There are plenty of couple acts cutely reenacting Sonny and Cher, Johnny and June, Ike and Tina. It’s a thing on which countless publicists have attempted to capitalize: “Not only are they married, they also write and perform together!” But while the Crushed Outs and the Johnnyswims and the Holly Golightly/Lawyer Daves of the touring […]
Local singer-songwriter Paul Edelman’s February release is a pitch-perfect collection, inspired largely by travel — in both the exterior and interior sense. The 10 tracks stitch dusty Americana and gritty folk-rock with jangly guitar and the kind of songwriting that hits sharp and sticks strong as a stubborn splinter. In the very best way.
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.
Local musician/composer Danny Peck, aka dep, releases his most ambitious album to date on Thursday, March 20.
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.
A dozen Asheville-based acts (including Hello Hugo, pictured) are included on the latest round of performers, slated to play Moogfest this April. Click through for a music mix.
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.
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.
The latest in a series of conceptual releases by Jason Smith, aka Night’s Bright Colors,
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.
Last week, Charlotte/Raleigh/Philadelphia-based Balsa Gliders blew through town for an all-too-brief visit. Before the band’s energetic set at The Odditorium, they talked about keeping the creative impetus going and remaining current in the regional music scene. Click through for the video interview and exclusive performance. Photo by The Balsa Gliders on Instagram.
Marley Carroll’s new 12-track album is out on Tuesday, Dec. 3. Release show at The Millroom on Friday, Dec. 13. Photo by Nicole McConville.
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.
Decent Lovers just released “Keep It Together.” Check out the new track and battle the mid-week blahs.
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.
Local folk-rockers Warm the Bell released a new album earlier this year in one of the most under-hyped campaigns of all time. The modesty is refreshing, but not at all necessary.
Shane Perlowin and Tatsuya Nakatani hold an album release party for “Anatomy of a Moment” at The Mothlight on Sunday, Nov. 17.
The David Mayfield Parade performed at The Grey Eagle last weekend. Before the show, Mayfield talked to Xpress about his new album and his connection to Asheville. Video by Jesse Hamm.
The local noise-rock trio holds an album release party at The Odditorium on Friday, Nov. 8.