2013 Songs in the Key of L.A.: Sheet Music and the Making of California. Angel City Press.
2013 Black and Brown Los Angeles: A Contemporary Reader. Editor with Laura Pulido. UC Press.
2012 Tijuana Dreaming: Art and Life at the Global Border. Editor with Fiamma Montezemolo. Duke University Press.
2012 Sound Clash: Listening to American Studies. Editor with Kara Keeling. John Hopkins UP.
2011 The Song Is Not The Same: Jews and American Popular Music. The Jewish Role in American Life Vol. 7. Annual Volume of The USC Casden Institute. Editor. Purdue University Press.
2008 And You Shall Know Us By The Trail Of Our Vinyl: The Jewish Past As Told by The Records We Have Loved and Lost. Co-authored with Roger Bennett. Random House, 2008.
2005 Audiotopia: Music, Race, and America. Winner of the 2006 American Book Award. UC Press 2005.
2012 "So Many Bones in the Desert." Interview with Sergio Gonzalez Rodriguez. Los Angeles Review of Books.
2012 "A Nightstick Turned Into a Song." On Music and Black Power. The American Prospect.
2012 "Death Rattle." On Music, Violence, and the US-Mexico Drug War. The American Prospect.
2011 "Sing, Memory." On Music and Memory. The American Prospect.
2011 "Latin-Esque: The (Mexican) Musical Modernism of L.A., 1950-1966." Mex/LA: “Mexican” Modedernism(s) in Los Angeles, 1930-1985. ed. Hatje Cantz, Museum of Latin American Art.
2011 "The Personal Equator: Patssi Valdez at the Border." Asco: Elite of the Obscure: A Retrospective, 1972-1987. ed. Hatje Cantz, Museum of Latin American Art.
2011 "KWXY AM 1340, Cathedral City." Sights and Sounds. Boom: A Journal of California.
2011 "Playing the Fence, Listening to the Line: Sound, Sound Art, and Acoustic Politics at the US-Mexico Border.” Performance in the Borderlands: A Critical Anthology. eds. Harvey Young and Ramon Rivera-Servera. Palgrave.
2011 “The Tijuana Sound: Blues, Brass, and the Musical Borders of the 1960s.” Transnational Encounters: Music and Performance at the U.S.-Mexico Border. Ed. Alejandro Madrid. Oxford University Press.
2011 "California Sueños." Boom: A Journal of California Studies. Issue 1, Volume 1. UC Press.
2011 "The Sound of ’68: Notes on The Musical Legacy of Tlateloco." Kalfou. Special journal issue, "1968." University of Minnesota Press.
2010 "Black Sabbath." Liner notes essay. Black Sabbath: The Secret Musical HIstory of Black-Jewish Relations. Idelsohn Society for Musical Preservation.
2010 "Unexpected Harmony: YouTube Helps Legaci's Breakout." The New York Times. June 15, 2010.
2010 "El Disco Es Cultura." The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl. Ed. Trevor Schoonmaker. Duke University Press,
2010 "Tijuana and the Borders of Race." The Blackwell Companion to Los Angeles. Eds. William Deverell and Greg Hise. Blackwell.
2009 “Have An Hors D’ Ouevrey Irvy: The Music of Jewish-American Food.” Koscher & Co. Exhibition Catalog. Judisches Museum Berlin.
2009 "The Sound of the Desert Sublime." Convergence: Special Issue on "The Sonic West." Ed. Stephen Aron. Autry National Center.
2009 "Mazel Tov, Mis Amigos." Liner notes essay. Juan Calle and HIs Lantzmen, Mazel Tov, Mis Amigos. Idelsohn Society for Musical Preservation.
2009 "Mexican Bands Find Success Via Cell Phones." The New York Times. April 3, 2009.
2008 A Line in the Sand: The Contemporary US-Mexico Border and Its Future. Los Angeles Times. February 17, 2008.
2008 "Immigrant Sage: How a 70-year-old curmudgeon, played by a 28-year-old, became one of the most popular personalities on L.A. radio." Los Angeles Magazine. December 2008.
2007. "Abie the Fishman: On Masks, Birthmarks, and Hunchbacks. In E. Weisbard (Ed.), Listen Again: A Momentary History of Pop Music. Durham, NC and London: Duke University Press.
2007 "How We Listen: A Conversation Between Josh Kun and Leon Botstein." Guilt & Pleasure, 6.
2007 "Interview with Jorge Hernández of Los Tigres del Norte." Bomb: A quarterly arts & culture magazine.
2007 "The Latte-ization of Tijuana." Los Angeles Times, August 6 2007.
2007 "The Ballad of Music Man Murray." Los Angeles Magazine, July 2007.
2007. "Mexico City's Indie Rock, Now Playing to the World." New York Times. May 13, 2007.
2006 "The New Sound of Mexico, Sung in a Nashville Accent." New York Times. December 17, 2006.
2006. "We Are a Band, and We Play One on TV." New York Times. July 9, 2006.
2006 "The Twiins: Mexican Music, Made in America." New York Times. May 14, 2006.
2006 "They're With the Band, Speaking That Global Lanage: Brass." New York Times. April 9 2006.
2006 "The Island of Jorge Hank Rhon." LA Weekly. February 16, 2006.
2005 "Bagels, Bongos, and Yiddishe Mambos, or The Other History of Jews in America." Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies, 23(4).
2004 "File under: Post-Mexico." Aztlan, 29(1).
2002 "Two Turntables and a Social Movement: Writing Hip-Hop at Century's End." American Literary History, 14(3)
2002 “'The Sun Never Sets on MTV: Tijuana NO! and the Border of Music Video." Latino/a Popular Culture. eds. M. Romero & M. Habell-Pallan. NYU Press.
2001 "The Aural Border." Theatre Journal, 52.
2010 Black Sabbath: The Music of Blacks and Jews. Co-curator. Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco.
2009 Jews on Vinyl. Co-curator. Contemporary Jewish Museum (S.F.) & Skirball Cultural Center (L.A.)
2009 Last Exit USA. Solo installation. Steve Turner Contemporary. Los Angeles, CA.