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  • Prom-ised land

    -by Alli Marshall
    The prom, that pinnacle of the high school experience, can be more anxiety-making than memory-making. No date, the wrong date, a date who leaves with someone other than who he…
  • Oozing liberty

    -by Dane Smith
    "At the time I was making it, there were long nights laying awake thinking, 'What the hell are you doing? This is ridiculous," says Josh Tillman about last year's Fear…
  • A rock in the current

    -by Alli Marshall
    I believe that we, the listeners, best love those artists who tell us something about ourselves. About our humanness and our flaws, but also about our potential: the worth of…
  • State of the Arts: The Philadelphia story

    -by Kyle Sherard
    You won’t find King Charles sporting Cher’s haircut, or any other ornate, high-stepping and wig and white-tight-wearing royalty in The Philadelphia Story: Contemporary Figurative Works Drawn from the Academy. But…
  • Smart Bets: Warm the Bell

    -by Xpress Staff
    Local indie-psychedelic outfit Warm the Bell (Sean Robbins, Vickie Burick, Sam Brinkley and Rick Shore) has been busily working on debut, You Are the Sun. The album was recorded at…
  • Smart Bets: Polly Panic

    -by Xpress Staff
    The cello is kind of a secret weapon. It's smooth and orchestral, but effectively emotive and surprisingly versatile. Think: Ben Sollee, Pearl and the Beard and Rasputina. And add Asheville's…
  • Calendar highlights: Spoon/Feed, Dogs and Suds, David Holt

    -by Webmaster
  • Clubland features: Blue Highway, Folk Soul Revival

    -by Webmaster
    High lonesome sound: Blue Highway's all star lineup is weighted with award winning pickers who’ve earned the band a place in the highest echelon of contemporary bluegrass. The Grammy-nominated quintet…


  • Building a bazaar: Asheville’s tailgate markets host global flavors

    -by Emily Patrick
    Wadadli Dessert Oasis, Ma Belle France and La Gringa Tamalera offer a taste of the world.
  • Shout out loud

    -by Emily Patrick
    “I grew up going to the market every week with my mother. Twice a week, we would go to the market. That’s where we would go do our food shopping.…
  • Bicycle built for food

    -by Emily Patrick
    To really get the lay of the farmland, hop on your bike. The second Cycle to Farm event offers an opportunity to experience the countryside and meet local producers while…
  • Posana adds (more) polish

    -by Emily Patrick
    Don’t be alarmed by Posana’s image: the restaurant isn’t closing — at least, not permanently. Over the past week, it’s taken a break for renovations. “We have people sticking their…
  • Final fire

    -by Emily Patrick
    Over the past couple of months, Adam Hayes has added some new ingredients to his repertoire, including moonshine and Mountain Dew. The chef at the Red Stag Grill at the…
  • Simple flower

    -by Emily Patrick
    Whereas some first-time restaurant owners might welcome a high-profile opportunity, Kris Dietrick, the new owner of Café Azalea, is relieved to work with the small and simple. He spent most…


  • In the garden

    -by Webmaster
    The garden's big day Earth Day has come and gone and Mother's Day is just around the corner, but who could forget National Public Gardens Day? (It’s Friday, May 10,…



  • The Gospel According to Jerry

    -by Jerry Sternberg
    Editor's note: This is the eighth installment of Jerry Sternberg's "Life in Seely's Castle" saga. The earlier pieces are available at or (which also contains additional photos of…
  • Energize local

    -by Webmaster
    Kudos to Xpress for the terrific April 17 issue on sustainability! I've been delighted with the recent focus on the local economy. I especially loved reading about living roofs [in…
  • On the way to the Mississippi …

    -by Webmaster
    The Metropolitan Sewerage District quite literally spilled into the week’s news again, but with consequences beyond administrative policy. As David Forbes reported on April 30, “A malfunctioning pump at the…
  • Heeere’s … Justin!

    -by Webmaster
    Note: An earlier version of this letter misidentified the review’s author. Justin Souther’s review of Room 237, the documentary about the various interpretations of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining was interesting.…
  • Buncombe County raising taxes under disguise

    -by Webmaster
    At the April 13 Buncombe County Board of Commissioners Retreat, under “budget updates and discussion,” County Manager Wanda Greene's body language said it all — even her voice. Questions, or…