Four years had passed since Eric D. Johnson made the last Fruit Bats record and in that time he’s scored films like Ceremony and Our Idiot Brother. There have been cinematic albums before, but EDJ, Johnson’s new solo project, is “a literal byproduct of all the film things I’ve been doing.”
Western North Carolina native Malcolm Holcombe plays a rare local show at The Grey Eagle on Saturday, Aug. 30.
DIG Fest finished out its 2014 run with a range of local and regional performers ranging from electro-soul and folk acts to indie-rock and Americana. Here’s a recap of a few of the sets that made up the second night of the festival.
The first night of DIG festival looked to be a success, with eight downtown Asheville venues hosting music and a couple dozen bands performing. The way the ticketing works — full weekend passes, passes to all venues on one day, or passes to all bands at a single venue, meant that festival-goers could design their […]
Local author (and former Xpress staffer) Robert H. Rufa recently published his novel, Maybelline Takes a Powder: A Rod Axell-Janine Zimmer Caper, with co-writer Leila M. Willett. The book is available in an e-Pub version and a Kindle version. Rufa offered Xpress readers a sample chapter: # # # Chapter 1 Rod It was a […]
In celebration of this weekend’s DIG Festival (read the Xpress story here) — at eight venues throughout downtown Asheville, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 22 and 23 — This week’s playlist gets an early release. And the songs are culled from six of the more than 40 bands performing at DIG. • “Master Plan” by Doc Aquatic, […]
Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Festival returns on Sunday, Aug. 31 with a full day’s worth of music, art street theater, local vendors, food and drink and more. Festival planners just released the lineup, which includes more than a dozen bands on two stages, with an additional stage programmed by Lex 18 moonshine bar. The […]
If cat art, cat videos or “What kind of a cat person are you” quizzes seem just a little bit hokey, what about feline-themed poetry? Former North Carolina Poet Laureate Fred Chappell has authored more than 30 books, including fiction and nonfiction. But for his latest collection, he’s taken a page from T.S. Eliot’s Old […]
“Quiet bros stick together,” is how local singer-songwriter and producer Seth Kauffman sums up working with musician Ray LaMontagne. Kauffman played guitar on LaMontagne’s recent, Dan Auerbach-produced Supernova and says that LaMontagne asked him to work on his next album as well. In fact, Kauffman has been spending a lot of time working on other […]
Local indie-rockers Alarm Clock Conspiracy are about to release new album Harlequin. Catch release shows at Highland Brewing Co. on Friday, Aug. 22, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; and as part of DIG Festival, at Asheville Music Hall, on Saturday, Aug. 23, midnight-12:45 a.m. In advance of those appearances, Ian Reardon and Chris Carter perform “What You’re Waiting […]
These are not your ordinary love songs. And some aren’t actually love songs at all — Malcolm Holcombe’s “Pitiful Blues,” EDJ’s “For the Boy Who Moved Away” — but the emotions still apply. On this week’s playlist: • “When You Were Mine” by local rockers Posh Hammer. • “Pitiful Blues,” the title track from the new album […]
Durham-based electro-pop duo Sylvan Esso, the project of Amelia Randall Meath and Nicholas Sanborn, launched their tour with a pair of sold-out shows at The Mothlight. The first, last night, was not without its glitches (the computer crashed, ironically, during the song “Play it Right”), but it showcased Meath and Sanborn’s considerable chemistry, energy and […]
You know Old Crow Medicine Show, even if you think you don’t, because of a little song called “Wagon Wheel.” It’s been sung by every busker on every street corner, and more recently covered by Darius “Hootie” Rucker and blasted from every mainstream country music station. The seven-piece Old Crow Medicine Show got its start, […]
Stephanie Perkins, the local author behind the nationally beloved YA books Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door, returns with her third novel, Isla and the Happily Every After. Like Anna and Lola, Isla centers around a contemporary teen girl — a hopeless romantic with a crush on Josh, an […]
The new split album by Asheville-based Wes Tirey and Andrew Weathers (from Oakland, Calif. by way of Chapel Hill, N.C.) is titled, aptly, split. And while the Scissor Tail Records release is a mere three tracks, don’t expect a quick listen. The shortest song clocks in at over 10 minutes. But this folk and drone […]
From Michael McFarland’s “A Sarcastic Tango” to Warm the Bell’s sweet “Little Bird,” this week’s playlist is an emotional roller coaster. Add to that “Fire,” by honorary local Langhorne Slim, and get ready for a rocking ride. • “We Won’t Stop” by local rockers Black Robin Hero, from the EP, narrow plains. The band plays at […]
Grovewood Gallery recently added an exhibition space dedicated to fine wood art. And how better to celebrate than with a toast? That’s the idea behind Wood & Wine, a showcase and celebration featuring contemporary sculptural and functional work. Included in the show is French artist Alain Mailland, “who specializes in green wood hollowing techniques,” according […]
Veteran Broadway performer Mark Morales (West Side Story, Sunset Boulevard) is based in Asheville these days, but the stage and screen actor can still be seen in commercials. Soon he’ll be regularly heard as well: Morales just recorded his first album, Something’s Coming, which includes some of the songs he performed on Broadway. “I honestly […]
Shakespearean tragedy Titus Andronicus is considered to be the Bard’s bloodiest and most violent. Themes include sibling rivalry, murder and revenge. So gruesome is it that it fell out of favor with the sensitive Victorians but came back into popularity by the middle of the 20th century. Anam Cara Theatre Company puts its own spin […]
Who knew that sharing a few used books could also build community, bring neighbors together, inspire youth, encourage fitness and spark recycling efforts? Fans of Little Free Libraries knew, that’s who.
As rock band The Black Crowes broke up, regrouped, went on hiatus and then back on tour, guitarist Rich Robinson — who co-founded that outfit with his brother Chris and drummer Steve Gorman — has consistently continued to make and play music. His side projects included Circle Sound with Luther Dickinson, an album with his […]