***UPDATE: THIS SHOW HAS BEEN CANCELLED*** The Alabama-based guitarist is a former member of Leon Russell’s band and a tour de force as a solo act. He’ll play Emerald Lounge on Saturday, April 13. (The Chuck Beattie Band and Big Gene & Danny Lee’s Loud Pack also perform.) In advance of that show, Simmons talks about putting down roots, surprise musical faves (Foo Fighters and Bee Gees!) and how to beat the pre-show jitters. Photo courtesy of the musician.
Americana-rock outfit Angela Perley & The Howlin’ Moons play the Altamont Brewing Company on Friday, April 5. In advance of that show, Perley talks about songwriting, thrift shopping and her love affair with the musical saw.
Elephant Stone, from Montreal, Canada, performs Hindi-rock (front-man Rishi Dhir blends psychedelic rock, pop songs and sitar). The band opens for the Black Angels at The Orange Peel on Friday, April 5. Here, Rishi talks about the Canadian music scene, the return of the psychedelic sound, and his dream collaboration. Photo courtesy of the band.
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.
The L.A.-based band’s sophomore album “Hummingbird,” debuted at #12 on Billboard’s Top 200; they recently performed on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” and have been selling out shows across the country. Including their Tuesday, March 19 stop at The Orange Peel. In advance of that show, vocalist/guitarist Taylor Rice took a moment to talk to Xpress about the band’s visual artwork, the intimidation factor of the second album, and where they’re looking forward to playing overseas. Photo courtesy of Local Natives.
Avant-soul outfit The Mumbles return to Asheville on Tuesday, March 5. They’ll play One Stop in support of their new live album, “Last Night Wore the Crown.”
The Detroit-based band leader talks about fashion, lucid dreaming and Nick Cave in advance of her band’s March 6 performance at Emerald Lounge.
New York-based rock-and-soul octet Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds returns to Asheville this weekend to perform at Grey Eagle. Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band headlines. In advance, Sister Sparrow talks about woman-fronted rock bands, dream tour partners and future plans. Photo courtesy of the band.
The N.C.-raised, N.Y.-based singer-songwriter is touring in support of her latest album, “Traveling Alone.” She plays The Grey Eagle on Thursday, Feb. 21. Photos from Merritt’s Facebook page.
The Australian indie-psychedelic band’s front man (and mastermind) talks to Xpress about writing songs for the one person who will think it’s the greatest thing ever, and much more. Photos from the band’s website and Facebook.
In a new web feature, we invite touring bands to answer a quick, five question interview. Get to know a little bit more about N.C.-based folk-pop quartet Bombadil, back on tour after nearly three years. They play Altamont Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 16 with Last Bison. Photo by Harry Taylor.
The indie-folk group from Virginia, led by musician/songwriter Ben Hardesty, plays Asheville’s Altamont Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 16. The show is advance of the band’s full-length album release, but they’ll be playing new songs and an array of unique instruments (harpaphone, melodica, Bolivian goat toenails) along with their trademark rootsy-mystical catalog.
Tess Brunet (drummer for Deadboy & the Elephantmen, Generationals and others) brings her solo project (she now sings and plays guitar), Au Ras Au Ras, to Asheville. The band plays Apothecary on Saturday, Jan. 19. Here, she talks to Xpress about plans, risks and therapeutic songwriting.
The Nashville-based alt-rock outfit returns to Asheville on Saturday, Jan. 5. They’ll play a 9 p.m. show at Emerald Lounge with fellow Tennessee bands A Great Disaster and Matt Sanders Band.
Dexter Romweber started Flat Duo Jets back in the mid-80s. The Chapel Hill band influenced the likes of Neko Case and Jack White. These days, Dex performs with his percussionist sister Sara Romweber (Let’s Active). The Dex Romweber Duo plays The Grey Eagle on Friday, Dec. 28. In advance, Dex talked to Xpress about documentary films, N.C. bands, creativity and his real feelings about drum-and-guitar duos.
Psychedelic-soul artist Matthew E. White talks to Xpress about his buddies at Harvest Records, his surprise at the reaction to his debut, “Big Inner,” how he tries to serve the craft of music, and what he hopes happens on Dec. 21. White plays The Grey Eagle with The Mountain Goats on Friday, Nov. 30. Photo from One Way Richmond.
In advance of his Saturday, Nov. 17, performance at The Altamont Theatre (8 p.m., $15), A.J. spoke to Xpress about his 2013 album-in-the-works, the art of collaboration, the importance of place in the recording process and what to expect from his live show. Photo by Rich Cook.
Much-buzzed-about Philly rockers Low Cut Connie play The Emerald Lounge on Friday, Nov. 16. Here, they talk about an Asheville-based hero (Greg Cartwright of Reigning Sound), how they weathered Hurricane Sandy and how they took Jack White’s Third Man Records by storm. Photo by Ben Morse.
Follow Xpress as we follow Moogfest, on the ground and in advance. We’ve got an exclusive Q&A, videos, songs and day party insider info.
Pearl and the Beard returns to Asheville this Friday, for a performance at The Grey Eagle. Here, they talk about knitting projects, fan gifts, the “lather, rinse, repeat” life of tour, and why they heart Perez Hilton.
Leftover Salmon founding member Drew Emmitt talks about everything from festivals, getting back on the road after a hiatus, their first new album in 8 years and Bonnie Raitt. Leftover Salmon plays the Orange Peel on Wednesday, Oct. 10.