The Dowsers has just published my post exploring what may be my favorite era of music from any band ever: The Beach Boys’ stretch from Smiley Smile (1967) through Holland (1973). Commercially speaking, it’s a low point for the group, yet in terms of creativity they were never more ambitious and diverse. In addition to psych-pop and earthy blue-eyed soul, they explored electronic rock, lo-fi weirdness, proto-ambient pop and so much more. Check it out here.
For The Dowsers, a cool online publication dedicated to playlist curation, I wrote about the sonic connections linking late-period Beatles, their earliest solo albums, and Yoko Ono’s first recordings. Continue Reading “The Beatles’ Outer Limits”
This week The Dowsers is publishing a series of posts and playlists taking stock of music in 2017. My contribution compiles the best tracks from pop-punk, emo, metalcore and any other sub-genre falling under the Warped Tour umbrella. Continue Reading “The Best Pop-Punk (and Emo and Hardcore and Metalcore) Songs of 2017 So Far”
Co-published by Rapid Growth Media and Issue Media Group, this piece is a part of Michigan Nightlight, a series of stories about the programs and people that positively impact the lives of Michigan kids. I profile three extracurricular programs from across the state Continue Reading “Leading Through the Arts: Teens in GR and Across the State Transform Michigan’s Creative Landscape”
For Rapid Growth, one of my favorite local publications, I look at different ways the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan, can approach the utilization of historic cemeteries as green space. This is a trending currently sweeping across the United States. One of the best examples is Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery, home to art exhibitions, musical performances, meditation tours and more. Continue Reading “Rethinking Grand Rapids’ Cemeteries: How the Historic Spaces Can Shape the City’s Future”