As development officials continue to crunch numbers to determine Moogfest’s economic impact, the future of the event is in question, says Mike Adams, CEO of Moog Music.
Greg Cartwright had long been a pillar of the Memphis, Tenn., music scene and an éminence grise in the still-thriving garage-rock revival. Jack White and Dan Auerbach name him as an influence and inspiration; the late Jay Reatard counted him as a friend and mentor. But back in 2004, Cartwright didn’t have a lot tying him […]
Lucius is a five-piece rock band from Brooklyn, that, since the release of its first LP last October, has garnered an unusual amount of excellent press — from Rolling Stone and NPR to Pitchfork and Vogue — for such a young band. Lucius’ music and self-presentations most often highlight the two female lead singer-songwriters, Jess […]
The thing to know going into a Free Flow show is that, yes, that’s a drum machine. “Don’t get hung up on that,” says guitarist and vocalist Lane “LT” Thaw. “Get past it.” The drum machine serves a specific purpose for the local R&B and funk band. Since most of the group’s catalog is covers […]
Husband-and-wife, indie-pop outfit Mates of State consistently challenge the perceived limitations of a two-piece with their effortless harmonies and minimal pop appeal. One reviewer describes the band as “two people playing complex songs that sound like five people playing a simple song.” Kori Gardner (keyboard/vocals) and Jason Hammel (drums/vocals) formed Mates of State in 1997 and have […]
I am a disabled autistic adult, and I am writing to protest the use of the phrase “feebleminded” in your recent article about autism ["Profiles: Living Full-circle with Autism Spectrum Disorder," June 25, Xpress]. This phrase is a very derogatory euphemism for a person with intellectual, developmental or cognitive disabilities. It is rooted in eugenics, forced […]
If a human being were forced into a physical contest with a lion, a tiger, or a bear (oh my), the result would be unlikely to favor the human. Nevertheless, in a world of lions and tigers and bears, human beings sit atop the food chain. Why? Because humans adapt. The human species owes its […]
After months of debate, Asheville City Council is preparing to decide the fate of who will manage Pack Place on July 22. Council will also consider the Asheville Police Department’s new Strategic Operations Plan.
Thank you to Cameron Huntley for a beautifully written story ["Poetic Mayhem at Thrashville: The Secret World of WNC Skateboarding," July 9, Xpress]. I didn’t expect that my interest would be held through a long article about skateboarding, but I was riveted. Poetic, lyrical and emotionally gripping, it was a work of art. I’ll be […]
I truly enjoyed reading your story about people creating new retail marketing ideas in the area [“Driving Sales: Mobile Businesses Roll Into WNC,” July 9, Xpress]. There is another mobile boutique about to start in this area that I thought would be great to let your readers know about. It is called Hazel Twenty. The Facebook […]
In response to [David Lynch’s July 16] letter [“New Mural at Orbit DVD is Offensive”], we interpret art with our own issues and desires. I look at an orchid, and all I see is a beautiful exotic flower. Many people see a vagina, but I am gay, and I never think of vagina. Take for […]
Bobby Bare Jr., son of Country Music Hall of Famer Bobby Bare, is touring in support of his latest release, Undefeated. The album is “10 songs of reality checks, clever wordplay and daring arrangement, the aural companion to that buddy who pulls up a barstool next to yours to help soak away your sorrows,” according […]
The group behind Teatro del Gusto calls the cabaret circus a “feast for the senses.” The new series, which premiered at The Orange Peel on July 13, included vaudeville, burlesque, and classic circus entertainment. Local rockers Red Honey opened the show with a set of half a dozen tunes — some original and some covers. […]
Guest columnist Jodi Ford explains how one single mother used the services offered by Children First/ CIS to help her family. This article is featured as part of a partnership between the Xpress and Children First/ Communities In Schools of Buncombe County.
On a rainy Friday afternoon in New Orleans, Louisiana, Asheville’s own Nicole Anhalt came in from the downpour to stake her claim in this year’s Sidecar by Merlet Cocktail Competition. Hosted annually at the country’s largest cocktail conference, Tales of the Cocktail, seven bartenders from across the country competed for a trip to the Merlet […]
MG Road, the bar and lounge below Chai Pani, might have just gotten cooler. At least, that’s owner Meherwan Iran’s idea behind letting employees take over his business for a couple nights a week to execute two creative new pop-up bar concepts. Wednesday night promises a dive bar vibe complete with fried bologna and cheap […]