The family that plays together: Charlotte-based Matrimony is husband and wife duo Jimmy Brown (second from left) and Ashlee Hardee Brown (second from right). Ashley’s brother and Jimmy’s former band mate are also part of the group.

Love in a time of collaborat­ion

Matrimony is, indeed, a love story — though not the obvious one. The band itself (fronted by husband-and-wife singer/songwriter duo Jimmy Brown and Ashlee Hardee Brown) is a melding of two musical careers and two continents (he's Irish, she's American). More on that in a minute. "The whole reason we call ourselves Matrimony is because […]

Out of the closet: "I felt that wearing women's clothing helped me distort and mask my body," says memoirist Jon-Jon Goulian. by Gasper Tringale

Skirting the issue

Jon-Jon Goulian, author of the memoir The Man in the Gray Flannel Skirt, has only booked a handful of locations outside of New York for his book tour. One of them is Asheville. "As everyone knows, it's just a cool town," says Goulian. "A man in a skirt: You need a cross-dresser-friendly community." (He'll be […]

After the Last Laugh: According to bassist Matt Gentling (far right), the Archers of Loaf never actually broke up, they just took a 13-year hiatus. "We got to the part where we missed those songs," says Gentling. Photo by Sandlin Gaither

Unbroken arrow

You have a band. It's not just a good band, for a time it's pretty much the "it" band. Your debut release is hailed as "one of the landmark albums of '90s alt-rock" (by Michigan Daily); your subsequent releases — the studio albums and the EPs — are critically acclaimed. You have fans who are […]