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Smart Bets web extra: Asheville Summer Cycle, June 28

Asheville on Bikes’ Summer Cycle, on Saturday, June 28, is definitely about bikes. The annual social ride leaves City Hall at 4 p.m., cruises for seven miles through North Asheville and ends at the Wedge Brewing Company. “The Summer Cycle is a celebration of casual urban riding through Asheville’s beautiful neighborhoods,” says a press release. But […]

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Sound Check: Bombadil

Back in 2009, just before Durham-based folk-pop outfit Bombadil released Tarpits and Canyonlands, bassist Daniel Michalak was diagnosed with neural tension. The tour was canceled and the album kind of fizzled. Happily, after years of treatment, Michalak and his bandmates were able to go on the road again in 2012. This June, Ramseur Records will […]

BET Henry VIII

Smart bets: Henry V

Wedged between Memorial Day and the Fourth of July, the ultra-nationalistic Henry V is the perfect choice to launch The Montford Park Players’ 42nd season of free Shakespeare in the park. The play — a tale of one man’s quest to be king — pairs humor, drama and romance with “some of the most patriotic […]

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Win tickets to see Seven Handle Circus at New Mountain TONIGHT (Thursday, June 5)

“Okay, so maybe we aren’t really a bluegrass band…” begins the bio of Atlanta-based Seven Handle Circus. Surprise, the sextet isn’t a circus, either. Instead, the group performs a “modern style of rock, played with energy, skill and folk instruments. Their bluegrass roots reveal themselves from time to time, but so does their classical training […]

Bring the noise: "Sousaphone is the funkiest instrument," says All Go West organizer Arieh Samson. Stooges Brass Band performs along with local reunions by Strut, tHE POLES and Delicious. Photo by CR Photography

All Go West returns with new faces and long-awaited reunions

Past and present collide in the best way at this year’s All Go West Music Festival, set for Saturday, June 7 in West Asheville. The free, day-long event features a lineup that aligns some of the area’s current favorite bands (jazz-exotica collective Hank West & the Smokin’ Hots, hip-hop act Free Radio and indie-rockers The Hermit Kings) with some of the most popular groups of the past decade, including GFE, Strut, tHE POLES and Delicious.

BET Battlefield

Smart Bets: Battlefield

Love is a battlefield: This we know. But Battlefield is also a Los Angeles-based Americana band made up of singer-songwriters Matt Ducey, Jenny Weaver and James Addison. According to a press release, “Their tight vocal harmonies, contemplative lyrics and stirring melodies reflect the famous folk and gospel artists of America’s past.” The trio recently passed […]

BET Henry Niese

Smart Bets: Henry Niese

American contemporary art pioneer Henry Niese has work in the Whitney Museum and The Corcoran Gallery. His friends include Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline and William Carlos Williams. Niese has also immersed himself in the Lakota Sioux culture and its Sundance tradition. That ceremony takes place over four days and involves fasting, personal sacrifice and, […]

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Smart Bet: DJ Equal

Asheville native Elliot Heller (aka DJ Equal) is based in New York City, but makes regular visits back to his hometown where he not only catches up with family and friends, but throws dance parties. In an interview with Xpress last year, Heller said that he got started as a drummer. Then, “One day I […]

BET Afroman

Smart Bets: Afroman

Joseph Edgar Foreman, aka Afroman, launched his career by selling home recordings of his raps to his eighth-grade classmates. His first tape, which moved 400 copies, was about a teacher who’d had him kicked out of school. “It was selling to teachers, students, just about everybody,” he says in a press release. “I realized that, […]

Party on: "Everything changes all the time anyway," says Karl Wallinger of music and life. Photo courtesy of the artist

Ship shape

World Party comes to Asheville It’s possible that the most famous World Party song is “She’s the One,” made a hit single by Robbie Williams in the late ’90s. But World Party founder and core member Karl Wallinger is no stranger to hits: “Ship of Fools” came from the band’s 1986 debut; Wallinger has also […]

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Smart Bets: Bombadil

Back in 2009, just before Durham-based folk-pop outfit Bombadil released Tarpits and Canyonlands, bassist Daniel Michalak was diagnosed with neural tension. The condition made it impossible for him to brush his teeth, let alone play an instrument. The tour was canceled and the album kind of fizzled. Happily, after years of treatment, Michalak and his […]