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
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.
Steve Earle: So You Want to Be an Outlaw | 23 Jun 2017 // 4:17 AM
Steve Earle reaffirms his country outlaw status with the appropriately titled, outlaw country primer So You Want to Be an Outlaw.
Rancid: Trouble Maker | 22 Jun 2017 // 3:19 AM
Rancid deliver yet another Rancid album, rehashing nearly every facet of their multi-decade career as they rage their way into middle age punkdom.
Beth Ditto: Fake Sugar | 21 Jun 2017 // 9:30 PM
Former Gossip frontwoman makes a welcome return with her first solo album of pure pop bliss.
'Imagine Wanting Only This' Is as Beautiful as It Is Troubling in the Questions it Poses | 16 Jun 2017 // 4:30 AM
Through her visually stunning graphic memoir, Kristen Radtke explores themes of love and loss and the impermanence of life in all its forms.
Mark Mulcahy: The Possum in the Driveway | 14 Jun 2017 // 5:31 AM
With only the second release after his wife’s tragic passing in 2008, Mark Mulcahy manages to make the most of his time spent moving forward.