Ikey Owens (Jack White, The Mars Volta) Was More Than a Hired Gun

Long Beach’s finest musician, producer, collaborator and friend passed away yesterday and there is a heavy cloud of sadness hanging over the entire city’s music community. It was a honor to have interviewed him, danced with him, talked to him and known his presence over the years. He understood the city’s music scene more than anyone else (mainly because he got out of it by playing with big dogs like Mars Volta and Jack White) and our conversations about this unique place helped pave the way for my thesis, of which he is a central part. Gone but never forgotten. <3

L.A. Weekly | October 15, 2014

The 20 Best Songs Ever Written About L.A.

Got to contribute two of my favorite L.A. songs to this list: The Decemberists’ “Los Angeles, I’m Yours” and J5’s “Lausd.”

L.A. Weekly | October 15, 2014

Vince Staples Brings Reality Back to Gangsta Rap

Had the honor of chatting with Vince Staples about his Def Jam debut, Hell Can Wait. This guy is Long Beach’s finest MC—once in a generation, for real! 

L.A. Weekly | October 7, 2014

Beachwood Wins Big Again at Great American Beer Festival

My local brewpub is the best in the country!!

L.A. Weekly | October 6, 2014

Festival Provides Intersection for Food, Beer & Wine Communities

DLBA Newsletter | October 2014

Celebrating the Rich Arts Community in Long Beach

October is Arts Month!

DLBA Newsletter | October 2014


After 12 hours, this was already the most-read most-viral story I’ve ever written.

Thrillist | September 25, 2014

20 Ways to Celebrate L.A. Beer Week 2014

L.A. Beer Week is back and better than ever!

L.A. Weekly | September 19, 2014

8 Ways to Celebrate 2014 Oktoberfest in Los Angeles

L.A. Weekly | September 17, 2014

Orange County's 11 best burgers

Thrillist | September 12, 2014

L.A. Beer Week's Commemorative Beer Is Released

L.A. Weekly | September 11, 2014

World's First Vegan Oktoberfest Is Coming to L.A.!

L.A. Weekly | September 5, 2014 

DLBA Adds New Homeless Services Coordinator

This was written after a particularly eye-opening day of shadowing and interviewing the DLBA’s new homeless outreach coordinator.

DLBA | September 4, 2014

Santa Ana's Konsept Art and Music Festival Is a Launching Pad For Local Talent

So jazzed for all the young art goodness happening in Downtown Santa Ana right now! This story appeared in print. 

OC Weekly | September 3, 2014 

Meet Your Bartender: Geeking Out on Whiskey and Blues at Blind Donkey

My favorite bartender at my favorite bar!

Downtown Long Beach Associates | September 2014