Jamming: Being the son of the most famous reggae artist of all time comes with incredible opportunities, but it also comes with lofty expectations and unavoidable comparisons. Despite the pressure, Ziggy Marley has managed to avoid the latter pitfalls, releasing three solo albums and earning a Grammy nomination for his third album, Awake. The roots-reggae songwriter and multi-instrumentalist visits Asheville on Friday, July 19 for a performance at Club Metropolis.
Catch em' while you can: The Critters have taken some time away from performing since their last show in May, but the band just finished recording eight songs for an upcoming album — tentatively scheduled for release at the end of the year. Now, thankfully, Asheville's favorite/weirdest/wildest purveyors of psych-pop madness "are breaking [their] summer hiatus" for a show at The Grey Eagle on Saturday, July 20, which, the band tells Xpress, will be its last for several months.