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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

Wednesday, October 8 2014

Coachwhips: Get Yer Body Next Ta Mine

It's great to revisit John Dwyer's old band, Coachwhips, in light of Thee Oh Sees' success. The group's 2003 record, Get Yer Body Next Ta Mine, more than their 2002 debut, sounds like a great stand alone rock record.


Tuesday, October 7 2014

Andras Fox: Vibrate on Silent

For all the funky ambitions of these songs, they feel more thought up than felt, and though the best moments will get you nodding your head, that's about all Vibrate on Silent can manage.


Sunday, October 5 2014

Lewis & Clarke: Triumvirate

Triumvirate, Lewis & Clarke's first release in five years, is the kind of album that can transfix you, and if it's epic in its delivery, grand in its scope, it is still first and foremost intimate and inviting.


Wednesday, October 1 2014

Youth Code: A Place to Stand EP

There are enough moments of curiosity to make this a decent holdover, but as a stand-alone EP, this set doesn't quite find its own footing.


Tuesday, September 30 2014

So Cow: The Long Con

On So Cow's first full-band record, the trio sounds natural and the songs instinctual, even as they tighten into tense, nervous coils, twisting the edges and tilting the balance of typical garage rock structures.


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) [2.Dec.07]
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