Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Chvrches ups the energy

Posted By on Wed, Oct 17, 2018 at 10:38 PM

Chvrches, Lo Moon
The Fillmore
Oct. 16, 2018

Good lighting is nice. The sound definitely matters. But the right stage presence and energy can lift any concert up to the rafters. Chvrches hit the stage on Tuesday night at The Fillmore and offered another upbeat and entertaining performance that left the whole crowd swooning. Maybe it's the indie-pop rhythms or perhaps its the sweet vocal tones of singer Lauren Mayberry. Whatever the case, Chvrches is on that list of must-see acts thanks to the quality of their sound and simplistic goodness that shouldn't be missed any time they're in town. You just want to dance, sing along and hope the show never ends. The night started with Lo Moon, who kicked off their brief set with the hit single, "This Is It."

Chvrches setlist
Get Out
Bury It
We Sink
God's Plan
Under the Tide
Really Gone
Leave a Trace
Clearest Blue

The Mother We Share
Never Say Die

Lo Moon setlist
This Is It
The Right Thing
Wonderful Life
Real Love

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Florence & The Machine offer a vocal showcase in Charlotte area

Posted By on Thu, Oct 4, 2018 at 9:46 PM

Florence & The Machine, Billie Eilish
Oct. 3, 2018
Spectrum Center

Add Florence Welch to the short list of people who could sing an encyclopedia and still be entertaining. Performing around an elaborate wooden stage at Charlotte's Spectrum Center on Wednesday night, Welch and the rest Florence and the Machine could do no wrong in the eyes of fans packing the uptown venue. From her sing-along hits to rarer tunes, fans soaked up every note. Welch's effortless singing and barefoot dancing struck the right chords. 16-year-old Billie Eilish opened the night with an energetic set that showed she has talent beyond her years. It won't be long before Eilish is headlining arenas on her own.

Florence and the Machine setlist
Between Two Lungs
Only If for a Night
Queen of Peace
South London Forever
Dog Days Are Over
100 Years
Ship to Wreck
The End of Love
Cosmic Love
What Kind of Man

Big God
Shake It Out

Billie Eilish setlist
Bitches Broken Hearts”
Hotline Bling
Party Favor
you should see me in a crown
Ocean Eyes
My Boy

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Bill Murray, Jan Vogler and Friends entertain with wit, classic arts

Posted By on Tue, Oct 2, 2018 at 10:22 PM

Bill Murray, Jan Vogler and Friends: New Worlds
Belk Theater
Oct. 2, 2018

I hope you didn't attend Tuesday night's performance by Bill Murray, Jan Vogler and Friends expecting a standup routine. As Murray himself pointed out, you might be shrugging your shoulders and wondering what's going on. Murray's performance had fantastic moments of wit but it was more of a window into the world of classical arts. He was out of view during intense classical performances performed by cellist Vogler, violinist Mira Wang and pianist Vanessa Perez. He provided direct readings of classic literature by Ernest Hemingway, Walt Whitman, Mark Twain and James Fenimore Cooper. Sure, there were moments of laughter, but how many people in the packed Belk Theater would have come out for a night filled with literature and classical music if not for Murray's involvement? Perhaps more of us should.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Charlotte Resident Makes the Team on 'The Voice'

Kameron Marlowe wins over multiple judges

Posted By on Tue, Sep 25, 2018 at 3:32 PM

Shelton and Clarkson both pressed their buttons to choose Marlowe during his blind audition. (Photo Courtesy of NBC)
  • Shelton and Clarkson both pressed their buttons to choose Marlowe during his blind audition. (Photo Courtesy of NBC)

NBC fan-favorite The Voice returned for its 15th season this week, rounding up a fresh crop of talented artists from all over the country. During last night’s premiere, judges and team leaders Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson and Adam Levine all scrambled to put together teams, generating stiff competition between judges.

The fight for talent came to a head between Clarkson and Shelton last night when Kameron Marlowe — a Kannapolis native and current Charlotte resident — blew the judges away with his rendition of country singer Luke Combs’ “One Number Away.”

Kameron Marlowe was selected to Shelton's team on 'The Voice.' (Photo Courtesy of NBC)
  • Kameron Marlowe was selected to Shelton's team on 'The Voice.' (Photo Courtesy of NBC)

Marlowe was only a few seconds into his performance when both Clarkson and Shelton, artists known for their country roots, hit their buzzers for Marlowe. Afterward, Levine told Marlowe that he immediately regretted not turning his chair around. Marlowe quickly accepted the offer for Shelton’s team, expressing his gratitude for the surreal moment.

The 21-year-old revealed that his love for singing and country music began when his grandfather would take him hunting and fishing in the countryside. In the car, his grandfather would play country music as they drove around.

