Smart Bets: Boogarins

Four months after opening for Tame Impala at U.S. Cellular Center, Tuareg guitarist Mdou Moctar returns to Asheville for a Sunday, Sept. 8, show at The Grey Eagle. While his name is likely to draw a healthy crowd of concertgoers who’ve witnessed or heard enthusiastic reports of Moctar’s previous local shows, opening act Boogarins is similarly worthy of a generous turnout. Noted for its high-energy live performances, the Brazilian psych-rock quartet has honed its studio sound over its past two albums — including this year’s release, Sombrou Dúvida — all without losing an onstage edge that’s been known to inspire the occasional crowdsurfing. Whether such activity will occur in the noted listening room remains to be seen. $17 advance/$20 day of show. Photo by Pedro Margherit

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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