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
Colleen Green Is Having Fun Behind Those Dark Glasses | 25 May 2015 // 10:00 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.
Garth Brooks: Gunslinger | 8 Dec 2016 // 8:20 PM
Former king of country music returns with an album reminiscent of the Garth Brooks of old.
Miranda Lambert: The Weight of These Wings | 7 Dec 2016 // 2:55 AM
After a prolonged silence in the wake of her very public divorce, Miranda Lambert opens up, takes the high road and harnesses her heartbreak to create one of the best country albums of 2016.
Wayne Hancock: Slingin' Rhythm | 5 Dec 2016 // 2:53 AM
When it comes to a new Wayne Hancock record, you know exactly what you’re getting -- and that in itself can be a damn comforting notion.
Hedvig Mollestad Trio: Black Stabat Mater / Evil in Oslo | 1 Dec 2016 // 8:05 PM
On a pair of recent releases, Norwegian guitarist Hedvig Mollestad Thomassen continues to evolve into a thrilling modern guitarist informed equally by jazz and hard rock.
Tad: God's Balls / Salt Lick / 8-Way Santa | 30 Nov 2016 // 8:25 PM
Heavier than heavy, Tad is back with a trio of deluxe editions of their first three Sub Pop releases.