2018
Free Mothlight Monday!
Free Monday! LVL UP (Final Tour) w/ Indigo de Souza, Bad Molly
September
17
Monday
Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $Free!
LVL UP (Final Tour)
“Hidden Driver,” the opening track of LVL UP’s third album and Sub Pop debut Return to Love, never stops moving. What starts with unassuming guitars and vocals adds new lines, depths, and intensity, until its unrestrained, triumphant finish. “God is peeking, softly speaking,” repeats the chorus, working through the relationship between spirituality and creative inspiration, and introducing a band that is always pushing further.

LVL UP -- guitarists Mike Caridi and Dave Benton, bassist Nick Corbo, and drummer Greg Rutkin -- is a true collaboration, a band that takes the stylistically distinct ideas of four members and brings them together into something new. Caridi, Benton, and Corbo write and sing equally, bringing their work to the group to be fully realized, resulting in an album built on different perspectives but a common drive.

“We have very different inspirations across the board,” says Benton, noting his own admiration for the writer and documentarian Astra Taylor, Corbo’s interest in the mystical and the occult, and Caridi’s attention to personal storytelling. The music itself grows from a shared melodic and experimental sensibility, as well as a nod to iconic influences like Neutral Milk Hotel and Mount Eerie. But each songwriter has a different vision every step of the way, and there isn’t always alignment--it shouldn’t make sense, but in the end it does.

LVL UP was formed in 2011 at SUNY Purchase as a recording project between Caridi, Benton, and their friend Ben Smith, with the original intention of releasing a split cassette with Corbo’s then-solo material. They instead released that album, Space Brothers, as one band, and Rutkin joined shortly afterwards for the group’s first show. Smith left the band for personal reasons just before the release of second album Hoodwink’d, a joint release on Caridi and Benton’s label Double Double Whammy and Exploding in Sound. DDW also put out records from other artists in the tight-knit community that launched the band.

“There's not really a town associated with the school, so there's no bar or club that you could go play in easily,” says Corbo. “But there was a student center on campus that was all student run. That was a great place to play, and also take care of a lot of practical issues like a place to put your stuff and a place to practice weekly. It was almost like an incubator situation for us and a lot of other bands -- it gave us a little bit of experience and confidence, so it wasn’t as scary when we decided to go on tour for the first time.”

Also part of that university community was Return to Love’s producer Mike Ditrio, who mixed LVL UP’s previous records and “was basically a fifth member of the band,” says Corbo. “He played a huge role in developing the sound, without butting in too much. He also navigated our personal dynamic really nicely.”

That sound is marked by reverb, harmony and tape distortion, with a keen balance of pop and experimentation. From the fast yet flowing lines of “Blur” to the all-consuming wall of guitar in “The Closing Door,” each song pushes and pulls in compelling, unexpected ways. There’s deliberation as well as spontaneity -- the latter developed with the help of a song-a-day project, which pushed Caridi and Corbo to write and record full songs in a single day. Some of that material, including “Naked in the River with the Creator,” made it onto the album.

“I ultimately made this half-drone, half-really loud guitar song, because it was an idea I had floating around in my head but never got around to doing until I had to write a song in a day,” says Corbo. “The thing that pulled me through was grasping onto words and images, but instead of pulling from an infinite sea of all the images that you could pull from, it's easier to constrict yourself a little bit.”
Indigo de Souza
Indigo De Souza is an Asheville based garage-pop band. Their dreamy sound packs a punch while maintaining a sense of heartbreaking intimacy.
Bad Molly
Bass driven heavy blues/touch of surf/psych
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Wednesday

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Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $8

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20
Thursday

The Moth: True Stories Told Live (Theme: Education)



Doors 7, Stories 7:30 - $10

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21
Friday
Asheville Rock Collective Presents...

Kitty Tsunami

w/ Wyla, Skunk Ruckus

Doors 8:30, Show 9pm - $5

Sep
22
Saturday

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8pm - $5

Sep
24
Monday
"An Evening With"

William Fitzsimmons



Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $18adv/ $20

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Sep
25
Tuesday

Mothers

w/ Lala Lala

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $12adv / $14

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Sep
26
Wednesday

Gobbinjr

w/ Thelma, Nathanael Jordan

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $8

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Sep
27
Thursday

Olivia Gatwood (Spoken Word/Poet)

w/ Joaquina Mertz

Doors 7pm, Seated Show, All Ages - $12adv / $15

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Sep
28
Friday
Asheville Rock Collective Presents...

