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 // 20 Articles
Reviews // 1071 Articles
Blogs // 12 Articles
//Features

North Carolina's Phuzz Phest 2016 Is a Music Festival Done Right | 27 Apr 2016 // 5:14 AM

Festivals can and should be transactions, but not of capital or codified cool. They should bring people into a space so they can see what it's about and let them add something to it. NC's Phuzz Phest does this well.

The Top 10 Overlooked Albums of 2014 | 8 Dec 2014 // 9:19 PM

The finest of the unsung in 2014 remind us of the power of experimentation and tradition, energy and intricacy, discovery and getting lost.

//Reviews

'The Noise of Time' Considers the Artist's Place in an Oppressive State | 26 May 2016 // 9:30 PM

In this fictional account of composer Dmitri Shostakovich, Barnes reveals the inner conflicts of a man trying to live by a set of principles in a shfting time and place.

Various Artists: Sharon Signs to Cherry Red | 19 May 2016 // 9:30 PM

This two-disc set comprises 45 songs that capture not a sound, but rather an attitude. These artists island hop across labels and genres and, in doing so, create vital songs worth unearthing now.

//Blogs

Some Army - 'One Stone and Too Many Birds' (album stream) (premiere) | 5 Apr 2016 // 5:39 AM

Some Army's debut record becomes more indelible with each listen, with each tangled mix of atmosphere and hooks, of mood and melody.

Hallelujah the Hills: 'A Band Is Something to Figure Out' (album stream) (premiere) | 4 Apr 2016 // 4:10 AM

Boston's Hallelujah the Hills new record turns on dark tones and scuffed textures, but rarely does an album so challenging and deeply layered also deliver immediate impact.

//Mixed media
//Blogs

Cage the Elephant Ignite Central Park with Kickoff for Summerstage Season

// Notes from the Road

"Cage the Elephant rocked two sold-out nights at Summerstage and return to NYC for a free show May 29th. Info on that and a preview of the full Summerstage schedule is here.

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