Get To Know Us

Bearded Gentlemen Music is a site created to share the enthusiasm and appreciation that we have for music and all things music related, as well as anything else that we find to be rad. Our goal is to capture the wonder of the burly rebel poet and convey that spirit within our articles (See our welcome article: The Transcendent Beard). Please feel free to share your opinions or concerns in our comments section and never hesitate to ask us anything!

You can also reach us by email –

A note about the Gentlemen:

The Bearded Gentlemen are Jon Robertson and Isaac Atencio.

Just as fate may have brought you to this site, fate also a plays a major role in the history of this duo’s friendship. The Gentlemen actually met as young lads in 1988 while auditioning for the roles of Klingon children in the hit TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation. Neither ever fathomed that one day they would meet again. However, years later the two unlikely friends crossed paths while working as runners for United Concerts in Salt Lake City.

While their dreams of acting were burned and long since gone, like a phoenix a new passion for all things music had emerged from the ashes. Both of the Gentlemen desired to share this passion with all of those around them. Jon had been contributor to publications such as SLUG Magazine and Primary Ignition, as well as attempting his own personal blog. As for Isaac, you may have read some of his anecdotal work in bathroom stalls all over the Wasatch Front. The idea was thrown around for the two to combine talents and join forces and the rest as they say, is history. For more information on our origins read Jon and Isaac’s interview with Salt Lake City Weekly.

Interested in writing for B.G.M.? Awesome! We are always looking for new contributors and would love to hear from you. Send us an email or hit us up on one of our various social media outlets and we can help you share your passion of music with the world!

Our team:


Mike Scherf – The host and creator of the B.G.M. Podcast and a writerly writer guy who writes about music, basketball, and writing. He now writes here, but has written other places too. He also writes for a big fancy company as his 9-5. Writing, writing, writing.

Melissa Vega – Is not one of those people that needs coffee every morning, but one of those people that needs music every morning. There’s just something about trumpets sounding while the sun is rising that gets her out of bed every day. She wonders if her love for music will ever be a talent she will actually realize beyond being really excellent at singing in the shower. She can be summed up in a single lyric from Wilco’s “She’s a Jar”: “when I forget how to talk, I sing.”

M. Milner – Freelance writer and music fan, whose writing has appeared on The Good Point, The Toronto Review of Books, and, among other places. Favorite albums: Dig Me Out, Live-Evil, Decade.

Nate Jones – Lives somewhere on the East Coast and is hard to keep track of. He’s a genius and doesn’t like to write album reviews.

Phil Maye – King of Sarcasm and enlightened thought. Plus he’s Canadian and that rules!


Cody Davis – Cody knows he doesn’t look like he listens to metal, but trust him. He does. He spends an overwhelming majority of his day listening to it. When he isn’t busy becoming a physical therapist at Duke University, he splits his time as a writer for not only Bearded Gentlemen Music but at Metal Injection, Noisey, and Treble as well. Cody can be found on Twitter or Instagram and if you ever see him in person, please buy him a cup of coffee.  

Amanda Best – Is a procrastinator and we love her for it. She like’s to party and write amazing reviews for B.G.M. and we love her for that too.

Quinten O’Neal College student from Florida. His job doesn’t allow him to have a beard, but he loves music nonetheless.

Tom VickressAn all around music enthusiast who loves playing drums, collecting physical music mediums, going to shows, etc. Tom also has an unhealthy love for every variety of cheese and shares music he enjoys on The Beat Farm.

Dan VesperHas been dividing his time between Salt Lake City and The Big Apple for the past few years. He  supposedly has some of the best dance moves in SLC and can make you a mix tape that will blow your mind. His personal blog Old New Borrowed Blew rules!

Joshua “Shua” Peters – Likes his music like he likes his whiskey; almost anyway he can get it. Spends his days in the world of marketing and advertising, but spends his nights reviewing whiskey and mixing cocktails for The Whiskey Jug.

Kevin Krein – Kevin Krein is a Minnesota based writer, and has been operating the award winning music blog Anhedonic Headphones since 2013. Outside of that, and his sporadic contributions to B.G.M., he also writes the back page column for the Southern Minnesota Scene magazine. He is a cool rabbit dad, 95% vegan, a huge jerk, and defined mostly by his gigantic, beautiful beard, which garners compliments all of the time from strangers.

Kelsey Simpkins – Midwestern musician, writer, and artist who loves radio, craft beer, and still buys CDs. She spends most of her time obsessing about and going to see little known and up-and-coming bands, which she pushes on her friends and promotes through Sofar Sounds Minneapolis and The Aural Premonition.

