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30 Days Out: February 2020 #2: Gordon Lightfoot, Marley Carroll, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Pinkest Floyd

Lots of great live music coming to Asheville, N.C. in the next 30 days. Below is merely a sampling from among the best: two local acts, two nationally touring artists. Blues, folk, electronica, funk: something for most every taste. Artist: Gordon Lightfoot Venue: Harrah’s Cherokee Center Date: Monday, Feb. 17, 8 p.m. Door: $27-$67 You

Bianchi & Cofod

This is my original version of a feature written in 2018; the previously-published version included some editorial additions that were not part of my article as filed and that didn’t reflect my perspective. — bk A longtime fixture on the Western North Carolina music scene, Scott Bianchi imbues his original songs with regional influences, a

What I’m Up to in Early 2019

Some quick dispatches regarding what’s brewing at Musoscribe World Headquarters… I recently signed with a literary agent, though for now I can’t reveal any details about the project in development. Suffice to say it explores one of my long-held favorite topics, and that it will be quite unlike my first book, Reinventing Pink Floyd. I

Jon Anderson and ARW: Yes Indeed

A few months ago, I conducted separate interviews with Rick Wakeman and Jon Anderson. Both conversations centered around the then-upcoming (and now current) ARW tour, featuring three ex-Yes musicians: Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, and Rick Wakeman. I wrote several printed features based on those interviews; in addition to those, I’ve published the transcripts of my

Album Mini-review: The B-52’s — Live 8.24.1979

File next to: DEVO, the Go-Go’s Though they were unashamedly gimmicky, the B-52’s were also among the most refreshing of the so-called new wave groups. With a proudly tacky aesthetic that emphasized fun above all else, the Athens group turned out a short series of classic albums. Their first two – 1979’s self-titled debut and

Album Mini-review: Claypool Lennon Delirium — Monolith of Phobos

File next to: A Saucerful of Secrets-era Pink Floyd, Primus, Plastic Ono Band Les Claypool‘s detractors point to his tendency toward being too clever by half, for making self-consciously “weird” music with wacky sounds, a kind of less creative, poor man’s Frank Zappa. Sean Lennon has moved in some odd musical directions, but has avoided

#TunesForTarrah: A Benefit for Tarrah Segal

It’s a rare day on which I write more than a single blog post for the Musoscribe blog. But this issue is important enough that I’m happy to make an exception. I wish I could say that the circumstances were happy. A mere three months ago, Tarrah Segal – wife of renowned music journalist Mark

Seven Years!

This week marks the seven-year anniversary of the launch of my Musoscribe blog. I started it in June 2009, and by July I had settled into my once-a-day posting routine. For seven years since, I’ve posted new content – a feature, interview review or essay – every single business day. About a year ago I

Farewell, Keith


Those We Lost in 2015

With the passing of David Bowie this week, I’m reminded that we’ve long since entered the time in which heroes from the rock era start passing away from natural causes (as opposed to the premature-by-far ODs and such). Of the musician deaths of which I’m aware in 2015, Chris Squire is the only one I