Twice monthly, my blog 30 Days Out spotlights upcoming music shows and events of note, shining a light into some less well-lit corners, where some fascinating artists schedule performances. I do my best to give ample advance notice so that you can adjust your budget and calendar in a way that lets you get to […]
Whether you’re celebrating Solstice, Yuletide, Christmas, Saturnalia or nothing at all (Humbug Day is Dec. 21), we’ve got a song for you. Actually, local musicians have a song for you. From new releases, recorded just for the holidays, to old favorites (remember the Yo, Humbug! album from 2000, featuring Tyler Ramsey among other WNC-based artists?), […]
What if a band is less about its members and more about the vehicle for a set of songs? If that’s the case, the dissolution of a band is not really a breakup as much as the completion of a project. Not that musician and filmmaker Joe Chang is saying that. Still, the disbanding of […]
Josh Stack, founder and executive director of Funding America Through Entertainment, first began combining his passion for music with his mission to end hunger two decades ago. “Back in the early ‘90s in the Southeast, everybody went to see Widespread Panic,” he says. “The band let me set up a table and raise money at […]
Looking to deck the halls, sing a carol, give a gift, take a stroll, see a play, make a craft or pass a wish list on to a man in a red suit? Here’s where to do all of those things. For more ideas, visit the Community Calendar and mountainx.com. • The FTW Burlesque Christmas […]
Country pop rocker Chris Carpenter first picked up a guitar at age 11 and shortly after extinguishing his 30th birthday candles felt a need to assuage his newfound existential unrest with “a little therapy.” Carpenter aims to reconnect with fans in 2015 by sharing the personal stories that inspired select musical works through posts on […]
Back in the day — 2005, to be precise — Josh “J2K” Young and Curt “Autobot” Cameruci began DJing parties under the name Flosstradamus. Armed with four turntables and two mixers, they packed out a tiny Grateful Dead bar in the Boystown neighborhood of Chicago with genre-blending, mash-up heavy sets. In the subsequent decade, the […]
“We just want to show West Asheville peeps a good time before they go into their holiday family hangs,” says Javi Bolea of RBTS WIN. “The goal is a sticky floor by the end of the night.” Bolea, along with bandmates Cliff B. Worsham and Josh Chassner, follows a multifarious musical recipe — one influenced […]
A Woodfin native, Grammy-winning rocker Warren Haynes returned home this weekend for the 26th annual Christmas Jam. Over the course of the 7-hour concert at the U.S. Cellular Center in downtown Asheville, Haynes was joined onstage by Jason Isbell, Billy Kreutzmann, Caleb Johnson, Jackie Green and many more acts. Concert-goers posted photos and other dispatches from the Dec. 13 event via Twitter late into the night.
It takes two, as the saying goes. Local musician Darren Nicholson is a member of bluegrass group Balsam Range and the leader of his namesake band. Singer-songwriter Mark Bumgarner is a solo artist, as well as half of the duo Calico Moon and a contributor to multiple Balsam Range projects. Together, Nicholson and Bumgarner will […]
There’s something inexplicably cheery — and not ironically so, despite the prevalence of seasonal sweaters — about the Christmas specials of Bing Crosby and Lawrence Welk. These shows of decades past delivered holiday medleys and warm sentiments that spanned giddy good times to reflective moments. They conjured seasonal memories with traditional carols and festive standards. […]
Phil Kline’s sound sculpture “Unsilent Night” has, in the course of its 23 years, become something of a standard in the new music scene. The piece — which will be performed in Asheville on Wednesday, Dec. 17 — asks performers transporting a chorus of boom boxes, CD players and smart-phones to march together through town […]
Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features the debut full-length studio album of local act Resonant Rogues, a healthy deli’s management transition, expansion by a vintage clothier and an online music subscription with a twist.
While most of us know the song, few are aware that “I Wonder as I Wander” is traceable to a family down its luck in Murphy, N.C., during the Depression and the chance encounter between a lovely teenage girl singing for quarters and a young musician.
Asheville’s Resonant Rogues have been hard at work raising funds to record an album at Echo Mountain Studios. The band’s Kickstarter campaign runs through Sunday, Dec. 21. At press time the band was halfway to its goal of $7,500. “Their meaningful lyrics and infectious melodies will catch your ear and move your feet,” says the […]
“Presentiment is that long shadow on the lawn / Indicative that suns go down,” wrote Emily Dickinson. “The notice to the startled grass / That darkness is about to pass.” The 19th-century poet lived in Massachusetts and was a prolific writer, but fewer than a dozen of her poems were published while she was living. […]
Looking to deck the halls, sing a carol, give a gift, take a stroll, see a play, make a craft or pass a wish list on to a man in a red suit? Here’s where to do all of those things. For more ideas, visit the Community Calendar and mountainx.com. • Even if you’re not traveling […]
Although Tom Hamilton counted himself among the many men preoccupied with “chicks and partying” during his 20s, the American Babies frontman found himself “digging deeper” for musical and personal inspiration over time. Last year’s resulting effort, a “40-minute existential meltdown” titled Knives and Teeth, addresses heavy topics like mortality, cruelty and frustration, often vacillating between […]
Forget hibernating. Instrumental rockers TAUK are making a full-fledged national tour this winter, and Asheville fans have two chances to catch the band live. TAUK, oft-praised for its ability to infuse songs with emotional cues despite the absence of lyrics, plays New Mountain this week before circling back to Asheville as the supporting act for […]
Though it’s in many ways an informal affair, the Warren Haynes Christmas Jam has been growing in a deliberate fashion. Thanks both to concertgoer demand and the long line of musicians wishing to be involved in this fundraiser event, the festival — now in its 26th year — expanded to two nights a few 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 […]