Sharp shooters: Suits and lamps are important parts of the on-stage look for Antique Firearms. The band carefully hones an aesthetic, from the posters they design to the atmospheric indie rock they perform.

Brothers in arms

Antique Firearms is an amalgamation of tastes, influences and proclivities toward experimentation, but there are also certain consistencies that serve as a foundation to the sound. There’s a moody, atmospheric quality — kind of Mazzy Star and kind of Sparklehorse — and a velvety lushness that underscores each song on the band’s self-titled full-length, whether […]

The road to Pitchapalooza, part 1-attachment0

The road to Pitchapalo­oza, part 1

Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry, aka The Book Doctors and the masterminds behind “The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published,” are coming to Malaprop’s this Friday for Pitchapalooza, in which one lucky author will win an introduction to a literary agent. It all hinges on having the perfect book pitch. This is my story about working on the fail proof one-minute spiel.

American Rivers and Outside Magazine names Asheville among “Best River Towns”

Outside Magazine and American Rivers (the nation’s leading river conservation organization) just completed a contest to determine the top 10 river towns in the nation. Those named were Hood River, Oregon; Nevada City, California; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Asheville, North Carolina; Nashville, Tennessee; Boise, Idaho; Missoula, Montana; Durango, Colorado; Ithaca, New York; and Richmond, Virginia. Now the […]

The road less traveled: Mumford & Sons’ Gentlemen of the Road Stopover Tour brings them to towns often passed over by big concerts. Bristol, Tenn. made the list. Photo by Kyle Dean Reinford

Road trip

Marcus Mumford is animated, affable and downright jovial on the phone — a far cry from the snarl and ire of Mumford & Sons hit songs like “Roll Away Your Stone” and “Little Lion Man.” The lead singer and songwriter escaped the heat of the recording studio (the band is at work on a sophomore […]

Dark ages

Jack White isn’t the only big name interested in Nashville-based garage-goth quartet The Black Belles. The all-women band has already performed the theme song for Elvira's Movie Macabre and played backing band for Stephen Colbert’s song, "Charlene II (I'm Over You)." They’ve also been tapped for a Helmut Lang campaign. “They gave us some clothes […]