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Album Review: Love Tractor — Themes from Venus

It’s worth noting that Atlanta and Athens, Georgia are a mere 70 miles apart. I mention this because back in the 1980s when I lived in the suburbs of Atlanta (I was ultimately in the metro area for some 27 years) and followed the local music scene, it was a common mistake to think of

Album Review: The Bye Bye Blackbirds – August Lightning Complex

A new record from The Bye Bye Blackbirds is always welcome. Songwriter and guitarist Bradley Skaught is a songwriter who bends classic songwriting structure to his personal needs. Even though it has a title that sounds like something Robert Pollard might come up with, August Lightning Complex is another winning set of songs in a

Album Review: Calling Cadence — s/t

One of the appealing qualities of what we might call 1970s FM rock was its ecelcdticism. Artists could borrow freely from country, blues, even soul or jazz and fold those characteristics into their sound. And they could still call it rock, as opposed to country-rock or some other hyphenate. Calling Cadence isn’t a ‘70s act.

Hundred-word Reviews for April 2022, Part 2

Picking up where I left off yesterday, here are five more brief capsule reviews of new albums. This is a remarkably eclectic assortment. Speedfossil – No Anesthesia If you like your rock tuneful, forceful and intelligent, focus your attention on this album, from a New England quartet called Speedfossil. The tunes are strong and memorable,

30 Days Out, April 2022 #2: Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, Karla Bonoff, Victor Wooten, Brian Jonestown Massacre

Steel-pan jazz, classic singer-songwriter, visionary funk/jam/beyond, and real rock ‘n’ roll. Those are merely the highlights of what’s featured in and around Asheville live-music-wise in the next 30 days. Artist: Jonathan Scales Fourchestra Venue: Asheville Music Hall Date: Thursday, April 21, 9 p.m. Door: $15 Scales is one of the most unque and visionary musical

A Chat with Chatham Rabbits

Chatham Rabbits is the wife-and-husband duo of Sarah and Austin McCombie. Sarah came up in music as a member of old-time group The South Carolina Broadcasters, and Austin has played everything from “today’s modern country” to beach music to electronica. But together as Chatham Rabbits, the couple makes rootsy music with the flavor of their

30 Days Out, April 2022 #1: Philip Glass Ensemble, Moon Hooch, Samantha Fish, Stick Men

There’s some fantastic live music coming to Asheville in the next 30 days. No foolin’: sophisticated modern minimalism, a sax-and-drums trio that’s equal parts out-there and accessible, a blues (and more) hero for the 21st century, and some of the most compelling and powerful instro-prog you’ll ever experience. Roll your pennies and go to the

30 Days Out, March 2022 #2: All Them Witches, La Luz, Anya Hinkle, Tame Impala

Two big touring acts, a bublbing-under trio and a beloved regional artist building a breakout solo career: those are the highlights of Asheville music in the coming 30 days. Artist: All Them Witches Venue: The Orange Peel Date: Wednesday, March 16, 8 p.m. Door: $25 The group — like many before and since — doesn’t

Album Review: The Monochrome Set – Allhallowtide

The Monochrome Set left behind their punk trappings years ago; these days Bid employs a vast sonic palette to craft fetching, sophisticated music that draws from English Music hall as much as anything else. In that regard he deserves to be though of a peer with singular, idiosyncratic artists like Elvis Costello. His pop songwriting

Album Review: Katie Henry — On My Way

A New Jersey native, Katie Henry honed her craft paying blues clubs in and around New York City. Her 2018 debut album, High Road earned enthusiastic critical notices as well as nominations by the IBMA and Blues Blast. Her second album (and first for Ruf Records), On My Way is scheduled for release on January