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  • Part mixing board, part Ouija board

    -by Alli Marshall
    In the olden days there was (sonically speaking) mono, which meant (like in the Otis Redding/Carla Thomas chestnut, King & Queen) if two people were going to sing on an…
  • Wizards and warriors

    -by Joseph Chapman
    It’s hard not to talk about Electric Toaster & The Battle Axe, the upcoming third release by Asheville’s If You Wannas, without mentioning the work and homemade gear that went…
  • The savior of Southern mixtapes

    -by Webmaster
    DJ Chuck T, who calls himself the “Carolina King” and “The Lord and Savior of Southern Mixtapes,” cannot be accused of lacking confidence. And while his bravado and outspoken nature…
  • Brevard Music Festival turns 75

    -by Webmaster
    While the heat of summertime sends many folks to the cool tides of the closest ocean, the Brevard Music Center is set to make some (sound)waves of its own during…
  • “That’s the way the funks work”

    -by Joseph Chapman
    Having a GPS and the luxury of a computer directing you from point A to point B is nice, but sometimes, Bootsy Collins likes to get lost. “We lose our…
  • Unbridled musicianship can still be accessible

    -by Joseph Chapman
    Jonathan Scales stands illustrated on the cover of his third album, Character Farm & Other Short Stories, wielding pan sticks with two glowing fists and a sort of wayward look.…
  • The Profiler

    -by Webmaster
    The Suspect: Chris Isaak His breakthrough hit was the 1989 song “Wicked Game,” boosted by a steamy black-and-white video shot by Herb Ritts.  A Washington Post review of last year’s…
  • Smart Bets

    -by Xpress Staff
    Josh Phillips Local singer/songwriter/ping-pong champ Josh Phillips blends reggae, folk, rock and soul into songs that are both meaningful and party-ready. Phillips has been hard-at-work on a follow-up to his…
  • Weekly Picks

    -by Webmaster
    If you've ever wondered about the women behind the drafting table, don’t miss the Asheville debut of Women in the Dirt, a documentary about female landscape architects. Director Carolann Stoney…


  • Eat up!

    -by Webmaster
    Cúrate is just one stitch in the fabric of our local food scene. WNC is a rich tapestry of farms, specialty and open-air markets, talented chefs and other food service…
  • The sorcerer’s apprentice

    -by Mackensy Lunsford
    Liquid nitrogen vapor billowing around her, Katie Button looks every bit the sorcerer. Button, one of the owners and the executive chef of Cúrate, whisks the liquified gas into what…
  • Small Bites

    -by Webmaster
    It’s hot! But plenty of local chefs are making it easier to bear the heat this summer. Not content with simply making homemade ice cream, local frozen-treat artisans are turning…
  • Local food signs of summer

    -by Webmaster
    They say that Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer. In our thriving local food community, that’s because it’s the time summer squash and other early-season veggies begin joining…


  • Getaway

    -by Webmaster
    You may not find vampires in Brevard, the county seat of Transylvania (“trans” for across and “sylvan” for wood). But there are attractions like Dupont State Park, Looking Glass Falls,…
  • Exploring darkest Asheville

    -by Webmaster
    Gardeners are explorers. Always on the hunt for the next great find, they seek out obscure nurseries, order from distant catalog companies and peer over neighbors’ fences. Like the great…


  • Mergers and acquisitions

    -by Webmaster
    Last month, Angel Medical Center, a small hospital in Franklin, announced a partnership with Mission Health System. Angel CEO Tim Hubbs told Xpress that the 80-bed facility needed help to…
  • Getting and spending

    -by Jake Frankel
    Buncombe County Board of Commissioners June 7, 2011 meeting School funding bumped up County to get new communications system The Buncombe County commissioners garnered a mix of scorn and praise…
  • WNC wellness review

    -by Wade Inganamort
    Pardee ready to name a CEO "The Pardee Hospital board of directors is planning to announce the top candidate for hospital CEO at a special-called board meeting Wednesday. An eight-member…
  • Dogged determination

    -by Christopher George
    When Randy Shull and Hedy Fischer bought the future home of Pink Dog Creative in March of 2009, Depot Street was a very different place. The flood of industrial buildings…
  • Juneteenth

    -by Webmaster
    Celebrate what you’ve got and who you are. That idea frames Hillcrest residents’ Saturday, June 18, celebration of “Juneteenth” — a national event that commemorates the end of slavery in…
  • NCMatters: Sunshine and livermush

    -by Nelda Holder
    While the all-important $19.7 billion state budget labored its way through the General Assembly en route to Gov. Bev Perdue’s historic June 12 veto (the first time a North Carolina…
  • The Beat: Asheville’s Relay for Life raises money to fight cancer

    -by Margaret Williams
    So far, the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life of Asheville has raised $100,000 for the national organization's research, education, advocacy and service programs. Though the initial event was held…


  • Conservation now

    -by Webmaster
    The U.S. Forest Service recently released its Southern Forest Futures report, which assesses how Southern forests may change over the next 50 years. It paints a gloomy picture: As urban…
  • Don’t judge a book by its cover — especially in a library

    -by Webmaster
    When I read Mr. Roberts’ June 1 Xpress letter, “What Happened to Pack Memorial Library?” my first reaction was speechless disbelief that he would take it upon himself to label…
  • WNC Community Media is not URTV — we are

    -by Webmaster
    I was a producer at URTV for a year, for the show A Question of Meaning. I greatly valued the opportunity to broadcast ideas to the Asheville area. It fast…
  • Nice work if you can get it

    -by Webmaster
    In response to Robert Thatcher's letter in the May 4 Xpress, “Wholly Satisfied with Whole Foods”: In an economy in which there are far fewer jobs than there are people…
  • A room of one’s own? A waste of taxpayers’ money

    -by Webmaster
    It appears that our county commissioners could not care less that taxpayers don’t want to go deeper in debt in the worst economy in years. They want seven new offices,…
  • A plan for the ethical and honorable treatment of fish

    -by Webmaster
    Our fisheries are being mismanaged. House Bill 353 is not the answer. I am a commercial fisherman who believes fish are gifts from God that should be treated with respect.…
  • Sen. Apodaca needs a math lesson

    -by Webmaster
    Poor Republican Sen. Apodaca. The self-disgust this husband of a former school teacher must feel apparently runs pretty deep given the lengths he goes to in his attempts to construct…
  • Budget Fountains

    -by Brent Brown
  • Asheville Transit

    -by Molton
  • Weekly Asheville Disclaimer Page: 06/15/2011

    -by Webmaster
    • Splashville regulars unhappy about Sunday religious services in park • Xpress reporter’s draft of live Bonnaroo report riddled with typographical epiphanies • Exodus International conference, which aims to ‘cure’…