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More from My Chat With Bob Mould (Part 2 of 2)

Continued from Part One… Your current rhythm section of Wurster and Narducy has now lasted longer, even, than Hüsker Dü did. What makes this trio work in ways that others may not have as well? There’s a couple simple answers. One is: we’re not yoked to each other 24/7. When we musicians are in full-time,

More from My Chat With Bob Mould (Part 1 of 2)

If I had a bucket list, a conversation with Bob Mould would have certainly been on it. And I realized that goal recently when I interviewed Mould (formerly of Sugar and Hüsker Dü but rightly appreciated today as a solo artist with a superb, deep and varied body of work under his own name) for

Bob Mould Wears ‘Blue Hearts’ on His Sleeve

Listening to Bob Mould’s music – his more than a dozen solo albums, his releases leading Sugar in the ’90s, and especially the run of six albums he made with Hüsker Dü in the mid-1980s – and you’re likely to come away with the impression that he’s a pretty intense guy. And while that’s not

Album Review: Richie Mayer – The Inn of Temporary Happiness

Richie Mayer is a clearly a student of classic pop. His breezy melodies are irresistible. They sound jut familiar enough to invite comparisons to The Beatles and like-minded artists, but he has enough originality to make sure his music steers clear of the slavish imitation that’s often a hallmark of artists who swim in the

Album Review: Sorrows – Love Too Late…the real album

Here’s a record with a helluva story. After making an excellent melodic rock album in 1980’s Teeenage Heartbreak, Sorrows (no “the”) went to England to record their second LP with expat producer Shel Talmy producing. Apparently no one involved was happy with the results, and the resulting release, Love Too Late, sank without a trace.

EP Review: Lynx Deluxe — Jungleland

Here’s something different. Lynx Deluxe’s Jungleland is a five-song EP that builds its sound around heavy beats. Not the electronic kind, though; this is no hip-hip or electro endeavor. Real drums, played forcefully and with a keen balance between complexity and sheer power, form the basis of these tunes. The songs themselves are hooky rockers,

Album Review: Sour Ops — X

Say it loud: power pop and proud! Readers of this online music magazine will know that while I approach it with guarded optimism, I do like me some power pop. They’ll also agree that the term is oft-abused, so much so that quite a few artists who might fit into the category instead abhor the

Flights Are Back on Schedule for Travers Brothership

Brothers Kyle and Eric Travers launched their band, Travers Brothership, nearly a decade ago in Black Mountain. After a few years of honing their approach, they recorded and released their debut album, A Way to Survive, in 2016. That same year the rock/jam/blues band won the title of “#1 Alternative Band in WNC” in the

30 Days Out, October 2021 #1: Jimbo Mathus, Rocky Horror Show, Buddy Guy, Tennis

Americana that’s more than twang. Classic camp. A blues legend. Retro-pop. Those are four of the highlights on the Asheville music calendar these coming 30 days. Artist: Jimbo Mathus Venue: The Grey Eagle (patio) Date: Friday, Oct. 8, 6 p.m. Door: $15 If you only know Jimbo Mathus from his role as leader of Squirrel

Album Review: Nektar – …Sounds Like Swiss

Nektar was one of those bands that got lost in a sea of great music. Though they were British, being based in Germany certainly didn’t help gain them exposure in places like the U.S. So despite the high quality of their music – especially on albums like 1971’s Journey to the Center of the Eye,