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Travis Medford's art

It's been awhile since graphic designer Travis Medford worked at Xpress (he's now a designer at Lark Crafts), but his posters still decorate the walls around our offices. They'll also hang on the walls of Push Skate Shop & Gallery: Medford's art exhibit, The Third Other, is a collection of new works on wood and limited-edition silk-screened art prints inspired by comics, band fliers, skateboard graphics and more. The opening reception is Friday, April 8, 7-10 p.m. pushtoyproject.com.

Fitz & the Tantrums

You might have caught L.A.-based Fitz & the Tantrums (the MoTown-sounding retro-pop outfit led by soul duo Michael Fitzpatrick and Noelle Scaggs) when they opened for Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings last year. Since then, the band's full-length album Pickin' Up the Pieces has gotten tons of radio play. There have been appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live and tour dates with Maroon 5. Fitz & the Tantrums returns to the Orange Peel as a headliner on Monday, April 11, 8 p.m. (April Smith & The Great Picture Show opens). $12 advance/$14 doors. theorangepeel.net.

Al Petteway and Amy White

It takes a little doing to explain the sound of locally based acoustic duo Al Petteway and Amy White. "Their repertoire includes original, traditional, contemporary Celtic- and Appalachian-influenced music with occasional nods to rock and jazz," says a press release. In concert, between them, they play acoustic guitar, mandolin, Celtic harp, piano, banjo, lap dulcimer and percussion. Oh, and they sing. They'll do all of thisat the Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville's Mountain Spirit Coffeehouse on Sunday, April 10. 7 p.m., $12-$15 adults/$8-$10 students. uuasheville.org/Coffeehouse.php.

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