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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7pm - $13

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

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Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $15

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Tuesday

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w/ T. Hardy Morris

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

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Thursday

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w/ New Madrid

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $13adv/ $15

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Feb
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Friday
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Blvck Mvss-Vvitchgang Coven Showcase



Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $7

Feb
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w/ Paula Stretch, Kima Moore

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

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Feb
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Wednesday

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w/ Jaeb, Shutterings

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $5

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

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Friday

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w/ Riley Parker, Nathanael Jordan

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $FREE for 21+, $5 for underage

Feb
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Monday
Worthwhile Sounds Presents...

Valley Queen

w/ TBA

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

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Feb
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Tuesday

W00DY

w/ 3 Cherries, Nostalgianoid

9pm - $5

Feb
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Friday

Sirius.B

w/ Upland Drive

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

Tickets, please
Feb
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Sunday

Æther Realm

w/ Wilderun, Covenator

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $10adv/ $12

Feb
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Daughters

w/ Wolf Eyes, HIDE

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

SOLD OUT
Feb
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Saturday

Buck Meek

w/ Twain

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $10adv/ $12

Tickets, please
Feb
27
Wednesday

Agent Orange

w/ The Last Gang

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

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Thursday

Post Animal

w/ Ron Gallo, Duncan Fellows

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $13adv/ $15

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01
Friday
Worthwhile Sounds Presents...

The Mother Hips



Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $15

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Mar
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Saturday

The Dead Tongues

w/ TBA

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $10adv/ $12

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Mar
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Sunday
Worthwhile Sounds Presents...

William Tyler

w/ TBA

Doors 7pm, Show 8pm - $15adv/ $18

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Mar
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Tuesday

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w/ ,

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

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Mar
06
Wednesday

Speedy Ortiz

w/ OHMME

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

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07
Thursday

Molly Nilsson

w/ Apostille

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

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Mar
08
Friday
Sound Comedy Presents...

Stand Up Science w/ Shane Mauss



Doors 7pm, Show 8pm - $15adv/ $20

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Saturday
Worthwhile Sounds Presents...

MOVES (formerly Holy Ghost Tent Revival) Album Release Show!

w/ The Mystery Lights

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

Tickets, please
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Sunday

Bellows

w/ Another Michael, Wednesday

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

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16
Saturday

Yoke Lore

w/ TBA

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $10adv/ $12

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17
Sunday

Lucifer

w/ Spell, Almuten

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $15

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23
Saturday
The Mothlight & Worthwhile Sounds Present...

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w/ Jake Xerxes Fussell

Doors 7pm, Show 8pm - $22adv/ $25

SOLD OUT
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Saturday

And The Kids

w/ TBA

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

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Tuesday

Saintseneca

w/ TBA

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

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Apr
03
Wednesday
Literacy Council of Buncombe County Presents...

28th Annual Spelling Bee - "Beauty and the Bee"



6pm

Apr
10
Wednesday

Thelma and the Sleaze

w/ TBA

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

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Apr
13
Saturday

Hand Habits

w/ Tasha

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $10adv/ $12

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20
Saturday
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w/ TBA

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

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Friday

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w/ Mercy Union, Control Top

Doors 6:30, Show 7:30 - $20adv/ $25

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30
Tuesday

Steve Gunn

w/ Gun Outfit

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

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07
Tuesday

Xiu Xiu

w/ TBA

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $13adv/ $15

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15
Wednesday
Worthwhile Sounds Presents...

Marc Rebillet

w/ TBA

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

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19
Sunday

Lady Lamb

w/ TBA

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

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