Moogfest 2012 Preview

Moogfest kicks off this evening. For me the highlights – -and the acts I’ll be reporting on — will most likely include Morton Subotnick, Primus, Black Moth Super Rainbow, (possibly) Explosions in the Sky, The Magnetic Fields, Thomas Dolby, and perhaps more. Meanwhile, an old friend contacted me this morning to let me know about

Moogfest 2011 Recap: Day 3: The Drums, M83, Neon Indian, Passion Pit, Ford & Lopatin

Sunday was the last of the three-day Moogfest. I kept my plans fluid until the last possible moment, not deciding which acts to see until minutes before I made the (five-minute) drive downtown. I predicted – accurately, as it turned out – that attendance for these shows would be a bit lighter than Saturday’s. Some

Moogfest 2011 Recap: Day 2, Part 3: The Flaming Lips, Amon Tobin: ISAM, Moon Duo, Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble

The Flaming Lips Here’s the thing about the Flaming Lips: it’s all about the spectacle. Whether you like their music or not is almost, in some ways, beside the point. Saying that a given artist’s performances are “equal parts sound and spectacle” makes for a nice bit of alliteration, but when it comes to the

Moogfest 2011 Recap: Day 2, Part 2: Hans-Joachim Roedelius, Terry & Gyan Riley

Hans-Joachim Roedelius Approaching this performance, I wondered if it would be little more than an encore of the previous day’s LunzProject set by Roedelius with Tim Story. The venue – the intimate and ever-so-slightly hoity-toity Diana Wortham Theatre – was the same, and when I entered and took my seat, I found a similar stage

Moogfest 2011 Recap: Day 2, Part 1: Brian Eno’s “Illustrated Talk”

Brian Eno’s “Illustrated Talk” was a separately-ticketed event; Moogfest pass holders got first dibs on tickets (and a reduced price). Clearly hoping to avoid recriminations later, the promoters went to great lengths to let people know that Eno would not be playing music at this event (nor at his also-separately-ticketed “77 Million Paintings” installation at

Moogfest 2011 Recap: Day 1, Part 2: Holy F**k, Moby, LunzProject

Holy F**k Viewed from a certain perspective, the music of Holy F**k and that of Tangerine Dream are opposite sides of the same coin. Where the German group uses synthesized sounds to create placid, dream soundscapes, the young quartet starts with similar elements – samples, loops and synthetically-generated aural textures – and ends up with

Moogfest 2011 Recap: Day 1, Part 1: Matthew Dear, Mayer Hawthorne, Tangerine Dream

Matthew Dear Well, somebody has to go on first, right? The three-day Moogfest kicked off just after 5pm on Friday. Spread across more than a half-dozen venues throughout downtown Asheville NC, the event brings together a dizzying array of musical styles, including up-and-comers as well as legendary names. Many of the latter include artists one

Facing the Music, Part One

Live Music in WNC Before, During, and After COVID-19 This feature appeared previously in Capital at Play Magazine. Music-making is inextricably entwined with the culture of Western North Carolina. In fact, the path of live performance of music in all its myriad forms provides a handy set of guideposts to chart the history of the

New Release: RBTS WIN’s “Sensitivity Kit”

The RBTS WIN trio – synthesist Javier Bolea, vocalist/synth player Cliff B. Worsham and guitarist Josh Chassner – makes modern, electronic-based dance music. But RBTS WIN – a fixture of many Moogfests – draws upon some very old-school influences. In addition to a strong hip-hop sensibility (“Javi and I caught the initial wave of hip

All Go West Fest: Keeping Asheville Weird

In recent years, Asheville has lost two of its long-running annual music festivals. From 1979 until 2013, Bele Chere drew an increasing number of tourists to Asheville for a popular and eclectic mix of musical acts and other arts. The high-profile yearly Moogfest relocated from New York City to Asheville in 2010 and remained here