Not only does nothing in this week’s round up cost over $5, there are also some cutting-edge acts for the price of your pocket change. Indie-duo Osaka Pearl launches a CD, Christian rockers raise money for a local mission, metal takes over the Boiler Room and satirical songsters The Surrogate Squad (pictured) play a show in their car.
Friday, Jan. 30
• What goes with pizza and beer? Apparently, Locomotive Pie. The Americana-roots band plays Blue Mountain Pizza (55 N. Main St., Weaverville) at 7 p.m. No cover.
• Christian rockers Admit1 are at The Encouraging Cup (3099 Hendersonville Road, Fletcher) for an 8 p.m. show. $3.
• Also $3: Now You See Them at Fred’s Speakeasy (122 College St., Asheville).
• Asheville’s pop rock outfit Broomstars are at The Boiler Room (11 Grove St., Asheville) with Telestrion from Atlanta at 9 p.m. $5.
• Also $5: Dehlia Low at Jack of the Wood (95 Patton Ave., Asheville); Phuncle Sam with Iyah Roots and Bitter Gemma at The Garage at Biltmore (101 Fairview Road, Asheville) and The Sharkadelics at The Hangar (I-26 Asheville Airport exit, Arden).
Saturday, Jan. 31
• Christian rock, for a good cause: Weaverville’s Ignite 12:29 plays a benefit for ABCCM at 11 Rocket Dr., Asheville. Here are the details: “Warm up the night benefit concert for ABCCM at covenant community church. Meal at 6 p.m., music at 7 p.m. Music by Ignite 12:29 and Zoe Seed. Call 298-8955 for more info.”
• For something a little heavier, Machines of Sin and Sorrow play a 10 p.m. show at The Boiler Room (11 Grove St., Asheville) with Convalescence, Ironside, and As Sick As Us. $5.
• In the mood for something really different? Experimental quintet The Surrogate Squad from Canton (they sing scratchy, a capella ditties about goat cheese, toilet paper and taxidermy) has planned a 10 p.m. show “In the back of Wesley’s car on the way to McDonald’s.” Price? A burger. According to the group’s MySpace page, “Yes, the band is writing some new material. And we are doing [it] in no place other than the back of Wesley’s car. You may join us and be astounded, but you must keep [quiet] and also buy our meals.”
• Steer clear of fast food restaurants and stick to a $5 budget with A Social Function at Magnolia’s (26 Walnut Street, Asheville), Osaka Pearl at BoBo Gallery (22 Lexington Ave., Asheville) or the vintage rockabilly of Crackerjack at Westville Pub.
— Alli Marshall, A&E reporter