Thursday, August 28, 2008

Where's Tito?

Posted By on Thu, Aug 28, 2008 at 4:16 PM

Have you ever wondered what Michael Jackson would look like without the plastic surgery?

The Daily Mail of London posted this pic on their Web site.

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What do you think?

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New AC/DC

Posted By on Thu, Aug 28, 2008 at 4:09 PM

A new AC/DC song, "Rock 'n' Roll Train," has been posted on the band's official Web site. The song will appear on the band's next album, Black Ice, due out on Oct. 20.

So, how is it? Well...it sounds like AC/DC. A big rock riff with the high-pitched vocals of Brian Johnson over it all leading to a big hook.

Fans should be happy...it sounds like everything else they've done.

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Slammin' Jam

Posted By on Thu, Aug 28, 2008 at 3:06 PM

It can be assumed that an event coordinated by “Don’t Hate Productions” is a don’t hate, congregate kind of occasion. As in a non-alcoholic, diverse type of event for which everyone is culturally coexisting and chillin'. Said occasion was Battle Slam Jam at Grayson State Park last Saturday.

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The event merged two entirely different cultures by combining two athletic arts – skateboarding and break dancing.

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Today's Menu (8/28/2008)

Posted By on Thu, Aug 28, 2008 at 2:54 PM

Black Tusk Savannah's Black Tusk are a three-piece thrash outfit, but don't be surprised to hear a little Thin Lizzy, Hawkwind, or Skynyrd in its sound, especially as a bridge to the heavier stuff. There's real melody here, even though it often gives way to hammer-of-the-gods detuned/D-beat power riffage come time for the "chorus." Add in a little Master of Puppets-era gothic structure and a dab of Hatebreed-eque hardcore, and you have quite the intoxicating brew. With Boolow & Stronghold Crusader. Milestone (Timothy C. Davis)

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Today's Menu (8/27/2008)

Posted By on Wed, Aug 27, 2008 at 2:22 PM

Lucinda Black Bear This N.Y.C. act cites Sparklehorse and Elliot Smith as influences, and while Christian Gibbs' songs don't attain those lofty heights, they do fit the general mold: haunting minor-key melodies, lush arrangements where texture is king, and romantic narratives with a down-the-rabbit-hole bent. Cello and violin accents highlight last year's 'Capo My Heart' and Other Bear Songs, which was voted Most Innovative by NPR's All Songs Considered. Nothing against LBB, whose music is pleasant enough, but it must've been a slow year for innovation over at NPR. With Kaiser Cartel and locals The Side. Snug Harbor (John Schacht)

Rehab The Georgia-based group offers up a variety of styles on their latest release, Grafitti The World – from the Kid Rock-esque "Bartender Song" to the melodic "Last Tattoo" which could fit in 311's repertoire. The band fuses hip-hop with rock, but not in that '90s nu-metal way. There are hints of Sublime and Eminem in its sound, as well. No surprise that they'll be hitting the road with Kid Rock after this solo tour. Amos' Southend (Jeff Hahne)

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Dr. Dre's son dead

Posted By on Tue, Aug 26, 2008 at 5:55 PM

Rapper Dr. Dre's 20-year-old son, Andre Young Jr. was found dead in his California home on Sat., Aug. 23. Apparently he arrived home around 5:30 a.m. and was found dead by his mother at 10 a.m. The cause of death is still being determined, but foul play is not likely.

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Monday, August 25, 2008

The next batch of "Homebrew"

Posted By on Mon, Aug 25, 2008 at 11:43 AM

A CD release party will be held on Sept. 4 at Double Door at Lake Norman for the next edition of the Homebrew CD.

"Creative Loafing Presents Jeff Hahne's Homebrew, Summer Stash 2008" features 12 local, independent bands. (We'll announce the bands on the CD this week!) The CD will be available for free at the release party - and the cover is only a few bucks!

We're hoping to have 6 bands play - more details on that coming soon!

Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8! Hope to see you there!

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There's no place like Nikko...

Posted By on Mon, Aug 25, 2008 at 11:23 AM

In a land far, far away… down Tryon there is a little sushi spot called Wang King.

They have half price sushi night, every night. I asked them what was in their Mango Chicken and the waitress just shrugged her shoulders like she had no idea what chicken even was. “We do white meat for you,” she responded. Yikes.

So I clicked my heals together and chanted: “There’s no place like Nikko, there’s no place like Nikko.”

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Cause there’s really not… in Charlotte at least. And despite the fact that the see-and-be-seen swank restaurants with equally beautiful people and plate presentation are a lot like pretty girls: a dime a dozen – even in Charlotte.

But Nikkos stands out. It has character… literally.

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Friday, August 22, 2008

Today's Menu (8/22/2008)

Posted By on Fri, Aug 22, 2008 at 10:40 AM

David Lindley The guitar legend's curriculum vitae would take up the entire music section, but a cross-section should give you an idea: Ry Cooder, Jackson Browne, Warren Zevon, Emmylou Harris, Bob Dylan, Iggy Pop, Henry Kaiser, Rod Stewart, Dolly Parton and on and on and on. His own band, El Rayo-X, made some noise in the '80s, but his ability to fuse styles together on virtually any instrument with strings is distinctly Lindey-esque, and what's made him such a hot commodity. Dude can bring it. The early show at Evening Muse. (John Schacht)

Caleb Caudle and the Bayonets Tapping into classic country and roots music, Winston-Salem's Caudle writes songs tempered with Southern warmth and plenty rocking energy. There's natural soul in his writing, nothing seems to be forced. It's that combo of roots pop that makes Caudle a worthy addition to North Carolina singer/songwriters. With Luego and Dylan Gilbert. Snug Harbor (Samir Shukla)

Agent Orange Singer/guitarist Mike Palm is the only remaining original member of this Southern Cali punk band, but the old bloke can still pound the geetar and get a pit going. The band's been pounding eardrums, off and on, since the late '70s. Their recorded output has been sporadic over the years, but they've managed a collection of fast and loud records with a sprinkling of melodic new wave tunes tucked under their belt. Check the way cool version of the Get Smart theme for their surf influences. Tax Slave and 2013 Wolves are also on the bill. Milestone (Shukla)

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Live Review: Tristan Prettyman

Posted By on Thu, Aug 21, 2008 at 5:11 PM

Live Review: Tristan Prettyman

The Visulite Theatre

Aug. 19, 2008

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The Deal: San Diego-based songstress Tristan Prettyman performed at The Visulite Theatre with local opening act Mike Strauss.

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