Ali McGhee

Derrick Curtis
The next BEATLIFE show, thrown by the Asheville Beat Tape Collective, happens Saturday, 9/17, and is a tribute to the late North Carolina producer DFLN (Derrick Curtis). A lineup of special guests and friends of Derrick will show support and love at West Asheville's Mothlight.

Battle Trance
Asheville Grit spoke with Travis Laplante, the founder of tenor saxophone quartet Battle Trance, before their upcoming show. The show happens on Friday, September 9th at the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center and is presented by Free Range Asheville. All proceeds will go to the BMCM+AC.

RBTS WIN
RBTS WIN play the Mothlight Saturday, 9/3, with Doc Aquatic and Marley Carroll. RBTS is one of the Grit's favorite bands and this is an incredible lineup, so we thought it was the perfect time to release this just-recovered (post-tech crash) interview we did with them at Moogfest!

PHAZE GAWD
Charlotte rapper PHAZE GAWD (Tony Potts) recently released Definitive Theosis, a new EP produced by deceased artist DFLN, and it's powerful stuff. We talked with the GAWD about music, politics, race, and the state of hip hop in North Carolina and the country. PHAZE GAWD plays BEATLIFE at the Mothlight on September 17th.

"You throw a line through unseen intercepts That finds me when I'm too far gone to save." Watercolor: Brandon Beeson
Jeff Thompson is bringing a new format for the Giving Trio's live show to the Altamont, where he'll play on Saturday, September 3rd. The show will feature special guests and a visual art and dance installation that will accompany the music.

Horse Lords. Photo: Theo Anthony
Horse Lords will play West Asheville's the Mothlight with openers Nest Egg on 8/30. We talked with guitarist Owen Gardner about the upcoming show and the goals they had for their new album, Interventions, out now on Northern Spy.

Meditate.io
Buddhist Geek founders Vincent and Emily Horn are bringing their newest program, Meditate.io, to Asheville as a popup meditation. The first event happens this coming Wednesday, August 3, from 7:30-8:30 am at the Asheville Yoga Teacher Training Center.

Medea Galligan. Photo: Erin Fowler
Medea Galligan, of Medea's Real Food Cafe in Asheville, sat down with us to talk health, wellness, and the importance of delicious things.

Escape from ATL
Atlanta-based producer and Asheville BEATLIFE performer 10th Letter (Jeremi Johnson) recently released new LP, Escape from ATL. It's a vivid exploration of a future that is both strange and strangely like our own.

From "The Sun." Photo: Christopher Greene
Tarocco: A Soldier's Tale is a gorgeous, unique production from Fox and Beggar Theater playing through the weekend at Diana Wortham in downtown Asheville. Includes a photo gallery from Christopher Greene.

Musashi Xero/Xero God at All Go West. Photo: Shayanne Gal
Asheville's Musashi Xero (Tyler Jackson) reflects on the past two years of his musical and personal evolution, including his collaborations with members of the Asheville Beat Tape Collective and his upcoming projects with Xero God.

Steve Gunn
Steve Gunn and the Outliners hit the Mothlight stage on Wednesday, July 13th with openers Spacin' to celebrate his new album, Eyes on the Lines, out now on Matador Records.

TOKiMONSTA. Photo: Nikko Lamere. Source: Facebook
This Thursday at Asheville Music Hall, producer TOKiMONSTA, the first woman on Flying Lotus's Brainfeeder label, takes the stage with support from Ambre Perkins and local producer Panther God. We're giving away two tickets--to win, share this post on Facebook and tag someone you'd want to bring.

BomBassic
There's no better way to celebrate Independence Day than by exerting your personal right to dance your face off. This month's free BEATLIFE show happens on July 4th at the Mothlight with headliners BomBassic and Electrochemical and support from Samuel Paradise, DJ Kutzu, and Musashi Xero.

Ahleuchatistas
Asheville's own Ahleuchatistas play the Pisgah Brewing Stage at the Mothlight at today's All Go West 2016 festival in West Asheville. I got the scoop on the band from founding member and guitarist Shane Parrish.

The Difference Machine
Atlanta's unclassifiable hip hop psychedelic group The Difference Machine takes the stage at the Mothlight for All Go West. Asheville Grit spoke with members DT and Dr. Conspiracy about what to expect.

Salome The Prophet
Performance artist trixxie carr brings her amazing one-woman faux queen rock opera to Asheville's Grey Eagle on Saturday with the help of Two Queens, Tranzmission, and an impressive posse of local and regional musicians, DJs, artists, and performers.

Black Mountain. Source: Facebook
Black Mountain's heavy edges and psychedelia-infused sound make them a unique listening experience. They head to Asheville's Grey Eagle on Thursday, June 23rd for a show with Majeure.

I Speak Machine's Tara Busch. Source: band website
We caught up with I Speak Machine's Tara Busch and Maf Lewis at Moogfest 2016 about their multimedia graphic novel, their live horror scores, and what's up next for them. I Speak Machine will be at NMASS Festival in Austin next week.

Caliban. Source: Rhinoleap
Rhinoleap, a production company made up of NC School of the Arts alums and current students, is staging a beautiful version of The Tempest at Asheville's Masonic Temple through Sunday.

The Tempest
Rhinoleap, a production company made up of North Carolina School of the Arts alumni and current students, are bringing their production of The Tempest to Asheville as part of their first North Carolina tour. It's a retelling of Shakespeare's classic work, complete with puppets and an original score.

PUJOL
Nashville-based band PUJOL comes to Ole Shakey's this Saturday night @ 7 pm. We've got two pairs of tickets to give away, and the winners will also get a free track download. To enter, share our Facebook post about the on your page. We'll announce the winners on Friday at midnight!

