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Adrian Belew and ‘Celebrating David Bowie’

David Bowie was one of popular music’s most groundbreaking artists. He was the Space Oddity, Ziggy Stardust, the Thin White Duke, the Low-era Man Who Fell to Earth, the plastic soul man of Young Americans, and even the unabashedly commercial pop artist of Let’s Dance. Reinventing himself with each successive album and tour, Bowie fully

Dale Poune: Jailhouse Rocker

Dale Pone (pronounced PAW-nay) is a Nevada-based singer, songwriter and journeyman musician. A lifetime player, Dale’s musical adventures have seen him performing around the globe, at world-famous amusement parks, on themed cruises, and with hit artists from a wide variety of musical genres. His own original music touches on nearly every style, and for many

Mac Sabbath: You Deserve a Mac Today

The music of prime-era Black Sabbath has served as inspiration for countless bands, applying the drop-tuned, doom-laden style of the Birmingham, England, foursome to their own creative ends. But perhaps the most unusual band to follow in Black Sabbath’s wake is Los Angeles quartet Mac Sabbath. The group’s sound will be familiar to many listeners:

Album Review: Various Artists — We All Shine On

When thinking back on a particular year in music, there’s often a temptation to focus on a specific subgenre. And most compilations surveying a period tend to organize their selections around a theme. But a new various-artists set takes a very different approach. We All Shine On: Celebrating the Music of 1970 casts a wide

30 Days Out, October 2022 #2: Rocky Horror, Legendary Pink Dots, Caitlin Krisko and the Broadcast, Alvvays

This go-round is especially impressive. In addition to an all (local) star treatment of a beloved musical theater work, we’ve got two intriguing touring bands coming to Asheville. I’ve seen both, albeit many years ago, and can personally vouch for their music being outside the ordinary in the best possible ways. And then there’s a

Take Five: Michael Shrieve

Michael Shrieve’s amazing talents were revealed to the wider world thanks to his dazzling drum work as a member of Santana. Shrieve had just turned 20 when that band played Woodstock in 1969. He remained with the band through seven albums, reuniting with the original Santana lineup for 2016’s well-received Santana IV. But the drummer

Take Five: Ronnie Spector Duets and Collaborations

Ronnie Spector would have celebrated her 79th birthday in August; the beloved singer passed away in January after a brief illness. Born Veronica Bennett, Ronnie Spector would become a legend as the lead voice of the Ronettes, the crown jewel of Phil Spector’s girl-group projects. The Ronettes scored an impressive run of hit singles in

Album Review: Jan Hammer – Seasons Pt. 2

Listeners of a certain age know Jan Hammer for his work with the Mahavishnu Orchestra and Jeff Beck; younger ones will recall his “Miami Vice Theme.” In recent years his music has often leaned toward new age. But his latest release, Seasons Pt. 2 synthesizes (so to speak) all of his disparate stylistic excursions. It’s

Acoustic Syndicate’s Natural Crossover

Since forming in 1992, North Carolina quartet Acoustic Syndicate has cultivated and developed a musical style that draws from a wide array of genres and styles; the band has never allowed itself to be hemmed in by preconceived notions about what is or is not bluegrass. Or Americana. Or rock, or any number of other

30 Days Out, October 2022 #1: Sweet Lizzy Project, Brushfire Stankgrass, Marley Carroll, Mac Sabbath

The next 30 days of live music in Asheville are all over the map. And we like it that way. Here are four highlights of the coming 30 days (okay, 31 this time). Artist: Sweet Lizzy Project Venue: Asheville Music Hall Date: Thursday, October 20, 8:30 p.m. Door: $17 When I reviewed this Cuban group’s