701 Haywood Road
Our goal is to provide a home for local and traveling musicians alike who value creative artistic expression.
· art rock · classical · eclectic · electronic · grunge · indie · jazz · local · pop · rock · synth
Tin Foil Hat
w/ Xero God, ILLPO & Tide Eyes 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.
· alternative · art rock · avant garde · experimental · guitar · indie · noise · rock · vocal
w/ Palberta & Aunt Sis at The Mothlight
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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.
· alternative · indie · local · psychedelic · rock
w/ Fraternal Twin, Stolen Jars & Meadower at The Mothlight
Fashion Bath’s music has been described as “If Radiohead wrote the soundtrack to every Nickelodeon show”.
· acoustic · ambient · guitar · indie · instrumental · spiritual · world
w/ Few More Days at The Mothlight
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.
· alternative · indie · pop · punk · rock · vocal · world
Pinky Doodle Poodle
w/ OBSiDEONEYE at The Mothlight
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Pinky Doodle Poodle is a high energy, female fronted rock band from Tokyo, Japan.
· alternative · folk · harmony · indie · roots · singer-songwriter · vocal
100 Watt Horse
w/ Axxa/Abraxas, Washboard Abs & Coma Cinema at The Mothlight
100 Watt Horse comes from Atlanta, bearing/baring naked notes, stark guy-gal harmonies, semi-epic post-folk indie band sunshine through the shadows.
· alternative · dance · indie · pop · punk · rock
w/ The Power & Jackson Harem at The Mothlight
Nihilist Cheerleader is “Dance punk outta Athens Georgia reflecting on all the bad things but still tryna party.”
· alternative · art rock · indie · pop · rock
w/ Brucemont, Truth Club & Too Bad Disco at The Mothlight
Floral Print is a deconstructionist post-pop trio from Atlanta, Georgia.
· alternative · indie · local · rock
w/ The Black River Rebels & The Shrünken Heads at The Mothlight
Asheville-based Gutterhound is a combo of Mother Soul and Flopchopper with a big smack of Rock Fury.
· alternative · indie · singer-songwriter · vocal
w/ Daniel Shearin at The Mothlight
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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.”
· ambient · art rock · avant garde · electronic · experimental · guitar · synth · vocal
Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble
w/ Art Feynman at The Mothlight
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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.
· alternative · indie · local · orchestral · singer-songwriter · vocal
w/ Maddie Shuler & Livingdog at The Mothlight
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.
· alternative · indie · psychedelic · punk · rock · singer-songwriter · synth
w/ The Missing Stares & The Chickenhawks at The Mothlight
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.
· alternative · indie · instrumental · rock
w/ To Forget & VIA at The Mothlight
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.
· alternative · guitar · indie · pop · rock · singer-songwriter · vocal
w/ Molly Burch at The Mothlight
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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.
· alternative · ambient · art rock · electronic · funk · indie · local · rock · synth
The Volt per Octaves
Farewell Show” w/ The Volt Per Octaves, Cyboman & Jason Daniello 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.
· metal · psychedelic · punk · rock
w/ Brain Tentacles & Uninhabitable at The Mothlight
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Combining a punk rock ethos with an esoteric blend of psychedelia, black metal, and doom/sludge, the Richmond VA-based quintet quickly developed a name for themselves in the underground through relentless touring and mesmerizing live performances.
· alternative · indie · roots · singer-songwriter · vocal
w/ Shannon Lay at The Mothlight
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.”
· alternative · blues · brass · dance · funk · indie · jazz · new orleans · progressive · rock · roots · soul
No BS! Brass Band at The Mothlight
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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.
· alternative · folk · grunge · indie · rock · singer-songwriter · vocal
w/ Clearance at The Mothlight
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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.
· alternative · americana · blues · gospel · indie · r&b · rock · singer-songwriter · soul
w/ ALA.NI at The Mothlight
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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.