Passing Judgement: A word with the 28th District Court candidates

In the May 6 primary, two of the three candidates for district court judge will move on to the fall election. 28th District Court Judge Ed Clontz faces two seasoned opponents: J. Matthew Martin, a former associate judge in the Tribal Court in Cherokee, and Thomas Amburgey, a Buncombe County assistant district attorney. Clontz, a […]


MANNA announces release of 2014 Map the Meal Gap study

Feeding America, a nonprofit, national network of food banks that is the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, released their 2014 Map the Meal Gap study, which maps  food insecurity in the United States down to the county-level. The study found that for Western North Carolina food insecurity has increased slightly since last year, reaching a rate […]

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Moogfest Q&A: The Jellyrox

The band’s most recent release, Embellish, promises “warm, dreamy, danceable, electronic pop joy.” The Jellyrox is the solo project of Matt Langston from indie-pop outfit Eleventyseven; he performs as part of the local showcase at New Earth on Thursday, April 24, at 8 p.m.

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Moogfest Tech Panel Preview: 5 Questions with Claire L. Evans

Claire L. Evans is the lead singer of electro-pop group Yacht and the editor-in-chief of OMNI Reboot, the online version of OMNI science magazine. Evans will appear at the Science Fiction & the Synthesized Sound panel held in the Masonic Temple on Saturday, April 23 from 1-4 p.m. In an email interview with Xpress, Evans shared some insight on the Moog panel, the joys and complications of a being a musician and a journalist, and what the future will sound like.

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Asheville Wine & Food Festival announces 2014 details

A vibrant restaurant, brewery, wine, spirits, and boundless downtown scene have placed Asheville in the national spotlight time and again. Underground supper clubs, James Beard-nominated chefs, nationally recognized distilleries, and boasting more breweries per capita than any U.S. city, Asheville is the culinary destination. And there’s no better opportunity to sample it all in one place than during the 6th annual Asheville Wine & Food Festival, held August 21-23 at the US Cellular Center in downtown Asheville, say organizers.

Don’t leave out teen poets

Asheville Writers in the Schools serves our community well in providing workshops for young writers. We’ve had many opportunities to work in tandem with Janet Hurley and AWITS and we applaud their efforts. 
We applaud Xpress‘ major coverage of the re-emergence of poetry in Asheville ["Versify," April 9] however we are disappointed that you failed […]

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Moogfest Q+A: Moderat

“The whole line up is just great,” says Sebastian Szary of Berlin-based Moderat. “It sounds like a poem, a lot of friends, it will be a big hang-around in the dressing room area.” The group performs late-night on Friday, April 25, at Diana Wortham Theatre.

Eric Volta

Moogfest Q+A: Eric Volta

“My intention, when I create, is honest, says Eric Volta. “It’s my bond with my instruments and more importantly, it’s a projection of my soul in some ways.” He performs on Thursday, April 24 at Asheville Music Hall, as part of the No. 19 showcase.