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.
Monday, April 13 2015
Strange Wilds' first single for Sub Pop introduces a unique band, one we're ready to hear more from.
Thursday, April 9 2015
This seven-disc set takes all Frank Black's output with the Catholics favors the moment, the song, over the career, which is not a new concept for Black.
Monday, March 30 2015
Perfect Abandon seems to try and fit as many people into a tiny corner as possible. It's a straight-ahead folk record, but it walks that straight road with a crooked walk.
Wednesday, March 18 2015
The four discs on So Many Things find the band looking for some sweet spot between a groove the audience can latch onto and the experimentalism that shaped the early '60s period of Coltrane's career.
Wednesday, March 11 2015
With 50 years having passed after Freedom Highway's original issue, we get a new, complete version of this vital live recording.
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.