The entire six-song collection, is as much about the orchestration of Griffin’s voice in collaboration with the instrumentation, as it is about the lyrics. Tender strings offer poignant accents, but it’s the low, almost whispery bowed bass that’s the happiest surprise.
Local musician and songwriter Jeff Thompson has been hard at work on So Far, So Strange, his new album. It represents personal and stylistic changes; it also marks some brilliant collaborations and daring risks. Thompson is a big personality with comedic leanings (find his “Shit New Age Guys Say” video on YouTube); but at the […]
For the follow-up to their 2013 EP, Shake, the members of Asheville’s The Get Right Band knew their goals were bigger than what their checking accounts would allow. “Our vision for the record was to do something big, something bold and powerful and unique,” says guitarist/vocalist Silas Durocher. “We felt like the songs we had […]
The Tills (formerly The Critters) play every song like rock ‘n’ roll was just discovered and their veins run with undiluted caffeine. And that’s the elevator pitch for the local band’s new 7-inch, Howlin’ (out on Phuzz Records): A hyper-bombastic dash through Animals-era rock, made more jangly, more garage-y and, ultimately, more fun. The album’s […]
Already Nothing, the new EP (and third album) by local noise-rock trio Telecine (Andrew Larson, Steven Teague, Jon McDuffie) is, actually, a lot of something. In under 30 minutes, the scopic project crashes and drifts through moods and vistas. It’s at once aggressive and aloof, tightly-coiled and unpinned, gritty and refined. The album, recorded in Haywood […]
Western North Carolina native Malcolm Holcombe plays a rare local show at The Grey Eagle on Saturday, Aug. 30.
An album release is cause for celebration — the long hours in the studio; the funds raised through gigs, jobs and the kindness of friends and fans; the songs finally brought to life and ready for an audience. Considering, it might seem like a counterintuitively low-key move for folk-rock group Even the Animals to release […]
After what he calls “years and years” of Roy “Futureman” Wooten preaching to him about pushing the art form to new compositional heights, Jonathan Scales at last decided to heed those words with “Mixtape Symphony,” his latest album with bassist Cody Wright and percussionist Phill Bronson. A record release show, slated for Friday, June 6, at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall celebrates the dense, 33-minute work.
Local electronic psyche-pop outfit RBTS WIN (Javier Bolea and Cliff Worsham) dropped sun-drenched, beat-heavy album Palm Sunday last summer, to widespread acclaim. In fact, tracks like “Death Magic” and “Mountain Child” provided the perfect soundtrack to warm days and long evenings. Today, RBTS WIN releases a deluxe edition of that album. It includes extra tracks […]
Local musician/composer Danny Peck, aka dep, releases his most ambitious album to date on Thursday, March 20.
Marley Carroll’s new 12-track album is out on Tuesday, Dec. 3. Release show at The Millroom on Friday, Dec. 13. Photo by Nicole McConville.
Local folk-rockers Warm the Bell released a new album earlier this year in one of the most under-hyped campaigns of all time. The modesty is refreshing, but not at all necessary.
The local noise-rock trio holds an album release party at The Odditorium on Friday, Nov. 8.
The local “hillbilly gutrock” band releases its debut full-length, “Raised on a Stick,” at The Altamont Brewery on Saturday, Oct. 5.
Red Honey holds an album release party at Wicked Weed on Thursday, Sept. 19. 9 p.m., free.
WNC roots-Americana quintet Acoustic Syndicate is back with its first album in nearly a decade, “Rooftop Garden,” set for release on Tuesday, Sept. 3.
RBTS WIN’s long-awaited (and well worth the wait) “Palm Sunday” drops today. Click through for details on a ticket giveaway to the album release show on Saturday, July 13.
Local trio The Billy Sea releases a new album that deftly blends world music influences with American roots in a dozen mostly-instrumental tracks. The band holds an album release party at The Isis on Saturday, July 13.
Jazz-exotica group Hank West & The Smokin’ Hots releases a new album with two shows: Friday, June 28 at The Altamont Brewing Company and Saturday, June 29 at 5 Walnut. Album art by Grandpappy.
The local rock quintet releases its debut, self-titled album with two shows: at Emerald Lounge Friday, June 7 and at The Lab on Saturday, June 8. Photo by Carrie Turner.
Singer-songwriter Kenny Roby (formerly of Raleigh-based Six String Drag) will release his exquisite solo album at The Grey Eagle on Tuesday, April 2.