John is a Michigan-based musician and writer. He currently reviews music for PopMatters and Spectrum Culture, while also working his way through his ever-expanding record collection at www.tumblr.com/blog/vinylcompulsion. @john_r_paul
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 Frightnrs: Nothing More to Say | 26 Sep 2016 // 9:20 PM
As though phoned in from another era, the Frightnrs bring the Daptone aesthetic to rocksteady, in the process creating one of the best albums the genre has to offer.
NOFX: The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories by NOFX with Jeff Alulis | 18 Sep 2016 // 9:05 PM
Offensive and obscene in all the best ways, The Hepatitis Bathtub is a wild and crazy ride through punk, addiction, kinky sex and noise.
Chad & Jeremy: Yesterday's Gone: Complete Ember & World Artists Recordings | 13 Sep 2016 // 9:10 PM
Cherry Red collects Chad & Jeremy’s complete early albums along with a handful of singles, alternate mixes, B-sides, and live cuts, resulting in a hodgepodge that's equal parts beauty and filler.
Ed Harcourt: Furnaces | 28 Aug 2016 // 9:20 PM
With Furnaces, singer-songwriter Ed Harcourt continues his singular exploration of the lost art of creating a coherent album.
The Beach Boys: Becoming the Beach Boys | 25 Aug 2016 // 9:30 PM
Becoming the Beach Boys offers a comprehensive glimpse into the embryonic stages of one of America’s finest pop groups.