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Hot off the Press: Redd Kross’ Hot Issue

This is the second of three non-overlapping Redd Kross features. Enjoy. — bk In a way, Redd Kross is a band captured in time. When brothers Jeff and Steve McDonald launched their punk group in their hometown of Hawthorne, California (a fertile musical ground that also gave the world the Beach Boys and Emitt Rhodes),

Shootout at the Bubblegum Factory: Redd Kross

This is the first of three non-overlapping Redd Kross features. Enjoy. — bk Since forming in 1980, Hawthorne, California-based Redd Kross has been expertly straddling the link between punk rock and power pop. And at its best, the band has erased the arbitrary line between those styles. Nearly 15 years after ending a lengthy hiatus,

Album Review: Lavender Blue — Dusk

A sense of humor is not typically at the top of a list of notable characteristic of a singer-songwriter. By definition—and with some exceptions, of course—singer-songwriters tend to be a serious, introspective lot, rarely given over to playful subject matter in their work. But Asheville-based artist Lavender Blue (the stage name for Kayla Zuskin) has

Peter Asher and Jeremy Clyde: Vintage British Pop’s Modern-day Dynamic Duo

Note: This is the second of two feature/interviews with Peter Asher and Jeremy Clyde, originally written for two different print outlets. There’s a tiny bit of overlap in the introductory sections, but the bulk of each story features original material unique to that feature — bk Back in the early 1960s there appeared in London

They Go to Pieces: Peter Asher and Jeremy Stuart Team Up

Note: This is the first of two feature/interviews with Peter Asher and Jeremy Clyde, originally written for two different print outlets. There’s a tiny bit of overlap in the introductory sections, but the bulk of each story features original material unique to that feature — bk Pop music fans of a certain age will remember

They Showed Us: ‘The Turtles Present the Battle of the Bands’ at 40

By the beginning of 1968, the concept album was very much in vogue; the form was in its ascendancy, with high-profile releases like the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds (released May 1966), the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (released May 1967), The Who Sell Out (December ‘67) and the Moody Blues’ Days of Future

‘Miles and Miles’ with Carrie Morrison

Carrie Morrison is a Brevard, North Carolina-based singer, songwriter and pianist. She’s also a teacher of exceptional children at Brevard High School. She recently recorded and released her first full-length album, Miles and Miles. A 2018 performance at Isis Music Hall in Asheville sold out six weeks before the show. You’ve played piano since childhood.

Album Review: Taylor Martin — Song Dogs

Song Dogs is a collection of eleven songs – 8 originals plus 3 well-chosen and relatively obscure covers – sung and played by Asheville-based singer-songwriter-guitarist Taylor Martin. By definition, Song Dogs doesn’t fit neatly into any one genre classification. There’s a kind of good-natured yet world-weary vibe to these songs, one that calls to mind

EP Review: David Browning — Now You See Me

Now You See Me is a three-song EP from South Africa-born electronic pop artist David Browning. Currently based in Vancouver, British Columbia, he has a background working on Disney Cruise Line. He’s a family physician as well, but still finds time for a creatively fertile venture into music. “Stay Over” opens the EP with a

Herb Alpert: International Man of Music

It’s only a slight overstatement to call trumpeter Herb Alpert the king of 1960s easy listening music. Alpert, of course, led the staggeringly successful Tijuana Brass; if you’ve ever been in a thrift shop, you’ve seen Whipped Cream and Other Delights, the record with that famously racy cover photo. Alpert is the rare artist who