Analog Moon songwriter/musician Todd Britton. He thought that futurist Ray Kurzweil’s ideas about the future would make a fun concept for an album, especially if he could “take it in a sci-fi direction, as opposed to [basing it upon] the actual scientific papers.”
The roundup includes a tribute to the late Bernie Worrell (and a fundraiser for his family), Coheed and Cambria, Hiss Golden Messenger and Chrome Pony.
Recording sessions for the as-yet-untitled album will take the form of a pair of shows at The Altamont Theatre on Friday, Sept. 16.
Musician’s Worshop (originally Moritz Music) has been in business for nearly 50 years, while the new-on-the scene Bailey Acoustic Shop offers hand-built guitars and custom designs. Those are just two of Western North Carolina’s many guitar-oriented enterprises.
This week’s roundup includes SeepeopleS, the Blacktop Rockets, Andrew Bird and Stolen Rhodes.
The Other Way Around tackles many of these big-picture themes, but LaMotte’s approach is subtle. “I don’t like songs that are all message-y, that hit people over the head,” he says. His music almost always has an objective, “but I want to make the point artfully, in such a way that people can interpret it as they like.”
The Stand Against HB2 concert at The Orange Peel will be a marathon event featuring more than 15 N.C.-based performers.
This week’s roundup includes Car Seat Headrest, London Souls, Hard Bop Explosion and Underhill Rose.
In the 21st century, Wilson — working with his own group — doesn’t shy away from his ambitious studio creations of the mid 1960s; in fact, he embraces them.
This week’s roundup includes Goldie & the Screamers, Ahleuchatistas, Rick Dilling and BJ Barhamn.
To make it in the post-label world of today’s music industry, artists have to supplement their musical prowess with an understanding of how to promote that music.
LEAF Downtown, which returns on Saturday and Sunday, July 30-31, has a decidedly local focus.
This week’s suggestions are all free shows. Check out Chuck Brodsky, Tin Foil Hat, Dana Massive and the Justina Shandler Trio.
A frequent and longtime visitor to Asheville, McMurtry will play The Grey Eagle on Friday, July 22.
“The American blues form is foreign to us,” says Malian master guitarist Mamadou Kelly. That may come as a surprise to American audiences who hear in Kelly’s music a connection between his soulful approach and the American indigenous musical form born in the Mississippi Delta.
This week’s roundup includes Steve Gunn, Carlene Carter, Mike Dillon and Swans.
David Bazan will perform songs from his new album, Blanco — along with other tunes from his back catalog — when he appears onstage at The Grey Eagle Wednesday, July 13.
The Asheville native says, “I’ve always been drawn to mountain terrain. …I do like to get back to Asheville. I don’t live there any more, but … I’m still a resident in some sense.” He performs at The Grey Eagle on Friday, July 1.
That wide-ranging musical approach means that the center’s 80th anniversary season will include performances by classical pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Friday, June 24), contemporary Christian singer-songwriter Amy Grant (Saturday, June 25) and innovative banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck (Tuesday, June 28), as well as major symphonic concerts.
This week’s suggestions include a Brett Harris and Explorers Club shared bill, The Get Right band, Universal Sigh and Dr. Dog
Virtuoso violinist Mark O’Connor and his wife, Maggie O’Connor — an acclaimed, conservatory-trained violinist herself — bring a workshop and concert to The Altamont Theatre.