Mikel Jollett goes from rock writing to just plain rocking 

Them what can’t do, teach, as the old saw goes.

But not always.

A few years back, rock journalist Mikel Jollett was hammering out a novel when he hit a bad-news trifecta — a relationship was shattering, his mother was diagnosed with cancer and he was suddenly suffering from a genetic autoimmune disorder.

So he began composing music instead of critiquing it, and his dark, jangly band Airborne Toxic Event rose Phoenix-like from the ashes. Two smash hits later (“Sometime Around Midnight” and “Wishing Well”), the band’s eponymous debut had sold over 300,000 copies, worldwide.

Now Jollett is back with Album No. 2, “All At Once,” to break that dreaded sophomore jinx.

The Dave Sardy-produced album hits streets April 26, but an advance single, the Far-East filigreed, handclap-propelled “Changes,” is already available, and it proves the journo can still jab.

Seriously, the song could be their biggest breakthrough yet.

But Jollett isn’t promoting it through normal routes — all through February, ATE is doing a European residency, playing Amsterdam on Mondays, Berlin on Tuesdays and Paris on Fridays.

All hail the one rock writer who’s successfully crossed over to the hit parade!

For more information, visit www.theairbornetoxicevent.com.

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