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Moogfest 2011 Recap: Day 1, Part 2: Holy F**k, Moby, LunzProject

Holy F**k Viewed from a certain perspective, the music of Holy F**k and that of Tangerine Dream are opposite sides of the same coin. Where the German group uses synthesized sounds to create placid, dream soundscapes, the young quartet starts with similar elements – samples, loops and synthetically-generated aural textures – and ends up with

Moogfest 2011 Recap: Day 1, Part 1: Matthew Dear, Mayer Hawthorne, Tangerine Dream

Matthew Dear Well, somebody has to go on first, right? The three-day Moogfest kicked off just after 5pm on Friday. Spread across more than a half-dozen venues throughout downtown Asheville NC, the event brings together a dizzying array of musical styles, including up-and-comers as well as legendary names. Many of the latter include artists one

Concert Review: Los Lonely Boys

I’m told that Los Lonely Boys had a Top 40 hit in 2004 with a song called “Heaven.” I listen to a lot of music, but Top 40 radio hasn’t been on my radar screen in some years. So I missed it; never heard the song, in fact, until recently. I had heard of the

Concert Review: Styx (September 3, 2011)

I’m shaking my head slowly, with a wry smile. Why? Because I just returned from a few hours of time travel, courtesy of Styx. I missed the opportunity to see the band on their recent tandem-tour with Yes. The two bands alternated spots on the bill throughout that string of dates, and on the night

Concert Review (sorta): Garage a Trois

First, the bad news. I was scheduled to attend a recent local show featuring Garage a Trois. The hard-to-describe band’s sound is a heady mix of jazz, punk, rock and avant-garde/progressive sounds. I was looking forward to the show, but in the end my schedule didn’t permit me to attend the performance. The good news

Concert Review: April Smith and the Great Picture Show

If you’ve attended even a few live shows in your lifetime, you’re probably familiar with the particular plight of the opening act. Often added to the bill by the record company, this hapless aggregation suffers the ignominy of performing before a crowd who – let’s be honest — came to see somebody else. Back in

Concert Review: The Sword

Previewing the show in a single sentence, my friend told me, “These guys are masters of the One.” Indeed they are. The Sword – purveyors of a polished version of doom-stoner-epic metal – have their own trademark sound, and it centers around hitting the beat – and hard – on the one. These guys can

Concert Review: Dungen – Asheville NC, Sep. 12 2010

“Hello. We are The Pixies.” That was the puckish greeting that Gustav Estjes — leader of Swedish folkrockpsych quartet Dungen proffered to the audience on a recent Saturday night at Asheville North Carolina’s Grey Eagle. This was either the third or fourth visit the group has made here; neither their tour manager nor I could

Concert Review: Bill Haley’s Original Comets, Branson MO

My “people” (as they say) are from New York City. So trips to Center of the Known Universe were a highlight of my youth. I recall one particular trip during which my uncle (one of New York’s Finest, thankyouverymuch) took us out for a slice of pizza. A mere lad of thirteen or so, I

Concert Review: Paul McCartney – July 28 2010, Charlotte NC

Though I did my best not to, as the July 2010 Paul McCartney concert in Charlotte kicked off, I already had in my head a couple of ideas I thought I’d use in my post-show summary. But besides putting on a great show, McCartney managed to be something I hadn’t expected: just slightly unpredictable. Sure,