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Adrian Belew and ‘Celebrating David Bowie’

David Bowie was one of popular music’s most groundbreaking artists. He was the Space Oddity, Ziggy Stardust, the Thin White Duke, the Low-era Man Who Fell to Earth, the plastic soul man of Young Americans, and even the unabashedly commercial pop artist of Let’s Dance. Reinventing himself with each successive album and tour, Bowie fully

Dale Poune: Jailhouse Rocker

Dale Pone (pronounced PAW-nay) is a Nevada-based singer, songwriter and journeyman musician. A lifetime player, Dale’s musical adventures have seen him performing around the globe, at world-famous amusement parks, on themed cruises, and with hit artists from a wide variety of musical genres. His own original music touches on nearly every style, and for many

Covers for Books

An Asheville tradition for more than 20 years, the Halloween Cover Show brings together local music artists and music lovers for a night of community and familiar tunes. And it’s done in support of an underserved, marginalized part of society: incarcerated people. This year’s event was held Friday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m.; the secret

LazrLuvr: Set Lazers to ‘Fun’

In recent years, tribute bands have become a growing sector on the live music landscape. Some focus specifically on the music and visuals of one act, while others seek to re-create the vibe of a particular time. It’s the latter approach that forms the foundational concept of Asheville-based LazrLuvr, a seven-piece group featuring well-known local

Let’s Do the Time Warp (Yet) Again

The Rocky Horror Picture Show was a box office failure on its 1975 release, but a groundswell of fanatic moviegoers eventually helped the film take its rightful place as a pop culture classic. The campy musical turned horror movie tropes on their head, introducing themes like androgyny into mainstream culture. And audiences’ participatory reaction to

Mac Sabbath: You Deserve a Mac Today

The music of prime-era Black Sabbath has served as inspiration for countless bands, applying the drop-tuned, doom-laden style of the Birmingham, England, foursome to their own creative ends. But perhaps the most unusual band to follow in Black Sabbath’s wake is Los Angeles quartet Mac Sabbath. The group’s sound will be familiar to many listeners:

30 Days Out, Nov. 2022 #1: GY!BE, Funk You, Zoe & Cloyd, Ty Segall

Two nationally-touring acts, a regional one and a local group are featured in the first of two “30 Days Out” installments this month. There’s avant-garde/post-rock, soulful funk, heartfelt Americana and a punk/garage icon taking things somewhere different. The hills mountains are truly alive with the sound of music. Artist: Godspeed You! Black Emperor Venue: The

SF Music History: Elvis Costello

It’s quaint to think about it now, but when Elvis Costello surfaced in the summer of 1977 with My Aim is True, he was heralded as a punk artist. Coming on the scene alongside Sex Pistols, The Damned and The Clash, Costello’s status as a punk act might have made a kind of sense; he

Album Review: Various Artists — We All Shine On

When thinking back on a particular year in music, there’s often a temptation to focus on a specific subgenre. And most compilations surveying a period tend to organize their selections around a theme. But a new various-artists set takes a very different approach. We All Shine On: Celebrating the Music of 1970 casts a wide

Music to Your Ears: Sha Na Na

Thirty-two acts performed at the legendary Woodstock Music and Arts Fair, August 15-18, 1969. All but one of those acts had recording contract with record label. One was an unsigned band that had only formed a few months earlier. But thanks to being championed by a high-profile artist who insisted that they open for him,