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  • Meet the players

    -by Webmaster
    Layne Redmond Primary Instrument: Frame drums What She’s All About: As both a player and a historian, Redmond is considered one of the foremost authorities on frame drums — essentially…
  • Beatific happening

    -by Webmaster
    In the eyes of River Guerguerian, there are few problems that can’t be solved by percussion. He sees the musical component as medicine for the world, an element that is…
  • Kabul together

    -by Alli Marshall
    Author Khaled Hosseini says his just-released novel, And the Mountains Echoed, began with a perfectly clear and vivid picture in his head. “It was this man walking across the desert,…
  • Tavern of curiosities

    -by Max Miller
    Don’t call it a dive bar. Although the Odditorium occupies the same cozy building on Haywood Road that once housed the Get Down, owners Amy Marshall and Tamy Kuper have…
  • Heavens to Etsy

    -by Steph Guinan
    Crafts are going online in a big way, and local artists are taking advantage of the trend. Sales on the hugely popular online site Etsy (a craft, handmade and vintage…
  • Smart Bets: Night Beds

    -by Xpress Staff
    Nashville-based Night Beds recently released Country Sleep, the band's debut full-length. Singer-songwriter Winston Yellen says it's the group’s first album out on a label but, “It doesn't put a stamp…
  • Smart Bets: David Byrne & St. Vincent

    -by Xpress Staff
    The May-to-December album collaboration is far more interesting than the May-to-December romance. Though, like the latter, the former tends to spawn something unexpected and thought-provoking and not necessarily long-lasting. Think…
  • Smart Bets: The David Mayfield Parade

    -by Xpress Staff
    The second in this summer's RiverLink RiverMusic free concert series is set for Friday, June 14, beginning at 5 p.m. High-energy Americana act The David Mayfield Parade headlines. Mayfield last…
  • Smart Bets: Blue Ridge BBQ Festival

    -by Xpress Staff
    The Carolina Foothills Chamber of Commerce puts on what some say is the most popular barbecue festival in the U.S. And while that claim (like all things to do with…
  • Smart Bets: Kruger Brothers

    -by Xpress Staff
    Siblings Jens (banjo, harmony vocals) and Uwe Kruger (guitar, lead and harmony vocals) began their musical career in their homeland of Switzerland, but since it was American folk music (specifically…
  • Smart Bets: WNC Highlands Celtic Festival

    -by Xpress Staff
    Border collies, bagpipes, Irish dance, kilts and plenty of microbrew: The WNC Highlands Celtic Festival returns for the fourth year. Celtic food and vendors, pipes and drums and plenty of…
  • Smart Bets: Ahleuchatistas

    -by Xpress Staff
    Ahleuchatistas’ music is something akin to sonic parkour, a race of immense speed and skill, physical prowess, mental fortitude and ninja-like reflexes. It's also about the onstage symbiosis of Shane…
  • From homeless to hope update

    -by Jen Nathan Orris
    Last year Xpress did an audio profile of Patrick Littlejohn, a formerly homeless composer who used music to pull himself out of poverty. The Practical Schillinger School of Music, an…
  • Calendar highlights: Firefly Gathering, Alternate ROOTS, AVL Father’s Fest

    -by Webmaster
  • Clubland features: Megahurtz, Waylon Jennings tribute

    -by Webmaster



  • Farm & Garden

    -by Jen Nathan Orris
    Organic demands The old economic theory of supply and demand is at the core of the organic food movement. When consumers seek out organic produce, they fuel the local food…



  • Hey! Stop! This is my water!

    -by Brent Brown
  • Asheville Disclaimer 06/12/13

    -by Webmaster
    New food truck makes debut downtown
  • Block buster

    -by Webmaster
    For the May 30 cover story, Xpress reporters David Forbes and Jake Frankel used the East Chestnut Street neighborhood on the cusp of downtown and north Asheville to examine the…
  • Ride on, brothers and sisters!

    -by Webmaster
    I read Norman Plombe’s letter, “Why on Earth Are You Waving at Me?” in the June 5 Xpress. … Why on earth would he want to project [his] grouchy jerkiness…
  • Holder deserves respect, not censure

    -by Webmaster
    I have been an avid reader of Mountain Xpress (and Green Line before it) since the beginning. I have watched your staff struggle with issues of journalistic ethics. While I…
  • Our quality of life is at stake

    -by Webmaster
    What kind of mentality does it require for the N.C. Senate to pass a law restricting alternative means of transportation, legislation that could improve our physical and environmental health? Shouldn't…
  • Good game, Wyvern’s Tale

    -by Webmaster
    The Wyvern's Tale on Merrimon Avenue is an awesome gaming store. The A.C. Reynolds High School Gaming club would like to thank the Wyvern's Tale for sponsoring our club in…
  • Jesus is my DJ

    -by Webmaster
    We are blessed to be able to pick up two great gospel stations in the asheville area: WKJV (1380 AM) and WGCR (720 AM). I urge you all to try…