John is a lifelong Chicagoan, except for a five year sojourn to
Beloit, Wisconsin where he studied History, Education and (especially)
cheese. Like most humanities majors, he’s still trying to find a way
to turn his degree into money and spends his days writing rental
contracts and planning events to pay the bills. John spends his free
time enjoying Chicago’s many wonderful craft beers, bemoaning the
death of print culture and sending emails full of helpful suggestions
to the GM of the White Sox which have so far gone strangely
unanswered. He has been known to Tweet as @onwarmermusic which is also
the name of his poor, neglected blog.
Monday, September 16 2013
The acclaimed Missouri indie-poppers talk with PopMatters about whether to name a song "Harrison Ford" on their new album (they did), being forced to play a song on Russian television, and their love of J-Pop.
Monday, April 15 2013
Thermals drummer Westin Glass talks about touring, staying D.I.Y. and the group’s back-to-basics approach on their new record.
Wednesday, October 15 2014
These days there's so much technodread floating around that you can't swing a dead cat without hitting a thinkpiece about how smartphones are ruining our minds.
Monday, June 23 2014
Released 14 years ago, the final album from Atlanta's Rock*A*Teens' failed to find an audience its first time around. Merge's reissue gives it a much-deserved second chance.
Wednesday, June 11 2014
After five studio albums, the Screaming Females have finally distilled the essence of their sound into a single record.
Thursday, April 24 2014
On her second album, EMA looks at isolation and overexposure in the digital age. Fortunately for us she has songs able to match her ambition.
Wednesday, April 23 2014
The once-forgotten Detroit proto-punk pioneers' third album is spotty at times, but still contains some true gems.
Friday, November 7 2014
On his first solo release, Epic (from the Chicago hip-hop maestros BBU) obliterates the boundary between personal and political.
Thursday, October 9 2014
Copies of the band's latest 7" reference new album called Rose Mountain.
Wednesday, April 2 2014
A quarter century after the release of Doolittle and with a new record on the way, PopMatters looks at the 15 best songs from the Pixies' original go-round.
Tuesday, February 25 2014
The Lemons are a ruthless delivery vehicle for some the leanest, sweetest, fluffiest guitar pop out there in 2014.
Tuesday, January 28 2014
Cloud Nothings' first single for their new album shows them moving forward without leaving any of their charm behind.