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.
Tuesday, April 16 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 10 2013
The problem with Merchandise isn’t they sound like a former hardcore/emo band from Florida experimenting with interesting and eclectic new sounds; it’s that they sound like they’re trying way too hard to show everyone that that’s what they are.
Tuesday, June 4 2013
In a landscape of increasingly bloated music fests, Pitchfork has created a world-class music festival with a local flavor and an approachable scale. PopMatters previews the 2013 lineup.
Friday, April 26 2013
A decade into their career, Art Brut announces their own classic rock status with this two-disc best-of collection. Luckily for the band, the songs back up their bravado.
Friday, March 29 2013
Knitting Factory's second Fela Kuti retrospective is no less vital, gripping, or essential than the first.
Thursday, March 28 2013
Though the Screaming Females reveal an exciting experimentalist streak on Chalk Tape, the results aren't always fully baked.
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.
Monday, October 1 2012
POPMATTERS SPONSOR: Chrissy Murderbot and Dani Shivers put on a high energy show for people looking to do their thing at Chicago's Double Door.
Monday, August 27 2012
POPMATTERS SPONSOR: Francicso Y Madero and Gemini Club show what it means to "Do Your Thing". Electro dance pop and Latin-tinged experimentalism went down easy at the Double Door.