Articles by: Caleb Calhoun

Sylvan Esso heats up Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in Asheville

Sylvan Esso heats up Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in Asheville

The electro-pop duo from Durham is pushing the limits of what popular music can be, and they’re quite comfortable doing it.

by October 3, 2017 0 comments Asheville Music
Tuesday Night Funk Jam celebrates decade-long run in Asheville

Tuesday Night Funk Jam celebrates decade-long run in Asheville

The Tuesday Night Funk Jam starts promptly at 11 p.m. and has featured a host of local and out-of-town talent.

by September 29, 2017 0 comments Asheville Music, Asheville News
Asheville band Window Cat bends genres, wins fans

Asheville band Window Cat bends genres, wins fans

The chemistry the Window Cat bandmates share is transcendent.

by September 11, 2017 0 comments Asheville Music
Review (in poem form) of Malcolm Holcombe’s Liberty Circus

Review (in poem form) of Malcolm Holcombe’s Liberty Circus

Liberty Circus is preconception demolition.

by August 15, 2017 2 comments Asheville Music
Herring, Sipe lead jam-jazz music meld at Isis Music Hall in West Asheville

Herring, Sipe lead jam-jazz music meld at Isis Music Hall in West Asheville

This was night to marvel at the wizardry of master musicians.

by July 29, 2017 0 comments Asheville Music
Corey Feldman, with circus-like showmanship, is dynamite at Asheville show

Corey Feldman, with circus-like showmanship, is dynamite at Asheville show

Corey Feldman is doing what creators do – making beautiful and original things and finding new ways to bring people together.

by July 23, 2017 5 comments Asheville Music
VIDEO Premiere: Maggie Valley Band’s ‘Don’t Go’

VIDEO Premiere: Maggie Valley Band’s ‘Don’t Go’

With intricate harmonies, well-crafted songs, and exceptional musicianship, this is a band you need to check out.

by June 20, 2017 3 comments Asheville Music
Cody Wright, and how funk-loving alien rappers led him to an Asheville stage

Cody Wright, and how funk-loving alien rappers led him to an Asheville stage

Cody Wright fully believes that if you can dream it, you can do it.

by June 20, 2017 0 comments Asheville Music
On stumbling into All Go West Music Festival

On stumbling into All Go West Music Festival

One of the best things about All Go West is its ability to expose patrons to great music they would have never found or expected to like on their own.

by June 15, 2017 1 comment Asheville Music
Edens offers masterful mix of dark, vulnerable songs on latest album

Edens offers masterful mix of dark, vulnerable songs on latest album

Madison County-based singer-songwriter Pierce Edens’ fifth album is his most fully-realized record yet, offering his trademark mix of folk, rock, grime and scratch.

by June 1, 2017 0 comments Asheville Music
The wonderful world of LEAF, found through the universality of music

The wonderful world of LEAF, found through the universality of music

The universality that is LEAF has welcomed one more consciousness to it.

by May 21, 2017 0 comments Asheville Music
Dancing in the rain at French Broad River Festival

Dancing in the rain at French Broad River Festival

The rain, the cold and the mud did nothing but add to a festive celebration of the event’s 20th anniversary.

by May 10, 2017 0 comments Asheville Music
Solo now, Asheville musician Stephanie Morgan doesn’t miss a beat

Solo now, Asheville musician Stephanie Morgan doesn’t miss a beat

Stephanie Morgan is back after the intensely public break-up of her previous band, Stephaniesid.

by April 26, 2017 0 comments Asheville Music
Kung Fu, in full musical attack mode, to play Salvage Station Wednesday

Kung Fu, in full musical attack mode, to play Salvage Station Wednesday

The band brings its unique blend of funk, jazz, and jam to bear in such a way that listeners usually end up dancing their asses off.

by April 17, 2017 0 comments Asheville Music
The Wood Brothers, as musically expansive as ever, swing through Asheville Thursday

The Wood Brothers, as musically expansive as ever, swing through Asheville Thursday

In describing the kind of music they play, the Wood Brothers want to be as inclusive as possible.

by April 4, 2017 0 comments Asheville Music
Town Mountain fiddler masters craft of building his instrument

Town Mountain fiddler masters craft of building his instrument

Town Mountain is set to play the Orange Peel in Asheville on Saturday.

by April 4, 2017 1 comment Asheville Music
From street to stage, Bella’s Bartok makes klezmer punk mischief

From street to stage, Bella’s Bartok makes klezmer punk mischief

Your first exposure to this circus punk band might be an accident, but your next five shows certainly will not.

by March 20, 2017 0 comments Asheville Music
Night of the songstress: Leyla McCalla and Jane Kramer at Altamont Theatre Wednesday

Night of the songstress: Leyla McCalla and Jane Kramer at Altamont Theatre Wednesday

Both women open up and invite you to feel what they feel.

