Chris Carrabba says decades on the road have given him an affinity for turning mistakes into quality imrov. “You begin celebrating how you got out of it when you didn’t get something right," he says, "and you walk offstage saying, ‘Did you hear that? I blew it!’ — but you’re euphoric, because the song didn't fall to pieces.” Photo by Tristan Casey

Chris Carrabba of Twin Forks, Dashboard Confession­al brings folk and levity to Asheville

Prolific singer/songwriter Chris Carrabba — the poster child of the emo genre and frontman for Dashboard Confessional, Further Seems Forever and a solo project — is cozying up to a new sound with his latest roots-inspired quintet Twin Forks. In anticipation of the band’s Tuesday, Feb. 17 stop at The Orange Peel — along with Los […]

RIGHT AT HOME: "Anybody can fit into Asheville's music scene," says Sutton. "It's really open and lovely." Photo courtesy of the musician

Bluegrass “character actor” Bryan Sutton takes a starring role

The Asheville music scene has its share of local-boy-makes-good stories. And with his 1997 debut onto the national scene, guitarist and Asheville native Bryan Sutton quickly made a major impression in bluegrass and the wider music community. Named the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Guitar Player of the Year eight of the last 15 years, Sutton also […]

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Smart bets: Jackson Scott

Inspiration from existential crises is nothing new in the music world. Psych-rocker Jackson Scott, however, ups the ante by blending both the highs and lows of 20-something Asheville life in his sophomore album Sunshine Redux, due for an April 28 release. “[It’s] about my own dichotomy of euphoria and despair,” explains the self-described apocalyptic pop […]

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Smart bets: Robyn Hitchcock

British solo artist Robyn Hitchcock pairs five cover songs with five original tunes in his latest self-described “elegiac record,” The Man Upstairs. “I am, after all this time, a guitarist and a singer as much as I am a songwriter,” he says, not “just another singer/songwriter laying their freshest eggs.” The hybrid creation, suggested by […]

LOVE COLLECTION: A showcase of local hip-hop artists seconds as a fundraiser for LEAF Schools and Streets, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue and the Jewish Community Center. From left, Brian Bullman, Henter Bennett, DJ Ra Mak, Austin Haynes, Alpha Lee, Big Dave, Chachillie, Diggy and Bryan Colston perform as part of For the Love of Music at New Mountain. Photo by Tim Robison

Many splendored things: Valentine’s events in and around Asheville

To those who think the celebration of romantic love is just a Hallmark company construct: not quite. Since the 1700s, lovers have been giving each other handwritten cards, flowers and sweets. It wasn’t until the 19th century that Valentine’s Day cards were mass-produced. But 200 years of tradition doesn’t mean you have to give in […]

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Odyssey middle schoolers produce music video

Odyssey Community School’s students have been doing a lot more than traditional reading, writing and arithmetic lessons. The institution’s middle schoolers recently spent two weeks of their semester devoting all of their time and energy into creating a collaborative music video. The song, “Soaring on Strings,” and video were written, performed and edited by the […]

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“I’m ecstatic to finally deliver [Say What You Will] into everyone’s most patient hands,” says folk Americana singer-songwriter Hope Griffin of her upcoming EP release party. Not one to rush art, the Asheville performer has planned a two-hour showcase that draws heavily from her “four-year labor of love,” a potent six-pack spanning “soulful ballads to […]

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Smart bets: Worldline

The photos for local sci-fi rock band Worldline, on the group’s website, all evoke the fantastical otherworldly environs of  planetariums, film sets or well-conceived theme parties. Suspended orbs and strands of fairy lights glow against dark backdrops. It’s no wonder that the project — conceptualized by producer/singer-songwriter Andrew Schatzberg — also lends itself to live […]

VOLUMINOUS: Goldie & The Screamers started playing mostly covers. But as the band began to put its own spin on soul music, original songwriting became the musicians' focus. Photo by Josh Rhinehart

Asheville’­s Goldie & The Screamers fashion soul music from disparate influences

“We were going to make Goldie its own entity,” says CaroMia Tiller, lead singer and keyboard player for local indie-soul act Goldie & The Screamers. “It didn’t work out that way. We’re all Goldie, and we’re all the Screamers.” And, adds bassist Chandler Brewer, “It was the least vulgar band name that we came up […]