Having attended hundreds upon hundreds of live events he is unique in having dipped in and out countless musical subcultures without ever gaining a sense of dress or personal style. In addition to being a rabid concert buff, he maintains an interest and expertise in new and emergent music, musicians, and youth subcultures.
In addition to his work with PopMatters he has garnered a number of bylines with other publications including Newsweek and the Washingtonian.
In 2003 he acted as editor-in-chief for a small arts and entertainment monthly The Alcove, which featured interviews with musicians and celebrities including Guster, Chuck Palahniuk, The Shins, and Mars Volta.
A graduate of the George Washington University with a B.A. in American Studies, his award-winning thesis presented field-work exploring contemporary skinhead culture, with a focus on gay, black, and minority members. In the course of this work he refused several attempts to shave his head.
As to personal performance experience, Andrew once sang for a pirate punk band, the aptly (though unfortunately) titled Captain Blueballs and the Salty Sea Men. Presumably, he was the captain.