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Zach Schonfeld
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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

Finding Some Shrink Dust in a Hedge with Chad VanGaalen

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

The Year of the Overnight Release: How Much Time Should a Critic Get?

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

The Best Noise Rock of 2013

From unforeseen comebacks to heretofore unknown new acts, much of 2013's best noise-rock often came out of nowhere.

Sunday, July 21 2013

"I Operate Much Better When There's a Lot to Lose": An Interview with John Vanderslice

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

They Whisper in Our Ear, ‘Don’t Waste It’: An Interview with Tindersticks

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."


Sunday, March 29 2015

Sufjan Stevens: Carrie & Lowell

Nearly five years after his last studio effort, Sufjan Stevens brings us a quiet meditation on grief.

Wednesday, January 28 2015

White Suns: Totem

Totem is a bleak, terrifying set, even (or especially) when it’s ominously quiet.

Wednesday, January 14 2015

Fugazi: First Demo

First Demo proves what fans have long known, that Fugazi was brashly confident and fully formed from day one.

Tuesday, August 19 2014

Walter Martin: We're All Young Together

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

Meridiem: A Scattering Time

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.

MGMT: MGMT [16.Sep.13]
Koop: Koop Islands [13.Jan.08]
Ween [11.Dec.07]


Wednesday, January 21 2015

Sleater-Kinney - "The Fox" (From My Playlist)

Here are some reasons why Sleater-Kinney's "The Fox" is the greatest opening to a rock record ever.

Thursday, November 13 2014

Ben Seretan - "The Windmill Sings" (Premiere)

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

Peter Matthew Bauer - "You Always Look For Someone Lost" (audio)

A new track from the Walkmen's most surprising solo force.

Monday, September 8 2014

FaltyDL Offers Up a Droney Track With "New Haven"

A lot dreamier than the city it shares its name with.

Monday, May 12 2014

Wet Leather - "Secret Preference" (audio) (Premiere)

"Secret Preference" is all big boom-clap drums, silky falsetto, and funk bass.

Pixies' 'Doolittle' Turns 25 (Mixed Media) [21.Apr.14]
Nirvana - "Rape Me" (Mixed Media) [7.Apr.14]
Yo La Tengo Rocks Fallon (video) (Mixed Media) [16.Jan.13]
Das Racist Breaks Up (videos) (Mixed Media) [3.Dec.12]
Heems Drops New Track, "Killing Time" (Mixed Media) [20.Aug.12]
Wilco: 9.April.2010 - Hartford (Notes from the Road) [22.Apr.10]
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