The Suspect: Xiu Xiu
This California experimental art-rock outfit has been challenging and entertaining audiences for almost 10 years. Fronted by singer-songwriter Jamie Stewart, the band’s most recent video (which featured band member Angela Seo vomiting on Stewart) made quite a splatter on the Internet.
Can Be Found: Grey Eagle on Friday, Sept. 9 at 9 p.m.
RIYD: Deerhoof, Black Moth Super Rainbow
You Should Go If: When arriving at any festival you make a beeline for face-painting booth; you use your webcam as a mirror; your rap sheet includes public urination, making crop circles on other people’s property and highjacking a hot-air balloon ride; you’ve been waiting all summer for … the Asheville Whole Animal Butchery Workshop.
The Suspect: Wick-It the Instigator
Andrew Owsley, aka Wick-It the Instigator, mashed together two of the top albums of 2010, The Black Keys’ Brothers and Big Boi’s Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty and the results earned a shout out from Big Boi himself. You can download the album for free from Wick-It’s Soundcloud page.
Can Be Found: Pisgah Brewing on Friday, Sept. 9, late show.
RIYD: Girl Talk, Milkman, mash-ups
You Should Go If: Not even your closest friends know what your ears look like; your body wash/body spray/deodorant combo announces your impending entrance with the smells of wilderness, spicy freedom, ocean breeze, woodsy fruity citrus, regular freedom, palm trees, sunshine and fresh lime; you have a secret doodle notebook, re: what Beyonce and Jay-Z’s baby is going to look like; you’ve been waiting all summer for … your mom to agree to buy you that second pair of Ray-Bans.
The Suspect: Los Lonely Boys
Best known for their No.1 single, “Heaven,” and the double-platinum debut album, the three brothers from Texas play rock ‘n’ roll mixed with a little country and Latin. This spring, they released their seventh studio album, Rockpango.
Can Be Found: The Orange Peel on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 9 p.m.
RIYD: The Allman Brothers Band, Eric Clapton.
You Should Go If: Disaster porn has replaced your addiction to shark porn; you’re working hard behind the scenes to make the Asheville Topless Rally a monthly event; “Smooth” is your go-to karaoke song closely followed by “Cocaine”; you’ve been waiting all summer for … the N.C. Mountain State Fair.