Thursday, February 28, 2013

Opening Friday

Posted By on Thu, Feb 28, 2013 at 5:44 PM

The Frankenstein Theory - Timothy V. Murphy, Roger Morissey

Jack the Giant Slayer - Ewan McGregor, Nicholas Hoult

The Last Exorcism Part II - Ashley Bell, Louis Herthum

Phantom - Ed Harris, David Duchovny

21 & Over - Miles Teller, Skylar Astin

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Live review: Teenage Bottlerocket, The Milestone (2/26/2013)

Posted By on Thu, Feb 28, 2013 at 2:35 PM

Teenage Bottlerocket, The Queers, Masked Intruder
The Milestone
Feb. 26, 2013

Center-stage and drenched with sweat, Teenage Bottlerocket singer/guitarist Ray Carlisle appeared to be melting as he and his band machine-gunned their way through a Ramones-inspired set. There's no subtlety to Bottlerocket's music, but Carlisle didn't care as he jumped and spun his way around the tiny stage of The Milestone on Feb. 26.

Co-vocalist/guitarist Kody Templeman couldn't match Carlisle's acrobatics, but the duo's harmonies, with help from the crowd, stole the show. The bandmates wielded their guitars like weapons, repeatedly aiming for the audience, and each other, as the musicians played with the manic energy of a couple of base heads refusing to come down.

Those in attendance matched the band's energy with crowd-surfers taking to the air and the mosh pit never slowing. Mass sing-alongs didn't hinder the frenzy, as the action occasionally spilled onto the small stage where Teenage Bottlerocket was holding court.

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Let the N.C. Utilities Commission know you back wind

Posted By on Thu, Feb 28, 2013 at 1:02 PM

An important hearing on the future of energy in North Carolina takes place at 7 p.m. this evening at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse, in courtroom 5310.

Let the N.C. Utilities Commission know how you feel about the 20-year plan presented by Duke Carolinas (formerly Duke Energy), in compliance with state rules requiring utilities to file such a plan every two years. Advocates for renewable resources will speak up for more wind and solar power, and against dependence on nuclear and coal-based electricity. Many alternative energy supporters have been disappointed by Duke's sluggish moves toward wind power in the state. Outgoing Duke CEO Jim Rogers came to the utility vowing to seriously ramp up the company's commitment to alternative energy sources, but its new 20-year plan still only calls for 3 percent of the company's output to be provided by renewable energy sources by 2032.

A boat approaches part of the Thanet Wind Farm in the North Sea.
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  • A boat approaches part of the Thanet Wind Farm in the North Sea.

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Today's Top 5: Thursday

Posted By on Thu, Feb 28, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Feb. 28, 2013 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

* Everytime I Die at Amos' Southend

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* Kim Boykin at 1435 West Morehead St.

* Mod Sun at Tremont Music Hall

* Throwback Thursdays: The 90s to Now Edition at Oasis Party @ The Tent

* 3rd Annual Charlotte Black Film Festival

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Every Time I Die at Amos' Southend tonight (02/28/13)

Posted By on Thu, Feb 28, 2013 at 8:59 AM

Every Time I Die

Lumped in with just about every screaming Warped Tour band out there, Every Time I Die separates itself with a bit more of a melodic approach to its heavy-handed metal. The Buffalo, N.Y., band works in elements of mathcore, Southern rock and the blues as it churns out punishing rhythms in song after song. A handful of bass player changes hasn't slowed down the band a bit over the years - after all, singer Keith Buckley's vocals are the driving force. Buckley had a brief stint with The Damned Things - joining forces with Anthrax and Fall Out Boy members - but with that band on hiatus, his focus returns to ETID. He's got the tone to be soothing while his powerful, guttural screams are some of the strongest in the genre. Sit back while watching a live show and you'll wonder who is more active - the fans in the pit or the constantly-in-motion band on stage. With The Acacia Strain, Vanna, Hundredth and No Bragging Rights. $16-$18. Feb. 28, 6:30 p.m. Amos' Southend, 1423 S. Tryon St. 704-377-6874.