JP Gorman – Is a writer living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His work has appeared in Overthinking It, CinemaBlend, and numerous now-defunct online outlets, including one he ran himself. He’s also working on a novel and various other works of short Fiction he hopes you will one day look forward to reading. Follow @GormanJP on Twitter: he promises not to blow up your timeline.

David Dring – Freelance writer living in Nottingham, UK. Very passionate about music, food, sci-fi, and travelling. Writer of the now defunct yet insanely hilarious Man & Woman video series. Follow him on twitter @dringypie. Some of his tweets are actually funny!

Brandon Perras – Professional blogger from Providence, RI doing the lords work. Avalanche of Guts! Guiterorrist for TINSEL TEETH and remember, have your kids spayed and neutered.

Jeremy Erickson – Much like his beard, music has become a permanent part of Jeremy’s life. Growing up with punk rock and hardcore, while developing a love for metal and dark ale, he appreciates the heavier side of music. But much like a Northern IPA, he also enjoys acoustic and/or the lighter side of music; and he loves writing about it all! He lives in Canada with his growing family and would love for you to follow him on Instagram and Twitter.

Steve Wheeler – As he hurtles towards 40, Steve continues to indulge his illusions of being a really cool teenager by growling in London garage punk outfit Dead Arms, growing his beard big and strong, buying comic books, and listening to anything from the Beach Boys to Unsane. One day he will start writing that novel he’s always banging on about and move to New York.

Mickey White – has settled into writing about rap releases and this comically-sized coffee.  He’s our resident Kool Keith and Greg Fox stan.  Mickey would appreciate if you would keep your Kurt Cobain fan-fiction to yourself and you can follow him on Twitter @NorridgeMadeMe.

Adam P. Newton – A lifelong Texan, he spends most of his time reading, writing, taking care of his newborn daughter, and enjoying Houston with his partner. He shares random Internet crap at Dryvetyme Onlyne, and he’s working on a series about music and parenting for Houston Press.

Judie Vegh – Judie is neither bearded nor a gentleman. She is, however, a gentlelady with refined musical tastes and a knack for taking photographs. You will usually find her committing “crimes and heists” with her concert buddy and BGM writer, Kendon Luscher. They are like the Bonnie & Clyde of the Cleveland music scene except for the whole getting shot to death thing. You can follow her on the Tweeter and Instagram: @OyVegh.

We here at Bearded Gentlemen Music are very excited to share our combined efforts on this site for you. Thanks for reading and enjoy!

30 Responses to Get To Know Us

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  2. CD Anderson says:

    Hey. Wow, what a great site, really dig it. It’s like what my blog wants to be when it grows up. Keep on keeping on.

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  4. Drew says:

    Your site makes me feel good about things. Thx

  5. Shawn Irwin says:


    I’m a singer/songwriter in need of an album review. You hear my latest album @ Please take a listen and let me know what you think.


  6. Kim Field says:

    Hello Jon,

    I saw your review on the Nothing show and thought I’d reach out to invite you to our show at Urban Lounge in SLC on 9/11. We are a shoegaze/dreampop/psych (sorry for the tags) band from PA. Nothing & Whirr are two of our favorites…

    We’re label mates with Whirr on Graveface Records.

    Please let us know if you’re interested in an interview or reviewing the show!

    Thanks so much,

    The Stargazer Lilies

    • Hey Kim,

      Just now discovering your band! Wow!! Excellent stuff.

      Yes we would very much be interested in covering the band. We can set up an interview to promote the show before hand if you’d like. Please send us an email to the address above.

      Thanks so much for getting in touch and again love the tunes!

  7. jason says:


    Just came across the site and was interested in submitting music for review(or anything really). A new album was just released which has been receiving great feedback from the press, including airplay on many podcasts and college stations. Below is the release info and links to the music:

    Artist: Azwel
    Album: “From Now On”

    Influences: Pet Shop Boys, Belle and Sebastian, Radiohead, E.L.O, The Divine Comedy, Suede, Blur, Pulp, Teenage Fanclub, Rem, etc.

    Thanks in advance, and please let me know if you need any additional information. Looking forward to hearing from you,

    STREAM Link


    Full album download:

  8. Hello there!!!

    Here is my newest full length album! I can send you a free bandcamp download or a CD snail mail as well if interested! (just email me)

    Style is a folk/indie lush layering yet intimate.

    You can also head over to for other press and info on this project!!

