This week starts slow, but immediately picks up on Tuesday with a handful of shows worth catching. The big one takes place at The Orange Peel with longtime indie singer-songwriters M. Ward and Laura Veirs sharing the bill. Ward and Veirs have always teetered between falling under the radar and breaking into more mainstream success. M. Ward’s involvement in She & Him has definitely brought him more attention than his solo records which have been consistently great. A recent album with KD Lang and Neko Case helped to highlight Veirs. In my opinion, amongst those two legends, she still managed to steal the show. Her new album The Lookout just came out, so expect a set full of those new tunes.

tue17apr8:00 pmFeaturedM. Ward • Laura Veirs8:00 pm The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave Asheville NC 28801

If that’s not your thing, Zack Mexico and Brucemont make for another solid double bill happening Tuesday night. The two NC indie bands will be at The Grey Eagle.

tue17apr8:00 pmFeaturedZack Mexico • Brucemont8:00 pm The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave.

For something a bit heavier and darker, industrial duo HIDE will be at The Mothlight Tuesday night. This promises to be brutal. Any industrial fans will not want to miss it.

tue17apr8:30 pmFeaturedHIDE • Kangarot8:30 pm The Mothlight, 701 Haywood Rd West Asheville NC 28806

On Wednesday, soulful crooner Anderson East is at The Grey Eagle. It’s a sold out show, so you may need to get creative to get your hands on tickets.

wed18apr7:00 pmFeaturedAnderson East • Devon Gilfillian7:00 pm The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave.

It would be a disservice not to at least mention Ugly God headlining the Orange Peel on Thursday night. The Orange Peel is a rather big room for someone I’d never heard of, so I checked out the young cloud rapper. This dude is huge on the internet, and after checking out his videos it’s safe to say this should be an interesting show.

thu19apr8:00 pmUgly God8:00 pm The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave Asheville NC 28801

The bulk of folks in this town probably wouldn’t drop $25+ to see a cloud rapper. Thursday’s lineup at Salvage Station should be more in line with this city’s tastes. Ben Sollee, Nicole Atkins, and The Wild Reeds are all worth seeing on their own, so having the chance to see them all in one night is incredible. Atkins is particularly incredible, drawing from the likes of Roy Orbison and Dusty Springfield, amongst others, to create a classic sound of her own.

thu19apr9:00 pmFeaturedBen Sollee • Nicole Atkins • The Wild Reeds9:00 pm Salvage Station, 466 Riverside Drive

Asheville’s own Toubab Krewe is playing back to back nights at the Ellington Underground and totally worth catching. Drawing influence from West African heroes like Ali Farka Toure and Orchestra Baobab, they’re playing a style of music not prevalent out here and doing it quite well.

fri20apr9:00 pmFeaturedToubab Krewe • The Digs • Window Cat9:00 pm Ellington Underground, 56 Patton Ave Asheville NC 28801

sat21apr9:00 pmFeaturedToubab Krewe • Josh Phillips and a Big Band9:00 pm Ellington Underground, 56 Patton Ave Asheville NC 28801

Washington indie rock quartet Chastity Belt are playing the Mothlight on Friday night, and a good bet on how to spend your night.

fri20apr9:00 pmFeaturedChastity Belt • Lala Lala9:00 pm The Mothlight, 701 Haywood Rd West Asheville NC 28806

It’s hard to imagine but the legendary Lou Barlow is playing an early show at Fleetwood’s on Sunday. From Sebadoh to Dinosaur Jr to The Folk Implosion, Lou’s influence is immeasurable, and he’s still making great music (as evidenced below). It’s not every day you have an opportunity to catch an indie hero at a place like Fleetwood’s so don’t miss out.

sun22apr6:00 pmsun8:45 pmFeaturedLou Barlow6:00 pm - 8:45 pm Fleetwood's, 496 Haywood Rd West Asheville NC 28806