UPCOMING MUSIC
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Thu, Jul 20 · americana · bluegrass · blues · country · folk · gospel · indie · metal · outlaw country · r&b · rock · roots · soul · southern rock

The Steel Woods
w/ The Dirty Soul Revival
9:00pm at The Grey Eagle
($12)

Like their name, The Steel Woods are a hybrid musical force, part hard-edged, part Americana roots country folk, man-made, yet organic, rock but also bluegrass, R&B, blues, gospel, soul and heavy metal, “the materials which America is built on” according to co-founder Wes Bayliss. The Nashville-based band is also steeped in the ethos of Southern rock.


Thu, Jul 20 · alternative · hip hop · indie · local · progressive · rap · singer-songwriter · vocal

SIYAH
6:00pm at Pritchard Park
(Free)

SIYAH, whose stage name stands for “Strugglin' Improves Your Ambitious Hustle,” will continue the The Pritchard Park Singer/Songwriter Series with his forward-looking hip hop.


Thu, Jul 20 · alternative · country · folk · indie · singer-songwriter

Charles Latham
Free Show on the Patio
6:00pm at The Grey Eagle

Durham, NC based troubadour Charles Latham brings his brand of skewed folk & country to Asheville for the first time!


Thu, Jul 20 · alternative · folk · indie · rock · roots

Kid Trails
(ft. members of Toro y Moi) & Those Lavender Whales w/ Justin Blackburn & Lo Wolf
8:00pm at The Altamont Theatre
(21+, Free)

Kid Trails is the brainchild of South Carolina born musician Patrick Jeffords. Along with drummer Andy Woodward, the duo has spent the last 7 years touring the world as members of renowned musical act Toro Y Moi. Since 2014, they have self released 3 EPs and 2016’s “Kid Trails Rising,” mostly playing shows in and around California. June 2 sees the release of a cassette tape with Silk, out on the notoriously weird San Francisco label Death Records.


Thu, Jul 20 · acoustic · alternative · appalachian · fiddle · guitar · indie · jazz · local · new orleans · ragtime · singer-songwriter · stringband

Carolina Catskins
8:00pm at Crow & Quill
($5 donation at the door)

Enjoy the vintage swinging sounds of local favorites Carolina Catskins.


Thu, Jul 20 · alternative · indie · jazz · local · psychedelic · r&b · rock · soul

Sister Ivy
8:00pm at Ben's Tune-Up
(Free)

Sister Ivy is a quartet formed in Asheville that fuses together Neo-soul, Jazz, R&B, and Rock elements to carry poetic musings to the listener’s ear on a groove-able beat.


Thu, Jul 20 · alternative · art rock · guitar · indie · local · rock

Morbids
w/ Vishnu Basement, Luxury Club & Tundrastomper
8:00pm at The Odditorium

Morbids are an ever-expanding band of twisted indie rock sophisticates who play a head-warming brew of post-modern guitar rock.


Thu, Jul 20 · improvisation · indie · jazz · local · r&b · soul · vocal

Siamese Sound Club
8:30pm at Salvage Station

Siamese Jazz Club’s sound is born from a highly diverse and infectious melting pot of influences. SJC is just as deep into the world of R&B & Soul as it’s improvisational jazzy undertones. The love child of prolific Asheville music scenesters, Simon Thomas George & CaroMia Tiller, SJC was formed in the summer of 2015. Always teasing the line of technical musicality and emotional depth, SJC embraces the affection of music aficionados and the casual listener alike.


Thu, Jul 20 · blues · funk · fusion · indie · jazz · local · tribute

Alien Music Club
Tribute to Benny Golson
10:00pm at Barley's Taproom
(Free)

This Asheville-based band, conceived and produced by Jonathan Pearlman (JP), plays a melting pot of various types of music including rock, jazz, blues, funk and some other genres that can't be defined. Tonight's show is a tribute to Louis Armstrong.


Fri, Jul 21 · alternative · ambient · electronic · indie · pop · psychedelic · rock · singer-songwriter · synth

Phantogram & Tycho
Presented by The Orange Peel at The Meadow (Highland Brewing) OUTDOOR SHOW
7:00pm at The Orange Peel
($36 adv / $41 DOS)

Phantogram - Josh Carter (vocals, guitars) and Sarah Barthel (vocals, keyboards) blend electro rock, dream pop, electronica and trip hop.


Fri, Jul 21 · dance · disco · funk · hip hop · indie · jazz · local · progressive · psychedelic · r&b · rock · soul

The Digs
Disco Funk Soul Dance Party
9:00pm at Asheville Music Hall
(21+, by donation)

Funk, soul, r & b, hip hop, and jazz. The band features current and past members of Ween, Eagles of Death Metal, Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, The Hermit Kings, The Broadcast, The Soulfeathers, and The Blood Gypsies.


Fri, Jul 21 · alternative · indie · kids · local · progressive · rock

Asheville All-Stars at Downtown After 5
w/ Rock Academy students
5:00pm at Downtown After 5
(Free)

Bringing together some of Asheville’s best musicians, the All-Stars show has quickly become a favorite of the summer. Audiences will be treated to a mix of original songs and fun covers. Students from Asheville’s Rock Academy will open the July show. Rock Academy gives young musicians the opportunity to meet and play together while learning from professional musicians. They may be young, but these kids rock!


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Fri, Jul 21 · country · folk · indie · local · rock · roots · singer-songwriter · soul

The Jangling Sparrows
6:00pm at French Broad Brewing Co
(Free, donations encouraged)

The Jangling Sparrows, led by Paul Edelman, play timeless, original Soul, Folk, Country and ferocious twang rock.


Fri, Jul 21 · americana · cello · folk · guitar · indie · local · progressive · roots · singer-songwriter · ukulele

The Moon and You
8:00pm at Noble Cider

As Bill DeYoung of Connect Savannah puts it: “Ryan Furstenberg and Melissa Hyman combine guitar, cello and two voices in harmony to produce a sweet and sometimes swinging take on Americana-type folk music. It's a rich, full sound: Sometimes you'd swear there were more than two people onstage.” Furstenberg switches mainly between banjo and acoustic guitar at their shows, while Hyman plunks high-energy bass lines and saws out solos on her cello. Ukulele, percussion and electric guitar often make an appearance as well.


Fri, Jul 21 · grunge · hard rock · indie · punk · rock · tribute

Nevermind
The Ultimate Tribute To Nirvana
9:00pm at Salvage Station
(21+, $10)

Nestled in the suburbs of Atlanta, four guys from the local scene decided that their town needed more Grunge! Specifically... Nirvana. We are dedicated 100% to bringing you the full Nirvana experience! You want hits? We have them! You want deep cuts? We have those too! You want the gear and sound of the actual band? We’ve done the research and tracked down the equipment!


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Fri, Jul 21 · alternative · appalachian · fiddle · folk · garage · humor · indie · local · old time · retro · rock · roots

Krekel and Whoa
9:00pm at Crow & Quill
($5-10 Suggested Donation)

Krekel and Whoa hail from Asheville, and over the past decade have played more places than either can remember, catering their show to fit a plethora of situations. Always upbeat, you’ll hear this duo (and sometimes trio) saw through vintage fiddle tunes, weave original yarns, and pound out esoteric rock-n-roll beaters. You’ll also feel the authenticity and heart they bring to every performance.


