Matthew Duersten's writing has appeared in the anthologies Da Capo Best Music Writing and L.A. Now. He entered the blogosphere in 2006 with the music site Downbeast, an offshoot of the L.A. indie-jazz label Cryptogramophone. He was also a senior editor of Glue magazine and has written for numerous publications including ByNWR, L.A. Weekly, No Depression, All About Jazz, Variety, Los Angeles, Time Out-New York, Flaunt, Oxford-American and more. Currently, he maintains (inconsistently) the music/culture blog Stompbeast while working on a book on L.A.'s underground jazz scene and writing album liner notes for whoever will decently pay him.
To find the Museum of African American Art, you have to pass a platoon of empty mattresses and shiny kitchen appliances.
On December 10, 1958, a blast in Box Canyon killed 10 people and decimated a religious sect. Why did two acolytes want to kill their guru?