Founder and Executive Editor (the logistics guy)
I tell everyone that I live vicariously through musicians as I have no musical ability outside of the didgeridoo and some grammar school recorder/handbell expertise. But I love it. I consume massive amounts of it on a daily basis. In college, I graced the same airwaves as Howard Stern at WTBU and worked at a few venues and record labels. After school I managed a few of my favorite bands and released the original Knocks From the Underground compilation complete with a huge concert to celebrate local music in Boston. I am launching this site to help promote and share music, mostly the amazing stuff that gets overlooked by the masses. I am open to all types of music so please, please, PLEASE send me new stuff.
Co-founder and Editor-at-Large (the creative lady)
Before the birth of Knocks, I wrote as a freelance music journalist and fiction author with publications in The Boston Phoenix, The Northeast Performer, The Deli, someothermagazine.com and The Undercurrent. I'm currently earning my MFA in Creative Writing at Fairleigh-Dickinson University and am writing my first book, a futuristic dystopian novel centering around music and the arts. I also work as a tutor and babysitter and strongly believe 3-year-olds tell the best jokes. I LOVE music, having grown up playing piano and tenor sax, and just joined a fun little group called Gonul and What Army as their backup singer and sax lady. Don't worry, we won't review my band. But we will review yours! Please contact us if you want to contribute anything to the site and always send us new CDs. I love rock, electro, hip-hop, bluegrass, jazz, blues, soul, funk, on and on. If you make music, we wanna hear it.
Editor-in-Chief (the creative man with some serious rock-and-roll insights)
I enjoy fine walks on the beach and tall glasses of whiskey. I enjoy listening to music excessively loud, especially the 50s, 60s and early 70s grunge, psychedelia, blues, funk and reggae genres. The Rolling Stones are the greatest musicians of all time. I might believe in God only if his name were Keith Richards. I once thought I could be a writer and I always loved walking around New York City on hot summer days with my Blues Brothers Ray-Bans. There seems to be a certain energy to the place. So, I combined all my interests, moved to Brooklyn and started writing for this fine organization. I’ve struggled to find work. I eat a lot of hot dogs and potatoes and drink a lot of Pabst. However, I find that I enjoy being poor because it gives me an excuse for solitude and to begin writing romance novels about past loves. I play bass and hang out with rock-stars.
New York Editor (also a creative lady)
I'm originally from Tucson, a delightful Southwestern town with great local music, and for some years have been enjoying the slightly larger NYC scene. Though a talented triangle player, I leave most of the creative work to the pros and spend my time attending shows and consuming writings on music history and current acts. I co-edit the website lizandlaura.com, where I write about music, pen poetry, and cover a number of humorous topics, and have written for theowlmag.com, imposemagazine.com, and Movmnt magazine. I've also got a day job in publishing, and spend my free time watching bad movies and admiring other people's dogs.
Publicist Manager/Assistant Editor (the Twitter/Facebook/save our asses gal)
Nora E. Lindner was born in upstate NY, but moved southwards to study film and religion at Vassar College outside of NYC. She is a music junkie and an avid concert-goer (avid being defined as having a packed and at-the-ready survival ‘line kit’ for pre-show vigils lasting over six hours). A writer by nature, Nora has fed her passion for music by venturing into music journalism as a contributing writer for Shoutmouth, Baeble Music and, of course, Knocks. Recently, she has also starting her own fan friendly blog, Love Your Fans, which allows fans to share experiences of their treatment by bands and music venues. She hopes to continue these and similar pursuits after graduation, and explore careers in music management and merchandising. In her spare time, Nora’s other interests include advocating against intimate partner violence, playing keytar, obsessing over men’s fashion and watching videos of kittens online.
Art Director (the drawing and logo guy)
All characters were created by our good friend, John Walsh. He has done all artwork used on the site and the work for the Boston compilation. For more information on his artwork, contact him at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Bradshaw's writing has been described as transcendent prose with a raw sexuality that seizes the ineffable and rapes it. He holds an MFA from Brooklyn College and works as a poetry editor for Filtered Language magazine and a freelance writer/producer for television. In 1989, Bradshaw earned the quarter-finalist title at the Nintendo Power World Championship. Do not step to him on Tetris. Srsly.
