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Dehlia Low Live CD release

Local bluegrass act Dehlia Low, in its brief three-year tenure, has already become one of those bands that is so in demand elsewhere it's hard to catch them at home. This past year they played Merlefest and Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival — and also found time to put out a new album: Live. The 11-song collection was recorded "at notable venues in the southeast including the Grey Eagle, Down Home and Mockingbird." They hold a CD-release party at the Get Down on Friday, Nov. 5, 9 p.m.

Sufjan Stevens

From his unusual name (pronounced Soof-yahn), to his costumed performances (giant wings, cheerleader uniforms) to his surreal and tender lyrics, indie singer/songwriter Sufjan Stevens can seem downright other-worldly. In fact, he's from Detroit. And his new album, The Age of Adz, is a bit of a departure, with heavy electronics in addition to orchestration. Stevens plays the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium on Sunday, Nov. 7, 8 p.m. $40.50 includes fees.

Nikki Talley CD release

With her trademark enthusiasm, local singer/songwriter Nikki Talley writes, "I am now SUPER excited to announce that I am CELEBRATING the release of BEAUTIFUL CHARMER at the LAB Friday, Nov 5. :)" The album includes local musicians Jon Stickley (Shannon Whitworth Band), Aaron Price and Mike Holstein, and was recorded at Collapseable Studios. An early track offered lush instrumentals and Talley's pretty voice front and center. The CD-release party kicks off at 9:30 p.m. $10.

Marco Benevento

Pianist/organist/composer Marco Benevento plays the Wurlitzer and considers himself a "sound sculptor," and the name of his newest album is Between the Needles and Nightfall (which he recorded at Trout Recording and then cut, looped and shaped in his home studio). He has probably one of the coolest websites ever. It's possible that he's having altogether too much fun. He plays The Grey Eagle (with his trio) on Thursday, Nov. 4. Utah Green opens. 9 p.m., $10 advanced/$12 day of show.

For the Birds

Five powerhouse women from Asheville’s singer/songwriter community will bring their talent to For the Birds, a showcase of original music. The lineup features Jenny Greer of Jen and the Juice, Chelsea Lynn Labate of Ten Cent Poetry, Amanda Platt of The Honeycutters, cellist Melissa Hyman and Dulci Ellenberger of Now You See Them. For the Birds is an in-the-round evening — this will be the second year of the showcase. “It has an intimate, living-room kind of vibe,” says Hyman, who organized the events. “We want both the musicians and the audience to feel that they’re part of something special.” 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9. BoBo Gallery. $5. If you can’t make the event, watch the live stream at


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