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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

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.


Sunday, June 16 2013

Now Hear This!: Spider Bags - 'Singles' (album premiere)

PopMatters is pleased to premiere Singles by North Carolina underground heroes Spider Bags.


Reviews

Sunday, November 23 2014

Raspberry Bulbs: Privacy

Privacy is an album that makes us question our expectations of heavy music and, at the same time, our relationship to the scene around it, to social expectations, to people.


Thursday, November 20 2014

Captain Beefheart: Sun Zoom Spark: 1970-1972

Sun Zoom Spark gives us a chance to re-evaluate the post Trout Mask Replica-era of the Captain Beefheart story.


Wednesday, November 19 2014

Swingin' Utters: Fistful of Hollow

Fistful of Hollow doesn't retread the ground laid out on past records, but instead offers a new path through genres Swingin' Utters continue to explore and, yet again, renders the band's sound fresh and dynamic.


Monday, November 17 2014

Dream Police: Hypnotized

When Hyponotized succeeds, it feels like a fresh start and a new direction that could worm its way into Mark Perro and Nick Chiericozzi's other band, the Men, or wander down its own weird path for quite a while.


Sunday, November 16 2014

Wilco: Alpha Mike Foxtrot: Rare Tracks 1994-2014

Alpha Mike Foxtrot's 77 tracks suggest that Wilco didn't have an experimental period. Instead, we see Wilco as an ever-changing, constant experiment in and of itself.


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

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.


Tuesday, February 26 2013

The Kingsbury Manx - "Handsprings" (Stream) (PopMatters Premiere)

North Carolina's Kingsbury Manx returns in March with their sixth full-length, Bronze Age.


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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