Dance party: YO Prom brings glitter, an LGBTQ-friendly DJ and a dress code of “whatever makes you feel fabulous.” (Left to right) Youth Outright coordinator Al Murray with prom committee members Mike Doyle and Candace Brady Photo by Max Cooper

Prom-ised land

The prom, that pinnacle of the high school experience, can be more anxiety-making than memory-making. No date, the wrong date, a date who leaves with someone other than who he or she came with, wearing the same dress as another girl, wearing the absolute wrong dress, not being named prom queen. Just watch the ‘80s-era […]

He won’t be worried long: Although The Beast in Its Tracks is a breakup album, singer-songwriter-super-nice-guy Josh Ritter has already moved on to his happily ever after.

A rock in the current

I believe that we, the listeners, best love those artists who tell us something about ourselves. About our humanness and our flaws, but also about our potential: the worth of our dreams. But rare is the musician who holds up that mirror while also letting us into his own world. Josh Ritter is the man […]

Five o’ clock world: Sol Driven Train performs at a Downtown After Five event. Photo by Sam Ganly Photography +

Dancing in the streets

2013 Downtown After 5 Schedule All concerts take place on the third Friday of the month, on North Lexington Avenue (between Hiawassee and the I-240 overpass). 5-9 p.m., free. Charitable organizations that benefit from the proceeds of wristband sales are listed for each month, below. May 17: Big Sam’s Funky Nation (new Orleans funk) with […]

Even farther west: This year’s lineup includes local favorites and touring acts like Nashville’s DeRobert and the Half Truths (pictured) and Cali, Columbia-based Quantic.

Westward expansion

All Go West, West Asheville’s daylong music festival, returns for its third year. But the home-grown fete, which skipped 2012, comes back with a few updates. First, it moves into West Asheville’s walking district, according to director Arieh Samson. Centered around Isis Restaurant and Music Hall, an outdoor stage will host performances until 10 p.m., […]