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Thursday, April 20, 2017

CL EXCLUSIVE: World Premiere of 'Rotated,' by Ali Steele, Black Linen & Cosa Nostra Que

Posted By on Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 9:49 AM

Happy 4/20, folks. And for your pleasure, enjoy this ode to the weed from Charlotte artists Ali Steele, Black Linen and Cosa Rostra Que — premiering today exclusively at Creative Loafing.



You'll find the following background on how this song came about in our 'Top 10 Marijuana Songs by Charlotte Artists' list in CL's annual 4/20 issue on newsstands today, as well as the other nine tracks:

True story: About a week ago I'm crowd-sourcing ideas for this list and ask a few local musicians and promoters I know for recommendations. One of the musicians is Solomon Tetteh, aka rapper Black Linen, who I wrote about in Creative Loafing back in February. He's one of those story subjects who's since become a friend. Don't judge me. It happens.

He makes a few recommendations. I ask him, "Don't you have one?" He says, "No." I say, "You've never written a weed song?" He says, "No." I say, "Well, write one and record it by next week and if it's good we'll use it."

Don't dare a rapper.

I'll let Black Linen tell what happened next: "So I'm on my way to Soule Jukebox to record a submission piece for the Sounds of the Queen City Charlotte anthem contest with Ali Steele. As we're riding I go, 'Aye man, I need a weed song for 4/20,' and his exact words are, 'Bruh, I've been playing this track for you every time we are riding around, and it's a weed song.' And I think to myself, 'I need to stop smokin.'

"Two days later we picked up his cousin Cosa Nostra Que to aid us in some vocals, and headed to Si-Fi Media Studios. We recorded the track in no time with the aid of Si-Fi's engineering skills. It was produced by Jet Fuel Beats of Umbrella Mindz and will debut on 4/20."

Right here at CL, of course. And then you can be the judge.


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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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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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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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