An album signing for the Empire soundtrack featuring Jussie Smollett & Yazz (Jamal & Hakeem Lyon) will be held in Charlotte on March 18 at 6 p.m. Though no information is available on where and how you get in.
This Facebook event post is up with plenty of people showing interest — more than 1,800 people have RSVPd to attend.
Empire is a hit TV show airing on Wednesday nights on Fox. We're guessing that if they announced a location, some of y'all would already be lined up.
A benefit show was held on Nov. 15, but now a digital download has been put together as the fundraising continues. Artists featured on the album include Hill's band Animals along with Junior Astronomers, Flagship, The Business People, Jeremiah Wilde, Warsong, Soils, One Amazin Kid and Deep Sky.
Hill was struck by a car while walking home from work and suffered a broken arm, fractured ribs and a brain bleed. The last update posted says Hill is out of the hospital and headed to rehab to work on speech and his motor skills.
If you thought Charlotte singer/musician Benji Hughes had been a little quiet since the 2008 release of his critically acclaimed album, A Love Extreme, there's a reason for it. He's been busy working on a whole bunch of new music — three albums, to be exact.
Hughes announced via Facebook this morning that there are three new albums available via his website, benjihughesmusic.com — XXOXOXX, OXOXOXOXOX and Songs In The Key Of Animals.
The Black Hearts Club - producer/singer Lucho (Youth Sounds), Charlotte rapper Well$ and Congolese rapper/producer Alec Lomami - have released the first single from their EP, Insomnia, titled "Girl Tell Me Something." Damn, if that Neptunes-style, '70s R&B groove isn't catchy as hell.
The three met while recording Well$'s album MTSYD: the Revenge of the African Booty Scratcher. Insomnia is scheduled for an early 2015 release.
Charlotte musician Bo White released a solo album entitled, Millennial Tombs, on July 6, 2014, with little warning. White posted a link to his "pay what you want" bandcamp page with the following text:
Here's a new solo album, released today, free to download or pay what you'd like. I was going to press it, but I can't wait and need to move on to other projects. This one's a little smokier than the last. If you're digging it, pass it on.
In the department of spacey alt-country or cosmic American music - or whatever it is we're calling folk-tinged country-rock these days - Kamara Thomas, the former bass player for indie power trio Earl Greyhound, has dropped a video from her upcoming solo album, Earth Hero, that's a real stunner.
I'll be offering up a full review soon. For now, enjoy "You Wreck Me."
The latest edition of Record Store Day will take place as a special holiday edition on Black Friday, Nov. 23, 2012. Participating Charlotte-area stores include Lunchbox Records in Plaza Midwood and The Birdsnest in Davidson.
While Record Store Day usually happens in the spring, the event's organizers decided independent music stores should get in on the holiday excitement.
Among the Black Friday releases are:
Asobi Seksu/Boris Split 7"
Band of Horses "Sonic Ranch Sessions" 7"
Beck "Sea Change" on pink vinyl
Biz Markie "The Biz Never Sleeps" picture disc
Bob Dylan "Duquesne Whistle" 7"
Frank Zappa "Why Don'cha Do Me Right, Big Leg Emma" 7"
Gary Clark Jr. "Black & Blu" on black and blue vinyl
Grateful Dead "Live at Winterland 5/30/1971" LP
Jeff the Brotherhood "Dark Energy" 7"
Joe Strummer "Live at Action Town Hall" LP
John Denver & The Muppets "A Christmas Together" LP
Johnny Cash "The Fabulous Johnny Cash" LP
Leonard Cohen/Jeff Buckley "Hallelujah" 7"
Lucero "Live at Sun Studios" 7"
Nirvana "Incesticide 20th Anniversary" Double-LP
Tenacious D "Simply Jazz" EP
Charlotte duo Clicks & Whistles has released a sampler of its upcoming EP, Serious Bidness. It's EDM infused with plenty of trap-style rhythms, hints of Southern rap and synth riffs. The EP is due Sept. 17, 2012.
Here's a quick rundown of what's new in stores this week:
Archers of Loaf Vee Vee — Settle down. It's just a reissue.
Buckethead Electric Sea — Because Buckethead has a better ring to it than Brian Carroll, and dude actually wears a bucket... wait for it... on his head.
Fun. Some Nights — It's that new Fun album. Have you heard that Fun song? Want to go to that Fun concert? The possibilities are endless...
Galactic Electric Carnivale — Latest effort is inspired by the sounds of Carnivale — appropriate for Fat Tuesday, no?
Sinead O'Connor How About I Be Me (and You Be You)? — I'm guessing there won't be songs about wedded bliss on here...
Sleigh Bells Reign of Terror — Fresh off their Saturday Night Live appearance.
Can you still purchase megatickets?
For the first time in years, I feel confident that there will be new music…
So, how were they?