Asheville loves a good alternative prom. That may or may not indicate that a significant percentage of the local population was voted prom king or queen and loves reliving the memory. It also may or may not indicate that a significant percentage of the local population sent prom shoved in a locker/drunk in the parking […]
This week’s playlist draws heavily on favorite local songs from the past several years. These are songs that seem fitting for summer, though perhaps more for summer nights than the full sun of noon. The collection includes: • “Stay Gone,” by singer-songwriter (and Band of Horses guitarist) Tyler Ramsey, from The Valley Wind. • “The Woods Get […]
Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Fest, Asheville’s hyper-local street festival, returns for one final installment on Sunday, Aug. 31. And while that one-day celebration marks a farewell for the grassroots event that launched in 2002, it’s also the start of a new locally focused fest that will roll out in 2015. “The point is to celebrate […]
Americana and world music are two genres that don’t often overlap, but after listening to The Billy Sea’s progressive, hypnotically rhythmic sound, you’ll be glad they did. The band perform at RiverLink’s RiverMusic on July 11.
Merge Records celebrates its 25th anniversary in style: with a four-day music festival. The lineup for the July 23-26 event, held in Durham and Carrboro, includes bands from the label — Neutral Milk Hotel, Superchunk, Reigning Sound, Imperial Teen, Hospitality, Hiss Golden Messenger and many others. Read about the lineup here. Full-festival passes are already […]
As far back as Asaf Smilan can remember, the Lion of Judah has been present in his life. Growing up in Jerusalem in the 1980s and ’90s, the city’s symbol watched over him, and when he became interested in reggae music and Rastafarian culture around the turn of the century, the lion was there to […]
“We wanted a revolution, but they just ran us around in circles. Here to speak truth, to say what needs to be said,” says the Bandcamp page for Free the Optimus, a hip-hop collective whose members are based in Boone and Asheville. The group was founded by lead emcee, C.Shreve the Professor, who is about […]
Songs of water is about to release a new album and a documentary about the process of making that album. Stephen Roach, Greg Willette and Luke Skaggs talked about those projects as well as the band’s spirit of experimentation and what the world music genre means to them.
Asheville native Bryan Sutton isn’t just another guy with a guitar. After launching his career as a member of Ricky Skaggs’ Kentucky Thunder, he went on to play and record with artists like Keith Urban, Taylor Swift and Harry Connick Jr. “I simply want to make the best music possible with the best people possible,” […]
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 you […]
We celebrate independent artists every day, but on the July 4 holiday weekend, it seems especially pertinent to play songs by local musicians, made without major (or even minor, in many cases) support. On this week’s playlist: • “Little by Little” by singer-songwriter Aaron Burdett, from his new album, Fruits of My Labor. He performs […]
Western-theme amusement park and movie set for Dean Teaster’s 2007 film, ‘Ghost Town’, is officially opening for the season at 10:00AM on July 4th.
Last night, as team USA battled Belgium and local bars and restaurants like Wild Wings, Dirty Jack’s and the Orange Peel housed eager fans, a party of a different kind flowed under a tangle of sycamore branches, hanging lights, and electric wires. The Grey Eagle‘s free Tuesday night show featured Pat Reedy and the Longtime […]
Even after the Fourth of July fireworks fade from view, Asheville Music Hall will keep the show going with The Visionarium — “a July filled with projection mapping, visual performances and cutting-edge musical talent,” according to a press release. The series “aims to unite light, sound, talent and passion to create true magic” for six […]
A good number of establishments still won’t book local rockers Posh Hammer. It’s not because they trash dressing rooms or reduce sound men to tears — it’s because of the band members’ ages. “We get there and we load in, and the bands playing with us or the people already there or the owners of […]
Most musicians are lucky to get props for shredding or ripping or killing it. But Nashville/Atlanta/Rochester N.Y.-based blues, rock and soul act The Slide Brothers have been dubbed “godfathers of the electric church,” “masters of the sacred steel” and “the greatest living musicians who embody the sacred steel tradition.” Aubrey Ghent, Calvin Cooke, Chuck Campbell […]
The can part of Burning CAN Beer Fest at Oskar Blues in Brevard is easy — more than 30 breweries that can their beer will be on hand to share craft brews. As far as the burning part, it’s unlikely to refer to the wares of local food trucks at the event. It might, however, […]
“Bird on Broken Wing,” the lead track to Favorite Waitress — the new record from upstate New York folk-rockers The Felice Brothers — opens with a barking dog. It sounds less like the band was trying to be artistic and more like someone might have let a furry friend into the studio. But the entire record, though […]
In the wake of an incident that involved the band Young and In the Way spraying pig blood throughout Lexington Avenue Brewery’s Back Stage area, the venue may stop hosting live music events indefinitely. Manager Benjy Greene told Xpress June 30, “We have not made a decision whether we’re going to continue using it as a […]
Musician Matt Townsend spent two years writing songs in secret before going public with his work in 2010. “Initially busking on the streets of Burlington, Vt. and playing local coffeehouses, he soon began hitting the stages of clubs and venues around the Burlington area,” says Townsend’s press release. He released a solo EP, performed in […]
An album release is cause for celebration — the long hours in the studio; the funds raised through gigs, jobs and the kindness of friends and fans; the songs finally brought to life and ready for an audience. Considering, it might seem like a counterintuitively low-key move for folk-rock group Even the Animals to release […]