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."
Charlotte rapper Supastition has released the first single from his upcoming album, The Blackboard EP, which will be released on Jan. 15, 2013. The video for "Yada Yada" was filmed near the N.C. Music Factory:
The upcoming free, eight-song EP is a "thank you" to listeners who continued to support him after his sudden departure from the music business in 2010. Creative Loafing wrote about the return of Supastition earlier this year.
The Avett Brothers were featured on CMT's Crossroads over the weekend, appearing with fellow North Carolina native Randy Travis. Aside from performances of songs including "Murder in the City," "January Wedding," "I and Love and You" and "Forever and Ever Amen," the musicians sat around a table to discuss North Carolina, music and marriage. There's also a bit of behind-the-scenes rehearsal footage as the musicians put their own spin and collaborated on each others' songs.
You can watch the entire show below (prepare yourself for plenty of commercials):
In our Creative Loafing cover story this week, we ask "Where is the black music in Charlotte?" CL intern Zach Nesmith hit the town to see what was going on and gather more opinions on the Queen City scene. Here are the results:
Have you noticed a familiar tune during the new television commercial for the 2013 Chevy Malibu? "Obey Your Guns" by Charlotte folk-rock outfit Matrimony is the background music for the new advertisement. Check it out:
Or watch the band's video for "Obey Your Guns":
The Avett Brothers teamed up with the Brooklyn Philharmonic last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live for an emotional performance of "I and Love and You." The songs lyrics, which include "Brooklyn, Brooklyn take me in" made it a fitting tribute given the recent devastation from Hurricane Sandy.
What do you get when you cross a bunch of monsters with a popular dance song? It might look a little something like this video. The monsters of Scarowinds offered their own video for Psy's song "Gangnam Style." Check it out the video:
(Who else wishes that the Grim Reaper would have danced at the end?)
It was announced earlier today that Psy will be performing at The Fillmore on Dec. 12 for the Kiss 95.1 Kissmas 2012 concert along with Cher Lloyd, Conor Maynard, Rita Ora and Cody Simpson.
We can't really hear what they're saying — it sounds like a bunch of mice arguing over food — but Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey got in a bit of a tizzy over the American Idol cheese during auditions yesterday in Charlotte.
There have been rumors the two don't like each other, but reports that they buried the hatchet for the good of the show seem to be premature. Or, maybe they just dug it back up. In the video of the Tuesday fracas, Carey and a pink-haired Minaj chastise each other while fellow judge Randy Jackson tries to call time out and Keith Urban just looks like he wants to go home. TMZ is reporting that the video includes the following gems:
Minaj — "I told them I'm not fuckin' putting up with her fucking highness over there."
Carey — "Oh why, whyyy do I have a 3-year old sitting around me?"
Minaj — "I'm not gonna sit here every fucking minute to have you come down and harass me every minute every day."
Idol auditions at Charlotte Motor Speedway continue today. Good luck — to the judges, not the contestants.
Julia Bullock, singer of the Charlotte pop-rock band the Local Traumatic, appeared on last night's episode of X Factor and sang a slinky, Gwen Stefani-esque version Foster the People's "Pumped Up Kicks." The competition/reality TV show is similar to American Idol, but on X Factor, the judges — Simon Cowell, L.A. Reid, Britney Spears (How is the queen of lip synching fit to judge a vocal competition?) and Demi Lovato — also mentor the singers.
Of course, with Bullock moving on in the show, the future of the Local Traumatic now remains in limbo...
Here's the same song with her band:
In addition to performing live at festivals and clubs around the region, Charlotte quartet Simplified has found its music tied to ESPN and NASCAR. It's accessible pop-rock that's made its way up and down the East Coast since 2004.
The Charlotte Video Project recently captured the band's performance of "Something Bigger" during CarolinaFest on Sept. 3 to kick off the Democratic National Convention. The video is part of a series of high-quality music videos CL is running between Sept. 11 and 15 in collaboration with the Video Project, an arts venture that set out to document Charlotteans through 100 Web-based videos showcasing the city's arts and culture. From sports to music and more, the Project's mini-documentaries have been giving viewers outside of Charlotte an inside look at what the Queen City has to offer.
Simplified has been touring in support of its third album, Brighter Days, released in 2011. Enjoy this look back at the band's performance at CarolinaFest:
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