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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Today's Top 5: Wednesday

Posted By on Wed, May 13, 2015 at 11:31 AM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, May 12, 2015 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

* Dollar Signs continues its Wednesday night residency at Snug Harbor.

* A Community Blood Drive is being held at Johnson & Wales University.

* Wyatt Cenac is at the Comedy Zone.

* Zipline and Dine at the U.S. National Whitewater Center.

* The NoDa Brewing Run Club meets at Noda Brewing Company.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Today's Top 5: Monday

Posted By on Mon, May 11, 2015 at 12:09 PM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, May 11, 2015 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

Find Your Muse Open Mic at the Evening Muse

Skew The Masters at Ciel Gallery: A Fine Art Collective

Knocturnal at Snug Harbor

Body Emellishment at the Mint Museum Uptown

Monday Night Allstars at Double Door Inn

Monday, June 23, 2014

Andy the Doorbum releases new song/video

Posted By on Mon, Jun 23, 2014 at 2:17 PM

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.

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Funk Fest announces Outkast as headliner

Posted By on Fri, Jun 13, 2014 at 12:04 PM

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.

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Live review: The Head and the Heart, The Fillmore (6/11/2014)

Posted By on Thu, Jun 12, 2014 at 10:36 AM

The Head and the Heart
The Fillmore
June 11, 2014

The Head and the Heart

As the final notes from "Rivers and Roads" dissipated into the air of the sold-out Fillmore, the lights dimmed and The Head and the Heart's crew prepared the stage for a scheduled four-song encore. As the crowd cheered and broke into chants of "one more song!" the minutes ticked by. After roughly 10 minutes, the lights came on and a Fillmore employee took to the stage and informed the crowd the show was over. A few boos were heard as nearly 2,000 attendees shuffled out of the N.C. Music Factory venue.

On Twitter and Facebook, fans expressed their displeasure saying they were "bummed" and disappointed. The band took to social media:


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.

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106.5's 2014 Weenie Roast lineup announced

Posted By on Thu, Jun 12, 2014 at 9:45 AM

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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Monday, June 9, 2014

First notes (6/9/2014): Psy hits karaoke with Snoop Dogg

Posted By on Mon, Jun 9, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Editor's Note: First Notes is a weekly update of recent happenings in the world of music.

* 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.

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Live photos: Hooterfest, Chop Shop (6/7/2014)

Posted By on Mon, Jun 9, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Hooterfest
Chop Shop
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:

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Hooterfest at Chop Shop, 6/7/14

Photos by Jeff Hahne

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Friday, June 6, 2014

Live review: Jack White, The Fillmore (6/5/2014)

Posted By on Fri, Jun 6, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Jack White
The Fillmore
June 5, 2014


For the most famous - and possibly most important - rock 'n' roll star of his generation, Jack White's a bit of a crankypants. Not even his audience is unassailable.

"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.)

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Monday, June 2, 2014

Live photos: Matrimony, Neighborhood Theatre (5/30/2014)

Posted By on Mon, Jun 2, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Matrimony
Neighborhood Theatre
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.

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Matrimony at Neighborhood Theatre, 5/30/14

Photos by Jeff Hahne

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