Sunday, July 23, 2017

Phantogram brings fresh energy to The Fillmore

Posted By on Sun, Jul 23, 2017 at 8:50 PM

Phantogram, Tycho
The Fillmore
July 22, 2017


It hasn't even been a year since Phantogram last rocked The Fillmore in October of 2016, but the electro-rock duo brought a new level of energy to the Charlotte venue on Saturday night. While past tours have focused on creating more of a visual atmosphere, this time around it was high-intensity. From the opening notes of "You're Mine," the band created excitement against a black-and-white backdrop. Focused lighting, occasional strobes and a band sitting on a 6-foot riser at the back created all the visual stimulation the audience needed. Phantogram brings it every time, but this might have been their best Charlotte appearance to date. The night opened with a 70-minute set from the instrumental outfit, Tycho. While the band had its moments, more than an hour was a bit much for getting the crowd warmed up.

Phantogram setlist
You're Mine
Same Old Blues
Black Out Days
Run Run Blood
Turning Into Stone
Don't Move
Mouthful
Answer
Calling All
Howling
Fall in Love
When I'm Small

Encore
Destroyer
Cruel World
You Don't Get Me High Anymore


Tycho setlist
Glider
Hours
PBS
Source
Montana
See
Horizon
A Walk
Awake
Epoch
Division

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Clutch shines, Primus cruises at CMCU Amphitheatre

Posted By on Tue, Jul 18, 2017 at 9:54 PM

Primus w/ Clutch
Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
July 17, 2017



Kicking off their summer run right here in the Queen City, Primus and Clutch appeared like a great matchup of energetic tour mates. However, the balance just wasn't there. Clutch hit the stage running thanks to energetic frontman Neil Fallon. Fallon's vocals were spot-on and the singer commanded attention for the duration of the blues-rock band's 75-minute set. Primus followed with a 90-minute set of its own and while the alt-rockers extended jams and enthralled fans with a hit-heavy set, the overall performance felt flat. There was a time when the hits were hard to come by as bassist Les Claypool focused on a solo career. These days, with the reunited lineup, even Claypool's effortless bass playing feels a bit soulless at times. Guitarist Larry LaLonde continues to push the boundaries, but one new song isn't enough to entice longtime fans. While the band remains sonically solid, they need to breathe more joy into it and not look like they're in it for the paycheck.

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Elonzo Wesley brightens up the U.S. National Whitewater Center

Posted By on Sun, Jul 16, 2017 at 10:13 PM

Elonzo Wesley
U.S. National Whitewater Center
July 15, 2017

While a passing thunderstorm might have scared some people away, those who showed up for Elonzo Wesley's Saturday night River Jam session were in for a treat. While it was plenty humid, the rain was gone and the weather was cooler by the time the band took the stage. Not only that, the Charlotte band sounded fantastic. What started out as an indie-rock band called Elonzo some years ago has developed into more of a solo project by that band's singer/guitarist, Jeremy Davis. Davis still performs solo, but there's gorgeous musical and lyrical depth when the string band is present. A stand-up bass, fiddle and mandolin create solid sonic layers, while four-part harmonies only enhance Davis' personal and emotional lyrics. Cover songs blended in seamlessly with the band's originals providing an outstanding backdrop for the outdoor, riverside setting.


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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Rain doesn't dampen My Morning Jacket's thunderous performance

Posted By on Sun, Jul 9, 2017 at 10:33 PM

My Morning Jacket w/ Gary Clark Jr.
Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
July 8, 2017

Whenever My Morning Jacket comes to town, the rain finds a way to try and dampen the night's events. Once again, however, the crowd and the Kentucky rock band were undeterred. Sure, the show might have been delayed by 30 minutes, but everyone present was as energetic as ever throughout the night's performances. The night was started by a shortened, soulful set by Texas blues-rocker Gary Clark Jr. The guitar slinger was stunning in his Queen City debut, hammering the crowd with heartfelt riffs and lyrics. The headliners sparked the crowd from the first notes with fan favorite after fan favorite. A set-closing "Victory Dance" was followed by a five-song encore that left the crowd satisfied but always wanting more.