Nive and the Deer Children. Source: artist's website
Nive & the Deer Children have come all the way from Greenland to bless your ears with their otherworldly sounds this Thursday at downtown Asheville's Altamont Theatre.

Big Chief Juan Pardo
"Believe it or not, Asheville parties the way New Orleans does." Asheville Grit interviewed headliner Big Chief Juan Pardo (of the Golden Comanche Mardi Gras Indians) about what we can expect at this year's Beer City Festival!

Mykki Blanco plays Saturday night at Motorco
We're halfway through a fabulous Moogfest in Durham. Here's what we're most excited to see today and tomorrow.

The Resonant Rogues
Asheville's own Resonant Rogues play Beer City Festival 2016 this year. We talked with Sparrow about the festival, their performance, their tour plans, and their new Kickstarted album. Don't miss them at Beer City!

Zombi. Source: Facebook
Synth duo Zombi plays Moogfest on Thursday, May 19 @ Motorco. I talked with them about the festival, the evolution of their sound, and how they both embrace and break away from their influences to create a totally new sound experience.

Oppression, detail, 2013, stoneware, 25” x 13” x 8”
Philadelphia-based ceramic artist Roberto Lugo, who is shifting conversations around pottery and identity, will speak on "Ghetto Craft: A Place Where Poverty and Porcelain Intersect," at the CCCD on Thursday, May 12th @ 6:30 pm. The talk is free and open to the public.

Roomful of Teeth
This Thursday, 4/28 at the Masonic Temple, Free Range Asheville presents the experimental, boundary-pushing, and strangely beautiful a cappella group Roomful of Teeth. The show starts at 7 pm.

Source: Koresma
On Friday, 4/29, BEATLIFE throws down at the Mothlight with Futexture, eMe, Koresma, Vietnam Jerry, and Bobby FKN White. The show starts at 9 pm and costs $5.

YACHT
Our list of 6 must-sees on the Moogfest schedule this year include the cyborg Neil Harbisson, playtime with the Oculus Rift, performance artist and rapper Mykki Blanco, and Asheville band RBTS WIN.

Mobley
Austin-based world traveler and multi-instrumentalist Mobley plays a free show at the One Stop on Friday, 4/22 @ 10 pm. We interviewed him to get the scoop on his new EP and his unique style.

Yumiko Yushioka. Photo courtesy of Asheville Butoh Festival.
The 10th Asheville Butoh Festival brings world-class performers, both international and local, to explore the edges of expression via this uniquely fascinating dance form.

How to Survive Your Own Death (223). Images Courtesy of Colby Caldwell and Hemphill Fine Arts.
Colby Caldwell of REVOLVE Gallery on Photo+Craft, the panel and screening he's organized, and how advances in the digital realm are shifting the our perceptions of art and of the world.

Asman Photo Craft Workshop
The Grit sat down with Bridget Conn of the Asheville Darkroom to talk about Photo+Craft, the workshop she's organized, and all things Darkroom.

Andrew Fletcher
Jazz pianist Andrew Fletcher talks music history, silent film, and the Asheville music scene.

Caro Savanti Experience. Photo: Rodney Smith (Tempus Fugit)
The Caro Savanti Experience, now at Magnetic 375, is a hilarious send-up of foodie culture with a surprisingly sweet finish.

Fruit Loops Landscape
This inaugural photo+craft event takes place March 31-April 3 in arts spaces around Asheville. It's the first event of its kind to unite not only two areas within the arts--photography and craft--but also to unite the larger Asheville arts community.

Husbandry, Larkin Ford
UNCA alumnus + painter Larkin Ford returns to Asheville to present his solo exhibit, "Under the Sink." The opening reception is Friday, January 19 from 6-8 pm in Owen Hall (on the UNCA campus).

Valentine's Day with Sound & Harmony
This Valentine's Day, Go Yoga Asheville is hosting a special couple's event that pairs romance with yoga and aphrodisiacs.

Cake Walk
On Thursday, 2/11 @ 7 pm, artist Anna Helgeson explores the history and evolution of the Cake Walk in a conversation at Revolve Asheville.

Inertia cover art by Saira Raza
Multi-instrumentalist Saira Raza's new album is an experimental journey into the worlds of mysteries, dreams, and the experience of the soul.

Mothertongue poster
Local playwright Julian Vorus talks about his new piece, Mothertongue, which will premiere at the 2016 Fringe Festival.

Jozef Van Wissem and Jim Jarmusch
From Big Ears 2015: an interview with lutenist Jozef van Wissem, whose work on the "Only Lovers Left Alive" film soundtrack earned him the Cannes Soundtrack Award.

WAVEFORMS
Aligning Minds Recordings hosts its launch party this Saturday, 12/19, at the Orange Peel. Headliner and AMR artist A Path Untold headlines, with support from Futexture, Aligning Minds, and BomBassic, as well as a plethora of multimedia artists.

Big Ears 2016
The line-up of the Big Ears Festival, happening in Knoxville in March 2016, is what distinguishes this event as one of the most unforgettable music events of the year.

Xero God album cover. Photo: Sarah Carballo. Album Design: Kent Hernandez. Logo: Marian Oreamuno.
An interview with Xero God about their new self-titled album. All photos: Sarah Carballo. Album design: Kent Hernandez. Logo: Mariano Oreamuno.

Green Man Brewery's Holly King. Design: Rob Hunt
Thursday, 12/3, marks the date for the pre-release of Green Man's Holly King Holiday Ale, with a celebration of local artist Rob Hunt at Satellite Gallery.

Approaching Ali
Author Davis Miller will be speaking about his new biography, Approaching Ali, at Malaprop's this coming Tuesday, 12/1.

Xero God photographed by Sarah Carballo
When these guys work together, there’s an automatic flow of creativity that results in invention and beauty.

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