Thursday, Oct. 25
• Asheville Music Hall hosts avant-pop act Two People Playing Music with opener Levek. The show is free and starts at 11 p.m. Which means you can head over post-Justice at the U.S. Cellular Center.
• Whether or not you’re holding a ticket to Moogfest, you can go to MinimoogFest at the Moog Music Factory’s store (160 Broadway St.). It’s free and open to the public. Check out DJ sets by locals Marley Carroll and In Plain Sight (below; winners of the Remix Orbital for Moogfest contest), along with MSSL CMMND (featuring Chad Hugo from N.E.R.D. and Daniel Biltmore). Sponsored by QSC, Pisgah Brewing and Buchi. 3-6 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 26
• Local experimental and underground arts collective SWAMPING (get to know some of the musicians on compilation albums New Weird Asheville, Vol. 1 and 2) hosts two afternoons of music at Apothecary (39 S. Market St.). The unoffical showcase — titled, all seasonally appropriate-like, Haunted Days — features 10 groups from in and around Asheville. Performances are free, open to all ages, and run from 2-7 p.m. each day. Friday, Oct. 26: Morbids (deathgaze), Chorus House (singer-songwriter), Alligator Indian (surreal synth-pop), The Decent Lovers (alt-pop) and Albert Adams (math-rock)
• The One Stop holds a free unofficial Moogfest showcase with Nomadic (blues/funk/rock/electronic from Boone) at 6 p.m.; Woodwork (downtempo/hip-hop/dubstep/house) at 7:15 p.m.; KDSML (UK-born/Nashville-based DJ) at 8:15 p.m.
• Local ambient-electronic musician and composer Danny Peck, aka dep releases his latest effort, the sweeping, organic, and wrenchingly lovely rivers & ghosts. Peck celebrates the new record on Friday, Oct. 26 at BoBo Gallery, 8-10 p.m. Watch a video interview with dep here.
• Running from 8 p.m. to midnight on both Friday and Saturday, Asheville’s Media Arts Project (the MAP), in collaboration with the Asheville Cultural Arts Division and the Bob Moog Foundation present Synthesis: A Bob Moog inspired exhibition of Video & Sound. The event includes “videos, live performance, interactive soundscapes by local media artists including Constance Humphries, Sara Baird, John Brinker, Chad Adair, Sarah, Bonner, Alli Good, Jason Holland and Jason Scott Furr will be projected via The Easel Rider Mobile Arts Lab.” Held at Pack Square Park.
• Emerald Lounge is hosting a local showcase during Moogfest, with a full roster of bands Friday and Saturday nights. The showcase is free to Moogfest pass holders and $10 per day for the general public. Moogfest day-pass holders get in free on the day of their ticket. Buy Friday advance tickets at http://avl.mx/m7. On Friday: Panther God (Beat music) from 9:30-10:45 p.m.; Aligning Minds (breakbeat, dubstep, IDM, down-tempo) from 11 p.m.-12:15 a.m.; Futexture (IDM, tech-step, house, down-tempo) from 12:30-2 a.m.
Saturday, Oct. 27:
• Swamping’s Haunted Days at Apothecary continues with Housefire (analog acid trance), Thai Food Duo (effected guitar and vocals mixed with samples and beats), The Charlotte Hornets (Grammer School side project with keys, guitar, effects and drums), Date Night (loop-based synth) and Balloon Animal Farm (psyche drone)
• Asheville on Bikes’ annual Pumpkin Pedaller returns on Saturday, Oct. 27. It’s a costumed community bike ride through Asheville. Google map available here. Meet at City Hall at 3 p.m., ride starts at 3:30 p.m. and culminates with a Halloween celebration at Wedge Brewing at 5:30 p.m.
• Need more exercise? Already have a costume? The annual Super Hero 5K race takes off at 4:30 p.m. Registration is $25 and closes on Thursday, Oct. 25.
• The One Stop‘s unofficial showcase (free!) continues with Cindercat (pictured; hypnotic, improv) at 6 p.m.; Skywalkers (local jazz-fusion-meets-minimal-prog) at 7:15 p.m.; Kontur (glitch tech, bright melodies, and powerful bass) at 8 p.m.
• Synthesis: A Bob Moog inspired exhibition of Video & Sound continues in Pack Square Park. The event includes “videos, live performance, interactive soundscapes by local media artists including Constance Humphries, Sara Baird, John Brinker, Chad Adair, Sarah, Bonner, Alli Good, Jason Holland and Jason Scott Furr will be projected via The Easel Rider Mobile Arts Lab.” 8 p.m. to midnight.
• Emerald Lounge’s local showcase continues with Novakord (synthesized vocals and beats) from 9:30-10:15 p.m.; Sonmi (electronic instrumental) from 10:30-11:15 p.m.; RBTS WIN (electro-soul) from 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.; Paper Tiger (trip-hop, down-tempo) from 12:45-1:45 a.m. Buy Saturday advance tickets at http://avl.mx/m8.
Sunday, Oct. 28:
• Asheville Music Hall holds a post-Moogfest party with Gaudi and opener Govinda. Gaudi has been performing since the ‘80s; this year he released the double cd compilation Everlasting – selected and mixed by Gaudi. Show starts at 10 p.m., tickets are $15 in advance or $18 day of show.