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Matthew Fiander
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PopMatters Associate Music Editor

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.


Features

Monday, December 8 2014

The Top 10 Overlooked Albums of 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

Psalmships - 'I Sleep Alone' (album premiere)

PopMatters is pleased to premiere I Sleep Alone the new album by Psalmships.


Sunday, May 4 2014

Hallelujah the Hills - 'Have You Ever Done Something Evil?' (album premiere)

PopMatters is pleased to premiere Have You Ever Done Something Evil?, the new album by Boston's Hallelujah the Hills.


Sunday, April 27 2014

Wesley Wolfe - 'Numbskull' (album premiere)

PopMatters is pleased to premiere Numbskull, the latest power-pop nugget from North Carolina's Wesley Wolfe.


Wednesday, December 11 2013

The Top 10 Overlooked Albums of 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.


Reviews

Thursday, December 11 2014

Dirt Dress: Revelations EP

Post-punk outfit Dirt Dress stretches out in all directions on Revelations EP.


Tuesday, December 9 2014

Robbie Basho: Art of the Acoustic Steel String 6 & 12

This reissue of Robbie Bahso's 1979 album feels more like a conversation between him and his guitar about larger Western spaces.


Sunday, December 7 2014

Love: Black Beauty

Black Beauty, now on CD for the first time, may have a totally different sonic palate than Forever Changes or Da Capo, but it's similarly built around Arthur Lee's emotionally revealing lyrics and careful pop sensibilities.


Thursday, December 4 2014

Hallelujah the Hills: Juvenile Oratorios EP

This EP, a companion to the band's excellent 2014 full-length record, suggests that lower-fi recordings and ambitious ones are not mutually exclusive.


Wednesday, December 3 2014

Radical Dads: Cassette Brain

This is an impressive set from Radical Dads, one that feels much bigger than its 16-minute runtime.


T.I.: Paperwork [9.Nov.14]
Lagwagon: Hang [5.Nov.14]
S: Cool Choices [29.Sep.14]
Weller: I [10.Jul.14]
Greys: If Anything [11.Jun.14]
Amen Dunes: Love [12.May.14]
Woodsman: Woodsman [11.Feb.14]
Snowbird: Moon [3.Feb.14]
Upset: She's Gone [27.Oct.13]
CAVE: Threace [16.Oct.13]
Danny Brown: Old [9.Oct.13]
FUZZ: FUZZ [1.Oct.13]
Scraper: Scraper [25.Sep.13]
The Clean: Vehicle [15.Aug.13]
Chance: In Search [31.Jul.13]
Isis: Celestial [10.Jul.13]
Wise Blood: id [25.Jun.13]
Czarface: Czarface [14.Mar.13]
Airstrip: Willing [27.Feb.13]
GRMLN: Explore EP [23.Oct.12]
Cat Power: Sun [4.Sep.12]
The Germs: (GI) [24.Jul.12]
Astrid: High Blues [26.Jun.12]
The Young: Dub Egg [10.Jun.12]
OFF!: OFF! [9.May.12]
Cardinal: Hymns [25.Jan.12]
Tony Sly: Sad Bear [20.Oct.11]
DMZ/Lyres [3.Oct.11]
Megafaun: Megafaun [18.Sep.11]
Fonda: Better Days [28.Aug.11]
Gardens: Gardens [22.Jun.11]
Darlings: Warma [5.Jun.11]
Wye Oak: Civilian [10.Mar.11]
Destroyer: Kaputt [24.Jan.11]
Suuns: Zeroes QC [14.Oct.10]
Busses: Busses [9.Oct.10]
Junip: Fields [13.Sep.10]
Rangda: False Flag [28.Jul.10]
Kaki King: Junior [14.Apr.10]
Harlem: Hippies [7.Apr.10]
Nana Grizol: Ruth [24.Mar.10]
Ox: Burnout [15.Nov.09]
ILAD: Here//There [20.Oct.09]
Polvo: In Prism [9.Sep.09]
Sholi: Sholi [22.Apr.09]
M. Ward: Hold Time [16.Feb.09]
Megapuss: Surfing [30.Nov.08]
Dungen: 4 [15.Oct.08]
The Organ: Thieves [14.Oct.08]
Doveman: Footloose [24.Aug.08]
Dianogah: Qhnnnl [12.Aug.08]
Bell: EP [15.Jul.08]
Ladyhawk: Shots [11.Mar.08]
Health: Health [13.Sep.07]
KK Null: Fertile [8.Jul.07]
Olvis: Bravado [23.May.07]

Blogs

Thursday, December 11 2014

Lewis & Clarke - "The Ride" (video) (Premiere)

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

Eyelids - "Psych #1" (video) (Premiere)

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

Trummors - "Strangers from Now On" (audio and Q&A) (Premiere)

"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 - "Alpha Dawn" (stream) (PopMatters Premiere)

Wooden Wand's James Jackson Toth releases his new album, Farmer's Corner, in May on Fire Records


Tuesday, October 29 2013

Schooner - "Feel Better" (video) (Premiere)

Schooner presents the latest clip for punchy tune "Feel Better", from their excellent 2013 record, Neighborhood Veins.


Bob Dylan - The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964 (Consuming Consumables) [13.Dec.10]
Red Red Meat - Bunny Gets Paid (Deluxe Edition) (Consuming Consumables) [2.Dec.09]
Charlie Louvin: Charlie Louvin [$14.98] (Consuming Consumables) [1.Dec.07]
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