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Sister Helen Plays The Odditorium 1/11/15

Sister Helen Band

New York City punk-prog band Sister Helen will be bringing their own oddness to Asheville’s own odd Odditorium on the odd-numbered date of Sunday, January 11th. Asheville is one stop on their month-long tour behind their September release, the Jasmine EP, available for free online.

Empires wax and wane, states fall asunder and coalesce, and rock bands form and break up like soap bubbles in the sink. However, New York City prog-punk band Sister Helen has been together for the better part of a decade, starting when its members were only in middle school. In fact, the name of their band is the name of the headmistress at the Catholic preschool that both Eva and Clint attended. What does it mean to have spent most of your remembered life playing in one band? 

For drummer Clint Mobley, it’s a special musical experience. “We have a connection,” he says, “that allows us to interact at a level that I can only describe as transcendent.” Transcendence is the means, and, at Sister Helen’s shows, transcendence is the goal. You only need to see sweat-drenched half-clothed emaciated frontman Nathan J. Campbell writhing on the floor in the middle of the audience at a set to understand that Sister Helen take the role of rock band very seriously. 

Sister Helen’s sound takes inspiration from protean proggers the Mars Volta and Mastodon, while Nathan’s vocals have been compared to both Jello Biafra and Jeff Buckley. Guitarist Chris Krasnow says, “sometimes we can get poppy and other times we can confuse the bejesus out of you.” He’s talking about the way the band’s shifting sound goes from intricate progressive rock sections to hard-edged riffs to wiry punk verses to big anthemic choruses, often in the course of one song. The first song on their newest recording, the Jasmine EP, kicks off with fuzzy, desultory bass chords and concludes with an otherworldly trumpet solo. NYC music magazine Dingus, reviewing The Jasmine EP, praised the “unique blend of hooks scattered among the violent cloud. At times it can hush itself into beauty, while in other instances it does nothing short of ‘thrash’.”

Sister Helen express excitement at playing in the South, where, bassist Eva Lawitts hopes, “people don’t just stand still like they often do in New York.” You can see them at the Odditorium on January 11th, or sample their sound—and download The Jasmine EP for free—at
http://sisterhelen.bandcamp.com

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New AC Hotel Project Launches in Downtown Asheville

MHG-Tower, LLC, a development partnership including McKibbon Hotel Group of Gainesville, Georgia, and Glenn Wilcox, owner of Asheville’s BB&T building, has officially launched the new AC Hotel project at 10 Broadway in downtown Asheville. The project will include a new four-story parking deck with 336 spaces beneath a lifestyle hotel featuring 132 contemporary, upscale guestrooms designed to appeal to the unique desires of millennial mindset travelers.

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Diamond Brand Outdoors Hosts Grand Opening Events For Two New Asheville Stores, December 5th and 11th

diamond brand outdoors

Diamond Brand Outdoors will celebrate two grand opening events in Asheville at their new stores, a heritage outfitter and a downtown adventure boutique. The first event is tomorrow Friday, December 5th from 4 pm to 8 pm at 1378 Hendersonville Road in Parkway Centre. The Downtown store’s grand opening will take place Thursday, December 11th, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 53 Biltmore Avenue.

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Live@Aloft benefits St. Nicholas Project this Sunday in Downtown Asheville

Aloft Asheville Downtown Hotel will move its Live@Aloft indoors to the W xyz bar this Sunday, December 7, to celebrate their holiday Live@Aloft event at 51 Biltmore Avenue. From 4-7 p.m., guests will enjoy local artists 3 Cool Cats, known for their vintage rock and swing music. The event is open to the public.

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Historic Biltmore Village Tree Lighting & Festival

Historic Biltmore Village

Historic Biltmore Village invites you to join us as we celebrate “An Old Fashioned Dickens of a Christmas Festival”

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Asheville Comedian Joe Zimmerman to Perform 12/3

Joel Zimmerman Comedian

Joe Zimmerman has appeared on John Oliver’s New York Stand-up Show, Comedy Central Half Hour, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, NBC’s Last Comic Standing

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Blue Ridge Music Trails Family Traditions Concert in Black Mountain

Music is part of the family for the performers at the Blue Ridge Music Trails "Traditions” Concert, set for Saturday, November 29, at 7:30 pm at the White Horse Black Mountain Music Hall in Black Mountain. This concert, “Family Traditions,” showcases the talents of two duos for whom the traditional music of the NC mountains and foothills has long been an integral part of their lives. One might say music is in their blood.

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Asheville’s Greatest Free Paper for Kids Seeks a New Way

Asheville Flyer for Kids

Asheville Flyer for Kids has added a crowd-funding campaign to their traditional ad sales model for raising money to print their fun, free monthly paper that's just for kids, and completely unique to Asheville.

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Asheville Humane Society To Benefit From Subaru’s “Share The Love” Event

Dog wearing holiday antlers

Prestige Subaru selected Asheville Humane Society as the Hometown Charity for the "Share the Love" Event kicking off today and running through January 2, 2015. Subaru of America will donate $250 for each new car bought or leased, allowing the buyer to choose from participating charities during the event.

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New Diamond Brand Outdoors Stores Opening in Asheville

Diamond Brand’s devoted shoppers can now enjoy the best of outdoor gear and holiday shopping at two very special stores in new Asheville locations. On Thursday, November 20th, Diamond Brand Outdoors will open at the Aloft Downtown Hotel, 51 Biltmore Avenue. A second Diamond Brand Outdoors will open on Friday, November 21st in South Asheville’s Biltmore Parkway Centre at 1378 Hendersonville Road next to Liberty Bicycles and The Fresh Market. Official Grand Opening events will take place the following week, December 5th at the South Asheville location and at the Aloft Downtown on December 11th.

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