Matt Carney
Digital News Online Editor
Matt Carney is the night editor of and a 2011 graduate of the University of Oklahoma Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication. He was born in Tulsa, lives in Oklahoma City and misses QuikTrip every day.

  • Twitter-sized reviews of the music you might have missed in 2015

    BY MATT CARNEY | Published: Thu, Sep 10, 2015

    And now, a post-mid-year look-back on 2015's standout records. Overall they could use a little more cowbell, but I ain't complaining. Rae Sremmurd — “SremmLife” Atlanta continues its reign as rap's most fun-having city, post-Bay Area hyphy. Courtney Barnett — “Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit” Come for the wiggly power-pop and lip-curling grunge, stay for the unassuming songwriting wit. Father John Misty — “I Love You, Honeybear” It should be so easy to ignore a songwriter dude as bitter and caustic as Tillman but, #damnitstrue. Carly Rae Jepsen — “E•MO•TION” Carly Rae one-upped Taylor for dedication to the ‘80s on a record that's about as good as big-budget pop

  • Cool new tracks for all those hot August nights

    BY MATT CARNEY | Published: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Can you feel it? I can feel it. New tracks, baby! Lil B & Chance The Rapper — “Amen” Chicagoan Chance the Rapper was part of a collaboration earlier this year that released an excellent record “Surf” under the name Donnie Trump and the Social Experiment. Last week he followed up on that by putting out a freebie mixtape in collaboration with the prolific Bay Area rapper Lil B, titled “Free (Based Freestyles Mixtape)” that proves the two to be a really provocative combination. Chance's rapid-fire onomatopoeia and heavily rhythmic style serve as foil to Lil B's slurry, slow rapping, which so often seems to pursue a certain mood or broader thematic idea greater than the literal meaning of the words he's saying.

  • A supposedly fun thing I'll never do again

    By Matt Carney Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    Trapped somewhere between hagiography, period piece, roadtrip film and feature drama, "The End of the Tour" struggles in its attempt to capture a picture of the late author David Foster Wallace.

  • Ignoring genre norms in rap and country  

    BY MATT CARNEY | Published: Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    Or: What Kacey Musgraves and Lil B have in common.

  • This new mix of songs is cooler than cool, ice cold

    BY MATT CARNEY | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    It’s hot but these songs are cool. Let’s get right into it. Julia Holter — “Feel You” Wispy and delicate, Los Angeles singer Julia Holter’s vocal delivery is a quirky one. Run your eyes over the lyrics to her new song “Feel You,” which she posted to her website, they read more like abstract poetry than tightly organized verses, freely running from one idea to the next. Holter’s lines spill into each other the way tributaries feed into a river. I can’t put my finger on it but something about “Feel You” reminds me of Van Morrison.

  • I saw Steely Dan in 2015 and suffered a crisis of character

    BY MATT CARNEY | Published: Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    Are we all simply products of our environment? Cheap trinkets riding assembly lines, endowed our inclinations, preferences and predispositions by indifferent powers beyond our control? Or do we make our own destinies, each a little Magellan in search of his and her own path across the world? I ask because last week I flew to Colorado and saw Steely Dan play the Red Rocks Ampitheater. On the one hand, the dedication of considerable resources —vacation days, airfare, concert tickets, standing in place in a cold rain for several hours, $8.50 per 16-ounce cup of Fat Tire— would seem to be my own attempt to manifest a destiny spent enjoying seamless, liquid-gold 70s hits about lecherous old men partying in

  • Here's your summer song cycle

    BY MATT CARNEY | Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    New songs? New songs! Let's get right to it.

  • Perspectives from the fringe: On new records from Hop Along and Action Bronson

    BY MATT CARNEY | Published: Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    HBO Now’s been a total gamechanger in the Carney household of one. After guzzling (or rather, re-guzzling) “Game of Thrones,” my attention turned to “The Wire,” the network’s much-acclaimed and ethically knotty mid-aughts police drama, where the good guys aren’t so obvious to spot and the drug dealers keep pet fish. (Seriously, how is it possible not to empathize with somebody who cares as much about his fish as Wee-Bey does?) Like a Flying Lotus record it’s dense, a thick strata of show formed by its many, many characters’ thin layers of perspective. But the overwhelming volume of differing perspectives on crime and policing in Baltimore isn’t what makes “The Wire” great.

  • 4 new songs to fight the flooding blues

    BY MATT CARNEY | Published: Thu, May 28, 2015

    Fire up your Soundclouds, your Spotifys, your iTuneses, it’s about to get hot in here.

  • A frank conversation about death

    BY MATT CARNEY | Published: Wed, May 13, 2015

    On Sufjan Stevens’ new record “Carrie & Lowell,” and the light it sheds on the indie songwriter’s already impressive back catalogue.

  • 'Game of Thrones': Who's on your Small Council?

    Matt Carney | Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    Hi guys, Matt here again. You may remember me from That Time I Re-Watched All of X-Files and Produced Content Out of My Experiences. Well, I’ve gone and done it again — this time with HBO’s epic fantasy hit Game of Thrones. Gonna go ahead and warn you up front though, if you haven’t spent […]

  • 5 great new songs you (probably) haven't heard yet

    BY MATT CARNEY | Published: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    Our pop music columnist dishes on five new recommendations for your iPhone.

  • Courtney Barnett and Father John Misty, smart-alecks with soul

    BY MATT CARNEY | Published: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    In praise of two of the moment's funniest working songwriters.