Max Hatt / Edda Glass: Whisper, Don’t Shout

An unusual musical path led a Montana guitar-and-vocal duo to play bossa nova, open for Frank Zappa‘s son, win a songwriting contest and record their debut album in Asheville. But guitarist Max Hatt takes it all in stride, saying, “ I don’t think things have changed very much, other than us having the opportunity to

The Sonics: Still Going for the Throat (Part 2)

Continued from Part One… The Sonics‘ song titles were pretty provocative, too. “Those totally came from the fevered mind of Gerry Roslie,” chuckles Rob Lind. “He wrote all those things. A lot of time when we were in the recording studio, we weren’t even aware of what the words were! We’d figure the song out,

The Sonics: Still Going for the Throat (Part 1)

“We sometimes get questions in interviews,” saxophonist Rob Lind says with a chuckle. “Well-meaning questions. People ask, ‘So when did you guys in The Sonics decide to invent garage rock?’ We never sat down and scratched our heads and said, ‘Hey! I’ve got an idea: let’s invent garage rock! It’s just the way we played.”

Album Review: Johnny Winter with Dr. John — Live in Sweden

There are countless recordings of Johnny Winter live onstage; they all exist at various points on the spectrum of legitimacy. A new archival release, Johnny Winter with Dr. John – Live in Sweden has a number of things to recommend it. The recording dates from near the end of Winter’s time on Alligator Records, a

Album Mini-review: Guided by Voices — Please Be Honest

File next to: The Who, Hüsker Dü, Sebadoh Robert Pollard‘s various Guided by Voices iterations have released some two dozen albums since their 1987 debut, a prodigious output that can affect quality control. “My Zodiac Companion,” the opening track on Please Be Honest, is a case in point: Pollard’s wobbly vocal sounds like a one-take

Album Mini-review: Cheap Trick — Bang, Zoom, Crazy…Hello

File next to: The Move, Boston, Fountains of Wayne With Bang, Zoom, Crazy… Hello, the Rockford, Illinois, foursome Cheap Trick sticks to what they know: anthemic, melodic rock. The key elements have been in place since their self-titled 1977 debut: Robin Zander‘s powerful lead vocals, often doubled (an octave higher) by guitarist Rick Nielsen; Nielsen’s

Five Years in the Wilderness: The Return of Black Mountain

Nearly six years elapsed between Vancouver-based Black Mountain‘s 2011 album Wilderness Heart and their latest, the straightforwardly-named IV (like all their, albums, released on Jagjaguwar). “We sort of cautiously took a bit of a break from the band,” says keyboard player Jeremy Schmidt. “We had done a lot of touring after Wilderness Heart came out;

Asheville Electro Music Festival: High Technology, Human Scale

In his influential 1982 book Megatrends, author John Naisbitt observed that “whenever new technology is introduced into society, there must be a counterbalancing human response, or the technology is rejected.” The very human and innovative nature of 21st century synthesizer-based music is a real-world example of Naisbitt’s observations in action. A local group of musicians

Martin Barre: Clever and Complicated

“The thing that pleases me is melody,” says Martin Barre, lead guitarist for British folk-progressive rockers Jethro Tull from their 1969 Stand Up LP through the group’s dissolution. “If I can come up with some nice chords and a really melodic top line, that gives me great satisfaction.” Since that band ceased operations, Barre has

The New Mastersounds Schedule Residency at Brooklyn Bowl

Dynamic funk/jazz fusion quartet The New Mastersounds recently came to Brooklyn Bowl for a three-day, four-show residency April 14-16. The group, founded in 1999 in Leeds, England, has been doing an extended series of shows in Brooklyn annually for awhile now, says guitarist Eddie Roberts. “We’ve been playing at the Brooklyn Bowl for years. We