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Eleanor Underhill: Honoring and Obliterating Tradition

In late 2018, Eleanor Underhill released her debut solo album, Navigate the Madness. While she didn’t – and still doesn’t plan to – abandon her popular and widely admired duo Underhill Rose, the Asheville musician made plain her desire to expand her musical vision to encompass a wider vision. But even the eclectic collection of

Eleanor Underhill’s New and Strange Chemistry (Part 2 of 2)

Continued from Part One … There’s a moody — and sometimes even a little dark and melancholy — vibe to some of the music on Land of the Living. Would you say that there’s a kind of overarching emotional perspective to the album as a whole? I would say that a lot of my solo

Eleanor Underhill’s New and Strange Chemistry (Part 1 of 2)

Asheville based singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Eleanor Underhill is best known as one half of the Americana duo Underhill Rose. But in her solo career – begun with a 2018 debut album – she charts a very different path. I interviewed her recently for Asheville altweekly Mountain Xpress; that feature is in this week’s

30 Days Out, August 2020 #1: Robin Bullock, Cliff Eberhardt, Eleanor Underhill, Christy Lynn

Two steps forward, one (and sometimes two) back. The United States’ continued failure to contain the spread of COVID-19 is having more and more lasting effects. Beyond death and permanent health effects, countless businesses have shuttered. Here’s hoping most of those closures are temporary. Here in Asheville we’ve already lost one beloved music venue. The

The Broadcast: Looking Outward, Looking Inward

A shorter, edited version of this story appeared previously in Mountain Xpress. After an extended period of focusing on touring and business matters, Asheville-based soulful rock band The Broadcast has put a series of delays behind to release its third studio album, Lost My Sight. With restrictions related to the pandemic still in effect, live

Nest Egg: Straight-ahead Yet Twisting

A global pandemic may have temporarily taken live music off the stage, but creative endeavors continue apace. Right on the heels of a live set released in March, Nest Egg will release Dislocation, its seventh album, on July 10. The primarily instrumental Asheville-based group draws a good part of its inspiration from German music of

30 Days Out, July 2020 #2: Travers Brothership, Free Planet Radio, Up Jumped Three, Jeff Santiago & Los Gatos

Because of the manner in which the pandemic response has been criminally mismanaged by our federal “government,” and because of the contingent that digs in its heels and refuses to do what’s needed to help beat this thing back (hint: social distancing, masks, contact tracing … in other words, what civilized countries around the globe

Feminazgul: None More Black, None More Feminine

From the beginning, Asheville-based atmospheric black metal duo Feminazgul staked out its own unique musical territory. The genre is known for its focus upon punishing riffs, themes of violence and mayhem and growling, bowels-of-Hell vocalizing. And while Feminazgul’s music displays all of those characteristics, its debut album No Dawn for Men adds two unusual elements

Sarah Louise’s Atmospheric Americana

Describing herself as a musical omnivore, Sarah Louise makes music that draws inspiration from seemingly unrelated styles. The prolific Asheville musician has released five albums since her 2015 debut; three of those have come out just since early 2019. Her latest, Earth and its Contents finds her applying her talents to enhance the work of

Heart, Head, Hands and Feet: The Paper Crowns

It’s the age-old chicken-or-egg question. Which came first: the marriage of Spiro and Nicole Nicolopoulos, or their musical collaboration, the Paper Crowns? “Technically,” Nicole responds with a laugh, “the musical collaboration, then marriage.” Spiro clarifies things: “We had a year-and-a-half relationship before any musical collaborations.” Starting as friends, building a relationship, launching a duo and