John is a Michigan-based musician and writer. He currently writes for PopMatters, Spectrum Culture, Freeform Noise and Cover Me, among others. Follow him at @john_r_paul
Perennial Underdogs, Dion and Norton Prove a Perfect Pairing | 27 Jul 2017 // 10:00 PM
Norton Records co-founder Miriam Linna talks with PopMatters about the origins of their new, until-now unreleased lost Dion album recorded in 1965, which shows Dion to have been at the vanguard of the forthcoming folk rock boom.
Heartache Is an Uphill Climb: An Interview With Tift Merritt | 31 Jan 2017 // 9:34 PM
Tift Merritt opens up on the joys of motherhood, life on the road with her new daughter in tow, and what the future might hold for them both.
Colleen Green Is Having Fun Behind Those Dark Glasses | 25 May 2015 // 11:00 PM
Colleen Green used to hide behind her sunglasses; now they're just a part of who she is. She tells PopMatters about their origin and the one song she refuses to play live.
'The Many Lives of Catwoman' Captures the Many Influences of This Multifaceted Superhero | 15 Aug 2017 // 6:30 AM
Author and comic book historian Tim Hanley explores the far more than nine lives of DC’s Catwoman in this thoroughly in-depth biography/cultural contextualization.
Books Like Chuck Klosterman's 'X' May Represent a New Kind of History Lesson | 8 Aug 2017 // 4:30 AM
Pop cultural savant Chuck Klosterman’s X collects his many disparate musings on all things otherwise inconsequential and in so doing creates a pop culture roadmap.
'Printer's Error' Is a Hilarious Romp Through Publishing History | 7 Aug 2017 // 6:30 AM
Rare book specialists (and Pawn Stars consultants) J.P. and Rebecca Romney craft an amusing narrative full of spite, blood, and the world’s first (pre)internet troll.
Dave Chisholm's Wildly Imaginative Audio/visual Experience, 'Instrumental' | 28 Jul 2017 // 4:30 AM
An allegorical exploration of the idea of just how far some musicians will go to “make it”, Instrumental takes things to the extreme.
Rev. Sekou: In Times Like These | 28 Jul 2017 // 2:42 AM
A blistering batch of gospel blues, In Times Like These offers up social and political sentiments more relevant now perhaps than ever from that rare artist who truly practices what he preaches.