avant-garde Archive

Album Review: Mushroom – Messages from the Spliff Bunker

A kind of indie-underground supergroup, Mushroom is at its core the brainchild of Pat Thomas. Combining avant-garde, free jazz and krautrock influences and textures might – to the causal listener, […]

Album Review: Real People, Great Radio Vol. 2

Indie by definition and indie in spirit, Real People, Great Radio Vol. 2 is a compilation featuring Asheville musical artists. Curated, sponsored and put together by community radio station AshevilleFM […]

Album Review: The Happy Dragon Band

Deep in the cracks between the above-ground music business, creative artists who couldn’t (or perhaps simply didn’t want to) land a label deal created some fascinating work. To be sure, […]

30 Days Out, December 2023 #2: Russ Wilson, Somewhat Petty, Asheville Symphony, Moon Hooch

Holiday shows (mostly), local artists, mostly. ‘Tis the season! Artist: Russ Wilson Venue: Highland Brewing Date: Sunday, Dec. 17, 6 p.m. Door: $25 A longtime fixture on the WNC music […]

Album Review: John Coltrane with Eric Dolphy – Evenings at the Village Gate

Across three days in October 1960, John Coltrane and three associates recorded session that yielded My Favorite Things, one of his most celebrated releases. Hitting shelves in March ‘61, the […]

Min Xiao-Fen: Music, Movies and More

When Min Xiao-Fen and her husband left New York City and resettled in Western North Carolina in 2020, they may have been expecting a slower pace of life. But that’s […]

30 Days Out, May 2023 #2: Jonny Couch, Acid Mothers Temple, Sierra Ferrell, Randall Bramblett

Four nationally-touring acts are among the live music highlights in Asheville in the coming 30 days. Go see ‘em, and support local artists as well. Artist: Jonny Couch Venue: Fleetwood’s […]

Avant Garde in WNC: Okapi

Okapi is the duo of Lindsey Miller (cello) and Scott Gorski (upright bass). Originally based in Chicago, they launched Okapi in 2012. While the couple describes their project as a […]

Avant Garde in WNC: Tashi Dorji

Experimental guitarist-composer Tashi Dorji is initially nonplussed when asked how receptive Asheville audiences have been to his brand of avant garde music. “I don’t consider what I do ‘entertainment’ music,” […]

Avant Garde in WNC: Min Xiao-Fen

Min Xiao-Fen relocated to Asheville from New York City in 2020. By that point she was already an in-demand, world-class musician. Min’s primary instrument is the pipa, an ancient lute-like […]