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.
Red Krayola with Art & Language: Baby and Child Care | 26 May 2016 // 9:10 PM
Long shelved collection of parental advice from Dr. Spock set to art funk rhythms and new wave sheen is finally given the release it deserves.
Professor Longhair: Live In Chicago (take 2) | 26 May 2016 // 9:05 PM
Archival live performance captured at the 1976 Chicago Folk Festival offers a fine reminder of the genius of Professor Longhair.
Chance the Rapper: Coloring Book | 24 May 2016 // 9:30 PM
On his third solo mixtape, Chicago’s Chance the Rapper preaches the gospel of community.
Cyndi Lauper: Detour | 5 May 2016 // 9:20 PM
Still just wanting to have fun, a former pop princess goes country with mixed results.
Tiny Tim: The Complete Singles Collection (1966-1970) | 17 Apr 2016 // 9:15 PM
All of the idiosyncratic performer’s late ‘60s singles are brought together in one place, providing a small piece of the puzzle necessary to reevaluate his place within popular culture.