Smart bets: The Ballroom Thieves

While every band doesn’t need a drum set, sometimes powerful percussion is exactly what elevates an interesting indie-rock outfit above the sea of competition. And making that drum set portable is even more important, which is why Boston-based The Ballroom Thieves are smart to travel with a kit formed from a djembe, floor tom and auxiliary percussion. The superrhythmic trio also includes guitar, cello and fierce vocals: “Put my love to the test, unbridled and undressed, made its bed in a hornet’s nest, and we both got stung,” sings Martin Earley on “Droves,” from the band’s new EP. A heady mix of folk and rock sounds and energizing and haunting songs, The Ballroom Thieves have been racking up rave reviews. They put in an appearance at New Mountain on Saturday, Sept. 27, at 8 p.m. $10. newmountainavl.com. Photo courtesy of the band

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Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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