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Monday, September 26, 2016

Live review: James Bay, The Fillmore (9/25/2016)

Posted By on Mon, Sep 26, 2016 at 12:41 AM

James Bay w/ Joseph
The Fillmore
Sept. 25, 2016

James Bay - PHOTO BY JEFF HAHNE
  • Photo by Jeff Hahne
  • James Bay

The streets outside the AvidXchange Music Factory were empty Sunday night. Given recent events with protesters and curfews, it’s no wonder people are weary about staying out past dark. If you ventured past the doors of the Fillmore, however, you’d discover where the residents of this ghost town had gone.

James Bay played to a completely sold out venue Sunday night. Despite the current climate in the Queen City, one 26-year old guitar aficionado from England still managed to draw out his devoted following and completely pack the Fillmore.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Live review: Heart, PNC Music Pavilion (9/16/2016)

Posted By on Tue, Sep 20, 2016 at 1:58 PM

Heart, Joan Jett, Cheap Trick
PNC Music Pavilion
Sept. 16, 2016

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Appropriately called the "Rock Hall Three for All," Heart (inducted in 2013), Joan Jett (inducted in 2015) and Cheap Trick (inducted in 2016) enthralled the crowd at PNC Music Pavilion with an array of hits and covers that lasted nearly four hours. 

Kicking off at 6:30 p.m. with a 75-minute set by Cheap Trick. quick set turnovers provided for nearly nonstop performances. The favorites were all accounted for — though I couldn't help but think how much fun it would be for a few "all star lineup" performances or cameos could have gone a long way. Regardless, each band solidified its legendary rock status with Jett taking the "no bullshit" approach and Heart's vocals stealing the spotlight. 

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Live review: Dinosaur Jr., Neighborhood Theatre (9/10/2016)

Posted By on Mon, Sep 12, 2016 at 12:23 PM

Dinosaur Jr. w/ Cloud Nothings
Neighborhood Theatre
Sept. 10, 2016

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The triple Marshall stack should have been the first tipoff that Dinosaur Jr. cranks their volume for live shows. Indeed, when singer/guitarist J Mascis hit the stage and began strumming the first chords of the night, you weren't quite sure if his hair was blowing due to the fan in front of him or the speakers behind him. 

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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

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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

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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

Selena Gomez - PHOTO BY JEFF HAHNE
  • 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
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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
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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

Tori Kelly - PHOTO BY JEFF HAHNE
  • 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

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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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