Egg Eaters

w/ Tongues of Fire, Mr. Mange, The Dirty Badgers

Doors 8:30, Show 9pm - $5

Sep
29
Saturday

Ohmme

w/ Ahleuchatistas

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $10adv / $12

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Sep
30
Sunday

SALES

w/ TBA

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $15adv / $17

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Oct
01
Monday
Free Mothlight Monday!

Moonlight Street Folk

w/ Bless Your Heart, Lo Wolf

9pm - $Free!

Oct
02
Tuesday

Sunwatchers

w/ Nest Egg

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $8

Oct
03
Wednesday
Charlie Traveler Presents...

An Evening with Eric Lindell



Doors 7pm, Show 8pm - $20adv / $25

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Oct
04
Thursday

Kuzu (Rempis/Dorji/Damon)

w/ Bruce Lamont, Kevin Hufnagel

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $8adv/ $10

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Oct
05
Friday

Spaceman Jones and The Motherships (EP Release!)



Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $5

Oct
08
Monday

Phil Cook

w/ Andy Jenkins

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $12adv / $15

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Oct
10
Wednesday

Molly Burch

w/ Olden Yolk (duo)

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $10adv / $12

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Oct
12
Friday
The Mothlight 5 Year Anniversary Weekend!

Mamadou Kelly

w/ TBA

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $15

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Oct
13
Saturday
Thank You For 5 Years!

The Mothlight 5 Year Anniversary!

w/ Wolf Eyes, CAVE, Drums Like Machine Guns, Thom Nguyen, Nathanael Roney

Doors 8pm - $Free!

Oct
15
Monday
"Free Mothlight Monday"

Valley Maker

w/ Gold Light, Grace Joyner

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $Free!

Oct
16
Tuesday

White Denim

w/ Rotem

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $15

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Oct
17
Wednesday

Natalie Prass

w/ Stella Donnelly

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $15

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Oct
18
Thursday

The Moth: True Stories Told Live (Theme: Disguises)



Doors 7, Stories 7:30 - $10

Oct
19
Friday
MC Chris performing MC Chris Is Dead in its entirety !

MC Chris

w/ Dual Core, LEX the Lexicon Artist

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $13adv / $15

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Oct
20
Saturday

Kikagaku Moyo

w/ TBA

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $12adv / $14

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Oct
23
Tuesday

Mirah

w/ Tomberlin

Doors 7pm, Show 8pm - $13adv / $15

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Oct
24
Wednesday

Guerilla Toss

w/ Space Heater, Kreamy 'Lectric Santa

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $10adv / $12

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Oct
30
Tuesday

Days N Daze

w/ The Bridge City Sinners

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $13adv / $15

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Nov
01
Thursday

The Nude Party

w/ Glove, Kitty Tsunami

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $12adv/ $14

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Nov
03
Saturday

Slothrust

w/ Mannequin Pussy

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $12adv / $14

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Nov
08
Thursday
Worthwhile Sounds Presents...

Vetiver (solo) + Fruit Bats (solo)



Doors 8p, Show 9pm / Seated Show - $15adv/ $18

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Nov
09
Friday

Ian Sweet

w/ Young Jesus

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $12adv / $14

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Nov
15
Thursday

The Moth: True Stories Told Live (Theme: Beginnings)



Doors 7, Stories 7:30 - $10

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Nov
16
Friday

Amigo The Devil

w/ Harley Poe

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $10adv / $12

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Nov
23
Friday

Tera Melos

w/ TBA

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $12adv / $14

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Dec
08
Saturday

Flint Eastwood

w/ TBA

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $12adv / $14

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Dec
11
Tuesday

Swearin'

w/ TBA

Doors 8:00, Show 9:00 - $12adv/ $14

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Dec
12
Wednesday

Cult Leader

w/ Primitive Weapons, God Mother

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $12adv/ $14

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Dec
20
Thursday

The Moth: True Stories Told Live (Theme: Instincts)



Doors 7, Stories 7:30 - $10

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