Fri, Jul 21 · alternative · americana · folk · humor · indie · roots · singer-songwriter

The Lowest Pair
w/ Papa Vay Landers
9:00pm at Jack of the Wood
($5)

"a duo who doesn’t mind taking the occasional whiff at wide scope lyrical profundity and they connect here with a sweeping personal look at their own lives and the hearts of those around them." - No Depression, Cyrus Rhodes


Fri, Jul 21 · alternative · funk · fusion · holiday · indie · jazz · local · progressive · soul

The Berlyn Trio
9:00pm at One World Brewing

Have a jazzy/funky St. Patty's Day w/ The Berlyn Trio at One World Brewing! The group features Jamie Berlyn on sax, Dan Clare on 8-string guitar, and drums, playing jazz and funk standards with nods to fusion greats like Scofield and MMW.


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Fri, Jul 21 · alternative · electronic · indie · metal · percussion · psychedelic · punk · rock · trance

Didges Christ SuperDrum
Clash Of The Titans w/ Frostfang, Amnesis & Binding Isaac
9:00pm at The Odditorium
($6 / $8 under 21)

Didges Christ SuperDrum is a Psychedelic Space Tribal Metal band based in Sarasota, Florida featuring tribal drumming and didgeridoo, an electronic trance freakshow for the ancestors to dance to... Joining them will be St. Petersburg thrash/rock/prog band Frostfang along with Asheville heavy hitters Amnesis and in-your-face groove metal band Binding Isaac.


Fri, Jul 21 · art rock · classical · eclectic · electronic · grunge · indie · jazz · local · pop · rock · synth

Tin Foil Hat
w/ Xero God, ILLPO & Tide Eyes
9:30pm at The Mothlight
($5)

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.


Fri, Jul 21 · americana · bluegrass · funk · gypsy · improvisation · indie · jam · jazz · progressive · reggae · rock

Buddhagraph Spaceship
10:00pm at The One Stop
(21+, by donation)

Buddhagraph Spaceship is a rock band from Blacksburg, VA, with roots stretching from the old time to the far side and all foundations between. Creating a bridge between accoustic and electronic improvisation, they blend elements of Funk, Jam, Folk, Bluegrass, Gypsy Jazz, Americana, Progressive Rock, Reggae, and much more to achieve their eclectic sound.


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Sat, Jul 22 · alternative · celtic · fiddle · folk · harmony · indie · irish · rock · roots · singer-songwriter

House of Hamill
7:00pm at Isis Music Hall
($15)

House of Hamill is the new collaborative project between Rose Baldino (Burning Bridget Cleary) and Brian Buchanan (Enter the Haggis). Expect intricate and unpredictable original songs and dance tunes with a rock edge, rooted in Celtic tradition.


Sat, Jul 22 · hardcore · indie · local · metal · rock

Temptation’s Wings
w/ Fall of an Empire, The Shrünken Heads & Sound and Shape
7:00pm at The Odditorium
($5)

Thick, roaring guitar tone, a massive, thundering bass tone, and drums that sound as if they were played with a warhammer - these are Temptation’s Wings' sonic weapons of choice to bring their style of thrashy doom to life. They are a no frills, no gimmicks metal band from the shadows of the wicked old mountains of North Carolina. With influences ranging from bluegrass to classical, Amon Amarth to ZZ Top, and everything in between, they're out to bring our their brand of "brootality" to anyone that lends an open ear.


Sat, Jul 22 · alternative · electronic · fusion · hip hop · indie · local · progressive · psychedelic · rock · synth

Asheville Livetronica Showcase
w/ ElectroChemical, Third Nature & Mr. Clock
9:00pm at Isis Music Hall
($7-$10)

Electrochemical (pictured) is Bass-slapping psychedelic progtronica. A unique mixture of Tipper meets Primus meets STS9. Third Nature's blend of rock, house, hip-hop, and downtempo is bringing taste and originality to the world of live electronic music. Sultry melodies are paired with evocative harmonies over a pulsating rhythm that beckons you to the dance floor


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Sat, Jul 22 · alternative · americana · appalachian · bluegrass · folk · harmony · indie · rock · roots

The Good Bad Kids
9:00pm at Jack of the Wood
($5)

The Good Bad Kids bring a refined folk rock/bluegrass sound to the stage. Known for powerful harmonies and musical diversity, they take the stage and deliver an electrifying, riotous performance that is sure to get you hooked, up out of your seat, and on to the dance floor.


Sat, Jul 22 · alternative · electronic · funk · hip hop · indie · rap · soul

BEAT LIFE
w/ Ill Doots, Shuhandz, mor∆sso & Vietnam Jerry
9:30pm at The One Stop

Beat Life is back again to bring Asheville a curated night of some of the best independent music available. ILL DOOTS will be on headliner duty bringing their original take on high energy hip hop / funk and soul fronted by 2 rappers and delivered via 5 piece band.


Sun, Jul 23 · african · art rock · classical · electronic · indie · jazz · rock · singer-songwriter · synth · vocal

Koden
w/ Brucemont
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 · indie · local · pop · rock · singer-songwriter

Ian Ridenhour
w/ Goodfight & Zuzu Welsh Band
8:00pm at The Grey Eagle
($7 adv / $10 DOS)

Ian Ridenhour writes smart, piano-driven alternative rock music with pop sensibilities and a dark streak, or as Sav Buist of The Accidentals puts it: “like Jack White and Ben Folds had a baby.”


Sun, Jul 23 · alternative · art rock · avant garde · experimental · guitar · indie · noise · rock · vocal

Palm
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.


Mon, Jul 24 · improvisation · indie · jazz · local · r&b · soul · vocal

Siamese Sound Club
8:00pm at 5 Walnut

Siamese Sound Club (formerly Siamese Jazz Club) has a sound born from a highly diverse and infectious melting pot of influences. SJC is just as deep into the world of R&B & Soul as it’s improvisational jazzy undertones. The love child of prolific Asheville music scenesters, Simon Thomas George & CaroMia Tiller, SJC was formed in the summer of 2015. Always teasing the line of technical musicality and emotional depth, SJC embraces the affection of music aficionados and the casual listener alike.


Mon, Jul 24 · alternative · indie · local · psychedelic · rock

Fashion Bath
w/ Fraternal Twin, Stolen Jars & Meadower
9:00pm at The Mothlight
(Free)

Fashion Bath's music has been described as "If Radiohead wrote the soundtrack to every Nickelodeon show".


Tue, Jul 25 · acoustic · ambient · guitar · indie · instrumental · spiritual · world

Conrado Isasa
w/ Few More Days
9:00pm at The Mothlight
($8)

Conrado Isasa, born to Uruguayan parents in Madrid, Spain, 1977, is a guitarist and composer based in Madrid. He has been an active member of the city’s underground music scene since the early '90s. He has performed throughout Spain and UK as a solo artist. Strongly inspired by the American Primitive guitarists – John Fahey, Glenn Jones and Jack Rose – Isasa plays acoustic guitar and weissenborn in an organic, serene and meditative style. His music is a relaxed and unhurried experience for the listener. It projects a spiritual and twilight beauty.


Wed, Jul 26 · alternative · country · electronic · guitar · indie · pop · rock · roots · singer-songwriter

David 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.


Wed, Jul 26 · dance · funk · indie · pop · r&b · soul

The Nightowls
w/ Cam Stack Trio
8:00pm at The Grey Eagle
($10 adv / $12 DOS)

The Nightowls released their debut album, 'Good As Gold,' in 2014. The Austin Chronicle hailed it as "suave, energetic, blue-eyed soul" and named it one of the Top 10 of the year at the annual Austin Chronicle Music Awards, Austin Monthly named them a Band To Watch, and Texas Music Magazine called the album "a smooth addictive blend of pop, R&B and funk that will delight the band's dance-happy fans."


