Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Gallery Crawl details

Posted By on Wed, Dec 31, 2008 at 1:18 PM

Check out the schedule (below) for details on what musicians will perform at The Evening Muse during NoDa's Gallery Crawl on Fri., Jan. 2. These shows are free, but feel free to tip (Songwriters have to eat too, ya know?).

Stephanie Fagan at 7 p.m.

Adam Wilson at 8 p.m.

Sallie Mosely at 9 p.m.

Through Porchlight at 10 p.m.

Bubonik Funk at 11 p.m.

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Music Menu, 12/31/08

Posted By on Wed, Dec 31, 2008 at 12:48 PM

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 31

Jamie McLean Band The highly-in-demand session guitarist McLean is also a fab songwriter/crooner. His blues and roots-rock tells it straight, without any flash or pretension. McLean's recently released disc, American Heartache, gathers influences from the Black Crowes and Dylan to the Stones and inserts the McLean riffage. Many veteran musicians lend a hand on the new disc that's stacked with Southern rock, blues, funk and R&B. Double Door Inn (Samir Shukla)

The Sammies Ever since exiting the humid musical wilds of Wadesboro, N.C., a few years back, The Sammies (Frank Backgammon, guitar and vocals; Donnie Yale, drums and vocals; bassist Conrad Vacation and guitarist/keyboardist Bobby Freedom) have inspired purplish prose both locally and nationally, and for good reason: They're serious about not taking themselves too seriously. The band's excellent sophomore disc, Sandwich, is the sound of a band learning to dunk on a listener in the lane. It's got that same straight-outta-Athens-circa-'81, country-peppered/garage jangle quality – and, indeed, some of it was recorded and mixed there – as its debut, but doesn't mumble the punch line. Or, if you will, speak with its mouth full. Snug Harbor (Timothy C. Davis)

The Huguenots Throwbacks to a time when sweet melodies and chiming guitars were the order of the day, this Chapel Hill quartet's influences are written all over their vintage wear and vintage Rickenbackers: the Beatles and Kinks, with a touch of modern dandy-ism via the Strokes mixed in for currency. They've made a splash up in the Triangle with packed shows on campus and off, including a national appearance on Good Morning America. Part of the New Year's Eve extravaganza with The Sammies and DJ Animate. Snug Harbor (John Schacht)

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Live Review: The Avett Brothers

Posted By on Wed, Dec 31, 2008 at 2:06 AM

The Avett Brothers w/ Auld Lang Syne and Jason Webley

Belk Theatre

Dec. 30, 2008

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The Deal: The Avett Brothers return to Charlotte for the first night in a sold-out, two-night New Year's Eve stand.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Guns N Roses to tour

Posted By on Tue, Dec 30, 2008 at 12:25 PM

While no dates have been announced yet, RollingStone.com is reporting that Guns N Roses will tour for two years to support the long-awaited new album Chinese Democracy, according to the band's guitarist.

The tour is expected to start in late March, though with the deadlines the band has been known to tie itself to in the past, this could mean late March of 2025.

I had the chance to see Guns a couple years back when they hit Greensboro and I have to say ... I was impressed. Sure, Axl Rose may be the only original member left in the group, but damn if he didn't hit all the notes and run around the stage for two hours belting out hit after hit, with a new song thrown in here and there.

A lot of people will detract from the group saying it's not the same, but I'll say this — it's a helluva lot easier to mimic guitar sounds or drums or keyboards than it is to imitate someone's voice. There's only one Axl.

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Monday, December 29, 2008

Are you ready to celebrate?

Posted By on Mon, Dec 29, 2008 at 12:22 PM

Have you made your New Year's resolution yet?

One of my New Year's resolutions this year is to stop procrastinating about everything in life ... oil changes and inspections, hair cuts, booking flights, returning calls ... my plans for New Year's Eve. I have been inundated with e-mails asking me what is going on for New Year's Eve and what I’m doing. Well, I don’t even know yet -- what I’m doing that is. (That resolution has yet to take effect, apparently.)

But I do know that I am going on my seventh New Year's in a row without a midnight kiss ... That, and what’s going on in Charlotte from PG-rated parties to black-tie balls to parties promising champagne toasts and “party favors.”

Here's a rundown of some of the festivities around town ...

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Another burger joint hits the Q.C.

Posted By on Tue, Dec 23, 2008 at 4:18 PM

The first time I ever visited Charlotte, I had lunch at Groucho’s Deli and felt like I had consumed street meat or something, and for the rest of the day I wore its lingering smell, that’s worse than that of Subway, like perfume. Well, Groucho’ is gone and I am not grouchy about it — because that means a good venue can take over that prime location. Cason-Point: NIX Burgers and Brew.

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If the kegs hanging from the ceiling are an indicator, they have a great draft selection — such as Winter’s Bourbon Cask Ale, a seasonal beer (the one with the snowman) that has Madagascar vanilla beans in it and it taste like candy beer.

Speaking of Madagascar – in the animated flick doesn’t the giraffe Melman, whose voiceover is done by David Schwimmer...really look like David Schwimmer? It’s weird.

As for their burgers, it’s like a bar as well — you can chose your animal: cow, turkey or bison and they have toppings from guacamole to fried egg. And their burgers are so big even their sliders were the size of my head.

