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.
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.
Wednesday, March 26 2014
Yet another fuzzy "Girls" group shows on their debut album that they can hold their own.
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.
Wednesday, May 8 2013
As a young man, Billy Bragg reinvented punk rock with songs as fiercely political as they were emotional. Three decades after he released his first album, PopMatters counts down his ten best outings from those early years.
Monday, November 5 2012
Indio's Dia de los Muertos tour brought beats and brews for people looking to do their thing in Chicago.