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.
Béla Fleck: Juno Concerto | 22 Mar 2017 // 4:01 AM
For his second foray into classical composing, banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck enlists the help of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra to bring to life the concerto inspired by his son, the titular Juno.
Mostly Other People Do the Killing: Loafer's Hollow | 20 Mar 2017 // 9:15 PM
For their latest avant rendering of jazz and culture in a broader sense, MOPDTK take on trad jazz in a decidedly non-traditional manner, using literary titans from Pynchon to Joyce to Vonnegut as source material.
The Grateful Dead: The Grateful Dead (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) | 19 Mar 2017 // 9:10 PM
Fifty years on, the Grateful Dead’s debut gets the deluxe reissue treatment along with an early, previously unreleased live performance.
Donald Byrd: Love Has Come Around - The Elektra Records Anthology 1978-1982 | 17 Mar 2017 // 3:35 AM
Donald Byrd’s late ‘70s/early ‘80s studio albums are sliced and diced in this newly issued collection of the most forgettable era of his otherwise illustrious and well-regarded career.
Thundercat: Drunk | 2 Mar 2017 // 9:30 PM
With Drunk, Thundercat has delivered a fascinatingly scattershot series of song fragments, snippets, and ideas perfectly suited to the increasingly limited, equally fragmented attention spans of modern listeners.