pop Archive

Album Review: Alison Faith Levy — You Are Magic

Disclaimer: My children are in their late 20s and early 30s, so I am by no means the primary target demographic for this release. But I know good music when I hear it, and consider it my responsibility to share it. For a long time, much of the music aimed at kids was cloying, treacly

Album Review: Richie Mayer – The Inn of Temporary Happiness

Richie Mayer is a clearly a student of classic pop. His breezy melodies are irresistible. They sound jut familiar enough to invite comparisons to The Beatles and like-minded artists, but he has enough originality to make sure his music steers clear of the slavish imitation that’s often a hallmark of artists who swim in the

Sugar Candy Mountain Makes a Good ‘Impression’

Hypnotic psychedelia with a deep groove is the musical stock in trade of Oakland’s Sugar Candy Mountain. Led by multi-instrumentalists Will Halsey and Ash Reiter, the group debuted with a self-released, self-titled album in 2011. Swimming in the same pool of influences that informs modern-day acts like Khruangbin, The Allah-Las and even the Brian Jonestown

Album Review: The Orange Peels — Celebrate the Moments of Your Life

One never quite knows what to expect from The Orange Peels, and within that uncertainty lies a part of the group’s charm. They certainly don’t fit neatly into any particular musical subcategory, be it power pop, art rock or anything else, but hints of those styles make themselves known within the context of individual songs.

30 Days Out, October 2021 #1: Jimbo Mathus, Rocky Horror Show, Buddy Guy, Tennis

Americana that’s more than twang. Classic camp. A blues legend. Retro-pop. Those are four of the highlights on the Asheville music calendar these coming 30 days. Artist: Jimbo Mathus Venue: The Grey Eagle (patio) Date: Friday, Oct. 8, 6 p.m. Door: $15 If you only know Jimbo Mathus from his role as leader of Squirrel

Album Review: The Mommyheads — Age of Isolation

The Mommyheads aren’t widely known outside of New York City (and Sweden), and that’s a shame. With wit that sometimes rivals that of XTC, a melodic sense that recalls 10cc and a prolific nature (more than a dozen albums released, even while taking a decade-long hiatus), The Mommyheads are one of pop music’s undiscovered gems.

Sandy’s: Rewarding the Listener’s Investment

The third album from psych-pop outfit Sandy’s, Magic Mind has a shimmering, multilayered character that may evoke thoughts of Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots-era Flaming Lips, early Crowded House and even Pet Sounds. Yet it sounds like none of those things; the third album from the Bay Area group is a fully-realized work that showcases

30 Days Out, September 2021 #2: Schizophonics , Side Pony, Dirty Logic, Thievery Corporation

Lots of cool choices for live music in and around Asheville in the coming thirty days. By now, you know the drill: Most venues are requiring proof of vaccination or results of a legit test within 72 hours prior to entrance. These venues want to stay in business, and they want their patrons to stay

Climbing That Tree: The Story of She Trinity (Part 5 of 5)

Continued from Part Four… As if She Trinity’s lineup changes weren’t confusing enough, the group went by at least two other names. Yorke doesn’t recall exactly why the band went for a time by the name of British Maid, but she knows that they used the name during a tour of France. “We played all

Climbing That Tree: The Story of She Trinity (Part 4 of 5)

Continued from Part Three… The band had parted ways with Mickie Most by the time Thompson joined. Working with American producer Steve Rowland, She Trinity recorded a single in a West End studio with the saxophonist. The CBS single featured a cover of Gene Pitney’s “Across the Street” backed by “Over and Over Again.” It’s