Modesty's the best policy: The Decent Lovers don't take themselves too seriously (if you hadn't guessed from the name), but the band's infectious indie rock, which makes liberal use of autoharp and marimba, is a torrent of danceable rhythms and pop-friendly hooks that demand respect. The band plays Emerald Lounge with Morning Teleportation and Schools on Friday, March 29.
One love: California-based singer-songwriter Shimshai performs an inspirational blend of world, reggae and folk music with a message of peace and unity that appeals to fans of all races, ethnicities, religions and ages. He visits Asheville for a performance at The Masonic Temple with local singer Kristin "Luna" Ray on Friday, March 29.
AshevilleFM: Behind the Mic
Asheville FM hosts dozens of weekly shows that run the gamut of musical styles and tastes (you name it, they've got it). But don't take our word for it: take theirs. Xpress brings you this weekly feature — direct from the DJs — highlighting a few of the station's stellar offerings. www.ashevillefm.org.
Music junkies Justin Farrar and Greg Lyon aim to crack open skulls with deep-focus listening on their new freeform radio show, bene pendents. Creating a secret history of aesthetics, the show blends their myriad zones of interest, from progressive electronic and underground rock to avant-garde classical and cutting-edge grooves. bene pendentes is intense, ecstatic, maybe even uncomfortable, but it promises to transform. Sundays, 9-11pm on Asheville Free Media