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Burial Beer Co Launches New York Market

burnpile harvest fest

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.

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Marian McLaughlin Plays First Show in Asheville 8/23

marian mclaughlin

Marian McLaughlin is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist pushing the boundaries of folk music. Weaving together imaginative lyrics, intricate classical guitar work, and rhapsodic delivery, she creates songs of exquisite detail. McLaughlin works closely with arranger and multi-instrumentalist Ethan Foote, who leads ensembles large and small in accompanying McLaughlin, including for an NPR Tiny Desk Concert in 2014 and for her 2015 album Spirit House, the follow-up to her 2014 debut album Dérive. 

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Son Lux Plays Asheville At The Mothlight

son lux

Son Lux has never been easy to pin down. The project, founded by New York's Ryan Lott, began as a solo exploration of the jagged, icy line between the strange and the familiar, in which sonic structures supplant the conventions of pop form. Over the last eight years, though, the name has taken on myriad meanings, just as the work has subsumed sounds and collaborators. Son Lux has been: both remixer and remixed (from Nico Muhly to Zeds Dead); beatsmith for rap's left field (à la Busdriver); film scorer (The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby); one-third of the Sisyphus supergroup (with Sufjan Stevens and Serengeti); and orchestrator of collaborations (heard on Lott's albums) with artists as far ranging as Lorde and Chris Thile.

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World Premiere of ‘Chasing Rainbows’ Comes to Flat Rock Playhouse

Chasing Rainbows

In just a few days, the story of Frances Gumm, better known as Judy Garland, will open at the Flat Rock Playhouse. 
 
The production of about 40 people has been gearing up for

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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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Asheville Sessions: The Moon and You

Asheville Sessions: The Moon and You

This weeks musical session is local band The Moon and You. Rooted in the rich music scene of Asheville, NC, Ryan Furstenberg and Melissa Hyman began playing together for fun when both were part of successful bands touring the Southeast. When those bands went their separate ways, Furstenberg and Hyman chose to join forces rather than get a job. The result of this collaboration -- between an impossibly sassy cellist from New York and a whimsical fingerstyle guitarist from Eastern North Carolina -- is hard to forget, but easy to fall for.

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