Wed, Jul 26 · alternative · indie · pop · punk · rock · vocal · world

Pinky Doodle Poodle
w/ OBSiDEONEYE
9:00pm at The Mothlight
($8 adv / $10 DOS)

Pinky Doodle Poodle is a high energy, female fronted rock band from Tokyo, Japan.


Wed, Jul 26 · alternative · experimental · garage · indie · local · punk · rock

Castle of Genre
w/ August Is Ours, Mr. Mange & The Spiral
9:00pm at The Odditorium
($6)

Castle of Genre is an Experimental Rock band from Richmond, VA. August Is Ours is an Indie band from Greenville, NC. Mr. Mange is an Asheville-based Punk-influenced Rock band. The Spiral, also based in Asheville, plays Indie Garage.


Thu, Jul 27 · alternative · folk · harmony · indie · roots · singer-songwriter · vocal

100 Watt Horse
w/ Axxa/Abraxas, Washboard Abs & Coma Cinema
9:00pm at The Mothlight
($5)

100 Watt Horse comes from Atlanta, bearing/baring naked notes, stark guy-gal harmonies, semi-epic post-folk indie band sunshine through the shadows.


Fri, Jul 28 · alternative · bluegrass · folk · indie · jazz · old time · punk · rock · roots · stringband

The Tillers
CD Release
7:00pm at Isis Music Hall
($10)

Musically, the Tillers wear many hats. Their sound has proven to be an appropriate fit with a wide range of musical styles, including traditional folk, bluegrass, jazz, and punk rock.


Fri, Jul 28 · alternative · blues · folk · indie · progressive · roots · singer-songwriter · spiritual · vocal · world

Xavier Rudd
8:00pm at New Mountain AVL
($25 adv / $28 DOS)

Enthralling audiences with his ability to wield so many instruments at once, Xavier's 2002 debut album introduced a sound that was a mix of guitars, yidakis (didgeridoos), stomp box and percussion, blues harp and vocals - something distinctly new, yet tied back through time to the spirit of our ancestors.


Fri, Jul 28 · alternative · art rock · avant garde · dance · humor · indie · local · psychedelic · punk · rock

Plankeye 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.


Fri, Jul 28 · alternative · dance · indie · pop · punk · rock

Nihilist Cheerleader
w/ The Power & Jackson Harem
9:30pm at The Mothlight

Nihilist Cheerleader is "Dance punk outta Athens Georgia reflecting on all the bad things but still tryna party."


Fri, Jul 28 · alternative · dance · funk · indie

Lemon City Trio
10:00pm at The One Stop
(21+, by donation)

Lemon City Trio is a band based out of Miami bringing a fresh taste to funk music. Every show brings energy for people to dance to, and sophistication to appreciate. The band honed its sound monthly at one of Miami's best live music venues, Lagniappe House, and used it as a platform for creating a sound that is unique and infectious.


Sat, Jul 29 · alternative · blues · disco · funk · hip hop · indie · local · rap · rock · soul

Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band
w/ GFE
9:00pm at The Orange Peel
(18+, $12 adv / $14 DOS)

Known for their raucous live shows and outrageous stage wear, the Booty Band’s sound is a mix of deep funk, high energy rock, plus a little old school rap and soul thrown in for good measure.


Sat, Jul 29 · brass · dance · funk · indie · local · r&b · retro · rock

Calvin Get Down
10:00pm at Foggy Mountain Brewpub

Calvin Get Down is a good time booty shakin’ funk band based in Asheville. They consist of a screaming horn section and one of the tightest rhythm sections in the game. Their combination of retro funk and laid back groove music is sure to get you out of your seat and moving.


Sun, Jul 30 · electronic · emo · folk · indie · local · rock · singer-songwriter · vocal

Charles 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-songwriter

Alex 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 · rap

DJ 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.


Mon, Jul 31 · alternative · art rock · indie · pop · rock

Floral Print
w/ Brucemont, Truth Club & Too Bad Disco
9:00pm at The Mothlight
(Free)

Floral Print is a deconstructionist post-pop trio from Atlanta, Georgia.


Wed, Aug 2 · funk · fusion · indie · pop · reggae · rock · roots

Spiritual Rez
9:00pm at The Grey Eagle
($12)

Not long into the writing and recording process of their fourth studio album, Setting in the West (2016), reggae-fusion act Spiritual Rez knew they were creating something special. Under the guidance of producer Kenny Carkeet, a founding member of AWOLNATION, the eclectic sextet fused their high-energy reggae sound with an edgy contemporary pop polish.


Thu, Aug 3 · activist · alternative · benefit · hip hop · indie · rap · rock · singer-songwriter · soul · vocal

Michael Franti & Spearhead
9:00pm at Salvage Station
($31 adv / $36 DOS)

Musician, filmmaker and humanitarian Michael Franti is recognized as a pioneering force using music as a vehicle for positive change as well as his unforgettable, high energy shows with his band, Spearhead. This is a benefit show to support MountainTrue and a portion of proceeds from the show will go to clean up the French Broad River.


Thu, Aug 3 · alternative · appalachian · indie · local · pop · rock · singer-songwriter

Modern Strangers
Album Release Show w/ Deja Fuze & Story Daniels
8:00pm at The Grey Eagle
($7)

Modern Strangers is an Asheville-based "Mountain Janglepop" band. Fresh off their win at the Race to the Stage band competition and their prime spot at this years Mountain Sports Festival, Modern Strangers are consistently putting on High Energy, Toe Tapping, Dance Floor filling, Hook-filled Parties.


Thu, Aug 3 · alternative · funk · indie · psychedelic · rock · southern rock

The Southern Belles
10:00pm at The One Stop
(21+, by donation)

The Southern Belles, based in Richmond, VA, are Adrian Ciucci (guitar/vocals), Tommy Booker (keys/vocals), Aaron Zarrow (drums/vocals) and Andrew Carper (bass/vocals). The band plays a high-octane mix of funky Southern psychedelic Rock & Roll.


Fri, Aug 4 - Sat, Aug 5 · african · alternative · americana · dance · festival · folk · funk · hip hop · indie · jazz · local · progressive · rock · roots · singer-songwriter · soul · vocal · world

LEAF Downtown AVL
12:00pm at Pack Square Park
(Free)

LEAF Downtown AVL showcases dynamic musical talent, immersive cultural arts performances and local handcraft & culinary artists. Lineup includes The Family Stone (50th Year Anniversary), Easy Star All-Stars (pictured), Rare Essence, Escort [Live Band], LEAF Funk Mix-Tape Band, Free Planet Radio, Fly By Night Rounders, Billy Jonas, Black Masala, The Digs, The Paper Crowns, I-Star, The Hustle Souls, Back South Band, Nex Millen, DJ Malinalli, The Lefties, Lisa Zahiya, Otto Aquaboogy, Big Chief Shaka Zulu, Blue Ridge Pride Drag Show, Unifire Theater, Faerie Kin, Toybox Theater, Hood Huggers Community Talent Show, LEAF International NOLA & many more...


Fri, Aug 4 · hardcore · indie · local · metal · rock

Temptation’s Wings
w/ Through The Fallen & Low Earth
9:00pm at The Orange Peel
($5)

Thick, roaring guitar tone, a massive, thundering bass tone, and drums that sound as if they were played with a warhammer - these are Temptation’s Wings' sonic weapons of choice to bring their style of thrashy doom to life. They are a no frills, no gimmicks metal band from the shadows of the wicked old mountains of North Carolina. With influences ranging from bluegrass to classical, Amon Amarth to ZZ Top, and everything in between, they're out to bring our their brand of "brootality" to anyone that lends an open ear.


