The songs that he wrote as the future began to unfold are collected on Itinierant Arias, his fourth album. Stelling plays The Altamont Theatre on Saturday, May 27.
This time around, all four featured acts are nationally touring artists. Funk, pop, rock and rockabilly are on the musical menu.
Like the abrasiveness of sand is an integral part of the creation of a pearl, so, too, is the internal struggle between Chris Tullar’s progressive and pop sensibilities. And Carpal Tullar’s Horse of a Different Tullar showcases those qualities in the best possible way.
Currently a four-piece (banjo player Jim McCarthy and guitarist Dave Gilbert plus bassist Max Steel and Ween drummer Claude Coleman Jr.), Skunk Ruckus originally came together around the core duo of McCarthy and Steel. Gilbert describes that duo’s sound as “old-time ballads with electric bass.”
This time around, the focus is on legacy artists. Musicians who have been at the game for many years, sometimes paying tribute to the music they made decades ago with now long-gone band mates, other times reviving a long-defunct group because there’s still more to say, musically.
Resonant Rogues is a showcase for the musicians’ collective and individual instrumental skills, but the song lyrics are a key component of the group’s appeal.
Natalya Zoe Weinstein and John Cloyd Miller were formerly two-thirds of popular Americana trio Red June; those who enjoyed that group’s seemingly effortless vocal harmonies and enchanting melodies should be every bit as pleased with Eyes Brand New, the second album from the duo.
A trio of near-simultaneous album releases by Asheville-based artists highlight the rich diversity of the local music scene.
Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, Acid Mothers Temple, Adrian Belew Power Trio and Electro-Music Asheville are in this week’s roundup.
This new collection of songs hits the sweet spot between bouncy pop and something more substantial.
The song “Samba Si Kairi” is the album’s centerpiece. “This song talks about my childhood, my parents,” Touré says. “My grandfather would sing ‘Samba Si Kairi’ to me as a child, and I would dance. Samba who never breaks, who never runs from threats, who is not afraid. This song is an homage to my grandparents.”
While Magill is open to many styles of music, something about choro immediately struck him. “When I was in West Africa, I’d be listening to polyrhythms and think, ‘What the hell is going on?’ Initially, I just couldn’t get it,” he says. “But with choro, I thought, ‘Yeah, I get this. Even if I can’t play it, I kind of know how it works.’”
Blues that isn’t blues; goofy, fun-filled rock; a guitar legend and darkly psychedelic music … those are among your concertgoing choices over the next 30 days in Asheville.
For this album, Holcombe has enlisted the musical support of multi-instrumentalist and producer Darrell Scott and a short list of other ace players.
The band played The Mothlight in 2014, and four years ago the Allah-Las first performed in Asheville at The Orange Peel; that night’s bill included two other bands with a similar musical sensibility: Elephant Stone and The Black Angels. “We consider them kindred spirits,” bassist Spencer Dunham says.
“Our goal for our kids’ show is the same as the adult shows,” Kev Marcus says. “It’s to entertain, educate and inspire, simultaneously. You’re teaching them something, but they don’t even know that they’re learning.”
Post-rock, Americana-flavored rock ‘n’ roll, primal rock and hip-hop are on the menu this time around.
On her debut solo album, A New Perspective, Frances moves ever so slightly away from the collaborative nature of those projects, and toward a collection of songs that displays her musical talents front and center.
The Los Angeles band’s music — as showcased on its third and latest album, Freedom is Free, released March 3 — weds infectious soul grooves to thought-provoking lyrics, and draws from styles well outside the Latino music scene. Chicano Batman plays The Mothlight Wednesday, March 22.
Roedelius makes a rare North American appearance at The Mothlight on March 18 before heading to Knoxville for this year’s Big Ears Festival.
A couple of traveling, storytelling troubadours, a regional jazz collective and some Irish music just in time for St. Patrick’s Day — those are the topics of this installment.