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.
Thursday, December 11 2014
Post-punk outfit Dirt Dress stretches out in all directions on Revelations EP.
Tuesday, December 9 2014
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
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
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
This is an impressive set from Radical Dads, one that feels much bigger than its 16-minute runtime.
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.