Parts circus, funk collective and marching band, the 20-piece outfit blends party-ready music with dance, gymnastics and enviable attire.
Three bands, five bucks — that’s the basics of the local showcase taking the stage at The Orange Peel on Friday, April 3, at 9 p.m.
Singer-Songwriter Caroline Rose recently opened up for Shovels & Rope at The Orange Peel. Xpress was able to capture two songs — including a brand new song called “Goodbye May” — exclusively for Acoustic Asheville before the show. Here, Rose is accompanied by Brett Lanier on lap steel. Goodbye May American Religious
To those who think the celebration of romantic love is just a Hallmark company construct: not quite. Since the 1700s, lovers have been giving each other handwritten cards, flowers and sweets. It wasn’t until the 19th century that Valentine’s Day cards were mass-produced. But 200 years of tradition doesn’t mean you have to give in […]
Tara Nevins and fellow Donna the Buffalo songwriter Jeb Puryear provide a perfect example of how doing what you love can change the world: For 25 years they’ve not only excited audiences but built community.
It was the 31-year-old Chicagoan’s casual stand-up riffing on the Bill Cosby rape allegations that sparked a media firestorm. Buress went from being a quickly rising comedian to the guy who inadvertently brought down the biggest black entertainer in history.
The Steep Canyon Rangers must never sleep because, in addition to touring extensively and making albums with famous friends (their most recent is 2014’s Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell LIVE; the track “Pretty Little One” from that album is Grammy-nominated), they also make time to do good deeds. And drink […]
Ready or not, here comes the new year. Whether you can’t unload 2014 soon enough or you could actually use another month or two to tie up loose ends, the countdown to 2015 is on. It’s up to you how (and, perhaps more importantly, where) you want to greet it. Yes, watching the whole televised […]
“There’s nothing to do” is a complaint rarely heard around Western North Carolina. There are rivers to raft, trails to hike, breweries to visit, galleries to browse, shops to consider, historical sites to take in, restaurants to sample and neighborhoods to stroll. And then — as if all of that isn’t enough fun — there’s […]
Back in the day — 2005, to be precise — Josh “J2K” Young and Curt “Autobot” Cameruci began DJing parties under the name Flosstradamus. Armed with four turntables and two mixers, they packed out a tiny Grateful Dead bar in the Boystown neighborhood of Chicago with genre-blending, mash-up heavy sets. In the subsequent decade, the […]
Think of hip-hop, and a number of images might come to mind: DJs, loose pants, B-Boys and graffiti, perhaps. Even if your list isn’t culled from stereotypes, it’s unlikely to include aerialists — though that might change after the Hip-hop Circus at The Orange Peel on Saturday, Nov. 29. That event pairs area hip-hop acts […]
The New Pornographers’ Together was one of 2010’s standout albums, but compared with Vampire Weekend’s Contra, Sufjan Stevens’ The Age of Adz and Broken Bells’ self-titled debut — all of which successfully incorporated electronic elements into their creators’ indie sounds — its string-aided rock was a bit of an outlier. Four years later, arpeggiators and […]
At first glance, Shawnee, Oklahoma-based singer-songwriter Samantha Crain makes an unlikely front woman. She might not be a boho trendsetter like Johanna and Klara Söderberg, the sisters of Swedish folk-pop outfit First Aid Kit for whom Crain is currently opening. But, even alone on stage (except for her guitar), Crain quickly proves why she’s warming […]
It’s probably hard to open for The Afghan Whigs, one of the more formidable rock bands of the ’90s, with their huge sound and Greg Dulli’s powerful vocal — and even more challenging to open for the six-piece group as a solo artist. Unless you happen to be Joseph Arthur. Of course, Arthur wasn’t exactly […]
It was gear that brought singer-songwriter and guitarist Adam Granduciel to Echo Mountain Recording Studios, one of five studios in five different states where he recorded The War on Drugs’ latest effort, Lost in the Dream. (The band also recorded parts of 2011’s Slave Ambient there.) Granduciel wanted to use Echo Mountain’s Fairchild 670 stereo […]
These days ’90s alt-rock band reunions are a dime a dozen. Then again, there really wasn’t another ’90s band like The Afghan Whigs. When its major-label debut, Gentleman, dropped in 1993, the group’s sprawling soul-and-R&B-inflected rock histrionics and dapper style stood out among a crowded field of flannel-clad grunge upstarts. The Greg Dulli-led outfit went […]
For more Wood Brothers images, check out David Simchock’s blog, Front Row Focus. Not long into The Wood Brothers’ sold-out Saturday night show at The Orange Peel, Chris and Oliver Wood told a story about playing the same venue a few years back. It was a seated concert and they optimistically set out 100 chairs. […]
If there’s a theme to this week collection of songs, it has to be unique takes on roots music — though Philadelphia-based rockers Purling Hiss probably don’t fit in the roots category at all. Still, their re-envisioned approach to rock and pop fits with The Wood Brothers’ innovation of blues and Americana, and Judah & […]
“Within the first few bars of opener ‘Wastin’ My Mind,’ which could pass for a lost cut from The Last Waltz, it’s clear the brothers are operating on a different plane than when we last heard them, on 2011’s Smoke Ring Halo.” So says the bio for The Wood Brothers and their new album, The […]
by Paul Clark The biggest challenge to making a movie about the busking scene in downtown Asheville, says Erin Derham, was knowing when to stop. New buskers cycled through town all summer, giving the filmmaker endless possibilities to flesh out her story on the subculture these musicians inhabit. Super-organized and deadline-oriented, Derham gave herself six months […]
What was once a derogatory term for a woman of questionable repute is now the band name for a pair of brothers — producer/guitarist Matt Hill and drummer Mark Hill. The Floozies’ take on contemporary funk includes samples, talk box, plenty of nods to psychedelia and party anthem savvy. “You know the brothers could easily […]