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Monday, September 15, 2014

Nas' 'Time is Illmatic' gets Charlotte screening date

Posted By on Mon, Sep 15, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Nas: Time is Illmatic, a documentary on the making of the hip-hop artist's 1994 landmark album, Illmatic, will have a Charlotte screening on Oct. 2, 2014 at the AMC Carolina 22 and the AMC Concord 24.

In the movie, Nas shares stories of his upbringing and influences and the struggles that come with signing a major-label deal at age 19.

The following day, the film will become available via iTunes, On Demand and through other providers.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Evening Muse to host monthly vinyl swap

Posted By on Tue, Sep 2, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Starting Sept. 7, 2014, a "Vinyl Swap" will be held at the Evening Muse/Daily Press in NoDa. Held every first Sunday of the month from noon to 2 p.m., the idea is to bring five vinyl records to trade with others as an opportunity to hear new music or share what you love with others.

"The point isn't that you don't 'want' the records," host Shirley Griffith posted on her Facebook page. "It's the chance to allow someone else in the world to pick up one of your coveted records and be able to discover a whole new sound or band that they previously would not have encountered."

Griffith feels that the vinyl-collecting community is filled with people who take music seriously and the idea of a vinyl swap could bring that community together. She hopes collectors will trade albums they don't listen to anymore in order to give a "fresh ear the joy of listening to said record."

"I'm really excited about people coming in and grabbing five records (even if they don't know what half of them are), going home and experiencing what someone out here in the world thought was a great sound," Griffith says.

Any donations or tips during the swap will go to help the Chronic Illness Relief Fund (CIRF).

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First Notes (9/2/2014): Survivor singer dies at age 63

Posted By on Tue, Sep 2, 2014 at 11:40 AM

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

* Jimi Jamison, singer for the band Survivor, has died at age 63 from an apparent heart attack. Jamison became the singer for the band from 1984 until 1988, providing the vocals for The Karate Kid's "Is This Love" and Rocky IV's "Burning Heart." He also sang the theme to Baywatch, "I'm Always Here," as a solo artist. Jamison joined Survivor shortly after the band recorded its biggest hit, "Eye of the Tiger."

* Cee-Lo Green pleaded no contest to a felon drug charge — and then made some questionable comments. Green tweeted out, "People who have really been raped REMEMBER!!!" and “When someone brakes on a home there is broken glass where is your plausible proof that anyone was raped.”(sic) Green later deleted the tweets and apologized for his comments. Green will now serve three years of formal probation and complete 360 hours of community service.

* A man in Iowa City has been charged with assault after police say he threatened to kill his neighbor because of the music he was playing. Terrill Wiges, 63, allegedly held a knife to his neighbor's throat and asked if he was ready to die. It's unknown what music was playing.

* Randy Travis' name no longer appears in his hometown of Marshville, North Carolina. The old signs, which read, "Marshville Home of Randy Travis & Country Living," have been replaced by signs that simply say, "Welcome to Marshville North Carolina." Town manager Fern Shubert says the old signs were "too busy" for drivers to read.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Fillmore lands on list of popular U.S. music clubs

Posted By on Tue, Aug 19, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Charlotte's Fillmore has been named the 18th most popular venue in the U.S., according to Billboard magazine's annual list of best-attended clubs. The Live Nation venue has had more than 20 sold-out concerts so far this year, including Arctic Monkeys, Young the Giant, Flogging Molly, Dropkick Murphys, Pentatonix, Weezer, Juicy J, Chevelle, Modest Mouse, Bastille, Tamar Braxton, Jack White, The Head and the Heart, Cage the Elephant and Lindsey Stirling.

Attendance at the Fillmore between May 1, 2013, and April 30, 2014, totaled 133,212. Orlando, Florida's House of Blues tops the list at 339,470 attendance. Second on the list is the House of Blues in Boston (322,755), followed by Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club (268,727), the House of Blues in Dallas (222,988) and the House of Blues in Chicago (211,446).

Regionally, Atlanta's Tabernacle was No. 8 (185,769) and the Myrtle Beach House of Blues was No. 20 (129,528).

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Monday, August 18, 2014

First Notes (8/18/2014): Oderus Urungus gets a Viking funeral, more

Posted By on Mon, Aug 18, 2014 at 1:58 PM

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

* The costume of Gwar singer Oderus Urungus was set ablaze in a Viking-style funeral during last weekend's annual Gwar B-Q. Urungus was the alter-ego of musician Dave Brockie who died at age 50 earlier this year.

* North Carolina rapper J. Cole visited Ferguson to show support for the Mike Brown protests. He talked with protestors and visited different locations in town, including the spot where Brown died and the gas station where looting occurred last week.

