MADE TO MOVE: The questions on Josh Rouse's The Embers of Time cut deeper than pop-savvy musings on love found and lost. But the singer-songwriter's trademark sense of groove prevails.

Josh Rouse on existentia­l angst and break dancing

Rouse’s newest album, The Embers of Time (the tour for which brings him to New Mountain on Friday, June 19) contains plenty of contenders to add to his hits list. Lead track “Some days I’m Golden All Night” captures both tropical breeze and pragmatic angst. The Neil Young-flavored “New Young” aches with harmonica and thoughts of trading ambition for a slower pace of life.

LOVE COLLECTION: A showcase of local hip-hop artists seconds as a fundraiser for LEAF Schools and Streets, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue and the Jewish Community Center. From left, Brian Bullman, Henter Bennett, DJ Ra Mak, Austin Haynes, Alpha Lee, Big Dave, Chachillie, Diggy and Bryan Colston perform as part of For the Love of Music at New Mountain. Photo by Tim Robison

Many splendored things: Valentine’s events in and around Asheville

To those who think the celebration of romantic love is just a Hallmark company construct: not quite. Since the 1700s, lovers have been giving each other handwritten cards, flowers and sweets. It wasn’t until the 19th century that Valentine’s Day cards were mass-produced. But 200 years of tradition doesn’t mean you have to give in […]