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30 Days Out January 2022 #2: Ben Phantom, Cory and the Wongnotes, Dogs in a Pile, The Fritz

This roundup of “30 Days Out” features two Asheville-based acts and two nationally touring ones. Artist: Ben Phantom Venue: Highland Brewing Downtown Date: Saturday, Jan. 29, 6 p.m. Door: free Some artists incorporate the visual medium as a kind of auxiliary component, a sideline, to their main creative/artistic thrust. Ben Phantom seamlessly combines them, as

That Time Was Then…and Now Again

The dB’s are one of my favorite groups. So I was delighted when I recently learned that a digital-only album that Chris Stamey and Peter Holsapple released last year during the pan-youknowwhat would be released on physical format. That album, Our Back Pages, is available on CD starting today. I reviewed it last year. Go


30 Days Out: February 2020 #2: Gordon Lightfoot, Marley Carroll, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Pinkest Floyd

Lots of great live music coming to Asheville, N.C. in the next 30 days. Below is merely a sampling from among the best: two local acts, two nationally touring artists. Blues, folk, electronica, funk: something for most every taste. Artist: Gordon Lightfoot Venue: Harrah’s Cherokee Center Date: Monday, Feb. 17, 8 p.m. Door: $27-$67 You

Bianchi & Cofod

This is my original version of a feature written in 2018; the previously-published version included some editorial additions that were not part of my article as filed and that didn’t reflect my perspective. — bk A longtime fixture on the Western North Carolina music scene, Scott Bianchi imbues his original songs with regional influences, a

What I’m Up to in Early 2019

Some quick dispatches regarding what’s brewing at Musoscribe World Headquarters… I recently signed with a literary agent, though for now I can’t reveal any details about the project in development. Suffice to say it explores one of my long-held favorite topics, and that it will be quite unlike my first book, Reinventing Pink Floyd. I

Jon Anderson and ARW: Yes Indeed

A few months ago, I conducted separate interviews with Rick Wakeman and Jon Anderson. Both conversations centered around the then-upcoming (and now current) ARW tour, featuring three ex-Yes musicians: Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, and Rick Wakeman. I wrote several printed features based on those interviews; in addition to those, I’ve published the transcripts of my

Album Mini-review: The B-52’s — Live 8.24.1979

File next to: DEVO, the Go-Go’s Though they were unashamedly gimmicky, the B-52’s were also among the most refreshing of the so-called new wave groups. With a proudly tacky aesthetic that emphasized fun above all else, the Athens group turned out a short series of classic albums. Their first two – 1979’s self-titled debut and

Album Mini-review: Claypool Lennon Delirium — Monolith of Phobos

File next to: A Saucerful of Secrets-era Pink Floyd, Primus, Plastic Ono Band Les Claypool‘s detractors point to his tendency toward being too clever by half, for making self-consciously “weird” music with wacky sounds, a kind of less creative, poor man’s Frank Zappa. Sean Lennon has moved in some odd musical directions, but has avoided

#TunesForTarrah: A Benefit for Tarrah Segal

It’s a rare day on which I write more than a single blog post for the Musoscribe blog. But this issue is important enough that I’m happy to make an exception. I wish I could say that the circumstances were happy. A mere three months ago, Tarrah Segal – wife of renowned music journalist Mark