In a city as musically diverse as Asheville, it’s easy to be picky about what bands and musical genres you pay to see. Seldom does a concertgoer find a crowd as diverse as the one that came out to The Orange Peel for Youtube-sensation-turned-touring act Scott Bradlee and Post-Modern Jukebox.
Old Crow Medicine Show returns to Pisgah Brewing Co. on Monday, May 25, at 7:30 p.m.
Organizers say Mountain Sports Festival is a come-one-come-all event and that attitude is echoed in the multitude of nonsports attractions — in addition to extensive athletic programming — for participants and spectators of all backgrounds.
From funk to soul, roots to rock ‘n’ roll, here’s the full lineup of bands playing free sets in Carrier Park Friday through Sunday, May 22-24.
The group’s debut album, Dead End Road, will be released during a celebratory performance, complete with special-edition pint glasses and koozies up for grabs at Pisgah Brewing Co.
After years of recording music and playing with roots band Red June, Natalya Zoe Weinstein and her husband, guitarist John Cloyd Miller, are “excited to present some of our favorite original and traditional duets that we have been playing together for years.”
In some respects, the sound recalls the musician’s early records as Portastatic, his longtime side-project away from Superchunk. That outfit saw him experimenting with four-track home recordings that made ample use of keyboards and drum machines.
That production incorporates projected visuals, live music and vocal impressions. He takes content from a variety of disparate sources and reprocesses it through his own sensibility, creating something new and unique, yet oddly familiar in the process.
At his best, Scott embellishes simple, dissonant guitar parts with spacey effects that leave the ears squinting for answers. His more melodic songs are at once disturbing and attractive, chaotic and elegant.
The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger is an indie-psyche-rock outfit fronted by Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl. The GOASTT was also the opening act for Beck at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium last summer.
The three-day festival, which runs Friday-Sunday, May 22-24, is named for the town’s signature bushy-tailed critters. It fills downtown Brevard with food vendors, crafts booths, a Memorial Day parade and wreath presentation, kids activities and a street-wide stage for lots of live music.
Singer-songwriter Drew Holcomb had a recent tour stop at The Orange Peel with his band, The Neighbors. Ahead of the show, he performed two songs exclusively for Mountain Xpress and Acoustic Asheville.
Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features local designer Rich O’Keefe’s artistic t-shirt company, activist Jennifer MacDonald’s gift baskets for Syrian refugees and a masterfully mixed album for Brevard hip hop artist Joe Trufant.
“Many music lovers love this sort of venue (listeners as well as performers), and there seem to be quite a few in the greater Asheville area.”
You don’t have to be a fan of throwbacks to like this New York City-based collective. The group, created by pianist/composer/arranger Scott Bradlee, takes pop tracks and reworks them as vintage jazz, swing and ragtime songs.
NewSong is probably best-known for its annual songwriter competition, The NewSong Contest. The winner walks away with a prize package aimed at taking a career to the next level: a performance at ASCAP Cafe during the Sundance Film Festival, another concert at Lincoln Center and a chance to record an album on the NewSong Recordings label.
Local musician and composer Danny Peck, aka dep, has set a challenge for himself this month: To compose, record and post one song each day. The project, called Mayday 2015, is being updated a song at a time on Bandcamp and Facebook.
Opening track “Every Song Sung to a Dog” sets the frenetically creative tone for Fred Thomas’ latest solo album All Are Saved, reminding listeners of the artistic value in heartfelt free associations and honesty approaching overshare.
Prolific local musician Chris Rosser is compiling an anniversary CD to commemorate the occasion and boost event proceeds, which benefit the LEAF Schools and Streets program and Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville.
When most musicians accumulate enough popular songs to warrant a greatest hits album, they simply gather the studio versions of those tracks, present them in an order they see fit and toss it out for their listeners to consume. But Malcolm Holcombe? He isn’t most musicians.
Wates’ catalog, for example, ranges from folk-inspired albums to down-tempo ballads and most recently, theatrically delivered (and slightly off-kilter) musical tale-telling.