Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Live Review: Toots & The Maytals

Posted By on Tue, Oct 30, 2007 at 2:56 PM

Toots and the Maytals

Oct. 24, 2007

Neighborhood Theatre

By Grant Britt

If you think reggae is dead, you need help. As a capacity crowd at Neighborhood Theatre last week can attest, Toots Hibbert has what you need to fix what ails you.

You can’t go and just watch. Toots won’t allow it. You’re part of the show from the minute he sets foot on stage.

“I’m the teacher, and you are my students," he told the crowd. He started off the lesson with Otis Reddings’ “Pain In My Heart,” making soul converts of the youthful crowd, most of whom weren’t even born until after Otis had already passed on.

“Pressure Drop,” brought to these shores in ’71 with the release of the movie The Harder They Come, is also from before many of these folks’ time, but they knew the words and sang along.

“Time Tough” got a similar response, but Toots stopped to offer instruction on how to punctuate his protest song. “You got to make a fist,” he told his would-be rebels, instructing them on how to pump their clenched fists above their heads to illustrate his “higher and higher” call-and-response chorus, bumping fists with the audience after they got his black power salute down.

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Saturday, October 27, 2007

Live Review: MuteMath

Posted By on Sat, Oct 27, 2007 at 2:03 PM

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MuteMath w/ Eisley

Oct. 26, 2007

Amos' Southend

The Deal: MuteMath puts instruments, bodies on the line for live show.

The Good: Eisley may have offered some good vocal harmony, but the night clearly belonged to MuteMath. From start to finish, the band put everything they had into the hour-and-a-half long show. From the opening chords of "Typical" to the final notes of "Reset," Singer Paul Meany flipped and jumped about — even pulling an amp down on himself which needed the help of roadies to get off of him. Drummer Darren King is one of the best drummers I've ever seen. He uses a small kit of only a few drums and two cymbals, but bashes away on them with a fury. No wonder he has to tape his headphones on.

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Friday, October 26, 2007

Live Review: Squirrel Nut Zippers

Posted By on Fri, Oct 26, 2007 at 10:37 AM

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Squirrel Nut Zippers w/ Firecracker Jazz Band, The Old Ceremony

Neighborhood Theatre

Oct. 25, 2007

The Deal: A fine mix of old and new as Squirrel Nut Zippers continue reunion tour.

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The Good: Firecracker Jazz Band kicked off the night with a fantastic set of music from the '20s and '30s. While SNZ trumpeter Je Widenhouse is the frontman, drummer Mike Gray is fun to watch as he hammers away with smiles and eyebrow lifts. Chapel Hill's The Old Ceremony brought a modern flair to the evening with a set of indie rock that was spiced up by a cello and violin. Mellow, yet energetic, they're a band to keep an eye on. Squirrel Nut Zippers came out with smiles and seemed to truly enjoy the performance. It may be a handful of years since they were playing together regularly, but the band was in fine form. Jimbo Mathus has brought a good bit of his honky tonk guitar style into the mix and Katherine Whalen's vocals sounded as good as ever. It was a hit-heavy 22-song set that lasted for about an hour and a half and was fun for every minute.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Stevie Wonder coming to town!

Posted By on Wed, Oct 24, 2007 at 5:24 PM

Just announced:

Stevie Wonder will perform at Charlotte Bobcats Arena on Nov. 28.

Tickets go on sale on Friday, Nov. 2, through Ticketmaster. No word on prices.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

MuteMath "Typical"

Posted By on Tue, Oct 23, 2007 at 10:50 AM

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The band recreated it again for an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live:

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More on the band, who will be playing at Amos' on Friday, in this week's Creative Loafing!

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This week's new releases (10/23)

Posted By on Tue, Oct 23, 2007 at 10:46 AM

Here's a quick list of some of the big names releasing records today:

Jermaine Dupri "Y'all Know What This is...The Hits"

Bourbon Crow "Highway to Hangovers" (features Charlotte's Wednesday 13)

Coheed and Cambria "No World for Tomorrow"

Dave Gahan "Hourglass"

Robert Plant and Allison Krauss "Raising Sand"

Serj Tankian "Raise the Dead"

Neil Young "Chrome Dreams II"

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Monday, October 22, 2007

Be on the lookout...

Posted By on Mon, Oct 22, 2007 at 4:28 PM

There's a handful of posts swarming around MySpace in regards to some stolen band equipment.

Apparently, a van was broken into in NoDa over the weekend in front of Salvador Deli.

Among the items taken were a Fender Ultimate Chorus Amplifier, Ibanez Artstar Guitar with Orange Sunburst, Hohner Natural Finish Bass Guitar, Black Gibson Epiphone Acoustic Guitar, plus cables, pedals and other stuff.

If you see it, e-mail us at jeff.hahne@creativeloafing.com and I'll get the word back to the band.

Thanks!

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R.I.P. Joey Bishop

Posted By on Mon, Oct 22, 2007 at 4:27 PM

The last surviving member of the Rat Pack has died.

Joey Bishop, 89, passed away on Wednesday night. Peter Lawford died in 1984, Sammy Davis Jr. in 1990, Dean Martin in 1995 and Frank Sinatra in 1998.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

This week's new releases (10/17)

Posted By on Tue, Oct 16, 2007 at 3:45 PM

A quick list of some of the albums being released this week:

Jimmy Eat World "Chase This Light"

Toby Keith "A Classic Christmas"

Santana "Ultimate Santana"

Umphrey's McGee "Live at Murat"

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Monday, October 15, 2007

Echo Project - Sunday

Posted By on Mon, Oct 15, 2007 at 1:17 PM

It's the day three - the last day - here at Echo Project.

The day started off with Man Man. Now, I couldn't tell you anything about the band before Sunday, but now I'll say this - energy.

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The band members play a plethora of instruments while jumping up and down, hitting objects with drumsticks...it's a sight to see.

You would think that all the combination of so many things going on at once would make for organized noise, but it was actually entertaining.

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