On Whiskey Drunk on Puppy Love, the Asheville foursome has taken a giant leap forward, incorporating Stax and Motown textures into the mix, creating an album of fully realized pop perfection.
“The songs lend themselves to a lot of space,” Tirey says. “I don’t apply some kind of aesthetic intention; it just happens that way.” When it’s proposed that there’s a southern-Gothic feel to his songs, he demurs a bit, suggesting instead, “just an American ethos.”
Twice monthly, my blog 30 Days Out spotlights upcoming music shows and events of note, shining a light into some less well-lit corners, where some fascinating artists schedule performances. I do my best to give ample advance notice so that you can adjust your budget and calendar in a way that lets you get to […]
Esperanza Spalding had, in fact, already recorded much of Emily’s D+Evolution before deciding to work with a co-producer. “I didn’t know if this record was valid, or if it was any good to anybody other than me,” Spalding says. She knew she didn’t want to work with someone intent on making her music “sound like a jazz record.”
The story of Fantastic Negrito is the stuff of Hollywood legends, but it has the distinction of being true. The man born Xavier Dphrepaulezz taught himself to play a multitude of instruments, scored a record deal, made a good album that stiffed, had a car wreck and nearly died, worked his way back to health, reinvented himself musically and got himself discovered all over again.
Laid-back jazz improvisation, rave/trance, real psychedelic rock (Japanese-style) and sleazy riff-rocking are the focus of this edition of 30 Days Out.
Though their current tour includes a show at Las Vegas’ House of Blues and the revered Mountain Stage in West Virginia, the four musicians of River Whyless are most excited about their Orange Peel date.
Brooklyn-based Nada Surf has been called an indie-rock band and a power-pop group. Drummer Ira Elliot is less concerned with how the group is labeled than he is getting in front of new audiences.
Analog Moon songwriter/musician Todd Britton. He thought that futurist Ray Kurzweil’s ideas about the future would make a fun concept for an album, especially if he could “take it in a sci-fi direction, as opposed to [basing it upon] the actual scientific papers.”
The roundup includes a tribute to the late Bernie Worrell (and a fundraiser for his family), Coheed and Cambria, Hiss Golden Messenger and Chrome Pony.
Recording sessions for the as-yet-untitled album will take the form of a pair of shows at The Altamont Theatre on Friday, Sept. 16.
Musician’s Worshop (originally Moritz Music) has been in business for nearly 50 years, while the new-on-the scene Bailey Acoustic Shop offers hand-built guitars and custom designs. Those are just two of Western North Carolina’s many guitar-oriented enterprises.
This week’s roundup includes SeepeopleS, the Blacktop Rockets, Andrew Bird and Stolen Rhodes.
The Other Way Around tackles many of these big-picture themes, but LaMotte’s approach is subtle. “I don’t like songs that are all message-y, that hit people over the head,” he says. His music almost always has an objective, “but I want to make the point artfully, in such a way that people can interpret it as they like.”
The Stand Against HB2 concert at The Orange Peel will be a marathon event featuring more than 15 N.C.-based performers.
This week’s roundup includes Car Seat Headrest, London Souls, Hard Bop Explosion and Underhill Rose.
In the 21st century, Wilson — working with his own group — doesn’t shy away from his ambitious studio creations of the mid 1960s; in fact, he embraces them.
This week’s roundup includes Goldie & the Screamers, Ahleuchatistas, Rick Dilling and BJ Barhamn.
To make it in the post-label world of today’s music industry, artists have to supplement their musical prowess with an understanding of how to promote that music.
LEAF Downtown, which returns on Saturday and Sunday, July 30-31, has a decidedly local focus.
This week’s suggestions are all free shows. Check out Chuck Brodsky, Tin Foil Hat, Dana Massive and the Justina Shandler Trio.