Sat, Aug 5 · alternative · indie · local · rock

Gutterhound
w/ The Black River Rebels & The Shrünken Heads
9:30pm at The Mothlight
($5)

Asheville-based Gutterhound is a combo of Mother Soul and Flopchopper with a big smack of Rock Fury.


Sun, Aug 6 · alternative · art rock · cello · classical · indie · pop · rock

Rasputina
w/ Eliza Rickman
8:00pm at The Grey Eagle
($17 adv / $20 DOS)
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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.


Sun, Aug 6 · alternative · indie · singer-songwriter · vocal

Adam Torres
w/ Daniel Shearin
9:30pm at The Mothlight
($8 adv / $10 DOS)

In 2006, 20-year-old Adam Torres released his debut album Nostra Nova. The album’s 11 songs are idiosyncratic and varied – as are many great songs – with each existing as its own little world. It’s influenced by the works of visual artist Adolf Wolfli and C.G. Jung, and it’s the sound of Torres making something beautiful. Having penned more than 100 songs since 2006, he quietly released his first music since Nostra Nova in 2012 through DC cassette-label DZ Tapes, which featured tape-recorded demos made inside the apartments he lived in during his time in Ecuador. In 2015, Nostra Nova saw a small reissue. Called a “cult classic” by The A.V. Club, the album finally achieved its due, earning additional praise from Stereogum, VICE, Popmatters, All Music Guide, and Flavorwire, which wrote of Torres as, “...someone who was, at an early age, able to connect his own odd experiences to the concept of life itself in an almost innate way.”


Tue, Aug 8 · alternative · folk · indie · local · pop · rock · singer-songwriter · vocal

Erica Russo
w/ Kitty Tsunami
8:00pm at The Grey Eagle
($7)

Erica Russo is an Asheville-based singer-songwriter whose otherworldly tunes are at once delicate and soul-piercing, bathing the listener in tender vocals and haunting melodies that call to mind influences ranging from Cat Power to Ani DiFranco to Early Modest Mouse. Russo combines her dreamy style of folk with indie pop to create deeply reflective and unforgettable songs.


Tue, Aug 8 · alternative · indie · local · rock

Mr. Mange
w/ Milo in the Doldrums + Kid Brother
8:30pm at The Ridge at New Mountain AVL
(Free)

Words like indie, rock and alternative get thrown around in modern music in too vague a fashion, but at their heart invoke the epitome of newness and originality. These terms are a much better way to describe the powerhouse of sound that Mr. Mange brings to the table. Founded on the basis of a swirling variety of influences, Mr. Mange brings a sound as fresh as the band itself.


Thu, Aug 10 · alternative · indie · rock

Chris Robinson Brotherhood
8:00pm at The Orange Peel
(18+, $20 adv / $22 DOS)

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood's latest release has been praised by Rolling Stone as “once quirky, trippy, soulful and downright magnetic.”


Thu, Aug 10 · alternative · indie · local · orchestral · singer-songwriter · vocal

Carly Taich
w/ Maddie Shuler & Livingdog
9:00pm at The Mothlight
($5)

Carly Taich’s upcoming album, Reverie, is both an observation and a daydream. Layers of violin weave between her sultry vocals in duet fashion while the rest of the band takes off into a groovy wonderland. Her stories have a raw honesty like those of Sufjan Stevens or Angel Olsen; and a soulful optimism that reminds one of Lianne LaHavas. It is difficult to say who is the album’s true hero - Carly’s vocals, her lyrics, or the powerful orchestration that carries them through from one song to the next. If one thing is for certain, Carly Taich’s music cuts to the center of the heart.


Fri, Aug 11 · alternative · indie · psychedelic · punk · rock · singer-songwriter · synth

Sweet Knives
w/ The Missing Stares & The Chickenhawks
9:30pm at The Mothlight
($8)

In 2005 Memphis black-wave synth punk band Lost Sounds called it quits after being kicked out of a house in Stuttgart in the middle of a long long night. With that, four albums and numerous singles and outtakes releases were leftover, and the brutal live show would never happen again. As Jay Reatard (½ of the Lost Sounds songwriting team with Alicja Trout) continued to grow his hopeful career on Matador Records the other band members moved on down less-publicised roads. Rich Crook, drummer of Lost Sounds, formed Lover! and THING and toured as singer/guitar player. Alicja toured with River City Tanlines, Black Sunday, Mouserocket, and released solo recordings as Alicja-pop. Meanwhile time was healing the wounds that had caused the band break-up. Sadly Jay’s light died in January 2010. Alicja, Rich, and original member John Garland have brought back a set of tunes from the old Lost Sounds closet. Along with Johnny Valiant on bass they are called Sweet Knives, named after a song from the Lost Sounds 2004 In The Red “Future Touch” seven song EP. Lost Sounds was known for a sound filled with angst, paranoia, and anxiety all rolled up in a synth laden rock n roll tasty burrito. Sweet Knives carries on the quest with a new delivery, less likely to fall apart and fall off stage, and more likely to infect a room with a symphony of sharpened blades.


Sat, Aug 12 · alternative · indie · instrumental · rock

onj.
w/ To Forget & VIA
9:30pm at The Mothlight
($5)

onj. is a band that writes loud instrumental songs. Their new album, "Alone" is an attempt to capture the various feelings of being left alone while dealing with depression, loss, and separation.


Sun, Aug 13 · alternative · americana · country · folk · humor · indie · rock · roots · singer-songwriter · vocal

Ben de la Cour
5:30pm at Isis Music Hall
($10)

Ben De La Cour brings to mind a young Townes Van Zandt. He shares a similarly cynical worldview and world-weary, rakish persona, and sings in an assured baritone that he would probably prefer was fueled by quality bourbon, although rotgut might do the job in a pinch. And as he makes clear from the git-go, he’s no stranger to being in a pinch.


Sun, Aug 13 · alternative · folk · indie · pop · rock · singer-songwriter

Waxahatchee
w/ Palehound & Outer Spaces
8:00pm at The Grey Eagle
($15 adv / $18 DOS)
Tickets now on sale

Out in the Storm, Katie Crutchfield’s fourth album as Waxahatchee and her second release with Merge, is the blazing result of a woman reawakened. Her most autobiographical and honest album to date, Out in the Storm is a self-reflective anchor in the story of both her songwriting and her life.


Tue, Aug 15 · alternative · blues · folk · indie · local · psychedelic · rock

The Cannonball Jars
w/ Cult Of Kings & The Aisles Of Jane Doe
9:00pm at PULP
($7 / $5 members / +$2 under 21)

The Cannonball Jars, based in Asheville, play hazed-out summer love songs and rock and roll anthems dedicated to plants. The song styles range from clandestine poetry to shout-out, sing-a-long choruses. Their output spans Psychedelic Rock, Blues, Punk and Folk. Influences include The Velvet Underground, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Elliott Smith, Swervedriver, The Beatles, Pixies, Black Lips, Ramones and early Green Day.


Thu, Aug 17 · alternative · americana · folk · harmony · indie · pop · rock · roots · singer-songwriter · vocal

The Wild Reeds
w/ Alexa Rose
9:00pm at The Grey Eagle
($12 adv / $14 DOS)

The Wild Reeds' sound is highlighted by the interweaving vocal harmonies of three phenomenally talented front-women - Kinsey Lee, Sharon Silva and Mackenzie Howe - who swap lead vocal duties and shuffle between an array of acoustic and electric instruments throughout the set. They are backed by a rhythm section of Nick Jones (drums) and Nick Phakpiseth (bass).


