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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Live review: Dixie Chicks, PNC Music Pavilion (8/13/2016)

Posted By on Tue, Aug 16, 2016 at 9:55 AM

Dixie Chicks
PNC Music Pavilion
Aug. 13, 2016


In the age of social media, when you think about the comments people make about presidents and presidential candidates, it seems kind of silly that the Dixie Chicks were so harshly viewed for making the statement, "we're ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas" about then-president George W. Bush.

It's been a rocky 10 years since that statement was made — a decade that saw the Dixie Chicks playing shows here and there but hesitating to hit the road for an extended run. Singer Natalie Maines, a big fan of Howard Stern, would often appear on his Sirius XM radio show and say she felt unsure about how fans would receive them after the 2006 blacklisting by country radio.

Now, as time has passed and fans have constantly turned out for sporadic shows over the years, the Dixie Chicks are in the midst of a 40-date run during which the ladies are being welcomed back with open arms by their fan base and the Charlotte show was no different. 

Fans and the band alike were all smiles throughout the more than two-hour performance that included a handful of cover songs, plenty of hits and a short tribute to Prince. 

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Live review: Dead & Company, PNC Music Pavilion (6/10/2016)

Posted By on Mon, Jun 13, 2016 at 11:09 AM

Dead & Company
PNC Music Pavilion
June 10, 2016

Halfway through "Eyes of the World," to kick off the band's second set, Dead & Company hit its stride. Every member of the group — Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge, Jeff Chimenti — was finding his groove in the pocket and allowing the song to take flight in every dimension for more than 20 minutes.

Consider the first set a warmup for the group consisting of three members of the Grateful Dead — Weir, Hart and Kreutzmann — alongside pop-rocker John Mayer, bassist Burbridge of the Allman Brothers and keyboardist Chimenti, who has played with various related lineups in the post-Grateful Dead world.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Live review: Selena Gomez, Time Warner Cable Arena (6/7/2016)

Posted By on Wed, Jun 8, 2016 at 12:32 AM

Selena Gomez w/ DNCE
Time Warner Cable Arena
June 7, 2016

  • Photo by Jeff Hahne
  • Selena Gomez
The new generation’s pop princess treated Charlotte to a 90-minute set on Tuesday night when Selena Gomez’s Revival Tour rolled into town. Many fans had anxiously awaited this night partially out of anticipation, partially because of anxiety, as they weren’t sure the show would go on.

With so many musical acts and shows pulling out of their Queen City stops thanks to the HB2 bill, Gomez’s fans waited with bated breath until she confirmed she would still be here. “I would never disappoint you,” she told the crowd at Time Warner Cable Arena with her trademark grin.

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Live review: Silversun Pickups, The Fillmore (5/12/2016)

Posted By on Fri, May 13, 2016 at 10:02 AM

Silversun Pickups, Foals, Joywave
The Fillmore
May 12, 2016
Silversun Pickups
  • Silversun Pickups

From the hour-long fury of Foals' set to the driving rock of Silversun Pickups and the solid warmup rock of Joywave, there was rarely a dull moment during Thursday night's concert, which also served as the 21st birthday party for local radio station 106.5 The End. 

Foals offered 60 minutes of intense rock thunder that was relentless for the duration. Halfway through, I kept thinking, "I pity the band that has to follow these guys." While Silversun Pickups sometimes skews more mellow in radio play, the band had no problem holding its own as the headliner, finshing the one-two punch without a problem. 

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Live review: Father John Misty, The Fillmore (4/27/2016)

Posted By on Thu, Apr 28, 2016 at 10:16 AM

Father John Misty
The Fillmore
April 27, 2016

For the majority of his 90-minute set, J. Tillman, aka Father John Misty, played the part of the charismatic Americana troubadour. His vocal-focused folk-rock hinted at elements of soul and country, until he hit the encore. He lulled the audience with a solo acoustic rendition of "I Went to the Store One Day," and then unleashed the fury. 

Perhaps it was all a buildup to this, but in the blink of an eye, Tillman turned into a rock 'n' roll rebel that was free of any Father John Misty persona. "This is one of my favorite love songs," he told the crowd before playing a full-band, charged-up rendition of Nine Inch Nails' "Closer." From there, he closed the night with a blaring "The Ideal Husband." 

It's as if Tillman was slowly sexing up the audience for the majority of his set, giving them plenty of balladry and vocal foreplay. And just when you thought it was going to last all night, the set powered toward a fast and furious rock 'n' roll orgasm that left the audience packing the Fillmore satisfied and exhausted. 

