Feb. 12, 2014 09:30
It’s been about 14 years since Muscadine, a quasi-legendary, borderline apocryphal collaboration between the time zone-hopping Jonathan Wilson and the reclusive Benji Hughes, went its separate ways....
Feb. 5, 2014 09:52
The Stylistics. Gene Chandler. CarlCarolton. The Chi-Lites. Not a single one of these Philly and Chicago soul acts are ever mentioned in Mo’ Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove, the rather comprehensive memoir of Roots drummer and certifi ed soul authority Ahmir Thompson, and he’s Philly born and raised....
Jan. 29, 2014 12:24
Nevermind the Grammy politics that cut the broadcast of their potentially awesome collaboration with Nine Inch Nails and Lindsey Buckingham short. Queens of the Stone Age are the best rock ‘n’ roll band on the planet right now....
Jan. 22, 2014 10:44
The New Grass Revival were more than just a group of bluegrass pickers that broke all the rules; they were a band that piqued tastes undiscovered in the most stubborn of string purists and reticent outsiders....
Jan. 17, 2014 03:29
Amplifier releases its sixth issue Zine craft has come a long way since the time of a teenage Shane MacGowan gluing photos ripped out of Melody Maker onto pages of hand-scrawled decretum. For star...
Dec. 18, 2013 10:07
If it weren’t obvious from his set lists, there’s hardly a songwriter from the Golden Age of Country to whom Jamey Johnson doesn’t feel he owes a debt. The gruff, burlap-voiced and perpetually touring country dark horse is almost self-effacing in his commitment to playing the music of his influences with every show....
Dec. 11, 2013 10:03
If the Black Flag show back in late summer could serve as a warning, be very wary of aging punk bands carrying original billing, for they are always not what they seem. To call Greg Ginn’s current version of Black Flag a s***show would have been a slight to necrophiliacs....
Nov. 20, 2013 09:58
Swannanoa native Malcolm Holcombe’s story is somewhat typical thus far of the tortured songwriter: toil brilliantly but remain overlooked, fade into obscurity and ultimately become forgotten, before a glorious revival. Holcombe has been stuck on the toiling phase for decades now, possessing an extremely devoted but smallish fan base....
Nov. 13, 2013 09:28
“Hey Buckethead, what’s in the bucket, man?… Hey Brain, whatchu thinkin’ about?” In the 21-year-old video for “Animal Behavior” by Praxis, Bill Laswell’s mutated funk-metal freak out, Bootsy Collins’ colorful commentary was among the most......
Nov. 6, 2013 10:35
When Chapel Hill Appalachian pop outfit Mipso play the Carolina Theatre this Friday night in support of folk-life historian and master picker David Holt, it won’t just be a homecoming for the Greensboro-born bassist Wood Robinson or High Point-born Joseph Terrell, the stage could be symbolic of the future of the band....

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