As Stephen Colbert said, “a young adult novel is a regular novel that people actually read.” So no need to feel guilty about indulging in Isla and the Happily Ever After, the just-published YA romance by local author Stephanie Perkins. The summer before her senior year in high school, Isla (pronounced eye-la) bumps into her […]
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 […]
Last weekend offered multiple chances to see the “Lunatic Farmer” himself, Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms. Salatin has risen to notoriety through his appearances in Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma and through his film appearances in Food, Inc. and Farmaggedon.
Sure, the Moogfest lineup is star-studded (I’m looking at you, M.I.A., Kraftwerk and Niles Rodgers). But the roster — which numbers over 100 acts just for the night program alone — includes some lesser-known gems worth discovering. This series of email interviews is culled from my personal list of interesting artists I plan to check out.
Self-described “Gypsy Swingin Serenading Firebreathing Circus Freaks” Caravan of Thieves are no strangers to Asheville. The group has played Bele Chere, The Altamont Theatre and The Grey Eagle. They return to the latter on Friday, March 21, supporting Yarn.
The Columbia, S.C.-based record label is friends with the likes of Toro y Moi and Washed Out, and its owners also perform in solo projects The Lavender Whales and Pussy Wizard. Those bands will be at Emerald Lounge on Tuesday, Feb. 25.
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.
Acoustic duo Lucrezio is the project of wife-and-husband musicians Jennifer Lucrezio and Jordan Bumgarner. The two met with Jennifer decided to turn her solo piano-pop act into a full band and began auditioning players. Turned out, they connected not only musically but romantically, and the rest of that story can be found in their albums, videos and live show. Catch the latter at Altamont Brewing on Thursday, Jan. 30. 8 p.m., free show.
Donna the Buffalo performs at The Orange Peel on Saturday, Jan. 18. Before the eclectic Americana band takes the stage, fiddle and accordion player Tara Nevins talks with Xpress about good vibes, striving for perfection and her love for The Herd.
The bluegrass band from Washington D.C. performs at The Isis Restaurant & Music Hall on Saturday, Jan. 18. In advance, Solivan spoke to Xpress about spending time in Alaska, his love of cooking and the four Ts of music.
The singer-songwriter will be playing with Bo Ramsey at The Grey Eagle on Saturday, Dec. 21. Photo by Sandy Dyas.
Local hip-hop band Free Radio, fronted by Austin Haynes and Johnny Reynolds, will play the exclusive Pre-Jam (kicking off the Warren Haynes Christmas Jam) this Thursday. In advance of the show, Austin talks to Xpress about Free Radio’s new as-yet-to-be-named backing band, what it means to represent Asheville at the Christmas Jam, and why sharing a stage with his uncle is such a big deal. Photo by Nick King.
After a stint in Knoxville, electronic musician and producer Sai (aka 9th Phoenix) moved her family back to Asheville. She holds a release show for her new album, “Iyen,” on Saturday, Dec. 7, at Club Metropolis. That event includes sets by E8 electronique, Sonen and Dj Arque, and a runway show by fashion designer Danielle Miller of Royal Peasantry. Photo by Rudy Aguilar.
The Gurp City South winter showcase takes place at Asheville Music Hall on Friday, Nov. 22. Ronny Mac from local hip-hop collective Fist Fam talks about reunions, the local hip-hop scene and the effect of a stable environment.
The Charleston, S.C.-based blues rockers play a free show at Pisgah Brewing on Friday, Nov. 15.
In advance of the band’s Nov. 5 return to The Orange Peel, keyboardist Jeremy Ruzumna talked to Xpress about some changes in the band’s sound, how they keep the spirit of fun in their music, and one crazy appearance on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.”
Leading up to the inaugural Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit, we’re running a series of Q+A interviews with the festival’s artists. Check out what two local performers have to say about their sets.
Leading up to the inaugural Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit, we’re running a series of Q+A interviews with the festival’s artists.
Leading up to the inaugural Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit, we’re running a series of Q+A interviews with the festival’s artists. Photo by Keith Martin.