From bluegrass to blue seas: Singer-songwriter Shannon Whitworth says her new album, High Tide, didn’t feel as if she was doing something different. It felt like an accurate picture of where she and her band are right now.


You might think you know Shannon Whitworth. With her Americana roots and her Belk commercials and her pageant-pretty-turned-Bohemian looks. And then you listen to her new album, High Tide. It drifts on salty breezes, it aches and glimmers. Whitworth smolders on each beachy, swoony, retro-cool track. And you think, who is this? And why didn’t […]

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On the radar

River Arts District studio stroll Don’t be fooled by the “studio stroll” title. Sure, this twice-a-year happening is about visiting the workspaces of the River District’s artists. But it’s really a weekend-long social event. Make plans to meet friends, gather out-of-town visitors or just go it solo: You can’t go to a RAD studio stroll […]

Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool introduced into the Madison County schools

According to a press release, Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool cirriculum — an initiative of The Moog Foundation — “teaches second grade students the physics of sound using acoustic and electronic musical instruments such as the theremin, as well as oscilloscopes and custom educational materials developed by the Bob Moog Foundation educational team. Through DBSS, students learn […]

Apparel company Appalatch holds a Kickstarter to launch world’s first 3D printed sweaters

Local apparel company Appalatch, featured in this Xpress story: , has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the production of the world’s first 3D printed sweaters. The sweaters will be knit to the exact specifications of the wearer, ensuring a perfect fit. Plus, the 3D printing means no waste (20-30% of fabric is thrown […]

Fired up: Youth-run music fest Barnaroo moves from a Weaverville barn to the event-ready space of Franny’s Farm in Leicester. Photo by Cat Ford-Coates

Farm out

Didn’t make it to Bonnaroo this year? There’s still time to check out Barnaroo, a locally produced festival and Western North Carolina’s only youth-run music event. Barnaroo was created in 2009 by Andrew Scotchie (the frontman of roots-rock collective The River Rats). He was 16 at the time and wanted to create a space for […]

Moogfest’s 4th Annual Circuit Bending Challenge

Electronic music festival Moogfest returns in April, 2014, and with it the annual Circuit Bending Challenge. According to a press release, “Circuit bending is a creative medium that combines technology, sonic artistry and creativity. By altering the internal circuitry of electronic devices such as keyboards, drum machines, and children’s toys, circuit benders are able to […]