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Allow me to introduce myself

Allow me to introduce myself

What’s the point of a music critic? In my case, I’m sure of what it isn’t: it’s not to obnoxiously claim “FIRST!” on an obscure basement act nor is it to boorishly write off work because it’s “just not for me.” Like my favorite writers, I’m dedicated to music writing and criticism because I love getting dirty with the art — diving in headfirst, thinking not just bigger picture but also how powerful a single three-minute song can be. (Oh, and I enjoy the six-figure paychecks and beautiful groupies, obviously.)

First and foremost, I’m a fan and as long I can remember, I’ve loved telling friends about my latest obsessions, hoping they’ll like it, too (and if not, at least engaging with...