Stop Legislating Hate, North Carolina!

This post was previously published on CandidCeillie, Ceillie Simkiss’s personal blog. I am disappointed and disgusted with my state this week. For those of you who don’t know, North Carolina’s General Assembly wasted $42,000 yesterday calling a special session in order to pass an “anti-discrimination bill” that gives homophobes and transphobes the ability to be […]

New Music Monday: Judah & the Lion

What happens when you rap over a mandolin, garage-y drums, and a synth? You get Judah & the Lion, a young band out of Nashville, Tenn. Once a decidedly rootsy-folk outfit only a few years ago, Judah & the Lion have now adopted the surprising label of “folk hop.” As difficult as it is to […]

Six great concerts coming to Asheville this spring

Though it’s been hard to believe these past couple of frigid weeks, warmer days are in sight and they are bringing some great music to the mountains. Here are eight shows to consider dropping a few dollars on as we near the halfway point of the semester, in the order of their occurrence. Houndmouth @ […]

Album Review: Aofie O’Donovan – In The Magic Hour

“In the magic hour…” sounds like the beginning of a fairy tail, or the beginning of instructions to a witch’s spell. Aofie (pronounced “EE-fah”) O’ Donovan’s Jan. 22 release certainly calls to mind the whimsy of these childish fantasies. As a stage and screen student who has taken a whopping one cinematography class, I know […]

Staff Writer takes on Base Camp Cullowhee’s rock wall

Western Carolina University boasts the highest collegiate rock wall in the state at 50 ft high. Base Camp Cullowhee hosts a climbing competition every year where students can win a t-shirt. This year’s competition was held in November over two evenings. About 20 people competed each night. Beside special events, the rock wall is open […]

Five album releases to get excited about in 2016

If you don’t think 2015 was a good year for music, maybe you are deaf. Or perhaps, you pride yourself in being super underground and are therefore too enlightened to listen to Adele. In that case, you probably hated the month of December, because it was impossible to take in any medium of media without […]