My Morning Jacket setlist
Mahgeetah
Compound Fracture
Off the Record
Spring (Among the Living)
I'm Amazed
Circuital
Golden
Tropics (Erase Traces)
Steam Engine
In Its Infancy (The Waterfall)
State of the Art (A.E.I.O.U.)
Victory Dance

Encore
Wordless Chorus
Evil Urges
Lay Low
Touch Me I'm Going to Scream Pt. 2
One Big Holiday

Gary Clark Jr. setlist
Bright Lights
Ain't Messin 'Round
When My Train Pulls In
Our Love
Travis County
Numb
Shake

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Dispatch serves up a stellar summer concert

Posted By on Sun, Jun 25, 2017 at 9:21 PM

Dispatch w/ Guster, Jake Shimabukuro
Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
June 23, 2017

While it typically takes bands a few songs to get warmed up, Dispatch had no problem hitting its stride just moments into the band's first song. With an audience full of backup singers, the indie-roots band fed off the crowd and cruised through a lengthy set of 18 songs. Look, we can't tell you why Dispatch isn't a household name, but a large Charlotte crowd could give you plenty of reasons to give them a listen. The band found plenty of moments to let loose for jams, spurring on the summer night. It was one that started with a short set by ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro. Guster's lackluster set was satisfying for fans and spotlighted by the band's efforts to get the crowd involved - including a brief jaunt into the crowd to take some selfies and swig some beer. The night, however, belonged to Dispatch.



Dispatch setlist
Here We Go
Be Gone
Open Up
Skin the Rabbit
Passerby
Painted Yellow Lines
Beto
Bang Bang
Flag
Flying Horses
Rice Water
Elias
Only the Wild Ones
Circles Around the Sun
Curse + Crush
The General
Bats in the Belfry
Out loud >Time (Pink Floyd) > Out loud

Guster setlist
The Captain
Happier
Doin' It By Myself
Come Downstairs and Say Hello
Amsterdam
Airport Song
Long Night
Satellite
Demons
This Could All Be Yours

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

MUSIC PREMIERE: Listen to Th3 Higher's Brand New 'Seed of Life' EP

Posted By on Wed, Jun 21, 2017 at 1:17 PM


As promised in our story last week on Charlotte rappers Th3 Higher, CL premieres the group's brand new EP, Seed of Life.

"We fully believe that once the truth meets hip-hop, the world will change," says Th3 Higher's Tizzy. "We decided to encapsulate all of our lessons into seven songs and present to you, our listeners, the lessons that we have learned over the last year and a half. We've lost three computers, moved from place to place to place, dropped acid in ATL after driving 12 hours from Akron Ohio, fallen in and out of love and even found time to expand our consciousness. We've had a wild ride and its only getting started. #SoLEP is our creation story."

Enjoy the ride.


Sunday, June 11, 2017

Banks fuses artistry and style at Fillmore concert

Posted By on Sun, Jun 11, 2017 at 9:45 PM

Banks, Toulouse
The Fillmore
June 9, 2017

From the moment singer Banks hit the stage until the last notes rang out, the Fillmore crowd was completely enthralled. From the electropop tunes to the stellar vocals to the hypnotic visuals, Banks captivated everyone in attendance from the moment she walked on stage. Her dances were choreographed, yet artistic. The music had pop-sensibilities and poetic phrasing. The stage setup was simple, but enchanting. For all of the simplicity of the bare stage, Banks proved she didn't need anything flashy to impress. Those in attendance danced, stared and never, ever got enough.

