Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Where's your singer?

Posted By on Tue, Mar 31, 2009 at 3:37 PM

There are several quality instrumental groups that regularly perform in the Charlotte area, groups that blend anything from jazz, rock, blues, funk, ambient, and world-beat to create rich musical textures. Incognito Mosquito, Green Light, Automatic Chi and Justice League come to mind. But, the fact is instrumental music is a bit of a tough sell in the Queen City. Often, on a set break you’ll likely hear something like “You guys are really good … Have you thought about getting a singer?”

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Concert announcement

Posted By on Tue, Mar 31, 2009 at 11:13 AM

Well, Widespread Panic is coming back to Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre for two nights again this fall... HOWEVER - they're bringing along The Allman Brothers Band.

Tickets for the Oct. 3 and 4 shows go on sale at 9 a.m. on April 3 through LiveNation.com.

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This week's new releases (3/31/2009)

Posted By on Tue, Mar 31, 2009 at 10:42 AM

Here's a quick rundown of some of the albums being released today — and there's plenty of them:

Rodney Atkins It's America

Bow Wow New Jack City II

Leonard Cohen Live in London

Gavin DeGraw Free

Flo Rida R.O.O.T.S.

Gomez A New Tide

Diana Krall Quiet Nights

Ministry Adios...

Peter Bjorn and John Living Thing

Queensryche American Soldier

John Scofield Piety Street

UGK UGK 4 Life

Keith Urban Defying Gravity

Yeah Yeah Yeahs It's Blitz

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Monday, March 30, 2009

Concert announcement

Posted By on Mon, Mar 30, 2009 at 5:05 PM

It was already announced via Pollstar a while back, but it's now confirmed that Rascal Flatts will be peforming at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre on Aug. 1.

Opening up is Darius Rucker, known from Hootie & the Blowfish.

VIP presale starts on March 31 via Rascalflatts.com. Tickets go on sale to the general public on April 4 at 10 a.m. through livenation.com.

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If they get divorced, the tattoo will look even dumber

Posted By on Mon, Mar 30, 2009 at 4:31 PM

Nick Cannon has a big tattoo of the word "Mariah" on his back. I'm guessing his wife likes it.

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Concert announcement

Posted By on Mon, Mar 30, 2009 at 4:15 PM

Yeah, they were just here not too long ago, but they're coming back...unfortunately.

New Kids on the Block will perform at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre on June 2. Along for the tour is "America's Best Dance Crew" winners JabbawockeeZ.

Oh....I ...can ....hardly ....wait.

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They got you 'covered'

Posted By on Mon, Mar 30, 2009 at 11:11 AM

The music schedule for this year's Alive After Five, which will be held at Epicentre, has been announced. No surprise, it's a bunch of cover bands and tribute bands...

Here's my issue - Alive after Five draws a big crowd. No matter what band you put in there, people are going to show up and hang out. So, why not put some quality, original music or let some local bands open up for the crappy cover bands?

Nope, that would apparently make too much sense. Instead, they put in a bunch of cover bands what will make it feel like a frat party, or the average night at any of the Epicentre clubs.

I understand that they probably can't afford a decent nationally touring act, but why not give the locals a shot? Simplified? New Familiars? Spongetones? I could name a bunch of acts that would have fit.


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Music Menu (3/30/09)

Posted By on Mon, Mar 30, 2009 at 8:00 AM

Monday Nite All-stars There's no doubt the Charlotte music community is going to take some time to recover from the recent loss of Charles Hairston, but that doesn't mean the guys from the Monday Nite All-Stars aren't going to follow his wishes. Hairston told me last fall he wanted the band to continue without him and that's what they're doing. Carey Sims has some tough shoes to fill, but there isn't a better man for the job. Go see for yourself. Double Door Inn (Jeff Hahne)

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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Music Menu (3/28/09)

Posted By on Sat, Mar 28, 2009 at 8:00 AM

That 1 Guy Mike Silverman, aka That 1 Guy, is a classically trained bassist touring with his invention the "magic pipe." The pipe is a contraption adding to the funkiness, propped further by foot drums, that a typical bass can't create, and it works because Silverman is such an accomplished musician. His one-man band nuttiness crosses the juncture where Zappa meets Tom Waits meets Ween meets Primus with scads of whacked lyrics in songs like "Weasel Potpie," "Buttmachine" and "Steamin' Hunks." You get the picture. Double Door Inn

Husky Charlotte's own psychedelic acid rock trio Husky is perfectly comfortable in the hollows where they exist. They dig the titans of guitar-god rockers of the '60s and '70s where blues was the firm foundation and long, layered and spacey rock jams were the norm, not the exception. Husky's recent recording The Sea King is about as cosmic rock as it gets. With Delicious and Cement Stars. Tremont Music Hall

Webb Wilder For over two decades roots rocker Wilder has honed his wit-laden blues and roots rock to a point where its second nature. Along with his corky stage presence, the singer, guitarist and filmmaker backs up his oodles of musicality with irreverence and a tongue firmly planted in cheek. His most recent recording, Born to Be Wilder, showcases his most potent persona, performing live. The Evening Muse

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Friday, March 27, 2009

Want to play Warped Tour?

Posted By on Fri, Mar 27, 2009 at 2:22 PM

There's one spot at each Warped Tour concert reserved for a local indie band that's on Sonicbids.

Application deadline is April 1. Check out the details here.

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