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?”
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.
Warren Haynes has always wanted to be a soul singer. From his first Aretha Franklin greatest hits CD to hearing James Brown broadcast from radio stations right here in Western North Carolina, soul music inspired Warren Haynes to pick up the guitar and start writing songs of his own.
For all of the heartache, sometimes cryptic and ethereal mourning of love lost on Opportunity Cost, there are points where West is downright pithy and almost uncanny in self-awareness.
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, […]
“We’re like dubstep meets bluegrass”: Weird-yet-surprisingly-listenable surrealist pop trio Eleven & the Falcons recently played Firestorm Cafe. Singer/songwriter Amy White opened.
A review of the local band’s recent show at French Broad Brewery.
New York-based (but in WNC for the summer) 2/3 Goat attempts to meld pop-rock and bluegrass on Up The Mountain.
Lost in the Trees re-releases 2008’s All Alone in an Empty House on L.A.-based Anti Records.
Richie Tipton and the Firsts Kings aren’t exactly the saints their cross-bearing CD art makes them out to be.