Matthew Fiander is a music critic for PopMatters and Prefix Magazine. He also writes fiction and his work has appeared in The Yalobusha Review. He received his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from UNC-Greensboro and currently teaches writing and literature at High Point University in High Point, NC. You can follow him on Twitter at @mattfiander.
Monday, December 8 2014
The finest of the unsung in 2014 remind us of the power of experimentation and tradition, energy and intricacy, discovery and getting lost.
Sunday, June 29 2014
PopMatters is pleased to premiere I Sleep Alone the new album by Psalmships.
Sunday, May 4 2014
PopMatters is pleased to premiere Have You Ever Done Something Evil?, the new album by Boston's Hallelujah the Hills.
Sunday, April 27 2014
PopMatters is pleased to premiere Numbskull, the latest power-pop nugget from North Carolina's Wesley Wolfe.
Wednesday, December 11 2013
So now we go back and look at the records we maybe missed when we sped through the year, back to great dream-pop records from January, or great rock records from the spring, or great rap records we're still figuring out.
Tuesday, January 27 2015
Even with all the history built into these songs, Fussell emerges as a vital new singer, musician and torch bearer for every true sound he's come across to now.
Monday, January 26 2015
On Fantastic Planet Noveller's Sara Lipstate spends the early parts of the record selling us on her potential, making us rethink how we hear and feel texture in music, how we understand musical structures.
Thursday, January 15 2015
Live in Memphis is ultimately unassuming but effective, an honest account of Big Star's mid-'90s chapter and a reminder of the group's considerable talent and charms.
Tuesday, January 13 2015
The Intelligence has been making off-kilter garage rock records for a decade now, and that started with 2004's Boredom and Terror, now reissued by In the Red.
Sunday, January 4 2015
To just put 36 Seasons on and listen to it is to be entertained, but to dig into the details, or lack of details, is to perhaps see a frustrated artist, one working through various projects to recapture something.
Thursday, December 11 2014
This clip for "The Ride", from Lewis & Clarke's excellent Triumvirate, feels almost cinematic in scope, but the story it tells is personal, intimate, and beautiful.
Friday, October 10 2014
Northwest band Eyelids, with members of Guided By Voices and the Decemberists, deliver another sweet slice of bittersweet pop bliss on "Psych #1"
Wednesday, July 9 2014
"Strangers from Now On", the latest single from neo-folk duo Trummors' new album Moorish Highway, premieres here. We speak with Trummors' David Lerner to find out more about the new album.
Friday, April 11 2014
Wooden Wand's James Jackson Toth releases his new album, Farmer's Corner, in May on Fire Records
Tuesday, October 29 2013
Schooner presents the latest clip for punchy tune "Feel Better", from their excellent 2013 record, Neighborhood Veins.