No She Didn’t! Good Girls Gone Bad and the Dances That Happen

Bad girls do it well

"Come prepared for raucous humor, bad girls, noteworthy indecency, empowered, naked wit and naked ladies." No, this is not a report on late-night downtown debauchery following Bele Chere. It's in the press release for No She Didn't! Good Girls Gone Bad and the Dances That Happen. The show, which runs at The Magnetic Field, uses […]

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Get along little folkies

Head east (OK, only as far as Black Mountain) for "a night of shared songs" — which, by its name alone, is pretty much the antithesis of a street festival. This show, held at the airy and relaxing White Horse Black Mountain, includes Annie Lalley, Joe Ebel, Ray Chesna and Jimmy Landry. Asheville native Annie […]

Crazyhorse & Colston play the Haywood Stage Friday from 6:30-8 p.m.

Homegrown hip-hop

To local hip-hop band CrazyHorse & Colston, playing Bele Chere is a big deal — partly because the duo (Max Hupertz and Bryan Godleski) both grew up in Western North Carolina, and partly because at last year’s festival, hip-hop fans voiced their disappointment about the lack of the genre on the lineup. “It does feel […]

Blackberry Smoke plays the Coxe Avenue Stage Friday from 8:15-9:15 p.m.

Southern men

According to Blackberry Smoke singer/guitarist Charlie Starr, the term “Southern rock” isn't a bad thing. "It's not an insult to us," he says. "Just don't short-change us: We're not a tribute act and we're not a cover band." There is plenty about the quintet that suggests the '70s, Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Allman Brothers — […]

Midnight magic

Brandi Carlile isn't just playing Bele Chere because some booking agent somewhere routed her tour through Western North Carolina. She loves this town, she tells Xpress. And, having played the Grey Eagle and the Orange Peel already, "I thought I'd try something different." A festival seems just about right for the singer-songwriter (and Lillith Fair […]

Living the dream

It’s easy to image that the passports of David Wax Museum’s three core players (frontman David Wax, Suz Slezak and Greg Glassman) are dog-eared and stamped to capacity from use. In addition to touring the U.S. and traveling to Mexico to collect field recordings for September release Knock Knock Get Up (it was produced on […]

Photo by Zen Sutherland

Shop until you drop

There’s more to a festival than rock bands, misting tents, funnel cakes and sunburns. There’s shopping! And Bele Chere doesn’t just have a few booths; it’s lined with vendors from end to end, selling everything from lawn art and broomstick skirts to paper hats and leather jewelry. Whether you’re planning to knock out your holiday […]

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Gnarnia festival showcase

Whether you’re heading to Gnarnia Festival and want a preview, or you can’t make the festival and want a taste of what you’ll be missing, Asheville Music Hall has you covered. This Thursday’s Gnarnia Festival Official Showcase features Panther God (pictured), Amarru, Sonmi, Nomadic, Splynter and Old You. Xpress will give away a pair of tickets to the show.

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Standing tall

Kristian Matsson, aka The Tallest Man On Earth, performs at the Orange Peel on Tuesday, July 24. His live show is hailed as captivating, soulful, dynamic, intimate, precise, unnerving and interspersed with moments of beauty. Aka, not to be missed. (He’ll also be on the syndicated show eTown this Sunday at 6 p.m., streaming on local radio station WNCW-FM 8.7 FM.)

Call for Entries for 7th annual Anything Goes, Everything Shows mail art show

Submissions are being accepted now through Saturday, Sept. 1 for the seventh annual Anything Goes—Everything Shows exhibition, to be on display at The Courtyard Gallery (109 Roberts St. in the River Arts District), Sept. 15 through Oct. 27. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, Sept. 15, 6-9 p.m. Artists are “encouraged to demonstrate […]