Sunday, February 11, 2018

George Clinton's still funking things up

Posted By on Sun, Feb 11, 2018 at 10:48 PM

George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic, Miss Velvet and the Blue Wolf
The Fillmore
Feb. 10, 2018

When George Clinton comes to town, you expect him to tear the roof off the sucker. Never one to disappoint, the Godfather of Funk and his typically massive entourage had the packed Fillmore grooving all night. While Clinton's four-hour marathon concerts are a thing of the past, the band didn't disappoint with two packed hours of funkin' music. Mixing in newer songs with classics, the entire crowd wanted the funk and got the funk. While Clinton found time to relax on a swivel chair on stage from time to time, he also had the energy to jump around and dance his ass off. May all of us have as much enthusiasm in our mid-70s.

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Sunday, January 28, 2018

The Sibling Rivalry Tour rocks The Evening Muse

Posted By on Sun, Jan 28, 2018 at 10:20 PM

The Sibling Rivalry Tour f. Hannah Wicklund and The Steppin Stones, The High Divers
The Evening Muse
Jan. 25, 2018

Hannah Wicklund's long, curly locks flow as freely as her guitar riffs. The 20-year-old singer/guitarist showcased talent beyond her years at the Charlotte stop of the sibling rivalry tour. Hannah Wicklund and The Steppin Stones opened the night with a blistering set of blues rock. Performing on the eve of the band's fifth album release (a self-titled album produced by Sadler Vaden of Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit), the trio gave the packed NoDa venue an earful of tunes from the record. The Steppin Stones ended their set joined by The High Divers for a rousing rendition of Tom Petty's, "Don't Come Around Here No More." The High Divers features Hannah's brother, Luke Mitchell. Giving off similar vibes of The Band, The High Divers were a solid compliment for the evening. Either band would have been worthy of catching, those at the Muse on Thursday night got a solid two-for-one bill.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

VIDEO Louis Beeler Talks About Tiny Stage Concerts

Posted By on Wed, Jan 17, 2018 at 3:53 PM

We spent two Saturday afternoons at Louis Beeler's home to watch him tape a couple of episodes of Tiny Stage Concerts, his online series spotlighting Charlotte singer-songwriters. In this video, Beeler talks about why he started the series and offers an anecdote from his years living in Austin, Texas. Watch the video, read the story and, most importantly, go check out Tiny Stage Concerts at

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Friday, December 22, 2017

PREMIERE: Jon Lindsay Confronts Racism and Homophobia in "Zebulon"

Posted By on Fri, Dec 22, 2017 at 2:15 PM

Former Charlotte musician Jon Lindsay has teamed up with members of the Mountain Goats and Sarah Shook's Disarmers for an unflinching look at racism and homophobia in his new single, "Zebulon."

The single, out today, is a departure for Lindsay, who trades the modern pop of his 2016 album Cities and Schools for a twangier, more whimsical sound, with guitars, rolling keyboards and horns, although melodically it's still very much in keeping with Lindsay's style. He calls it “psychedelic gospel pop."


But the story is what really counts here. Lindsay, now based in Brooklyn, New York, wrote the song after being invited to perform at the rural Southern going-away party for a young woman who was headed off to college up north. What Lindsay heard in this farm setting blew his mind — unbridled bigotry and narrow-mindedness from the young woman's farmer father. So the singer-songwriter, who describes himself as "way, way left," decided to write a song from the farmer's point of view.

"I didn't want to just skewer a guy like this with some preachy, easy tune," Lindsay says. "I wanted to put a more three-dimensional character sketch together that got at the undercurrents of why this person felt like his whole world was getting away from him.

"Maybe it would help me understand how these things happen," he adds. "I just tried to imagine how somebody could turn out so hateful and seemingly not realize it even a little bit."

The album, recorded at Charlotte's Sioux Sioux Studios, features Lindsay on vocals, bass, guitars, organ, piano, and percussion, along with Matt Douglas on saxophones, John Howie Junior on drums, and Chris Walldorf on additional percussion.

Hit up Lindsay at File 13 Records:

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Listen Up: Nige Hood Gets Folky on 'Local Vibes'

Episode 22

Posted By and on Thu, Dec 21, 2017 at 11:10 AM

What is folk rap, exactly? Charlotte's resident folk rap leader Nige Hood came by the studio to talk about what influenced this genre of music and how he mixed different styles to create his aptly titled EP, This is Folk Rap.

As always, catch up with past episodes on iTunes or Stitcher.

