Filter (magazine)

FILTER was a seasonal American music and off-beat entertainment magazine which was founded in 2002.[1] It featured commentary and photos of up-and-coming musicians and filmmakers ranging from actors to writer-directors. Each season's (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall, and Holiday) issue highlighted a reasonably well-known cover artist while also taking a look at smaller artists under the heading "Getting to Know". The magazine also included reviews of forthcoming albums and DVDs.

The Strokes and Lou Reed on the cover of the Winter 2004 issue of Filter.
EditorPat McGuire
CategoriesMusic magazine
FrequencyFive per year
Year foundedJuly 2002 (July 2002)
Final issueJune 2014 (June 2014)
CountryUnited States
Based inLos Angeles

With the tagline "Good music will prevail", the publication aimed to bring indie music to the forefront through its reporting while also highlighting established artists in long-form interviews. The magazine used to contain a "PSSST!" compilation with each issue.

FILTER was published by Alan Miller and Alan Sartirana. Its editor-in-chief was Pat McGuire, its associate editor was Breanna Murphy and its layout designer was Melissa Simonian.

FILTER also had a marketing arm which operated independently of the print publication. The magazine started a seasonal festival Culture Collide, now produced by founder Alan Miller and COLLiDE after Miller and Sartirana parted ways amicably in 2014, with Sartirana, McGuire, and Simonian going on with much of the FILTER staff to found FLOOD Magazine, a quarterly entertainment publication.[2]


  1. Zachary Sniderman (May 5, 2010). "Filter". The New York Review of Magazines. Retrieved 23 May 2015.
  2. Harley Brown (June 27, 2014). "Filter Magazine Ends Its Run as Co-Founders 'the Alans' Part Ways". Billboard.
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