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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

Album Review: The Chemistry Set — Pink Felt Trip

For some, the idea of making (much less listening to) psychedelic music inn the 21st century seems anachronistic. I don’t share that sentiment; even without the use of psychedelic drugs, the music continues to entertain me. And a current-day act calling itself The Chemistry Set has just released Pink Felt Trip, a raging slab of

Album Review: Brian Jonestown Massacre — Fire Doesn’t Grow on Trees

One might say that there are two very different sides to the Brian Jonestown Massacre. In person, live and onstage, the band defines erratic. At its best, a BJM concert is transcendent, life affirming and deeply engaging. At its worst, it’s a mess, with concertgoers witness to onstage arguments, endless technical problems, interminable guitar tuning

Album Review: The Loud Family and Anton Barbeau – What if it Works?

When two formidable talents get together, one doesn’t know quite what to expect. Auteurs who are accustomed to having things their own way — and who have long since earned the right to do so – can’t automatically be expected to play well with others in a collaborative venture. The product of that creative alliance

Album Review: Trees Speak — Vertigo of Flaws

Musoscribe’s latest “vinyl week” wraps up today with a real stunner. When I first heard Trees Speak’s album Ohms back in 2020 I was knocked out; the group’s knowing embrace and execution of krautrock was a stunning tour-de-force. Even though the duo is based in Arizona(!), Ohms displayed a deep and thorough understanding of what

Single Review: Les Pommes de Lune – “Une Fleur” b/w “Les Chimères”

NOTE: I have a policy of not reviewing singles, but extra-special material warrants an occasional exception to be made. – bk Francophone pop music of the sixties took the form of a somewhat insular scene. Owing to France’s emphasis on French-language popular culture, music and other artistic/creative forms from outside the country didn’t exert the

30 Days Out, March 2022 #1: Floyd Philharmonic, Chatham Rabbits, Uncle Acid, Greyboy Allstars

In this edition: One local, one regional, two nationally touring acts. All four are excellent onstage. Welcome back to live music. Artist: Floyd Philharmonic Venue: Isis Music Hall Date: Thursday, March 3, 8:30 p.m. Door: $15 Though the band’s lineup has seen some changes, this tribute band certainly delivers the sound and style of Pink

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: The Grip Weeds – Dig

If you’re a band that has a well-earned reputation for top-notch original material, an album of covers had better add something worthwhile to listeners’ understanding and appreciation of what you do. Otherwise, beyond a busman’s holiday, what’s the point? The Grip Weeds have long since established their rock-solid rep as purveyors of hard-charging, muscular (yet

Mdou Moctar Plays By His Own Rules

The digital age brought with it some fundamental shifts in music industry paradigms. Tuareg guitarist and songwriter Mdou Moctar was a beneficiary of those changes, leveraging them to catapult himself to prominence in his home country of Niger. More than a decade later, he’s signed to an established label and touring the globe with his