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Los Straitjackets: Who Are Those Masked Men?

Surf music is often associated with a specific time and place. The rock subgenre featuring instrumental tunes built around sonorous electric lead guitar enjoyed its heyday in the late 1950s […]

Twilley Don’t Stop (Part 3 of 3)

Continued from Part Two… Now and Always Amidst all the closet-clearing archival sets, the most notable release of new music from Dwight Twilley in the 21st century would be 2014’s […]

Twilley Don’t Stop (Part 2 of 3)

Continued from Part One… Looking for the Magic Meanwhile, encouraged by the success of their first single and undaunted by the problems that sank their first album, Twilley and Seymour […]

Twilley Don’t Stop (Part 1 of 3)

Power pop enjoyed its commercial heyday in the early 70s thanks to enduring music from Badfinger, the Raspberries and similar artists. But during and after that brief period, the style […]

30 Days Out, April 2024 #2: Pylon Reenactment Society, Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, Primus, Destroy Boys

A whole lot is happening in Asheville during these next 30 days. This time around, I’m featuring four touring groups, all of which I’ve interviewed at one time or another […]

Santa Cruz Latin Collective: Keeping the Music Alive

While the Santa Cruz Latin Collective came together in 2017, its roots extend back to the early 1970s. The Bay Area has a proud history of Latin and Afro-Cuban music, […]

Marnie Stern: Tapping Back Into a Solo Career

The string-tapping method employed by adventurous musicians isn’t new, and it wasn’t devised by Eddie Van Halen. Some 200 years ago, composer Niccolò Paganini used the technique on his violin. […]

Album Review: Wally Waller — Kitchen Rock

Wally Waller first found fame as a member of the Pretty Things; not long after joining, he was instrumental in the creation of the band’s landmark conceptual work SF Sorrow […]

Album Review – R.E.M. – Up

As I’ve noted previously, while I was a major fan of R.E.M. in the band’s early (I.R.S. era) days, by the CD era, I began to tune out. Again, it […]

30 Days Out, April 2024 #1: Alejandro Escovedo, Disco Biscuits, Pretty Little Goat, Flight Attendant

A critically acclaimed artist whose body of work spans punk, Americana and more; a heavy-gigging jam band; a great local group that’s bubbling under; an up-and-coming band outta Nashville about […]