new wave Archive

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 […]

Single Review: Millennium Resorts – “Happiness”

The Austin-based duo of Scott Raulie and Jonathan Richerson make music as Millennium Resorts. Claiming influences that include shoegaze/drampop, new wave synth and the sonic aesthetics of Pink Floyd, the […]

Album Review: Love Tractor — Around the Bend (40th Anniversary)

Forty years on, it’s too easy to forget just how fertile a creative ground was the Athens, Georgia music scene of the early ‘80s. Sure, everybody knows about R.E.M. and […]

30 Days Out, October 2023 #2: Tennis, Nation of Language, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, Graham Nash

Modern-day intelligent pop, homegrown funk, and rock royalty are just some of the highlights of live music in Asheville over the coming 30 days. Artist: Tennis Venue: The Orange Peel […]

Album Review: Lloyds – Attitude Check

San Francisco of the late 1970s and early- to mid-’80s was home to a thriving new music scene. In those days before the internet, local scenes existed somewhat independently of […]

30 Days Out, June 2023 #1: Knifeplay, Bnny, The Discs, Yob

We’re all over the place with this edition of 30DO. There’s excellent local-based new (old) wave, as well as touring blues, hard rock and harder rock. Grab some ear protection […]

30 Days Out, May 2023 #2: Jonny Couch, Acid Mothers Temple, Sierra Ferrell, Randall Bramblett

Four nationally-touring acts are among the live music highlights in Asheville in the coming 30 days. Go see ‘em, and support local artists as well. Artist: Jonny Couch Venue: Fleetwood’s […]

Essay: Romeo Void — Live from Mabuhay Gardens 1980

Note: The following is an essay I wrote for inclusion in the April 2023 CD release of a live show by Romeo Void. Thanks to a late-breaking veto by a […]

Book Review: It’s the Truth

As someone who enjoys a deep dive into the making of creative works, I’m predisposed toward a new book like Simon Wright’s It’s the Truth: Making The Only Ones. Books […]

Devo’s Gerald Casale is Still Not Through Being Cool

Gerald V. Casale is a founding member of conceptual rock band Devo. In addition to writing and/or co-writing a great deal of that band’s music with fellow founding member Mark […]