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Concert Review: Spoon (Sep 3 2022, Asheville NC)

Known for putting on a spirited and memorable show, Spoon’s September 3rd performance at Rabbit Rabbit was alive, dynamic, and tight. The band is touring on their latest record Lucifer on the Sofa, which has received mostly positive reviews 26 years after their 1996 debut Telefono. Since this album is widely considered a return to

John Lennon: Five Sessions Outside the Beatles

More of my “Take Five”… John Lennon is rarely thought of as a session musician; nearly all of his work was within the context of The Beatles, with wife Yoko Ono and/or his own Plastic Ono Band. But between 1965 and his death in 1980, Lennon participated in several notable projects involving other artists. The

30 Days Out, Sep. 2022 #1: Black Midi, King Khan & BBQ, Steel Pulse, Sylvia Rose Novak

Touring is back in full swing. Looking at the concert calendar, save for an occasional canceled date, you’d never know that a pandemic had been raging for two-plus years. Four touring outfits – two veteran acts, two comparatively new ones – are the spotlight shows in Asheville over the next 30 days. Artist: Black Midi

Album Review: The Iveys – Golden Delicious Demos (1966-69)

Badfinger fans (and perhaps a handful of others) know that when that group was signed to The Beatles’ Apple Records, they were still known as the Iveys. Their first single and sole LP were released – albeit just barely released – by Apple bearing The Iveys name. And the group at that point did not

Album Review: Pete Ham – Demos Variety Pack

Anyone with a taste for melodic rock surely appreciates the greatness that was Badfinger. The group led by Welsh-born singer, songwriter and guitarist Pete Ham created a body of work that’s transcendent in its beauty, power and passion. The tragic story that enveloped and consumed the band threatens to overwhelm the music, but thanks to

Five Great Ron Wood Recordings Without the Rolling Stones

More of my “Take 5” antics… Ron Wood celebrated his 75th birthday on June 1. While’s he’s best known as Keith Richards’ co-guitarist in the Rolling Stones (where he replaced Mick Taylor, who replaced Brian Jones), Wood has had a long and creatively fruitful career before and outside the Stones. Here are five recordings that

Five Underrated Classics from Badfinger

Another “Take Five”… June marked the 75th birthdays of two members of Badfinger. Bassist/guitarist/songwriter Tom Evans would have celebrated his birthday on June 5 (he took his life in 1983); guitarist Joey Molland – today the sole surviving member of the band’s best-known lineup – celebrates on June 21. The band wrote several classic songs,

Five Live Albums Released in Spring ’72

Another quick take from my “Take 5” series… The era of the live album truly got underway with the blockbuster success of Frampton Comes Alive in 1976; in its wake, most every major rock act released a live set. But five landmark live albums hit the shelves four years earlier. Live Cream Volume II –

Danielle Nicole: Bassist Beyond the Blues

Danielle Nicole makes music informed by the blues yet not constrained by it. She cut her teeth as a bassist, singer and performer while a member of Trampled Under Foot, a trio featuring her brothers Nick and Kris Schnebelen on guitar and drums respectively. Nicole notes that she and her siblings “came from a musical

Five Unforced Errors and Musical Missteps

More from my “Take 5” series… Even rock’s biggest names occasionally release a dud. These five albums threatened to derail careers. And in some cases they did. Emerson Lake & Palmer – Love Beach – Progressive giants ELP were one of the ‘70s biggest concert draws. But they sounded more like a conventional – even