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Let's Get Dreamy
Wild Nothing and Small Black come together for a show at The Orange Peel this Thursday.
TALKING FUNK WITH DAVE WATTS OF THE MOTET
Asheville Grit Blogger Adam St. Simons talks Funk with The Motet's Dave Watts.
Betaplane: Asheville's Next Buzzworthy Band
From winning the Judge's Choice Award at the 2015 Music Video Asheville Awards to wrapping up recording of their new album at Echo Mountain, local Asheville Post Rock ensemble Betaplane performs a free show tonight at The One Stop at Asheville Music Hall.
FUZZ Now // FUZZ Forever + Charlie Megira “hate to see you go” show
Bathe in the heat wave that is Fuzz, playing the Grey Eagle Thursday, November 12.
Allen Stone Brings His Neo Soul to the Orange Peel
Spend your Friday night moving + grooving to Allen Stone at the Orange Peel.
Album Review > Xero God Drops Their Latest
When these guys work together, there’s an automatic flow of creativity that results in invention and beauty.
Chilean Activist + Folk Virtuoso Nano Stern Comes to Asheville
Sunday, November 1st, Asheville will be visited by award-winning Chilean singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer Nano Stern.
Lady Lamb Jams @ The Mothlight
To many, Lady Lamb (aka Aly Spaltro) is an enigma. We were able to catch up with her in anticipation of her show at The Mothlight on October 28th.
Steve Martin to Join Steep Canyon Rangers @ The Orange Peel
The band that encapsulates what North Carolina sounds like will play Asheville in January with a very special guest.
Rising Appalachia Recounts New Orleans @ LEAF
We had an opportunity to to sit down with Chloe Smith of Rising Appalachia at LEAF and ask a few more questions regarding their experience in NOLA.
Michal Menert + The Pretty Fantastics @ New Mountain 10/15
Pretty Lights co-founder Michal Menert brings his brand of electro-soul back to Asheville with a new album and a new band, The Pretty Fantastics. And they are.
Watch LEAF Live @ iamavl.com for FREE This Weekend!
For the first time ever, we will be streaming the main stage at the 41st LEAF all weekend for you for free at iamavl.com.
Slack Rocker Mac DeMarco Doesn't Give a F*ck
Don't take yourself too seriously...Mac DeMarco doesn't. Mac has established himself as a down to earth, albeit goofball, slack rocker who draws a massive following.
A Path Untold Releases Secret Subtle Light on Aligning Minds Recordings
The latest solo project from Daniel Merril is a lush, expressive record that’s ethereal, psychedelic, and atmospheric in a way that the best dreams often are.
Dohl 'n’ Brass Punjabi Pioneers Red Baraat > @ Asheville Music Hall 10/10
Red Baraat, easily one of the most unique acts currently on the tour circuit, will play Asheville Music Hall tonight.
Eliot Lipp w/ Flamingosis + BomBassic 10/8
Fans of Pretty Lights Music will find two of the label's featured artists in Asheville over the next week, beginning with everything-electro Eliot Lipp.
Heavy Dreaming: KYLESA Celebrates 'Exhausting Fire' @ New Mountain > 10/10
Savannah-based KYLESA just dropped a new album and are bringing their unique, dark, "dream rock" / metal to New Mountain.
Thinking Machines > Autechre at the Orange Peel 10/8
Massively influential electronic duo Autechre are gracing The Orange Peel with their conceptual, abstract, and always enthralling sounds Thursday, October 8. The duo shift the way we think about what music is, how it’s made, and where it’s headed.
The Polish Ambassador + The Human Experience 10/9
The Polish Ambassador and The Human Experience perform Friday, October 9 at the New Mountain Amphitheater. It's one of only 4 tour dates through 2015, so get on it.
This Month’s BEAT LIFE > Hosted by the Asheville Beat Tape Collective Sept 25
This month’s BEAT LIFE, hosted by the Asheville Beat Tape Collective at the Mothlight, brings an eclectic mix of performers to the stage on Friday, September 25. It’s going to be literally impossible not to dance your face off.
