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.
Sunday, June 16 2013
PopMatters is pleased to premiere Singles by North Carolina underground heroes Spider Bags.
Monday, June 10 2013
The Collection 1967-1970 is a brilliant set that allows us to look at Scott Walker's early years as a solo artist. But none of this clarifies our understanding of him. Instead, it confirms the big questions of identity his music has always posed.
Monday, June 3 2013
PopMatters is pleased to premiere This Is Another Life, the stunning new album by Case Studies.
Sunday, March 17 2013
PopMatters is excited to premiere Teenage Evil, the second full-length by up-and-comers Plates of Cake.
Wednesday, December 12 2012
With the long arm of the internet putting any and all music at our fingertips, it should make for a glut of bands getting their due attention. But what really happens is so many great acts get hidden in plain view.
Thursday, December 5 2013
Placed back to back in this collection, Davis's late '50s and early '60s albums reveal a man coming fully into his powers as a band leader, a composer, and a trumpet player while still remaining restless.
Tuesday, December 3 2013
Like the band's proper albums, its singles collections get better each time around. Volume 3 is the best collection yet, with some downright gems and curious if imperfect steps into the unknown.
Tuesday, December 3 2013
It's been 45 years, and we're still trying to figure this record out, but this expansive edition gives us the clearest picture of the band's murky sophomore record. It reveals the group's thorny vision for the album and perfectly honors the late Lou Reed.
Monday, December 2 2013
Body Language may be about mysteries of growing up, but there's nothing mysterious about the way this band's songwriting and sound have matured.
Friday, November 22 2013
Escalator is more about giving the band new crowd-pleasing material for the road than it is about cultivating a unique sound of its own.
Tuesday, October 29 2013
Schooner presents the latest clip for punchy tune "Feel Better", from their excellent 2013 record, Neighborhood Veins.
Tuesday, February 26 2013
North Carolina's Kingsbury Manx returns in March with their sixth full-length, Bronze Age.
Monday, December 13 2010
Bob Dylan - The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964 -Columbia/Legacy [$18.98]
Wednesday, December 2 2009
Red Red Meat - Bunny Gets Paid (Deluxe Edition) - Sub Pop [$14.98]