funk Archive

Album Review: The New Mastersounds — The Deplar Effect

For more than two decades now, The New Mastersounds have been creating and refining their winning brand of fusion/funk/what-have-you. Right out of the gate, the result of their creative endeavors was impressive indeed. Their debut long-player, Keb Darge Presents The New Mastersounds (re-released on vinyl in 2021 and reviewed here) was a solid offering, but

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

Take Five: Michael Shrieve

Michael Shrieve’s amazing talents were revealed to the wider world thanks to his dazzling drum work as a member of Santana. Shrieve had just turned 20 when that band played Woodstock in 1969. He remained with the band through seven albums, reuniting with the original Santana lineup for 2016’s well-received Santana IV. But the drummer

Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band: Two Decades of Deep-groove Funkiness

Twenty years is a long time, especially in the life of a band. But despite lineup changes, relocation and countless road mishaps, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band is as strong as ever. The Asheville-based rock/funk ensemble celebrated its anniversary with a special show, Sep. 16 at Asheville, N.C.’s Salvage Station. The Booty Band got

Album review: Azymuth – Telecommunication

It may be difficult to imagine such a thing today, some five decades after the fact, but in the early 1970s, jazz/funk/fusion was more than a blip on the commercial landscape of the music industry. Though jazz would – sadly, and in short order – soon morph into the dreaded “smooth jazz” of artists like

Empire Strikes Brass Celebrates 10 Years

Asheville’s own second line outfit Empire Strikes Brass celebrates their tenth anniversary In May 2012 Pauly Juhl was approach by a friend who wanted a New Orleans-style second line jazz band to play at a wedding rehearsal. A veteran of Dixieland jazz since his high school days, Juhl says that he “jumped to the opportunity.”

30 Days Out, June 2022 #2: George Clinton, Imij of Soul, Vision Video, Pinkest Floyd

Two tribute bands helping audiences relive the old days in style, one giant of funk, and a new band applying a modern spin to a beloved subgenre. Those are the highlights of the coming 30 days in Asheville live music, a calendar featuring a heady mix of local, regional and international talent. Event: George Clinton

30 Days Out, June 2022 #1: Seth Walker, Cosmic Collective, Jayhawks, Music of Cream

Live music option are once again plentiful in Western North Carolina. Over the next 30 days, there are myriad choices. Here’s a look at four of the most notable live performances scheduled in and around town. Artist: Seth Walker Venue: The Grey Eagle Date: Saturday, June 18, 8 p.m. Door: $20 Hailing from a tiny

Album Review: Dopapod – s/t

Interactivity is what you make it. And for their latest album, Dopapod has devised a way for listeners to immerse themselves even more deeply into the band’s unique world. The vinyl pressing of the Boston group’s self-titled (and seventh) studio album features a board game. “Building a Time Machine” uses the gatefold’s inner sleeve as

30 Days Out, April 2022 #2: Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, Karla Bonoff, Victor Wooten, Brian Jonestown Massacre

Steel-pan jazz, classic singer-songwriter, visionary funk/jam/beyond, and real rock ‘n’ roll. Those are merely the highlights of what’s featured in and around Asheville live-music-wise in the next 30 days. Artist: Jonathan Scales Fourchestra Venue: Asheville Music Hall Date: Thursday, April 21, 9 p.m. Door: $15 Scales is one of the most unque and visionary musical