Old and new: Self-described "folkestral" six-piece Hey Marseilles specializes in lush, pop-friendly ballads with soaring string sections, old-world accordion, delicate keys, dueling horns and narrative tales of longing for and finding home. Yet, despite the band's sprawling, orchestral arrangements, The Seattle-based outfit fits comfortably with the modern indie folk scene. Hey Marseilles plays The Grey Eagle on Friday, Oct. 18.
Misty mountain hop: Local hip-hop duo Crazyhorse and Colston flavors its music with the disparate sounds of other Asheville acts and keeps its message positive, "fighting against a culture of disrespect and superficiality that has become increasingly popular and acceptable in our modern era of music," according to its bio. Catch the alternative MCs at Emerald Lounge on Tuesday, Oct. 22.
Shake it like a polaroid picture: Brother/sister duo Wild Belle may defy concise descriptors, but who cares when the music is this danceable? The pair's debut album, Isles, is a world-friendly affair that draws on psych-pop, electronica, reggae, funk and jazz for a beat-centric sound catchy enough to make mountains move. Wild Belle plays Emerald Lounge on Sunday, Oct. 20.
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