If you’re a fan of deeply vital punk rock, it’s likely that you’ve heard Tobi Vail’s drumming — either through her work with Bikini Kill, or more recently with the garage punk band The Old Haunts. Vail’s also an astute critic, essayist, and documentarian of all things DIY, and recently contributed this essay on The Who to eMusic.
Matt LeMay is a regular contributor to Pitchfork; he’s also written a book in the 33 1/3 series about Elliott Smith’s XO. He spent the better part of the last decade as the frontman of the smart pop band Get Him Eat Him, who released several albums on the fine, now-defunct Absolutely Kosher; he’s since joined the long-running indiepop band Kleenex Girl Wonder, and has begun work on a number of singles.
Franklin Bruno, recently named the music editor at the Los Angeles Review of Books, has both series academic credentials and a fine ear as a songwriter. He’s written about music for years, and has also released a number of acclaimed albums with Nothing Painted Blue, The Human Hearts, and The Extra Lens—the latter of which is a collaboration with Mountain Goats mainstay John Darnielle.
With Ital’s Hive Mind earning rave reviews, Martin-McCormick’s lengthy and wide-ranging discography
(he’s also a current member of the duo Mi Ami, and a former member of Black Eyes.) You might also know him from his reviews in Dusted, including looks at albums from Matthew Herbert and Walter Gibbons.