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Adi the Monk: The ‘Cosmic Thread” Running Though His Music

Asheville’s music community features an impressive number of unique personalities. But it’s safe to say that only one has a personal history that includes a period spent as a Vaishnava monk. Ādi Puruṣa Das performs and records as Adi the Monk, making instrumental music that – on the surface at least – has little to

For Orgatroid, The ‘Future’ is Now

Electronic music is sometimes unfairly characterized as cold, sterile and lacking in emotion. But the music of Orgatroid – an Asheville duo of Jason Daniello and Jeffrey Richards – is none of those things. Created almost completely from electronic elements, the music benefits from the very non-electronic backgrounds of the pair of musicians who make

Brother Bluebird: Summer All Year ‘Round

Asheville-based brothers Adam and Tim Reaves are Brother Bluebird, an Americana/folk/indie duo. They’ve been making music together most of their lives, but got serious about it in 2015. Their 2019 EP, Summer is equal parts tuneful melodies, creamy harmonies and thoughtful lyrics. There’s something special about vocal harmonies by siblings; they seem to fit together

Acoustic Syndicate’s Deep Roots are Positively Growing

Acoustic Syndicate has been defying genre stereotypes for more than a quarter century. The beloved Western North Carolina group has been claimed by fans of bluegrass as well as the jam band crowd, and the band’s sound draws from rock and jazz as well. Founded in 1992 by brothers Bryon and Fitz McMurray (banjo/guitar and

Second Verse, Better Than the First: The Choir Reunites (Part 3 of 3)

Continued from Part Two … Jim Bonfanti explains that it was the reunion of The Raspberries that would eventually lead to The Choir getting back together. “We were working on the Pop Art deal,” he says, referring to Omnivore Recordings’ 2CD release of a November 2004 Raspberries concert recording. Released years later in 2017, that

Second Verse, Better Than the First: The Choir Reunites (Part 2 of 3)

Continued from Part One … The Choir certainly knew how to rock hard; the group’s cover of The Kinks’ “David Watts” made that plain. But the musicians were at their collective best digging into more complex material. Few bands then or now would think to cover The Nice’s arrangement of Leonard Bernstein’s “America.” But The

Second Verse, Better Than the First: The Choir Reunites (Part 1 of 3)

Omnivore Recordings presents a live reunion of Cleveland late-’60s proto-progressive band Ask a casual rock fan if he or she has heard of The Choir, and you’re likely to get a quizzical look followed by a “no.” Pose the same question to a hardcore music fiend – especially one with a familiarity with the Cleveland

The Story Behind Jellyfish’s Final Lineup, Part Two

Continued from Part One … Bill Kopp: How did Eric Dover come to join Jellyfish? Roger Joseph Manning: The whole thing was just weird. In a nutshell, we had put out that announcement for a guitarist replacement, and got all kinds of submissions … well, as much as you could pre-internet. About 50 submissions, which

The Story Behind Jellyfish’s Final Lineup, Part One

One of the most beloved and critically-acclaimed bands of the 1990s, Jellyfish made a pair of superb albums. But after 1990’s Bellybutton, the band fell apart. Co-leaders Roger Joseph Manning and Andy Sturmer had to rebuild the group with new musicians. Today – more than a quarter century later – The Lickerish Quartet reunites three

Three is the Magic Number: The Lickerish Quartet (Part 3 of 3)

Continued from Part Two … EPs Versus Albums The Lickerish Quartet made the decision not to release a traditional debut album; instead a series of EPs is planned. Threesome Vol. 1 was released May 15. And while Adam James provided the startup money for the project, funding for the debut EP was completed through a