Part multi-instrumentalist, part mythical creature, singer-songwriter/surfer/environmentalist/cultural activist Xavier Rudd took the didgeridoo from tribal instrument to legitimate dance club beat-maker. The musician, who lives in Australia, “gradually refined his globally influenced collage of world music — a matchless mixture of reggae, funk, blues, folk, and nearly every other sort of song with the ability to […]
Cincinnati-based artist, educator and storyteller Sarah Lucia Jones is the mastermind behind the board book Orange, Triangle Fox, which uses colors, shapes and animals as education tools for kids. “The companion title, Bunnies Near and Far, also focuses on multiple concepts at once; a warren of rabbits demonstrates opposites and counting up to 10,” says […]
North Carolina-born, New Orleans-based blues musician Seth Walker recently completed a new record, Sky Still Blue, produced by Oliver Wood (The Wood Brothers). Walker talked to Xpress to preview his album release show at The Grey Eagle on Wednesday, June 25.
Battlefield is 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 through Asheville: “We played at Jack of the Wood this […]
Because the best playlists are a combination of newly-discovered music and tried-and-true gems, this week Xpress pulls songs both from just-released albums (and one so new it comes from a live show recording) along with two tracks from 2013 records and one from the vaults. • “Whichever One Comes First” is off the new release, […]
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 […]
On the heels of Fox and Beggar Theater’s successful run of Animalia, the local multi-media theater group decided to take the show on a Southeastern tour sponsored through a fundraising gala.
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 […]
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 […]
On tour for “Things Are Really Great Here, Sort Of…,” a collection of re-imagined Handsome Family songs, Andrew Bird returns to Asheville. His band includes Tift Merritt.
The All Go West music festival returns to West Asheville today (Saturday, June 7), with music on three stage from 11 a.m.-Sunday at 2 a.m. Read more about the festival and its lineup here. With that in mind, this week’s playlist is for those who can’t make it to All Go West and want to […]
A bassoon duo performed classical music on Wall Street while a passerby helped hold the sheet music on the stand.
“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 […]
There’s a lot to be said about the Crazyhorse & Colston Official Birthday Smash taking place at The Grey Eagle on Friday, June 6. (9 p.m., $8 advance/$10 day of show.) First, it’s a birthday party for both Max Hupertz (aka Crazyhorse) and Bryan Godleski (aka Colston). And while there may not be cake and […]
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.
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 […]
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, […]
The band Matrimony has gone through an evolution, though its roots remain in founders and husband-and-wife duo (hence the name, sort of) Jimmy Brown and Ashlee Hardee Brown. The two of them exude roots rock — both wiry and coolly dressed. He with his Irish accent, her with her sweet voice. In the beginning their […]
Little Dragon was formed in the mid-‘90s by vocalist Yukimi Nagano and her high school friends drummer Erik Bodin, bassist Fredrik Källgren Wallin and keyboardist Håkan Wirenstrand. Even if, in 18 years, Little Dragon’s studio discography is short, the band’s list of EP, singles and videos shows that its emphasis is on immediacy and artistry.
In this new series, we’ll share some of the local and regional tracks we’ve been listening to lately. This week’s songs are: • “Cut Me Out,” by The Low Counts (High Point) • “Sun Goes Down,” by WorldLine (Asheville) • “Bring on Fire, Bring on Rain,” by Reed Turchi (Asheville) • “Live from the End […]
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 […]