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Dustin Krcatovich

freelance music/film/culture writer

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Dustin Krcatovich is a writer, musician, DJ, and insufferable contrarian based in Ann Arbor, MI (formerly Portland, Oregon). He is a journalist and critic with nearly two decades in the field, with bylines for Esquire, the Quietus, DownBeat, FLOOD, Riot Fest, Kerrang!, Under The Radar, Tiny Mix Tapes, and several other outlets. Reportedly, his writing once deeply offended a member of the Squirrel Nut Zippers.

Dustin's specialties include jazz, myriad underground musics, films both wildly experimental and unabashedly mainstream, and trashy nostalgia.

Never Forget the Day Fabio Killed a Bird With His Face and Changed the World

Steve Eearly, The Virginian-Pilot Seventeen years ago today, everything changed. For those of us who came of age in the late 1990s, it was our Shot Heard 'Round The World, our Day The Music Died, our Secret Handjob At The First Lollapalooza. In an era rife with divisiveness and scandal-Whitewater, the O.

Riot Fest
The Histories of The Gories, As Told by Mick Collins

The willfully sloppy, R&B-marinated mess that the Gories made in the 1980s and early 90s (and again since their reunion in 2009) has proven an evergreen template for a certain kind of garage rock band.

Riot Fest
Andrew W.K.'s Philosophy of American Pizza - Riot Fest

It should go without saying to most Riot Fest readers that Andrew W.K. is passionate about a lot of things: the party, music, kindness, the Party Party. However, few things stir his considerable well of passion more than pizza, and on that subject as much as any, Andrew's approach is radically inclusive and judgment-free.

The Rock 'n' Roll Legacy of Penelope Spheeris, Director of 'Wayne's World'

Courtesy of Penelope Spheeris Above: Spheeris on the set of Wayne's World with Rob Lowe and Mike Myers. Penelope Spheeris likes to say that, had she not become a film director, she would have ended up in jail or dead. Born into a traveling carnival family, Spheeris spent her formative years in various trailer parks with an unstable alcoholic mother.

Tiny Mix Tapes
Interview: Neil Hamburger

If not for Neil Hamburger, America's Funnyman, we likely would have never made it through the horrors of 9/11. If you need proof: Well, we're still here, right?

The Mysterious and Wonderful Music of Willis Earl Beal

"Avant-garde R&B." "Cracked blues." "Outsider music." It's no wonder that Willis Earl Beal doesn't hold critics in high regard, even when they speak favorably of his work (they usually do). Beal is a genre-defying polymath whose scope and approach can't be evoked in simple sound bites.

Joe McPhee/John Butcher: At The Hill of James Magee

At The Hill Of James Magee (Trost) By Dustin Krcatovich   |   Published April 2019 Given the respective reputations of saxophonists Joe McPhee and John Butcher in the field of outer limits sound exploration, it's fitting that At The Hill Of James Magee, a 2010 recording just now seeing release, finds the duo collaborating-for the first time-not just on the edges of sound, but near the edge of civilization.

Under The Radar
Album of the Week: Algiers

The Underside of Power Out Now via Matador When it comes to good rock and roll music, the best combos out there are the ones for whom the subcategories don't mean a thing. Really, though: how much rote emo, electroclash, chamber-pop, gangsta rap, witchhouse, garage rock (the '00s revival, I mean, not the actual thing), whatever, has ever held up past its sell-by date?

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