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Jason Gross

Jason Gross

Jason Gross is a freelance writer in New York City who's contributed to All Music Guide, Blender, Creative Loafing, Harp, Film Comment, MOJO, No Depression, Spin, Time Out, Tracks, Village Voice and the Wire among others. He is the editor/founder of one of the first online music magazines, Perfect Sound Forever (, since 1993).

His work has also been published in a number of books including Rock and Roll Is Here To Stay, Musichound World: The Essential Album Guide, Rock - 100 Essential CD's and Rock: The Rough Guide and The Beat Generation. In April 2000, Ellipsis Arts released OHM- the Early Gurus of Electronic Music, a 3-CD compilation he co-produced of historic material in that field, praised by the New York Times, National Public Radio and many other places. Reissues that he has produced include albums collecting the work of Oh OK (Collectors' Choice), DNA (No More), Kleenex/Liliput and Essential Logic (both on Kill Rock Stars)- he is currently working on several similar projects.

Perfect Sound Forever

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The Beastie Boys: Illin' Communication: The Beastie Boys and the Net

Interview by Jason Gross, Yahoo! Internet Life, August 1999

SEEMS LIKE A long strange trip for a band that started as a hardcore unit in 1980 to become a best-selling rap trio for a ...

Blind Boys of Alabama: The Backpages Interview: Clarence Fountain of the Blind Boys of Alabama

Interview by Jason Gross, Rock's Backpages, June 2001

A sixty-plus-year-old gospel group that covers Tom Waits and the Rolling Stones songs for Peter Gabriel’s label? Is it possible? When most groups struggle to ...

The dBs, Mitch Easter, Sneakers: The dB's, Mitch Easter and Sneakers: Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY

Live Review by Jason Gross, Harp, January 2007

THOUGH CAROLINA-to-Hoboken legends the dB's already had their first reunion gigs at Maxwell's in Hoboken last fall, this Gotham show was their big coming-out party, ...

Drive-By Truckers: Confessions of a Trucker

Interview by Jason Gross, Creative Loafing, November 2005

TRYING TO FIT in as the newbie in an established band is a weird, awkward, disorienting task – just ask Ron Wood what it was ...

Roky Erickson: SXSW, Austin

Live Review by Jason Gross, Harp, June 2005

AS ANOTHER SXSW drew to a close on an abnormally cool Texas afternoon, a roaring half-hour thunderstorm presaged one of the most unexpected comebacks in ...

Gang of Four: Irving Plaza, New York NY

Live Review by Jason Gross, Harp, May 2005

IN 1977, A bunch of British university students formed a band, poignantly deciding to take the name of a group of disgraced communist leaders accused ...

Richard Hell, Robert Quine: Robert Quine

Interview by Jason Gross, Perfect Sound Forever, November 1997

WHO IS ROBERT Quine? According to him, he 'remains one of the most compelling, appalling and universally hated figures in music history.' ...

The High Dials: War of the Wakening Phantoms

Review by Jason Gross, Harp, December 2005

IN THE quirky, removed Northern climes of late-'70s Montreal, Trevor Anderson grew up on a diet of folk and country music. More than a dozen ...

Jon Langford, The Mekons, The Waco Brothers: An Interview with Jon Langford

Interview by Jason Gross, Bangsheet, May 1999

IN THE MIDDLE of yet another tour for the alt-alt-country act the Waco Brothers and on hiatus from his original band the Mekons, Jon "Boy" ...

Bryan MacLean: Candy's Waltz (Sundazed)

Review by Jason Gross, Worldly Remains, October 2000

WHAT DO YOU say about a great lost voice in a band that was worshipped by Jim Morrison and Robert Plant? Though he was second ...

Joanna Newsom: Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York NY

Live Review by Jason Gross, Harp, March 2008

IF ANYTHING, folkie singer/harpist Joanna Newsom's recent live shows with strings answer the question of whether her new music (featuring 10-15 minute songs) is ambitious ...

Bonnie Raitt: Red Hot Mama

Profile by Jason Gross, Creative Loafing, August 2006

ARE THERE ANY active old-school divas that we can still look up to? Cher? Retired. Tina Turner? Retired. Barbara Streisand? Her too. Joni Mitchell? Yep. ...

The Roots: They're A (Funky) American Band

Profile by Jason Gross, Creative Loafing, October 2006

"WHAT KIND OF music do they play?" a Def Jam receptionist innocently asked, when queried about the Roots. Although self-classified as a rap group, the ...

Scruffs: The Scruffs: Wanna Meet The Scruffs?

Review by Jason Gross, Perfect Sound Forever, May 1998

THE MOST part of the whole wave of CD reissues is seeing these obscure gems that you're positive no one else could possibly care about ...

Patti Smith: Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York

Live Review by Jason Gross, Harp, October 2005

After a summer tryout at London's Meltdown Festival, punk icon Patti Smith returned to her NYC roots to perform again in sequence her 30-year-old debut ...

Sons of the Pioneers: The Sons of the Pioneers: The Ultimate Collection (Hip-O/MCA Nashville)

Review by Jason Gross, Rock's Backpages, June 2002

IN THE WAKE of the success of the Coen Brothers'/T-Bone Burnette's O Brother, Where Art Thou, you'd surely hope that some people would be curious ...

Pete Townshend Online

Interview by Jason Gross, Yahoo! Internet Life, April 2000

2003 NOTE: WHILE IT'S commonplace now for artists to put their material up for fans to preview, it wasn't three years ago, which should show ...

James Blood Ulmer

Interview by Jason Gross, Perfect Sound Forever, April 1998

THOUGHT THERE'S BEEN hundreds and thousands of hotshots who vowed to take the guitar to the next level after Jimi Hendrix broke the doors open, ...

Andrew WK: I Get Wet (Island)

Review by Jason Gross, Worldly Remains, May 2002

THIS 20-YEAR-OLD NYC headbanger gets the nod from David Grohl (Nirvana/Foo Fighters), gets his bloody nose record cover (coke blow? fist fight?) banned and gets ...

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