NOT YOUR STANDARD FESTIVAL FARE: M.C. Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger, pictured, joins the Transfigurations II lineup, which includes locals Angel Olsen and Reigning Sound along with Seattle grunge survivors Mudhoney, the retro soul of Lee Fields & the Expressions and more. Photo courtesy of Merge Records

Harvest Records celebrates a decade in business with Transfigurations II music festival

Although “pretty much everybody” told them it wasn’t a good idea, Matt Schnable and Mark Capon opened Harvest Records in 2004. “We were just out of college and pretty headstrong about it,” says Schnable. “We figured even if were open just a year, at least we had seen something through.” The West Asheville-based store was […]

WILD CHILD APPROVED: Celebrate local music, food, drink, arts and eccentricities on Lexington Avenue. Photo by Frank Merenda

LAAFF returns with an eye toward the future

“Never say die,” reads the poster for the Lexington Avenue Art and Fun Festival, which returns Sunday, Aug. 31, after a one-year hiatus. When the beloved (and, in recent years, beleaguered) event’s return was announced earlier this summer, it was as a last hurrah. Organizers Kitty Love (LAAFF’s co-founder, who’s now executive director of the […]

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DIG Fest, day 1

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 […]

MUSIC FOR LUCA: Several local musicians will perform on Sunday, Aug. 24, to raise money to help with medical expenses  related to 12-year-old Luca Mele's struggle with a brain tumor and accompanying health issues. Photo courtesy of Tony Mele

Creekside Taphouse hosts musical fundraiser for local boy

Local musicians are coming together in Haw Creek to stage a fundraising event in support of a 12-year-old Asheville boy recovering from a debilitating brain tumor. Oso Rey, Akira Satake, David Earl Tomlinson, Pierce Edens, Aaron Woody Wood, David Cohen and many others will perform 3-7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, at Creekside Taphouse to raise money to […]

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LAAFF announces schedule for Aug. 31 festival

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 […]

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Smart bets: Town Mountain

Fans of Asheville quintet Town Mountain will be familiar with the concept of podorythmie — not because they are well-versed in French Canadian percussive techniques, but because it’s nearly impossible to listen to the band’s jaunty bluegrass without adding your own toe-tapping beat. The self-described “hard-drivin’ Carolina string band” is in the running for an […]

UNSINKABLE: Even if fame has yet eluded him, Seth Kauffman, second from left, continues to release wildly original yet wholly distinct records as Floating Action. Photo by Sandlin Gaither, handmade set by Kauffman

Solo searching: Floating Action returns with a hi(gher)-fi new album

“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 […]