An avid concertgoer, closet backup dancer, shower singer, Rock Band drummer and three-chord guitar player, Stephanie Benson employs such talents as a Rhapsody editor, specializing in alternative and indie rock, along with the occasional weepy singer-songwriter. Aside from music, she has a mild TV obsession, especially involving anything written by Larry David. She also enjoys boxing, exploring San Francisco via scooter and doing the rare backflip.
Mosi Reeves' musical tastes were shaped by the "keep it janky" ethos of downtown Sacramento. He absorbed headphone masterpieces by Company Flow, DJ Spooky, Project Blowed and former local DJ Shadow; chugged beer at !!!, Outhud and Unwound concerts; stayed up all night gabbing to the sounds of Sonic Youth, Stereolab and Modest Mouse; and went to raves to hear DJs spin Black Science Orchestra, Armand Van Helden and Roni Size. A job editing event listings for the San Francisco Bay Guardian gave him a ticket out, but he has carried a bit of Sactown with him ever since (and occasionally moved back). He currently lives in Oakland.
Seth Colter Walls contributes arts criticism and reporting to The Baffler, Slate, the Village Voice, XXL, and the websites of the New Yorker and New York magazines. Previously, when covering politics, he worked in Beirut, Lebanon and Washington, D.C.
After graduating from CAL Arts Film School in 2000, Olivia promptly gave up making videos and started a band called Radio Vago; based out of L.A., they played shows with The Mars Volta, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Sleater-Kinney, The Breeders and The Gossip. When the band split in 2006, Olivia moved to San Francisco and decided to mix her passion for music and film by starting an online music magazine called Wiretap Music, which promoted local bands with video content. Now, at Rhapsody, she reigns as the Production Queen and Manager of Rhapsody TV. Every day she wakes up and thinks, "Damn, I'm lucky!"
Rachel Devitt's writings about pop, world and Latin music have appeared in the Village Voice, Time Out and the Seattle Times — and of course, right here on Rhapsody. In her other life, she is also an academic with a PhD in ethnomusicology who studies, teaches and writes about burlesque, drag, and uh, pop, world and Latin music. She lives in Chicago, but does not really like deep dish pizza or hot dogs.
Justin Farrar has been writing about music for, like, a long time. His work has appeared in the Village Voice, Yeti, Seattle Weekly, Cleveland's Scene magazine, Vice, Burning Ambulance and numerous other publications. He and his wife live in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, where they'd rather be hiking than sitting in front of a computer. Oh, and one more thing: Ben Chasny, aka Six Organs of Admittance, appears to hate his guts.
Whether it's CCM, Christian rock, worship or singer-songwriter stuff, Wendy Lee's been writing about it for nearly 20 years and listening to it for even longer. After soaking up a wide array of sounds while living in Southern California, Amsterdam and New York City, she settled in Nashville, a town with a great musical legacy and status as the unofficial home of Christian music. As a result, she's had a front-row seat for the genre's heyday, the crossover years and the rise of the indie artist, giving her a unique perspective on where Christian music's been and where it's headed.
With an overarching enthusiasm for music (which bordered on obsession during her stint as a college-radio DJ), Linda Ryan started writing for Rhapsody in 2000. Since then, she's ridden a wave of adventure and seen her eagerness to explore new music blossom. Currently, her passion lies in all things country music, whether it's the traditional twang of George Strait, the fire and brimstone of Miranda Lambert or the sublime pleasure found in a George and Tammy duet.
Raised in Portland, Ore., and based these days in Berlin, Philip Sherburne has been writing about music and culture for over a decade. Published in Pitchfork, The Wire, Spin, the New York Times, Resident Advisor and many others, he is considered a leading voice in electronic-music criticism. When he's not writing, you can find him DJing and releasing the occasional 12-inch single.
Rhapsody metal editor Chuck Eddy is the author of the books Stairway to Hell, The Accidental Evolution of Rock 'n' Roll and Rock and Roll Always Forgets. He has served as an editor at the Village Voice and Billboard, and has written thousands of pieces over the years for Creem, Rolling Stone and countless other publications. A native of Detroit, he now lives in Austin, Tex.
Marley promises that that's his real birth name, yes. After getting his first drum at the tender age of two and attending reggae festivals as family vacations, music became an integral part of his life; after playing jazz professionally as a teenager and attending college in New Orleans, he returned to the Bay Area and re-embraced both reggae and Rhapsody. His non-musical interests include the Golden State Warriors, outdoor sports, astronomy, tattoos, giraffes, and tattoos of giraffes.
Dan Weiss has lived in New Jersey for most of his life; a girl who beat him up in 7th grade recently told him he has her "favorite Facebook." In 2009, Freaky Trigger named him one of the "25 best music critics under 25." He has served as music editor of the now-defunct Lost at Sea, and his freelance work has appeared in Spin, Salon, Vice, Billboard, Village Voice and dozens of other publications. He also writes about size acceptance and plays in the band Dan Ex Machina. Ghostface Killah once Tweeted the words "U nasty" at him.
Based in New York, Nick Murray has written about pop music for publications such as Spin and the Village Voice. The first country album he remembers listening to in its entirety is Dwight Yoakam's holiday classic, Come on Christmas, a favorite of his parents. In the picture, you can see him and Taylor Swift caught in the middle of the confetti blizzard that concluded the encore of one of her recent Madison Square Garden shows.