Tue, Jul 25 · alternative · country · electronic · guitar · indie · pop · rock · roots · singer-songwriterDavid Cook
w/ Kathryn Dean
8:00pm at The Grey Eagle
($20 / $70 VIP)
When David Cook moved to Nashville in 2012, the expectation was that this singer-songwriter from the Heartland would emphasize the rootsy side of his sensibility, and sure enough, he had immediate success co-writing country tunes, including the Top-20 single “Kiss You Tonight” for David Nail in 2014. But new album Digital Vein is something else entirely, with Cook’s powerful voice and dynamic guitar work knifing through vibrant soundscapes that boldly juxtapose man-made grooves and electronic textures.
Thu, Jul 27 · dance · dj · electronic · synthZomboy
w/ Grandtheft & Ricky Remedy
9:00pm at The Orange Peel
($15 early bird / $20 adv / $25 DOS)
UK producer and DJ Zomboy, one of the biggest names in bass, has gone from strength to strength over the past few years. 2014 saw the release of his eagerly anticipated LP ‘The Outbreak’ on Never Say Die Records, which allowed him to expand his musical horizons and explore new styles. The album was incredibly well received, charting at No.1 on iTunes in the US, Canada, Mexico, Austria, Germany, Italy, Guatemala, Czech Republic and New Zealand.
Sat, Jul 29 · alternative · classic rock · electronic · experimental · local · psychedelic · rock · synth · tributeThe 50th Anniversary of Pink Floyd’s Piper at the Gates of Dawn
w/ Alarm Clock Conspiracy, Sunshine and The Bad Things & Carpal Tullar
9:00pm at The Grey Eagle
($8 adv / $10 DOS)
The Madcap Collective will play the whole album of Piper at the Gates of Dawn, as well as songs from Saucerful of Secrets, More, Ummagumma, Atom Heart Mother, Meddle, and Obscured by Clouds. The Madcap Collective is a group of local Asheville, NC musicians who are dedicated to reproducing the early music of Pink Floyd, including elements of improvisation as well as their own influence. The Madcap Collective first formed in 2015 for a tribute show to celebrate the music of Syd Barrett, co-founding member of the band Pink Floyd. The band is comprised of members of the bands Alarm Clock Conspiracy, Sunshine & the Bad Things, Carpal Tullar, The Bradshers, and many more.
Sun, Jul 30 · electronic · emo · folk · indie · local · rock · singer-songwriter · vocalCharles Walker
w/ Ashley Heath & Brie Capone
7:00pm at The Ridge at New Mountain AVL
Boone-based songwriter Charles Walker, 19, blends traditional folk songwriting with rock and electronic elements. Taking influence from Jason Isbell, The Avett Brothers, and The Thermals, his debut album Truth Be Told was released independently in 2014. He shares the stage with local singer-songwriters Ashley Heath and Brie Capone.
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 · dance · dj · dub · electronic · funk · hip hop · indie · jazz · psychedelic · rapDJ Shadow
The Mountain Will Fall Tour w/ Teeko & Marley Carroll
9:00pm at The Orange Peel
(18+, $25 adv / $28 DOS)
Shadow’s first full-length, Endtroducing..., was released in late 1996 to immense critical acclaim in Britain and America. The album has frequently been lauded as one of the most important works of the last 50 years, landing on countless “Best Of The ‘90s” lists and polls, including Rolling Stone and NME.
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, Aug 25 · ambient · dub · electronic · indie · local · pop · psychedelic · r&b · soul · synthRBTS WIN (LP Release Show)
w/ Marley Carroll
9:00pm at The Grey Eagle
($10 adv / $12 DOS)
Asheville-based band RBTS WIN weaves sample-based psych-pop production under the specter of soul and R&B. RBTS WIN has gained a reputation for cathartic live performances awash in voices, guitars, analog synthesizers, and drum machines. The band’s music is sometimes labeled dark wave or chill-hop.
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.
Sat, Sep 16 · alternative · eclectic · electronic · funk · indie · pop · psychedelic · rockof Montreal
w/ Showtime Goma & Nancy Feast
9:00pm at The Grey Eagle
($15 adv / $18 DOS)
The band's 14th LP follows two full decades of mercurial creative mania: swallowing up '60s psych-pop, Prince-ly funk, and glammy prog in turn; morphing freely between full-band affair and cloistered confessional booth; comprising lyrics both painfully personal and absurdly fantastical; and recently drawing site-specific inspiration from culture capitals like San Francisco or New York City. The thread that runs through it all is Athens, GA's Kevin Barnes, and Innocence Reaches finds him at his most light-hearted in years, working a Parisian stint, Top 40 sounds, and his newfound single status into the kaleidoscopic swirl.
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.
Fri, Sep 29 · alternative · electronic · indie · pop · singer-songwriterSylvan Esso
w/ Helado Negro
8:00pm at US Cellular Center Arena
Sylvan Esso was not meant to be a band. Rather, Amelia Meath had written a song called “Play It Right” and sung it with her trio Mountain Man. She’d met Nick Sanborn, an electronic producer working under the name Made of Oak, in passing on a shared bill in a small club somewhere. She asked him to scramble it, to render her work his way. He did the obligatory remix, but he sensed that there was something more important here than a one-time handoff: Of all the songs Sanborn had ever recast, this was the first time he felt he’d added to the raw material without subtracting from it, as though, across the unseen wires of online file exchange, he’d found his new collaborator without even looking. Meath felt it, too. Schedules aligned. Moves were made. And as 2012 slipped into 2013, Sanborn and Meath reconvened in the unlikely artistic hub of Durham, N.C. A year later, their self-titled debut—a collection of vivid addictions concerning suffering and love, darkness and deliverance—arrives as a necessary pop balm, an album stuffed with songs that don’t suffer the longstanding complications of that term.
Wed, Oct 4 · alternative · electronic · funk · indie · psychedelic · synthCom Truise
w/ Nosaj Thing & Cleopold
9:00pm at New Mountain AVL
(21+, $15 adv / $18 DOS)
Com Truise is known for his mid-fi synth-wave, slow-motion funk.
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.