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.
Thursday, October 31 2013
Three decades after its initial release, the 30th Anniversary Edition of Life's a Riot with Spy Vs Spy reminds us that great music holds up, with or without new window dressing.
Monday, October 14 2013
On his first record released under his own name, Wesley Stace delivers a set of reflective musings on lost love and mortality.
Tuesday, September 10 2013
The Pixies reunion finally produces a new record. Unfortunately nothing on EP1 approaches the heights of their previous work.
Thursday, September 5 2013
I Hate Music is undeniable proof that creating something with resounding beauty is the ultimate defiance of death.
Sunday, August 25 2013
On Gone Away Backward, Robbie Fulks doubles down on his back country bona fides, crafting an album full of sweet, haunting, country-folk tunes that sound refreshingly out-of-place in 2013.
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.
Wednesday, October 24 2012
Some six albums, five EPs, and 13 years in, we rank the best songs of Ted Leo's solo career.