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30 Days Out, December 2023 #1: Toubab Krewe, Bask, Chloe and Leah, Blue Rags

Here at 30 Days Out, I spotlight some of the best live music coming through Asheville. This time of year is extra-special in many ways, not least because local-based touring […]

30 Days Out, Oct. 2023 #1: Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Jonathan Richman, Andrew Finn Magill, Buddy Guy

A globetrotting WNC favorite son, a blues legend taking a well-deserved victory lap, and two other big names: those are the highlights of Asheville and nearby live music in the […]

Album Review: Dengue Fever – Ting Mong

Led by brothers Ethan and Zac Holtzman and fronted by the exquisite vocalist Chhom Nimol, Dengue Fever combines the traditional sound of Southeast Asia with Western pop values, and the […]

Min Xiao-Fen: Music, Movies and More

When Min Xiao-Fen and her husband left New York City and resettled in Western North Carolina in 2020, they may have been expecting a slower pace of life. But that’s […]

30 Days Out, July 2023 #2: Rocky Horror Music Show, Mike Rhodes Fellowship, Polyphony Marimba, The Supersuckers

Two acclaimed local/regional acts, some lively and unusual (forgive the term; they use it) “world music” and some up-against-the-wall-mofos rock ‘n’ roll: those are the highlights of live music in […]

30 Days Out, May 2023 #1: Vieux Farka Touré, Voivod, Gov’t Mule, Floating Action

Two acts from beyond our borders, two artists we Western North Carolinians claim as our own. Local performances featuring those are some of the musical highlights coming in the next […]

Album Review: Amjad Ali Khan et. al. — Music for Hope

Some music based on traditional instrumentation from outside North America (that’s my wordy way of sidestepping the dread “WM” descriptor) can sound a bit, erm, foreign to American ears. Not […]

30 Days Out, January 2023 #2: Andrew Scotchie, ABACAB, Neal Francis, Free Planet Radio

Here we are in mid-January. As I’ve observed countless times before, this is the “quiet season” in Western North Carolina. The weather can be blustery, but the season presents an […]

30 Days Out, Dec. 2022 #1: Blanke, Bill Kirchen, Neighbor, Toubab Krewe

There’s something for nearly all tastes in this roundup of live music in and around Asheville over the next 30 days. Get out there and support live music of both […]

Album review: Azymuth – Telecommunication

It may be difficult to imagine such a thing today, some five decades after the fact, but in the early 1970s, jazz/funk/fusion was more than a blip on the commercial […]