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.
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.
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, March 5 2014
New Bums, a new project from the Skygreen Leopards' Donovan Quinn and Six Organs of Admittance's Ben Chasny, sounds charmingly effortless, and Voices in a Rented Room provides a soft-spoken, laid-back set of acoustic tunes to dig into.
Tuesday, March 4 2014
Tomorrow's Hits splits time between classic sway and punk fury. The two side are clearly divided, but the band itself seems lost in the middle between these two poles.
Tuesday, March 4 2014
While Thee Oh Sees are headed for hiatus, frontman John Dwyer stretches into bedroom synth-pop as Damaged Bug on the solid Hubba Bubba.
Sunday, March 2 2014
It may be unfair to hold being merely very good against Dexter Gordon, but if he has better records, this 1955 one is still a crucial document to understanding Gordon's career and, thus, a vital piece of the history of jazz.
Wednesday, February 26 2014
Vertical Scratchers' debut is a perfect rock record because it throws the order and interaction of elements in rock records into doubt.
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]