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Live review: Tori Kelly, The Fillmore (4/21/2016)

Posted By on Fri, Apr 22, 2016 at 8:12 AM

Tori Kelly w/ ThirdStory
The Fillmore
April 21, 2016

  • Photo by Jeff Hahne
  • Tori Kelly

Tori Kelly packed the house Thursday at the Fillmore, all on the promise of sheer, raw talent. The show was highly anticipated, as the last time she was supposed to be appear for Kissmas in December, she had to reschedule due to her appearance on a little show called The Voice. This night, there were no theatrics, no spectacle — just the girl and the guitar that went on to become a pop sensation.

Kelly took the stage for an hour and a half set around nine, coming onstage with a spotlight, a guitar and that voice. It’s where she started, a throwback to her YouTube days where Kelly really got her start, singing covers alone in her room to what ended up being an audience of millions.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Live review: Elle King, Amos' Southend (4/11/2016)

Posted By on Wed, Apr 13, 2016 at 11:14 AM

Elle King
Amos' Southend
April 11, 2016

Only three songs into her set, Elle King dropped to her knees and laughed, seeking mercy from the sold-out crowd at Amos' Southend. Though most people hadn't noticed, King had made a mistake and asked for forgiveness. The crowd roared its support right back to her. 

At that point, the 26-year-old singer, who never hesitates to bring forth her sass and soul, knew she had the crowd in the palm of her hand and neither side ever relented. King quickly dished out snark and stories between songs and wasn't afraid to ramble, rant and comment on North Carolina's now well-known HB2 law. 

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Monday, March 21, 2016

Live review: Rihanna, Time Warner Cable Arena (3/20/2016)

Posted By on Mon, Mar 21, 2016 at 10:46 AM

Time Warner Cable Arena
March 20, 2016
Rihanna at a previous stop on the Anti World Tour. - DENNIS LEUPOLD
  • Dennis Leupold
  • Rihanna at a previous stop on the Anti World Tour.
With Monday mere hours away, you’d think the streets would be empty, everyone in the Queen City prepping for another day at work or school. Sunday night, however, they were empty because everyone was packed into Time Warner Cable Arena to see Rihanna’s Anti World Tour. There wasn’t a seat left empty in the house, and people from all walks of life, shapes, sizes and races came together to say: “Bitch Better Have My Money.”

Well, that and about two-dozen of Rihanna’s other hits, of which there are an impressive number for such a young artist. The Barbados singer (full name Robyn Rihanna Fenton) had her first hit when she was only 17, after being immediately signed on by then Def Jam president Jay Z, and her career has skyrocketed ever since. She’s won eight Grammys, is one of the youngest solo artists to earn more than 14 number one singles, and just released her eighth album, Anti. And she’s only 28.

Despite being so young, she’s an industry veteran, and chose to really reinvent her style and sound for the release of Anti. She can be anything she wants to be, having embraced everything from badass to hood girl and everything in between, but this time around, the focus is just on artistry, musically and visually.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Live review: Coheed and Cambria, The Fillmore (3/8/2016)

Posted By on Wed, Mar 9, 2016 at 11:37 AM

Coheed and Cambria
The Fillmore
March 8, 2016

  • Photo by Justin Driscoll
  • Coheed and Cambria

It was your typical Tuesday night at the Fillmore, except the place was so packed, there was barely room to hold a drink. Coheed and Cambria fans showed out, waiting two hours and enduring three other bands because of their undying love for four musicians. Few groups could pack a house like this two decades into their career, but Coheed and Cambria can.

Coheed and Cambria hail from Nyack, New York, and formed in 1995. During their run they’ve amassed a massive musical catalogue that has touched on every genre from progressive rock and heavy metal to post hardcore and, now, elements of pop. They’ve spent their career writing concept albums based on a science fiction storyline called The Amory Wars, written by lead singer Claudio Sanchez, but for their newest album, they switched up their sound. Their latest, The Color Before the Sun, was released in October, and is an almost abrupt departure from their usual work. One, because it’s their first non-concept album; two, because it has a noticeably poppy, upbeat sound than the dark rock opera they usually.

Seeing them tour the new material for the first time, it’s like they created the new songs for the purpose of the live performance, not the other way around. Coheed has always been theatrical rockers, fully embracing lighting and pyrotechnics as the backdrop to their heavy rock sound, but even the tone of the stage effects is lighter.

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Monday, March 7, 2016

Live photos: Adam Lambert, The Fillmore (3/6/2016)

Posted By on Mon, Mar 7, 2016 at 10:57 AM

Adam Lambert
The Fillmore
March 6, 2016
  • Photo by Jeff Hahne
  • Adam Lambert

American Idol
alum Adam Lambert rolled into The Fillmore last night for his The Original High tour in support of his third studio album of the same name. Lambert's performance added a hint of theatrics with plenty of dancing to highlight his singing chops which have come a long way since the Idol days. The 34-year-old wasn't afraid to throw a handful of covers into his setlist either, performing songs by Pink, David Bowie, Tears for Fears and Queen.

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Adam Lambert @ The Fillmore, 3/6/2016

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