Burial Beer Co. will launch the New York market beginning Tuesday, January 17th with events around the Manhattan and Brooklyn areas. The brewery has maintained a long-standing relationship with the Craft Specialty Departments of Union Beer who they have named as their distributor. Due to ties to the city, via Jess Reiser who grew up in Brooklyn, New York was the clear choice for Burial’s next market expansion. Read More »
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January marks a new era in the digital world of dining reservations. Read More »
FIRST SEASON TO BE DISTRIBUTED ONLINE BY U.S. TELEVISION NETWORK LAFF TV Read More »
DANCECLUB Asheville, a dance studio playground for adults! DANCECLUB Asheville (DCA) is a dance and pole fitness studio that encourages fun, uninhibited dancing in an environment free of intimidation. DCA will be opening it’s doors at the beginning of May to adults of all ages. The studio will offer a wide array of classes in pole dancing/fitness, jazz/funk, classic jazz, burlesque, high heels, modern, exercise dance, boot camp, and flexibility and conditioning. Students will have the option to try out one class at a time or become a member, similar to a gym, having full access to all classes. DCA is a one stop shop for fun, expression, and exercise. Read More »
In late 2014, we had the pleasure of meeting New York based band All Boy/All Girl before their performance at Toy Boy Community Theatre. Compromised of seven young adults, this dynamic band showed us a hint of their talent while playing an acoustic set behind Pack Place in downtown Asheville. Led by Danielle Lovier, who sings and plays ukulele; All/Boy All Girl formed in 2010 in Philadelphia. Double Bassist Nicholas Rahn approached Danielle about accompanying her performance after hearing her first set at Rittenhouse Square Park. The duo spent the next 18 months playing together as buskers in Philadelphia as well as touring through 35 states and Canada. Read More »
Leaders from Durham area civic organizations, cultural institutions, government and businesses announced earlier today that Moogfest -- an internationally acclaimed festival of music, art and technology that has been held in Asheville since 2010 -- will debut in Durham in May 2016. This announcement signals a long-term commitment by festival organizers, reinforcing the exploding technology scene and culture of innovation in the Triangle. The 3 day, 3 night event takes place May 19-22, 2016. Read More »
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—athttp://sisterhelen.bandcamp.com Read More »