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30 Days Out, Nov. 2022 #2: Postmodern Jukebox, Archers of Loaf, Ana Popovic, Couch

The next 30 days include Thanksgiving, a time when – perhaps now more than ever – we gather with loved ones. But after the long weekend, we’ll all be looking to the future, and more live music. The post-holiday menu includes lots of goodies, from inspired reinvention of classic pop to edgy, indie-rock from the

Graham Nash: Back to ‘Beginners’

Graham Nash was already a celebrated singer, songwriter and musician when he appeared alongside David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Neil Young at the Woodstock Festival in August 1969. That was the supergroup’s second public show, but seven years before Nash co-founded The Hollies, one of England’s most successful pop groups. So by the time Nash

Covers for Books

An Asheville tradition for more than 20 years, the Halloween Cover Show brings together local music artists and music lovers for a night of community and familiar tunes. And it’s done in support of an underserved, marginalized part of society: incarcerated people. This year’s event was held Friday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m.; the secret

LazrLuvr: Set Lazers to ‘Fun’

In recent years, tribute bands have become a growing sector on the live music landscape. Some focus specifically on the music and visuals of one act, while others seek to re-create the vibe of a particular time. It’s the latter approach that forms the foundational concept of Asheville-based LazrLuvr, a seven-piece group featuring well-known local

Let’s Do the Time Warp (Yet) Again

The Rocky Horror Picture Show was a box office failure on its 1975 release, but a groundswell of fanatic moviegoers eventually helped the film take its rightful place as a pop culture classic. The campy musical turned horror movie tropes on their head, introducing themes like androgyny into mainstream culture. And audiences’ participatory reaction to

30 Days Out, Nov. 2022 #1: GY!BE, Funk You, Zoe & Cloyd, Ty Segall

Two nationally-touring acts, a regional one and a local group are featured in the first of two “30 Days Out” installments this month. There’s avant-garde/post-rock, soulful funk, heartfelt Americana and a punk/garage icon taking things somewhere different. The hills mountains are truly alive with the sound of music. Artist: Godspeed You! Black Emperor Venue: The

30 Days Out, October 2022 #2: Rocky Horror, Legendary Pink Dots, Caitlin Krisko and the Broadcast, Alvvays

This go-round is especially impressive. In addition to an all (local) star treatment of a beloved musical theater work, we’ve got two intriguing touring bands coming to Asheville. I’ve seen both, albeit many years ago, and can personally vouch for their music being outside the ordinary in the best possible ways. And then there’s a

30 Days Out, October 2022 #1: Sweet Lizzy Project, Brushfire Stankgrass, Marley Carroll, Mac Sabbath

The next 30 days of live music in Asheville are all over the map. And we like it that way. Here are four highlights of the coming 30 days (okay, 31 this time). Artist: Sweet Lizzy Project Venue: Asheville Music Hall Date: Thursday, October 20, 8:30 p.m. Door: $17 When I reviewed this Cuban group’s

Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band: Two Decades of Deep-groove Funkiness

Twenty years is a long time, especially in the life of a band. But despite lineup changes, relocation and countless road mishaps, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band is as strong as ever. The Asheville-based rock/funk ensemble celebrated its anniversary with a special show, Sep. 16 at Asheville, N.C.’s Salvage Station. The Booty Band got

AUDIO INTERVIEW: The Explorers Club

Pop group The Explorers Club are coming to Asheville North Carolina’s GREY EAGLE on Friday, September 30 [rescheduled date / new location] Saturday, October 7 at New Belgium Brewing. Ahead of the group’s first tour in several years, I spoke with band leader Jason Brewer. Here’s our conversation.   And here are links to additional