The crowd at the Little Dragon concert at the Orange Peel on Wednesday night came to dance, and the band delivered. Hot off a massive Bonnaroo concert stage just a few days before, the Swedish band was perfectly in its element in a packed and sweaty room. Lead singer Yukimi Nagano seemed taken with the […]
Music that makes you want to shake it For rockers Langhorne Slim and Deer Tick, The Orange Peel in Asheville was the first stop in a five date tour in which the bands paired up for dual appearances. The Districts, a high octane foursome from Pennsylvania, opened the show with the whiplashing, full throttle hit, […]
It’s a mutual, musical love affair. Asheville adores Gillian Welch, and she loves Asheville right back. In Welch’s most recent album, there’s even a nod to our town with the lyrics, “Come on you Asheville, boys. Turn up your old-time noise.” Gillian Welch’s Tuesday, April 22 show at The Orange Peel had a sweet note […]
If you’ve ever heard the influence of groovy, medium-tempo dub reggae on Floating Action’s minimalist songwriter rock, then you’re not alone. The man behind Floating Action, Black Mountain’s own Seth Kauffman, has begun to combine the sounds and textures of live reggae, ska, and dub into performances of his Floating Action material. The result is […]
The thing about a Kishi Bashi concert is that you don’t necessarily have to be familiar with the songs to get the show. In fact, there’s something to be said for coming into contact with a Kishi Bashi (the project of singer-songwriter/violinist/composer K Ishibashi) song for the first time. They’re not so much songs in the verse-chorus-verse sense as tiny worlds encapsulated in sound that ranges from bubbly pop to sweeping classical composition. The Athens, Ga.-based musician played The Grey Eagle on Tuesday in advance of his new album, “Lighght”; Tall Tall Trees opened.
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 percussionist and tea alchemist Miles Cramer releases an EP that’s as much mystical journey as play list. Photo from Facebook.
The Daptone recording artist played a sold out show at The Orange Peel last weekend. Photo by Joseph DiLiberto, via Instagram.
The Whigs played The Grey Eagle on Friday, in advance of an April record release.
The Philadelphia quartet returned to The Grey Eagle this week, putting on a two-hour show and performing music from its entire 10-year career. Photo from the band’s Instagram.
The drum-and-guitar duo from Statesville played a blistering, window-fogging, dance-floor-quaking set in Asheville last weekend.
The folk-rock band from Shelby recently released its self-titled debut. The Paris Thieves perform at The Pulp on Wednesday, Jan. 29.
Performing songs from “Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday,” the Trumansburg, N.Y.-based roots outfit provided danceable tunes and positive messages. Photo by Erin Scholze, from ashevillejams.com.
The latest album from Ryan Barrington Cox is comfortable in both its weirdness and its hooky popness, pairing unusual instrumentation with rhythmic jangle. Cox will play at French Broad Brewery on Friday, Jan. 24, from 6-8 p.m.
One of the premier exponents of present-day Zappa music is Asheville’s own Project/Object. The group — named after Zappa’s label for his entire body of work, held together by what he called “conceptual continuity” — was founded in 1991 by guitarist André Cholmondeley. The group played a rare local date last weekend.
Semi-local alt-rock outfit Treadmill Trackstar released its latest album earlier this year. The concept project pairs a song collection with a text script. Both can be downloaded for free.
Despite what its name might suggest, Chvrches’ Saturday, Nov. 29 show was neither quiet nor mired in reverence. Not that the audience at the sold-out show was expecting hymns, but from the opening notes of “We Sink” (a song far more buoyant that submerging), Chvrches provided its own dancey brand of ecclesiastical experience. Photos by Rich Orris.
Tina Collins and Quetzal Jordan make a great case for whimsy and animal aliases. The duo’s opening set at The Altamont Theatre last weekend was folky, rootsy, warm and unexpected.
The five-piece iteration of the band took to the stage shortly after 8 p.m. on Friday night and opened with “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.” It’s a song often reserved for the end of the night. But in this case, it set forth the evening’s familial tone as front man Rawlings lead the newest lineup of his ever-evolving Machine through a two-and-a-half-hour old-time music marathon. Photo from the band’s Facebook page.
Writer/director Nathan Ives’ romantic comedy, “It’s Not You, It’s Me,” attempts to fill us in on the machinations behind the baffling decisions our loved ones make. The indie-film, by a former Asheville resident, was screened at Carolina Cinemas on Tuesday.
The experimental indie-folk outfit, led by Flora Wolpert Checknoff, supported Hurray for the Riff Raff at The Grey Eagle on Friday. It was an opening set that made arriving early well worth the effort.