John Bergstrom
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PopMatters Associate Music Editor

John Bergstrom has been writing various reviews and features for PopMatters since 2004. He has been a music fanatic at least since he and a couple friends put together The Rock Group Dictionary in third grade (although he now admits that giving Pat Benatar the title of "first good female rocker" was probably a mistake). He has done freelance writing for Trouser Pressonline, Milwaukee's Shepherd Express, and the late Milk magazine and website. He currently resides in Madison, Wisconsin with his wife and two kids, both of whom are very good dancers.

Features // 9 Articles
Reviews // 533 Articles
Blogs // 42 Articles
//Features

Can't Even Be Bothered: Two Great British Indie Rock Albums Turn 20 | 12 Mar 2012 // 6:00 PM

They are not the best-known or most-celebrated works by their respective bands. But Ride's Going Blank Again and the Charlatans' Between 10th and 11th are seminal touchstones of 1990s British indie rock, "Deluxe Anniversary Editions" or not.

The "Worst" of The Beatles: A Contradiction in Terms? | 12 Nov 2009 // 4:00 PM

Certainly not!

//Reviews

Dawes: All Your Favorite Bands | 6 Jul 2015 // 9:10 PM

The rootsy SoCal group stays the course on album number four, begging the question of whether honing a narrowly-defined sound amounts to progress.

The Vaccines: English Graffiti | 23 Jun 2015 // 9:15 PM

Once touted as the Next Big Thing, the English band have done even better and become their own thing.

//Blogs

Swervedriver Unveil New Video for "Setting Sun", Announce Album Release Date | 14 Jan 2015 // 10:00 AM

Alt rock veterans Swervedriver have released the video for their new single, "Setting Sun", along with details of a new album and tour.

Ben Watt's Buzzin' Fly Electronic Label to Become a Catalogue Label | 12 Mar 2013 // 6:10 AM

Buzzin' Fly Records, the much-respected progressive house and electronic label, will stop releasing new material and become "archive only", according to founder Ben Watt.

//Mixed media
//Blogs

A Chat with José González at Newport Folk Festival

// Notes from the Road

"José González's sets during Newport Folk Festival weren't on his birthday (that is today) but each looked to be a special intimate performance.

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