The Suspect: BoomBox
DJs, songwriters, multi-instrumentalists … mix it all together and you end up with the freeform electronica duo, BoomBox. Each show is a new adventure; the band doesn’t create a set list prior to shows, but instead chooses the music based on the atmosphere and crowd. If the show is a dud, you have no one to blame but yourself.
Can Be Found: The Orange Peel, Friday, Jan. 20
RIYD: Disco Biscuits, Big Gigantic.
You Should Go If: You’re hoping to understand women better by watching The Bachelor; you nod constantly even when you’re pretty sure you don’t really agree; the last party you had was BYOB and invited people to help you paint your bathroom and dispose of all the remaining leaves in your yard; you’re still trying to heal from … your guidance counselor telling you that “Brains aren’t everything.”
The Suspect: Langhorne Slim
This singer-songwriter got his start touring with the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players. He’s established himself as an Asheville favorite with his solo shows and energetic openings for the Avett Brothers and the Drive By Truckers.
Can Be Found: The Grey Eagle, Saturday, Jan. 21.
RIYD (Recommended if You Dig): Ryan Adams at his most upbeat, Felice Brothers, Avett Brothers.
You Should Go If: Now that you know how simple it is to make/harvest/cultivate, you wouldn’t dream of buying pickles, beer, baby food, honey, scarves, dog food, cheese, beef jerky, etc.; you hope to someday be the person your LinkedIn profile suggests you are; you or someone you know is directly responsible for West Asheville being cool; you’re still trying to heal from … your parents telling you that there was no “real” difference between girls and boys blue jeans.
The Suspect: Blind Boy Chocolate and the Milk Sheiks
This young WNC band had a big 2011; they performed at Merlefest in the spring and recorded an 11-track album, Asheville Infamous. The Sheiks play a mix of ragtime and old-fashioned jug band music.
Can Be Found: The Grey Eagle, Tuesday, Jan. 24.
RIYD: Carolina Chocolate Drops, the Blue Rags.
You Should Go If: You dress like an extra from Boardwalk Empire; your parents encouraged you to join Occupy Asheville to “add some structure to your life”; drinking from anything besides straight out of the bottle or jelly jars seems like showing off; you’re still trying to heal from… classmates torturing you with your own suspenders.