Smart Bets: Crystal Antlers

This Long Beach, Calif., indie-rock outfit doesn't have a bio on its website. Or on its Facebook page. So you have to dig around for interviews with publications like American Pancake and Fox+Hound to learn fun facts like bassist/vocalist Jonny Bell has a day job as a contractor, drummer Kevin Stuart paints motorcycles and guitarist Andrew King loves animals. And despite some pretty aggressive rock momentum and sporadic slashes of psychedelica, they didn't exactly win over the Gypsy-punk crowd when they opened for Gogol Bordello earlier this year. That's OK, because while Bell, Stuart and King’s sound may be inspired by Southern California environs, it'll also feel right at home in the grit-meets-art-meets-nature of Asheville. They take the stage at The Mothlight in West Asheville on Thursday, Oct. 24. Kovacs and the Polar Bear also performs. 8 p.m., $10/$12. themothlight.com. Photo by Pixie Mol

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