Jeff Thompson

Smart bets: Jeff Thompson

With his 2014 release, eclectic local creative Jeff Thompson says he’s finally penned an album that “comes from and appeals to the mind, the heart and the booty simultaneously.” And it’s true: unexpected arrangements (didgeridoo or accordion, anyone?) and Thompson’s raspy-with-a-chance-of-falsetto voice make So Far, So Strange anything but dull. The New Orleans native, who […]

Tennis

Smart bets: Tennis

Denver-based husband-and-wife duo Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore have been dreaming up sea-inspired retro-pop together as Tennis for half a decade now. And although Moore’s crystal-clear vocals have remained a defining characteristic for the band, her spacier keys parts and chanted choruses demand more attention than before in 2014’s Ritual in Repeat. Perhaps these playful […]

Miles Wide

Smart bets: Miles Wide

The term “independent musician” doesn’t quite convey the extent of Kyle Donovan’s dedication to the do-it-yourself ethos. Performing under the name Miles Wide, the self-taught musician acts as his own manager, recording engineer, Web developer, graphic designer, press contact, booking agent and social media correspondent. That’s in addition to his true passion — singing alongside an […]

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Buncombe Commission­ers to discuss parkway preservati­on, historical art project, air quality concerns

The Tuesday, May 5 Buncombe County Board of Commissioners meeting might be one for the books, as the board will discuss a new art, culture and history project that may result in the addition of a new landmark on the horizon. The board will discuss this, as well as a few environmental interests.

WELL-TRAVELED: “Balancing between traditional Tuareg and Western music is something that is just natural for me because that is what I grew up on as a musician," says Omara Moctar, aka Tuareg musician Bombino. Photo by Jacob Bombersback

Sound values: How LEAF’s eclectic lineup defines the festival’s ethos

The 2015 lineup for LEAF, which prides itself on its globally conscious reach, is unsurprisingly excellent. Topping the bills each night are acts that range from soul revival firebrand Charles Bradley & his Extraordinaires to Australian world-roots act Xavier Rudd & the United Nations, demonstrating the festival’s knack for mixing quality bedrock American music with an eclectic range of styles that span the Earth.

THE BEAT GOES ON: Adama Dembele, center, of local Afropop band Zansa, drums with students in a LEAF Schools & Streets  program.

LEAF celebrates 20 years of music, art, culture and community

How do you sum up 20 years of festivals? That’s two decades of twice-yearly campouts, dances, new musical discoveries and fond favorites; of friends made and family bonds strengthened; of campfire hangouts and sunny-day revelry. For LEAF, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this May, it’s expressed in the theme, “Global Gratitude.”