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Smart bets: Creepoid

If you’re going to check out Creepoid at the band’s Odditorium show, plan to spend at least half of the concert attempting to identify all of the ’90s rock icons conjured by the group’s most recent releases. They’re all in there somewhere — the breathy vocals of Billy Corgan’s “Tonight, Tonight,” the dissonant acoustic strummings […]

Poet Glenis Redmond. Photo courtesy of Redmond.

Get lit: Carolina Mountains Literary Festival returns to Burnsville

Unlike larger book festivals, the Carolina Mountains Literary Festival deliberately sets out to create a “festival of ideas.” As anyone who has attended a previous festival knows (the gathering is now in its ninth year), events are informal, and are more akin to conversations than presentations. According to author liaison Lucy Doll, the goal is […]

Lee Fields & the Expressions, Instagram by Jake Frankel

Recap: Harvest Records’ Transfigurations II festival

By Dave Cantor Michael Hurley’s shirt was louder than the Saturday crowd gathered at Blannahasset Island in Marshall for Transfigurations II. The Oregon-based folk singer was just one of 30 players on the bill as part of a three-day celebration of Harvest Records’ 10th anniversary. Ashevillean Angel Olsen, Steve Gunn — who performed in a […]

NOT YOUR STANDARD FESTIVAL FARE: M.C. Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger, pictured, joins the Transfigurations II lineup, which includes locals Angel Olsen and Reigning Sound along with Seattle grunge survivors Mudhoney, the retro soul of Lee Fields & the Expressions and more. Photo courtesy of Merge Records

Harvest Records celebrates a decade in business with Transfigurations II music festival

Although “pretty much everybody” told them it wasn’t a good idea, Matt Schnable and Mark Capon opened Harvest Records in 2004. “We were just out of college and pretty headstrong about it,” says Schnable. “We figured even if were open just a year, at least we had seen something through.” The West Asheville-based store was […]

WILD CHILD APPROVED: Celebrate local music, food, drink, arts and eccentricities on Lexington Avenue. Photo by Frank Merenda

LAAFF returns with an eye toward the future

“Never say die,” reads the poster for the Lexington Avenue Art and Fun Festival, which returns Sunday, Aug. 31, after a one-year hiatus. When the beloved (and, in recent years, beleaguered) event’s return was announced earlier this summer, it was as a last hurrah. Organizers Kitty Love (LAAFF’s co-founder, who’s now executive director of the […]