Photo courtesy of Montford Park Players

Theater review: “The Winter’s Tale” by Montford Park Players and Warren Wilson College

The collaboration between Montford Park Players and the Warren Wilson College theater department of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale is part Shakespeare and part wild Gypsy bazaar. It’s also all fun and totally enthralling, making this the second successful team up Montford has done in the past few months (after teaming up with The Magnetic Theatre […]

INTROSPECTION: “I didn’t want to cloud the musicality of the record in a story,” Adam Granduciel says of writing The War on Drugs’ Lost in the Dream. “It wasn’t really about anything other than my relationship to music and my relationship, at the time, to myself.” Photo by Dusdin Condren

The War on Drugs talks gear, songwriting and Asheville as a second home

It was gear that brought singer-songwriter and guitarist Adam Granduciel to Echo Mountain Recording Studios, one of five studios in five different states where he recorded The War on Drugs’ latest effort, Lost in the Dream. (The band also recorded parts of 2011’s Slave Ambient there.) Granduciel wanted to use Echo Mountain’s Fairchild 670 stereo […]

BETTER LATE: Canadian fusion band Delhi 2 Dublin performs both a daytime set and a late night show as part of LEAF's eclectic post-midnight offerings. Photo by Josli Rockafella

After midnight: LEAF’s late-night lineup is worth staying up for

The LEAF, now in its 39th season, is a well-honed mix of eclectic arts, the great outdoors, family-friendly activities and fun in the sun (and occasionally the rain). But with three days packed full of entertainment, it might be easy to overlook LEAF’s nighttime offerings. Don’t: Fall LEAF’s after-midnight lineup includes Bhangra-Celtic fusion, jazz-tronic dance […]

Behind the Lens: Jennifer Mesk, pictured center.

Humans of Asheville captures local life in pictures

It’s a sunny day when Jennifer Mesk, the photojournalist behind Humans of Asheville, sets out across the city that serves as her muse. Spotting a group of interesting-looking characters on Patton Avenue, she motions to them, then indicates her camera. They smile curiously, and she crosses the street. “Hi,” she says, smiling. “Can I take your picture?”

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Smart bets: Secret Agent 23 Skidoo

When Secret Agent 23 Skidoo hits the stage, kids hit the dance floor. The California-based “kid-hop” artist serves a potent combination of kid-friendly lyrics, parent-friendly wordplays and crowd-friendly beats. 23 Skidoo’s music has been praised by NPR and Time magazine, and his latest single, “Unwind,” went straight to the top of Sirius/XM’s family music channel. […]

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Smart bets: Thee Hobo Gobbelins

“Get these songs all up in your nightmares without delay!” Thee Hobo Gobbelins exclaim on their Facebook page, advising fans to experience the band’s latest album, Oddities and Entities. The California creatives use labels like “dark carnival” and “post-apocalyptic” to describe their unpolished brand of accordion-laden melodies, but the group underlines many songs with a […]

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Smart bets: Waveforms 2.0

Electronic music producers Daniel Merrill and Michael Folk describe their joint sound as “emotionally charged future music that rides on hypnotic breakbeats, deep infectious basslines, dubby soundscapes and glitchy experimentation.” Performing as Aligning Minds, the duo are proud to announce “WAVEFORMS 2.0” — a month of performances at Asheville Music Hall aimed at bringing “top-notch […]

Lurch, photo by Misha Schmiedecke, studiomisha.com

Theater review: “The Addams Family” at ACT

It’s hard to say if the Addams Family (the cartoon, the TV show, the movie) translates successfully to the musical format. The answer is is subjective and depends upon the viewer’s feelings about music theater and/or Addams-brand noir-schtick. There’s something jarring around the gloriously macabre Addamses cavorting and bursting into song. On the other hand, […]

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5 questions with North of Nashville

“America’s two-man outlaw country band” is the tagline for North of Nashville, the collaborating between Jay Basiner (acoustic guitar, lead vocals, harmonica, percussion) and Andrew Martelle (fiddle, mandolin, guitar, vocals). As the duo’s name suggests, they’re located north of Music City. Far north. In Maine. But Basiner and Martelle have a pitch-perfect country sound, from […]