If only Matt and Kim had a dollar for every calorie burned onstage. With the release of album New Glow on Tuesday, April 7, the strikingly energetic dance pop duo take their knack for interactive creativity to new heights.
Place The Honeycutters and Foul Mouth Jerk side by side and one can’t help but notice their differences. The former play country roots music while the latter raps and, unless one puts undue emphasis on the “cut” of Honeycutters, even their names reflect opposite sensibilities. But beyond these sonic and stylistic splits, the two Asheville acts have a substantial amount in common.
Lowland Hum, composed of indie folk musicians Daniel and Lauren Goans, has been churning out sweet and artsy material since the couple’s 2012 nuptials.
There are nights in Asheville when all the shows you want to see are happening at once, and you have to make tough choices. Then there are nights when all the bands you want to hear (or at least many of them) are playing on one stage.
“Sausage Party was born out of a really slow February,” says chef Dan Silo of MG Road’s newest pop-up restaurant. “One night I was sitting at home trying to get re-inspired and figure out something fun to do and realized all of my ideas were in the context of making sausage.”
This year, on Saturday, April 18, record stores around the world will take part in the hallowed event. That mainly entails promotions, but there are also in-store events and a list of titles released only at record stores.
Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features the Fox and Beggar Theatre’s art fusion production, Noah Proudfoot Stockdale’s musical musings on love, improved resources for the Drum Heads podcast and a traveling documentary and art exhibit about estranged siblings’ visual art.
Local pop-punk outfit Running on E gets right to the heart of the matter. “Don’t waste away, don’t burn away the light that I refused,” sings vocalist Nick Norton in the urgent opening notes of “Vagrants and Vagabonds.”
New York-based singer-songwriter Christopher Paul Stelling, who used to live in Asheville, has seen his music career take off. His new album, Labor Against Waste, will be available on June 16.
Parts circus, funk collective and marching band, the 20-piece outfit blends party-ready music with dance, gymnastics and enviable attire.
This week: MetroWines transforms into a living estate-sale venue, a new Cajun restaurant comes to downtown and The Market Place has ramps.
The Asheville Beat Tape Collective exists to connect local electronic musicians with national talent, often hosting multi-artist performances like the group’s upcoming two-night stint at Asheville Music Hall.
Summer camp Girls Rock Asheville — which will take place at New Mountain Asheville June 22-26 — is looking for volunteers.
Bishop stumbled upon his latest challenge — a spellbinding parlor guitar — in Tangier, Morocco. This six-stringed muse inspired an improvised collection of seductive tunes titled Tangier Sessions, which showcases both the unaccompanied instrument and Bishop’s own penchant for songwriting.
Coming out of a tumultuous year that saw two of its founding members depart, Asheville-based (though originally from Brooklyn) The Broadcast is gearing up for what looks to be its busiest year yet.
The band brings the energy of New Orleans back to Western North Carolina — releasing their new album, Here & Gone Again, at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall on Saturday, April 11, the group’s two-year anniversary.
Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features Papadosio’s upcoming album and music videos, a six-by-24-foot mural to honor traditional Appalachian music and a new playground for a Caring for a Children facility.
Much as we get a staggering array of national acts coming through town, our local music scene is filled with superb talent. Two of these shows are free, one is way cheap and the other is quite reasonably priced (and cheaper still if you dance).
Three bands, five bucks — that’s the basics of the local showcase taking the stage at The Orange Peel on Friday, April 3, at 9 p.m.
Any examination into heavy metal in Asheville runs into the inevitable gray area of what metal music is. And while this variety makes it difficult at times to tell who fits in where, one uniting and striking quality of Asheville’s metal scene is the joy its players take in their craft, regardless of material success.
After several months away from stages, the quintet is eager to resume its mission of presenting the bedazzled pop icon’s lesser-known gems alongside chart-topping hits, all while preserving original musical arrangements.