LEAF is almost here — the festival’s 40th iteration runs Thursday-Sunday, May 7-10. In advance, Xpress is talking to performers about what they have planned and why being part of LEAF’s 20th anniversary is so special. Travers Brothership, founded by twin brothers Kyle and Eric Travers, has been performing around Asheville since the siblings were […]
LEAF is almost here — the festival’s 40th iteration runs Thursday-Sunday, May 7-10. In advance, Xpress is talking to performers about what they have planned and why being part of LEAF’s 20th anniversary is so special.
Ithaca, N.Y.-based indie-pop outfit The Blind Spots has been on a bit of tear since releasing their most recent album, Rhizomatic — they’re launched a number of videos and just started their winter tour.
No need to worry about a low-energy performance from singer-songwriter Kate Voegele. The Ohio-born musician and actress (she starred on “One Tree Hill” for four seasons) is currently on a tour sponsored by LUNA bar. So, nine grams of protein: check. Gluten free: check. Amped up, pop-savvy songs: check. Voegele is on the road in […]
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 […]
Singer-songwriter Noah Gundersen grew up in a conservative (e.g. no rock music) home in Washington. Still, he self-recorded his first album at 13 and went on to release six more records both as a solo act (with his sister Abby, who plays viola, violin and cello) and with their band, The Courage (which includes brother […]
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 […]
Leading up to LEAF festival, Mountain Xpress is talking to a number of artists from across the country and across musical genres. Abigail Washburn (Uncle Earl, The Sparrow Quartet) recently released the 12-track collection Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn with her husband and fellow banjo player, Béla Fleck (The Fleck Tones, The Sparrow Quartet). They’ll […]
Leading up to LEAF festival, Mountain Xpress is talking to a number of artists from across the country and across musical genres. Folk musician Dom Flemons describes himself as an American songster. A founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, he’s since gone on to pursue a solo career and recently released his album Prospect […]
Leading up to LEAF festival, Mountain Xpress is talking to a number of artists from across the country and across musical genres Singer-songwriter Wyatt Espalin is the winner of this year’s NewSong competition. From a small town in Georgia, he moved to Nashville to pursue music. Espalin was a member of the band Trees Leave […]
Leading up to LEAF festival, Xpress is talking to a number of artists from across the country and across musical genres. The Revelers, with members of the Red Stick Ramblers and The Pine Leaf Boys, are a Cajun and swamp-pop outfit based in Lafayette, La. Regular visitors to Asheville, they’re as at home playing to […]
Leading up to LEAF festival, Xpress is talking to a number of artists from across the country and across musical genres. David Wilcox is a singer-songwriter who released his first album in 1987. A Warren Wilson graduate, he was an important part of the folk music scene in Black Mountain and Asheville in the late […]
Leading up to LEAF festival, Xpress is talking to a number of artists from across the country and across musical genres. The Nth Power classifies its sound as, simply, “Love.” With musicians culled from the likes of Dumpstaphunk, John Brown’s Body and John Brown’s Body, the collective performs an intoxicating mix of soul, funk, jazz, […]
Leading up to LEAF festival, Xpress is talking to a number of artists from across the country and across musical genres. Local West African folk music outfit Mande Foly incorporates the kamal ngoni, syncopated rhythms and call-and-response singing. Mountain Xpress: What’s it like to be a West African band in Western North Carolina, versus in […]
“America’s two-man outlaw country band” is the tagline for North of Nashville, the collaborating between Jay Basiner (acoustic guitar, lead vocals, harmonica, percussion) and Andrew Martelle (fiddle, mandolin, guitar, vocals). As the duo’s name suggests, they’re located north of Music City. Far north. In Maine. But Basiner and Martelle have a pitch-perfect country sound, from […]
The Water Liars take Instagrams of album covers, muscle cars, breakfast specials and random signs. They write the kind of songs that you get instantly and understand later. From Mississippi, Water Liars was originally singer-guitarist Justin Kinkel-Schuster and drummer Andrew Bryant, and their combined vision. Constantly productive and constantly on the road, the duo eventually […]
Mutual Benefit is an ironic name for a band that’s singular rather than plural. Singer-songwriter Jordan Lee is the project’s sole permanent member. Then again, the benefit in question might be shared with Lee’s many collaborators — he assembles a group for each album he puts out. The most recent release, the dreamy and transcendent […]
Little Dragon was formed in the mid-‘90s by vocalist Yukimi Nagano and her high school friends drummer Erik Bodin, bassist Fredrik Källgren Wallin and keyboardist Håkan Wirenstrand. Even if, in 18 years, Little Dragon’s studio discography is short, the band’s list of EP, singles and videos shows that its emphasis is on immediacy and artistry.
With a band name like Dresses, you kind of need to bring it, style-wise. Although Timothy Heller (the female half of the duo) says she prefers to wear skirts onstage, the band does sell unusual pairs of Doc Marten boots on its website — red velvet last week, floral this week. And graphic shirts that […]
Nashville-based alt-country artist Lera Lynn might be right in the middle of one of the most commercial music movements of our time, but she approaches her own craft with thoughtful discernment. From minimalist videos to her own visual art, she’s not just cranking out pop songs but producing the sort of music that’s as substantial […]
This band, with a revolving cast of players, “is about creating community and friendships as much as it is about creating spectacular music.” Led by founder and conductor Matt Butler, Everyone Orchestra returns to Asheville on Thursday, Feb. 6 with a local-heavy lineup.