The Suspect: NeedtoBreathe
If anyone on Grey’s Anatomy ever finds religion, chances are they’ll be playing NeedtoBreathe in the background. Bear and Bo Rinehart, sons of an Assembly of God pastor and a piano teacher in Possum Kingdom, S.C., grew up playing football and music. The band’s third album, The Outsiders, has drawn comparisons to U2 and solidified the band’s crossover into the secular world: They had songs featured in the films “Extraordinary Measures” and “P.S. I Love You,” and the album made it to No. 20 on the Billboard charts.
Can Be Found: The Orange Peel, Wednesday, Sept. 8.
RIYD (Recommended if You Dig): John Mayer, Coldplay, the Fray.
You Should Go If: You have more than 500 friends and 1,000 photos on Facebook; You listen to music with your eyes closed; When you graduate you want to be either a doctor or a J. Crew model; You lie awake at night wondering . . . would Jesus have a problem with jello shots?
The Suspect: Richard Buckner
Originally from California and now living in Brooklyn, Buckner is a singer/songwriter whose smoky baritone is one of the most distinct voices performing today. His style is singular, introspective and adheres to his creative vision with little regard to commercial appeal. His last two albums, Dents and Shells and Meadow, were released by the N.C. indie label Merge Records.
Can Be Found: The Grey Eagle, Wednesday, Sept. 8.
RIYD: Son Volt, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Townes Van Zandt.
You Should Go If: You didn’t speak your first words until a month into kindergarten; You’re uncomfortable with the level of eye contact it takes to look in the mirror; Talking on your cell phone sends you into a bottomless spiral of self-loathing; You lie awake at night wondering . . . more Zoloft or more vodka?
The Suspect: Those Darlins
“I got drunk and I ate a chicken / I ate a chicken that I found in my kitchen / Not just a leg and not just a wing / I’d like to let you know that I ate the damn thing …” So begins Those Darlins’ rockin’ ode to post-partying binging, The Whole Damn Thing. This honky-tonk-meets-punk-rock female trio hails from Murfreesboro, Tenn. and played at this year’s South By Southwest Music Festival.
Can Be Found: The Grey Eagle, Saturday Sept. 11.
RIYD: Freakwater, Holly Golightly, Neko Case.
You Should Go If: Your mom took you to get your first tattoo; A trailer is where you feel most at home; You spent most of junior high hung over; You lie awake at night wondering . . . is my parole officer just pretending to like me?
The Suspect: Dungen
This ‘60s-style psychedelic rock/free jazz/ambient band from Sweden comes to Asheville in the first week of its four-month tour of the U.S. and Scandinavia. The buzz around this band continues to grow; last year they played several shows with the Fleet Foxes and they’ve been chosen to perform in the All Tomorrow’s Parties music festival. Their highly anticipated fourth album, Skit I Allt (translation from Svenska: F*ck all) is due out in September.
Can Be Found: The Grey Eagle, Sunday Sept. 12.
RIYD: Tame Impala, Pink Floyd, Panda Bear.
You Should Go If: You drive to Charlotte at least once a month just to walk around IKEA; You’ve written a rock opera based on “The Lord of the Rings” set to the music of Pink Floyd; You’re afraid to ski but you love wearing turtleneck sweaters; You lie awake at night wondering … SPF 30 or 50?