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Amy Klein, of the bands hilly eye and Amy Klein and the Blue Star Band, and until recently the guitarist of Titus Andronicus, also writes regularly on matters cultural and political. Part of her online Titus Andronicus tour diary appeared in the 2011 edition of the Best Music Writing anthology, and she’s also documented the Coachella festival from a different perspective than most.
Eric Davidson is the vocalist for the long-running punk band New Bomb Turks; he’s also written for the likes of the Village Voice and CMJ. In 2010, he wrote a book on the garage-punk scene, We Never Learn: The Gunk Punk Undergut, 1988-2001, which came complete with a compilation featuring many of the bands discussed in the book. His presence as a participant in the same scene that he documents in his book lends it an immediacy not often found in histories of this type — a quality it shares with Girls to the Front, Sara Marcus’s book on riot grrl.
Though Brannon recently announced his retirement from music writing, Brannon has long balanced coverage of wide range of music with an equally varied musical resume. His mid-90s zine Anti-Matter showed many readers how to balance a love of punk rock with listening habits that veered outside of narrow categories, and his subsequent coverage of everything from punk rock to house music echo the discography of someone who can both pull off a terrific dance remix and played guitar in Texas is the Reason. And even when he’s not engaging in traditional music writing, music still informs much of what he writes, such as this essay on Patrick Stump’s recent work.