Zach Schonfeld is a writer and former associate editor for PopMatters and a reporter for Newsweek. Previously, he was an editorial fellow at The Atlantic Wire and graduated from Wesleyan University, birthplace of Das Racist, MGMT, and the nineteenth-century respiration calorimeter, where he served as the editor of Wesleying, a popular student-life blog. In his spare time, he enjoys visiting presidential birthplaces and teaching his dog to tweet. In addition to PopMatters, his writing has appeared online at Rolling Stone, TIME, Consequence of Sound, The Nation, USA Today College, The Columbia Journalism Review, The Rumpus, Paste Magazine, and the Hartford Courant. He can be reached at zschonfeld(at)gmail(dot)com or on Twitter @zzzzaaaacccchhh.
Sunday, June 15 2014
It starts with a dream about his own severed hands running away, and it only gets stranger from there. Welcome to Chad VanGaalen's world.
Tuesday, January 14 2014
Given the anticipation level and lack of pre-release availability, Yeezus offered a perfect test case for the nagging question: How has the model of digital media changed the amount of time music critics spend with the records they’re assessing?
Wednesday, January 1 2014
From unforeseen comebacks to heretofore unknown new acts, much of 2013's best noise-rock often came out of nowhere.
Sunday, July 21 2013
Having found a brand new sense of independence, John Vanderslice is making music directly for his fans, and speaks to PopMatters unflinchingly about his career, Kickstarter, his personal heartbreaks, and all that went into making Dagger Beach, his latest opus.
Monday, January 14 2013
PopMatters chatted with baritone-voiced vocalist Stuart Staples about losing loved ones, finally embracing "Le Chien Chanceux," and emerging with an album capable of "saying 'Fuck you' to the world."
Wednesday, January 28 2015
Totem is a bleak, terrifying set, even (or especially) when it’s ominously quiet.
Wednesday, January 14 2015
First Demo proves what fans have long known, that Fugazi was brashly confident and fully formed from day one.
Tuesday, August 19 2014
Sure, We’re All Young Together’s coy naïveté is a put-on, but it’s not too cloying a put-on for this 36-minute, 10-track set.
Sunday, April 13 2014
A Scattering Time plays like an emblem of a different era because it is an emblem of no era, a haunting and formless musical work full of pitch-dark textural turns, proggy rhythmic tremors, and a wailing vocal thrust.
Tuesday, October 1 2013
In brief, R Plus Seven deemphasizes Replica’s sense of walled-off claustrophobia, letting thick puddles of light filter into Lopatin’s lair of sound.
Wednesday, January 21 2015
Here are some reasons why Sleater-Kinney's "The Fox" is the greatest opening to a rock record ever.
Thursday, November 13 2014
New York guitarist Ben Seretan offers up bonus drone from his new new self-titled album, a track that captures "the swirling pool of humanity you hear now".
Thursday, October 16 2014
A new track from the Walkmen's most surprising solo force.
Monday, September 8 2014
A lot dreamier than the city it shares its name with.
Monday, May 12 2014
"Secret Preference" is all big boom-clap drums, silky falsetto, and funk bass.