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Wind Up Happening: Musoscribe Meets LMNOP (Part 1 of 5)

In one sense, LMNOP is as DIY and underground as it gets. Launched in the early 1980s in Atlanta, LMNOP was – and has remained – the vehicle for Stephen Fievet’s singular lyrical vision, a sometimes disturbing, often unsettling and sometimes wickedly funny approach that all but ensures the music will never break through to

Album Review: Explorer Tapes

As someone who follows such things – and as such ought to know better – I nevertheless continue to be amazed whenever I learn about a promising act that recorded an album only to find it shelved. It’s the musical version of that iconic final scene at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark,

30 Days Out, September 2021 #1: Deltaphonics, Avatar, Sylvan Esso, Connells

Things are back to normal, but it’s a new normal. Live music has indeed returned, but if you go, plan on wearing a mask, showing proof of vaccination or negative test, and exercising social distancing to the extent that it’s possible. Once you accept all that, there are some fascinating opportunities in the next 30

Album Review: Joe Jackson & Todd Rundgren featuring Ethel — State Theater New Jersey 2005

It was more than sixteen years ago that two of popular music’s most iconoclastic artists decided to work together (sort of). Todd Rundgren and Joe Jackson teamed up for a concert tour, and instead of being backed by conventional bands, they chose to work with Ethel, a string quartet (violin, viola, two cellos). It was,

Album Review: Anton Barbeau — Oh The Joys We Live For

Over the course of his career, Anton Barbeau has confounded those who would pigeonhole him. But there is a consistency of creative vision that connects his varied works. Whether as a solo artist or with a band, his music expresses his unique, singular (and sometimes idiosyncratic) musical worldview and perspective. His latest release, Oh the

30 Days Out August 2021 #2: Jason Ringenberg, Magic City Hippies, Bill Frisell, Steve Earle, Los Lobos

Ohhh…kayyyy… Here we go again. There are some great live music shows scheduled over the next 30 days in and around Asheville. But scheduled isn’t the same thing as “guaranteed to happen.” Your unvaccinated friends and neighbors may put the kibosh on things. Check with the venue as close as possible to show times. And

Album Review: Laura Nyro — Go Find the Moon

Standing in sharp contrast to the sharp and seasoned performer of 1994 found on Trees of the Ages is the Laura Nyro heard on Go Find the Moon: The Audition Tape. Recorded in 1966 when she was seeking a record deal, she displayed plenty of potential, but her talent was in a rawer state. She

Album Review: Laura Nyro — Trees of the Ages

Laura Nyro was a talent of staggering dimensions. Not only was the New York singer-songwriter possessed of a preternatural ability to write enduing melodies – many of which were hits for other artists – but she was a powerful presence on her own recordings. The controversial and notorious alleged-disaster of a performance at Monterey Pop

Album Review: Mumps — Rock & Roll This, Rock & Roll That

American pop culture consumers of a certain age (aka television viewers) will recall An American Family, a groundbreaking PBS documentary series that first aired in 1973. Setting aside the fact that the program is to blame for the subsequent rise of “reality” (sic and ugh) television, it was nonetheless important in many ways. One of

Album Review: Various Artists — Higher Than a Mountain

It can’t have been easy being Andy Gibb. It would be challenging enough to have a famous older sibling scoring hit after hit and then trying to have a music career of your own. But Andy had three older brothers doing it. Not only could Barry, Robin and Maurice sing, but they could write. Andy