Fri, Aug 18 · alternative · blues · funk · hip hop · indie · local · percussion · pop · progressive · rock · soul

Cedric Burnside at Downtown After 5
w/ Lyric & The Stump Mutts
5:00pm at Downtown After 5
(Free)

With the blues running through his blood, Cedric Burnside has been playing music all his life and is widely regarded as one of the best drummers in the world. Grandson of the legendary R.L. Burnside, Cedric grew up on tour and has shared the stage with Jimmy Buffet, Black Joe Lewis and Widespread Panic. We’ll have two local openers for the August show. First up, The Stump Mutts playing all original alternative rock. Following, Asheville native, Lyric, takes the stage with her blend of pop, soul and funk.


Fri, Aug 18 · blues · funk · indie · local · new orleans · r&b · soul

Hustle Souls
w/ The Freeway Revival
10:00pm at Asheville Music Hall
(21+, by donation)

Hustle Souls is a high energy neo-soul/blues band who combine roots authenticity with uncontrollable groove. Hustle Souls create music that sparks nostalgia from Motown to the Delta but is undeniably fresh and new. Tight vocal harmonies and unfiltered emotion, brilliantly voiced guitar chords, B3 organ, New Orleans trumpet and the smoothest, most creative rhythm section seen in a long time.


Sat, Aug 19 · alternative · guitar · indie · pop · rock · singer-songwriter · vocal

Lucy Dacus
w/ Molly Burch
9:30pm at The Mothlight
($10 adv / $12 DOS)

Dacus started playing around Richmond while in college, opening for local acts and eventually meeting Jacob Blizard, a guitarist who invited her to make a record for a college project of his. No Burden, which originally came out in February on the Richmond label EggHunt Records, opens with the forthright, almost brutally honest "I Don't Wanna Be Funny Anymore," the last song Dacus wrote before the album's day-long recording session at Starstruck Studios in Nashville. Dacus delivers scalpel-sharp observations about resisting pigeonholing over chunky guitars, ticking off ideals of femininity and youth until the track's not-quite-resolution.


Sun, Aug 20 · americana · folk · indie · roots · singer-songwriter

Martha Scanlan
8:00pm at The Grey Eagle
($15 adv / $18 DOS)

The gift of a great storyteller is the bringing of the listener into the story, and the story into the listener. It’s not just the words of the songs that provide that rare lasting transformative alchemy that has become so characteristic of Martha Scanlan’s work, and earned her the small loyal cult following that seems to be steadily growing. It’s the space between the words, the current of things, the sound of the place itself.


Tue, Aug 22 · alternative · indie · pop · psychedelic · rock · singer-songwriter

Portugal. The Man – Night 1
w/ The Dig
8:00pm at The Orange Peel
(18+, $27 adv / $30 DOS)

Portugal. The Man plays breezy, psychedelia-tinged alt-pop.


Wed, Aug 23 · alternative · indie · pop · psychedelic · rock · singer-songwriter

Portugal. The Man – Night 2
w/ The Dig
8:00pm at The Orange Peel
(18+, $27 adv / $30 DOS)

Portugal. The Man plays breezy, psychedelia-tinged alt-pop.


Thu, Aug 24 · alternative · americana · bluegrass · blues · country · funk · harmony · indie · old time · roots · soul

The Danberrys
7:00pm at Isis Music Hall
($10 adv / $15 DOS)

At the heart of The Danberrys is the Tennessee-born couple of Ben DeBerry and Dorothy Daniel – a truly unique pair of artists hailing from East Nashville, Tennessee. Drawing deep from the traditions of bluegrass, old-time country, blues, and funk/soul, the Danberrys offer inspired songwriting delivered with raw emotion, distinct vocal harmonies, and dynamic, top-notch musicianship.


Fri, Aug 25 · ambient · dub · electronic · indie · local · pop · psychedelic · r&b · soul · synth

RBTS 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, Aug 25 - Sat, Aug 26 · acoustic · americana · appalachian · blues · festival · folk · guitar · indie · old time · roots · singer-songwriter · traditional · vocal

Jam In the Trees
7:00pm at Pisgah Brewing
($25 Friday / $50 Saturday / $60 Two Day Pass)

Jam in the Trees’ Friday schedule starts with Zoe & Cloyd, followed by Underhill Rose, then Larry Keel. Doors at 7, show starts at 8pm, all on the Indoor Stage. Gates open Saturday at 12pm, with music starting at 1pm throughout the day until 11pm on the beautiful Pisgah Brewing Outdoor Stage, music inside all day, followed by an After Hours Jam at 11pm on the Indoor Stage with special guest artists from the day! Performers include The Infamous Stringdusters (pictured), Acoustic Syndicate, Peter Rowan, Larry Keel, Tim O’Brien & Jan Fabricius, Jim Lauderdale, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, Jeffrey Foucault, Front Country, Eilen Jewell, Cicada Rhythm & more.


Sat, Aug 26 · alternative · americana · funk · indie · local · pop · rock · roots · singer-songwriter · southern rock

RiverLink’s RiverFest
w/ The Get Right Band, Ben Phan & The Soul Symphony & The Greenliners
2:30pm at Salvage Station
(Free, $5 Donation For Wristband)

The Get Right Band (pictured) is “hip-shaking, earthquaking pure funk fun” (The Alternate Root). They are one of Relix Magazine’s “On The Verge” picks, Home Grown Music Network’s 2015 “Best New Band of the Year,” and were voted “Best Progressive Band” in Western North Carolina by Mountain Xpress readers. Opener Ben Phan is a prolific poet, songwriter, and guitarist, with the soul of an improviser. The Greenliners are a high energy acoustic ensemble, hailing from Asheville, built around a solid foundation of guitar, mandolin, and upright bass.


Sat, Aug 26 · alternative · indie · pop · punk · rock · singer-songwriter

Goo Goo Dolls
w/ Phillip Phillips
7:30pm at Biltmore House

A Boy Named Goo had a catchy rock sound, and became one of the most successful alternative rock albums of the mid-1990s. It sold modestly in this time; however, it was not until the release of the single "Name" that the band experienced any viable commercial success. A Boy Named Goo became the first album in Metal Blade history to achieve double-platinum status.


Sun, Aug 27 · alternative · folk · funk · guitar · indie · rock · singer-songwriter

John Butler Trio
w/ Landon McNamara at The Meadow (Highland Brewing) OUTDOOR SHOW
6:30pm at The Orange Peel
($30 adv / $35 DOS)

There are dirty Stevie Wonder-style boogies, ghostly refrains that could come from Simon and Garfunkel, sonic poltergeists which seem, at times, to resemble lost rock classics. In the hands of a lesser man this would be mere thievery dressed up as ‘eclecticism’. But Butler is a maestro – he takes his influences and transcends them. He creates a sound that is as ancient as aboriginal bone-art and yet as modern as your Twitter feed. He has been hailed as one of the world’s greatest guitarists, a musician’s musician, one whose sound offers not three chords and the truth but a thousand.


Wed, Aug 30 · alternative · americana · eclectic · gypsy · hardcore · honky tonk · indie · outlaw country · psychedelic · punk · rock · roots · stringband

The Goddamn Gallows
w/ Skunk Ruckus
9:00pm at The Grey Eagle
($12 adv / $15 DOS)

The Goddamn Gallows came from the heart of America's Rust Belt, arising from a night of flophouse violence. Drifting across the states, they cemented their sound in Portland and later in Los Angeles, where they lived in abandoned buildings, squatter camps, storage units and shoebox apartments. In 2007, they left everything behind and spent the next 4 years living out of whatever vehicle would get them to the next town. Building upon their original sound of "twanged-out, punk rock gutterbilly", they began picking up stray musicians along the way - washboard, accordion, mandolin and banjo - creating a sound referred to as "hobocore", "gypsy-punk" or "americana-punk", while never being stuck in any one sound.


