Brown Bag Songwriting Competition Finals at Asheville Music Hall

Featuring each of this season’s weekly semi-finalists, the Brown Bag Finals will showcase the best in Western North Carolina’s songwriting community all competing for studio time at (1st place) at Echo Mountain Recording Studio, (2nd place) at Tao Studio and (3rd place) at Good Flow Productions. Hosted by Debrissa McKinney, The Brown Bag Songwriting Competition takes place every Fall on Wednesdays at The One Stop … Continue reading Brown Bag Songwriting Competition Finals at Asheville Music Hall

A Dose of New Soul and Funk: Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band, Calibro 35, Cool Uncle, The Jack Moves, The Bamboos, Bones & Beeker

With Winter approaching and cold dark days ahead, now might be an opportune time to select some music that will provide warmth and movement for cold bodies during those long winter nights. We might be hundreds of miles from the nearest sunny beach, but here in Asheville we bring the sun home with soulful and funky tunes. What better way to warm up your day … Continue reading A Dose of New Soul and Funk: Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band, Calibro 35, Cool Uncle, The Jack Moves, The Bamboos, Bones & Beeker

Body Language: Reuben Negron's Intimate and Intricate Nude Portraits

The contents of this article are for adults 18+ only. Those sensitive to portrayals of the nude human form should use their own discretion in viewing this article. Thank you. Now based in Asheville, figurative watercolor artist Reuben Negron explores the human experience with intimate nude portraits  BY JOHN C. TRIPP Asheville is a relatively new home for Reuben Negron, who relocated here just a year ago … Continue reading Body Language: Reuben Negron's Intimate and Intricate Nude Portraits

Beats Over Tweets: Teleseen Talks With Audio Texture on "Passages"

Courtesy of Audio Texture’s James Barrie. Here at Audio Texture, one of our albums of the year, already, is “Passages” from Teleseen on 100% Silk, one of the most inventive, “dance music” albums of 2013, a unique mix of great beats and global sounds submerged in a world of reggae flavours. We were so taken by the music we wanted to find out more. Below … Continue reading Beats Over Tweets: Teleseen Talks With Audio Texture on "Passages"

Bill Frisell and Vinicius Cantuária meet on "Lagrimas Mexicanas"

Two legends of guitar come together for an album of ATMOSPHERIC Brazilian-jazz

Undoubtedly, Bill Frisell and Vinicius Cantuária’s new album, Lagrimas Mexicanas, epitomizes a union of extraordinary musicians. Frisell’s and Cantuária’s own music have clearly distinctive origins, but with complimentary styles. Through the blending of emotive rhythms and harmonies, and the melding of classic and experimental sounds, the two artists have found an easy home with one another. Lagrimas Mexicanas is on Entertainment One Music.

As a guitarist, composer, and bandleader, Bill Frisell has established himself as a visionary presence in American music, best known for his innovative and improvisational guitar playing. Brazilian singer-songwriter, guitarist and percussionist, Vinicius Cantuária flawlessly merges the classic sounds of bossa nova with contemporary music, creating distinctive compositions and arrangements.Having played together in a variety of settings over the past 25 years, including on one another’s albums, Frisell and Cantuária had been looking for the right opportunity for a full-on collaboration. Lagrimas Mexicanas presented itself as the perfect occasion.

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Bologna's Blu Travels South America in "Megunica"

Streaming free at LinkTV In “Megunica” four friends take a mind-broadening odyssey through Latin America, with acclaimed public artist Blu. With a penchant for drawing and public art, Blu started painting walls around his native Bologna in 2000. His pieces often cover entire sides of building — most recently the Tate Modern. In the fall of 2006, Blu, joined by filmmaker Lorenzo Fonda, and two … Continue reading Bologna's Blu Travels South America in "Megunica"

Tommy Guerrero Releases "Lifeboats and Follies"

“Lifeboats and Follies” OUT FEBRUARY 1, 2011 ON GALAXIA RECORDS.

Raised on the colorful and gritty streets of San Francisco and steeped in the dark
brew formed by the perfect cultural storm where skateboarding, music and art
smashed right into each other, Tommy Guerrero was destined for greatness of
the soulful sort. Adapting to his hilly local environs with speed and style, TG was
a bonafied pioneer of modern street skateboarding, turning pro and traveling the world while still just a teenager.

His casual flow was material for the skateboarding pantheon, and is endlessly
compared to what would come out when he focused his attention on stringed
things. The early four-track tunes he offered were heavily groove-based, with
obvious blues, Latin and soul overtones, but as time and albums went by the
music became more layered and eclectic, incorporating jazz, hip-hop and funk
elements, as well.

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