Thursday, Oct. 14
• Start your weekend on an academic note as Montford Books (31 Montford Ave., 285-8805) hosts “The Art of Revision,” a free writing workshop with author and creative writing teacher David Madden. “Are you a writer who has finished a short story or novel, but need to make revisions? This free practical, structured workshop will have you making revisions on the spot.” Participants must bring a copy of their work. 6-8 p.m.
• Grab a snack and enjoy the sparse and haunting acoustic folk of Alex Krug at the French Broad Chocolate Lounge (10 S. Lexington Ave., 252-4181). “I believe that in song we can bring alive the very real textures and colors of life,” states her Facebook page. “Aspects and emotional pictures that are, more often than not, most accessible through creative expression.” 8-10 p.m. Tips.
• Winston-Salem’s Wyndy Trail Travelers visit Pisgah Brewing Company (150 Eastside Drive, Black Mountain, 669-0190) for a free show of dance-friendly, eclectic rock and newgrass. According to the band’s Myspace, “Traveling along a musical path that leaves one with the sense of winding around various styles, the Wyndy Trail Travelers remain focused on catering to a musically sophisticated audience that likes to dance and have a good time.” 8 p.m. Free.
Friday, Oct. 15
• Periscope, a locally produced, online-only zine, celebrates the release of its first issue at Haw Creek Forge Studio (2000 Riverside Dr., Woodfin, 285-9785) with local beer, music and more. “Please join us for an interactive party with live music (Albert Adams, Jim Harmon and a Surprise Guest!), 3 projectors projecting the magazine and other oddities, art, bonfire and acoustic music by the French Broad River, and a chance to be a part of Periscope,” reads the website. $5 includes admission, beer and a raffle ticket. 8 p.m.
• The Root Bar (1410 Tunnel Rd, 299-7597) features the melodic math-rock of New England’s Graph as they wind down an 11-day mini-tour. Performer Magazine says of the trio, “Graph make a big impact in a matter of only four songs on their latest self-titled EP, which finds them solving a complex musical equation: melding the frenzied technicality of math rock, the erratic precision of jazz and the melodic sensibility of pop. Some bands may falter in their genre-bending experiments, but not only does Graph have the instrumental and vocal chops to carry out its many headed sound seamlessly, it also pulls it off with enthusiasm and sincerity.” Bunny’s a Swine opens. 9 p.m.
• “The Eskatones bring a party of epic proportions every time they take the stage. Capable of melting your face with guitar solos fit for a jezebel, to stepping it back to the stroll of the midnight moonlight, be ready to dance if The Eskatones are in the house!” says the band’s bio. They take the stage of The Boiler Room (11 Grove St., 505-1612) with Grand Prize Winners From Last Year and Dear Weirdo. 9 p.m. $5.
Saturday, Oct. 16
• Enjoy a local beer and get your Saturday started early as self-described “instrumental space rockers” A Ghost Like Me perform at Craggie Brewing Company‘s Public House (197 Hilliard Avenue, 254-0360). The Asheville by way of Oakland trio “has quickly transformed from recording project to live band,” according to its Myspace, and includes a host of contributing musicians. 6-8 p.m. Free.
• Eleven on Grove (11 Grove St., 505-1612) hosts the annual Ashetoberfest Music Festival, featuring five bands for $7. That’s a little more than we usually care to fork out here at Shoestring, but hey, sometimes you’ve gotta splurge! Lineup will include local rock, metal and punk acts, but further details are hard to come by. 8 p.m. More info at MusicFest@ashtoberfest.com.
• “One thing is for certain; tHE POLES play subtly intricate rock that is moody, visceral, and heady in a slow-burn kinda way,” says the band. “As the name implies tHE POLES exude a multi-faceted aesthetic. They are simultaneously complex and minimalist, intricate and straightforward.” Catch them at The LAB (39 N. Lexington Ave., 252-0212) with Dropsonic and Forty Furies. 10 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 17
• Craggie Brewing Company (197 Hilliard Avenue, 254-0360) lets you choose the soundtrack at “Hangover in the Hangar,” a weekly Sunday event whose motto is “Bring your vinyl and we’ll spin it; Bring your own food and we’ll grill it.” Free. 2-8 p.m.