Senior writer and assistant editor with the Encyclopedia of Popular Music in a former lifetime, music has been in Nic Oliver's blood from an early age. A childhood spent parping the trumpet in brass bands failed to convert him into the new Miles Davis or even Rick Braun. An unhealthy obsession with Australian indie music from the '80s aside, he has an even unhealthier willingness to listen to just about any type of music buzzing around in the post-millennial digital world. Apart from poodle rock, of course. And death metal or CCM. And he doesn't really care much for jazz-fusion either. Apart from that, anything goes!