The quartet played Merlefest and then took the month of May to tour around North Carolina. The musicians make a stop at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall, hosting a bluegrass session, on Tuesday, May 24.
ON tour with Mumford & Sons, an improvised lineup gave trumpet player Nick Etwell a chance to bring his soul-jazz project, Filthy Six, to new audience — and they’ll perform at Asheville Music Hall on Wednesday, April 13.
The Walking Guys is a collaboration of four Nashville-based musicians on a 1,600-mile tour, on foot, from Portland, Me. back to Tennessee. They will perform at The Root Bar Saturday, Oct. 3, and at The Town Pump Monday, Oct. 5.
Singer-songwriter Eilen Jewell grew up in Boise but lived in Santa Fe, L.A. and Boston, and toured the Canada, Europe and Australia before settling back in Idaho. Her new album, Sundown Over Ghost Town, was largely inspired by that return. Jewell and her band play The Grey Eagle on Wednesday, Sept. 16.
Ithaca, N.Y.-based indie-pop outfit The Blind Spots has been on a bit of tear since releasing their most recent album, Rhizomatic — they’re launched a number of videos and just started their winter tour.
Self-described “Gypsy Swingin Serenading Firebreathing Circus Freaks” Caravan of Thieves are no strangers to Asheville. The group has played Bele Chere, The Altamont Theatre and The Grey Eagle. They return to the latter on Friday, March 21, supporting Yarn.
Spiritual Rez distills the places they go, the people they meet and the songs that move them into a catchy, dancey portable beach party. The band plays The One Stop on Friday, Feb. 28. 10 p.m. $5 in advance/$10 day of show. Photos from the band’s Instagram account.
The Columbia, S.C.-based record label is friends with the likes of Toro y Moi and Washed Out, and its owners also perform in solo projects The Lavender Whales and Pussy Wizard. Those bands will be at Emerald Lounge on Tuesday, Feb. 25.
The bluegrass band from Washington D.C. performs at The Isis Restaurant & Music Hall on Saturday, Jan. 18. In advance, Solivan spoke to Xpress about spending time in Alaska, his love of cooking and the four Ts of music.
After a stint in Knoxville, electronic musician and producer Sai (aka 9th Phoenix) moved her family back to Asheville. She holds a release show for her new album, “Iyen,” on Saturday, Dec. 7, at Club Metropolis. That event includes sets by E8 electronique, Sonen and Dj Arque, and a runway show by fashion designer Danielle Miller of Royal Peasantry. Photo by Rudy Aguilar.
The Portland, Ore.-based roots-rock outfit plays The Orange Peel on Monday, Oct. 21 with The Head and the Heart and Thao & the Get Down Stay Down. In advance, they talk about new album “Wild Pack” and touring the country in a van fueled by used vegetable oil.
The Detroit-based singer-songwriter and pianist performs at The Altamont Theatre on Friday, Oct. 11.
The Mississippi-based unpop star talks about writing pop music for an alternate universe and showing a little skin. He plays Broadways on Sunday, Sept. 22. Photo by Carson Culver.
Richmond, Va.‘s Carbon Leaf returns to Asheville to play Shamboozle Fest. The Celtic festival, held at Highland Brewery and curated by Calif.-based band Gaelic Storm, takes place on Saturday, Sept. 21. But, as Carbon Leaf front man Barry Privett explains, tin whistles and Irish influences are only part of his band’s sound. They’ll release a distinctly Americana/folk album on Oct. 1.
The former Reeltime Treveler-turned-rancher (and acclaimed songwriter) returns to WNC with a new collection of songs inspired by Montana. She plays The Grey Eagle on Friday, Sept. 6.
The upstate N.Y.-based folk-rock trio talks eloquently of storytelling, favorite tour spots, landscapes and a video project. Currently on tour, the band makes its first-ever Asheville stop at Isis on Saturday, Aug. 17. 9 p.m. $8 advance/$10 at the door.
Chicago’s Train Company plays Emerald Lounge on Friday, July 19. In advance, guitarist/vocalist John Zozzaro talks about recreating the album for the live show, tour favorites and how Chicago molds the group’s sound.
The former front man of Jack’s Mannequin recently released his solo debut, “The Pop Underground,” full of the kind of catchy melodies and thoughtful lyrics that McMahon is known for and (as he discusses in a Q+A with Xpress) a project he feels especially proud of. McMahon plays The Orange Peel tonight at 8 p.m. Allen Stone opens. $25.
The Philadelphia-based orchestral pop collective discusses sea changes, perfect eras and new album “Golden Age.” They’ll play Apothecary on Monday, June 17, 9 p.m.
Asheville native Elliot Heller (aka DJ Equal) is based in New York City but returns to WNC on Friday, May 24 for a show at Club Tetrus. RBTS WIN also performs a DJ set as Brutal Wizards. In advance, Heller talks to us about his career, the New York scene, how he finds new music, and his travel tips.
Singer-songwriter James McCartney is currently in the midst of a 47-date U.S. tour in support of his new album, “Me.” He plays The Altamont Theatre on Tuesday, May 28. Risa Binder opens.