Nicholas Pell is a freelance writer based in Southern California by way of Portland, Ore., and Providence, R.I. His work has also appeared in Playboy, Vice, Salon and Made Man. When not irritating the Internet with his unpopular opinions on music, he enjoys professional wrestling, Archie Comics, drinking himself into a coma and getting tattoos excluding him from every getting a real job again. Contrary to popular opinion, he aspires to be the Rick Rude of rock journalism, not Lester Bangs with a hipster mustache.
8 days ago | Haterade
It never fails. I write something, someone doesn’t like it, and they feel the need to seek me out and tell me about it. It’s never really surprising, even if I don’t understand it. I can barely muster the energy to tell people I know personally ho...
23 days ago | Indie Rock and Stuff
When I heard The Replacements were getting back together, I was a little embarrassed for them. Doubly so when I heard that Billie Joe Armstrong joined them on stage at Brochella. It’s not that I’m opposed to reunions on principle. I’m really glad ...
1 month ago | Art
Scott McPherson is an illustrator and artist by day. His work has included cover art for Antwon Nature and Author & Punisher. He was also in grindcore and death metal bands back in his native Kansas such as Diskreet and Christ Hate. With his n...
2 months ago | Haterade
I’ll never for the life of me understand how Blink-182 are considered a guilty pleasure band while people who are supposedly grownups listen to Green Day. Every time I see a picture of Green Day I’m so embarrassed for them. They look like the kind...
2 months ago | The '90s
Make no mistake about it: For the most part, the '90s just sucked. There was a lot of cool shit going on in the underground. Bands like The Murder City Devils, The Supersuckers, Dropdead and Despise You are lifelong favorites of mine. But as far a...
3 months ago | Stuff Music Critics Like
So the other day, I was in the shower listening to Gordon Lightfoot on my phone as one does. I got out and picked up my phone and saw that the song I just listened to, “If You Could Read My Mind,” was covered by Neil Young. As I enjoy...