A Frank by any other name: Black Francis is the dark and gritty solo project of Charles Thompson IV, best known as The Pixies' frontman Frank Black (his most-used pseudonym, among many). The highly influential songwriter visits Asheville for a show at The Grey Eagle on Saturday, Feb. 16. Photo by Andy Tennille
Different side of the same coin: Fans of The Mars Volta may find Bosnian Rainbows' riffy, guitar-driven rock aesthetic familiar, but not too familiar. "… It's all the same influences that have been in most of my writing and all the people in my bands' writing," says frontman Omar Rodriguez-Lopez (of Mars Volta). "… It's just different elements of those things." Bosnian Rainbows plays Asheville Music Hall on Saturday, Feb. 16. Photo by Hisham Bharoocha
Behind the Mic: Asheville FM hosts dozens of weekly shows that run the gamut of musical styles and tastes (you name it, they've got it). But don't take our word for it: take theirs. Xpress brings you this weekly feature — direct from the DJs — highlighting a few of the station's stellar offerings. www.ashevillefm.org.
The Asheville FM News Hour brings you commentary, interviews and the latest happenings throughout the WNC region. Every week, we bring you CalCast (in collaboration with Mountain Xpress), as well as The Wild Gardener with Peter Loewer. Tune in weekly for lively discussions with news makers, nonprofits and everyday folks. The team includes (from left to right) Victor Palomino, Kimberly Roney, Stephanie Biziewski and Scott Owen. Thursdays at 7 p.m. Photo by Max Cooper