Fri, Sep 1 · alternative · ambient · art rock · electronic · funk · indie · local · rock · synth

The Volt per Octaves
Farewell Show” w/ The Volt Per Octaves, Cyboman & Jason Daniello
7:00pm at The Mothlight
($5)

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.


Fri, Sep 1 · alternative · grunge · hard rock · indie · local · rock

The Stump Mutts (Album Release Show)
w/ MIKE LIVE & Hard Rocket
8:00pm at The Grey Eagle
($8 adv / $10 DOS)

Listenasheville.com described the band’s sound as, "crankshaft rock that houses a fair deal of aggression, though its edges are rounded off. It’s logically structured, so the brightest light shines in the portrayal of the feeling." The Stump Mutts’ songs evoke relatable stories of toxic relationships, love and loss, obsession, rebellion, deceit and desire.


Sat, Sep 2 · alternative · indie · rock · singer-songwriter

Mike Farris
w/ The Roseland Rhythm Revue
8:00pm at The Grey Eagle
($25 / $40 VIP)

Whether rearranging songs of centuries past or infusing new lyrical life to half-songs, it becomes clear that Mike’s vocal gift is simply the surface of a very deep well. Presented by The Altamont Theatre at The Grey Eagle.


Wed, Sep 6 · alternative · folk · indie · pop · rock · singer-songwriter · vocal

The Mountain Goats
8:00pm at The Orange Peel
(18+, $26)

The Mountain Goats are an American indie folk band formed in Claremont, California by singer-songwriter John Darnielle. The band is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.


Fri, Sep 8 · alternative · americana · indie · pop · rock · roots · singer-songwriter · southern rock

RiverLink’s RiverMusic: Drivin N Cryin
w/ Darrin Bradbury & Ouroboros Boys
5:00pm at Salvage Station
(Free, $5 Donation For Wristband)

Drivin N Cryin is led by acclaimed rock/ alt-country /folk singer and songwriter Kevn Kinney.


Fri, Sep 8 · activist · alternative · blues · folk · funk · indie · new orleans · pop · progressive · rock · roots · singer-songwriter · soul · vocal · world

Hurray For The Riff Raff
w/ Xenia Rubinos
9:00pm at The Orange Peel
(18+, $18 adv / $20 DOS)

For her band's latest recording, Alynda Segarra drew early inspiration from cult favorite Rodriguez, a Mexican-American who translated working-class stories from Detroit into powerful rock ballads, and the Ghetto Brothers, an underground band from the 1970s South Bronx who stitched Puerto Rican nationalist messages into a rough-hewn fabric of Santana and Sly and the Family Stone Afro-Caribbean funk. She reached back to her cultural ancestors in the form of the radical political group the Young Lords and the salsa singer Héctor Lavoe.


Fri, Sep 8 · americana · blues · folk · indie · roots · singer-songwriter · vocal

The Whiskey Charmers
6:00pm at The Grey Eagle
(Free)

The Whiskey Charmers is a Detroit-based Americana band led by Carrie Shepard and Lawrence Daversa. Fans have often compared their sound to riding through the desert with the top down. Mike McGonigal of the Detroit Metro Times says “There might be a plethora of Americana/ roots-infused acts in the greater Detroit area, but the Whiskey Charmers are a real cut above. This bunch are not poseurs. They do not strum ukuleles. They do not write songs about cowpoke bullshit. Their music is charming, original, and always a delight.”


Sun, Sep 10 · alternative · indie · roots · singer-songwriter · vocal

Kevin Morby
w/ Shannon Lay
9:00pm at The Mothlight
($15)

City Music is also the new album by Kevin Morby. Full of listless wanderlust, it's a collection inspired by and devoted to the metropolitan experience across America and beyond by a songwriter cast from his own mould. As he puts it: "It is a mix-tape, a fever dream, a love letter dedicated to those cities that I cannot get rid of, to those cities that are all inside of me."


Tue, Sep 12 · alternative · indie · pop · singer-songwriter

Bleachers
w/ Tove Stryke
8:00pm at The Orange Peel
(18+, $25 adv / $28 DOS)

In addition to being a multi-talented musician, Bleachers (Jack Antonoff) is a critically acclaimed songwriter and producer. Antonoff collaborated with Taylor Swift co-writing and producing her chart-topping hit “Out of the Woods” along with two other tracks from her No. 1 album 1989. He also received a 2014 Golden Globe® nomination for his collaboration with Swift on her hit song “Sweeter Than Fiction.” Jack has worked with Sara Bareilles, co-writing her Grammy®-nominated hit “Brave,” as well as Canadian indie icons Tegan and Sara and more. Jack recently curated and founded the Shadow of the City music festival in Asbury Park, New Jersey.


Thu, Sep 14 · alternative · country · honky tonk · indie · rock

American Aquarium
9:00pm at The Grey Eagle
($15 adv / $18 DOS)

Raleigh-based American Aquarium's latest work blends the twang of the pedal steel with the dark, dirty swirl of two electric guitars, creating a sound that's fit for the roadhouse, the honky tonk and the dive bar.


Thu, Sep 14 · alternative · blues · indie · rock · roots · singer-songwriter · vocal

Michelle Malone
8:00pm at The Altamont Theatre
($15 adv / $20 DOS / $25 VIP)

Atlanta native Michelle Malone is “equal parts rowdy guitar slinger and sweet songstress” (Guitar World). Her mastery of guitar, along with her trademark voice and songwriting skills, have earned her 3x Best Female vocalist, Best Acoustic Guitarist, Album of the year, and 2 grammy ballot appearances (Best Contemporary Blues 2006, Best Americana 2009), and the 2015 Georgia Music Award for Best Female in Rock. Malone’s performances are “raucous and jubilant” (Rolling Stone) and can make the biggest venue feel cozy as a campfire and an intimate venue feel like the center of the universe.


Fri, Sep 15 · alternative · folk · indie · pop · rock

Delta Rae
w/ Liz Longley
8:00pm at The Grey Eagle
($20)

Rolling Stone proclaimed that "if Fleetwood Mac came up in North Carolina, they might resemble Delta Rae."


Fri, Sep 15 · acoustic · americana · bluegrass · eclectic · folk · guitar · indie · instrumental · old time · punk · rock · roots · singer-songwriter · traditional · vocal

Billy Strings – Downtown After 5
w/ Whiskey Shivers
5:00pm at Downtown After 5
(Free)

Whether sharing stages with acoustic music royalty, crisscrossing the nation playing as a solo artist or performing high-energy, jaw-dropping sets, Billy Strings’ songs, his articulation, his entire approach, sounds so authentic and steeped in tradition. Hailing from Austin, Whiskey Shivers’ bluegrass-fueled Americana infused with punk rock energy, is infectious and joyful.


Fri, Sep 15 · alternative · contra · humor · indie · outlaw country · rap · rock · roots · singer-songwriter · southern rock

The Lacs
9:00pm at Salvage Station
(21+, $18 adv / $20 DOS)

The Lacs, from South Georgia, blend together every genre from traditional country and southern rock to rap and spoken word.


