Friday, October 31, 2008

10-in-10

Posted By on Fri, Oct 31, 2008 at 4:59 PM

Each Friday, we'll bring you 10 random CD reviews done in 10 words:

Cantinero Better for the Metaphor — Acoustic popster takes the Do-It-Yourself approach for mediocrity.

Celine Dion My Love: Essential Collection — I think this would be better used as a frisbee.

Matt Duke Kingdom Underground — Possible second-coming of James Blunt, if we needed another.

Escape the Fate This War Is Ours — AFI-esque emo-metal would fit right in on Warped Tour.

The Knux Remind Me In 3 Days... — Genre-bending hip-hop tries too hard to be Outkast.

Bette Midler Jackpot! The Best Bette — Yeah, you can use this one just like Celine Dion's.

Modern Skirts All of Us In Our Night — Mellow pop from Athens, Ga., band — Snug Harbor Nov. 21.

James Morrison Songs for You, Truths for Me — This kind of pop-rock wouldn't impress The Doors' Morrison.

Will Quinlan & The Diviners Navasota — Tampa alt-country band presents surprisingly respectable 11-track disc.

Tribe After Tribe M.O.A.B. — Rock with far too much filler, not nearly enough killer.

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Live Review: JJ Grey & Mofro

Posted By on Fri, Oct 31, 2008 at 2:19 PM

JJ Grey & Mofro w/ Hill Country Revue

Neighborhood Theatre

Oct. 30, 2008

The Deal: JJ Grey & Mofro bring their porch-rockin' swamp blues to the Neighborhood Theatre.

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Jay-Z to visit Charlotte

Posted By on Fri, Oct 31, 2008 at 11:30 AM

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CL just got notified about this event happening tomorrow:

"Free Early Voting Rally"

Sat., Nov. 1 2008

Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology

1430 Alleghany St.

Charlotte, NC 28208

Doors open at 11 a.m.

Hosted by: Jay-Z

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Old Kids on the Block

Posted By on Fri, Oct 31, 2008 at 10:05 AM

The first concert I ever went to in my life was New Kids on the Block and Tiffany. For my ninth birthday my mom got me front-row tickets and a Joey McIntyre t-shirt — that I of course wore to the concert. But all I really remember is the older, teenager sitting next to me that fainted on me because Donnie made eye contact with her. 17 years later, I found myself attending a NKOTB concert ... and girls are still fainting.

I went to their concert last night at Time Warner Cable Arena to be nostalgic, but quickly learned that’s hard to do when you don’t remember most of the songs. I felt like my row was the only ones that didn’t know the lyrics. The arena was packed from the floor to the upper level with women my age or older wearing buttons, t-shirts that read “Property of Donnie,” holding posters and singing along. And I thought I was obsessed! I grew out of my Joey shirt, replaced my posters with Jewel ones, and retired my twin NKOTB bed set that I had on my bunk bed.

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I couldn’t help but wonder — Where did all these New Kids on the Block fans come from?

There were so many girls there, the men’s restrooms were converted into lady’s rooms.

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Jackson Thrills

Posted By on Fri, Oct 31, 2008 at 9:37 AM

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In honor of Halloween, you just have to watch one of the best videos - ever. What's that you ask? It should be obvious. Think about a werewolf, the dead rising from their graves and doing a zombie boogie in the streets. Yes, that'd be "Thriller" by Michael Jackson. Click here to watch "Thriller" on YouTube.

Or watch the video of inmates in Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center in Cebu, Philippines practice their own "Thriller" dance routine below.

On another note, pertaining to Jackson, it has been confirmed The Jackson Five will reunite for both a tour and a new album in 2009. The band will feature original members (including Michael Jackson, of course) and Janet Jackson will open the shows with her own solo performance. Read more here.

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Lenka is one to hear

Posted By on Thu, Oct 30, 2008 at 11:22 AM

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Aussie pop gal Lenka is an artist to be on the look out for. Her debut album, released (Sept. 23, 2008) on Epic Records contains the cute, catchy track "The Show." Lenka, who now resides in LA, recorded the album with Pierre Marchand (Sarah McLachlan, Rufus Wainwright) and Mike Elizondo (Dr. Dre, Eminem and Fiona Apple). Read more here. And watch Lenka's music video for "The Show" on YouTube.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Janet afraid to get too sexy?

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2008 at 11:56 AM

Janet "Check Out My Left Nipple" Jackson performed a concert in Michigan last night and cut out a three-song segment of her show that was deemed "too racy."

During one of the three songs, "Discipline," Jackson has been tying down a male member of the audience and "molests" him while back-up dancers simulate sex acts. (video after the jump)

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The Hives accused of plagiarism

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2008 at 11:38 AM

Swedish rockers The Hives are being sued for plagiarism by L.A. songwriter Jason Shapiro. Shapiro believes the band plagiarized its 2007 single "Tick Tick Boom" by using vocal melodies and guitar riffs from his song "Why You?" The latter song was recorded by The Roofies in 1997 and then recorded by Three Way in 2002. Read more here.

Posted below are videos for The Hives "Tick Tick Boom" and Jason Shapiro's and The Roofie's "Why You?"

Sound similar? What do you think?

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Plant-free Zeppelin?

Posted By on Tue, Oct 28, 2008 at 1:51 PM

Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones has come out to say that the band is still practicing and looking at finding a replacement for Robert Plant, who has said he has no plans to tour with the rock legends.

Jones said they have no plans to find a sound-alike to Plant. The band played one gig together last December that received rave reviews and hopes for a new tour.

My opinion — It's not Led Zeppelin without the voice. Guns N Roses sounded great on its last tour because Axl Rose was providing the vocals. It's much easier to reproduce guitar, bass and drum sounds than someone's signature vocal style.

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Snow Patrol's new album out

Posted By on Tue, Oct 28, 2008 at 12:11 PM

Today the Irish/Scottish indie pop rock band Snow Patrol releases its fifth album A Hundred Million Suns. It follows the band's last CD, Eyes Open (released in 2006). The new album was recorded in Berlin, Germany at Hansa Studios and its first single is "Take Back The City." You can watch the video for it below.

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