Matthew and The Arrogant Sea Gets Some More Love...

Barn sides are the new brick walls. (Trevor Paulhus)

Nope, we're definitely not the only ones digging MATAS' Family Family Family Meets The Magic Christian disc. Just spotted this little bit o' love today: AWMusic, the Toronto-based blog that gave Forever the Sickest Kids some love in its year-end lists, has named MATAS as its No. 1 Unknown Artists of the Year, which is a definite compliment, even if it might come with a bitter taste.

Writes the blog: "Life being a folk artist can be tough especially if you aren't receiving absolutely rave reviews from Pitchfork and many other news outlets."

There's probably some truth to that. --Pete Freedman

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