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.
http://www.laweekly.com/2013-08-15/music/gram-parsons-joshua-tree-inn/

PARTY MESSIAH: Andrew W.K.
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. http://blurtonline.com/feature/party-messiah-andrew-w-k/

UNCANNY: Dismemberment Plan
A Q&A with Travis Morrison of the Dismemberment Plan: http://blurtonline.com/feature/uncanny-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.
http://www.northernvirginiamag.com/entertainment/faces/2011/05/23/the-darlin-of-rappahannock-county/

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.
http://washingtonexaminer.com/billy-corgan-and-smashing-pumpkins-bring-tour-to-town/article/2512214#.UJMRucXO2So

Reintroducing Luscious Jackson
Luscious Jackson returned with a new album, shows
http://blurtonline.com/feature/reintroducing-band-luscious-jackson/

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.
http://washingtonexaminer.com/comedian-lewis-black-to-rant-at-sixth-i-historic-synagogue/article/2529929

Kathy Griffin to headline Constitution Hall
It was only 10 minutes, but it was a great 10 minutes, with Kathy Griffin.
http://washingtonexaminer.com/kathy-griffin-to-headline-constitution-hall/article/2511004

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.
http://washingtonexaminer.com/who-is-who-nancy-beth-featuring-megan-mullally-and-stephanie-hunt-to-perform-at-birchmere/article/2523568

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.
http://washingtonexaminer.com/a-music-story-director-amir-bar-lev-showcases-creative-music-collaboration-with-regeneration/article/274161

Soundgarden returns with album, tour
For readers of a certain age, Soundgarden regrouping was a big deal. So was speaking with Chris Cornel.
http://washingtonexaminer.com/soundgarden-returns-with-album-tour/article/2518921

GIFF to honor Lou Diamond Phillips
The GI Film Fest recognized Lou Diamond Phillips in Washington, D.C.
http://washingtonexaminer.com/giff-to-honor-lou-diamond-phillips/article/113741