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Asheville Anime Regional Convention plans night of music and nerdery

In its inaugural year, the Asheville Anime Regional Convention drew some 700 guests. To promote an even greater reception in 2015, AARC organizers will host “an unforgettable night of music, prizes and geek action” as a teaser for next year’s convention. The event draws on four musical acts, including self-described “highly danceable, theatrical nerd-pop” by […]

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In pictures: Asheville Holiday Parade

On Saturday, Nov. 22, Asheville’s annual holiday parade made its way through the streets of downtown. The festive lineup included floats, marching bands, majorettes, civic organizations, a visit from Santa and — perhaps an even bigger deal than St. Nick, judging from the number of exclamation points used in related tweets — “American Idol” winner […]

CANDLES FOR HANDLES: Mike Sule, left, founder and director of Asheville on Bikes, is pleased to partner with The Market Place's chef William Dissen, right, for Asheville on Bikes' eighth birthday bash. Dissen will prepare four small plates to be paired with New Belgium's craft beers. Photo courtesy of Asheville on Bikes

Asheville on Bikes throws 8th birthday party, Beer and Bites for Bikes

Throwing a birthday party to celebrate eight years of activism certainly fits the bill for Asheville on Bikes, whose official mission is to “cultivate the culture of urban and commuter cycling through advocacy & celebration.” Accordingly, Beer and Bites for Bikes, scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 3 at The Market Place, offers an open invitation to […]

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Smart bets: Greyhounds

A greyhound (the dog) is sleek and fast. A Greyhound (the bus) is more of an underdog — not to mention a vehicle of subculture and necessity. Greyhounds (the band), from Austin, Tex., are sleek underdogs with more swagger and style than either of their namesakes. Guitarist Andrew Trube and keyboardist Anthony Farrell call their […]

MULTIMEDIA: "My mindset on a live performance is that I always want it to be new,” says MC Chris Shreve of Free the Optimus. The Boone-based artist teamed up with other rappers as well as local aerialists for a night of performance art collaboration. The event benefits Brother Wolf Animal Rescue. Shreve's photo by Carretto Studio, aerialist photo courtesy of Bromelia Aerial Dance Collective

Beats and feats: Rappers and aerialists collaborate on Hip-hop Circus

Think of hip-hop, and a number of images might come to mind: DJs, loose pants, B-Boys and graffiti, perhaps. Even if your list isn’t culled from stereotypes, it’s unlikely to include aerialists — though that might change after the Hip-hop Circus at The Orange Peel on Saturday, Nov. 29. That event pairs area hip-hop acts […]

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Smart bets: BEAT LIFE

Despite its mountaincentric name, the Asheville Beat Tape Collective actually aims to unite far-flung electronic musicians in addition to fulfilling its local networking mission. Founded by DJ and producer Nigel One, the collaborative sphere churns out multiartist compilation CDs and hosts regular performances where local enthusiasts can “cross-pollinate” with performers from across the globe. One […]

FEAST YOUR EARS: Acoustic Syndicate's Thanksgiving shows are an annual tradition, but how does Steve "Big Daddy" McMurry, center, celebrate the holiday at home? For the past six years, he and his wife, Jerrianne, have hosted 50-60 cousins and friends in what he calls a “misfit Thanksgiving.” Photo by Lynne Harty

Acoustic Syndicate gives thanks at Grey Eagle with annual homecoming show

Steve “Big Daddy” McMurry has plenty to be thankful for this year. High on the list for the Acoustic Syndicate singer/guitarist are his wife, Jerrianne, his family and his Cleveland County farm, in which he and his cousin/bandmate Bryon McMurry (banjo, electric guitar) are partners. And then there are Acoustic Syndicate’s loyal fans, without whom […]

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Ready for reunion: Carlos Nakai and Peter Kater plan concert series

After a decade of mastering their crafts independently, longtime collaborators Native American flutist Carlos Nakai and pianist and composer Peter Kater have joined forces once again. In celebration of their recent joint album, Ritual, the pair will treat audiences at the Diana Wortham Theatre to two nights of world music dynamism. Ritual‘s seven tracks fill […]

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Smart bets: The Moon and You

Although The Moon and You collaborated with a professional artist and videographer to create an official music video, the team purposefully preserved the “playful, DIY aesthetic” that you’d expect from musicians listing “glitter and savory crepes” as interests on their Facebook page. A photo booth full of the band’s props will be available at the […]

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5 questions with Allah-Las

California is important to psych-garage band Allah-Las. The Los Angeles quartet formed while its members — drummer Matthew Correia, bassist Spencer Dunham, and guitarists Miles Michaud and Pedrum Siadatian — were working at the city’s famous Amoeba Records. But it’s not a mere matter of geography. The attitude and the sonic history of the Sunshine State […]