Smart Bets

Little Tybee

Part orchestral, part moody jazz-pop, part modern-ambient, Little Tybee is an odd collection of sounds and influences that fall together in wondrous ways. The band, which takes its name from a tiny island off the coast of their native Georgia, recently released its sophomore album Humorous to Bees. They play the Grey Eagle on Thursday, March 24 with local bands Sky Lake and Do It To Julia. 8:30 p.m., $7. thegreyeagle.com.

Fleshtones

There's something about the band name The Fleshtones that sounds like you've heard it before. And you might have: 25 years and 16 albums in, the band, according to press, "wears the mantle of 'world’s best party band' with pride." They bring their self-described "shindiggin' rock" to the Admiral on Thursday, March 24. Greg Cartwright of Reigning Sound opens. 10:30 p.m., $13 advance/$15 day of show. theadmiralnc.com.

Future Islands

Minimalist pop band ("post-wave," if you will) Future Islands may be based in Baltimore, but they have an N.C. connection. Members met as students at East Carolina University and after a brief stint as Art Lord & the Self-Portraits, they regrouped in the current lineup. Most recently, they released In Evening Air on Thrill Jockey records. Future Islands plays Broadway's on Friday, March 25 with Thank You. future-islands.com.

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  1. WNC Jill

    It seems like Thursday and Friday are covered quite nicely here. I’ll be watching Do It To Julia on Thursday, then going back to The Grey Eagle on Saturday for LAMA Fest to watch most all of my favorite Asheville bands on one stage…for just 10 bucks!

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