Smart Bets: TAUK

an article from Mountain Xpress
by Kat McReynolds December 9, 2014

Forget hibernating. Instrumental rockers TAUK are making a full-fledged national tour this winter, and Asheville fans have two chances to catch the band live. TAUK, oft-praised for its ability to infuse songs with emotional cues despite the absence of lyrics, plays New Mountain this week before circling back to Asheville as the supporting act for an Umphrey’s McGee performance at the U.S. Cellular Center in February. According to the band’s website, the New York state-based quartet’s latest 10-song album, Collisions, “spans delicate ethereal textures, highly imaginatively funky drumming, labyrinthine arrangements and fiery solos” — certainly the kind of thing one could bear to hear twice. Local jam band Makayan opens for TAUK and headliner Dopapod (dance rock) at New Mountain on Thursday, Dec. 11, at 9 p.m. $12 advance/$15 day of show. newmountainavl.com.