the orange peel Archive

The Struts: Second Time’s the Charm

In July 2014, the Struts released their debut album. With arena-sized melodic hooks and a lead singer who bore more than a passing vocal resemblance to Freddie Mercury, Everybody Wants seemed like a likely hit on the UK charts. But the record wasn’t a hit, rising only to #52. Undaunted, the Struts tinkered with the

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

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

Concert Review: Superhumanoids at Asheville’s Orange Peel, 20 Sept 2013

Doubtless you’ve heard the old saying, “If you remember the 60s, you weren’t there.” Well, for whatever reason – perhaps because it didn’t host the ascendancy of the baby boom during its decade – nobody says anything similar about the 1980s. I blame it on the fact that in the 60s, there were so many

Concert Preview: Superhumanoids and Mayer Hawthorne

Coming this Friday (September 20, 2013) to Asheville NC’s Orange Peel: Los Angeles-based band Superhumanoids, opening for Mayer Hawthorne. The trio’s sound owes a stylistic debt to 80s synth-centric pop, most notably Berlin (the airy vocals of Sarah Chernoff, one of the group’s two singers), Depeche Mode (via the synth bass and drum machines) and

Margaret Cho: More Honesty in Her Comedy Than Anywhere Else

by Annelise Kopp, Guest Blogger “Always in the midst of comedy,” Margaret Cho believes that the art hinges on writing and delivery, saying “there’s not really one without the other.” She also values the different formats that comedy is taking: “there’s a lot of great stuff happening online.” In late January 2013, Margaret played back-to-back