spoken word Archive

Album Review: Allen Ginsberg – Material Wealth

I will admit right up front that I approached this album with some trepidation. Strictly speaking, Allen Ginsberg was a poet, not a musician. And where his work did cross […]

Album Review: David Greenberger & the Huckleberries – Universal Preservation

David Greenberger is a most singular artist. His music features his spoken-word vocals, backed by spare, tuneful instrumentation. This set is based on conversations Greenberger had with residents of two […]

Pussy Riot: There’s (Still) a Riot Goin’ On

Guerrilla performance art collective Pussy Riot has gained at least as much notice for its activism as for the music it makes. Originally based in Russia, the feminist protest group […]

30 Days Out, September 2023 #2: Damien Jurado, Durand Jones, Henry Rollins, Margaret Glaspy

Asheville has a stellar array of musical artists based here. And I would encourage you to support them as enthusiastically and often as possible; they’re worth it, and their music […]

Album Review: Keith Lamar and Albert Marques – Freedom First

A visceral, moving and thought-provoking project, Freedom First is unlike most anything else you’re likely to hear in 2022. Against a varied backdrop of jazz improvisation (and sometimes more structured […]

Bartender-Author Sandlin Gaither on Tequila, Dog Hair and Chainsaw Fights — STORY MOVED

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You Are Cordially Invited: John and Yoko’s ‘Wedding Album’ at 40

As the Beatles launched their punningly-named Apple Corps in 1967, the group also started a number of offshoot/subsidiary business lines. Apple Records would be the most well-known (and truly the […]

Oxford American Celebrates N.C. Music

North Carolina has a rich musical history and a thriving current-day music scene. Both are being recognized in the Winter 2018 issue of Oxford American. The esteemed literary and arts […]

Asheville Moth GrandSLAM: Slam-dunk Stories

The oral tradition predates the written word by thousands of years. Throughout history, storytelling has provided both a creative outlet and a focus for community. The Appalachian narrative tradition has […]

Album Review: Iceberg Slim — Reflections

If I told you that a key inspiration for the slice-of-street hip-hop of Ice-T was an earlier recording artist going by the name of Iceberg Slim, you’d likely develop some […]