Come Party at Our House: Underground Sounds of AVL @ New Mountain NYE

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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times: 2015 was an extreme year. You felt that too, right? Even so, I know you sowed some really potent seeds, and now it’s time to grow that shit. In 2016, I do believe we’ll be seeing a little more clearly, listening a little more closely, and feeling a little more deeply. It’s gonna be one hot cocktail of love and glory. Get ready.

That’s why we’ll be ringing it in at New Mountain (once again!). The main room is otherwise occupied by Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, but if you’re not into having your face melted with the jam kids, the Ridge Room and Sol Bar are prepared to melt your heart. A variety of underground electronic treats awaits you.

Our House (a collective of underground dance music enthusiasts) wants everyone to be on the level and have a really great time without bleeding you dry, which is why just one $8 ticket grants you access to both rooms. You wanna tap that hot bass? See what’s going on in Sol Bar. Fancy jumping into a pulsing, psychic wave via old school house and techno? Ridge Room has got you. Wanna drift between them and feel all the delicious things while marveling at all the pretty people? Go on then.

You better believe seasoned, top-shelf house trio In Plain Sight (Nomad in the Dark, Lucas Ledford, Ezekiel) is gonna bring da noise in the Ridge Room after the ball drops. Were you even at the Music Hall on Halloween, bro? They dominated that show and were essentially the true headliners (sorry, Marley Carroll). Remember my review of them this summer? Yeah, still feeling all those things and way harder. With their immense, heart-quaking house beats and fierce sensitivity to the crowd vibe, if you want to dance, you do not want to miss these guys. They get you really high.

Whatever your intentions for the New Year, come on out to New Mountain so we can dance them to the heavens together. Bring glitter.

Show 9:00p-2:00a

Tickets $8

21+

 

Drink it Up: MiMOSA @ New Mountain 12/3

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Hey, bassheads. Gotcha another one. West Coast producer MiMOSA is coming to New Mountain to rock your nuts this Thursday, December 3.

For such a young stunna, he’s made quite a name for himself by not only touring a whole shitload of material but also starting his own label, FALSE iDOL MUZiK, and apparently creating his own genre, called Future Trill. I have noooo idea what that’s supposed to mean, but I like this guy’s gumption.

His latest album Delusion of Grandeur appears ironically titled considering he certainly seems to think of himself pretty grandly (a “MiMOSA in this bitch” vocal sample graces several of his songs), but it hooks me right away, deep bass lines leading into booming hip-hop beats on the title track. I am instinctively bouncing in my porch chair to the lead-footed “Lost,” clearly envisioning myself grinding it down to the venue floor, and “Regenesis” delivers a welcome, driving dance beat. Yeah, gimme dat.

At the same time there are pretty obnoxious hip-hop and dubstep-esque elements at play here, and like most bass artists of today, this thing isn’t entirely unique anymore, but MiMOSA does have his own flavor, and it comes through. You can pour that right down my gullet, boy. I’ll drink it up.

His merch is pretty cool. I’d rock the hell out of that sweatshirt if he gave me one.

From Nashville, ike supports (no clue), but AVL’s own illanthropy starts the night off with his bass thing. I happen to have a funny anecdote about him. I don’t know the guy personally at all, but he played an impromptu late night set at one of my crew’s summer parties, and when we specifically requested chaw tunes (cuz we’re greedy little bears like that), he delivered the most raucous helping of heaviness that we had to lovingly remove him from the tables. Sometimes ya just can’t even at 6am on acid. This ain’t the Full Moon Gathering. Duuuude, I’m sure you’re cool though. You bring that shit this Thursday.

Doors: 9pm // Show: 10pm // 18+

Tickets: $15-17

 

 

Minnesota w/HugLife + BassClef @ New Mountain 11/20

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I remember hearing Minnesota’s name around CounterPoint time last year, when I really didn’t care for bass music at all and just thought it was cool his name is Minnesota. But a lot has changed for me in a year and a half, and now I can speak with a considerably more open mind on the sick pleasures of the hard, floor-grinding genre.

Originally from Minneapolis (hence the nickname), Minnesota (Christian Bauhofer) moved to Santa Cruz at 18 where he began plugging into the rising Left Coast bass scene. He hit it hard in 2011 with his first EP Panda Snatching Tycoon and quickly gained traction for his seamless eclecticism and melodic sensitivity in a world where Skrillex ruled the roost.

Now with something like six albums in four years, Minnesota has proven himself a worthy contender in the ever-expanding EDM universe. Sharing the bills at some of the most popular electronic festivals with the likes of STS9, MiMOSA, Paper Diamond, and with Bassnectar as a bona fide fan, whatever this guy is getting at, he’s getting it.

