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 […]
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. […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
Moogfest runs Wednesday-Sunday, April 23-27, and more than 20 locations throughout downtown Asheville. Xpress will be covering all aspects of the festival, from art and installations to economic talks and one planned protest; from yoga and pop-up shops to local showcases and big-name performers.
A major goal of this year’s retooled five-day festival, say organizers, is to synthesize innovative artistic expression and economic success. And the local musicians involved seem to be embracing those aspirations with open arms.
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.
Will mobile boutiques be the next big local shopping trend? Celeste Adams, owner of Asheville’s first fashion accessories shop on wheels, hopes so. The grand opening of her Betties Mobile Boutique is Sunday May 4 at the Double Crown in West Asheville. Adams plans to operate the shop out of a 1972 Travelaire camper at various locations around town.
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.
Local steel pan player Jonathan Scales recently teamed up with singer-songwriter/cellist Ben Sollee on a cover of Harry Belafonte’s “Dolly Down.” Taylor Hellhake and Emily Newton filmed the performance at The Hop West. Jordan Ellis plays percussion. Sollee also played Isis Restuarant & Music Hall last Thursday.
“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.