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Album Review: Venus Furs — s/t

If you’re going to launch a musical project that evokes memories of a Velvet Underground song (“Venus in Furs” from 1967’s The Velvet Underground & Nico) you had better deliver the goods, or at least be prepared to get called out for not doing so. The plain fact is, while Venus Furs is quite appealing,

Album Review: Staring Into Nothing – Love

The album opens with an understated track (“Winter”) that’s not especially indicative of where things will go musically. It’s part of a four-song suite, and “Spring” is (perhaps as expected) more upbeat and textured. The music is straightforward rock, with subtle, understated sonic touches throughout. The band itself features multi-instrumentalists Steve Rogers and Kurt Barabas,

Album Review: The Brothers Steve – #1

Following a proud rock ‘n’ roll tradition of misleading band names, The Brothers Steve aren’t brothers, and none is named Steve. The L.A.-based band plays its own brand of powerpop, with a healthy dose of bubblegum added into the mix. The band has previous released three singles (including a Christmas-themed one) but their debut album

Album Review: Tyler Keith – The Last Drag

Do you like rock ‘n’ roll? I mean the sweaty, greasy, sloppy, noisy stuff, the kind of music that gets your heart pumping and makes you want to get involved somehow – air guitar, head-nodding, first pumping – to more fully experience it? Then I’d very much like to direct your attention to The Last

Second Verse, Better Than the First: The Choir Reunites (Part 3 of 3)

Continued from Part Two … Jim Bonfanti explains that it was the reunion of The Raspberries that would eventually lead to The Choir getting back together. “We were working on the Pop Art deal,” he says, referring to Omnivore Recordings’ 2CD release of a November 2004 Raspberries concert recording. Released years later in 2017, that

Second Verse, Better Than the First: The Choir Reunites (Part 2 of 3)

Continued from Part One … The Choir certainly knew how to rock hard; the group’s cover of The Kinks’ “David Watts” made that plain. But the musicians were at their collective best digging into more complex material. Few bands then or now would think to cover The Nice’s arrangement of Leonard Bernstein’s “America.” But The

Second Verse, Better Than the First: The Choir Reunites (Part 1 of 3)

Omnivore Recordings presents a live reunion of Cleveland late-’60s proto-progressive band Ask a casual rock fan if he or she has heard of The Choir, and you’re likely to get a quizzical look followed by a “no.” Pose the same question to a hardcore music fiend – especially one with a familiarity with the Cleveland

30 Days Out, September 2020 #1: Alien Music Club, Hard Rocket, Firecracker Jazz Band, Modern Strangers

For this edition of “30 Days Out,” it’s all local acts from here in Asheville. And two of the four shows are (socially-distanced) in-person shows. As in, live in real time without the use of a computer or smartphone. What a concept! There’s an admission fee for those, which is only fair. For the other

Album Review: The Hollywood Stars – Live on the Sunset Strip

In the mid 1970s, The Hollywood Stars were charting a musical path not wholly unlike Sweet: super-catchy bubblegum-meets-glam rock. But they didn’t earn success commensurate with the quality of their material. Last year saw the release of Sound City, a “lost album” of the band’s best material from that era, and its success was met

The Story Behind Jellyfish’s Final Lineup, Part Two

Continued from Part One … Bill Kopp: How did Eric Dover come to join Jellyfish? Roger Joseph Manning: The whole thing was just weird. In a nutshell, we had put out that announcement for a guitarist replacement, and got all kinds of submissions … well, as much as you could pre-internet. About 50 submissions, which