When: Thu., Dec. 5 2013
indie, 8 p.m.
The Asheville-based band Goner is a little like the Avett Brothers getting their Bon Iver on, thanks in part to the trio’s earnest, anguished, and haunting sound and singer/guitarist Andrew Costantino’s rich tenor-baritone croon. Formed a year ago, the three-piece outfit recently released its three-song debut Every White Water Moon, a promising effort that lands in the center of the rustic folk-soul fairway at a moment when that course is particularly hot. They guys in Goner are canny musicians with a woodsy swing that’d feel at home alongside Edward Sharpe or Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers. Which sort of begs the question: How do smart people poach the name of an extant band that’s been around since 2001 and with four albums under their belt? Not only that, but how can you swipe the name of a band that’s based 250 miles away — Raleigh-based Goner — and which regularly plays the region’s biggest festival, Hopscotch in the Triangle. It’s an almost unpardonable rock sin. Hopefully, next time we see Asheville’s promising new singer-songwriter Andrew Constantino, he’ll have adopted another moniker. —Chris Parker THURSDAY