The Suspect: moe. The band started with a chance meeting and a conversation about Tom and Jerry cartoons at the University of Buffalo. Live, guitarists Chuck Garvey and Al Schnier exchange solos over the bass and drums as the band improvises what Schnier calls “a musical conversation.” Last year, when moe. celebrated its 20th anniversary, Rolling Stone reviewed the show at NYC’s Beacon Theatre, and called them “a jam band at its best.”
Can Be Found: The Orange Peel, Thursday, Nov. 17 at 8 p.m.
RIYD (Recommended If You Dig): Umphrey’s McGee, String Cheese Incident.
You Should Go If: You’ve been saying, “It’s about the journey, not the destination,” since your first middle-school science fair project; you touch all the cookies before picking one; you’re amazed by people who keep condiments in their refrigerator without a meal pending. As you watch the last leaves fall to the ground you … feel the sweet relief that comes with not owning a rake.
The Suspect: Asheville Symphony Orchestra performing Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony.
Austrian-born Gustav Mahler took six years to complete Symphony No. 2 in C minor. His idea of the resurrection was not entirely in the Christian sense, but included the general destiny of all humans. Ashley Hill is featured as the mezzo-soprano, and Sarah Jane McMahon will perform as Soprano soloist, along with the Asheville Symphony Chorus.
Can Be Found: Saturday, Nov. 19 at 8 p.m. at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium.
RIYD: Classical music with a flair for the dramatic.
You Should Go If: Siri (with her melodic voice and obliging disposition) is now the focus of 90 percent of your romantic fantasies; you always recalculate receipts before paying and read every document before signing; you think the real education crisis is caused by teachers who play fast and loose with extra credit assignments. As you watch the last leaves fall from the trees you … hear cymbals crashing over subdued woodwinds.
The Suspect: Chimaria/Unearth.
This double bill brings together Chimaira, a nu-metal industrial band from Cleveland that embraces the attitude of its hometown, one of “…not only being an asshole, but and asshole and an underdog.” Unearth plays hardcore extreme metal and just released its fifth CD in June, Darkness In the Light.
Can Be Found: The Orange Peel, Monday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m.
RIYD: Slayer, Lamb of God, Slipknot.
You Should Go If: Your last vacation was a “Declining Cities of the Midwest” Greyhound tour; you joined the “I’m Rooting for Voldemort” Facebook group; you dress as if you were a bouncer at a corn maze. As you watch the last leaves fall to the ground you … feel pissed off at the trees for giving up so easily.