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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
Was It Me
Caught Me By Surprise
You & I
Follow Me Down
Remembered For
This Road/I Want It All
Beautiful Life
Moving Forward
Waiting For My Time to Come

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...

Dark Paths
Tell Em
It's Just Us Now
Riot Rhythm
I Can Only Stare
Born To Lose
Comeback Kid
Infinity Guitars
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.

His set consisted of performances of songs from the new album including the track "Hit's,") which he recorded Eden and singer Jessika S. Johnson. Listen to the entire album here

The real show-stopper came from 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. She closed her earlier performance with a sublime interpretation of "My Funny Valentine," which featured Monty Mak on the keys. You can watch a snippet of her performance in the clip below.

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Live photos: Bassh, The Underground (1/28/2017)

Posted By on Mon, Jan 30, 2017 at 9:20 AM

Bassh, Grand Shell Game, Bruce Hazel
The Underground
Jan. 28, 2017

As a founding member of Matrimony, singer/guitarist Jimmy Brown showcased his songwriting talent with a folk-rock backdrop. On Saturday night at The Underground, fans familiar with that project got an earful of the heavier side of Brown's talents. Digitized vocals, crushing guitar riffs and a bit of electronic infusion drives the music of Bassh and a small crowd soaked in every note. It was the cap on a night that spotlighted familiar names to music fans from the Queen City.

The night got started with Bruce Hazel and members of his band Temperance League rolling through with blue-collar garage rock in the vein of Springsteen. From there, it was the jam-infused folk-rock of the Triangle area's Grand Shell Game featuring Eric-Scott Guthrie (ex-New Familiars) showcasing Guthrie's poetic vocals with plenty of Allman-inspired jam tradeoffs between the keys and guitars. Guthrie and Brown, both of whom have graduated from a folk pastlife into more electric landscapes, proved that talented songwriters can shape their craft within any genre.

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Friday, January 13, 2017

CL catches Travis Phillips of Charlotte's Modern Primitives in the act of imitating Yoda

Posted By on Fri, Jan 13, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Creative Loafing stumbled into Charlotte grit-rockers Modern Primitives — drummer Phillip Gripper, bassist Tim Nhu and front man Travis Phillips — on the back patio at Common Market in Plaza Midwood Thursday night.

The guys were in mid-PBR consumption when we caught Phillips in the act of imitating Yoda from the Youtube clip "SEAGULLS! (Stop It Now)," the Bad Lip Reading spoof of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back that apparently everybody but your humble correspondent has seen.

For comparison, we've submitted a pair of videos — Phillips' imitation, and the original. Decide for yourself how well our guy did:

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Friday, January 6, 2017

Last Night at the Double Door Inn: One Less Worthy Spot for Derrick Worthy's Delicious Dogs

Posted By on Fri, Jan 6, 2017 at 10:10 AM

Creative Loafing is celebrating the Last Night at the Double Door Inn all week this week with clips of folks who attended the final night bash on Monday.

Derrick Worthy is a different kind of Double Door regular. He's been selling hot dogs outside the blues club — which closed its doors Monday after 43 years as Charlotte blues institution — every Monday night for the past two years

"I'm gonna miss the place. It's special," he tells CL in this clip, as sheets of rain poured down like tears on the canopy covering his A Worthy Dog hotdog stand. "We have everybody come in; it's a diversified crowd, everybody from attorneys to plumbers to musicians to hospitality workers."

Worthy's gonna miss it, he says — "especially the money."

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