Sat, Sep 16 · alternative · eclectic · electronic · funk · indie · pop · psychedelic · rock

of 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 17 · activist · alternative · americana · celtic · classical · fiddle · folk · indie · singer-songwriter

Gaelynn Lea
8:00pm at The Grey Eagle
($12 adv / $15 DOS)

Gaelynn Lea is a musician from Duluth, MN. She has been playing violin for over twenty years. First classically trained, she began learning traditional Celtic and American fiddle tunes at the age of 18. During her college years Gaelynn started sitting in with various folk/rock musicians and developed an improvisational style all her own. Eventually she also began singing and dabbling in songwriting. Gaelynn has a congenital disability called Osteogenesis Imperfecta, or Brittle Bones Disease. In recent years, she has used her music as a platform to advocate for people with disabilities and to promote positive social change.


Thu, Sep 21 · alternative · indie · rock

Broken Social Scene
w/ Belle Game
9:00pm at The Orange Peel
(18+, $24 adv / $26 DOS)

Broken Social Scene is a Canadian indie rock band, a musical collective including as few as six and as many as nineteen members, formed by Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning.


Fri, Sep 22 · activist · alternative · americana · country · indie · outlaw country · progressive · rock · singer-songwriter

Drive-By Truckers – Night 1
w/ Lydia Loveless
9:00pm at The Orange Peel
(18+, $27 adv / $30 DOS)
Tickets now on sale

Drive-By Truckers have always been outspoken, telling a distinctly American story via craft, character, and concept, all backed by sonic ambition and social conscience. These master songwriters wisely avoid overt polemics to explore such pressing issues as race, income inequality, the NRA, deregulation, police brutality, Islamophobia, and the plague of suicides and opioid abuse.


Sat, Sep 23 · activist · alternative · americana · country · indie · outlaw country · progressive · rock · singer-songwriter

Drive-By Truckers – Night 2
w/ Lydia Loveless
9:00pm at The Orange Peel
(18+, $25 adv / $30 DOS)
Tickets now on sale

Drive-By Truckers have always been outspoken, telling a distinctly American story via craft, character, and concept, all backed by sonic ambition and social conscience. These master songwriters wisely avoid overt polemics to explore such pressing issues as race, income inequality, the NRA, deregulation, police brutality, Islamophobia, and the plague of suicides and opioid abuse.


Sun, Sep 24 · alternative · art rock · avant garde · electronic · experimental · indie · noise

Liars
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 · indie · pop · psychedelic · rock · singer-songwriter

Father John Misty
w/ Weyes Blood
8:00pm at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
($25.50 - $45.50)

He sounds and acts a bit like solo-era John Lennon, Scott Walker, Randy Newman, Harry Nilsson, and Dory Previn, while taking a few cues from Woody Allen, Kurt Vonnegut, Alejandro Jodorowsky and Muhammad Ali.


Mon, Sep 25 · alternative · art rock · emo · indie · pop · rock · singer-songwriter

The 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.


Tue, Sep 26 · alternative · indie · local · rock · singer-songwriter · vocal

Emily Easterly
w/ Mr. Mange
9:30pm at Burial Beer Co.

"With a mix of D.I.Y. attitude, guitar proficiency, and songwriting skills modeled after Cat Power and Exile in Guyville-era Liz Phair, Emily Easterly made her debut in 2001 with the self-released Assembling Emily. Featuring collaborations with several of Easterly’s hometown heroes (including Sparklehorse’s Alan Weatherhead and Cracker guitarist Johnny Hickman), the record was issued during the songwriter’s final weeks of high school in Richmond, VA. The following months saw Easterly relocating several hours south to study music at the University of Miami, where she released Cole in 2002 and garnered support from college radio. Seasons Never Change followed in 2005, boasting an intimate, stripped-down sound that reflected upon the singer’s four-year stay in sunny Miami, and Easterly subsequently moved to Brooklyn to pursue her craft full-time. Inspired by Neil Young, the Beatles, and Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, Heart Comma Heart arrived in late 2007. The following year, Easterly teamed up with fellow songwriter JSeger to record a split single, Please, Please Say Goodnight/City Love Is Strange, which was released on 45-rpm vinyl that fall." -Andrew Leahey, allmusic.com


Fri, Sep 29 · alternative · electronic · indie · pop · singer-songwriter

Sylvan Esso
w/ Helado Negro
8:00pm at US Cellular Center Arena
($32.50)

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.


Fri, Sep 29 · alternative · folk · harmony · indie · roots · singer-songwriter · vocal

The Lone Bellow
9:00pm at The Orange Peel
(18+, $18 adv / $20 DOS / $79 VIP)
Tickets now on sale

Zach Williams, Brian Elmquist, and Kanene Pipkin are the harmonizing voices of Southern-born, Brooklyn-based indie-folk trio Lone Bellow.


Sat, Sep 30 · alternative · indie · pop · rock · roots · singer-songwriter

The Head And The Heart
w/ The Shelters
8:00pm at US Cellular Center Arena
($45-$65)

The Head And The Heart’s 2011 self-titled debut album captured a nascent but undeniable creative partnership between six strangers thrown together by little more than a shared love of music. It became one of Sub Pop Records’ best-selling debut releases ever, and rocketed the band to acclaim well beyond its then-home base in Seattle. The formative experiences that followed both on and off the stage heavily informed the 2013 follow-up “Let’s Be Still,” which continues to remind Russell of “the stale beer, bleach and potato chips from all the venues we saw once this became our livelihood.”


Tue, Oct 3 · alternative · eclectic · funk · indie · instrumental · jazz · punk · r&b · rock · soul · vocal

Thundercat
9:00pm at The Orange Peel
(18+, $20 adv / $22 DOS)

THUNDERCAT is the alter ego of virtuosic bassist / singer Stephen Bruner. Bruner found his instrument at the age of 4. That made him a late-bloomer in the house of Ronald, Sr., who drummed with the Temptations among others. His first bass was a black Harmony, and he practiced to the Ninja Turtles soundtrack until pops played him Jaco Pastorius. He joined thrash legends Suicidal Tendencies as a teenager, and spent road and studio time with everyone from Stanley Clarke to Snoop Dogg to Erykah Badu. Eventually the name Thundercat stuck, a reference to the cartoon he’s loved since childhood and an extension of Bruner’s wide-eyed, vibrant, often superhuman approach to his craft.


Wed, Oct 4 · alternative · electronic · funk · indie · psychedelic · synth

Com 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 6 · alternative · blues · brass · dance · funk · indie · jazz · new orleans · progressive · rock · roots · soul

No BS! Brass Band
9:00pm at The Mothlight
($13 adv / $15 DOS)

Based in Richmond, Virginia, No BS! Brass Band has quickly earned a reputation as a premiere band to see for heart-pounding energy and uncontrollable dancing. They take their music into uncharted territory, embracing the spirit of New Orleans into its original East Coast modern funk and fearlessly combining elements of James Brown, John Coltrane, Michael Jackson, and Led Zeppelin into their fiercely original sound.


Sun, Oct 8 · alternative · folk · grunge · indie · rock · singer-songwriter · vocal

Widowspeak
w/ Clearance
9:00pm at The Mothlight
($12 adv / $14 DOS)

Widowspeak exists somewhere in the overlap between somber indie rock, dream pop, slow-core and their own invented genre, “cowboy grunge.” At the heart of the band, there is a palpable duality, a push and pull between the delicate and the deliberate: the contrast of lead singer-songwriter Molly Hamilton’s strikingly beautiful voice and poignant melodies with the terrestrial reality of being a four-piece rock band.


