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  • A song is worth a thousand pictures

    -by Alli Marshall
    Though the cover of Tyler Ramsey's third solo album features a single deer on a lonely outcropping (the image was taken by Band of Horses' photographer Christopher Wilson in a…
  • He talks to angels

    -by Alli Marshall
    Josh Ritter is no stranger to war — at least as subject matter. He wrote "Girl In The War" on the 2006 album The Animal Years; the song "The Temptation…
  • Struggling his own way

    -by Webmaster
    Our Blood, the 2011 LP from Brooklyn's Richard Buckner, resounds with conflict. Stripped-back guitars strum with nervy intensity, augmented by jagged slices of keys and noise and melancholy washes of…
  • Smart Bets: Michael Banks

    -by Xpress Staff
    Alabama-native self-taught folk artist Michael Banks has a style that's both alien and familiar. "He paints images as they occur, willing to paint contradictory ideas within a single painting; illustrating…
  • Smart Bets: TribOriginal

    -by Xpress Staff
    Once a year, dozens of tribal and folk dancers — along with dance enthusiasts — descend on Hendersonville's Camp Tekoa for four days of study, performance and family fun. This…
  • Smart Bets: The War on Drugs

    -by Xpress Staff
    Not be confused with the U.S. government's military-aided prohibition of illegal drug trade, The War on Drugs is a Philadelphia-based rock band fronted by and created around singer/songwriter/guitarist Adam Granduciel.…
  • Smart Bets: Drone Valley Music and Arts Festival

    -by Xpress Staff
    This year, festival season started in West Asheville and it's wrapping up there, too. On Friday and Saturday, Oct. 7 and 8, Drone Valley presents its fifth annual music and…
  • Trivia Time

    -by Webmaster
    1. Eddie Money recently experienced a career uptick when he: a. Was offered the role of chimp patriarch in Rise of the Planet of the Apes. b. Received a shout…
  • Weekly Picks

    -by Webmaster
    a href=”“he Asheville Art Museum invites the community to a screening of Brent Green's experimental stop-animation film Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, the true story of Leonard Wood, a hardware…
  • Mela

    -by Webmaster
    Asheville, we've come a long way, baby. In 2005, Xpress didn't even offer a category for Best Indian (and we wonder if you may have voted for Pocahontas back then…


  • Small Bites: School of hard lox?

    -by Webmaster
    Ready for your schmear? The HardLox Festival, Asheville’s Jewish food-and-heritage celebration, takes place at Pack Square on Sunday, Oct. 16, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. The event, in its…
  • Small Bites: The toast — and taste — of Asheville

    -by Webmaster
    Asheville Independent Restaurants recently announced details of this year’s Taste of Asheville, the group’s biggest fundraising event at The Venue, 21 North Market St. in downtown Asheville. Taste will be…
  • Small Bites: Area restaurant news, lickety-split

    -by Webmaster
    Foodwise, there’s plenty to do and taste in October, and we’ve rounded up some of what Asheville has to offer in quick-hit fashion: First, go out for a slice! Circle…


  • Panoramic views of every shade

    -by Webmaster
    What: As the first crisp nights of autumn take hold, leaf peeping is on everyone’s minds. Sure, you can drive through any part of the Blue Ridge Parkway, but Grandfather…
  • Pride and proclamation

    -by David Forbes
    Asheville City Council Sept. 27, 2011 meeting Bothwell, Davis spar over corruption comments Community Relations Council gets contract Council approves new financial policy The biggest news about the Asheville City…
  • The Beat

    -by Webmaster
    About 30 people gathered outside the downtown Asheville Post Office Sept. 27 to rally against possible cuts to the U.S. Postal Service and the local mail-processing facility on Brevard Road.…
  • The stranger in the mirror

    -by Caitlin Byrd
    Leisa Wilson still remembers when her blond hair would fall out in chunks on the bathroom floor each morning, followed by a stream of her tears. And when she let…
  • In other words…

    -by Nelda Holder
    N.C. House Majority Leader Paul Stam is certain of one thing: "There is no legal controversy" concerning the wording of a constitutional amendment that will appear on the statewide ballot…
  • Hoist a Beer Stein at Oktoberfest

    -by Webmaster
    What: Pull on a pair of lederhosen or grab your dirndl for Sugar Mountain Resort’s Oktoberfest. This two-day event will feature Bavarian food (think bratwurst, knockwurst, sauerkraut and pretzels), along…


  • Runaway

    -by Brent Brown
  • Weekly Asheville Disclaimer Page: 10/05/11

    -by Webmaster
    • Following revelation of Perry-owned hunting camp’s racist name, Perry-family nickname for longtime maid may also raise eyebrows • 1st Chinese space station orbiting over U.S. will be available in…
  • Ladies

    -by Brent Brown
  • Why the secrecy, Mayor Bellamy?

    -by Webmaster
    I attended the Sept. 27 Asheville City Council meeting in anticipation of speaking in favor of the Blue Ridge Pride event being granted a proclamation signed and read by the…
  • Straight and outraged by Sen. Forrester

    -by Webmaster
    I suppose I should be grateful to Sen. James Forrester and his local political apologists for forthrightly framing the proposed state constitutional amendment on gay marriage for what it is:…
  • Justice for all

    -by Webmaster
    I am an American. This country was founded on the principle that all people are created equal. As an American, I value this principle and will fight to defend it.…
  • Don Yelton, problem solvent

    -by Webmaster
    Thanks for keeping the community updated on the tragedy in slow motion happening at CTS [“Going Green,” Sept. 21 Xpress]. Don Yelton, a conservative talk-show host and political aspirant, brings…
  • Bye bye, Asheville Savings Bank

    -by David Lynch
    According to the manager at our branch, the proxy votes have all been counted and the move to trade Asheville Savings Bank on the stock market has been "unanimously decided.”…
  • Candidates need to address poverty, affordable housing and homelessness

    -by Webmaster
    The future of Asheville’s success will depend largely on how well we can expand opportunity to all children and families and nurture their success. To realize such a vision, our…
  • Your vote is your voice

    -by Webmaster
    If you normally do not vote, what would challenge you to go to the polls? Would it be a particular candidate whom you agree with? Maybe the upcoming elections are…
  • Casting my first vote for Mark Cates

    -by Webmaster
    I’ve never voted before in my life. I’ve never really even paid that much attention to politics or felt excited about anyone running for office — until now. I met…
  • Vote for Marc Hunt — I already did

    -by Webmaster
    I am pleased to have voted early in the primaries for Marc Hunt as my choice for City Council. I have had the chance to meet with Marc this summer…
  • Marc Hunt is a dynamic, educated and inspirational person

    -by Webmaster
    Being a graduate student in the Master of Public Affairs program through Western Carolina University has provided me with numerous opportunities to expose myself to the political and public arenas…
  • Chris Pelly has got what we need

    -by Webmaster
    What great good news to hear that Chris Pelly is running for City Council. I've known Chris a long time and always been impressed with his ability to pull together…
  • It’s time to rethink mental health reform

    -by Webmaster
    County managers are now reporting that the new system will cost taxpayers three times as much per year as our time-proven public system did — while providing only about half…
  • Letters to the editor

    -by Webmaster
    Sheriff: Medford article was spin and innuendo Re: Vol. 11, No. 16, Nov. 17, 2004, pp. 8-9. Note that this letter is copyrighted. It may be republished in total; however,…