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Mod Sun playing Tremont tonight (02/28/13)

Posted By on Thu, Feb 28, 2013 at 8:48 AM

Mod Sun

Saying he has no fans, only friends, the stylishly scruffy, ex-screamo emcee Mod Sun sounds a lot like a blazed and blissed-out acolyte of the Laughing Buddha. The former drummer for kiddie punk bands Four Letter Lie and Scary Kids Scaring Kids, Mod Sun (aka Modern Sunshine) claims he's "here to clean minds of negativity and build confidence in others." That sounds strikingly similar to the fat and happy Buddha who preached the wisdom of contentment. Bailing on Four Letter Lie at the height of its popularity, Mod Sun forged his self-styled hippie-hop without any grounding in rap. Indeed, he cites Bob Dylan's intricate wordplay as a key influence. Mod Sun can't hit the high water mark of his idol, but his couplets are clever, the beats are fresh and his sunshiny message is genuine. On current cut "My Hippy," Mod Sun merges his message of joy with street smarts, Rasta, Zen and the sitcom detritus on TV Land. Cheeseball TV figures heavily in Mod Sun's orbit. Recent mixtape Blazed by the Bell is an affectionate, stoned shout-out to '90s sitcom Saved by the Bell. Mod Sun has fun with the flotsam and jetsam of our consumer culture, but he's not laughing at us, he's laughing with us. With Cisco Adler, Tayyib Ali and Pat Brown. $15. Feb. 28, 8 p.m. Tremont Music Hall, 400 W. Tremont Ave. 704-343-9494.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Sequestration Frustration: Simpson & Bowles run their scam

Posted By on Wed, Feb 27, 2013 at 4:04 PM

The dreaded budget-slashing "sequestration" is set to happen in just two days. It will cost North Carolina over $25 million in school funding, lay off 22,000 Defense Department workers in the state, and trigger major cuts in a variety of programs. (read here for more complete information on the cost of sequestration to N.C.)

Meanwhile, the national discussion of government debt has gone from panicky to ridiculous, and has now become little more than a scam.

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Today's Top 5: Wednesday

Posted By on Wed, Feb 27, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Feb. 27, 2013 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

* Jaws at The Chop Shop

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* Wayne Hancock at Double Door Inn

* Climate Crisis in NC, Our Energy Future and What We Can Do About It at Freedom Park Pavilion

* CIAA Bowling Party Mixer at AMF University Lanes

* Works by Frank Poor at Davidson College

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NoDa brawl goes viral

Posted By on Wed, Feb 27, 2013 at 8:49 AM

Today's palm-to-face moment comes from a YouTube video of a fight that occurred early Monday morning in NoDa.

According to the Charlotte Observer, Charlotte police responded to a 2 a.m. disturbance call at 617 E. 28th St. after a fight broke out after the Carolina Awards Ball. A video of much of the fight appeared on YouTube shortly after and has since collected some 17,900 views.

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Wayne Hancock playing Double Door Inn tonight (2/27/13)

Posted By on Wed, Feb 27, 2013 at 8:01 AM

Wayne Hancock

Wayne Hancock writes and plays vintage American music that'll have you wondering if you're in the right decade. His voice is about as old-school as it gets, and, backed by a basic country band including slide guitar, Hancock plows through swing, roadhouse blues, rockabilly, classic country and country blues with ease and authenticity. But he's not just aping his heroes, which include Jimmie Rodgers and Hank Williams Sr.; Hancock lives the road-bound life he sings about and keeps the spirit of American music alive. His new album, Ride, comes out this week. As he howls in one of his old songs, "Juke Joint Jumpin'" the joint should be jumping. Now, if he could only perform in black and white. $15. Feb. 27, 9 p.m. Double Door Inn, 1218 Charlottetowne Road. 704-376-1446.

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