Steve Hackett Discusses ‘The Night Siren” (Part One)

During his time with Genesis, guitarist Steve Hackett released one solo album, 1975’s Voyage of the Acolyte. That album featured two of his then-current band mates – bassist Mike Rutherford and drummer Phil Collins – helping out, and only one track featured Hackett’s vocals. So after the unassuming Hackett left Genesis in 1977, it may

Los Lonely Boys’ Modern-day Revelation

In 2004, Texas-based Los Lonely Boys scored their biggest hit to date, “Heaven.” The single charted on adult contemporary, country and pop charts, underscoring an important fact about the trio of brothers: their music has always transcended genres. Too often and unfairly pigeonholed as a Mexican-American rock band, Los Lonely Boys draw from many styles

Alejandro Escovedo Continues His Musical Exploration

Throughout the course of his long and musically varied career, Alejandro Escovedo has explored many musical forms: punk, country, rock and more. In 1998 influential music magazine No Depression named him its Artist of the Decade. And while his recent string of albums featured him working closely with celebrated producer Tony Visconti, for 2016’s Burn

Chicano Batman: It’s Playtime

The style of music known as “psychedelic soul” enjoyed an all-too-brief heyday in the late 1960s. Deftly fusing elements of African American soul and the dreamier end of psychedelic rock, the genre was exemplified by artists such as Sly & the Family Stone and The Chambers Brothers. But the incredibly rich and varied musical landscape

A Few Moments with Hans-Joachim Roedelius

German composer Hans-Joachim Roedelius is a synthesizer pioneer, and a leading light of ambient music. Yet acoustic piano is his instrument of choice, and he has little use for the term “ambient.” Roedelius made a rare North American appearance at the Mothlight on March 18 before heading to Knoxville for this year’s Big Ears Festival.

Album Review: Ultimate Spinach — Behold & See (Mono)

At the time of its 1968 release, Ultimate Spinach‘s Behold & See suffered from critical backlash. Those brickbats were directed primarily at the ill-advised “Bosstown Sound” marketing hype that surrounded the group. Considered on its own, Behold & See is a worthwhile and oft-overlooked artifact of its era. Yet the flow of Behold & See

Dr. Bacon: Persistence Amid Constant Change

Jesse Talbott is a songwriter and the lead singer in Dr. Bacon, a band originally from Boone that relocated to Asheville in 2016. It’s difficult to pin down the musical style of Dr. Bacon; that challenge arises from the fact that the group’s musical journey has been punctuated by a number of genre shifts and

Album Mini-review: Wild Adriatic — Feel

File next to: The Heavy, The New Mastersounds, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings This NYC-based trio describes its music as “power soul,” and for once a genre label is dead-on describing an artist. Rich Derbyshire‘s kinetic basslines, taut and assured drumming from Mateo Vosganian and aggressive, wah-wah-laden guitar lines support Travis Gray‘s assured vocals on

Album Mini-review: Steve Hackett — The Night Siren

File next to: IQ, Genesis, Marillion Back in his days as Genesis’ guitarist, Steve Hackett was somewhat reined in as far as expressing himself on guitar. The progressive rock group’s arty arrangements rarely allowed the opportunity for extended, expressive solos. When Hackett went solo in 1977, he was freed to explore his potential. But even

Album Mini-review: Rhiannon Giddens — Freedom Highway

File next to: Dave Rawlings, Gillian Welch, Mary Gauthier Grammy Award winner Rhiannon Giddens is the well-deserved darling of the burgeoning Americana movement. As a person of color, Giddens adds some diversity into the otherwise largely lily-white scene, but it would be a gross miscalculation to chalk her success up to that fact. As the