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  • Amped up

    -by Webmaster
    Downtown Asheville transforms into an oasis this weekend. That is, if your idea of a watering hole includes 50-plus electronic-music acts spanning multiple genres and generations. Along with eight venues,…
  • Electric company

    -by Alli Marshall
    There’s an ongoing argument about whether opposites attract. While the collaborations set to appear on Mountain Oasis’ various stages might not settle that age-old question, they’re likely to prove that…
  • One king, two kingdoms

    -by Webmaster
    The LEAF offers a very different experience than the one promised by this weekend’s inaugural Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit. The first is a celebration of creativity in a pastoral…
  • Local oasis

    -by Alli Marshall
    The music festival extends beyond the scope of its three-day lineup with a number of smaller-venue showcases, featuring local and regional acts. Shows at The Emerald Lounge, The Mill Room…
  • Sound check

    -by Webmaster
    Jad Fair, guitarist and founder of post-punk outfit Half Japanese If you could collaborate with any other Mountain Oasis artist, who would it be and why? I've recorded two albums…
  • Smart Bets: Crystal Antlers

    -by Xpress Staff
    This Long Beach, Calif., indie-rock outfit doesn't have a bio on its website. Or on its Facebook page. So you have to dig around for interviews with publications like American…
  • Smart Bets: Music Collectors Show

    -by Xpress Staff
    Despite rumors that cassette tapes are making a comeback, vinyl is still king. OK, maybe the MP3 is really king, but among collectors and serious audiophiles, no iTunes playlist can…
  • Smart Bets: Sara Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion

    -by Xpress Staff
    According to the bio of folk-rock on- and off-stage duo Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion, they’ve finally hit their stride with new album, Wassaic Way. The hook-heavy, jangly collection…
  • Smart Bets: Brett Dennen

    -by Xpress Staff
    The first thing that singer-songwriter Brett Dennen wrote for his new album, Smoke and Mirrors, was “Wild Child,” a song, he says, “Pointed the ship in the direction it was…
  • On the scare-dar

    -by Webmaster
    Celtober This is no mere Oktoberfest. It’s Celtober (and, for some participants, kiltober), and it’s back for a second year. The festival includes three days of Celtic, tribal, rock and…
  • Redemption, baseball and the South

    -by Max Miller
    Baseball differs from any other team sport because it puts as much spotlight on the struggle between two players as it does on competing teams. Never mind the outfielders and…
  • Calendar captions: life-sized chess, Girl Scout art exhibit, Tryon wearable art show

    -by Webmaster
  • Clubland features: Electrochemical, Old Flings, Burial Beer Co.

    -by Webmaster


  • Pigging out

    -by Sharon Bell
    At first glance, the Red Wattle pig gives no telltale signs that it’s the source of what leading culinary professionals consider the highest quality pork money can buy. The distinctive…
  • Late-night bites

    -by Michael Franco
    Editor’s note: Michael Franco has explored dining options that have recently appeared on the late-night scene. This installment investigates Storm Rhum Bar & Bistro’s after-hours offerings. The sun set hours…
  • The fika files

    -by Elizabeth Reynolds McGuire
    Editor’s note: Blogger, minister and globe-trotting coffee aficionado Elizabeth Reynolds McGuire spends her downtime promoting the Swedish idea of fika and checking out local coffee shops. This week, she begins…
  • New butcher on the block

    -by Toni Sherwood
    Meredith and Casey McKissick are bringing fresh-from-the-farm meats to Black Mountain with their new shop, Foothills Farms and Butchery, located across the street from Dynamite Roasting Company. The owner of…
  • Autumn on tap: Urban Orchard Cider Co. to open on Haywood Road

    -by Gina Smith
    Urban Orchard Cider Co. is set to provide Asheville with a dedicated space for celebrating that quintessential fall fruit — the apple. The family-owned company will kick off the soft…
  • BEER SCOUT: The tidings of fall

    -by Webmaster
    Seasonal beers are nothing new for Asheville breweries. Summer is better with a Green Man Summer Ale. Fall isn’t fall without a pint of French Broad’s Zepptemberfest. And of course,…


  • By Design: An Asheville lotion business and Go Local spell success

    -by Webmaster
    Launched in March by Self-Help Credit Union’s western retail division, Carolina Mountains Credit Union, the Go Local Certificates of Deposit help small businesses like By Design Personalized Body Lotions and…
  • My name is Beth

    -by Webmaster
    More than 8,000 North Carolina women reported being diagnosed with breast cancer, according to the 2010 Census. Each one has a story; here’s the story of Buncombe County resident Beth…
  • The Biz

    -by Webmaster
    Openings: Amish Country Market & Deli, 171 Weaverville Road. 484-9343 Blue Kudzu Sake Company, 372 Depot St., Suites 50 & 60. 350-7790. Green Sage (third location), 70 Westgate Parkway.…
  • The great divide

    -by Webmaster
    The final question asked of Asheville's two mayoral and five City Council candidates did not focus on the usual inquiries raised during this municipal election. It wasn't about the economy.…
  • Cards accepted

    -by Jake Frankel
    The Buncombe County commissioners approved $84,000 in economic incentives for Plasticard-Locktech International on Oct. 15, confirming a deal that’s been in the works since last spring. Since then, Plasticard has…
  • The forum circuit

    -by Hayley Benton
    By 6 p.m. on Oct. 14, the Century Room at Pack’s Tavern bustled with discussion on downtown issues in a candidate forum sponsored by the Asheville Downtown Association. From cleanliness…


  • Meals on Wheels

    -by Molton
  • Voter Motivation

    -by Brent Brown
  • Asheville Disclaimer 10/23/13

    -by Webmaster
    Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit edition
  • Conversations

    -by Jake Frankel
    On Oct. 15, Buncombe County Register of Deeds Drew Reisinger became the first in the South to accept same-sex marriage licenses, as 10 couples requested them as part of an…
  • Did Rural Academy Theatre troupe go vroom vroom?

    -by Webmaster
    My friend in Marshall told me of the Rural Academy Theatre performing in Marshall, and although it was nightfall and hard to see, she still recommended it! So it was…
  • Mayor Miall has a nice ring to it

    -by Webmaster
    If you drive a car, own property and pay taxes of any kind, buy groceries, balance your checkbook, and a myriad of other things ordinary working class people do on…
  • Confident in Manheimer, Smith and Wisler

    -by Webmaster
    Yesterday, after an early morning class at West Asheville Yoga, I rode my bike downtown to watch the Campaign for Southern Equality’s We Do participants make their way to the…
  • Wanted: Reader and freelance photographers

    -by Webmaster
    Xpress is looking for reader and freelance photographers. We want your photos — whether you’re a professional, amateur or citizen with a smartphone. We want to publish, online and in…