If singer-songwriter Damien Jurado looks gruff and stoic, he sings with the kind of emotionalism and aching authenticity that kind of stops time. His songs are not simple. They don’t have the sort of instantly catchy choruses that you sing mindlessly along with. And yet they feel like deep truths, known entities, homecomings. The Seattle-based […]
Do-it-yourself-food activist and internationally acclaimed author Sandor Ellix Katz played a vital role in kickstarting the modern fermentation craze. When Katz ventured to the Asheville area recently as a featured speaker at Mother Earth News Fair, he met with Xpress at the test kitchen of Selina Naturally in Arden to demonstrate how easy it is to make a delicious and fool-proof batch of fermented sauerkraut.
Three Asheville food establishments made the top 20 list of America’s Greenest Restaurants of 2014, a ranking compiled annually by culinary website The Daily Meal based on data from the Green Restaurant Association. The French Broad Chocolate Lounge, Green Sage Coffeehouse & Café and Luella’s Bar-B-Que were ranked seventh, 10th and 19th on the list, respectively.
Asheville City Council and Mayor Esther Manheimer will host a community meeting, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, at Charles T. Koontz Intermediate School (305 Overlook Road) to discuss the 2014-15 Strategic Operating Plan with the public. Each year, Council develops a SOP outlining goals for the upcoming fiscal year and used as a roadmap for policy […]
Mountain Xpress and Sherwood’s Music are partnering to showcase local musicians through a series of stripped-down performances for the web. This week Minorcan performs “The Right Price.”
Psychedelic soul superstar Janelle Monáe came to Moogfest April 24 for a wide ranging talk on everything from the evolution of the music business and community building to what kind of music aliens might enjoy. She was joined at the panel discussion by a pair of colorful musical collaborators from the Wondaland Art Society record […]
It’s a mutual, musical love affair. Asheville adores Gillian Welch, and she loves Asheville right back. In Welch’s most recent album, there’s even a nod to our town with the lyrics, “Come on you Asheville, boys. Turn up your old-time noise.” Gillian Welch’s Tuesday, April 22 show at The Orange Peel had a sweet note […]
Didn’t make it to Janelle Monáe’s panel at Moogfest today? Stream it live here courtesy of justin.tv.
Following a Monday, April 14 fire, local business owner Wendy Owens lost the contents of her store, R3MiX3D (remixed). Located on Merrimon Avenue, near Luella’s Bar-B-Que, the store served UNC-Asheville students as well as the North Asheville community. Owens told Xpress that she had chosen the location with the idea to create an artistic hub. […]
At Moogfest’s first big panel discussion on April 23, state and local leaders discussed the role of technology and innovation in cultivating economic development. Mike Adams, CEO of Moog Music, said the goal of the panel was to “get people thinking about economic development” in ways that are outside of the box. “It doesn’t have […]
“The opening of this film is important because it’s telling a David and Goliath story,” says Carol Koury about the screening of the documentary GMO OMG, presented by the Organic Growers School in honor of Earth Day at Asheville Community Theater.
Walking down Haywood Road (or Biltmore) (or Lexington), you stop by your usual hangout. Nearly everyone there greets you by name, and the tourists in the corner booth ask about your latest jaunt up the Blue Ridge Parkway. Your waitress asks, “The usual?” as she sets your favorite Asheville-brewed IPA down on your table. This […]
It’s one thing to be a steampunk: the top hats, the goggles, the rad gadgets. But to be queen of the steampunks is a whole other level. That title is reserved for author and editor Ann VanderMeer who, with her husband, Jeff VanderMeer, penned Steampunk, the 2008 anthology of steampunk fiction, The Thackery T. Lambshead […]
Pisgah Brewing Co. is turning 9, and for its big anniversary party, the beer lovers responsible for some of the region’s favorite craft brews have also demonstrated their fantastic (and funky) taste in music. The in-your-face, can’t-help-but-dance, Brooklyn-based soul band Pimps of Joytime will headline the outdoor celebration. With an infectious single titled “Booty Text” […]
While songwriter and former Squirrel Nut Zippers frontman Jimbo Mathus is known more for his energetic romp through the archives of American music, his newest offering is a departure of sorts. The title track to Dark Night of the Soul (recorded with The Tri-State Coalition) bleeds intensity, raspy vocals and shimmery guitars. “From the gritty, […]
Moogfest has undergone an evolution since it last took place 2012. Now spanning Wednesday-Sunday, April 23-27, and more than 20 locations throughout downtown Asheville, Moogfest has also expanded its coverage. This year, the focal point broadens to include technology. And not just in the pedals and synthesizers sense.
Ryan Earls lies on the ground with his legs up in the air to support his partner, Lillian Jacobs. As she attempts to distribute the weight of her body on his feet, she gasps, lets out a few screams, a few laughs, and eventually becomes still. It takes a lot of trust to allow someone else to hold you several feet off the ground. But that’s the goal of Urban Ashram Studio: to build trust and a stronger sense of community.
Digable Planets would disband just a few years later after its 1993 Grammy-winning crossover smash “Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat),” with its three members each going onto to their own solo careers. Cee Knowledge, who went by Doodlebug in the group, will be playing a show with his Cosmic Funk Orchestra at The Grey Eagle on Thursday, April 24.
Blue Ridge Bookfest, now in its sixth year, takes place at Blue Ridge Community College over the weekend of April 25 and 26. More than 35 authors from around the country will participate; Bill Ramsey, who became an author since helping to start the festival, will be among them.
Get to know Asheville’s artistic neighbors to the north at the Weaverville Art Safari, a self-guided tour through 40 local and nationally known artists’ studios and galleries. “Weaverville is so fortunate to have so much talent,” says Cindy Ireland, Weaverville Art Safari chairperson. “Our hardworking artists not only thrive on the creative process, but we […]
Moogfest gets an added boost of brainpower this year with a rich lineup of panels and presentations. Xpress talked to three of those presenters to learn more about what Moogfest has to offer by day.