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  • Smart Bets: The Dex Romweber Duo

    -by Lea McLellan
    The Dex Romweber Duo is “a creepy doll collection of surf, proto-rockabilly, garage, dark and vengeful blues, and nobody but nobody plays it like Dex,” according to a press release.…
  • State of the Arts: Show and tell

    -by Kyle Sherard
    Everyone loves a great return and Friday, May 9, brings two. Jamaica People, opening in West Asheville, presents images a local photographer brought back from her trips to that Caribbean…
  • Smart Bets: The Apache Relay

    -by Alli Marshall
    It might seem to The Apache Relay that the road to national recognition is paved with tiny, hard-won steps. Still, the Nashville-based indie-rockers play each show as if it’s an…
  • Happy birthday to Moog

    -by Edwin Arnaudin
    Tribute concert raises funds for Dr. Bob’s Sound School Synthesist Erik Norlander first met the late Robert Moog in January 1997 at the annual National Association of Music Merchants trade…
  • Quintessential soul survivor: Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires at Pisgah Brewing on Thursday, May 8

    -by KPeterson
    Daptone recording artist Charles Bradley is on a lengthy four-month tour. That string of shows will bring him to the Pisgah Brewing outdoor stage on Thursday, May 8.
  • Knotty business

    -by Steph Guinan
    Fiber Weekend at the Folk Art Center includes demonstrations, hands-on activities and a wearable art fashion show take place Saturday and Sunday, May 10 and 11.
  • Smart Bets: Wham City

    -by Lea McLellan
    Fresh off their Adult Swim debut, Baltimore-based arts collective Wham City — the group responsible for the viral video “Drinking out of cups,” among others — is spreading its weird…
  • Smart Bets: Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932

    -by Alli Marshall
    Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932, the new novel by best-selling author Francine Prose, is full of the kind of characters that would be at home in a John…


  • Home base: Odd’s Café opens in West Asheville

    -by Elizabeth Reynolds McGuire
    There is a new home on Haywood Road. Surrounded by West Asheville's popular restaurants, shops and music venues, Odd's Café, which opened for business on Monday, April 28, hopes to…
  • Beer scout: As easy as ABC

    -by Thom O'Hearn
    Two years ago Mike Rangel, co-owner of Asheville Brewing Company, took a trip out west for the San Diego Brewing Convention. While he was there, he visited a brewpub called…
  • Pushing the envelope: Table Wine broadens its reach

    -by Jonathan Ammons
    Running a wine shop isn’t easy. Margins are often surprisingly tight and it can often seem impossible to compete with the prices in the big grocery chains. A number of…
  • The widening gap

    -by Micah Wilkins
    Newly released data pulled from Feeding America’s 2012 Map the Meal Gap study shows a 2 percent increase in food insecurity in Western North Carolina. In that year, the study…
  • Small bites: Food news to go

    -by Gina Smith
    Biscuit Head is spreading the love. Soon Ashevilleans who don't happen to live in on the west side will no longer have to drive to Haywood Road to get their…


  • The people’s medicine

    -by Lea McLellan
    If it sometimes seems as if everyone and her sister in Asheville is an aspiring herbalist, there’s a reason for that. Mimi Hernandez, executive director of the American Herbalists Guild,…



  • Nonprofits: Greater than the sum of our parts

    -by Aiyanna Sezak-Blatt
    When Xpress asked local nonprofits about the role of collaboration in empowering their respective missions, one thing became crystal clear: We stand stronger and serve better when we work together.
  • Batting a thousand: Swannanoa family takes in Tourists

    -by Beckett Bathanti
    For the past eight years, Gary and Karen Bartlett have been hosting players from the Colorado Rockies’ Class A affiliate, and they have no intention of hanging it up anytime…
  • Out of the city and into the woods

    -by Hayley Benton
    For the past three summers, Nicole Hinebaugh has led a group of children from Asheville’s public housing neighborhoods down the hiking trails of Western North Carolina. This year, she needs…
  • Common capital: Mapping Asheville’s shared economy

    -by Jordan Foltz
    Shared economies are based on collaboration — the belief that collective ownership of resources leads to their most effective use. In such systems, advocates say, individuals don’t have to struggle…


  • Drivers should take care to avoid killing animals

    -by Letters
    As a lover of nature and of animals, I am constantly disheartened by the amount of roadkill I witness on the roads of Western North Carolina. The senseless death of…
  • Fingers crossed for park

    -by Letters
    Now that the old garage and all the rest of it has been torn down across from the U.S. Cellular Center, the cleared space and the blue sky above it…
  • Beer-ed?

    -by Brent Brown
    With major new breweries in Transylvania, Henderson and Buncombe counties in the area, the sipsters are about to eclipse the hipsters. (Unless they are one and the same.)
  • Ramp it down

    -by Letters
    I look forward to eating ramps every year and was excited to see them today at my local market. Unfortunately, the roots were still attached to the savory bulbs. Digging…
  • Xpress management should admit its mistake and support David Forbes

    -by Letters
    For a long time, Mountain Xpress has been my kind of paper. The stories are, in my opinion, the ones that should be written and engage our local community in…
  • Shortage of local reggae hints at lack of diversity

    -by Letters
    After six months in and around Asheville, it did not take the recent article on diversity [“Hidden in Plain View,” April 30, Xpress] to know that there is a lack…