Ben is a writer, editor and partly reformed music snob living near Boston. He has a website, like everyone else.
Monday, July 31 2006
Some of the artists living the life talk about Chicago's rap scene. Plus, PopMatters names the top 10 Chicago hip-hop up-and-comers.
Wednesday, January 8 2014
Obsessive collection, mainstream mocking, and a never-ending list of styles. It’s no surprise that so many music nerds turn into beer geeks, as well.
Wednesday, November 20 2013
There’s a lot of noise at the average sporting event. Study this list to learn when to break out the earplugs.
Thursday, September 26 2013
The great Elmore Leonard wrote dozens of novels. Some, like Get Shorty, were adapted for film. So why do I associate him with smooth jazz? Well, John Lurie had a hand in that.
Tuesday, July 30 2013
Will crowdsourced talent discovery kill traditional A&R? Or is it just the boost the industry needs?
Sunday, May 19 2013
In a Kickstarter world where consumers can basically will anything they want into existence, and everything is interactive, it makes sense that we should want to control our concerts, too
Thursday, July 7 2005
The kind of album that can make even the most hardened cynic think twice before issuing judgment.