus Package (2/22/12)
A look at the underground world of virtual sex in Utherverse’s Red Light Center (scroll down to find story)

Sex and the Salt City (2/22/12)
Why filmmaker Justin Nappi chose Syracuse for the John Cusack film Adult World (scroll down to find story)

Heartbreak Kid (2/15/12)
Mike McKay channels heartache and heartbreak in his newest album: Fortress.

Hip-Hop Hooray (2/1/12)
COVER STORY: Hip hop returns to Armory Square, pioneered by spud-spitting potato rapper ToTs.

Review: A Little Lights Music (2/1/12)
The Canadian pop singer scrambles through an erratic, unfocused set at Lost Horizon

Occupied (1/25/12)
COVER STORY: Syracuse’s 99% face eviction and arrest with unbridled optimis

Hip & Happening: A Profile of the Westcott Theater (1/18/12)
COVER STORY: How a former porn theater evolved into CNY’s premier music venue in less than three years

The Grass is Always Bluer: Greensky Bluegrass Preview (1/18/12)
The Kalamazoo jam-grass group channels Jerry Garcia in the wake of bands like String Cheese Incident

Tome Sweet Tome (1/11/12)
Syracuse adopts the One Community, One Book program (scroll down to find story)

Boos from B’ville (1/4/12)
Local filmmaker Matt Lipke capitalizes on urban legends in his directorial debut

Dominic Robinson: Northern Light (12/28/11)
COVER STORY: What has Dom Robinson been up to since his football coach father fled town?

Kollege of Musical Knowledge (11/17/11)
A firsthand account of Syracuse’s Music Industry Conference

Review: The Chris Robinson Brotherhood (10/19/11)
Chris Robinson proves he’s still got the physics, but he and his band lack any chemistry

Charleston Post & Courier

Rebirth Brass Band parties on (6/8/12)
Preview of the New Orleans-based brass troupe

Spoleto on 2 wheels (6/8/12)
Charleston artists and their favorite mode of transportation

Soundscapes: How music defines a city (6/5/12)

Reaching the young (6/3/12)
How the Spoleto festival attempts to bridge a widening generational gap and shed the image of white hairs and hearing aides

Crossing over (6/2/12)
John Cage and Jonny Greenwood blur genre in featured Spoleto program

Review: Joy Kills Sorrow (6/1/12)

Q&A with Martha Teichner (5/31/12)
A conversation with the queen of Spoleto conversations: CBS correspondent Martha Teichner

Review: Bowed Piano Ensemble (5/31/12)

Spoleto board notes ticket surge (5/28/12)
Coverage of Spoleto Festival USA board of directors meeting

Echoes of the Civil War (5/26/12)
Preview of the 8th Regiment Band of Georgia with Jari Villanueva

Spoleto Festival USA launches with extravaganza (5/25/12)
Coverage of the Spoleto Festival’s opening ceremony

The NewsHouse

History repeating (2/29/12)
Chris’s thoughts on Corey Glover and Galactic at the Westcott Theater

Syracuse students call Westboro Baptists’ bluff (12/2/11)

A Patriot’s Ride (11/3/11)
A day with the Patriot Guard Riders

Review: Rachael Yamagata (10/28/11)

Review: Paper Diamond and the Turnt Up Tour (9/24/11)

Homecoming with The Scarlet Ending (8/26/11)
An interview with the local starlets

Breaking Nails Magazine

In spring 2012 I, along with three other graduate students at the Newhouse School, developed and launched a prototype women’s magazine–Breaking Nails. Check out my story on Peace Corps volunteer Kaitlyn Malkiewicz.

Breaking Nails, May 2012

Film Geek Radio

Check out my weekly online radio show “Wait Wait, Don’t Eat Me!” where I talk zombies, the apocalypse and The Walking Dead with co-hosts Sam Napolitan and Katrina Tulloch!

Green Room Reviews

Review: Jeff Kramer’s ‘Reaching for Marsby’ premiers in Syracuse (3/3/12)

Review: Behind enemy lines at the ‘Vagina Monologues’ (2/11/12)

Review: Not Another Theater Company performs ‘A Tuna Christmas’ (11/11/11)

Review: Phish Superball IX (8/1/11)

Review: Bonnaroo 2011 (6/27/11)

Review: Umphrey’s McGee (3/9/10)

Review: Furthur (2/20/10)


On my other blog, SpyPod, I single out celebrities and let you know what’s on their iPod. A quick, fun time-waster.