Music & Entertainment

My entertainment writing goes back many years. I’ve interviewed a number of musicians, mostly pop and rock artists, mostly by phone. In addition to musicians, I’ve had the opportunity  to speak with a few comedians and a couple of actors.

I’ve literally done hundreds of these interviews. Here are a few of my favorite entertainment-related stories:

The Cult of Gram Parsons Lives on in Joshua Tree
My first story with L.A. Weekly was on Gram Parsons, who died in 1973, followed by a sensational exclamation point to his life.

I got a chance to interview musician/performer/DJ Andrew W.K. for Blurt. The conversation ranged from Black Sabbath to My Little Pony. Fun stuff.

UNCANNY: Dismemberment Plan
A Q&A with Travis Morrison of the Dismemberment Plan:

The Darlin’ of Rappahannock County
Nikki Darlin’ of the band Those Darlins grew up in rural Virginia. I interviewed her before a killer show at the Black Cat, then paid a visit to the Flatwood Mall to see what all the fuss was about.

Billy Corgan and Smashing Pumpkins bring tour to town
Billy Corgan was gracious with his time in discussing his band’s music, both new and old.

Reintroducing Luscious Jackson
Luscious Jackson returned with a new album, shows

Comedian Lewis Black to rant at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
Lewis Black granted me a phone interview leading up to a performance in D.C.

Kathy Griffin to headline Constitution Hall
It was only 10 minutes, but it was a great 10 minutes, with Kathy Griffin.

Who is who? Nancy & Beth — featuring Megan Mullally and Stephanie Hunt — to perform at Birchmere
This came together very quickly, but actress Megan Mullally was fantastic in speaking with me on short notice.

A music story: Director Amir Bar-Lev showcases creative music collaboration with ‘Re:Generation’
Acclaimed documentary director Bar-Lev discussed this project that paired EDM DJs with popular musicians.

Soundgarden returns with album, tour
For readers of a certain age, Soundgarden regrouping was a big deal. So was speaking with Chris Cornel.

GIFF to honor Lou Diamond Phillips
The GI Film Fest recognized Lou Diamond Phillips in Washington, D.C.