    Thanks for what you do, heard about your blog thru bettyElm records! Keep up the good work.


  9. Todd Kite says:

    Great Blog!!
    We heard you like TORCHE…so do we. You might dig us..please check us out

    SoCal Sludge

  10. Hi, I came across your site through instagram and I was wondering if you were looking to add a photographer to cover live shows in the San Diego area.

  11. Will do right now! Thank you

  12. $wag Qu££n says:

    Hello Bearded Gentlemen,

    We are Impale the Llama, pioneers of the $wag~Punk genre and we have just released a new EP.
    It’s called ‘Let’s Do it in the Backseat’ we would be honoured if you guys would review it.
    The EP can be found here:

    The $wag Qu££n

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  14. Stathis says:

    Hi guys,

    Great site. I would love to introduce to you, Omega Monolith from Athens, Greece.

    Artist: Omega Monolith
    Album: Fungus
    Genre: Heavy rock, instrumental, post, doom
    FFO/RIYL: Sunn O))), Fleshpress, Sonic Youth, Black Sabbath

    STREAM Link


    Thanks and enjoy

  15. because someone turned me on to you guys, I want to turn you on to us.

    cheers, the black watch (14th LP out now from Pop Culture Press)

  16. Sk3L3T0N CR3W says:

    this site would be a whole lot better if you didn’t employ racists sexist assholes who bash legitimate artists with real talent. fuck racists sexist bearded gentlemen

    • Dear person who has trolled the site and made pretty savage remarks to our writers,

      You probably shouldn’t be on the internet anymore.


      Jon (Senior Editor / Site Owner)

  17. TylerJoseph says:

    I Took a look around at a few reviews and I was greeted by a wide range of obnoxious writers. Whiny hipster fucks sucking the dicks of Prince, Bowie, Beyonce and Radiohead just like Pitchfork or Rolling Stone. Every article is either about racism or sexism. By the looks of it theres NO BLACK writers so the fuck you know about racism? I only see a handful female writers, so the fuck you know about sexism? The podcast is a circle jerk or whiny cunts trying to sound smart. knuckle dragging men with nasally men who complain about stupid shit and a woman who thinks everything is about feminism. There’s a rant section that’s the most obnoxious hipster shit I’ve ever seen. One again white people complaining about the Grammy’s being racist. a sexist hate speech trashing Twenty One Pilots, and yet another whiny bitch complaining about the worst songs of 2015. The fuck you know about WORST songs? like he is the end all be all voice telling us whats good and bad. You people need to fire half your writers and start listening with an open mind instead of hipster shit. Thanks for listening

  18. April says:

    Hiya! I found this site through a Prince article I saw on Twitter called The Beat The Brain The Heart. Since then I’ve read just about everything posted on the front pages for the year 2016. I see a few negative comments posted above and I don’t want to cause an internet fight but I have to say this is my favorite source for music reviews now. Each article is handled with care, respect for the artist and perfectly written! The best thing about it is, by the looks of the list on this page, you don’t have many writers but each of them have their own voice without playing into some sort of agenda (cough cough Pitchfork cough). I see writers who aren’t afraid to post a negative review of a popular artist as well as seemingly young writers paying respect to some of the greats. It’s truly remarkable to see such honest diversity from a music site. Thank you so much, and I can’t wait to read some more! Rock ON!

  19. Sydnie Pappas says:


    My name is Sydnie I am the Sony Music rep in Salt Lake City, I was looking to see if one of your writers was interested in seeing Zipper Club on the 15th of November, they are opening for The Sound. I have two tickets to the show and it will be at The Venue

  20. Ali Murray says:

    Hi Jon,

    My name is Ali Murray. I am a songwriter/musician from the isle of Lewis in Scotland. I have been a big fan of your site (Bearded Gentleman Music) for quite some time now. I’ve discovered lots of great music there, so I wanted to say thank you.

    I also wanted to let you know that I currently play in a band called Seldom Few. We are an atmospheric rock trio from the western isles of Scotland. We just recently released our self-titled debut album. Musically it’s kind of a mix of post-hardcore, dreampop, gothic post-punk and shoegaze. We just called it atmospheric rock to keeps things simple, and because I hate describing my own sound haha.

    Anyway, here’s the link to our album in the odd chance that you may interested in checking it out and possibly featuring it on your blog. I’ve also shared the album with you via Dropbox if you wanted to download it for yourself. I realize that you probably get lots of these kinds of submissions so I’ll cut it short here.

    Thank you for your time.


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