Smart Bets: Torche

Torche is a study in contradictions: A "pop doom stoner psychedelic" act from sunny Miami, fronted by guitarist/vocalist Steve Brooks, one of the few openly gay musicians in the metal scene (he was interviewed on that subject by The Stranger). As for disparate influences in the band's sound, drummer Rick Smith had this to say in an interview: "We take what we like from what we grew up on and use it as creatively as we can. I think the meshing of different sounds comes naturally just because we all have different musical backgrounds yet have a ton of common interests." Torch takes the stage at Broadway’s on Tuesday, Feb. 5. Delicious also performs. 9 p.m., $10/$12. Photo by Gary Copeland.

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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