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Listen Up: Dead Sea $crilla and Justin Aswell Come Together on 'Local Vibes'

Posted By on Thu, Dec 14, 2017 at 11:13 AM

In this midst of their Gift Rap residency at Snug Harbor, CLT rap duo Dead Sea $crilla came by to chop it up with Mark, Ryan and Justin Aswell, producer of DS$' new album, Dead Year's Eve.

We spoke about what the hell took Fred Rock and Red Jesse so long to drop the album, and why they made the decision to sell it instead of just drop it on Soundcloud, as many local artists do. We also catch up with Aswell on where that name came from and the origins of his weekly hip-hop show at Snug, Knocturnal.

As always, catch up with past episodes of Local Vibes on iTunes or Stitcher.
Studio selfie with [from left] Justin Aswell, Fred Rock and Red Jesse of Dead Sea $crilla, Ryan Pitkin and Mark Kemp.
  • Studio selfie with [from left] Justin Aswell, Fred Rock and Red Jesse of Dead Sea $crilla, Ryan Pitkin and Mark Kemp.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

The Revivalists energize sold-out Fillmore

Posted By on Mon, Dec 11, 2017 at 11:08 PM

The Revivalists, Muddy Magnolias
The Fillmore
Dec. 10, 2017

Horns. Percussionists. Pedal steel. With a band full of rhythm and soul, it's no surprise that The Revivalists are quickly building a fan base around the country. The band's pop-infused rock 'n' soul had the sold-out Fillmore rockin' and rollin' for the duration of its 90-minute set. Credit that in part to opening act Muddy Magnolias who belted out plenty of soul of their own. The night's one-two punch proved that Sunday nights aren't always for staying in.

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Listen Up: Justin Fedor Gives Back on 'Local Vibes'

Episode 20

Posted By and on Wed, Dec 6, 2017 at 11:35 AM

Justin Fedor came into the studio a little shaken up by a recent armed robbery, but he was able to move past it to have a great discussion with Mark Kemp and Ryan Pitkin about the tribute shows he organizes to benefit the Levine Children's Hospital and his work with The New Familiars and Ancient Cities.

For a little more insight, check out Mark's feature story on Justin in this week's issue, where he discusses the recent robbery and the upcoming Tom Petty tribute on December 8.

As always, check out our past episodes on iTunes or Stitcher.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Listen Up: Power 98's Ya Girl Nikki Brings the Energy to 'Local Vibes'

Episode 19

Posted By and on Thu, Nov 30, 2017 at 10:30 AM

Ya Girl Nikki from Power 98 came by our studio in between trips to hers to chat about her move to Charlotte from Fayetteville, her local work around children's literacy and what local artists need to do to have a better chance at getting played on the radio.

As always, catch up with our past episodes on iTunes or Stitcher.

Nikki practices her poses while Ryan (left) and Mark discuss the backdrop.
  • Nikki practices her poses while Ryan (left) and Mark discuss the backdrop.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Bleachers rocks The Fillmore for a good cause

Posted By on Wed, Nov 29, 2017 at 10:18 PM

1065 The End Not So Acoustic Christmas f. Bleachers, J. Roddy Walston & The Business
The Fillmore
Nov. 28, 2017

Fresh off of multiple Grammy nominations for his work as a producer and singer, three-time winner Jack Antonoff's group Bleachers hit the Fillmore as part of 1065 The End's two-night Not So Acoustic Christmas series. While the band rocked a sold-out performance at The Underground back in June, the crowd seemed a bit less enthusiastic this time around. Perhaps we can blame it on a Tuesday night? While the half-packed Fillmore found moments of energetic sing-alongs for Bleachers, they were far less excited about J. Roddy Walston and the Business. The band played a fantastic one-hour opening set, but many in the crowd weren't familiar with their rock songs. Night two of NSAX featured X Ambassadors and The Aces. 1065 The End's Not So Acoustic Christmas continues to collect unwrapped gifts for Kids First of the Carolinas.

Bleachers setlist
Mickey Mantle
Good Morning
Wild Heart
Everybody Lost Somebody
Hate That You Know Me
Wake Me
I Miss Those Days
Let's Get Married
Foreign Girls
I Wanna Get Better
Don't Take the Money

J. Roddy Walston & The Business setlist
Don't Break the Needle
I Don't Want to Hear It
Take It As It Comes
Same Days
Bad Habits
Brave Man's Death
The Wanting
Bleed Out
Sweat Shock
You Know Me
Heavy Bells

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