Live shows! No, really!
Artist: Amanda Anne Platt & the Honeycutters
Venue: The Grey Eagle
Date: Saturday, Feb. 5, 9 p.m.
The best (and highest profile) alt-country band in WNC, The Honeycutters took a time-release approach to their latest album, debuting the tracks one at a time over several months. With the near-complete abdication of art coverage by our local altweekly, that means that The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea isn’t getting the kind of exposure it deserves. If you know the band, you know it’s likely to be good, and it is. Go see ’em live.
Artist: Laura Blackley and the Wildflowers
Venue: Highland Brewing
Date: Saturday, Feb. 5, 7 p.m.
Blackley is a well known and much loved fixture on the regional music scene. Her top-notch band puts rock muscle into her alt- and folk-songs. The combination is a winning recipe.
Artist: Pat Metheny
Venue: Harrah’s Cherokee
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m.
One of the finest guitarists out there, bringing technique and feel in equal measure. That Metheny is including an Asheville date is truly something special. And in a happy bit of serendipity, Asheville’s own André Cholmondeley is the tech for Metheny’s keyboaridst.
Artist: Parquet Courts
Venue: The Orange Peel
Date: Sunday, Feb. 27, 8 p.m.
This NYC band released its latest, Sympathy for Life, in October. With a more pronounced dance vibe, the record has been earning critical raves. They’re on tour in North America through April, at which point it’s off to Europe. See ’em now. Mdou Moctar opens!