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Smart bets: BEAT LIFE

Despite its mountaincentric name, the Asheville Beat Tape Collective actually aims to unite far-flung electronic musicians in addition to fulfilling its local networking mission. Founded by DJ and producer Nigel One, the collaborative sphere churns out multiartist compilation CDs and hosts regular performances where local enthusiasts can “cross-pollinate” with performers from across the globe. One […]

FEAST YOUR EARS: Acoustic Syndicate's Thanksgiving shows are an annual tradition, but how does Steve "Big Daddy" McMurry, center, celebrate the holiday at home? For the past six years, he and his wife, Jerrianne, have hosted 50-60 cousins and friends in what he calls a “misfit Thanksgiving.” Photo by Lynne Harty

Acoustic Syndicate gives thanks at Grey Eagle with annual homecoming show

Steve “Big Daddy” McMurry has plenty to be thankful for this year. High on the list for the Acoustic Syndicate singer/guitarist are his wife, Jerrianne, his family and his Cleveland County farm, in which he and his cousin/bandmate Bryon McMurry (banjo, electric guitar) are partners. And then there are Acoustic Syndicate’s loyal fans, without whom […]

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Ready for reunion: Carlos Nakai and Peter Kater plan concert series

After a decade of mastering their crafts independently, longtime collaborators Native American flutist Carlos Nakai and pianist and composer Peter Kater have joined forces once again. In celebration of their recent joint album, Ritual, the pair will treat audiences at the Diana Wortham Theatre to two nights of world music dynamism. Ritual‘s seven tracks fill […]

NICE RIDE: Handmade bikes by Capricorn Bicycles are a new addition to the Marshall Handmade market. Photo courtesy of the bike company

Hand-built bikes are a new addition to Marshall Handmade Market’s repertoire of craft

“Buy local, buy slow,” is a holiday tip from the organizers of the Marshall Handmade Market. The annual event offers locally produced wares that are made “through slow, labor-intensive processes in studios, barns and backrooms across the region.” It is a chance to purchase finely crafted objects, while also slowing the holiday shopping race to […]

KNOW HOW: "We’ve all heard — and possibly given — the advice 'Write what you know,'" says Peter Turchi in his new book, A Muse and a Maze. "But that implies that one knows quite enough. … So the better advice might be, 'Know what you write.' And know it as deeply, as comprehensively, as possible. Then acknowledge the remaining mystery." Photo by Dana Kroos

Word problems: Peter Turchi’s book A Muse & a Maze explores the puzzles of writing

It’s been a number of years since Peter Turchi lived in Asheville — he’s now based in Houston — but Western North Carolina still finds its way into his writing. “I tend to write more about places that I’ve left,” says the former director of Warren Wilson College’s MFA program. “The stories that I’m writing […]

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Smart bets: The Moon and You

Although The Moon and You collaborated with a professional artist and videographer to create an official music video, the team purposefully preserved the “playful, DIY aesthetic” that you’d expect from musicians listing “glitter and savory crepes” as interests on their Facebook page. A photo booth full of the band’s props will be available at the […]

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5 questions with Allah-Las

California is important to psych-garage band Allah-Las. The Los Angeles quartet formed while its members — drummer Matthew Correia, bassist Spencer Dunham, and guitarists Miles Michaud and Pedrum Siadatian — were working at the city’s famous Amoeba Records. But it’s not a mere matter of geography. The attitude and the sonic history of the Sunshine State […]