This girl is on fire: Sallie Ford’s brash rock strikes a chord with fashion magazines, NPR and acts like Jack White and The Avett Brothers, with whom she’s shared stages. Says Ford, “I’m just trying to speak my mind about being a woman and being free, having those thoughts and not being ashamed of them.”

Unleash the beast

Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside’s front woman (and namesake) was recently featured in a Teen Vogue Q&A. Which is great, except it takes approximately 10 seconds of listening to Ford’s just-released album, Untamed Beast, to realize she is (at least in song) exactly the kind of girl known to mothers of Teen Vogue readers […]

See, saw: Swiss Alps photo stop, on the drive between Munich and Milan. Photo courtesy of Local Natives

Capturing the moment: Local Natives

L.A.-based Local Natives got their start in Orange County, Calif, where Taylor Rice (vocals/guitar), Kelcey Ayer (vocals/keys/percussion) and Ryan Hahn (vocals/guitar) went to high school together. These days, they live in the Silver Lake neighborhood, known for its wide range of ethnicities and social classes. And hipsters. All of which probably influenced Local Natives’ eclectic/artistic/rhythmic/sweet-yet-cool […]

Songs to sink your teeth into: The Hard Bop Explosion, on stage at Isis, performs music for casual listeners as much as for jazz aficionados. Photo by Frank Zipperer

Golden age

It's not easy to please everyone, but when it comes to music, the Sunday Jazz Showcase at Isis is making a valiant attempt. “We do stuff that's fairly accessible and it's also stuff that jazz lovers can sink their teeth into,” says bandleader (and music professor) William Bares. “We had a Sonny Rollins night, we […]

Music for loners: Frontman Kevin Parker and crew were sick for their Asheville appearance, but it didn’t show.

Killing them softly

The way the Friday, Feb. 22 Tame Impala show (at The Orange Peel) opened (at least from my vantage point) was with a halo of green-gold light exploding just behind the head of guitarist Dominic Simper, while frontman Kevin Parker, all hair and sinew, writhed gently through the intro. As if the band knew they […]

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Five Questions with Local Natives

The L.A.-based band’s sophomore album “Hummingbird,” debuted at #12 on Billboard’s Top 200; they recently performed on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” and have been selling out shows across the country. Including their Tuesday, March 19 stop at The Orange Peel. In advance of that show, vocalist/guitarist Taylor Rice took a moment to talk to Xpress about the band’s visual artwork, the intimidation factor of the second album, and where they’re looking forward to playing overseas. Photo courtesy of Local Natives.

Wear it well: Old North, Vintage Moon Modern and Ship to Shore share big apparel news

Flannel-wearers and wine drinkers alike can find durable, stylish menswear at Old North. Photo by Max Cooper It’s always exciting when a new, independently owned business opens in Asheville. Especially when it involves jewelry, or rustically cool boots, or luxe dresses, or crisp new denim. Three boutiques, between them featuring all of these, are changing […]

Wear it well

It’s always exciting when a new, independently owned business opens in Asheville. Especially when it involves jewelry, or rustically cool boots, or luxe dresses, or crisp new denim. Three boutiques, between them featuring all of these, are changing the landscape of local style. Rugged but refined Secondhand store Goodwill has been the winner, year after […]