5 Questions with Tropical Indie Rockers The Hip Abduction
The Florida-based, indie afro-pop band The Hip Abduction will be playing a free after-party this Saturday, August 19 at New Mountain Asheville. We were able to sit down with the guitarist and vocalist to learn more about the band and what to expect from the show.
Homeboy Sandman with Xero God @ New Mountain SOL Bar > 9/8
New Mountain’s SOL Bar hosts a night of hip hop, wordsmithing, and deep beats on Tuesday, September 8th. The intimate venue is ideal for an up close and personal night with some of the best emcees and DJs in Asheville and beyond.
Ne-Hi Brings Their Fresh Blend of Summer Rock to the Mothlight
Chicago four-piece Ne-Hi’s songs bubble with energy not unlike those of the Paisley Underground or R.E.M., but mixed with the jangle-punk of the early Flying Nun scene.
Aligning Minds Announces New Record Label
Regional favorites and visionary producers Aligning Minds (Mike Folk and Daniel Merrill) have been heavy hitters in the local scene for years now. Now, Aligning Minds is also turning their attention to production and artist representation with the founding of Aligning Minds Recordings.
Water Seed to Play Free Show @ One Stop
New Orleans born, neo-soul band Water Seed will be making an Asheville appearance at the One Stop for a free show this Thursday, July 30.
Futuristic Sexy Soul Sound: An Interview with BomBassic
Asheville's BomBassic is on the threshold of greatness as the word continues to spread about their performances. I sat down with the guys to talk about the trajectory of their relationship, the development of their sound, and all of the exciting things on the horizon for them.
Vibe on Michael Rault > Sunday July 19 @ Tiger Mountain
Michael Raul is bringing his era-defying mischievousness of jukebox R'n'B and acid psych to Asheville at Tiger Mountain this weekend. We were lucky enough to catch this mellow out Canuck for a short call before hitting the road.
RBTS WIN Likely to Win My Heart @ Isis July 11
The sonic lovechild of Javier Bolea and Cliff B. Worsham, RBTS WIN, formed in 2008 and soon found a groove that reflected both their shared musical interests as well as their distinctive origins. They bring their electro-soul back home when they play Isis on July 11.
Michael Franti + Spearhead @ New Mountain Friday 6/26
Michael Franti and Spearhead's infectious sound, based in roots-rock rhythms and swelling, immersive chords, is an expression of the absolute joy of being alive – even when taking on darker subjects.
BomBassic Headlines BEAT LIFE @ the Mothlight June 27
BomBassic headlines this month’s BEAT LIFE show at The Mothlight, happening on June 27. The evening promises to be another experience to remember brought to you by the Asheville Beat Tape Collective, a group of artists and producers who are at the forefront of innovation in sound.
Xavier Rudd at LEAF Spring 2015
We at IamAVL were out at LEAF this past spring, live streaming and archiving the main stage. In partnership with the festival and the bands that performed, we are beginning to release singles form those performances.
CUSSES to Rock The Odditorium June 14
CUSSES is a trio of musicians with one main goal; to play really loud music. This Georgia based band brings their bold mix of metal and grunge to The Odditorium on June 14. Get ready to rock your face off.
Beach Goth @ New Mountain: An Evening with the Growlers June 10
The psychedelic sounds of the Growlers, purveyors of “Beach Goth,” are coming your way on June 10th to New Mountain AVL. The band’s music melds darkly poetic lyrics with the jangly guitar of surf-rock. It’s a midnight bonfire on a haunted beach, and you’re invited.
Vaski w/Marley Carroll + Lucidea @ New Mountain May 21
Dubstep may be a dirty word, but Minneapolis-based Vaski assures us it can stay fresh with careful craftsmanship and a sonic sensitivity that ranges from chilled, melodic electro to high-energy party bass. He's been crushing the scene since he was a teenager.
