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Smart Bets: Ann VanderMeer

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 […]

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Smart Bets: Pimps of Joytime

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” […]

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Smart Bets: Jimbo Mathus

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, […]

More to love: This year's Moogfest pairs tech-based day events with nighttime music. Thereminist Dorit Chrysler, pictured, appears as part of the day programming. Photo by Mrs. Lee

At the crossroads

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.

Captain planet: From Digable Planets' Doodlebug to the frontman of his own nine-piece funk and rock-tinged outfit, Cee Knowledge continues to forge ahead. Photo by Laura DeSantis Olsen

Still digable

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.

Local writer Bill Ramsey, one of the creators of Blue Ridge Bookfest, will discuss his new work, Me Now — Who Next?, at this year's festival. Photo courtesy of the author.

Memory lane

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.

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Smart Bets: Weaverville Art Safari

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 […]

Jerome C. Glenn predicts the future — with science.

Cyborgs R us

A sneak peek at Moogfest’s daytime lineup by Lea McLellan and Carrie Eidson 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. Claire L. Evans, lead singer of YACHT […]

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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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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.

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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.


AB-Tech’s literary arts journal, The Rhapsodist, launches 2014 edition

AB-Tech’s literary arts journal, The Rhapsodist, includes original art, poetry, short fiction, creative non-fiction and dramatic dialogue. A faculty advisor and three other college staff members assist in the process of selecting material as well as the layout and printing of the journal. The publication is distributed on the A-B Tech campus at no cost […]

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Moogfest Q+A: Awesome Tapes from Africa

“I had a mission in mind to share music I had heard that I knew was very hard to find in America,” says Brian Shimkovitz, creator of the blog, Awesome Tapes from Africa. “It’s been really fun to have so much support and openness for the music.” Shimkovitz performs an Awesome Tapes from Africa DJ set late-night on Thursday, April 24, as part of the Driftless showcase at Emerald Lounge.