* Justin Timberlake upset, well, the Internet when he referred to Madonna as a "ninja." The word is commonly used instead of a derogatory n-word. Timberlake sent out a Tweet saying, "A happiest of Bdays to my mother chucking ninja, @Madonna!! Hope you have a great one, M!" The Tweet has since been deleted.

* Drake and Lady Gaga did the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. At least, I assume it was for ALS, because Lady Gaga doesn't say a word, and doesn't look happy about it, either.

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Bob Weir & Ratdog cancel upcoming tours

Posted By on Sun, Aug 10, 2014 at 9:11 PM

Bob Weir & Ratdog have canceled all tour dates including the band's upcoming performance with the Chris Robinson Brotherhood at the Uptown Amphitheatre scheduled for Aug. 27.

A statement was posted on Ratdog's website:

Circumstances have necessitated that all scheduled tour dates for Bob Weir & RatDog are being cancelled. This applies to all dates on the summer tour starting on Thursday, August 14 in Boston through September 14 in Nashville and also includes the Jamaica event in January of 2015. Full and complete refunds are available at place of purchase. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.

Refunds will be available at point of purchase starting Monday, Aug. 11. Tickets purchased via phones or online will be automatically refunded.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Jeff Lowery, former Pterodactyl owner, dies

Posted By on Wed, Aug 6, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Jeff Lowery, a Charlotte music entrepreneur and scene visionary, has died. Details of cause of death have not been made public.

Lowery founded and operated a number of the city’s most well-known music clubs in the 1990s, including the former 13-13 Club on South Boulevard and the Pterodactyl Club on Freedom Drive. Both clubs attracted a variety of alternative rock bands early in their careers, including Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Jane’s Addiction and the Flaming Lips, as well as established acts such as the Ramones and Sonic Youth.

The Pterodactyl also served as a popular alt-dance music club during its run. “Some of Charlotte's earliest DJs spun at Pterodactyl: Matt Bolick, Kris Krause, Pierre Mavaji, Jeff Nagel, Drew Detweiler, Mark Stowe and Mike Reynolds,” said Charlotte musician and longtime resident Chris Johnson. “It was where a lot of people got their first chance to DJ at a real club.”

Johnson also recalled seeing a long list of acts at both venues, including the Meat Puppets, My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult, Butthole Surfers, the Jesus and Mary Chain with Nine Inch Nails, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Iggy Pop, Teenage Fanclub, Widespread Panic and Belly.

“I know Jeff gave a lot of people their first jobs, either DJing, bouncing or bartending at his clubs,” Johnson added. “He also took a lot of chances with his own money by booking some of the bands, and if enough people didn't show up he would lose his ass. I remember he booked Robert Fripp, an all-acoustic show with 12 acoustic guitar players. Maybe 200 people showed up.”

Lowery also operated the Milestone club in the early 1990s. He opened the original Milestone Records on Central Avenue. Lowery’s later ventures included Jeff’s Bucket Shop on Montford Drive, and publishing Amps 11, a local music magazine, in the early 2000s. In 2009, he opened Dammit Janet, a '70s dance club in NoDa.

A memorial will be held at 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 13 at Amos' Southend. A Facebook memorial page has been set up at with more information.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

First Notes (7/29/2014): R. Kelly booted from Ohio festival lineup, more

Posted By on Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 10:21 AM

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

Now that my feet are getting a rest after a long 10 hours at Warped Tour — keep an eye out for our online coverage on Wednesday — it's time to catch up on anything we might have missed in the last week:

* R. Kelly has been dropped from the Columbus, Ohio, Fashion Meets Music Festival lineup after public backlash due to the singer's past. Two Ohio bands dropped off the bill after Kelly's name was mentioned as the headliner. Kelly performed in top spots at Pitchfork and Bonnaroo last year.

* NASA's Voyager space probe has recorded sounds in space and they're just plain eerie.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Johnny Winter dead at age 70

Posted By on Thu, Jul 17, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Johnny Winter has died at age 70. The blues guitarist, who was set to release a new album this fall, was scheduled to perform at the Neighborhood Theater on Sept. 12.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

LeAnn Rimes to headline 2014 Pride Festival

Posted By on Tue, Jul 8, 2014 at 12:25 PM

LeAnn Rimes will headline the 2014 Charlotte Pride Festival & Parade on Aug. 17 on the Wells Fargo Stage in downtown Charlotte. R&B artist Sevyn Streeter will headline the festival on Aug. 16.

Other performers include Bianca Del Rio, Rye Rye, Pastele, Eryn Woods, Miami Dice, Shiprocked, The Reason You Stayed, Alyssa Edwards and Sharon Needles.

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