Digital Disconnect

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Cover Design Credit:

Anna Whitley

Cover Photography Credit:

Pat Barcas
Like 40 percent of their fellow Americans, many rural residents in the Sandy Mush area of Buncombe County don't have access to high-speed Internet. Xpress takes a look at the digital divide.


  • Panda Bear on transformation, handmade songs and kid critics

    -by Xpress Contributor
    During the past 15 years, no band has had a bigger impact on the sonic trajectory of independent music than Animal Collective. But within that talented membership, none has had…
  • Smart bets: Jeff Thompson

    -by Kat McReynolds
    With his 2014 release, eclectic local creative Jeff Thompson says he’s finally penned an album that “comes from and appeals to the mind, the heart and the booty simultaneously.”
  • Matthew E. White’s subtle calibration

    -by Bill Kopp
    Born and raised in Virginia Beach, Va., White grew up with pop music. The result of his talent filtered through those influences is music that's tough to describe. “If I…
  • Smart bets: Tennis

    -by Kat McReynolds
    Denver-based husband-and-wife duo Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore have been dreaming up sea-inspired retro-pop together as Tennis for half a decade now.
  • Local playwright Waylon Wood stages sentimental “Letters and Notes”

    -by Justin Souther
    “It’s a strange process; it’s like osmosis,” says producer, writer and director Waylon Wood of his latest play, Letters and Notes Found on the Windshield at the Piggly Wiggly Parking…
  • Smart bets: Miles Wide

    -by Kat McReynolds
    The term “independent musician” doesn’t quite convey the extent of Kyle Donovan’s dedication to the do-it-yourself ethos. Performing under the name Miles Wide, the self-taught musician acts as his own…
  • State of the Arts: RAD Studio Stroll moves to a new weekend

    -by Kyle Sherard
    Each spring and fall, thousands of art and craft collectors and enthusiasts converge on the River Arts District for the biannual studio strolls. Now, as the stroll enters its 21st…
  • Smart bets: Jacqueline Terry

    -by Alli Marshall
    Jacqueline Terry is a park ranger and will soon be heading out to Glacier National Park in Montana for a five-month stint. But along with her love of nature and…




  • Screen scene: Local film news

    -by Edwin Arnaudin
    A documentary on the Tarahumara tribe, registration for the 48 Hour Film Project, results of the 8th annual Music Video Asheville and more.