Marlowe began singing in his church at 10 years old and joined a band in high school. When his mother was diagnosed with a degenerative disc injury, he dropped out of college and picked up a job to help out. But he never stopped singing, and made it to the stage of The Voice, garnering the praise of country music stars Clarkson and Shelton.

After the premiere, Marlowe took to Twitter and stated, “Thanks to everybody for your support and especially @BlakeShelton for turning your chair glad to have you as my coach.”

The show continues tonight, as The Voice brings more talent on stage for blind auditions to vie for the attention of the stars in their chairs.

Watch the video below for Kameron Marlowe's performance on The Voice.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Judas Priest, Deep Purple rock the Queen City

Posted By on Wed, Sep 12, 2018 at 9:42 PM

Deep Purple, Judas Priest, The Temperance Movement
PNC Music Pavilion
Sept. 11, 2018

Less than a month ago, a trio of rock legends hit PNC Music Pavilion to prove they're not too old to rock. On Tuesday night, a duo proved the same thing. Deep Purple and Judas Priest may have had a smaller crowd than that concert with Paul Rodgers, Beck and Ann Wilson, but they did their best to tear the roof off the Charlotte amphitheatre. Don't ever second guess that Priest's Rob Halford can't hit all the high notes. While it took Deep Purple's Ian Gillian a few songs to warm up, he held his own through all the hits, as well. Both singers are mixed by a group of long-time players and hired guns that fill the shoes well during hour-plus sets. While The Temperance Movement may have been the younger band on the bill, they held their own and warmed up the crowd nicely.

Deep Purple setlist
Highway Star
Pictures of Home
Strange Kind of Woman
Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming
The Star-Spangled Banner
Uncommon Man
Knocking at Your Back Door
Keyboard Solo
Perfect Strangers
Space Truckin'
Smoke on the Water


Judas Priest setlist
Delivering the Goods
Lightning Strike
Desert Plains
Turbo Lover
Rising From Ruins
Freewheel Burning
You've Got Another Thing Comin'
Hell Bent for Leather

No Surrender
Breaking the Law
Living After Midnight

The Temperance Movement setlist
Caught in the Middle
Only Friend
Three Bulleits
Battle Lines
Take It Back
Ain't No Telling
Built-In Forgetter

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Monday, September 10, 2018

Miguel brings passion to the Queen City

Posted By on Mon, Sep 10, 2018 at 9:56 PM

Miguel, DVSN, Nonchalant Savant
Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
Sept. 6, 2018

It wasn't that long ago that R&B singer Miguel was performing to a sold-out crowd at The Fillmore. It was actually just a few months ago. No worry though. Plenty of people packed into Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre on Thursday night to see him perform again. And he didn't disappoint. While his little brother, Nonchalant Savant, tried to warm the crowd up and DVSN brought the explicit lyrics and sexual vibes, Miguel got the night heated up with simple moves, knowing winks and vocal range that lit up the entire venue. If he follows the same pattern, maybe he'll get back in town for Valentine's Day.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

VIDEO: Charlotte Singer Matt Hylom Drops Brooding New "Headspace" Video

Burn it all down

Posted By on Wed, Sep 5, 2018 at 3:10 PM

Local singer and producer Matt Hylom went to work this Labor Day weekend, dropping a moody visual for his song "Headspace," the first single since the release of his 2017 EP, Uncommon.

The Long Island native is seen in the dark video going through a time of reflection, sending emotional texts in someone's direction before lighting a fire and watching it burn. Hylom smokes a cigarette while singing about his insecurities: “I’m neck deep trying to stay afloat, ‘cause I’m making failed decisions left and right ... ‘cause I’ve been in and out of jobs like confessionals. Unprofessional. Late to work again from sipping on the ethanol."

Matt Hylom
  • Matt Hylom

Hylom said the song is about finding the strength to get back up after experiencing defeat or failure.

"'Headspace' is a song about making mistakes, and getting into the mental state of being willing to try again, despite the odds," Hylom stated in a press release announcing the video. "The art is a target, which harkens back to the line ‘I missed the mark trying to find my place.' ... When you realize you’ve made missteps or missed the mark, you can either sit around and complain about it, or try to learn from your mistakes, and take another shot."

