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Smart bets: Mates of State

Husband-and-wife, indie-pop outfit Mates of State consistently challenge the perceived limitations of a two-piece with their effortless harmonies and minimal pop appeal. One reviewer describes the band as “two people playing complex songs that sound like five people playing a simple song.” Kori Gardner (keyboard/vocals) and Jason Hammel (drums/vocals) formed Mates of State in 1997 and have […]

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Sound Check: Bombadil

Back in 2009, just before Durham-based folk-pop outfit Bombadil released Tarpits and Canyonlands, bassist Daniel Michalak was diagnosed with neural tension. The tour was canceled and the album kind of fizzled. Happily, after years of treatment, Michalak and his bandmates were able to go on the road again in 2012. This June, Ramseur Records will […]

Something in the air: Pawtooth's grooves sit somewhere between Blondie, The Stooges and Siouxsie and the Banshees — and Bromelia Aerial Dance Collective plans to perform to that soundtrack.

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Local aerialists and rockers team up for a production An unlikely collaboration was forged in January, when Bromelia Aerial Dance Collective performed at the Mothlight as part of the Asheville Fringe Arts Festival. According to local movement artist Anna Bartlett, “One of our dancers was injured, and our friend Valerie Phillips saved the day by […]

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Smart Bets: Wham City

Fresh off their Adult Swim debut, Baltimore-based arts collective Wham City — the group responsible for the viral video “Drinking out of cups,” among others — is spreading its weird and wonderful comedy across the East Coast. The show is a “75-minute multimedia performance featuring four alt-comedians offering up all-original stand-up, videos, skits and monologues,” […]

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Ahleuchatistas record a live show at The Mothlight, May 2, in advance of European tour

Ahleuchatistas are heading to Spain and Italy, and we should all be very jealous. So exciting is the duo’s upcoming tour that guitarist Shane Perlowin and percussionist Ryan Oslance listed their five overseas tour dates with three exclamations marks. Each. But even if you can’t pack a bag and follow Ahleuchatistas to Rincón Pío Sound!!!, […]

“You go on tour, you record records, and you don’t really think anything of it," says The Men drummer Rich Samis. "But from the outside, it seems like, ‘Oh my god! You guys are going crazy!’” Photo by Benjamin Trogdon

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“Tomorrow’s Hits” is the band’s fifth record in as many years, discounting 2013’s gap-filling alternate-takes collection Campfire Songs. And the band is as hard-working as it is prolific, stringing together a seemingly infinite number of tour dates. The Men’s current tour, a month-long jaunt, comes to The Mothlight on Thursday, May 1.