30 Days Out, April 2023 #1: The Church, Skinny Puppy, New Pornographers, The Sadies

With each edition of “30 Days Out,” I endeavor to shine a light on noteworthy music events in and around Asheville. I generally include at least one local or region artist, as there are many deserving of your attention. This time, however, I’m taking a quick look at four nationally-touring acts, all of which are too good to miss. But please know that there’s plenty of great, locally-made music happening this month as well.

Artist: The Church
Venue: The Grey Eagle
Date: Friday, April 7, 8 p.m.
Door: $35
Though they’re most often associated with the ‘80s, The Church have remained vital and compelling to present day. The lineup has changed since the heyday of, well, Heyday and Gold Afternoon Fix, but Steve Kilbey’s mesmerizing vocals and lyrics – and the band’s entrancing psychedelic swirl – still thrill. The band’s latest, The Hypnogogue is a concept album. Keep an eye out for my interview with Kilbey, coming soon. Meanwhile, here’s one from some years back. And here’s another.

Artist: Skinny Puppy
Venue: The Orange Peel
Date: Saturday, April 15, 8 p.m.
Door: $35
However you might feel about industrial music, there’s no denying that it’s a musical force to be reckoned with. And I reckon that if you listen to any of it, you have to acknowledge that Skinny Puppy were among the founders of the style. Making music since 1982, the Vancouver outfit isn’t likely to be the first stop for those looking for ear candy, but there’s no denying their importance. Skinny Puppy’s last new release was a decade ago, 2013’s universally-acclaimed Weapon. Lead Into Gold opens.

Artist: The New Pornographers
Venue: Salvage Station
Date: Wednesday, April 19, 8 p.m.
Door: $30 advance / $35 day of show
A singer-songwriter supergroup, The New Pornographers only get together and do something when they feel they have the material for it. Seeing them live is like buying a ticket to a showcase featuring four superb individuals, any of whom could command your attention for the entire evening.

Artist: The Sadies
Venue: The Grey Eagle
Date: Thursday, April 20, 8 p.m.
Door: $16
I had the pleasure of witnessing The Sadies live onstage at the Yep Roc festival more than a decade ago. The group combines the best of country and rock, with a thrilling instrumental attack. Co-leader Dallas Good tragically passed away last year, but the band continues without him.

See you at the show!