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Concert Review & Photoblog: Fitz and the Tantrums, Asheville NC, 5 Nov. 2013

Modern r&b-flavored pop act Fitz and the Tantrums returned to Asheville recently for an enthusiastic, packed-house reception. Focusing on tunes from their second album (2013’s More than Just a Dream) and peppering the set with cuts from their breakout 2010 debut Pickin’ Up the Pieces, the group wowed the audience. A high-energy show from start

Jamie Laval’s “Christmas in Scotland”

A deep love and understanding of Celtic cultural and musical traditions; a foundation of classical training; and a fresh look at celebrating the Holiday season: that was the recipe for “Christmas in Scotland: Seasonal Music and Stories from Celtic Lands,” a holiday show at Asheville’s Isis Theatre on December 27, 2013. Hosted by award-winning fiddler

Concert Review: Project/Object, 22 Dec. 2013, The Grey Eagle, Asheville NC

Viewed as an entire body of work, the music of Frank Zappa is near-impossible to pin down. There are significant elements of everything from doo-wop to progressive jazz to avant-classical to blues to rock. By the time Zappa died of prostate cancer (just over twenty years ago), he had built a catalog of more than

Concert Preview: Welcome (Back) to The Machine

New York-based Pink Floyd tribute band The Machine have long made Asheville NC’s Orange Peel the first or an early stop on their annual winter tour itinerary. The group routinely attracts a packed crowd to the venue for its sound and vision spectacular, a live recreation of the music of one of rock’s best-loved and

New Albums from Asheville Locals Pierce Edens, Drunken Prayer

Today is my birthday. My 50th, in fact. So I’m kinda taking the day off. But still have something to share: recently I penned a news item/feature for Asheville’s altweekly Mountain Xpress, covering a new CD and DVD release by local artist Pierce Edens. So with the print edition’s two-week embargo now ended, here’s a

Photoblogging: Mountain Oasis 2013, Part Three

Some images from the third and final night of Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit in Asheville NC. All photos © Bill Kopp. Follow “the_musoscribe” on Twitter and get notified when new features, reviews and essays are published.

Mountain Oasis Electronic Summit: Recap Part 3

The third and final night of the Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit featured a host of names with which I was largely unfamiliar. So I took the opportunity to pop into several shows in hopes of finding something that struck my fancy. I was intermittently successful. Darkside Seemingly having ingested a steady diet of Wish

Mountain Oasis Electronic Summit: Recap Part 2

On Saturday — the second of the festival’s three nights — I took in two shows of note. I had tentative plans to check out some other sets, but these two were so compelling, I stayed for the entirety of the performances. Gary Numan Music fans of a certain age – and perhaps other, younger

It’s a Mondo Zombie Boogaloo!

It’s one thing to make good music. A challenging thing, not to be taken for granted, but as far as live performance goes, ultimately it’s only one part of the mix. Another thing is to put on a good show. Some artists do that without getting the first part of the equation (Gene Simmons, I’m

Mountain Oasis Electronic Summit: Recap Part 1

My sweetheart and I enjoyed the first night of 2013 Mountain Oasis together; while I’d cover nights two and three on my own, this night we managed together to take in all or part of sets by five acts; here’s a rundown of the three most notable. Half Japanese We arrived at the Thomas Wolfe