The Chicago rockers sounded remarkably fresh for a band nearly 25 years into its run.
The warm, welcoming set could have continued for another 10 songs without complaint from the crowd.
The satisfyingly weird, wry happiness left lingering in the faces of those standing around as the lights went up speak to the power of Aesop Rock’s verses and message.
“We like it here in Asheville, and we love a lot of the musicians who come [from] here,” said guitarist Daniel Rodriguez, early in the set.
Since Amos Lee first surfaced with tracks like “Keep It Loose, Keep It Tight” and “Sweet Pea” his voice and easy delivery have felt, from first listen, familiar. That was clearly the case at The Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, where Lee performed to a crowd that was, if not at capacity, at least fully devoted to the singer-songwriter.
Boo Ray is no stranger to Asheville — he’s spent time here, lived down the road in Athens, and launched his current career trajectory at the Town Pump a few years back when he was touring his Bad News Travels Fast album. That title track, swaggering, driving and full of attitude, also appears on his new record, Sea of Lights. It’s a good fit, too — the new record is full of that same kind of assurance, edge and self direction.
The Midnight Plowboys make it look easy, though there’s nothing simple about the nimble picking and weaving together of melodies and solo licks that go into each offering.
The band made a statement about House Bill 2 by covering The Kink’s “Lola” and saying that “everyone has the right to be who they are.”
The band was touring its new album, Homemade Vision, mixing old favorites with new songs like “White Doves,” the album’s lead track.
The show began with Lovett performing “Goodbye to Carolina,” followed by two-and-a-half hours of music and banter. Gill played “One More Last Chance,” his guitar tone warm. The two musicians are the same age, and were introduced when Gill sang harmony on the recording of Lovett’s song, “Give Back My Heart.”
“When the right combination of people come together and the right groove is played, there’s an energy that can be felt by each and every person in the audience,” band leader Allen Stone said from the stage.
The revamped Slayer is as popular as ever, as proven by the long line of black-and-blue-jeans-clad fans who lined up along Biltmore Avenue to see the legendary rockers play a sold-out show, Tuesday night, at The Orange Peel.
Combs and his band opened for Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers at New Mountain on Saturday as part of the after-party following moe. on the venue’s outdoor stage. The crowd was party-weary from several hours of live music and beer, but seemed instantly entranced by the opening notes of “Foolin’.”
There are nights in Asheville when all the shows you want to see are happening at once, and you have to make tough choices. Then there are nights when all the bands you want to hear (or at least many of them) are playing on one stage.
Jill Andrews return to The Grey Eagle on Friday, opening for Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek (currently on his solo tour), was — not surprisingly — pretty comfortable.
It might be a song about dying, but The Freeway Revival‘s cover of “Whipping Post” — performed last Saturday night during the local band’s show — brought The Allman Brothers’ legacy to life. In fact, the five member band, led by a songwriting brother duo, seemed to channel the soul-filled history of rock ‘n’ roll. […]
“As long as you come out to hear us, we’ll keep coming back,” promised guitarist Andrew Trube of Austin-based band Greyhounds. “There are more people than last time we were here.” The crowd numbered optimistically at 30 — a small group inside The Grey Eagle. But Greyhounds, a class act, performed as if it was a […]
Lucius is a five-piece rock band from Brooklyn, that, since the release of its first LP last October, has garnered an unusual amount of excellent press — from Rolling Stone and NPR to Pitchfork and Vogue — for such a young band. Lucius’ music and self-presentations most often highlight the two female lead singer-songwriters, Jess […]
The Canadian dream-pop duo played a short but beautiful show at the Orange Peel last weekend. Photo by Last.fm.
Folk-soul musician Citizen Cope returned to Asheville (on election day, no less) in support of his new album, “One Lovely Day.” Photos from Citizen Cope’s Facebook page.
Last Friday’s electro-pop and new wave revival show at The Orange Peel had its highs and lows. Photos by Rich Orris.