Fri, Jul 21 · art rock · classical · eclectic · electronic · grunge · indie · jazz · local · pop · rock · synthTin Foil Hat
w/ Xero God, ILLPO & Tide Eyes
9:30pm at The Mothlight
Asheville-based Tin Foil Hat's music is fresh while teetering on the tight rope between pop and "music for musicians" ... perhaps what would happen if J.S. Bach and Duke Ellington were to make a grunge album together using synthesizers.
Sun, Jul 23 · african · art rock · classical · electronic · indie · jazz · rock · singer-songwriter · synth · vocalKoden
7:30pm at Isis Music Hall
Koden combines Chill-Wave, Motown and African rhythms with post-modern classical chord changes and jazz vocal harmonies comparable to Steely Dan. With vocal styles reminiscent of Elliot Smith and Sade, the band, invokes an urban serene feel to its music. Recently released our self-titled debut album and are on a southeast tour this weekend wrapping up in Asheville on Sunday at Isis Music Hall.
Sun, Jul 23 · alternative · art rock · avant garde · experimental · guitar · indie · noise · rock · vocalPalm
w/ Palberta & Aunt Sis
9:00pm at The Mothlight
($10 adv / $12 DOS)
Palm plays rock music backwards. Their songs bear a certain methodology, though there is a tendency towards impulse which seems almost violently opposed to it. The band deals willfully in contradictions like this. The elements of any given song fit together like slightly melted puzzle pieces, serving up rigidity and looseness in equal measure. Palm songs imply architecture, but their compositional structures are somehow bound by different rules of physics than the ones we know. Lattices of guitar language (provided by Eve Alpert and Kasra Kurt) intersect the rhythmic organism characterized by the twitchy throb of Gerasimos Livitsanos' bass and the careless tumble of Hugo Stanley's drums, with a layer of disembodied vocals draped atop the whole thing. Emotional yet clinical, wild yet contained, the sounds they offer are equally bizarre as they are pleasantly pretty.
Fri, Jul 28 · alternative · art rock · avant garde · dance · humor · indie · local · psychedelic · punk · rockPlankeye Peggy
9:30pm at Crow & Quill
($5-10 Suggested Donation)
Plankeye Peggy designs their shows to get their crowds involved, whether through themed costumes, on-stage antics, or dancing. High strung and spasmatic, their performance reveals musical adventures that are desperate and preening, flirtatious and dangerous, yet always aimed at getting the crowd moving.
Sun, Jul 30 · alternative · art rock · chamber · classical · electronic · fusion · indie · local · rock · singer-songwriterAlex Travers
w/ Bless Your Heart
9:00pm at PULP
(21+, $7 members / $9 non-members)
Alex Travers is a musician living, teaching and working in the city of Asheville. Born 1991 in upstate NY, he was raised in the Raleigh area. While growing as a musician and individual he acquired his bachelors degree in violin performance from Appalachian State University. Throughout his upbringing and education, his work as a collaborative artist, arranger, performer, teacher, violinist and songwriter permeated into a variety of musical styles and genres. From Baroque to electronic, from studios to concert halls, his involvement is anything but bland. Absorbing every experience like a sponge, he is likely to squeeze the most out of any piece, performance or project he comes across. Musical influences include Phillip Glass, Elliott Smith, the Pixies, Andrew Bird, J.S. Bach, Buckethead, and many others.
Mon, Jul 31 · alternative · art rock · indie · pop · rockFloral Print
w/ Brucemont, Truth Club & Too Bad Disco
9:00pm at The Mothlight
Floral Print is a deconstructionist post-pop trio from Atlanta, Georgia.
w/ Eliza Rickman
8:00pm at The Grey Eagle
($17 adv / $20 DOS)
Pioneers in the use of cello as the sole instrument within a rock band, Rasputina has been inspiring young string players to commit a number of musical sins since 1996. The group's concept was written as a manifesto, and manifested accordingly by directress Melora Creager as a wily subterfuge for a plot to open audiences to adventure. The funny, the sad, the heavy, the tender - it can all exist together. Employing elaborate costuming spanning a number of historical periods, Rasputina brings marginalized historical female figures and stories to light in the pop form, using archetypal characters such as Indian princesses, Hawaiian handmaidens and Medieval queens.
Wed, Aug 9 · ambient · art rock · avant garde · electronic · experimental · guitar · synth · vocalLaetitia Sadier Source Ensemble
w/ Art Feynman
9:00pm at The Mothlight
($12 adv / $14 DOS)
The Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble manages to strike new chords while touching familiar keys in the song of life. Laetitia has relentlessly followed her music through different dynamics and into a variety of dimensions over the course of four solo albums since 2010 (not to forget her three albums with Monade and the long era of Stereolab) — but the nature of the construction here stands distinctly apart from her recent albums. Laetitia was inspired by a mind’s-eye envisaging of geometric forms and their possible permutations. As she sought to replicate the shapes in music, this guided the process of assembly for her newest work. When we hear synth lines diving, lifting and drifting, unusual guitar textures, the plucked sound of flat wound bass strings or the bottomless pulsing of bass pedals stepping out of the mix with an exquisite vibrancy, this is the sound of the Source Ensemble.
Fri, Sep 1 · alternative · ambient · art rock · electronic · funk · indie · local · rock · synthThe Volt per Octaves
Farewell Show” w/ The Volt Per Octaves, Cyboman & Jason Daniello
7:00pm at The Mothlight
Consisting of husband and wife team Nick and Anna Montoya, along with their daughter Eva, the trio set out to bring Moog synthesizers back into the spotlight. In a day and age where multi-gigabyte samplers and laptop computers were ruling the electronic music scene, The VPOs have always been adamant about performing their original electronic music sans laptop. Bob Moogs vision was for his his instruments to be used in live performance to create sounds that were like no other sounds that came before! The name they chose The Volt per Octaves (or The Volt/Octs) is a direct reference to the genius of Dr. Robert A. Moog, inventor of the Moog synthesizer.
Sun, Sep 24 · alternative · art rock · avant garde · electronic · experimental · indie · noiseLiars
9:00pm at The Orange Peel
(18+, $18 adv / $20 DOS)
Liars’ incredible discography leaves the field wide open for their newest album, Mess, which is released in March 2014. Mess is an angry, ecstatic, primal burst of ritualistic electronics, the sound of Liars not only facing their fears, but chewing them up and spitting them back out in all their technicolour glory.
Mon, Sep 25 · alternative · art rock · emo · indie · pop · rock · singer-songwriterThe Church
w/ The Helio Sequence
8:00pm at The Grey Eagle
($20 / $99 VIP)
Tickets now on sale
the church’s accidental signature tune, Under The Milky Way, is like a lighthouse on the brink of a continent forever to be discovered: 25 albums over 35 years and countless diversions that have almost destroyed them a dozen times, yet always reaffirm a mutual commitment to an uncompromising and unparalleled act of creation.
Fri, Oct 13 · alternative · art rock · avant garde · electronic · experimental · garage · guitar · indie · noise · singer-songwriterBill Callahan
w/ Nathan Bowles - Presented by The Mothlight
7:00pm at Asheville Masonic Temple
($20 adv / $25 DOS)
Singer-songwriter and guitarist Bill Callahan has also recorded and performed under the band name Smog. He began working in the lo-fi genre of underground rock, with home-made tape-albums recorded on four track tape recorders. Later he began releasing albums with the label Drag City, to which he remains signed today.