The Asheville Beat Tape Collective exists to connect local electronic musicians with national talent, often hosting multi-artist performances like the group’s upcoming two-night stint at Asheville Music Hall. The collective’s initial “psychedelic beat showcase” features DJ Kutzu, Slums, EmE, Musashi Xero and Atlanta-based headliner The Difference Machine ($6). Night two sees Ellie Herring and MONO/POLY opening for New York City-based soloist Blockhead, who is currently touring to promote his self-released album Bells and Whistles ($12). The two BEAT LIFE shows, which organizer Paul Gaeta says “emphasize the more downtempo, melodic, subtle and beautiful sides of dance music,” take place on Friday and Saturday, April 10-11, at the One Stop and Asheville Music Hall (respectively), both starting at 9 p.m. ashevillemusichall.com. Photo of Blockhead courtesy of the artist
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