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Laura Jane Grace and her band play The Orange Peel on Saturday, Oct. 21.
The Chicago rockers sounded remarkably fresh for a band nearly 25 years into its run.
A recent report on Asheville’s music industry prescribed more more business infrastructure to support the arts, and Melissa Myers’ new company Red Rover Booking aims to do just that. Already her agency represents a dozen artists, and the roster continues to grow.
The album’s title references a wedding tradition, and that’s fitting: Barnes moved to Asheville at the beginning of the 2000s to marry his new love; the couple now lives in nearby Rutherfordton.
Country/folk musician Austin Lucas and comedian Ryan Singer stop by The Odditorium on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 8 p.m.
For her first tour under her own name, singer-guitarist Saliers has put together a band worthy of the material; Hung is featured on violin, and opening act Lucy Wainwright Roche sings harmony. The rhythm section features drummer Reade Pryor and Mars Volta bassist Juan Alderete.
The neosoul singer/guitarist plays The Mothlight on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 9:30 p.m.
The Charlotte-based instrumental funk quartet plays 185 King St. in Brevard on Friday, Oct. 13, at 8 p.m.
The sixth annual concert and auction takes place Monday, Oct. 16 at Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown.
The four acts — The Veldt, Moon Hootch, The New Mastersounds and JD McPherson — spotlighted in this edition represent very different styles of music.
Lukas Nelson is fresh off the heels of releasing his fourth studio album with his band Promise of the Real.
Through exploring the role of art and aesthetics in social activism, the Radical Beauty conference — a new event hosted by the Montreat Conference Center from Monday, Oct. 9 through Thursday, Oct. 12 — offers an alternative approach to promoting cultural change.
A well-written, superbly played collection, the album displays the group’s distinctive character. Certainly there are hints of the band’s influences — the usual suspects — but there’s a fresh and modern approach applied to all 11 group-composed songs.
Not surprisingly, Russ Wilson has his own opinion as to why big band jazz has endured. “For lack of a better term, it appeals to the masses,” he says. “Besides the true musical value — which has to be there — there’s entertainment value to it.”
Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard teams with Nashville singer-songwriters Jesse Lafser and Becca Mancari for a Sunday, Oct. 8, show at The Orange Peel.
The local singer-songwriter swaps songs with Chuck Brodsky and Jonathan Byrd on Saturday, Oct. 7 at White Horse Black Mountain.
The inaugural two-day music festival is set for Oct. 7-8 at Pisgah Brewing Co.
Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features a graphic novel told through the lens of a cell phone, an immersive musical by The Synthesis Experiment and a comedic film about the wild ride of parenting.
The Franklin, Tenn.-based singer-songwriter is a classically trained musician, and that shines through in his music.
The warm, welcoming set could have continued for another 10 songs without complaint from the crowd.