I once asked a friend what mystical creature would best illustrate my personality; His answer was a pixie warrior. I like to run, climb trees, throw food, scream at the moon and play music till the sun comes up. I recently graduated from the New School with a BFA in jazz voice, but have since traded in the shoobie-doobies for a korg kaoss pad and other effects processing playfellows. I compose, compulsively collect noise makers, freelance as a writer and only wear black and cheetah print. Of more marginal importance, my oddest accomplishment is an unnervingly impeccable Cher impersonation. I'm Eliza and I'm radiantly pleased to meet you.
Kyle Donley hails from the suburbs of Northern Virginia but now lives in Brooklyn because he read (on Michael Cera's blog, naturally) that's where you're supposed to live if you wanna be cool. He graduated from the New School University in '09 with a degree in pun-smithery. He is mainly unemployed, obviously because of the recession and not because of bad career choices. He occasionally writes for Black20 Productions and occasionally performs comedy in various comedy establishments. Other than that, he started listening to gangsta rap at the age of six and obsessively watched the MTV Jamz Countdown with Bill Bellamy (along with other award-winning programs like Living Single) throughout his formative years. He still watches Living Single on TVOne, but generally with the sound off while an album by Pussy Galore or Dinosaur plays in the background. You'd be surprised by how well they sync up.
Ross is from the desert, and came to the east to study jazz piano at NYU. He loves lots of music, jazz, classical, and otherwise, and luckily has lots of interesting friends to play with. Ever since seeing metal band Meshuggah seven short years ago he’s had a hankering for all things strange, experimental, and exciting in the music world, and he hopes to be a part of it whenever possible through performing, writing, or listening. He also has a soft spot for anything beautiful or sad, musical or otherwise, and if you hear weeping at the next Clint Eastwood movie, that’s probably him. He loves addressing himself in third person and hopes that you will someday address him in third person too.
John Mabery was born and bred in northern New Jersey, a place that no matter how frequently he tries to escape, he knows he will always come back to, which is just fine by him since good diners don't exist outside of north Jersey. He enjoys Cape Cod and aspires to write a novel some day. He once combined these two loves by locking himself in a cottage next to a graveyard in Chatham for 72 hours in order to get a couple of pages written. This method, in turn, inspired Justin Vernon to lock himself in a cabin during the recording of For Emma, Forever Ago. Did John mention that he believes Justin Vernon can do no wrong? This January, John promoted his first concert, the aptly titled "Johnaroo," which was to benefit special needs programs. He hopes to continue promoting unsigned acts in an effort to spread music that doesn't insult one's intelligence. John can also be found playing "Donkey Kong" during the daytime.
I am a Brooklyn-based freelance writer and editor. I earned my BA in Journalism and Theatre from Fordham University in 2006 and since then have worked as a contributing writer for The Cinema Source, BroadwayWorld, Tonic News, and Artistic Things (among others). I’ve also authored four plays: “Rise/Reconcile,” “Last Stop,” “Goodnight, Mr. Bluebird” and “We’ve All Cried on the A Train,” as well as a whole slew of poetry which I am currently compiling into a book along with some of my photography. When I’m not writing, I’m tutoring and teaching art to special needs children. Though completely talentless in the area myself, music has been my number one passion for a very long time and the closest thing to a religious experience I can describe. I’m mostly a fan of the indie/folk rock variety but hold deep appreciation for all its forms.
Being an indie musician and a freelance writer, blogging about underground music seems to make perfect sense. I am the founder and head honcho (yup, that’s my official title) of Sykophunk Productions and involved in three different music acts. Two years ago, I published a chapbook of poetry; this year, I’m hoping to publish a collection of short stories. I never finished college, but I read textbooks that I bought on Ebay for my own personal studies. Yeah, I’m kind of a nerd but not quite cool enough to be a geek. I think of myself as a motivated slacker, regardless of whether or not that actually makes sense. Any music that is creative and passionate is cool with me, genre is not an issue. I enjoy discovering new artists - I am a fan just as much as a musician. Also, I am addicted to orange juice.