indie Archive

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

Album Review: Anton Barbeau – Power Pop!!!

Anton Barbeau is nothing if not prolific. The man churns out album after album at a frenetic pace. But there’s an important quality that sets him apart from others who produce a massive body of work – I’m looking at Robert Pollard and R. Stevie Moore, to name two – and that’s quality. Whereas some

Album Review: Bart Davenport — Episodes

At the nexus in which DIY indie rock, baroque pop and shimmering, timeless music meet, you’ll find Bart Davenport. With a winsome voice reminiscent of prime-era Ray Davies at his most introspective, Davenport crafts deeply catchy tunes that burrow their way into the listener’s skull. While the press kit for Episodes bandies around the “lo

30 Days Out, February 2022 #1: Honeycutters, Laura Blackley, Pet Metheny, Parquet Courts

Live shows! No, really! Artist: Amanda Anne Platt & the Honeycutters Venue: The Grey Eagle Date: Saturday, Feb. 5, 9 p.m. Door: $22 The best (and highest profile) alt-country band in WNC, The Honeycutters took a time-release approach to their latest album, debuting the tracks one at a time over several months. With the near-complete

Deerhoof’s Slow Burn Approach to Making Magic

The following feature was commissioned by a publication, but prior to its running, their management made an editorial decision to cut arts and entertainment coverage. I’ve rescued it from obscurity and share it here. — bk. Ever since Deerhoof came together in San Francisco some 25 years ago, the band’s releases have tended to be

Album Review: Hushdrops — The Static

Hey, remember the ‘90s? No, not the hair metal-lite of the era, and not the flannel-wrapped grunge of the Pacific Northwest. Well, maybe a little of that. What I’m thinking of is the rise and codification of “alternative rock,” a loosely-defined but distinctive style that combined the best of power pop, hard rock and good

Musoscribe’s Best of 2021: Reissues and Archival Releases

An impressive batch of reissue, archival and otherwise historic releases has characterized 2021. Even with so many choices, I was able to narrow my own Musoscribe’s Best of 2021 down to five selections. All are recommended in the most enthusiastic terms. In no particular order, here they are: The Rubinoos – The CBS Tapes These