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30 Days Out, Nov. 2022 #2: Postmodern Jukebox, Archers of Loaf, Ana Popovic, Couch

The next 30 days include Thanksgiving, a time when – perhaps now more than ever – we gather with loved ones. But after the long weekend, we’ll all be looking to the future, and more live music. The post-holiday menu includes lots of goodies, from inspired reinvention of classic pop to edgy, indie-rock from the

LazrLuvr: Set Lazers to ‘Fun’

In recent years, tribute bands have become a growing sector on the live music landscape. Some focus specifically on the music and visuals of one act, while others seek to re-create the vibe of a particular time. It’s the latter approach that forms the foundational concept of Asheville-based LazrLuvr, a seven-piece group featuring well-known local

Album Review: Various Artists — We All Shine On

When thinking back on a particular year in music, there’s often a temptation to focus on a specific subgenre. And most compilations surveying a period tend to organize their selections around a theme. But a new various-artists set takes a very different approach. We All Shine On: Celebrating the Music of 1970 casts a wide

Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart: Remembering the Feeling (Part 5 of 5)

Continued from Part Four… A stop in Singapore found the group encountering some difficulty. “We were the first American rock band to be allowed in to play in the country,” Hart says. “It’s very controlled, very buttoned-down. We were told ahead of time, ‘When you get off the plane in Singapore, your hair cannot touch

Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart: Remembering the Feeling (Part 4 of 5)

Continued from Part Three… The group did a fair number of television appearances in early 1976, guesting on The Mike Douglas Show, The Dinah Shore Show and even Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert. For the talk show spots, they performed the album’s lead track, “I Remember the Feeling.” The band’s U.S. tour ended in grand style,

Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart: Remembering the Feeling (Part 3 of 5)

Continued from Part Two… But a falling out with the backing musicians meant that they wouldn’t last long. After the group’s first week-long domestic tour leg, the backing musicians showed up with a manager. In Allison’s words, they attempted to extort him, demanding a larger share of profits. Keeping them around while he quietly put

Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart: Remembering the Feeling (Part 2 of 5)

Continued from Part One… Jennings’ boyfriend at the time was none other than Bobby Hart. “We invited Claudia’s masseuse to come for Thanksgiving dinner,” Hart recalls. “And she said, ‘Can I bring my son? He would love to be in the music business!’” When Hart met deWalden – whom he characterizes as “this flamboyant Italian

Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart: Remembering the Feeling (Part 1 of 5)

The Monkees were a ‘60s phenomenon, but their popularity extends to this day. Yet one significant chapter in the group’s history is often overlooked: a mid ‘70s reunion of two of its members, Micky Dolenz and Davy Jones. Working with the hit songwriting team of Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, they formed a mid-1970s pop

Album Reviews: Four from Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers (Part 2 of 2)

Picking up where I left off in my discussion of four Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers reissues from Omnivore Recordings… Rock ‘n’ Roll with the Modern Lovers (1977) Bizarre in the extreme, the record opens with a traditional Japanese folk instrumental. The album cover looks like a children’s record, and the song selection (“Wheels

Album Reviews: Four from Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers (Part 1 of 2)

Certain artists seem to get a kind of free pass from critics. In the cases that come to mind, these artists created something really, really, really special and important, and then arguably never again came close to creating works that even approached the significance of their breakthrough. I’m as guilty as anyone of falling into