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30 Days Out, May 2022 #2: Albert Cummings, Jason Isbell, Gov’t Mule, Destroy Boys

In the next 30 days, there’s all manner of live music to be experienced in Asheville. This roundup focuses a bit more on c&w, but there’s something for every taste on the stages of Western N.C. Artist: Albert Cummings Venue: Isis Music Hall Date: Wednesday, June 1, 7:30 p.m. Door: $23 advance, $28 day of

Album Review: Amanda Anne Platt and the Honeycutters — The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

By now, gentle reader, you’re likely tiring of reading stories of the making of new albums that spend a lot of time focusing on just how much the pandemic affected things. Musicians were sidelined from a significant part of their livelihood (i.e. playing live), they were forced into isolation… yada yada. So were all of

30 Days Out, February 2022 #2: Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Jill Sobule, Pimps of Pompe, Bob Mould

I endeavor to shine a light on local artists in “30 Days Out.” This time I only cover one of those, because the touring acts coming to town are so noteworthy. Artist: Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band Venue: Asheville Music Hall Date: Wednesday, Feb. 16, 8 p.m. Door: $15 advance / $18 day of show

Bonus Q&A: The Supersuckers’ Eddie Spaghetti

Supersuckers bassist/front man Eddie Spaghetti is a great interview. I recently wrote a Supersuckers feature for Metro Silicon Valley, and an extended version of that piece is online here. But even that twice-as-long edit left a great deal of our conversation unused. Here are the best bits from the rest. – bk Some people argue

Supersuckers: Still Playing That Killer Rock ‘n’ Roll

Irreverent trio the Supersuckers have made a career out of not being serious. How else to explain a body of work that includes songs like “Pretty Fucked Up,” “Born With a Tail” and “Must’ve Been High”? But the band led by bassist/vocalist Eddie “Spaghetti” Daly is deadly serious about its brand of heavy metal-meets-outlaw country.

30 Days Out, February 2022 #1: Honeycutters, Laura Blackley, Pet Metheny, Parquet Courts

Live shows! No, really! Artist: Amanda Anne Platt & the Honeycutters Venue: The Grey Eagle Date: Saturday, Feb. 5, 9 p.m. Door: $22 The best (and highest profile) alt-country band in WNC, The Honeycutters took a time-release approach to their latest album, debuting the tracks one at a time over several months. With the near-complete

Seth and Sara’s Van Life

Seth and Sara Brand didn’t start out as a musical duo. Before they got together, both lived lives far more conventional than the path upon which they’ve since embarked. But their current approach to life – perhaps best described as semi-nomadic – lends itself to the couple’s creative pursuits. Seth Brand had been playing music

30 Days Out, October 2021 #2: Scott Miller, JackTown Ramblers, Land of the Sky Symphonic Band, GWAR

The eclectic nature that was a defining characteristic of Asheville’s live music scene is returning in these safer-than-recent-months times. Over the next 30 day, you have opportunities to enjoy music that combines things you might not expect: country rock (okay, that one’s a bit obvious but this guy is special), scum rock (stay with me

30 Days Out August 2021 #2: Jason Ringenberg, Magic City Hippies, Bill Frisell, Steve Earle, Los Lobos

Ohhh…kayyyy… Here we go again. There are some great live music shows scheduled over the next 30 days in and around Asheville. But scheduled isn’t the same thing as “guaranteed to happen.” Your unvaccinated friends and neighbors may put the kibosh on things. Check with the venue as close as possible to show times. And

Album Review: The Beat Farmers — Tales of the New West

One of the more fascinating characteristics of ‘80s new wave / college rock / alternative (or whatever you’d care to call it) was the manner in which it folded in genres of music that had previously been considered outside the scope of pop music. Or at least outside the scope for the population who listened