I am stepping away from music writing. While I love talking to bands and really getting into an album, I need to focus on school, prepare for the next step in my life and spend more time with my wife.

It’s no secret that in addition to this music stuff, I’m a graduate student. What I don’t advertise as much is that next fall, I’m hoping to begin a PhD program. But, in order to do this, I have to start getting ready now. In all honesty, I’ve been getting ready since last September when I started grad school, but it’s time to really buckle down and study for the GRE and fill out the applications. On top of these things, I’ve been conducting original research…which is an enlightening experience that is both rewarding and frustrating. Again, its time to write the paper, crunch all of the data and get ready to present my research at a conference.

Currently, I plan on returning some day to this beat and interviewing more indie bands and getting their stories out there. I don’t know when that day will come, but I look forward to it.

Lastly, for those of you that reached out to me and I agreed to write something for you, don’t worry. I will have it done within a week.