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Review: David Bazan and Passenger String Quartet at The Grey Eagle

While there have been cellos and violins (and probably even the odd viola or two) on The Grey Eagle stage before, it’s possible that they’ve never been played with quite the breathless splendor of Andrew Joslyn’s Passenger String Quartet. That group, led by violinist and arranger Joslyn, with cellist Rebecca Chung Filice, Seth May-Patterson on […]

Spooks and spokes: Wear a bike-friendly costume and join Asheville on Bikes' annual Pumpkin Pedaller this Halloween season. Photo courtesy of Asheville on Bikes

Scary good: Halloween happenings in and around Asheville

Tricks, treats, haunted high schools, macabre masquerades, terrifying bike tours, frightening feasts, daring dance parties and maudlin makeout sessions: Xpress has hunted down the thrills and chills in and around Asheville. For more Halloween events, visit Clubland, Calendar and mountainx.com. • The Asheville Affiliates hosts a costume party at The Odditorium on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 6-9 […]

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Sound Check: Daryl Hance

North Florida-based guitarist Daryl Hance (formerly of JJ Grey & Mofro) has a sound oft-compared to the watery lowlands of his home state. “Daryl Hance’s music is appropriately swampy. The sweltering jams are thick with humidity,” said Free Times in Columbia, SC. Hance recently teamed up with Asheville band Turchi for the Kudzu Swamp Spectacular, […]

The Budos Band returns to The Grey Eagle for a Halloween show. Photo by Justin Borucki

5 (or more) questions with The Budos Band

On its first three records, Brooklyn’s nine-member Budos Band has teased soul, funk and Afrobeat into its sweltering instrumental music, which slotted perfectly with similar-minded bands on the vaunted Daptone Records. But on its fourth and newest record, Burnt Offering, The Budos Band gets heavy, alchemizing ’70s psychedelic rock and proto-metal into its unique, horn-driven […]

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Smart bets: Resonant Rogues’ variety show

You’ve got to admire the forethought of Resonant Rogues, an Asheville band holding a variety show to kick off its Kickstarter campaign. The event, called Revue Nouveau, promises an “unparalleled collection of local talent” to visually supplement the old-time and gypsy jazzers’ vocal harmonies and string-heavy instrumentation. Puppeteer Madison Cripps, burlesque afficionado Memphis Moonshine and […]

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RBTS WIN with Blue Sky Black Death at Asheville Music Hall

While most of Asheville and the surrounding area is aware of the soulful chill-wave awesomeness that is RBTS WIN’s 2013 release, Palm Sunday. But sometimes new levels of understanding come from seeing (or, in this case, hearing) a thing from different perspectives. Enter Palm Sunday: The Remixes, including an especially spine-tingling version of the single, […]

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Smart bets: Jabali Acrobats

Visiting from Mombasa, Kenya, for their LEAF performance, the agile Jabali Acrobats aptly demonstrate the “link between athletics and arts,” transitioning from dance to human pyramids, chair balancing, complex footwork and other contortions — all to the beat of a stimulating musical backdrop. “These phenomenal acrobats combine the artistry of fast-paced movement, music, dance and […]

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Smart bets: V.O.V. triple-CD release party

Led by local music maven Lenny Pettinelli, Vibration of Versatility (V.O.V.) is a collaborative Asheville-based recording project that has already drawn from the talents of 70 instrumentalists. V.O.V. aims to produce albums from 12 genres in 12 months. With hip-hop, electronic, reggae and singer-songwriter genres already covered, Pettinelli is excited to release volumes 5 (jazz) […]