Why I drove 3 hours to see The Bronzed Chorus

It wasn’t the typical show that you’d drive 3 hours from Asheville to see – a lot smaller turnout than say, The Flaming Lips’ two nights in Atlanta a few weeks ago, or maybe Phish’s upcoming stop in Charlotte – but it’s summer. Driving all over the place for music is inevitable. I wasn’t making the five-hour pilgrimage to Bonnaroo this year, so when I saw the Facebook invitation for three of my favorite North Carolina bands in Greensboro last Thursday, I said, “why not?”

Neon Heathens at Push Skateshop & Gallery

This Friday, Push Skateshop & Gallery (25 Patton Ave) presents Neon Heathens, a local artist showcase curated by painter Gabriel Shaffer. The show opens at 7 p.m. and features pieces from Andy Herod, Michael Hsuing, Shaffer himself, along with Nicolas Pecoraro, Shawn Oldham, Nathanael Roney, Heironymous and Jesse Reno. Xpress’ Nathanael Roney will do a poetry reading and Ben Lovett will provide the tunes.

Eleven & the Falcons: weird, in a good way

Describing the sound of Eleven & the Falcons is no easy task: they come across as independent of their contemporaries and ahead of their time. Under the guise of catchy pop songs, rich ambience and a collection of found sounds make the band inimitable; blown-out practice amps and student-level instruments dominate their setup – but […]


It was hard not to feel like an outsider as I took my seat atop a barstool at the French Broad Brewery. As the pre-show banter between the audience and band indicated, I was a stranger amongst friends. Family members dominated the makeup of the dozen attending and I felt a bit out of place, […]