post-punk Archive

Album Review: Tamar Berk — The Restless Dreams of Youth

Way back in the heyday of rock and pop, artists who scored a record deal were required to churn out a new collection of songs every few months. That furious pace of output separated the wheat from the chaff; not everyone was prolific. Some were up to the task, and we remember their names today.

30 Days Out, August 2022 #1: Eleanor Underhill, Interpol, Qwanqwa, Neko Case

One beloved local artist, two top-quality touring and the North American debut of a fascinating group from Addis Ababa: those are the highlights in live music over the coming 30 days in Asheville, North Carolina. Artist: Eleanor Underhill and Friends Venue: The Grey Eagle Date: Wednesday, Aug. 31, 5 p.m. Door: $12 As a solo

30 Days Out, July 2022 #2: The Deslondes, The Aristocrats, Rebekah Todd, L.A. Witch

One act with local ties, a supergroup, an emerging artist to watch and some no-holds-barred west coast rock are among the highlights of live music in Asheville over the coming 30 days. Artist: Rebekah Todd Venue: The One Stop Date: Friday, July 15, 9 p.m. Door: (?) With two albums and an EP to her

Album Review: The Gun Club — The Las Vegas Story

Blixa Sounds’ campaign of reissues of The Gun Club’s catalog continues with a new, expanded version of the group’s third album, 1984’s The Las Vegas Story. Continuing with the moody, atmospheric punk aesthetic of their previous work, The Las Vegas Story may well be the group’s high water mark. While 1981’s Fire of Love was

Album Review: Walker Brigade — If Only

If we’re honest, it’s not the hardest thing in the world to create a batch of hard rocking tunes. It’s substantially more challenging to write durable melodies, and/or to create meaningful lyrics that exude passion, commitment and authenticity. And to do all of those things at once is a rare feat indeed. But a new

30 Days Out, June 2022 #2: George Clinton, Imij of Soul, Vision Video, Pinkest Floyd

Two tribute bands helping audiences relive the old days in style, one giant of funk, and a new band applying a modern spin to a beloved subgenre. Those are the highlights of the coming 30 days in Asheville live music, a calendar featuring a heady mix of local, regional and international talent. Event: George Clinton

30 Days Out, February 2022 #2: Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Jill Sobule, Pimps of Pompe, Bob Mould

I endeavor to shine a light on local artists in “30 Days Out.” This time I only cover one of those, because the touring acts coming to town are so noteworthy. Artist: Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band Venue: Asheville Music Hall Date: Wednesday, Feb. 16, 8 p.m. Door: $15 advance / $18 day of show

Dialogue Now! Consolidated Returns From a Self-Imposed Exile

An edited version of this feature appeared previously in SF Weekly. Socialism is back. Though it was widely popular in the United States in the first half of the 20th century, the political philosophy endured years in the wilderness thanks to its vilification during the McCarthy era, the “me decade” of the 1970s, the Reagan

200-word Reviews: Five Vinyl Records

Few people are mas pleased as myself to witness (up close and personal) the vinyl revival. I’m not getting into the warmth-versus-digital argument; all I know is that as an old-school type who began purchasing LPs at age eight, I will always prefer the vinyl LP format. Plus, the artwork and liner notes are better

Even More Hundred-worders for May 2019

I’m determined to keep my backlog of music-for-review to a manageable size. Making that happen means that once again it’s time for ten of my quickie reviews. So off we go. These are all new or very recent titles of new music. Girls on Grass – Dirty Power I really like this record. Right off