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Monday, March 20, 2017

Regina Spektor Charms Sold-Out Crowd at The Fillmore

Posted By on Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 9:40 AM

Regina Spektor
The Fillmore
March 17, 2017

"I came to America as a refugee," singer/pianist Regina Spektor told the sold-out crowd of Charlotte's Fillmore on March, 17, 2017. "I am now a citizen who believes in open doors." The comments earned the 37-year-old a roar of applause. From the first notes of her set opener, "On the Radio," to the final song of her four-song encore, Regina Spektor kept the audience completely charmed. She had them laughing to the "Sailor Song" chorus of "Mary Ann's a bitch," and enthralled by any short story she offered between songs, spending most of the night behind her Steinway piano. Her endearing personality has been present since those early days of New York's anti-folk scene of the early 2000s, but it's her talent as a songwriter that has given her longevity. Don't miss out on her performance, the next time she comes to town.



Regina Spektor setlist
On the Radio
Grand Hotel
Older and Taller
Blue Lips
Tornadoland
Bleeding Heart
The Trapper and the Furrier
Better
Ballad of a Politician
Après Moi
Chelsea Hotel #2
The Call
Sailor Song
Obsolete
You've Got Time
Small Bill$
The Light
Sellers of Flowers
Black and White
Don't Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas)
Us

Encore
The Visit
Fidelity
Hotel Song
Samson

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Live photos: Run the Jewels, The Fillmore (3/14/2017)

Posted By on Wed, Mar 15, 2017 at 10:15 AM

Run the Jewels, Well$
The Fillmore
March 14, 2017

Charlotte has been waiting for a Run the Jewels concert since the group's self-titled debut album was released in 2013. The hip-hop duo comprised of Killer Mike and El-P had played nearly every other major city in the Carolinas. So, it's no surprise that on Tuesday night, the packed AvidXchange Music Factory venue was primed for the performance. The crowd fed off of the duo's energy, with neither letting up for the 70-minute duration. From the opening notes of "Talk to Me" through the opening encore of "Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)," it was worth the nearly four-year wait. RTJ proved why they are one of the hottest acts in hip-hop. The night opened with a brief set by Charlotte rapper Well$. While he offered a solid performance, it was a rough spot to be in when so many people were awaiting the headliners.



Run the Jewels setlist
Talk To Me
Legend Has It
Call Ticketron
Blockbuster Night, Part 1
Oh My Darling Don't Cry
Nobody Speak
Hey Kids (Bumaye)
Stay Gold
Don't Get Captured
Panther Like a Panther
Everybody Stay Calm
Love Again (Akinyele Back)
Lie, Cheat, Steal
Early
A Report to the Shareholders
Run the Jewels

Encore
Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)
Down

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

VIDEO: Watch The Menders Unveil a New Song, "Pass It On"

Posted By on Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 4:20 PM


Last week I headed out to Bessemer City to catch up with The Menders, whose new album, Nina, comes out this week. You can check out the band's newest song, "Pass It On" — scheduled to appear on Nina's followup —  in this video. And head over to Freeman's Pub in Gastonia this Friday at 10 p.m. for Nina's release party. Oh, and don't miss my story on The Menders in this week's Creative Loafing, which hits racks all across the Charlotte area on Wednesday, March 15.



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Monday, March 13, 2017

Live photos: New Charlotte Band Chosovi Debuts at The Evening Muse (3/11/2017)

Posted By on Mon, Mar 13, 2017 at 5:21 PM

Chosovi, J and the 9s
The Evening Muse
March 11, 2017

It took a few songs to get warmed up, but soon enough, new Charlotte indie-rock trio Chosovi hit its stride.The band might have been making its official debut, but the seasoned vets of the local music scene are no strangers to the stage — just their instruments. Singer Deirdre Kroener (ex-Grown Up Avenger Stuff) is also playing guitar here. Hayley Moran (The Waves and Shot Silk guitarist) is behind the drum kit for Chosovi, and Alicia Driver (Elonzo Wesley, Grievous Angels) is playing stand-up bass. As their comfort on stage grew, so did the songs' complexity, giving insight into the band's bright future.

The show opened with an enthusiastic set from J and the 9s, a hard-rocking Brooklyn, N.Y. glam-punk quartet. A fusion of Iggy Pop and the Runaways, the band is fronted by the effervescent J9, who rarely stops moving once the music starts. Moss made full use of the entire NoDa venue throughout the set.


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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Live photos: Deep Sea Diver opens for Colony House at The Underground (3-7-2017)

Posted By on Wed, Mar 8, 2017 at 3:29 PM

Colony House w/ Deep Sea Diver
The Underground
March 7, 2017

The Underground packed a double-punch of Colony House and Deep Sea Diver on Tuesday night, enthralling a solid crowd in the AvidXchange Music Factory venue.

