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  • Doin’ it for themselves

    -by Alli Marshall
    "You've got to be born to do this," says Mary Frances, keyboardist for Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty band. She's talking about a number of things — being on stage,…
  • Isis, arise

    -by Kim Ruehl
    The Isis Theater closed its doors the same year Elvis made his final appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show: 1957. To say a lot has happened since then would be…
  • To her own beat

    -by Alli Marshall
    Swedish-born singer/songwriter Lykke Li is well traveled (she's lived in Portugal, Morocco, Nepal, India and Bushwick, Brooklyn), a fact that seems to have left her not just worldly but wary.…
  • Whither Taylor Martin’s Engine?

    -by Webmaster
    Given the fact that it was the World Series and Tolliver’s Crossing is basically a sports bar, expectations of a good night of music were low. Luckily, it’s always better…
  • Surrender to the spectacle

    -by Webmaster
    Give yourself an hour to take in Bryan Eno’s 77 Million Paintings at the YMI. It’s not so much that you will look at the audio/visual installation — you will…
  • The Profiler

    -by Webmaster
    The Suspect: moe. The band started with a chance meeting and a conversation about Tom and Jerry cartoons at the University of Buffalo. Live, guitarists Chuck Garvey and Al Schnier…
  • Smart Bets: The Bloodroots Barter

    -by Xpress Staff
    Bluegrass-influenced quartet The Bloodroots Barter may or may not actually live in the Kentucky cabin of a dead carpenter, with smoke wafting from the chimney and a deer hide tanning…
  • Smart Bets: Breakestra at the Asheville Music Hall

    -by Xpress Staff
    L.A.'s eight-piece collective Breakestra is all about (by the band's own admission) "deep funk, good ol’ hip-hop breaks and psychedelic soul-jazz fever." And, the bio continues, a show entails "dancing…
  • Smart Bets: Tellabration!

    -by Xpress Staff
    Storytelling (the folk art variety, not the "dog ate my homework" variety) is an ancient and enduring form of entertainment, and it's just as viable now as it ever was.…
  • Smart Bets: Worldline, St. Solitude and Tennessee Hollow

    -by Xpress Staff
    Local music producer Andrew Schatzberg of Alive and Well Records (home of St. Solitude) decided last year to record a collection of his own songs (inspired by Radiohead, U2, Pink…
  • Weekly Picks

    -by Webmaster
    Bees: Tales from the Hive will be screened on Wednesday, Nov. 16 from 6-8 p.m. by Transition Hendersonville. Held at Black Bear Cafe, 318 Main St., Hendersonville. Info: http://www.transitionhendersonville.com. A…


  • Goat chops

    -by Webmaster
    2 tablespoons olive oil Salt and pepper 3 crushed garlic cloves 2 tablespoons dried marjoram 1 pound goat chops Heat a heavy bottomed pan over medium-high heat.  While the pan…
  • He’s got your goat

    -by Mackensy Lunsford
    Goats have an undeserved bad reputation. They’re charged with eating absolutely everything and smelling fiercely bad while doing it, like a teenage boy, but with more facial hair. At least…
  • Small Bites: The White Duck takes a break

    -by Webmaster
    Asheville taco fans, we have some bad news for you — at least temporarily. The White Duck Taco Shop is no longer open at 4 p.m. on weeknights, and it’s…
  • Small Bites: The Eatbox buzz

    -by Webmaster
    There's an Eatbox buzz, and it's small wonder, really. Since the food truck began turning out cheap but creative — and really good — breakfast this fall in the parking…
  • Small Bites: Area food news in quick bites

    -by Webmaster
    New bar opens this winter Ready for a new, unpretentious watering hole with plenty of space to roam? Prepare for The Tiger Mountain Thirst Parlour, opening at 103 Broadway in…


  • Know your status

    -by Megan Dombroski
    In the 30 years since AIDS was first reported in the United States, great strides have been made in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the disease — but it's…
  • Photo finish

    -by Webmaster
    (photo by Max Cooper)
  • Sparks fly after referendum

    -by Jake Frankel
    The rancor over the quarter-cent sales-tax increase to fund capital improvements at A-B Tech didn't end when the polls closed on Nov. 8. After months of contentious debate, voters approved…
  • The Beat

    -by Webmaster
    On Nov. 10, U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry held his first public event in Asheville since the N.C. General Assembly’s redistricting plan shifted most of the city to his 10th Congressional…
  • Head to head: Amid lean times, local beer business flourishing

    -by Jake Frankel
    The old adage that the business of booze is recession-proof — or recession-resistant, anyway — seems to be panning out for local brewers. Despite tough economic conditions the last few…
  • Foam ’n’ fizz

    -by Anne Fitten Glenn
    1993: Smoky Mountain Brewery opens in Waynesville. It closes four years later. 1994: Oscar Wong and John McDermott start Highland Brewing Co. in the basement of Barley's Taproom in downtown…
  • Ripples

    -by Webmaster
    At Echoview Farm in Weaverville, hop bines curl upward toward the sun. Hops helps bring out the particular flavors in different styles of beer, owner Julie Jensen explains. And while…
  • Bark and run for a good cause

    -by Webmaster
    What: A morning jog with a dog can be a refreshing start to the day, but throw in several dozen canines and runners, and you’ve got yourself a pack of…