Monday, August 20, 2018

Rodgers, Beck and Wilson prove they aren't too old to rock

Posted By on Mon, Aug 20, 2018 at 10:16 PM

Stars Align Tour f. Paul Rodgers, Jeff Beck, Ann Wilson, Deborah Bonham
PNC Music Pavilion
Aug. 19, 2018

Paul Rodgers is 68 years old. Jeff Beck is 74. Ann Wilson is 68. Who says you can't get better with age? The trio of rock icons hit Charlotte's PNC Music Pavilion on Sunday night and proved they've still got what it takes to hit all the right notes. While Rodgers filled his performance with songs from Bad Company and Free, Ann Wilson of Heart focused more on covers of music that influenced her and meant something to her. Meanwhile, it was Beck who lit up the night from start to finish. The legendary guitarist simply shredded every note and showed why he's at or near the top of so many best guitarist lists. (Widespread Panic guitarist Jimmy Herring even made the drive up from Atlanta just to see him.) The night was opened by John Bonham's sister, Deborah. There might not have been many people in attendance but those who were soaked in every minute of classic rock. As Ann Wilson said, "It's a night full of music performed by people with real voices and instruments." Plenty of modern musicians should take notes.

Paul Rodgers setlist
Little Bit of Love
Can't Get Enough
Wishing Well
Feel Like Makin' Love
The Stealer
Ready for Love
Movin' On
Mr. Big
Fire and Water
Shooting Star
Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy

Walk in My Shadow
All Right Now

Jeff Beck setlist
Pull It
You Know You Know
Morning Dew
I Have to Laugh
Lonnie on the Move
Mná na h-Éireann
Just for Fun
Little Wing
Big Block
Cause We've Ended as Lovers
Brush With the Blues
A Day in the Life

Corpus Christi Carol
Going Down

Ann Wilson setlist
The Real Me
Ain't No Way
I Am the Highway
Back to Black
You Don't Own Me
Life in the Fast Lane
Won't Get Fooled Again

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Rain doesn't dampen the party with Kesha and Macklemore

Posted By on Thu, Aug 2, 2018 at 9:51 PM

Kesha, Macklemore
PNC Music Pavilion
Aug. 1, 2018

Someone said there were massive downpours at PNC Music Pavilion last night. I also heard that the sets by Kesha and Macklemore were cut short by two songs each. Those in attendance didn't care because they were too busy having a great time. The pop stars brought a party to Charlotte last night and rain didn't hold anyone back. Usually when it rains, concert-goers run for cover. In Charlotte, they acted like it was an extension of Macklemore spraying water on the crowd or Kesha's confetti bombs.

Macklemore opened up the night with an eight-song run through his biggest hits. He brought crowd members on stage, threw things into the crowd and never stopped dancing from one side of the stage to the other. Kesha's anthem "Praying" brought many to tears, but her entire set showed she's a pop start without the "diva" label. Her set started off with plenty of f-bombs and middle fingers in the air, but she clearly had a blast from the first notes of "Woman." She even joked that her ass wasn't hanging out of her leotard enough. Sure, those in attendance would have preferred less rain and more music, but they loved every minute of the party that rolled through town.

Kesha setlist
Blah Blah Blah
We R Who We R
Good Old Days
Your Love Is My Drug
Take It Off
Tik Tok

Macklemore setlist
Ain't Gonna Die Tonight
Thrift Shop
White Walls
Same Love
Willy Wonka
Dance Off
Can't Hold Us

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Weezer and Pixies thrill amphitheatre crowd

Posted By on Thu, Jul 26, 2018 at 10:46 PM

Weezer, Pixies, Sleigh Bells
July 25, 2018
PNC Music Pavilion

If Weezer represented upbeat pop-rock and Sleigh Bells provided the punch of heavy, modern rock, the Pixies were the glue holding it all together on a night that featured all three bands. Wednesday night's co-headliner event showcased the high energy of Sleigh Bells kicking things off. Pixies spent more than an hour proving why they've had staying power - except for a decade-long hiatus in the mid-90s to mid-00s. Frontman Black Francis sounded better than ever, merging spoken word with on-point screams and everything between. Weezer hit the stage with "Buddy Holly" and never let up with hit after hit to keep the entire crowd singing along. Both headliners played setlists of more than 20 songs each. Overall, it's one of the best rock shows Charlotte's seen this summer.

Weezer setlist
Buddy Holly
Beverly Hills
Pork and Beans
Undone - The Sweater Song
Hash Pipe
Perfect Situation
My Name Is Jonas
El Scorcho
In the Garage
Surf Wax America
Happy Together
Keep Fishin'
Island in the Sun
Take On Me
Burndt Jamb
(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To
Feels Like Summer

Pink Triangle
Say It Ain't So

Pixies setlist
Ed Is Dead
Nimrod's Son
Mr. Grieves
River Euphrates
Planet of Sound
Where Is My Mind?
All the Saints
Here Comes Your Man
Gouge Away
I've Been Tired
Head On
All I Think About Now
Wave of Mutilation
Crackity Jones
Isla de Encanta
Monkey Gon

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