Mac McCaughan of Superchunk + Portastatic Plays Mothlight 5/22
Mac McCaughan, an American musician based in North Carolina, is perhaps best known for being in Superchunk and Portastatic and will be playing the Mothlight on Friday, May 22 along with Flesh Wounds and Impossible Vacation.
Music Video Asheville Was Everything I Expected and Couldn't Have Even Imagined
Backstage Sass heads to Music Video Asheville 2015. Silliness ensues. Check out a review of the night of music and mingling and a full list of winners. Here's to next year.
Why LEAF is one of The Best Fests Around
The 40th LEAF Festival is this weekend and we are just too excited. To get even more pumped, we decided to ask some friends to share the first thing that comes to mind when asked what it is they love most about LEAF.
An Update from the Asheville Buskers Collective
Local musician Andrew Fletcher speaks on behalf of the Asheville Buskers Collective on the continuing and necessary dialogue happening in our community on what street performers mean to Asheville.
Founder of Asheville Beat Tape Collective Plays One Stop May 8
Nigel One has been an instrumental member of Asheville's electronic music scene and founded the Asheville Beat Tape Collective, a group seeking to continue a supportive, networked community that expands our city’s presence on the national scene.
See Dave Rawlings Machine w/ Gillian Welch at The Orange Peel
The Dave Rawlings Machine will be performing at The Orange Peel on April 24 with Gillian Welch, his partner in life and music for 20 years. They have played sold-out shows to appreciative audiences in Asheville over the past few years and return this week.
I AM AVL > Your Live Music Channel
Into it's third year, Independent Arts and Music of Asheville a.k.a. iamavl.com released a short video explaining their purpose and mission. With over 450 shows in the archives, IamAVL continues to promote and preserve the vibrant music and arts scene in Asheville NC.
MarchFourth! Storms the Orange Peel April 16
This marching band and circus act hybrid brings the funk and full on theatrics to the Orange Peel Thursday April 16. Learn more about this 30-piece band, their influences, and enter for a chance to win tickets to see this not to be missed show.
8 Questions with The River Rats Front Man > Andrew Scotchie
Passion, hard work and a dash of style is what truly sets apart the good from the great, and Andrew Scotchie has talent - and style. I had the pleasure of sitting down with the rocker to talk about the origin of The River Rats, their new album, and what the future holds.
Asheville Weekend Grit Picks
It seems as though we blinked and the last week of March was upon us. But no worries, the weekend is here and we've got you covered with our picks of just some of the best events going on around town. So, get up and go have some fun, Asheville.
The Apache Relay Returns to The Grey Eagle
The Apache Relay, a folksy pop band from Nashville and Western North Carolina return to the Grey Eagle on March 28 where they once again expect to be welcomed with warm, open, Asheville arms.
Looking For the After Party? BomBassic Knows Where It's At
Is anyone throwing "official" after parties for local electronic shows? BomBassic’s increasingly popular After Hours are the only ones I'm hearing about and attending. Let's make these guys official, for goodness' sake.
Steve Gunn Makes an Appearance at The Mothlight
Sometimes the best friends you’ll ever make are the ones who knew you when you weren’t someone yet. For Steve Gunn, the guys at Harvest Records are the ones who helped him build such a reputation in Asheville and much of Western North Carolina.
Luzius Stone's Album Release Show @ The Mothlight > Friday March 20
Self-described “mountain boy” and “electronic art rock”-er Luzius Stone is finally unleashing his long-awaited album at his album release party this Friday at the Mothlight.
Moon Duo’s Lunar Dreamscapes > The Mothlight | March 12
Moon Duo’s music, flavored by the surreal and the psychedelic, dreamy and still rough around the edges, will fill Asheville’s Mothlight on Thursday, March 12th.
Opposite Box Comes to Asheville Music Hall
On Thursday March 5, Opposite Box is coming to the Asheville Music Hall to serve up a healthy dose of their unusual blend of "belligerent jungle funk" along with headliners Main Squeeze. Who wants the Funk?
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