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King Crimson: Don’t Write an Epitaph Just Yet (Part Two)

Continued from Part One… Jakszyk explains the group’s current thinking. “We are embracing the music as a whole, and we are going back and we are playing things that have either not been played in decades, or that have never been played live, ever.” He mentions a suite of songs off one of the group’s

King Crimson: Don’t Write an Epitaph Just Yet (Part One)

Progressive rock giant King Crimson has a long and convoluted history. Founded in 1969 by iconoclastic guitarist Robert Fripp, the group has gone through numerous breakups, reorganizations and lineups of varying character. The current King Crimson configuration is generally considered to be its eighth, or perhaps an expanded version of is eighth: along with mainstay

Pylon Reenactment Society: Living Musical History

Pylon might not have achieved the fame and notoriety of fellow Athens-based bands like R.E.M. and the B-52’s, but the funky new wave group was a beloved part of the college town’s arts and music scene. After its initial run (1978-83), the band would reunite for awhile at the end of the decade, and then

100-word Reviews for November 2017: New Music

So much great music and so little time. Here’s ten reviews: all new music, each summed up in 100 words. All are worth your time. Bryant Fabian Marsalis – Do For You? (Consolidated Artists) I struggle with a lot of current-day jazz. No matter how I try, much of it leaves me cold. Here’s a

Evil Note Lab: Pushing the Boundaries of Live Musical Improvisation

Ableton Live is computer software that allows musicians real-time interactivity with sequences of notes, sounds and textures. While the software is often used as a creative studio tool, in the hands of Asheville musical collective Evil Note Lab, Ableton Live realizes its potential as a performance instrument. Evil Note Lab puts its groundbreaking musical experiment

Ana Popović: A Different Kind of Blues Guitarist

Ana Popović is nobody’s idea of a typical blues guitarist. Born and raised in Belgrade, Serbia, she nonetheless grew up immersed in the quintessentially American musical form. “I was inspired as a little girl of six or seven years old,” Popović says. “My father and his friends would play Albert King, Elmore James, Stevie Ray

Rodriguez: Finding Sugar Man

In an age when many so-called celebrities are famous for being famous, Sixto Rodriguez is the notable exception: he became famous for being unknown. The musician known simply as Rodgriguez released a pair of albums – Cold Fact and Coming from Reality – in the very early 1970s on the small Sussex label. Both releases

San Jose Jazz Festival 2017

Note: This summer, I wrote a preview of the 2017 San Jose Jazz Festival for Metro Silicon Valley, spotlighting acts I found the most worth seeing. Here’s that feature. — bk Tia Brazda (2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jade Leaf Stage) – A popular fixture on the festival circuit, the Canadian jazz vocalist has a sultry, kittenish

War: 50 Years On, Still Making Friends

Multiracial American funk band War got its start backing British singer Eric Burdon, formerly of the Animals. “Spill the Wine” from 1970’s Eric Burdon Declares “War” effectively captured the zeitgeist of the era: a brotherly-love hippie ethos that was as sexy as it was hopeful. Though the group parted ways with Burdon after two albums,

All Go West Fest: Keeping Asheville Weird

In recent years, Asheville has lost two of its long-running annual music festivals. From 1979 until 2013, Bele Chere drew an increasing number of tourists to Asheville for a popular and eclectic mix of musical acts and other arts. The high-profile yearly Moogfest relocated from New York City to Asheville in 2010 and remained here