Charlotte singer/songwriter Andy the Doorbum has released a wonderfully weird video for his song, "Evocation: The Beast of Change," from his upcoming album, The Fool.
Featuring plenty of white and black body paint, the video is a teaser for the album, due out on Friday with a release party that will be unique in its own way.
A "ceremonial procession" for the album is scheduled to take place at a warehouse behind CHP Audio, 2301 Distribution St. on Friday night. Only a couple of tickets are left for the event, which is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. sharp with no late seating available. Tickets, for $20, include a copy of the new album.
Judging by the new video, there are sure to be some interesting stories coming out of the show.
Funk Fest, being held at the Metrolina Expo on Sept. 12-13, 2014, will be headlined by Outkast, according to the event's Facebook page. Other performers include LL Cool J, The Roots, Fantasia, Salt N Pepa, Doug E. Fresh, War and Morris Day and the Time.
In January, Outkast announced its reunion, stating they would perform at 40 festivals this summer. It looks like Charlotte's Funk Fest is one of them.
Funk Fest tickets go on sale June 20 at 10 a.m.
The Head and the Heart
June 11, 2014
On Twitter and Facebook, fans expressed their displeasure saying they were "bummed" and disappointed. The band took to social media:
Charlotte- please read this about our show tonight. We are so sorry to have been shutdown. We had many songs left. pic.twitter.com/aRthTnkGrg
- The Head & The Heart (@headandtheheart) June 12, 2014
Rumors quickly spread that there was a bomb threat and people blamed the venue for not doing more. If the rumors are true, why blame the venue for ending a show and getting people out of the venue? Did patrons want them to "yell fire" and get people to panic and run? Fans should instead be blaming the person who made the threat for ending the show early.
The Fillmore, on Thursday morning, issued the following statement:
"After the band's final song, an apparently intoxicated individual on our property outside the venue claimed he had put a bomb on the property. Charlotte police apprehended the individual, deemed the threat non-reliable but nonetheless, in the interest of safety, a decision was made to end the show without an encore."
If the show had continued, The Head and the Heart was scheduled to play a new song, "Springtime," "Summertime," "Let's Be Still" and "Down in the Valley." As it stands, fans were left a bit confused and dispirited.
106.5 The End's Summer Weenie Roast lineup features Weezer, Foster the People, Wild Cub and J Roddy Walston and the Business. Taking place on Sept. 6, 2014, at PNC Music Pavilion, the lineup for the event's 14th edition is rounded out by Foster the People, Foxy Shazam, Fitz and the Tantrums, IAmDynamite, Bear Hands, The Pretty Reckless, Big Data Sir Sly, Fuel and Charlotte's Flagship. Presale lawn tickets for $10.65 begins today at 10 a.m.
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* His "Gangnam Style" video has received more than 2 billion hits, so it's no surprise that Psy's latest video, "Hangover" featuring Snoop Dogg, has received more than 5 million in less than a day. Of course, the duo's appearance and singing karaoke together was more entertaining.
*There's a lot of chatter online about a possible Kinks reunion and tour.
June 7, 2014
From the opening notes of heavy rock band Butterfly Corpse to the closing set of humorous folk by Smelly Felly, the third annual Hooterfest benefit show for the Carolina Raptor Center showcased a variety of local music. Radio Lola offered blues-driven rock and No Anger Control brought punk angst, while Tattermask and Something Clever brought more heavy rock to the NoDa venue. Here's a slideshow from the event:
Hooterfest at Chop Shop, 6/7/14
Photos by Jeff Hahne
June 5, 2014
"Some musicians don't care about this stuff, but I let the crowd tell me what to do," White says in a Rolling Stone cover story (which contained a few get-yr-dukes-up nuggets of its own). "There's no setlist. I'm not just saying the same things I said in Cleveland last night. If they can't give me that energy back? Maybe I'm wasting my time." Recall that White drew criticism back in 2012 when he walked off the stage at New York City's Radio City Music Hall, reportedly as a result of a lackadaisical audience. (White reportedly asked at one point during that show: "Jesus Christ, is this an NPR convention?")
If White does indeed feed off his audience, Thursday's sold-out crowd gave him plenty to draw from. (A solid portion of the crowd on the rail showed up not only hours before doors opened, but hours before the box office opened at noon. For a sold out show. One crew of four from Lynchburg, Virginia, camped out overnight to be the first in line and the first on the front row. Directly behind them, a woman who's catching nine dates of this leg of White's tour.)
May 30, 2014
Charlotte's Matrimony performed at the Neighborhood Theatre on May 30 as a release party for the band's Columbia Records debut, Montibello Memories. Named after the street where singer/keyboardist Ashlee Hardee Brown and her brothers, drummer Jordan Hardee and multi-instrumentalist CJ Hardee, grew up, Hardee Brown noted the night was bittersweet as the home had been sold that very day.
As the band took the stage, smoke set off the building's fire alarm causing a premature evacuation of the venue into the NoDa streets. Soon after, singer/guitarist James Brown, Hardee Brown and CJ (with his banjo) were out front singing their song, "Flee or Fight," much to the delight of the attendees within earshot.
When the crowd finally filed back in, the band played a set filled with songs from the new album, as well as music from its two previous EPs.
Matrimony at Neighborhood Theatre, 5/30/14
Photos by Jeff Hahne
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