Album Review: Omar Coleman – Strange Times

Born and raised on Chicago’s West Side, vocalist and harmonica player Omar Coleman got his first well-deserved break when he was featured on Severn Records’ 2007 compilation of current-day Chicago […]

Album Review: Danielle Nicole – The Love You Bleed

Electric bassist and singer Danielle Nicole (Schnebelen) debuted with siblings Nick and Kris as Trampled Under Foot in 2000. After honing both her considerable chops and stage presence with that […]

After Forty Years and Counting, for Tesla it’s Still ‘Time to Rock!’ (Part 3 of 3)

Continued from Part Two… Tesla’s most recent studio album was Shock, released some five years ago. Not counting the live album, since then you’ve released two singles, in 2021 and […]

After Forty Years and Counting, for Tesla it’s Still ‘Time to Rock!’ (Part 2 of 3)

Continued from Part One… They fixed more than a few things on that album… I remember saying, “Oh, man, you’re killing me!” So they said, “You have to re-play and […]

After Forty Years and Counting, for Tesla it’s Still ‘Time to Rock!’ (Part 1 of 3)

Hard-rocking band Tesla came on the scene in the mid ‘80s, with their own brand of blues-based, straight-ahead rock. The Sacramento-based group was successful nearly right out of the gate, […]

30 Days Out, May 2024 #2: George Trouble and the Zealots, DJ Lil Meow Meow, Rising Appalachia, Mdou Moctar

So much great music in Asheville. This time around, our look at music for the coming 30 days includes two locally-based acts, an award-winning DJ who’s also from Asheville, and […]

Preview: Stand By for Failure – A Documentary About Negativland

A new documentary film about culture-jamming sound collage band Negativland gets a world premiere at Grail Movie House, May 20. Negativland is one of the most thought-provoking groups in existence. […]

Take Five: Grand Funk Lives! (And Covers Great Songs)

Grand Funk (also known as Grand Funk Railroad) were major hit makers of the 1970s. The Flint, Michigan band’s brand of straight-ahead rock won them a dedicated fan base. Critics […]

Album Review: St. Johns Wood Affair – s/t

An offshoot of sixties collectors’ darlings Nirvana, this group features that band’s Keith Smart. He’s joined on some tracks by Pat Martin of Unicorn; the core group of players backs […]

A Profile of Harvest Records in Asheville NC

The Record Store: Neighborhood, Community, and Celebrations in the Blue Ridge Mountains This feature first appeared in SPIN In the early 2000s, Mark Capon and Matt Schnable were pals attending […]