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Matt

Programmer & Designer / Senior Staff Writer

London

Matt's last content update – Feb. 22, 2017, 9:03 a.m.

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Matt's most recent reviews
AFI - AFI (The Blood Album) album cover

AFI

AFI (The Blood Album), 2017

7.2 / 10
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Album number ten for the ever-evolving Californian four piece, whose shift in sound from skate punk to hardcore to "goth punk" to pop-influenced radio rock to... whatever 2009's Crash Love ...

Janelle Monáe - The Electric Lady album cover

Janelle Monáe

The Electric Lady, 2013

8.7 / 10

It's encouraging that after releasing one of the best records of 2010, Janelle Monáe wasn't rushed into releasing the follow-up album to The ArchAndroid until she was good and ready. Three years ...

Green Day - ¡Uno! album cover

Green Day

¡Uno!, 2012

6.8 / 10

Thank god it's not another concept album.That's perhaps untrue, though: maybe this is just a concept album broken over three separate records: ¡Uno! is the first in a trilogy (wittily ...

Muse - The 2nd Law album cover

Muse

The 2nd Law, 2012

4.5 / 10

The year is 2052. Society as we know it has completely changed. The laws of government and nation have crumbled into dust, trodden down firmly by the feet of innumerable ...

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Matt's most recent features
Gareth Dickson

One Question Interviews Gareth Dickson

Posted Feb. 27, 2016, 11:24 p.m.

Gareth Dickson (solo, Vashti Bunyan) SPB: Is it unusual to be considered a "cult" artist or almost semi-legendary while still recording music? What kind of pressures does that produce? Dickson ...

Coalition of the Webzines

Music Coalition of the Webzines

Posted Jan. 26, 2013, 7:12 p.m.

Who still reads webzines? Who still publishes them? In a world where Spotify, Twitter, Facebook and Myspace (again) are drowning users in new music, it’s clear that music is ...

Larry Livermore

Interviews Larry Livermore

Posted May 6, 2012, 6 p.m.

The phrase "elder statesman" doesn't really feel appropriate for the punk scene, but people like Larry Livermore are the closest thing we have to it -- founder of Lookout Records ...

Interviews Against Me!

Posted Oct. 16, 2010, 11:09 a.m.

  Since their formation, Against Me! have enjoyed a somewhat cult following in the punk scene, and tend to split audiences down the middle in terms of opinion. Their recent signing ...

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Matt's most recent news stories
Ted Leo announces new album project funded by Kickstarter

Records Ted Leo announces new album project funded by Kickstarter

Posted Feb. 22, 2017, 9:03 a.m.

SPB favorite Ted Leo has announced via Twitter a project to crowdfund his as-yet-untitled next album. Leo, whose last album as Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, The Brutalist Bricks, was ...

Scene Point Blank Podcast: Episode 4

Podcast Scene Point Blank Podcast: Episode 4

Posted Jan. 18, 2017, 6:20 a.m.

New year, new episode of our podcast! This month our legendary contributor BJ Rochinich has a bunch of new music (including Clevinger, Ruins and Spirits) and some of our recent ...

Playlist

Clevinger - Twenty One
Ruins - Shiver
Spirits

Contributing Labels

Salinas Records
Halo of Flies Records
Coin Toss Records

SPB Features

Pass the Mic: Artists
Pass the Mic: Labels
Interview with AJJ
Clevinger’s Personal/Professional Stream
SPB Blog

SPB Online

Twitter
Facebook

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David Bowie posthumously releases 4 track EP

Records David Bowie posthumously releases 4 track EP

Posted Jan. 14, 2017, 2:39 p.m.

On what would have been David Bowie's 70th birthday, January 8th 2017, a new song "No Plan" was released online with an accompanying video, a year after the singer ...

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New At The Drive-In song released

Bands New At The Drive-In song released

Posted Dec. 9, 2016, 5:30 a.m.

Reformed post-hardcore superstars At The Drive-In have released a new song (and accompanying lyric video) called "Governed By Contagions". The band reunited back in 2012 and announced at the start ...

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Matt's most recent blogposts

Elliott Smith: a personal remembrance

Posted Oct. 24, 2013, 4:34 p.m. by Matt

Elliott Smith at his last-ever NYC show, January 29th 2003. He killed himself that October.Photo: Alexis I have this friend, let's call her L. We "met" on a music messageboard ...

Book Review: Davey Havok - Pop Kids

Posted April 7, 2013, 3:02 p.m. by Matt

(This review contains copious spoilers: if you intend to read the novel yourself, proceed with caution. We're posting it as a blog since it's not strictly music-related, despite being written by ...

Show review: At The Drive-In @ Brixton Academy, London (08/28/12)

Posted Aug. 29, 2012, 2:43 a.m. by Matt

It's rare that you attend a show that feels like it has the weight of history riding on it, but seeing At The Drive-In play what is likely to be ...

Issue 2 of my print zine "I'm A Pretender" - available now!

Posted Dec. 7, 2007, 2:29 a.m. by Matt

Hello. Some of you might remember (or have participated in) my experiment over the summer collecting people's wishes on this page. I got over 160 entries and published them all ...

Matt's bio

I'm a web developer working for a British newspaper and have been involved with SPB from the very first day. When I'm not fretting over the site I enjoy road cycling, cooking and more web development fun. Hi Jon!

Matt's favorite bands

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, At The Drive-In, Rocky Votolato, The Mars Volta, The Beatles, Saves The Day, Simon And Garfunkel, The Exploding Hearts, The Lawrence Arms, AFI, Sufjan Stevens, The Clash, Broken Social Scene, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Converge, W

Matt's personal URL

http://www.mattandrews.info

Matt's SPB contributions

53 reviews 9 features 112 news posts 5 blogposts
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