Setlist
Intro
Poltergeist
Fuck With Myself
Gemini Feed
Trainwreck
Waiting Game
This is What
Mind Games
Better
Weaker Girl
Mother Earth
Drowning
Judas
Begging for Thread
Haunt

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Chance the Rapper thrills packed PNC Music Pavilion

Posted By on Thu, Jun 8, 2017 at 11:56 PM

Chance the Rapper
PNC Music Pavilion
June 8, 2017

Five years ago, Chance the Rapper opened for Childish Gambino at the then Uptown Amphitheatre. What a difference five years makes. On Thursday night, throngs of fans crammed into PNC Music Pavilion and watched a nearly two-hour DJ set in anticipation of one of this year's hottest rap artists. When Chance hit the stage, that long wait was forgotten instantly. Fresh of his multiple Grammy wins, Chance the Rapper hit the Charlotte stage and offered a quick-paced set filled with nearly 20 songs. The crowd rapped along to every line as Chance paced back and forth on the stage. A massive LED screen behind him, Chance's stage performance was a reminder of his life right now - full-on in the spotlight.


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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Paul Simon's still got it after all these years

Posted By on Wed, Jun 7, 2017 at 8:58 PM

Paul Simon
Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
June 6, 2017

It had been nearly 20 years since Paul Simon performed in Charlotte, but those in attendance on Tuesday night at the Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre didn't leave disappointed. The 75-year-old singer/songwriter not only sounded fantastic, but he and a talented band opened up the catalog for a 25-song setlist. The crowd was appreciative of moments of banter, sat back and absorbed every folk tune new and old and danced through every rhythmic beat.

From the opening notes of "The Boy in the Bubble," all in attendance knew it would be a special night. Minor changes to the arrangements of classic songs made them sound fresh. Newer tunes fit in right along memorable Simon & Garfunkel songs. For more than two hours, Simon's voice never faltered. Perhaps perfectly, the night wrapped up with Simon standing alone, with only his acoustic guitar, to sing "Sound of Silence." For everyone in attendance, 1999 was a long time ago, but Simon's return to the Queen City was worth the wait.



Setlist
The Boy in the Bubble
50 Ways to Leave Your Lover
Dazzling Blue
That Was Your Mother
Rewrite
America
Mother and Child Reunion
Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard
Spirit Voices
The Obvious Child
Stranger to Stranger
Homeward Bound
Duncan
Hearts and Bones
The Cool, Cool River
Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes
You Can Call Me Al

Encore
Wristband
Graceland
Still Crazy After All These Years

Encore 2
Questions for the Angels
The Boxer
One Man's Ceiling Is Another Man's Floor
Late in the Evening
The Sound of Silence

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

NEW VIDEO: Kevin 'Mercury' Carter Delivers a Jaw-Dropping Visual Delight in 'The Commencement'

Posted By on Sun, Jun 4, 2017 at 10:42 AM


When we talked to Kevin Carter for CL's April 5 cover story, he told us he was working on a sprawling video accompaniment to songs from his first EP, Temple.

"I'm doing video for four of the songs, but it will be just one film — kind of like Beyoncé did with Lemonade: multiple songs, one video," Carter told us. "I've already purchased white backdrops that I painted myself. And I'm very excited about it."

In fact, we talked to the videographer recently at Hattie's Tap and Tavern, and he said Carter not only purchased backdrops but also had very specific ideas on his self-designed clothing and each lush location. "Infinitely thankful for Grapejugo and his astounding cinematography on this film," Carter writes of the video on his Facebook page. "Truly hope I made you all proud. Please enjoy, share, repost, comment, everything."

There are no words sufficient to describe the spectacle you'll see in "The Commencement of Mercurycarter." From the Gregorian-like choral music at the beginning, to Carter's multi-octave vocal range throughout, to the outfits Carter has created for each scene and the lush and ancient location shots he's chosen, many shot in South Carolina, this is a work of an unusually gifted and visionary artist. We maintain you'll be hearing plenty more from Mercury Carter.

Right now, you just need to watch the video.


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