Friday, March 27, 2009

Another venue closes...

Posted By on Fri, Mar 27, 2009 at 10:22 AM

After 22 years up at Lake Norman, under various ownership, Double Door @ Lake Norman has closed its doors.

While the club no longer had direct ties to the Double Door Inn aside from the name, the venue remained a live music venue.

It's always sad to see another business close, especially one of the few live music venues up on the north side of town. The owners haven't given up hope of finding a new location, so there may still be some hope. With all the construction going on on Catawba Ave., business had taken a big hit.

We thank the venue for its years of service to the community, and their support of our latest Homebrew CD, of which they were the sponsor.

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10-in-10 CD reviews

Posted By on Fri, Mar 27, 2009 at 10:11 AM

Each Friday, we review 10 random CDs that were recently released in 10 words each:

Christine Santelli Any Better Time — Singer’s bluesy seventh disc focuses on her gravely, gritty vocals.

Jim Jones Pray IV Reign — Dude from the MTV commercials releases latest mediocre rap album.

Israel Houghton The Power of One — Award-winner brings energy and pop style into Gospel music.

Winter Gloves About a Girl — Synth-heavy music out of Montreal is picking up buzz.

Yanni Voices — I guess I’m not old enough to appreciate this music…

Randevyn The Randevyn Project — Soul singer has previously worked with India Arie and Ludacris.

Jana Mashonee New Moon Born — Lumbee singer-songwriter offers up an upbeat version of r&b.

The Color of Violence Youthanize — Screamo music with childish song titles…I don’t get it.

Jackdawg Jackdawg — Members of CCR, Doobies team up — was recorded in ‘90s.

Patty Blee From the Inside EP — Good bit of bluesy acoustic album is soaked in country.

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Music Menu (3/27/09)

Posted By on Fri, Mar 27, 2009 at 8:00 AM


Sara Watkins, 27, is best known as the fiddle player for Nickel Creek, but since that band went on an indefinite hiatus, she's off and running with her solo career. When I spoke with her during Creek's last tour, she had already finished most of her debut CD – produced by John Paul Jones – which is due on April 7. I'm guessing you'll get to hear plenty of it at this show. Opening for John Prine. Ovens Auditorium (Jeff Hahne)

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Introducing Chickenfoot

Posted By on Thu, Mar 26, 2009 at 10:09 AM

And on the umpteenth day, music created another supergroup. This one's called Chickenfoot, made up of Michael Anthony (ex-Van Halen), Sammy Hagar, Joe Satriani and Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers).

The band's debut album is due on June 7. They came together as a result of jam sessions at Hagar's Cabo Wabo. Listening, you can tell it's definitely Hagar singing and there's plenty of Satriani to go around.

Check out "Soap on a Rope"


And "Down the Drain."


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Music Menu (3/26/09)

Posted By on Thu, Mar 26, 2009 at 8:00 AM


Saliva If you like your rock equal parts glam rock, hair- and nu-metal (and these people do exist – ever lived in Myrtle Beach?), then you'll spit your pants over Saliva. Signed by former Island Records head Lyor Cohen as his token rock act about a decade back, the Memphis-based band and WWE entrance music perennial has persevered (to some extent – the band's latest record never broke the Top 100) by doing what they do best – blend in. Singer Josey Scott's mostly the draw here, with a nice voice that's an equal mix muscular snarl and freaky falsetto. Their latest, Cinco Diablo, is pretty much more of the same, featuring songs like "Hunt You Down," "Judgment Day," "I'm Coming Back," and any number of other tracks that wouldn't strike fear into the heart of even the lamest of Vince McMahon's tomato cans. Amos' SouthEnd (Timothy C. Davis)

The Physics of Meaning The cool thing about Durham-based TPOM is they don't dwell in one musical location for long, but that doesn't mean the songs are all over the map. They can take a chapter out of the Nirvana book, and follow it up with a folk-pop tune, a chamber music piece and dissonance-laden rock. The band twists and turns but doesn't veer off course and keeps the mood within the confines of a composed pop number. With LA Tool & Die and Use Your Inside Voices. The Milestone (Samir Shukla)

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Bonnaroo additions

Posted By on Wed, Mar 25, 2009 at 3:21 PM

Bonnaroo 2009 has announced the addition of more performers and comedians, including Public Enemy, Ani DiFranco, Jimmy Fallon, Heartless Bastards, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog and a whole bunch more.

You can find complete lists here.

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They're playing where?

Posted By on Wed, Mar 25, 2009 at 11:37 AM

A new concert listing has popped up online — The Offspring performing on July 14 at "The Boutique Amphitheatre at The N.C. Music Factory" with Sum 41 on their "The Shit is Fucked Up Tour."

Now, being that CL's office is in the Music Factory, you'd think we'd be aware of the new venue's opening... and while there are constantly workers over at The Fillmore, it doesn't look like they're working on the outdoor amphitheatre.

There is a boutique amphitheatre in Raleigh...but the listing says Charlotte. And, the N.C. Music Factory homepage does list the "Boutique Amphitheatre." So, we're going to say that it will be in Charlotte.

Stay tuned...

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The Double Door legend

Posted By on Wed, Mar 25, 2009 at 10:37 AM

It goes without saying that the Double-Door is a Charlotte landmark. Most folks know it as the blues club where Eric Clapton and many other well-known musicians (mostly guitarists it seems...) have made appearances. What’s odd is that most run-of-the-mill-non-musician-types have heard of the Double-Door, but haven’t actually made it down there.

So, if I want to catch a show or am performing there, or I am trying to round up some folks to go and I tell them that it’s at the Double Door, I’m usually met with, “Oh yeah... the Double Door... Where is that?” It seems that the venue’s legendary status doesn’t help get people in the doors.

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The Avetts in Rolling Stone

Posted By on Wed, Mar 25, 2009 at 10:29 AM

The Avett Brothers' new CD gets a preview in the latest edition of Rolling Stone magazine. Click here to check out the story.

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Music Menu (3/25/09)

Posted By on Wed, Mar 25, 2009 at 8:00 AM


Dave Rhames & The Westchesters "Southern Fried Rock 'n' Roll, Country Style" is how Rhames has always described his music, and methinks he's onto something. Hints of Merles both Watson and Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, and Bocephus share the stage with Street Survivors-era Skynyrd and David Allan Coe. Mostly, it just sounds like Rhames – whiskey-strong, homey and a little rough around the edges, with just enough danger and drollery mixed in with the ballads to keep you guessin'. This is a man who wrote a song about Satan as a no-count NASCAR racer, after all (the amusing "The Devil's in the 666.") The Evening Muse (Timothy C. Davis)

DD/MM/YYYY Mark your calendar for dd/mm/yyyy. The Toronto-based quintet brings a cornucopia of sounds as the five guys jump between two drum kits, two guitars, and two keyboards with transitions as smooth as melted butter. But don't expect to be able to place them into any one musical genre; their sound is almost as hard to define as their name is to pronounce. Despite the fact that nobody really seems to understand this quirky group, crowds across the States (and our neighbors to the north) can't seem to get enough of them. With Bob Fields and No Shoulders. The Milestone (Jill Jacobs)

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