by March 20, 2017 0 comments Asheville Music
It’s a family affair as Tellico explores its sound, hits its stride

It’s a family affair as Tellico explores its sound, hits its stride

Tellico will play The Altamont Theatre on Friday.

by March 13, 2017 0 comments Asheville Music
Emma’s Lounge love-bombs The Altamont Theatre

Emma’s Lounge love-bombs The Altamont Theatre

This is Emma’s Lounge, a magical place where everyone is accepted for who they are.

by March 13, 2017 0 comments Asheville Music, Reviews
Moogfest announces 2017 lineup and program highlights

Moogfest announces 2017 lineup and program highlights

Moogfest returns to Durham beginning May 18.

by March 12, 2017 2 comments Asheville Music
Emma’s Lounge, Dr. Bacon ready to get weird Friday at Altamont Theatre

Emma’s Lounge, Dr. Bacon ready to get weird Friday at Altamont Theatre

Both bands offer up messages of love and acceptance through their music.

by March 1, 2017 0 comments Asheville Music
Dynamo

Dynamo, Window Cat set to bring the funk to Isis Music Hall Friday

Window Cat, a prog-jazz band from Asheville, teams up with neo/funk/soul band Dynamo from Nashville for the West Asheville show.

by February 27, 2017 0 comments Asheville Music
Maradeen, gaining traction, arrives at Asheville Music Hall on Friday

Maradeen, gaining traction, arrives at Asheville Music Hall on Friday

Maradeen, a Nashville-based quintet, recently won a contest to open for Bon Jovi.

by February 21, 2017 0 comments Asheville Music
Wook Hunting: A Personal Essay, and the time I was bagged and tagged

Wook Hunting: A Personal Essay, and the time I was bagged and tagged

Exploring the cultural phenomenon of snapping photos of dread-locked, drugged-out music fans and sharing them online.

by February 15, 2017 1 comment Asheville Music, feature
The Mantras plan Carolina family reunion at New Mountain AVL this weekend

The Mantras plan Carolina family reunion at New Mountain AVL this weekend

The Mantras aim to tell a different story will every show they play.

by February 7, 2017 0 comments Asheville Music
Asheville Fringe Festival: A review in three acts

Asheville Fringe Festival: A review in three acts

By Caleb Calhoun (Act 1) The car, a late-90’s Taurus, is already running when we arrive. The driver, although cordial, is clearly uneasy. He holds the door for Dr. Mack, Ms. Mariposa, and myself as we climb in, unsure as to what exactly we have gotten ourselves into. Then noises from the trunk. Banging and shouting and chaos and confusion.[Read More…]

by January 31, 2017 1 comment Asheville arts
Versatile Krasno arrives at New Mountain AVL ready to groove

Versatile Krasno arrives at New Mountain AVL ready to groove

Krasno’s “Blood from a Stone,” released last year, deftly melds the vintage and the contemporary.

by January 30, 2017 0 comments Asheville Music
On Lotus, longevity and the jam band scene

On Lotus, longevity and the jam band scene

Lotus will play a two-night run at The Orange Peel in Asheville this weekend.

by January 25, 2017 0 comments Asheville Music
Hard-charging Backup Planet arrives at Isis Music Hall in Asheville Saturday

Hard-charging Backup Planet arrives at Isis Music Hall in Asheville Saturday

Backup Planet has been relentless about touring, and they’re planning an even bigger 2017.

by January 17, 2017 0 comments Asheville Music
Exuding effortless positivity, Jahman Brahman ready for Isis Music Hall stage Saturday

Exuding effortless positivity, Jahman Brahman ready for Isis Music Hall stage Saturday

The band, which formed in Ohio and relocated to Asheville, is ready for a big show at Isis Music Hall.

by January 16, 2017 0 comments Asheville Music
In top form, The Infamous Stringdusters’ bring album release show to Orange Peel Friday

In top form, The Infamous Stringdusters’ bring album release show to Orange Peel Friday

An album release show from The Infamous Stringdusters, with Billy Strings opening. It doesn’t get much better than this if you’re a bluegrass fan.

by January 11, 2017 0 comments Asheville Music, feature
Runaway Gin at Grey Eagle on Friday will fill your Phish wish

Runaway Gin at Grey Eagle on Friday will fill your Phish wish

Runaway Gin captures the playful side of Phish’s music as perfectly as one can and ties the well-executed songs together with original jams and segues.

by January 3, 2017 0 comments Asheville Music
Asheville songstress Jane Kramer’s new source of musical inspiration: happiness

Asheville songstress Jane Kramer’s new source of musical inspiration: happiness

Jane Kramer and a band full of Asheville all-stars, will perform Saturday at the Grey Eagle.

by January 3, 2017 0 comments Asheville Music
Nth Power brings their “Conscious Jazz” to Asheville Music Hall Thursday

