30 Days Out, April 2024 #2: Pylon Reenactment Society, Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, Primus, Destroy Boys

A whole lot is happening in Asheville during these next 30 days. This time around, I’m featuring four touring groups, all of which I’ve interviewed at one time or another (or more). The cover a wide watch of the musical spectrum, too. And don’t miss the acts that aren’t top-billed; at least two of them (as noted below) are extra-special as well.

Artist: Pylon Reenactment Society
Venue: Eulogy
Date: Friday, April 19, 7 p.m.
Door: $22
When we think back to the creatively fertile Athens music scene of the 1980s, several names come to mind. At the top of the list are the three big ones: R.E.M., the B-52’s… and Pylon. Fast forward a bunch of decades, and lead singer Vanessa Briscoe Hay leads a group of talented friends in a project that builds on her old group’s work. Much more than an exercise in nostalgia, PRS is a compelling group that uses Pylon’s aesthetic as a jumping-off point for modern music. Go see ‘em! I interviewed the group in 2017. PINKEYE and Minorcan are also on the bill.

Artist: Jonathan Scales Fourchestra
Venue: Asheville Music Hall
Date: Thursday, May 9, 9 p.m.
Door: $15
When I interviewed composer and musician Jonathan Scales several years ago (two times in 2017 and then again the following year – I knew that while he was local then, he was destined to break out in a big way. These days, I believe he’s based in NYC, but Asheville is fortunate to have him include his old hometown on tour itineraries. His music is progressive jazz, with instrumentation that sets him on the edge of the form. Great stuff. The phenomenal After Ours – makers of one of my favorite albums of 2023 – open the show.

Artist: Primus
Venue: Rabbit Rabbit
Date: Wednesday, May 8, 7 p.m.
Door: $45
I must admit that when I first saw Primus, I didn’t “get it.” But Les Claypool’s subsequent work with Sean Lennon helped me gain an appreciation for his music. Whacked out prog with a wickedly humorous bent that rivals Frank Zappa, Primus is not for everyone. But they just might be for you. I interviewed Claypool in 2022. All Them Witches – whom I interviewed way back in 2017 – open.

Artist: Destroy Boys
Venue: The Orange Peel
Date: Tuesday, May 14, 7 p.m.
Door: $25
From Sacramento comes one of the more compelling later-day punk outfits, a vehicle for Alexia Roditis’ barbed and pointed, socially aware lyrics. Catchy melodies, those smart lyrics and an authentic punk vibe add up to something special. I interviewed the group in 2021. Margaritas Podridas and Chokecherry are also on the bill.

See you at the shows!