FEELING FINE: Singer-songwriter Jill Andrews’ records don’t revolve around any particular topics. Instead, she follows her heart when it comes to selecting songs. “I tend to think that if you’re writing [an album] in a certain period of time, a theme will kind of emerge," she says. "I just pick the songs that I like the most.”

Jill Andrews debuts The War Inside at The Grey Eagle

Andrews got her start as part of alt-country band the everybodyfields. She formed that group with fellow singer-songwriter Sam Quinn; they met as teens while working at summer camp. Andrews’ unique pop-folk sensibility and warm, soulful sound — apparent early on — have helped her steadily grow as a solo artist since striking out on her own in 2009. She’ll debut her newest album, The War Inside, at The Grey Eagle Friday, Sept. 25.

RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW: The Get Right Band's fan-approved (and funded) new album, Bass Treble Angel Devil, offers up a freshly synthesized mix of r&b, funk, soul, island grooves and local sass. Photo by Rita Aguila

The Get Right Band makes its full-length debut with the help of crowdsourc­ing

For the follow-up to their 2013 EP, Shake, the members of Asheville’s The Get Right Band knew their goals were bigger than what their checking accounts would allow. “Our vision for the record was to do something big, something bold and powerful and unique,” says guitarist/vocalist Silas Durocher. “We felt like the songs we had […]


Sound Track web extra: “Howlin'” by The Tills

The Tills (formerly The Critters) play every song like rock ‘n’ roll was just discovered and their veins run with undiluted caffeine. And that’s the elevator pitch for the local band’s new 7-inch, Howlin’ (out on Phuzz Records): A hyper-bombastic dash through Animals-era rock, made more jangly, more garage-y and, ultimately, more fun. The album’s […]


Sound Track web extra: “Already Nothing” by Telecine

Already Nothing, the new EP (and third album) by local noise-rock trio Telecine (Andrew Larson, Steven Teague, Jon McDuffie) is, actually, a lot of something. In under 30 minutes, the scopic project crashes and drifts through moods and vistas. It’s at once aggressive and aloof, tightly-coiled and unpinned, gritty and refined. The album, recorded in Haywood […]

In the mix: “One thing about being a composer is to know the rules so that you can break the rules," says steel pan player Jonathan Scales, right. His new album, Mixtape Symphony, works with long-form songs. Photo by Zaire Kacz

Jonathan Scales Fourchestr­a explores long-form

After what he calls “years and years” of Roy “Futureman” Wooten preaching to him about pushing the art form to new compositional heights, Jonathan Scales at last decided to heed those words with “Mixtape Symphony,” his latest album with bassist Cody Wright and percussionist Phill Bronson. A record release show, slated for Friday, June 6, at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall celebrates the dense, 33-minute work.