Nth Power brings their “Conscious Jazz” to Asheville Music Hall Thursday

The Nth Power is mainstay in the funk and jam scenes across the country.

by December 27, 2016 0 comments Asheville Music
The New Mastersounds/Turkuaz funk train rolls into Orange Peel Saturday

The New Mastersounds/Turkuaz funk train rolls into Orange Peel Saturday

Both bands are known for their exciting live performances.

by December 15, 2016 0 comments Asheville Music
Town Mountain and The Honeycutters Holiday Hang at Grey Eagle Friday

Town Mountain and The Honeycutters Holiday Hang at Grey Eagle Friday

Crisp country and progressive old-grass should make for a great combination.

by December 14, 2016 0 comments Asheville Music
Christmas Jam 2016, part II: The magic of Weir, Krauss chemistry

Christmas Jam 2016, part II: The magic of Weir, Krauss chemistry

The chemistry between Bob Weir and Alison Krauss brought electric new life to the Grateful Dead’s “Peggy-O.”

by December 13, 2016 6 comments Asheville Music
Christmas Jam 2016, part I: Haynes, Johnson and Krauss kick off

Christmas Jam 2016, part I: Haynes, Johnson and Krauss kick off

Holly Bowling was also one of the bright stars of the night.

by December 12, 2016 2 comments Asheville Music, Opinion
Karl Denson brought the funk but not the fire to Asheville show

Karl Denson brought the funk but not the fire to Asheville show

Caleb Calhoun I came into the night tittering like a school girl. Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe with special guest Jimmy Herring (Widespread Panic guitarist) at New Mountain AVL last week was enough to get me pumped. The addition of local hotshots The Digs to the lineup provided an extra shot of adrenaline. This was, I suspected, going to be a night to remember.[Read More…]

by December 8, 2016 0 comments Asheville Music, Opinion
The Last Waltz Band gives Christmas Jam 2016 in Asheville extra special glow

The Last Waltz Band gives Christmas Jam 2016 in Asheville extra special glow

The concert also raises money for a great cause, the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity.

by December 7, 2016 0 comments Asheville Music, Asheville News
Nick Waterhouse brings his bluesy, soulful perfectionism to The Mothlight

Nick Waterhouse brings his bluesy, soulful perfectionism to The Mothlight

With “Never Twice,” Waterhouse has one of the smoothest records of the year.

by December 6, 2016 0 comments Asheville Music
Flat-picking phenom Billy Strings rolls into Grey Eagle Friday

Flat-picking phenom Billy Strings rolls into Grey Eagle Friday

Billy Strings wowed crowds at Merlefest earlier this year. He returns to Asheville on Friday for another high-energy show.

by November 29, 2016 0 comments Asheville Music
Fritzgiving show at Asheville Music Hall was funk-infused crowd-pleaser

Fritzgiving show at Asheville Music Hall was funk-infused crowd-pleaser

The first ever Fritzgiving was a show for the ages.

by November 28, 2016 0 comments Asheville Music
Giant Panda Dub Squad grooves at Asheville Music Hall

Giant Panda Dub Squad grooves at Asheville Music Hall

By Caleb Calhoun How exactly does one come up with a band name like Giant Panda Guerrilla Dub Squad?  To be honest, with music this good and a vibe this chill, it’s hard to even care. Seriously, it’s hard to care about anything other than dancing when they are playing. This post-election Saturday night, that seems like a damn fine[Read More…]

by November 24, 2016 0 comments Asheville Music
Get your Fritz fix Friday at Asheville Music Hall

Get your Fritz fix Friday at Asheville Music Hall

The Asheville-based funk band, with two new records in the works and a growing fan base, has a lot to be thankful for these days.

by November 24, 2016 0 comments Asheville Music
TAUK ready for ‘full blast’ mode at New Mountain Asheville show

TAUK ready for ‘full blast’ mode at New Mountain Asheville show

By Caleb Calhoun TAUK is the kind of music that moves you by shoving it’s hand into your chest Temple of Doom style, ripping your heart out, and showing it to you while laughing menacingly. This could be said of all of the music that TAUK has released to date, but it is especially true of the album they’re currently[Read More…]

by November 18, 2016 0 comments Asheville News
Weekend music to see in Asheville: Dangermuffin, Mipso, Screaming J’s, more

Weekend music to see in Asheville: Dangermuffin, Mipso, Screaming J’s, more

Specializing in raucous bar-room piano rock, The Screaming J’s bring a truckload of energy to the stage.

by November 18, 2016 0 comments Asheville News
Review: Moon Taxi invites fans into their musical family during Orange Peel show

Review: Moon Taxi invites fans into their musical family during Orange Peel show

During their show, the indie rockers out of Nashville performed “Hallelujah” in honor of Leonard Cohen’s passing.

by November 14, 2016 0 comments Asheville Music