prog Archive

30 Days Out, July 2024 #1: Ska City, Banned From Utopia, Brushfire Stankgrass, Steel Pulse

This time around, 30 Days Out features two touring acts — a legendary reggae outfit and a kind of alumni-tribute band – plus two wildly popular Asheville-based acts. Go see […]

Album Review: Benjamin Croft — We Are Here to Help

When it comes to music, you can often take accurate measure of an artist by finding out who their friends are. And while it’s true that in 2024, all manner […]

Book Review: Zip it Up! The Best of Trouser Press

Trouser Press looms large in my life. As a teen, I consumed as much music journalism writing – features, interviews, reviews — as possible. By that point I had long […]

30 Days Out, June 2024 #1: Beach Boys, King’s X, Kim Gordon, Pinkish Floyd

Wow. Some big names – from both a commercial and critical perspective – are coming to town in the next 30 days. And a local group that serves up the […]

Album Review: Prog Collective – Dark Encounters

The title of the sixth Prog Collective album telegraphs the direction in which the music goes; moody and minor-key is the order of the day. Less a group than a […]

30 Days Out, April 2024 #2: Pylon Reenactment Society, Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, Primus, Destroy Boys

A whole lot is happening in Asheville during these next 30 days. This time around, I’m featuring four touring groups, all of which I’ve interviewed at one time or another […]

30 Days Out, March 2024 #2: Scott Stapp, Western Carolina Writers Showcase, Consider the Source, Los Straitjackets

Rock, regional singer-songwriters, popular prog and the best surf-style music you’ll ever hear: those are the highlights of Asheville live music in the coming 30 days. Here we go… Artist: […]

Album Review: 3 – Rockin’ the Ritz

As I and many others have often pointed out, the 1980s were a tough time for progressive rock bands. A few thrived: King Crimson, in its own fashion, was among […]

Capsule Reviews for February 2024: More New Rock

Five more capsule reviews. This time it’s music in and around the rock idiom. District 97 – Stay for the Ending By now, most everyone knows the backstory: American Idol […]

30 Days Out, Feb. 2024 #2: Get Right Band, Firecracker Jazz Band, Haken, Mark and Maggie O’Connor

Two acts based in Asheville, two intentionally-touring acts. A wide variety of genres. The so-called “quiet season” continues in and around Western NC. Artist: Get Right Band Venue: Grey Eagle […]