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30 Days Out, July 2022 #1: Melissa Hyman, Acoustic Syndicate, 10,000 Maniacs, Adrian Belew

Two highly respected local/regional acts and two beloved touring artists: those are the highlights among many musical events taking place in and around Asheville in the coming 30 days. Each in their own way is well worth your entertainment dollar, even in these inflationary times. Support live music! Artist: Melissa Hyman Venue: Isis Music Hall

Album Review: Spygenius — Jobbernowl

Those Cantabrigian masters of melody are at it again. Jobbernowl may sport an inscrutable title, but the music is accessible in the extreme. Spygenius’ knowing way with ear candy tune creation is showcased once again on their latest release. The wordplay that is a baked-in characteristic of their music crops up immediately: the opening sonic

Album Review: Terry Carolan — Flights of Fancy

The music of Terry Carolan first came to my attention nearly a decade ago when I encountered a CD reissue of a 1980 self-titled album by his band True Hearts. Some four years later I heard his album Circus of Mirth, credited to Heirs of Fortune. Quite different from that ‘80s music, it was somehow

21st Century Lit: A Chat with A. Jay Popoff

Lit seemed to have roared – fully formed and developed – out of the Orange County punk and hardcore scene of the mid-’90s. But the band’s roots go back farther, and they go deeper as well. Founded by brothers Jeremy and A. Jay Popoff, the group grew out of two earlier bands, Razzle (with A.

Album Review: Jeannie C. Riley — Harper Valley P.T.A.

I’ve gone on about this idea before, but it never ceases to fascinate me, so I’ll mention it again. Those of us of a certain age — boomers, I guess you’d say – came of age in an era that was characterized in part at least by shared experience. Where popular culture was concerned, pretty

Concert Preview: Beabadoobee

Canadian rapper Powfu’s 2020 single “death bed (coffee for your head)” is an irresistible slice of pop wonderfulness, combining kittenish folk-bedroom pop with hip-hop in a way that works splendidly. And I’m not the only one who thinks so: the tune has received 1.2 billion plays on Spotify, and that’s merely one streaming service. But

Album Review: Scott McCarl — Play On

I am sure we can agree as to the wonderfulness that is The Raspberries’ catalog. “Go All the Way” is pop perfection, taking the “don’t bore us; get to the chorus” aesthetic to the extreme in its quest for rock’n’roll transcendence. And though they released only four albums in their ‘70s run, what a great

30 Days Out, May 2022 #1: Mountain Skies, Parthenon Huxley, Belle & Sebastian, Little Feat

Asheville draws an eclectic assortment of artists to the region, and the highlights among performances scheduled for the next 30 days is no exception. Event: Mountain Skies Electronic Music Festival Venue: White Horse Black Mountain Date: Fri.-Sun, May 6-8 Door: $25 Okay, so there isn’t a great deal of advance information available about this event.

Album Review: Tony Hazzard — Demonstration

An absolutely delightful if somewhat perplexing collection, Demonstration features thirteen song by Tony Hazzard. The Liverpool-born singer, songwriter and guitarist is best known as a composer; his songs have been recorded by Manfred Mann, the Yardbirds and other sixties British bands. One of Hazzard’s most popular tunes, “Ha! Ha! Said the Clown” was covered twice:

Album Review: Natalie Cole — Unforgettable…With Love

By the early 1990s, Natalie Cole was anything but a newcomer to the music world. Daughter of legendary Nat “King” Cole, she had long since established herself as an R&B/soul vocalist, and had racked up an impressive string of hit singles and well-received albums. Always reluctant to ride upon the coattails of her father –