Thursday, Feb. 18
• Local DJ/radio personality/singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist and recent round champion of the White Horse’s Great Blue Ridge Talent Search, Aaron LaFalce (below) pretty much does everything. Triple threat? Try quintuple threat. He plays Vincenzo’s (10 North Market St., Asheville, 254-4698) at 7:30 p.m. Tips.
• Atlanta-based John Zedd (below) was high school student government president, voted most likely to succeed, graduated cum laude from Harvard and attended Michigan Law School. He also performs sweet indie-pop tunes a la Jason Mraz and the Weepies. Zedd will be at Firestorm Cafe (48 Commerce St., Asheville, 255-8115) for a free show at 8 p.m.
• Piano man Dave Turner (below) will be at Westville Pub (777 Haywood Rd., West Asheville, 225-9782) at 9 p.m., free.
Friday, Feb. 19
• Absurdist Gypsy jazz outfit Sirius.B starts off the weekend at Highland Brewery’s tasting room (12 Old Charlotte Hwy., Asheville, 299-3370). 6 p.m., tips.
• “We are a lot like Van Halen,” says The Slow Death (pictured) from Minneapolis. That is, “If they played punk rock and loved country music, if there were entirely different people in the band, they played totally different songs, they all played different instruments and they didn’t really care for the real band Van Halen.” The Slow Death brings its hard-hitting cowpunk drinking music to Broadways (120 North Lexington Ave., Asheville, 285-0400). 9 p.m.
• In case you heart AC/DC covers and Jagermeister, and in case you’d forgotten, The Sharkadelics play a weekly spot at The Hanger (Holiday Inn Hotel, 550 Airport Rd., Fletcher, 684-1213). 9:45 p.m., $5.
• Local experimental bands Shake Azalia (pictured) and Glasswalls join Christian rockers Divide the Sea (South Carolina) and The Young American Landscape (Texas) to perform at Crossroads Assembly (20 South Bear Creek Rd., Asheville, 254-5519). 8 p.m., $5.
• Folk musician Jenny Arch will be at Cypress Cellar (321 North Main St., Weaverville, 698-1005). 8:30 p.m., free.
• Americana artist Sal Willows performs, for free, at De Soto Lounge (504 Haywood Rd., West Asheville, 255-1109). 8:30 p.m.
• Rock/fusion quartet Supervision has a name that calls to mind an exceptional ocular ability and a take-no-prisoners playground monitor. Either way, they’ll be at the Garage at Biltmore (101 Fairview Rd., Asheville, 505-2663). 9 p.m., $3.
• Blues rock singer/songwriter John Paskoff plays for tips at the Root Bar (1410 Tunnel Rd., Asheville, 299-7597). 9:30 p.m.
• Tween-rockers BlackJack (below) stay out past their bedtime (actually, it’s okay: They’ve opened for the likes of Johnny Winter so a few missed hours of sleep probably won’t hurt ‘em) for a 10 p.m. spot at The Watershed (207 West State St., Black Mountain, 669-0777). $5.
—Alli Marshall, A&E reporter