Mon, Oct 9 · alternative · americana · folk · indie · progressive · rock · roots · singer-songwriter · vocal

Wilco
7:30pm at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
($45-$85)
Tickets go on sale at 10am Friday, July 21

Wilco, led by Jeff Tweedy, is based in Chicago, Illinois. The band was formed in 1994 by the remaining members of alternative country group Uncle Tupelo following singer Jay Farrar's departure.


Tue, Oct 10 · alternative · indie · pop · psychedelic · rock · singer-songwriter · vocal

Dinosaur Jr.
w/ Easy Action
8:00pm at The Orange Peel
(18+, $22 adv / $25 DOS)
Tickets now on sale

Over the last three decades, J Mascis’ songwriting has continued to pursue confusion, isolation and mis-communication as its main themes (which is one of the reasons he’s always been the artist-of-choice for so many misfits), but he has really worked on the craft of songwriting, and he’s constantly improving his ability to convey these feelings rather than merely inhabit them.


Wed, Oct 11 · alternative · hip hop · indie · rap

Run The Jewels
w/ Denzel Curry CUZ Lightyear
9:00pm at The Orange Peel
(18+, $40 adv / $45 DOS)
SOLD OUT

In 2012, El-P produced Killer Mike's critically acclaimed album R.A.P. Music. Later that year, Killer Mike appeared on the track "Tougher Colder Killer" from El-P's Cancer 4 Cure. The following year they officially formed the duo "Run the Jewels", with an album under Fool's Gold Records announced for later in the year. They released their self-titled first album titled Run the Jewels, as a free digital download. The duo announced they would begin recording the highly anticipated sequel to their debut in February 2014, after a series of Australian live dates as part of St Jerome's Laneway Festival.


Fri, Oct 13 · alternative · art rock · avant garde · electronic · experimental · garage · guitar · indie · noise · singer-songwriter

Bill 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.


Sat, Oct 14 · alternative · americana · appalachian · bluegrass · country · folk · indie · roots · singer-songwriter · traditional

Mandolin Orange
9:00pm at The Orange Peel
(18+, $16 adv / $18 DOS)

This "Lyrical-Country-Grassy-Folk" band from Chapel Hill counts John Hartford, Gram Parsons, Iris Dement, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, Townes Van Zandt, Gillian & Dave, Cole Porter, Norman Blake, The Beatles, Tim O'Brien, My Morning Jacket & The Black Keys among their influences.


Sat, Oct 21 · activist · alternative · hard rock · indie · punk · rock

Against Me!
w/ Bleached & The Dirty Nil
8:00pm at The Orange Peel
($20 adv / $23 DOS)

Meet Laura Jane Grace. Four years ago, the Against Me! frontwoman came out as transgender; 18 months later, she released the band’s sixth album, the fiery Transgender Dysphoria Blues, one which she began working on before her transition and helped document the struggles she was facing. It was an intensely personal record that took on a life of its own, connecting with thousands of new listeners drawn to Grace’s honesty and complexity while still pleasing Against Me!’s dedicated fanbase.


Thu, Oct 26 · alternative · americana · blues · gospel · indie · r&b · rock · singer-songwriter · soul

Son Little
w/ ALA.NI
9:00pm at The Mothlight
($13 adv / $15 DOS)

Son Little, the singer and songwriter born Aaron Livingston, is the easygoing musical alchemist of our time. He is a conjurer, and much like those of his heroes Stevie Wonder and Jimi Hendrix, his songs are deconstructions of the diaspora of American R & B. Deftly he weaves different eras of the sound - blues, soul, gospel, rock and roll - through his own unique vision, never forced, always smooth, each note a tributary on the flowing river of rhythm and blues. The currents empty into an estuary, and into this well water Son dips his bucket - trusting innately in the magic's existence. And now, with his second full-length album, New Magic, he has delivered a profound statement, a cohesive creation that captures the diverse spirit of American music in a fresh and modern way.


Fri, Oct 27 · alternative · americana · folk · indie · rock · roots · singer-songwriter

The Avett Brothers – Night 1
8:00pm at US Cellular Center Arena
($35-$55)

Ultimately, The Avett Brothers joined together to present songs about experiences that they as humans have known to humans who know what they mean. Subject matters are tragic, joyful and inexhaustible.


Sat, Oct 28 · alternative · americana · folk · indie · rock · roots · singer-songwriter

The Avett Brothers – Night 2
8:00pm at US Cellular Center Arena
($35-$55)

Ultimately, The Avett Brothers joined together to present songs about experiences that they as humans have known to humans who know what they mean. Subject matters are tragic, joyful and inexhaustible.


Tue, Oct 31 · funk · hip hop · indie · jam · jazz · rock · soul

Lettuce
w/ RDGLRDGRN (Outdoor Show)
9:00pm at New Mountain AVL
($30 adv / $35 DOS)
Tickets on sale at 10am Friday, July 14

For more than two decades, Lettuce have brought a new vitality to classic funk, matching their smooth and soulful grooves with a hip-hop-inspired urgency and mastery of beat.


Tue, Oct 31 · alternative · comedy · country · guitar · honky tonk · humor · indie · outlaw country · psychedelic · retro · rockabilly · roots · singer-songwriter

Unknown Hinson
Halloween Show
10:00pm at The Grey Eagle
($20 adv / $25 DOS)

Halloween Show! While singing his own hilariously politically incorrect songs, Unknown Hinson plays guitar in a style incendiary enough to have Satan himself reaching for the antiperspirant. But don't dismiss him as a novelty act. He's one hell of a talent and has the music to prove it! Unknown is gaining international notoriety in the 14-34 demographic as the voice of lead character "Early Cuyler" in the Cartoon Network's "Squidbillies".


Tue, Nov 14 · alternative · folk · indie · pop · rock · singer-songwriter · vocal

Shawn Colvin
8:00pm at Diana Wortham Theatre
(Premium Seating $70 / Regular Seating $50)

In an era when female singer-songwriters are ever more ubiquitous, Shawn Colvin stands out as a singular and enduring talent. Her songs are slow-release works of craft and catharsis that become treasured, lifetime companions for their listeners. As a storyteller, Colvin is both keen and warmhearted, leavening even the toughest tales with tenderness, empathy, and a searing sense of humor. This fall she celebrate the 20th Anniversary of her breakthrough album "A Few Small Repairs," featuring Colvin and a full band performing the album in its entirety alongside a variety of hits, personal favorites and surprises from her repertoire. Special guests Larry and Teresa Campbell will appear as support on the tour. A copy of Shawn Colvin's forthcoming album is included with your ticket order for this show.


Fri, Nov 17 · alternative · emo · indie · pop · psychedelic · rock · vocal

Slowdive
9:00pm at The Orange Peel
(18+, $35 adv / $40 DOS)
Tickets now on sale

UK shoegaze pioneers Slowdive made three great records in the 1990s before disbanding. They reunited in 2014 - members include Neil Halstead (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Christian Savill (guitar), Nick Chaplin (bass), Rachel Goswell (vocals) and Simon Scott (drums, electronics).


Sun, Nov 19 · alternative · bluegrass · celtic · country · folk · indie · irish · jam · rock · roots · singer-songwriter

Gaelic Storm
8:00pm at The Orange Peel
(18+, $20 adv / $22 DOS)

After nearly two decades and more than 3,000 live shows, Gaelic Storm - the chart-topping, multi-national Celtic band - is looking sharper than ever with their latest release, Matching Sweaters. The new album mixes traditional Irish music with modern influences, creating a sound that’s as wide-ranging as the band’s own audience.


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