Image 1. Dyn-o-Mite! The Firecracker Jazz Band may be traditionalists, rooted in early 20th-century dixieland, but this band is anything but predictable. The local sextet performs its "explosively hot jazz" at 5 Walnut Wine Bar on Friday, Nov. 23.
Image 2. Jaw dropping: David Wax Museum's self-described "Mexo-Americana," a seamless blend of Appalachian influences and horn-infused Mexican folk, features a variety of traditional instruments, including the quijada, a percussive instrument fashioned from the jawbone of a donkey. Catch the Boston-based duo at Jack of the Wood on Tuesday, Nov. 27.
Image 3. 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. Your Only Option is a chat show that digs deep into the Asheville comedy scene. Host Ben Atkins interviews local and regional comics and performers who play games, take calls from odd listeners and discuss the ins and outs of making funny in Western North Carolina. Keep in mind: This is a late-night show, so it can get kind of, well, weird. Saturday nights from 11 p.m.-1 a.m.