Smart Bets: Black Mountain

Despite being peppered with questions about various ties to their non-namesake Buncombe County town each time they tour through the area, the members of LA-based rock band Black Mountain persevere and seem to enjoy playing Asheville on a regular basis. Their latest circuit is in support of new album Destroyer, named in honor of the discontinued, single-run 1985 Dodge muscle car and filled with songs that capture the exhilaration and terror that frontman Stephen McBean felt after getting his long-delayed driver’s license. The quintet heads to The Grey Eagle — which, appropriately enough, originated in Black Mountain — on Saturday, Nov. 23. Eclectic rocker Ryley Walker, typically a headliner himself, gets things going at 9 p.m. $17 advance/$20 day of show. Photo by Olivia Jaffe


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About Edwin Arnaudin
Edwin Arnaudin is a staff writer for Mountain Xpress. He also reviews films for and is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association (SEFCA) and North Carolina Film Critics Association (NCFCA). Follow me @EdwinArnaudin

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2 thoughts on “Smart Bets: Black Mountain

  1. Cynthia R Tomaszewski

    I’m a displaced, very homesick Black Mountain girl!
    Why isn’t Mountain Xpress available in Forest City?

    • Virginia Daffron

      Aww, you brought a tear to my eye! Both for being a displaced Black Mountain girl and for missing your Xpress. In Rutherford County, we distribute to about a dozen locations in Lake Lure in the summer months. But alas, it’s no longer summer. I hope you’ll consider signing up for our (brand new this week) weekly email newsletter here.

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