Hundred-word Reviews, March 2019 Part One

I can’t point to specific reasons as to why this is the case, but in recent months there has been more than the typical amount of really good music finding its way onto my desk here at Musoscribe World Headquarters. What that means, of course, is that it’s time once again for a clutch of

Beth Wood: Words and Music … and Words

The approach of singer-songwriter Beth Wood encompasses more than just the rootsy end of the musical spectrum; one can hear rock, folk and more in her music. And in fact her creative endeavors extend beyond making music. Part of Wood’s wide creative perspective comes from having spent time living in three very distinct locales. Wood

Deep Purple’s Long Goodbye

If Deep Purple had done nothing more than record “Smoke on the Water,” the band would have earned a place of honor in rock history. Though the riff-based classic (with a true-story lyric about a fire at a Montreux, Switzerland concert venue) has become a cliché among musicians and fans alike, there’s no mistaking its

How You Gonna See Me in 40 Years: a Look Back at Alice Cooper’s ‘From the Inside’

Alice Cooper (the individual born Vincent Furnier, not the band) was a notorious carouser and a founding member of the Hollywood Vampires softball team/drinking club. Cooper was part of the ragtag and debauched collective of idle rich rock stars who frequented Los Angeles bars and clubs; that motley crew also included – at various times

Marley Carroll: Call of the Wild

Marley Carroll is a busy and well-known DJ who spins music from an eclectic assortment of styles and genres in clubs in and around Asheville. But Carroll is also an accomplished electronic musician and composer, with a catalog that includes many singles and remix projects as well as three full-length solo albums. His newest album,

A Look Back at ‘Redd Blood Cells’

This is the third of three non-overlapping Redd Kross features. Enjoy. — bk Way back in 2001, the White Stripes were riding high with the release of their third album, White Blood Cells. Though the guitar-and-drums approach had been explored decades earlier by bands like Flat Duo Jets (not to mention countless early blues duos),

Hot off the Press: Redd Kross’ Hot Issue

This is the second of three non-overlapping Redd Kross features. Enjoy. — bk In a way, Redd Kross is a band captured in time. When brothers Jeff and Steve McDonald launched their punk group in their hometown of Hawthorne, California (a fertile musical ground that also gave the world the Beach Boys and Emitt Rhodes),

Shootout at the Bubblegum Factory: Redd Kross

This is the first of three non-overlapping Redd Kross features. Enjoy. — bk Since forming in 1980, Hawthorne, California-based Redd Kross has been expertly straddling the link between punk rock and power pop. And at its best, the band has erased the arbitrary line between those styles. Nearly 15 years after ending a lengthy hiatus,

Album Review: Vince Junior Band — Refreshingly Soulful Blues

On one hand, Refreshingly Soulful Blues is a mightily odd title to give to an album; it reads more like sales copy or a review than a proper title. From the standpoint of truth in labeling, it does better, earning a 67% rating or better (refreshing, yes; soulful, yes; blues, sort of but not really).

Bianchi & Cofod

This is my original version of a feature written in 2018; the previously-published version included some editorial additions that were not part of my article as filed and that didn’t reflect my perspective. — bk A longtime fixture on the Western North Carolina music scene, Scott Bianchi imbues his original songs with regional influences, a