Peter Aaron is a great writer and, just as importantly, a great listener. His writing reflects that he hears and understands the essence of the music he is writing about. Listening is a fine art (as is writing), and Peter has a mastery of both—which is key for any music writer.

—Kenny Siegel, solo artist, Johnny Society singer-guitarist, and owner of Old Soul Studio

Bad Brains: Re-Ignition

August 2010 / Chronogram, November 2006

One early evening in the fall of 1981, I put on the leather jacket I had worked all summer bagging groceries to buy, met up with the two other punks in my suburban New Jersey high school, and got on a bus headed into New York City. I was excited and nervous. It was my [...]

Eric Mingus: Mingus Dynasty

August 2010 / Village Voice, December 2007

Maybe you were there, inside the yawning cavern of the Muddy Cup coffeehouse upstate in Kingston on that hot August night. If so, you remember what you saw, what you heard, what you felt. From the stage near the front door, the emcee introduces the headliner. And somewhere deep in the back of the room, [...]

Jeffrey Lee Pierce: Six String Sermon

July 2010 / LP liner notes

Despite the undeniable influence the music of Jeffrey Lee Pierce has had on my own, to be honest when I first heard the Gun Club I wouldn’t have predicted this to be the case. People who know about my band, the Chrome Cranks, know that the group was formed in Ohio, but actually until I [...]

Artist bio: Corey Smith

July 2010 /

For Corey Smith, one of the best things about making music has always been getting the chance to hang out and have a good time with his friends. And it’s still that way, more than 10 years after his early days of playing the bars around Athens, Georgia. The big difference now? Well, it seems [...]

Steve Reich: Phase Me, ‘Bro

July 2010 / Chronogram

Called “the minimalist shot heard ’round the world,” Steve Reich’s 1971 masterpiece Drumming is, like several of the revered composer’s works, pretty much exactly what its title promises. The four-part piece, which Reich will perform on July 31 at Maverick Hall with percussion groups NEXUS and So Percussion, utilizes eight small tuned bongo drums, three [...]

Natalie Merchant: The Waking Dream

July 2010 / Chronogram

Jamestown, New York, situated along the southern edge of Chautauqua Lake in the southwestern corner of the state, was once called the furniture capital of the world, thanks to its being a leading producer of mattresses and wooden furnishings. Today the city of 32,000 is, arguably, better known as the birthplace of two of America’s [...]