FOR THE RECORD: As a producer or engineer, Chris Rosser always strives to keep things in the studio positive and moving forward. Part of that approach is the philosophy that "there are no bad ideas," a concept he’s borrowed from Daniel Lanois’ work with Brian Eno and U2. “It creates an environment where ideas aren't going to be shut down before they're given a fair shot, and often that'll lead to some of the more interesting things on a record,” Rosser says. Photo by Lynn Morgan Rosser

Prolific producer Chris Rosser takes time for first solo album in eight years

When eight years passes between a musician’s albums, it’s natural to wonder what he’s been up to during that time. For Asheville songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Chris Rosser, however, it’s almost easier to diagram what he hasn’t been doing. On top of steady solo gigs and collaborations, Rosser has stayed busy with percussionist River Guerguerian and […]

FOOD SAVER: Kingsport, Tenn., resident Celeste Rutledge offloads produce purchased through Real Food Living Azure Co-op at Asheville's Patton Avenue Kmart. The co-op deal's worth the drive, says Rutledge. Photo by John Coutlakis

Real Food Living and WNC Artisan Foods join the buyers club scene

Two local buyers clubs have launched in the Asheville metro area with an eye to helping small businesses, families and individuals. For both, the initiatives are about community building. For over 20 years, Vickilynn Haycraft has ordered quality bulk and natural foods from Azure Standard, a Dufur, Ore.-based company that gives her an alternative to traditional grocery […]

FEAST YOUR EARS: Acoustic Syndicate's Thanksgiving shows are an annual tradition, but how does Steve "Big Daddy" McMurry, center, celebrate the holiday at home? For the past six years, he and his wife, Jerrianne, have hosted 50-60 cousins and friends in what he calls a “misfit Thanksgiving.” Photo by Lynne Harty

Acoustic Syndicate gives thanks at Grey Eagle with annual homecoming show

Steve “Big Daddy” McMurry has plenty to be thankful for this year. High on the list for the Acoustic Syndicate singer/guitarist are his wife, Jerrianne, his family and his Cleveland County farm, in which he and his cousin/bandmate Bryon McMurry (banjo, electric guitar) are partners. And then there are Acoustic Syndicate’s loyal fans, without whom […]

ATTUNED: Formed in 1999, The New Pornographers boast an impressive arsenal of vocal talent with Neko Case, Destroyer frontman Dan Bejar and Carl Newman. On deciding who sings each track Newman says, “I just write songs and figure out what to do with them later.” Photo by Chris Buck

The New Pornographers play The Orange Peel

The New Pornographers’ Together was one of 2010’s standout albums, but compared with Vampire Weekend’s Contra, Sufjan Stevens’ The Age of Adz and Broken Bells’ self-titled debut — all of which successfully incorporated electronic elements into their creators’ indie sounds — its string-aided rock was a bit of an outlier. Four years later, arpeggiators and […]

MENU FOR ALL: Despite its seacentric name, Oyster House offers plenty of vegetarian-friendly fare, including a hummus plate, red beans and kale and a spinach-mushroom burger. Photo by Jayson Im

Carnivore name, vegetarian game: 12 Bones, King Daddy’s and Oyster House offer more than their titles suggest

By now, Jim Klingel is accustomed to the misconceptions that the name Oyster House Brewing Co. yields. On a regular basis, the restaurant’s chef hears that his brother Billy’s brewpub is owned by The Lobster Trap (it’s not, though its roots began there), that all of the beers are made with oysters (only the stouts […]

BIG TIME: Washington, D.C.-based M.H. & His Orchestra perform at the Blue Ridge Pride Festival on Saturday. This year's event also focuses on organizations oriented to the Pride community. Photo by Heaton Johnson

Blue Ridge Pride Festival focuses on marriage, family and fun

Blue Ridge Pride’s Yvonne Cook-Riley estimates that 35-40 percent of attendees at Pack Square Park for the organization’s festival on Saturday, Oct. 4, will be straight allies. That is, people who identify as heterosexual but back their lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning friends and family. What accounts for such strong support of […]

ALL THAT GLITTERS: The Asheville Area Arts Council holds its annual color ball fundraiser, this year called the Gilded Ball, at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall. Expect music, performance arts and live and silent auctions. Photo from last year's Emerald Ball by Micah Mackenzie

Asheville Area Arts Council celebrates a big year with the Gilded Ball

The past year has been an especially successful one for the Asheville Area Arts Council. In addition to receiving record funding from the city of Asheville and Buncombe County, the AAAC was assigned the county’s disseminator of arts programming funds through the state’s Grassroots Arts Program, helping to further its mission as the collective local […]

RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW: The Get Right Band's fan-approved (and funded) new album, Bass Treble Angel Devil, offers up a freshly synthesized mix of r&b, funk, soul, island grooves and local sass. Photo by Rita Aguila

The Get Right Band makes its full-length debut with the help of crowdsourcing

For the follow-up to their 2013 EP, Shake, the members of Asheville’s The Get Right Band knew their goals were bigger than what their checking accounts would allow. “Our vision for the record was to do something big, something bold and powerful and unique,” says guitarist/vocalist Silas Durocher. “We felt like the songs we had […]

IT TAKES TWO: Part Big Crafty-style art and craft show, part music festival, Big Love celebrates Asheville from all angles. Photo of the Garage 34 booth by Brandy Bourne

Big Love Festival celebrates over 150 independent local businesses and organizations

As Sunday, Aug. 24, approaches, don’t be alarmed if you see two people at Pack Square Park taking tape measures to sidewalks and other structures. It’s just Big Love Festival co-organizers Brandy Bourne and Justin Rabuck ensuring that their event is meeting safety and venue guidelines. Now in its fourth year, Big Love evolved out of […]

LOUD AND PROUD: Daft Punk, Alessandro Cortini and Trent Reznor have all purchased Make Noise systems or modules. Make Noise owners Kelly Kelbel and Tony Rolando (front center and right) and their team have set up shop in downtown Asheville. Photo by Alicia Funderburke

Instrument of construction: Two local manufacturers talk inspiration, sales and famous fans

Moog Music leads all local instrument builders in name recognition, and for good reason. With a legacy that dates back to Robert Moog’s first theremins in 1954 and first modular synthesizer in 1963, the company has remained at the forefront of the electronic music scene, thanks to steady innovation and popular events such as Moogfest. […]