Western North Carolina native Malcolm Holcombe plays a rare local show at The Grey Eagle on Saturday, Aug. 30.
“Quiet bros stick together,” is how local singer-songwriter and producer Seth Kauffman sums up working with musician Ray LaMontagne. Kauffman played guitar on LaMontagne’s recent, Dan Auerbach-produced Supernova and says that LaMontagne asked him to work on his next album as well. In fact, Kauffman has been spending a lot of time working on other […]
These are not your ordinary love songs. And some aren’t actually love songs at all — Malcolm Holcombe’s “Pitiful Blues,” EDJ’s “For the Boy Who Moved Away” — but the emotions still apply. On this week’s playlist: • “When You Were Mine” by local rockers Posh Hammer. • “Pitiful Blues,” the title track from the new album […]
A half-century into his musical career, Baby Gramps has plenty of highlights from which to choose. Ask him to name a few, however, and he points to a pair of recent opportunities that arose from his inclusion the Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest companion album Rogue’s Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs, and Chanteys. Gramps’ […]
Bobby Bare Jr., son of Country Music Hall of Famer Bobby Bare, is touring in support of his latest release, Undefeated. The album is “10 songs of reality checks, clever wordplay and daring arrangement, the aural companion to that buddy who pulls up a barstool next to yours to help soak away your sorrows,” according […]
Last night, as team USA battled Belgium and local bars and restaurants like Wild Wings, Dirty Jack’s and the Orange Peel housed eager fans, a party of a different kind flowed under a tangle of sycamore branches, hanging lights, and electric wires. The Grey Eagle‘s free Tuesday night show featured Pat Reedy and the Longtime […]
The psych-rock outfit Gringo Star has been described as a “’60s beach party on acid,” and with musical influences ranging from The Stooges to The Kinks to Sam Cooke, that sounds about right. Musicians and brothers Nicholas and Peter Furgiuele and cohort Chris Kaufmann put forth the band’s latest, self-produced album, Floating Out to See, which […]
There’s a lot to be said about the Crazyhorse & Colston Official Birthday Smash taking place at The Grey Eagle on Friday, June 6. (9 p.m., $8 advance/$10 day of show.) First, it’s a birthday party for both Max Hupertz (aka Crazyhorse) and Bryan Godleski (aka Colston). And while there may not be cake and […]
Halfway through our conversation, the phone line goes dead, and Old 97’s bassist Murry Hammond is cut off midsentence while answering a question about the writing process of Most Messed Up, the band’s 10th full-length record in its 21 years.
World Party comes to Asheville It’s possible that the most famous World Party song is “She’s the One,” made a hit single by Robbie Williams in the late ’90s. But World Party founder and core member Karl Wallinger is no stranger to hits: “Ship of Fools” came from the band’s 1986 debut; Wallinger has also […]
“When I first moved out west, I did not feel much culture shock, as they say,” soulful singer-songwriter Sean Hayes said in an interview with Xpress. But at the same time, “There is a certain sincerity toward music I feel the South has that informed me and still plays a big role. By sincerity, I […]
Warm the Bell and Angel Olsen are both slated to play The Grey Eagle this week, on Friday, May 16 and Saturday, May 17 respectively. While both acts share a folk aesthetic, they approach music (and recording, and live shows) from very different perspectives.
There are plenty of couple acts cutely reenacting Sonny and Cher, Johnny and June, Ike and Tina. It’s a thing on which countless publicists have attempted to capitalize: “Not only are they married, they also write and perform together!” But while the Crushed Outs and the Johnnyswims and the Holly Golightly/Lawyer Daves of the touring […]
The Dex Romweber Duo is “a creepy doll collection of surf, proto-rockabilly, garage, dark and vengeful blues, and nobody but nobody plays it like Dex,” according to a press release. Romweber, formerly of Flat Duo Jets, plays guitar while his “whip-wristed” sister, Sara Romweber (formerly of Let’s Active) finesses the drums. Together, they make music […]
Singer-songwriter Sean Hayes has been crafting his soul-tinged songs for more than two decades. “I think one of the challenges of working at home alone is you can get a lost in your own world,” he says of the new experience of recording in his own studio. But a forthcoming project is currently on hold for a string of shows that brings Hayes back to The Grey Eagle on Tuesday, May 6.
If singer-songwriter Damien Jurado looks gruff and stoic, he sings with the kind of emotionalism and aching authenticity that kind of stops time. His songs are not simple. They don’t have the sort of instantly catchy choruses that you sing mindlessly along with. And yet they feel like deep truths, known entities, homecomings. The Seattle-based […]
Digable Planets would disband just a few years later after its 1993 Grammy-winning crossover smash “Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat),” with its three members each going onto to their own solo careers. Cee Knowledge, who went by Doodlebug in the group, will be playing a show with his Cosmic Funk Orchestra at The Grey Eagle on Thursday, April 24.
The Athens, Ga.-based duo claimed to be rusty when they took the Grey Eagle stage (not so: They opened with a fierce rendition of the Piedmont Blues song “Crow Jane”). They claimed they hadn’t been practicing much. Also untrue, but Holly and her one-man-backing-band Lawyer Dave (on guitar, vocals and a couple of kick drums) do create this casual atmosphere, like this is their front porch and you just happened to wander past.
Now, 20-plus albums into her career, Golightly has just released It’s Her Fault. Don’t expect it to sound radically different from earlier releases, says a press release. “It’s still a raw, rough-hewn stew of twisted roots music forged by the duo’s distinct musical interests…” Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs play The Grey Eagle on Friday, April 11. 9 p.m., $10/$12. The Shine Brothers also perform.
If you’ve ever heard the influence of groovy, medium-tempo dub reggae on Floating Action’s minimalist songwriter rock, then you’re not alone. The man behind Floating Action, Black Mountain’s own Seth Kauffman, has begun to combine the sounds and textures of live reggae, ska, and dub into performances of his Floating Action material. The result is […]
The thing about a Kishi Bashi concert is that you don’t necessarily have to be familiar with the songs to get the show. In fact, there’s something to be said for coming into contact with a Kishi Bashi (the project of singer-songwriter/violinist/composer K Ishibashi) song for the first time. They’re not so much songs in the verse-chorus-verse sense as tiny worlds encapsulated in sound that ranges from bubbly pop to sweeping classical composition. The Athens, Ga.-based musician played The Grey Eagle on Tuesday in advance of his new album, “Lighght”; Tall Tall Trees opened.