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  • -by Webmaster
    Steep Canyon Rangers: It's hardly news that Asheville-based Steep Canyon Rangers is a world-class bluegrass band. They've been local stars for years, and they've been steadily increasing their fan base…
  • In the bluegrass pocket

    -by Alli Marshall
    Darren Nicholson toured for three years with Nashville singer Alecia Nugent. With her, he played the Grand Ole Opry several times a month. And, he says, “I got to play…
  • Hop to It

    -by Webmaster
    Happen upon The Hop on Merrimon on a Tuesday evening and you’re likely to get a youth-rock band, juggling act or classical cello concert along with your brain freeze. For…
  • Smart Bets: Altan

    -by Xpress Staff
    Irish music group Altan has been keeping the traditional flame alight for nearly three decades. The band was formed in the late '80s, in County Donegal, by fiddler and vocalist…
  • Smart Bets: Even the Animals

    -by Xpress Staff
    Newly formed local band Even the Animals blends dusky Americana with softly gritty indie rock. The band's name comes from its own achingly pretty waltz-noir "Love and Loss." The group…
  • Smart Bets: Dala

    -by Xpress Staff
    Toronto-based duo Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine are, together, Dala, aka "the angels of folk music." They've been garnering critical acclaim since their debut, This Moment is a Flash. Their…
  • The Revival Tour

    -by Webmaster
    Chuck Ragan is best known as the gritty voice behind post-hardcore outfit Hot Water Music. But since 2008, the songwriter has focused on bringing roots-y folk tunes to fans "in…
  • Smart Bets: Carolina Sketchfest

    -by Xpress Staff
    Need more sketch comedy in your life? Carolina Sketchfest knows how you feel. The newly launched comedy festival plans to run twice each year with a showcase of sketch-comedy groups…
  • Smart Bets: Joshua James

    -by Xpress Staff
    Singer-songwriter Joshua James grew up in Nebraska, but lives on a farm in rural Utah, where, according to press, "He's learned to live off the land and appreciate a simpler…
  • State of the Arts

    -by Kyle Sherard
    A new show at UNC Asheville’s Highsmith Union Gallery has revived a conversation some might have thought improbable in Asheville — that of artistic censorship. It’s even resulted in an…
  • Calendar highlights: puppets, Easter eggs and the Red Bus Project

    -by Webmaster
  • Behind the mic

    -by Webmaster
    Asheville FM hosts dozens of weekly shows that run the gamut of musical styles and tastes (you name it, they've got it). But don't take our word for it: take…
  • Villages gets a national nod

    -by Webmaster
    The Asheville music scene landed in the national spotlight again last week when local drone/ambient artist Ross Gentry (Villages) was interviewed by VICE Magazine for its website. Gentry is co-founder…
  • Clubland features: Kontained, Sarah Tucker and MamaRoux

    -by Webmaster


  • See Asheville eats on Food Network, Saturday, March 30

    -by Emily Patrick
    Watch a one-hour special episode of Rebel Eats, featuring Asheville chefs, businesses and breweries.
  • This weekend: Check out the Asheville Artisan Bread Festival

    -by Emily Patrick
    The gathering of professional and amateur bakers promises big names, such as cookbook author Peter Reinhart, as well as plenty of samples.
  • Stick to your list

    -by Emily Patrick
    Tyler McCall understands the perils of the grocery store: the crowded aisles, the long lines, the impulse buys. He's created a business to address those problems. Simply, To Go, which…
  • Food blindness

    -by Emily Patrick
    Readers, Xpress has been blind. For nearly four years, a local, affordable, family friendly restaurant has gone nearly unreported. I'm not really sure why we haven't written about Piazza in…
  • Sweet on brewing

    -by Emily Patrick
    With local beer, pickles, kombucha and more, fermented foods are brewing all over Asheville. Soon, cider will become part of that list. Come fall, Urban Orchard Cider Bar will open…
  • Think tanks

    -by Webmaster
    Last week, Charleston’s major news stations spotted something unusual coming into the port: a cargo ship with the upper deck loaded to capacity with 28 fermentation tanks. All of them…


  • Kids in mind: Mindfulness practices get kid-sized

    -by Caitlin Byrd
    Mindfulness for children can be found all over town, from the hospital to a small West Asheville school.
  • Truth citizens: Media literacy in the digital age

    -by Caitlin Byrd
    “Today’s student has literally received messages from millions of channels, all with varying standards and styles,” says UNCA lecturer Michael Gouge. And the result, he maintains, is a generation that’s…
  • Start the presses

    -by Caitlin Byrd
    Student journalism is nothing new: Guided by faculty advisers, kids have been producing yearbooks, literary magazines, in-house news broadcasts and school newspapers for many years. Now, however, even those traditional…
  • Self-Help/Carolina Mountains launches Go Local certificate of deposit

    -by Webmaster
    On Friday, March 22, Carolina Mountains Credit Union will launch its first-ever local certificate of deposit — the Go Local CD.
  • Lending locally: CDFIs help keep your investments at home

    -by Webmaster
    In the early 1980s, a group of nuns laid the groundwork for what is now a growing movement to invest locally.
  • Blotter

    -by Webmaster
    Openings The Curiosity Shoppe (art, antiques, accessories), 3028 U.S. Highway 70, Black Mountain, 828-669-7467. Devotion Organics (natural, local body-care products and cosmetics), 108 N. Lexington Ave., 772-0910. Zia…
  • Get set for Healthy Kids Day, Saturday, April 13

    -by Webmaster
    The YMCA of Western North Carolina and Greenlife will host Healthy Kids Day, Saturday, April 13, at Pack Square, starting at 11 a.m. with a parade. Then it’s all fun…


  • Powergrabbers

    -by Molton
  • Ukiah Morrison

    -by Molton
  • The N.O. Fensives

    -by Brent Brown
  • Asheville Disclaimer

    -by Webmaster
    Police chief: Search for suspect responsible for son’s crash of my car reopens several household cold cases
  • Cartoons contribute an important voice

    -by Webmaster
    I have been disappointed by recent letters to the editor that bemoan the lack of taste and humor in the cartoons carried by the Mountain Xpress [“Brent Brown and Xpress…
  • Printing Brent Brown was socially irresponsible

    -by Webmaster
    While searching the March 5 Xpress for an ad announcing the grand opening of my business, Devotion Organics, I was shocked to see a large “KKK” in the cartoon on…
  • Invest local, produce local

    -by Howard Nemon
    I want to applaud Jeff Fobes’ commentary on “Invest Local” and his commitment to publishing practical examples and ideas for increasing local investments in our region [”The Local Economy,” March…
  • Come and take

    -by Webmaster
    In the March 6 Conversations piece, “Up In Arms,” Boatrocker implied that the Spartan defense at Thermopylae was a pointless slaughter. She omits the fact that 300 brave men (sheep…
  • Having no voter-ID law is a burden

    -by Webmaster
    It is sad to see the League of Women Voters squander its credibility by echoing partisan myths about voter ID law [“Is Voter ID Really Worth All These Burdens?" Feb.…
  • We don’t shut down on you, so don’t shut down on us

    -by Webmaster
    This city needs to have all bus routes available on Sundays! Most people that work for the city have Sunday off. However, these people go to restaurants, grocery stores, shops,…