2018
Ian Sweet w/ Young Jesus, Wednesday
November
09
Friday
Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $12adv / $14
Tickets, please
Ian Sweet
IAN SWEET has been the source of and solution to many of Jilian Medford’s deepest anxieties. But now, two years after her soul-bearing debut LP Shapeshifter, Medford is confronting that reality with surprising optimism on her new full-length Crush Crusher. Medford has decided to make the project a solo endeavor once again (as it had been in her salad days in the Boston DIY scene) and took the opportunity to compose some of her most self reflective and emotionally analytical songs to date.

In writing Crush Crusher, Medford committed herself to exploring her own issues with self-image, self- respect/worth, and the responsibility she has felt to others. Album opener “Hiding” was one of the first songs she wrote for the record while living in a frigid Brooklyn apartment during a winter break amidst her grueling tour schedule. In the song, Medford reflects on an interpersonal relationship that fell apart because of an inability to feel supreme comfort in sharing all the pieces of herself with someone. Nevertheless, a hopeful demeanor shines through on “Hiding” and in her writing across the album, with lyrics that embrace life’s hurdles and make them feel a little less scary.

Much of Crush Crusher’s songs deal with Medford’s internalized pressure to become a caretaker in many of her close friends’ lives. As a defense mechanism for her own insecurities, Medford projects a sense of invincibility and benevolence to feel more deserving of the love received from others; we hear this on “Holographic Jesus” when she repeats the phrase “the sun built me to shade everybody,” characterizing the sacrifice and responsibility she feels in ways that could easily go unnoticed. “Holographic Jesus” ultimately represents a façade of strength that Medford has clung onto and, in true Taurus fashion, is stubborn to let go of.

Musically, Crush Crusher is full of dissonant open chords and abnormal progressions, finding beauty in a level of conflict not seen on Shapeshifter. To help achieve this expansive-but-focused sound, Medford enlisted the help of someone who was just as ambitiously experimental in their approach, producer and engineer Gabe Wax (Deerhunter, The War on Drugs, Soccer Mommy). Medford and Wax set up shop at Rare Book Room studios in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, and completed the basic tracking with musicians Simon Hanes on bass and Max Almario on drums. “Coming into a space where some of my biggest inspirations like Bjork, Dirty Projectors, and Deerhunter had all once also recorded, I felt determined to push myself and test every boundary that I may have subconsciously created along the way. Gabe made me feel comfortable with attempting anything,” Medford says. By the end of the recording process, IAN SWEET wound up with an unconventional assortment of songs featuring disparate elements of psych- rock, trip-hop, and shoegaze that together forged a sound uniquely her own.

Crush Crusher’s closing track “Your Arms Are Water” serves as a thematic reprise for the whole album, telling the story of an inspiring relationship in Medford’s life that was drowning in doubt. The song’s nuanced perspective captures the record’s thesis—that to escape your misery sometimes requires accepting your imperfections. Such compassionate and densely-realized observations make Crush Crusher more nourishing food for thought for fans of IAN SWEET.
Young Jesus
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Jan
21
Monday
Free Mothlight Monday!

Jon Mueller

w/ Thom Nguyen

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $Free

Jan
22
Tuesday
NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina Presents...

Rock for Roe Benefit Show w/ Big Sound Harbor



Doors 7pm, Show 8pm

Jan
23
Wednesday

Savannah Smith and Southern Soul

w/ J.W. Teller

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $5

Jan
24
Thursday

2019 Asheville Fringe Festival: Mothlight Triple Feature *Night 1* 7pm



7pm - $13

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Jan
24
Thursday

Mothlight Double Feature: 2019 Asheville Fringe Festival *Night 1* 9pm



9pm - $13

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Jan
25
Friday

2019 Asheville Fringe Festival: Mothlight Triple Feature *Night 2* 7pm



7pm - $13

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Jan
25
Friday

Mothlight Double Feature: 2019 Asheville Fringe Festival *Night 2* 9pm



9pm - $13

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Jan
26
Saturday

Amen Dunes

w/ Arthur

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

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Jan
27
Sunday
Worthwhile Sounds Presents...

Marco Benevento

w/ Daniel Shearin (of River Whyless)

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $15

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Jan
29
Tuesday

Daniel Romano

w/ T. Hardy Morris

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

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Jan
31
Thursday

Liz Cooper & The Stampede

w/ New Madrid

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

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Feb
01
Friday
Benefit for Blue Ridge ABC!

Blvck Mvss-Vvitchgang Coven Showcase



Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $7

Feb
02
Saturday

Sarah Louise

w/ Paula Stretch, Kima Moore

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

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Feb
06
Wednesday

The Half That Matters

w/ Jaeb, Shutterings

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $5

Feb
07
Thursday

Jon Hatchett Band

w/ Hearts Gone South

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

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Feb
08
Friday

Curt Castle (Album Release Show!)

w/ Riley Parker, Nathanael Jordan

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

Feb
11
Monday
Worthwhile Sounds Presents...

Valley Queen

w/ TBA

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

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Feb
12
Tuesday

W00DY

w/ 3 Cherries, Nostalgianoid

9pm - $5

Feb
15
Friday

Sirius.B

w/ Upland Drive

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

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Feb
17
Sunday

Æther Realm

w/ Wilderun, Covenator

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

Feb
19
Tuesday

Daughters

w/ Wolf Eyes, HIDE

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

SOLD OUT
Feb
23
Saturday

Buck Meek

w/ Twain

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

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Feb
27
Wednesday

Agent Orange

w/ The Last Gang

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

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Feb
28
Thursday

Post Animal

w/ Ron Gallo, Duncan Fellows

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

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Mar
01
Friday
Worthwhile Sounds Presents...

The Mother Hips



Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $15

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Mar
02
Saturday

The Dead Tongues

w/ TBA

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

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Mar
03
Sunday
Worthwhile Sounds Presents...

William Tyler

w/ TBA

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

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Mar
05
Tuesday

Andrew Combs & Caitlin Rose

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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Mar
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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Mar
09
Saturday
Worthwhile Sounds Presents...

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

w/ The Mystery Lights

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

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Mar
10
Sunday

Bellows

w/ Another Michael, Wednesday

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

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Mar
16
Saturday

Yoke Lore

w/ TBA

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

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Mar
17
Sunday

Lucifer

w/ Spell, Almuten

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $15

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Mar
23
Saturday
The Mothlight & Worthwhile Sounds Present...

Mountain Man **At The Masonic Temple**

w/ Jake Xerxes Fussell

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

SOLD OUT
Mar
30
Saturday

And The Kids

w/ TBA

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

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Apr
02
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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Apr
20
Saturday
Worthwhile Sounds Presents...

The Wild Reeds

w/ TBA

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

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Apr
26
Friday

Laura Jane Grace & the Devouring Mothers

w/ Mercy Union, Control Top

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

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Apr
30
Tuesday

Steve Gunn

w/ Gun Outfit

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

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May
07
Tuesday

Xiu Xiu

w/ TBA

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

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May
15
Wednesday
Worthwhile Sounds Presents...

Marc Rebillet

w/ TBA

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

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May
19
Sunday

Lady Lamb

w/ TBA

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

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