2018
"Free Mothlight Monday"
Free Monday! Valley Maker w/ Gold Light & Snakemusk, Grace Joyner
October
15
Monday
Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $Free!
Valley Maker
On Valley Maker’s second full-length album, Rhododendron, songwriter Austin Crane sings about movement – from one kind of belief to another, from place to place, through time. This new record from Crane, a Seattle-based musician and PhD student in Human Geography, reflects both the rootedness and rootlessness that shapes his songwriting on the precipice of his third decade. Like his noted inspirations Jason Molina, Bill Fay, and Gillian Welch before him, he speaks to the strange and transitory ways we mark time through our lives. Years pass and fold in his cosmic American songs.

Crane formed Valley Maker in 2010 with a self-titled collection of songs written for his undergrad thesis project at the University of South Carolina, tracing existential questions around biblical origin narratives, as embedded in his spiritually-infused Southern upbringing. Similar themes shade his vision on Rhododendron, which follows 2015’s When I Was A Child. Prophetic and apocalyptic language shapes Crane’s lyrics, but his outlook is not bound by dogma. Instead, he uses the metaphors of faith to explore the ineffable and to navigate the intersection of belief, time, place, and the political present. Much of the album was written leading up to the 2016 US presidential election and in the months after as Crane was traveling for his PhD research on migration, borders, and humanitarianism. Tellingly, it grapples with what it means to share space with others as popular political discourses veer towards exclusion.

Named for the common plant which springs up in both Crane’s native south and his current home in Washington, Rhododendron speaks to how the places and moments we occupy become reflections of ourselves. In his careful, open-hearted songs, characters move from place to place, traveling through time and over lines on maps, driven to encounter the mysteries of existence and glimpse shared humanity. Though lyrically contemplative, the music floats. Crane’s songs retain their folk-based nature – they are the kind of songs that stand on their own with his lone voice and guitar – but they bloom paired with surprising rhythms and arrangements.

The album was recorded between two locales. In Portland, Oregon, Crane teamed with producer/engineer Chaz Bear of Toro Y Moi. Longtime friends and schoolmates from the University of South Carolina, Bear and Crane laid the groundwork for the record over four days, playing all instruments in tracking four songs between themselves. The record’s remaining songs were tracked in Seattle, Washington with producer/engineer Trevor Spencer (Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes). Having worked together on Valley Maker’s previous release, Spencer and Crane’s Rhododendron sessions aimed for imaginative, groove- oriented arrangements that remain concisely in step with the individual songs’ qualities, enlisting
drummer James Barone (Beach House, Tennis) and bassist Eli Thomson (Father John Misty), along with Brandon Camarda on trumpet, and Andrew Swanson on saxophone. Amy Fitchette, a longtime collaborator whose roots with Valley Maker stretch back to the Southeast, provides richly layered vocal harmonies across the album to round out Rhododendron’s lush but spacious sound.

From the streamlined indie rock of opener “A Couple Days” to the swirling psychedelia of “Be Born Today,” from the soulful horns of “Rise Up” to the ambient touches of closer “River Bend My Mind,” the album demonstrates Crane’s distilled approach, his solidly built songs blooming with tasteful arrangements and touches. Out October 12, 2018 on Frenchkiss Records, Rhododendron is an album
about transition, about leaving, but also arriving, a document of the journeys in-between.
Gold Light & Snakemusk
Gold Light the music of Joe Chang, currently based in Charleston, SC.
Tracking through tales of heartache, love and loss while looking to artists such as Buddy Holly, Hank Williams and Bruce Springsteen as inspiration, Gold Light becomes a catchall for Chang’s prismatic take on American music.
Grace Joyner
Following a long stint in the role of harmony singer for several bands in Charleston, South Carolina, Grace Joyner made the decision to move to center stage with the release of her EP Young Fools in the Spring of 2014.

Grace Joyner on her EP – “Young Fools serves to reflect on a difficult, yet incredibly important time in my life. I think there is something valuable in admitting your mistakes, as well as recognizing the power within you to leave them behind. Somewhere in the middle of learning that getting hurt does not make you weak, I started the healing process – I started writing music.”

Where Young Fools served as Joyner’s introduction to songwriting, a chance to explore her musical muse and tread her own artistic path, Maybe Sometimes in C is here to reveal what she has found along the way. Teaming up again with producer and engineer, Wolfgang Zimmerman, Joyner uses Maybe Sometimes in C to further define her musical perspective and showcase her maturation as a songwriter. Addressing unrequited love, meeting yourself in a moment of failure, and most notably the importance of taking action, Maybe Sometimes in C reflects on moving on from the time of heartbreak and into a place of independence and self-assurance.
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Sep
19
Wednesday

Elephant Micah

w/ Sally Anne Morgan, Emmalee Hunnicutt

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $8

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Sep
20
Thursday

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



Doors 7, Stories 7:30 - $10

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Sep
21
Friday
Asheville Rock Collective Presents...

Kitty Tsunami

w/ Wyla, Skunk Ruckus

Doors 8:30, Show 9pm - $5

Sep
22
Saturday

Nathanael Roney presents "In Its Testimony"



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 - $8

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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 & Snakemusk, 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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