The description of WordLine‘s next show is fairly minimal: “Free event for UNCA students,” the local sci-fi rock band wrote on its Facebook invite. “Call to UNCA student artists, dancers and music fans. Paint, dance, create or simply observe. Live rock music and a multi-sensory experience … Bring your art supplies!” But in a way, […]
Crowdfunding platforms make it possible for individuals and organizations of any size to harness social networks and raise startup capital for projects that might otherwise fail due to lack of funding. This week: self-reliance through chickens, new adventures at Firestorm Books and a re-published Tarot classic.
Be aware: Those sounds might be greener on the vine and more challenging to a listener than standards of classic minimalism. “I think contemporary music is far too often imprisoned in academic settings,” says Corey Denham of 10-can Percussion, “We’re interested in exploring performance in as many diverse venues as we can.”
Buckner had shared stages with the likes of Dierks Bentley, the Zac Brown Band and Blackberry Smoke and won the 2014 Asheville Talent Search. He also fronts his own group, Southern Soul Campaign.
BEAT LIFE performances aim to further Asheville’s presence in electronic music by pairing live shows with professional learning and networking opportunities. The event’s latest incarnation spotlights the work of New Orleans-based hip-hop artist Amahl Abdul-Khaliq, also known as AF THE NAYSAYER.
While the roots of punk are deep and varied, artists who identify as such share a common ethos: to freely express themselves despite limitation or oppression and attacking the status quo through self-radicalizing actions.
Jason DeCristofaro would like to see the community college’s music department receive acclaim similar to what the rest of A-B Tech has enjoyed. In an effort to showcase the talent of his fellow faculty, the adjunct instructor has organized a four-part concert series, which he says is the first that A-B Tech has ever held.
Renowned fiddler and Grand Ole Opry veteran Kate Lee, mandolin prodigy Forrest O’Connor and backing guitarist Jim Shirey had a productive post-holiday powwow, solidifying a handful of shiny new tunes for the contemporary folk duo’s February tour.
Jill Andrews return to The Grey Eagle on Friday, opening for Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek (currently on his solo tour), was — not surprisingly — pretty comfortable.
Singer-Songwriter Caroline Rose recently opened up for Shovels & Rope at The Orange Peel. Xpress was able to capture two songs — including a brand new song called “Goodbye May” — exclusively for Acoustic Asheville before the show. Here, Rose is accompanied by Brett Lanier on lap steel. Goodbye May American Religious
Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features singer and guitarist Dulci Ellenberger’s debut solo effort, the 10-can percussion troupe’s upcoming collaboration with composer Andy Smith and a kid-friendly introduction to computer programming by inventor Dan Alich.
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 […]
From the knuckle-pop percussion and the fuzzed-out opening lyrics of “The Kids,” Fashion Bath‘s newest release, Sunday Best is full of intrigue, dark shimmer and reticent importance. The EP is a mix of astute alt-pop (like “The Kids,” with its almost-slowdance beat and buzzy, heady melody) and explosive, driving noise-rockers (like “Funny Feeling,” with its […]
Kid-hop artist Secret Agent 23 Skidoo — formerly of Asheville and now based in California — recently topped various worst dressed lists compiled from red carpet looks at the 2015 Grammys ceremony. Skidoo was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Children’s Album category for his record, The perfect Quirk, which was recorded at Echo […]
The accomplishments of renowned local musicians David Holt, David Wilcox and David LaMotte are impressive singularly. Collectively, the trio (performing as The Three Davids) boasts thousands of performances across the globe, endless collaborations with roots notables, dozens of lauded records and even a handful of Grammy Awards from Holt. First names aside, the three find […]
Chris Thile stays pretty busy. When Mountain Xpress caught up with him, the McArthur genius and virtuoso mandolinist was just about to board a plane for St. Paul, Minn. There, his band Punch Brothers was scheduled to perform, and Thile was slotted to guest-host A Prairie Home Companion for a couple of weeks. The variety […]
Pie Walk fever is going around — have you caught it? A cornerstone of the monthly Country Night at The Mothlight, the traditional game of musical chairs (in which the last person with a seat wins a pie from Sweetheart Bakery) has become famous for its fierce competition. “All kinds of dirty tricks abound,” says […]
JD McPherson — who plays The Grey Eagle on Saturday, Feb. 21 — instills his music with the same visceral danger that marked the earliest rock music cuts. And he honors those midcentury sounds with impeccable precision. Just don’t call it retro.
Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features one musician’s quest to harness crystals’ healing powers in instruments and a concerned mother’s healthy chocolate company launch.
The Asheville Mardi Gras parade makes its through downtown this weekend (read about the parade and other festivities here). But even though this particular celebration marches to the beat of a very different drummer, it wouldn’t be a parade without a band. And it wouldn’t be a Mardi Gras parade without a second line band […]
Roots musician Woody Pines used to live in Asheville. If you don’t recognize the titles of his ragtime-meets-country-meets-jazz albums (Counting Alligators, You Gotta Roll and Rabbit’s Motel), you’d probably recognize Pines and his group from their countless performances on Asheville’s streets and stages. But not too long ago, the musician packed up and moved to […]