Album Review: Laura Blackley and the Wildflowers — Tell it to the Darkness

An engaging Southern gothic troubadour, Laura Blackley is a beloved fixture on the regional live concert circuit. On Tell It to the Darkness, her well-honed strengths are on prominent display. Chief among her assets is a skill at crafting thoughtful lyrics — word pictures, really — that work as well on the printed page as

Album Review: Carpal Tullar — Horse of a Different Tullar

Carpal Tullar is an arty rock trio based in Asheville, N.C.; the band plays local dates occasionally. But Carpal Tullar is also a studio project that’s essentially the work of one man, Chris Tullar. Carpal Tullar (the project) has made four albums; the first of those, The Milquetoast Manual, was released in 2007. The latest

Album Review: Zoe and Cloyd — Eyes Brand New

High quality musicianship is rarely in short supply, especially in Western North Carolina. That fact –coupled with the presence of several top-notch recording studios in the region – means that the bar is set quite high for a new album release. This is especially true in the crowded field of Americana and its related genres

Robby Krieger: Keeping the Doors’ Legacy Alive

Though his musical skills and interests have always transcended his work with The Doors, at age 71 guitarist Robby Krieger proudly carries on his old group’s legacy. Krieger scheduled a limited run of live dates this spring to do just that. The Doors were one of the most important and influential bands of the 1960s

Jessica Hernandez: Evoking Emotions in Two Languages

Detroit-based vocalist Jessica Hernandez and her band the Deltas earned their first big break when chosen to appear as a musical guest on a November 2014 episode of Late Show with David Letterman, just months before the show ended production. With musical muscle and assured swagger that recalls early Pretenders, the group’s performance of “Sorry

The Spellbinding Psychedelic Blues of All Them Witches

Nashville-based All Them Witches play a modern variety of psychedelic blues. The four-piece group’s heavy music has caught on with audiences in a big way; like the four albums that came before it, 2017’s Sleeping Through the War is earning near-unanimous critical acclaim. The band is currently on an American tour that runs through mid-June

Jean-Michel Jarre: Embracing — Yet Remaining Wary of — Technology

A pioneer in electronic music, French composer-performer Jean-Michel Jarre is as well-known for his stage spectaculars as for his innovations in ambient and new age music. Though he has always embraced new technology – from his earliest projects, his musical tools included synthesizers and drum machines – he remains wary of some of the uses

Album Review: Paul Butterfield — Live New York 1970

A blues vocalist and harmonica player extraordinaire, Paul Butterfield is most fondly remembered for his time leading the Butterfield Blues Band, an exemplar of the successful hybridization of electric jazz and blues; not insignificantly, the result of that hybrid sounded and felt a lot like rock (of the more adventurous variety). For reasons one suspects

Musoscribe’s 8th Anniversary Post: Four from Playback Records

Today I’m celebrating the eight-year anniversary of this Musoscribe online music magazine. I started the blog in June 2009, but I had already been writing for many years. Eventually I went back and archived nearly all of my pre-2009 work, back-dating the pieces (if somewhat arbitrarily). So now you’ll find nearly 2,500 posts – reviews,

The Black Angels: Slow Death (Part 2)

Continued from Part One… The Black Angels have never been what one would call a commercially-minded group. That said, a few years back Alex told me that “Telephone” off Phosphene Dream was a conscious attempt to reach a wider audience. Would you agree, and if so, to what degree was that successful? Yeah, I guess