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 // 571 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

CYMBALS: Light in Your Mind | 10 Sep 2017 // 9:20 PM

On their third album, the artsy UK synthpop outfit CYMBALS have matured, but have they gotten better?

OMD: The Punishment of Luxury | 5 Sep 2017 // 9:20 PM

On their third post-reunion album, the synth veterans' triumphs more than make up for a somewhat dated message.

//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

"No Dollars in Duende": On Making Uncompromising, Spirited Music

// Sound Affects

"On the elusive yet clearly existential sadness that adds layers and textures to music.

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