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Monday, December 22, 2008

CD Review: The Killers

Posted By on Mon, Dec 22, 2008 at 4:36 PM

The Killers

Day & Age

Island; Release date: Nov. 24, 2008

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The Deal: Las Vegas alternative rock quartet The Killers release a new 10-track album, titled Day & Age.

The Good: The disc begins with "Losing Touch," a feel good song filled with jingles and jangles, as well as a guitar solo towards the songs end. This leads into "Human," a fast, catchy synth-laden number with a chorus line that asks the silly question "Are we human or are we dancers?" (Just what that is supposed to mean? I don't know.) With those strange lyrics the transition from that song to "Spaceman" is easy. Despite the latter's zippy, pop beats and catchy chorus line, it's a little bizarre lyrically too. But, the album is still good. It's got the same zest that made the band's 2004 debut Hot Fuss and 2006's Sam's Town musical wonders. "Joyride," is a party of music grooves with scattered verses and a saxophone "A Dustland Fairytale," is my favorite track on the album, but it wasn't an easy choice.

The Bad: After track five, some of the songs became a little less interesting. This is, not to say they weren't good, but they lacked the zest and vigor that the albums first half strongly possessed.

The Verdict: If you didn't like any of The Killers previous efforts, you should shy away from this CD. The band's sound hasn't lost its touch or changed dramatically since its start in the music business. The songs are different, but they have the same special touch. Fans of previous albums by The Killers can rejoice with an add of this album to their music collections.

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And the bands are...

Posted By on Mon, Dec 22, 2008 at 10:59 AM

We listed a few not too long ago, but now the entire lineup has been announced though they also tease to "special guests" at stops along the way.

Here's the lineup for the 2009 Vans Warped Tour:

3OH!3

A Day to Remember

A Skylit Drive

Alexisonfire

Anti-Flag

Bad Religion

Bayside

Big D and the Kids Table

Black Tide

Bouncing Souls

Breathe Carolina

Brokencyde

Cash Cash

Chiodos

Dance Gavin Dance

Dear and the Headlights

Dirty Heads

Escape the Fate

Every Avenue

Flogging Molly

Gallows

Hit the Lights

I Set My Friends on Fire

Jeffree Star

Less Than Jake

Lights

Meg & Dia

Millionaires

NOFX

Outernational

P.O.S.

Saosin

Scary Kids Scaring Kids

Senses Fail

Shad

Silverstein

Sing it Loud

Streetlight Manifesto

Tat

The A.K.A.s

The Architects

The Ataris

The Devil Wears Prada

The Maine

The White Tie Affair

There For Tomorrow

Therefore I Am

Thrice

TV/TV

Underoath

Valencia

Westbound Train

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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Music Menu, 8/20/08

Posted By on Sat, Dec 20, 2008 at 8:00 AM

Murdercycle Composed of former headz from Ublisch (still the greatest marketed Charlotte band of all time – dudes had a buzz before they ever played a show) and Seducer (among others), Murdercycle have a sound that's muscular yet lithe, in the vein of someone like the Hellacopters, or, in trippier moments, someone like Early Man or Robedoor. What's more, they can also torch(e) you with robot riffage straight out of the Kyuss playbook. Yer pharmaceutical-friendly show of the week. With Weedeater, The Smoking Rocks, Sons of Tonatiuh, Moanuh Greazuh. Milestone (Davis)

Hope for Agoldensummer More than just a band breathing life into too-often rote folk music forms, Campbell sisters Claire and Page (along with main band mate Deb Davis) hand-make much of their voluminous merch, which includes everything but the plastic discs from 2007's excellent Adriane Thread (for instance). It's part of the music's aesthetic, the way they see it: If you're gonna sing it, live it. Of course, without the slow waltzes that seem carved from Georgia's clay, the junkyard percussion, and sibling harmonies that mesh like cicadas and dusk, that all would matter a little less. With Buschovski and The Houstons. Neighborhood Theatre (Schacht)

Buschovski Sure Charlotte's eclectic musical hermit Todd Busch'll make you scratch your head trying to peg his music. But that's natural. Buschovski, Todd and a slew of musical companions, compose pop gems that are classically stroked and touched with jazz and rock. Busch (piano/vocals/guitar) and company's orchestral and genre-free pop nuggets are in the offing tonight in celebration of the release of their long-awaited new recording. Also on the bill are Hope for agoldensummer and The Houstons. Neighborhood Theatre (Shukla)

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Friday, December 19, 2008

It's all for the kids...

Posted By on Fri, Dec 19, 2008 at 1:10 PM

Tis’ the season of giving ... but given the economy, a lot of corporations are forgoing their company holiday party — no need to “Ba Hum Bug” about it, it’s better than going out of business.

The Bobcats however still hosted the jolliest of holiday parties — and I’m not talking about the “get the staff drunk and watch the drama unfold” kind of party, I’m referring to the annual Holiday Party for the Kids held this week at Extravaganza.

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The Bobcats invited more than 300 kids to come party with the players. And by party I mean eat pizza, decorate sugar cookies, get their faces painted, have a balloon animal made and just plain play. The party was a Bobcats Season of Giving event as the kids in attendance who have toys came and donated to those who didn’t. Kinda like the PG Rated version of Second String Santa.

The Q&A with the players was like a scene from Bill Cosby’s “Kids Say the Darndest Things” when a little boy asked the team how mad Sean May would be if he ate his cookie.

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