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Album Review: The Chemistry Set — Pink Felt Trip

For some, the idea of making (much less listening to) psychedelic music inn the 21st century seems anachronistic. I don’t share that sentiment; even without the use of psychedelic drugs, the music continues to entertain me. And a current-day act calling itself The Chemistry Set has just released Pink Felt Trip, a raging slab of

Album Review: Zero — Naught Again

As spinoff projects go, I’m generally indisposed to be interested in a band that has its origins in the world of the Grateful Dead. While I enjoy the Dead’s studio albums – and recently/belatedly discovered the joys of the soaring “Terrapin Station” suite – but the jamcentric nature of that whole scene isn’t my cup

Book Review: Wicked Game

San Francisco and the Bay Area have long been fertile creative ground. Even confining the discussion to music, there’s been a staggering volume of important music coming out of the Bay Area: jazz, psychedelia, folk rock, punk, metal, new wave…on and on. Among the long list of luminaries, the name Chris Isaak deserves mention. His

21st Century Lit: A Chat with A. Jay Popoff

Lit seemed to have roared – fully formed and developed – out of the Orange County punk and hardcore scene of the mid-’90s. But the band’s roots go back farther, and they go deeper as well. Founded by brothers Jeremy and A. Jay Popoff, the group grew out of two earlier bands, Razzle (with A.

Everclear’s ‘World of Noise’ gets First-ever Digital Reissue

Portland, Oregon based rockers Everclear broke through to the big time in 1995 with “Santa Monica,” a hit track off their major-label debut album, Sparkle and Fade. But nearly two years earlier, they crafted a raw, rough and ready musical document, the independently released World of Noise. Self-produced by the band led by singer and

Randall Bramblett: Lucky That Way

The music business has a built-in tendency to categorize artists: they’re a rocker, a country act, a jazz cat, a rapper or something else. And in those relatively rare instances when an artist ventures even slightly outside of his or her appointed lane, they earn the crossover-artist tag. Yet there do exist a few extra-special

Cold Mountain Music Festival Returns

An edited version of this feature appeared in Mountain Xpress ahead of the festival which took place last weekend, June 4. Unplugged Nature is a Feature, Not a Bug The Covid-19 has taken the lives of nearly a million Americans. And two-plus years of a pandemic have exacted a toll even upon those who survive.

30 Days Out, June 2022 #1: Seth Walker, Cosmic Collective, Jayhawks, Music of Cream

Live music option are once again plentiful in Western North Carolina. Over the next 30 days, there are myriad choices. Here’s a look at four of the most notable live performances scheduled in and around town. Artist: Seth Walker Venue: The Grey Eagle Date: Saturday, June 18, 8 p.m. Door: $20 Hailing from a tiny

Album Review: SVT — Always Comes Back

As I’ve mentioned before, SVT is the band most often named among those interviewed for my latest book as the Bay Area band most deserving of greater success than they found. With a sound that touched on new wave, punk and power pop and featured the extraordinarily talented Jack Casady (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna) on

Hundred-word Reviews for May 2022, Part 2

I present five more reviews, in capsule form. Three of these are new releases; two are archival titles. All are deserving of deeper investigation. Alice Austin – Goodnight Euphoria Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Austin has crafted a supremely satisfying slab of rock with Goodnight Euphoria. Her innate sense of pop songwriting is combined with expertly textured