With drummer Kirby Sybert and bassist Noah Skaroff replacing the former rotating cast of musicians, Reed Kendall says his Philadelphia-based rock band Up the Chain is using consistency and trust as a platform for progress. The group’s first record together, Windows Into Worlds, honors this new chapter.
The roots trio/ sextet is parts Alison Krauss and Union Station, parts Gillian Welch, parts something generations old and part something completely new.
On wintry nights, while snow banked against the front door, my mom made chili to eat out of small clay bowls with lids. This was not food for guests; this was for family. So, I was surprised when I found my mom’s chili at Creekside Tap House on Beverly Road.
Laney Jones could pull her weight simply performing as the banjoist for Laney Jones & the Lively Spirits, but thankfully she shares her vocal talents with the world as well. Marrying the sprightliness of youth with the tame confidence of an old soul, Jones’ live vocals venture freely from smooth to saucy, with lyrical content […]
“I was looking for some things to jam along with one day,” says local guitarist Jon Stickley. Known for his flatpicking prowess, he usually practiced to a bluegrass playlist. “But then I started going into some other areas on my iPod, like hip-hop and rock, and I started having more fun playing along with that […]
After 24 hours stuck in the house with family, too much pie and wrapping paper wreckage, it’s time to venture out. By December 26 you could probably use a dose of live music, craft beer and people who aren’t related to you. If that’s not the case, bring the relatives with you — the day […]
When it comes to recordings, “The tempo is the heartbeat of the song,” says Franklin Hoier, half of drum-and-guitar duo Crushed Out. Tempo is their business. So is touring, which Hoier and Spiller have done nearly constantly for the last three years.
Looking to deck the halls, sing a carol, give a gift, take a stroll, see a play, make a craft or pass a wish list on to a man in a red suit? Here’s where to do all of those things.
Greensboro-based The Grand Ole Uproar describes its live show as “cosmic Americana [that] conjures up the Texas twang of Waylon Jennings … the improvisation of the Grateful Dead and the laid-back swampy sound of J.J. Cale.” And, while the band calls the Piedmont home, it’s already hit up a number of Asheville venues as well […]
Sierra Nevada is gearing up for Beer Camp Across America. The seven-stop festival starts this weekend in Chico, Calif., and wraps up with its final stop on Sunday, Aug. 3, at the new brewery in Mills River. In preparation for the event, Sierra sent Xpress a few final details. To start, don’t plan on driving […]
Drum-and-guitar duo The Low Counts (Matt Walsh on guitar and vocals, Austin Hicks on drums) are based in High Point, N.C., but have been breaking into the music scene in Asheville and the surrounding area. The band performed at The Black Mountain Ale House last weekend (where Xpress caught up with them) following a set […]
Friday promises to be country-strong: First, Texas songwriter Hayes Carll headlines Downtown After Five. And later, Nashville-based musician D. Striker plays a set at Jack of the Wood. Of the tracks on his new album, Come Over Here, Striker says, “‘Three Dudes In An Office’ questions the sincerity of chest-thumping country boys singing redneck odes […]
The local band played an all-too-rare show last weekend. Like the confection it’s named for, Coconut Cake is complex, richly textured and sophisticated — and easily digestible.
Local (though usually out of town on tour) musician Woody Pines plays Jack of the Wood on Saturday, Dec. 21.
Desert Noises performs at Jack of the Wood on Sunday, March 24. Hollis Brown and Drunken Prayer also perform. 10 p.m., $5. In advance, Henderson talked to Xpress about becoming full-time musicians, writing on the road, and what’s so great about Toledo. Photo courtesy of the band.
This weekend offers astronomy, comedy, exotic sounds and more. As always, Xpress brings you the best in low-cost weekend events.
Where to wear your green in Asheville (including AoB’s annual Bike of the Irish and concerts both traditional and otherwise).
The Portland, Ore.-based psyche-pop duo plays Jack of the Wood on Tuesday, Jan. 8.
This week, Xpress brings you a variety of holiday happenings, along with some options for riding out the apocalypse.
Woody Pines plays retro-tinged viper jazz, ragtime and country blues at Jack of the Wood this Saturday. Xpress will give away a pair of tickets. Photo by Sarah Warda.
Following a nod from MTV Hive, the Utah-based indie-rockers make their way to Asheville. They play Jack of the Wood on Sunday, Dec. 9.