Now don’t tell me that raw drop doesn’t feel good:

What got me thinking about this show at all though was my girl Julie’s interest in the supporting act, bass/trap/hip-hop producer HugLife. I can’t find a whole lot of information on him, other than he used to be called Slink and has lived everywhere. Solid? I suspect we’ll all have a better idea of him on the dance floor tomorrow. For now, here’s something yummy:

The night opens with local producer BassClef, but I suspect I’m going to be kickin’ it at Sol Bar during that time to see Earthtone Soundsystem, Asheville’s longest running house ensemble, who, in my relatively newfound appreciation for the ol’ four-on-the-floor, I have yet to experience. This baby girl needs to balance out that grimy goodness with some vision-inducing heart bangers. (Though it must be mentioned that I can’t find any sonic evidence of them on the whole of the internet. Someone explain this to me.)

Suffice it to say, ISIS ain’t got shit on the American commitment to a good time. Let’s get weird, AVL.

Doors: 9pm // Show: 10pm

Tickets: $10-15 // 18+

 

 

 

 

SuicideGirls’ Blackheart Burlesque Coming Hot & Hard to New Mountain 10/29

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Blackheart Burlesque logo

“It’s a pop culture nerdgasm,” she tells me, her surprisingly sweet, soft voice brimming with excitement. I’m speaking with Missy Suicide, founder of legendary Playboy-style alternative pinup/lifestyle magazine SuicideGirls. You know, the hot tatted and pierced chicks. At the time of its inception in 2001, SuicideGirls revolutionized the Big Breasted Blonde-saturated pinup market and turned on its head what people thought a centerfold should look like. It seems commonplace now of course, which speaks to the widespread cultural impact of SG’s ongoing mission.

I could probably talk to this baby girl for days, but our conversation tonight has its own mission. Blackheart Burlesque, a traveling troupe of SG dancers and models, is a side project within the greater SuicideGirls community. Missy puts it simply: “We wanted to take the sexy spirit of the pinup photos we do on the website, turn it into a live performance and update the classic burlesque style with our modern version of femininity.”

Sounds legit. And it is. Blackheart Burlesque has been around since the early days of SuicideGirls itself, and they’ve been poised daringly on the cutting edge of modern burlesque since the resurgence in the performance art’s popularity over the last 15 years.

Blackheart Burlesque is currently on a national tour of their show, a hot, hip, nerd-tastic spectacle gushing with pop culture references and satires. You want topless girls in Storm Trooper helmets? Check. Game of Thrones characters stripped down? Sexy Sailor Moon? Check and check. Hell, after the show you might even think differently about 50 Shades of Grey.

“We wanted to take these things we nerd out on and pay homage to them in a sexy, different sort of way,” Missy explains. “The thing I nerd out on is matching the music to the theme; say, a Black Keys song with Adventure Time. The Star Wars number is set to a Major Lazer song. And it just works so well!” Ah, a clever girl after my own black heart.

And it does work, because Blackheart Burlesque has continually been upping its game. “The level of burlesque performance has really escalated; the old AC/DC, leather pants striptease is not enough to wow people [anymore]. We’re executing everything at a much higher level.”

That they are. All the performers are classically trained dancers based out of LA, and for the last two years Missy has been producing the shows with world-renowned choreographer Manwe Sauls-Addison, who has worked with global pop stars like Beyoncé and Lady Gaga. This is not the janky sort of set-up that relies on feather boas and tasseled titties to get a rise out of the audience. This is the big time.

Blackheart Burlesque performs in Asheville for the first time ever tonight at New Mountain! With Halloween two days away, let’s show these ladies how we do it here. Make them come crawling back for more.

Tickets are admittedly on the pricier side at $25-85, but Missy promises “you can’t leave the show without a smile on your face. It’s just so, so sexy.”

That’ll do me, darlin’.

Michal Menert & The Pretty Fantastics Are Gonna Be Just That Oct 15

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In my preview piece for Eliot Lipp last week I teased a second Pretty Lights Music label artist coming to Asheville this month. Well, the time is nigh, electroheads! OG Pretty Lights rainbow brother Michal Menert brings his full band to New Mountain tomorrow, October 15.

By full band I mean the five other Pretty Fantastics, an abridged version of the 18-piece “Big Band” he’s played with selectively over the last few months. But six is still a bigger band than most, the drums, guitars, keys, and horns fleshing out Menert’s central beat-dropping. There’s no way it’s not gonna be good. Really good.

What’s even better is the album they’re supporting, released at the end of September, simply titled 1. I’m going to assume that means he plans to make more albums with this group, as he should. 1 still very much touts his signature electro-soul sound, but it’s a slight departure from the heavy hitters of previous works. There’s a soft psychedelia mixed with stuff you could imagine Andre 3000 demoing after smoking some really good hash. My favorite track, “If You Knew,” is a rework of the build-up and breakdown of 2011′s “Lost Pieces.” I loved it even before I heard the wildfire guitar solo ripping through the end. Ahhh, I miss guitar solos. Bring someone you can touch in the dark.

Russ Liquid supports.

I’ve been knocking back cold medicine for a couple days straight, so I’m done being human now so I can be alive at the show. No one give me drugs tomorrow, k thanks. Er…only if they’re really good.

Tickets: $12 advance // $15 door

Doors: 9:00pm