indie Archive

30 Days Out, June 2024 #1: Beach Boys, King’s X, Kim Gordon, Pinkish Floyd

Wow. Some big names – from both a commercial and critical perspective – are coming to town in the next 30 days. And a local group that serves up the […]

Santa Cruda: Holy Hangover!

Most bands found themselves taking a hiatus when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. With venues closing, opportunities for bands to play in front of audiences vanished virtually overnight. But some musicians […]

Floratura: Ready to Say Something

Tatiana Peña and Adrian “Treetop” Marquez initially teamed up as a musical duo in the late 2010s. “We started our musical journey together through protest,” says Peña. “We traveled the […]

The New Horizons: Music of Many Colors

2017 was a busy year for Jimmy Palafox. Not only did he graduate from high school; he launched two new bands: Santa Cruz Latin Collective and The New Horizons. “I […]

Santa Cruz Latin Collective: Keeping the Music Alive

While the Santa Cruz Latin Collective came together in 2017, its roots extend back to the early 1970s. The Bay Area has a proud history of Latin and Afro-Cuban music, […]

Marnie Stern: Tapping Back Into a Solo Career

The string-tapping method employed by adventurous musicians isn’t new, and it wasn’t devised by Eddie Van Halen. Some 200 years ago, composer Niccolò Paganini used the technique on his violin. […]

Album Review: Mushroom – Messages from the Spliff Bunker

A kind of indie-underground supergroup, Mushroom is at its core the brainchild of Pat Thomas. Combining avant-garde, free jazz and krautrock influences and textures might – to the causal listener, […]

Quick Reviews, March 2024: New Releases

The Incurables – Inside Out & Backwards To the extent that one can make generalizations, it’s safe to say that most of the artists on Big Stir Records fall into […]

Album Review: Anton Barbeau – Morgenmusik/Nachtschlager

Some things in life are a sure thing. One of those is the fact that Anton Barbeau can be counted on to produce fascinating and worthwhile music. His latest release, […]

30 Days Out, March 2024 #2: Scott Stapp, Western Carolina Writers Showcase, Consider the Source, Los Straitjackets

Rock, regional singer-songwriters, popular prog and the best surf-style music you’ll ever hear: those are the highlights of Asheville live music in the coming 30 days. Here we go… Artist: […]