LWE’s Guide to Moogfest 2012

The U.S. festival scene is currently riding two distinctly inverse waves. There’s the bloated, upward trajectory being paved by Coachella’s recent expansion to two weekends, then there’s the finely curated micro-fests, centered more so around a singular scope and a distinctly urban environment. (We deal primarily in the latter here at LWE.) Moogfest lies somewhere near the point of intersection. At its core is a unique mantra — honoring the vision of Bob Moog, synth pioneer and electronic music deity — being channeled through a unique setting — Asheville, North Carolina, an absolute gem of a southern locale, nestled within the most picturesque point of the Appalachians. But unlike most city-centric festivals spread throughout multiple venues and peddled to a very specific subset, there’s some breadth to Moogfest. There are techno luminaries (Richie Hawtin, Carl Craig) rubbing elbows with hip-hop luminaries (Nas, GZA). Indie insurgents (Explosions in the Sky, Miike Snow) nestled alongside electronic insurgents (Actress, Andy Stott). And then there’s the acts that you’d be best served not pigeonholing (Death Grips, Tim Hecker and Daniel Lopatin). To help sort the mess, we’ve broken down the schedule by venue, with our picks highlighted.

Friday, October 26

Pantha du Prince

ExploreAsheville.com Arena
7-8pm — Pantha du Prince
8:30-9:30 — Nas
10-11:30 — Primus 3D
12:15-2am — Richie Hawtin


Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
7:30-8:15pm — Bear in Heaven
8:45-10pm — Miike Snow
10:30-11:45 — Squarepusher
12:30-1:45am — Explosions in the Sky

Black Moth Super Rainbow

The Orange Peel
7:30-8:30pm — Killer Mike
9:30-10:30 — El-P
11:30pm-12:30am — Black Moth Super Rainbow
1-2am — GZA presents Liquid Swords


Asheville Music Hall
9:45-10:45pm — Wick-it the Instigator
11:15pm-12:15am — Blondes
12:45-2am — Ana Sia

Morton Subotnick

Diana Wortham Theatre
7-7:45pm — Buke & Gase
8:15-9:15 — Morton Subotnick presents “From Silver Apples to a Sky of Cloudless Sulfur”
10-11 — Exitmusic
11:30pm-12:30am — Ahleuchatistas

Saturday, October 27


ExploreAsheville.com Arena
7:15-8:15pm — Divine Fits
8:45-10 — Santigold
10:30pm-12am — Orbital
12:30-2am — Shpongle presents the Masquerade

Four Tet

Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
8-9:15pm — The Magnetic Fields
10-11:15 — Thomas Dolby
12-1:30am — Four Tet

Carl Craig

The Orange Peel
7:30-8:30pm — Actress
9-10 — Cold Cave
10:30-11:30 — Death Grips
12-2am — Carl Craig


Asheville Music Hall
10-11pm — Trust
11:30-12:30 — Disclosure
1-2 am — Prefuse 73 with Teebs

Andy Stott

Diana Wortham Theatre
7-8pm — Julia Holter
8:30-9:30 — Andy Stott
10:15-11:15 — Tim Hecker & Daniel Lopatin
11:45-12:45 — Harold Budd with Keith Lowe

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