Seattle's Deep Sea Diver opened the night with a strong set full of feedback, playful rhythms and indie-rock sensibilities. Singer/guitarist Jessica Dobson has incorporated plenty of her previous experiences with bands including Beck, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The Shins into her own project. (Am I the only one who'd love to see "a Deep Sea Diver show in Snug Harbor," even if only for the humorous billing?)

Colony House got the crowd moving with a set full of upbeat, pop-infused indie rock. The Tennessee quartet's set focused strongly on its most recent album, Only the Lonely, offering plenty of sing-alongs in the process.


Check out a snippet of Deep Sea Diver...

Colony House setlist
Cannot Do This Alone
1234
Was It Me
Caught Me By Surprise
You & I
Follow Me Down
Remembered For
This Road/I Want It All
Beautiful Life
Lonely
3:20
Moving Forward
Waiting For My Time to Come
Silhouettes

Encore
2:20
You Know It

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Live photos: Sleigh Bells, The Underground (3-2-2017)

Posted By on Fri, Mar 3, 2017 at 11:42 AM

Sleigh Bells
The Underground
March 2, 2017

While Sleigh Bells' fourth studio effort, Jessica Rabbit, may sonically present itself differently than previous albums, live the songs are seamless walls of thunderous guitars and bass topped off with the playful lyrics of singer Alexis Krauss. Krauss herself is a whirling dervish of a dancer who only stops long enough to get a drink of water. The band's raucous set was a balance of singles from over the years with plenty of new material mixed in. When bands like this crush the close quarters of The Underground, you can only wonder why more people weren't there to get them back in The Fillmore's larger room. Maybe next time...



Setlist
Dark Paths
Tell Em
It's Just Us Now
Bitter
Riot Rhythm
Kids
I Can Only Stare
Minnie
Born To Lose
Comeback Kid
Infinity Guitars
Demons
Crown on the Ground
Loyal For
Rule #1
A/B Machines

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Watch Charlotte's Sinners & Saints Sing Sweet Harmonies

Posted By on Thu, Mar 2, 2017 at 12:42 PM


On the cover of Creative Loafing Charlotte this week: Pat Moran writes about Mark Baran and Perry Fowler of the Charlotte acoustic duo Sinners & Saints. Check out his video clip of them doing what they do best: harmonizing on a sweet country-folk tune.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Live photos: Lara Americo and Radio Lola Light Up the Evening Muse (2/15/2017)

Posted By on Thu, Feb 16, 2017 at 9:34 AM

Lara Americo, Radio Lola
Evening Muse
Feb. 15, 2017

A double billing of emotionally charged artists lit up the Evening Muse on Wednesday night as Lara Americo performed at her tour opener along with Charlotte blues-rockers Radio Lola. Where Lola singer Dani Engle belted out her soulful strengths and hit the audience with tales of heartache and love, Lara Americo used a more subtle style to share personal tales of love and struggles. The trangender artist's insight tore at empathetic heartstrings giving insight into her journey. The emotional weight of the night can be heard on each artist's recent album — Radio Lola's The Burden in Our Bones and Americo's She/They.


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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Watch The World Famous Tampones Tease You — Twice

Posted By on Wed, Feb 8, 2017 at 2:18 PM


"I don't know how far I should go into Alphonse's background," Ashby Blakely says of his alter ego Alphonse Tampone of the World Famous Tampones, a gag act he does with Nicia Carla as Carmella Tampone  "Like our show, some of his story might be inappropriate." In these clips, The Tampones only get slightly inappropriate. Watch it, then go see their Very Special Valentine's Cabaret at Petra's.


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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

WATCH: Rapper Black Linen Premieres New Album, Singer Darian La Sparrow Stuns Crowd Monday at Petra's

Posted By on Tue, Jan 31, 2017 at 6:48 PM

Charlotte rapper Black Linen premiered his new album and singer Darian La Sparrow mesmerized the crowd with her silky smooth but nuanced jazz vocals Monday night at Petra's in Plaza Midwood.

It was Le Anna Eden's inaugural "Session: A Listening Party," in which the singer-songwriter hosts nights of local musicians she wants Charlotteans to hear. Black Linen performed songs from his new album, Black Linen II: The Eagle & the Wolfr. The rapper, whose birth name is Solomon Conyers, also performs under the name 7th Soana, and has released numerous tracks and EPs on his Soundcloud page, including a 2007 series, "Fuck Money Get Free," or FMGF.

In this clip from the show, he performs the track "Hits" along with Jessika S. Johnson on vocals (Eden and Johnson both sing on the album version) and Monty Mak on piano.


Opener Darian La Sparrow, a Charlotte singer who's appeared as guest vocalist on numerous rap albums and also releases stellar videos of her songs on her Youtube channel, closed her earlier performance with a show-stopping interpretation of "My Funny Valentine," which also featured Mak on the keys. You can watch a snippet of her performance in the clip below.

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