Zach Schonfeld is an associate editor for PopMatters, an editorial fellow at The Atlantic Wire, and a recent graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, birthplace of Das Racist, MGMT, and the nineteenth-century respiration calorimeter. He served as managing editor of Wesleying, a popular student-life blog, and arts editor of the Wesleyan Argus. In his spare time, he enjoys visiting presidential birthplaces and scowling at split infinitives. In addition to PopMatters, his writing has appeared online at Rolling Stone, TIME, Consequence of Sound, The Nation, USA Today College, The Rumpus, Marco Polo Arts Magazine, and the Hartford Courant. He can be reached at zschonfeld(at)gmail(dot)com or on Twitter @zzzzaaaacccchhh.
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, December 19 2012
As reports of carnage flashed across conference room TVs, morning chatter grew hushed. The editorial staff wondered how to respond. Do we pull the Batman review that was supposed to run that day? Cancel our coverage of the weekend box office?
Thursday, December 13 2012
To paraphrase Frank Zappa, rock isn’t dead. It just smells funny.
Monday, August 6 2012
Bill Doss' loss, for fans of indie and experimental music, is enormous. But it is also tragic news for anyone who loves sheer, thrillingly melodic pop music.
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.
Monday, September 16 2013
MGMT's latest balancing act is a bit of a mess. But it’s a thrillingly inventive and uncompromisingly colorful mess. And isn’t that the best kind of mess?
Thursday, July 25 2013
An appealing shot of homespun psychedelia, from the artist formerly known as Run DMT.
Thursday, July 11 2013
Deptford Goth has an ear for sad-eyed electro-pop hooks, a knack for synthesizer-driven production flair, and the ability to merge the two, conveniently, in his own living room.
Monday, March 25 2013
The '80s post-punk act's first album in 22 years reveals a talent for dark, mournful balladry -- and a bitter fascination with America.
Thursday, August 8 2013
John Vanderslice is not the type to take breaks.
Monday, July 1 2013
Great news for people who like both chess and black & white photography.
Wednesday, June 26 2013
Oneohtrix Point Never's latest album, 'R Plus Seven', will be released October 1st.
Tuesday, June 25 2013
The Israeli-American guitarist played on 1985's 'Freaky Styley' and 1987's 'The Uplift Mofo Party Plan'.
Friday, June 21 2013
The Fiery Furnaces vocalist saves the best for second-to-last on her latest solo LP.