Sunday, May 31, 2009

Music Menu: Little Feat

Posted By on Sun, May 31, 2009 at 10:00 AM

Little Feat

The latest incarnation of the band has been touring for more than 20 years, including founding member Bill Payne. Shaun Murphy, who played with the band since 1993, appearing on five albums, left the band this past February and will not be replaced. While her sound will be missed, it's going to be more interesting to see how her presence is missed on stage. Either way, I'm guessing you'll hear "Dixie Chicken." Amos' Southend

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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Music Menu: The Helio Sequence, Blueground Undergrass

Posted By on Sat, May 30, 2009 at 10:00 AM

The Helio Sequence

Following the release of the still-underrated Love and Distance, its 2004 debut on Sub Pop, Brandon Summers and Benjamin Weikel toured the world like mad, sharing stages with the likes of Blonde Redhead, Kings of Leon, and their pals Modest Mouse (whom Weikel has also drummed for). Summers' voice was soon hopelessly shot, and the doctor prescribed bed rest and no daytime chatter. Fast-forward a couple years, post-"rehab," to 2008's Keep Your Eyes Ahead, a lovely pastiche of the band's texture-tronic keyboard-driven folk jangle, as effortlessly warm and wit-filled as ever, and remind yourself of how lucky we are – were it not for the two-three year hiatus, there's little chance we'd still be able to see the Sequence in a venue this intimate. With The Lights Fluorescent, Ultimate Optimist. Milestone (Davis)

Blueground Undergrass

w/ Reverend Jeff Mosier Now 10 years into things, the Jeff and Johnny Mosier-led Blueground Undergrass have managed to unite both grassheads and jambanders alike with their "sonic wall of twang." There's a little of the late, great Southern band Sea Level in here too, along with some jangly/Django-esque jazz riffage. If all that sounds like The Avett Brothers, it ain't; BU is somewhat lighter in both sonic and emotional delivery, though both bands have more stores of energy than a well-fed camel. Sylvia Theater, York (Davis)

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Friday, May 29, 2009

Concert announcement — KMFDM

Posted By on Fri, May 29, 2009 at 5:13 PM

KMFDM will perform at The Fillmore Charlotte on Oct. 28.

Tickets go on sale on June 6 at 10 a.m. through

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Concert announcement - Blink-182

Posted By on Fri, May 29, 2009 at 5:00 PM

Blink-182 will perform at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre on Oct. 1 with Fall Out Boy, All-American Rejects and Asher Roth.

Tickets go on sale on June 5 at 10 a.m.

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10-in-10 CD reviews

Posted By on Fri, May 29, 2009 at 10:54 AM

Each Friday, we bring you 10 reviews of recently released CDs done in 10 words each:

Bachelorette My Electrical Family — New Zealand singer unleashes 11 tracks of pyschedelic, electronic pop.

Sir Richard Bishop The Freak of Araby — Instrumental album is full of mellow, guitar-focused, Arabic songs.

Anjulie Anjulie —R&b is all starting to sound the same these days.

The Features Some Kind of Salvation — Nashville band’s sophomore rock disc out four years after debut.

Viva Voce Rose City — Portland alt-rock duo becomes a quartet for sophomore disc.

Gary Lewis & The Playboys The Complete Liberty Singles — 1960s pop band releases 55-song collection of its hits.

Passion Pit Manners — Pop music with lots of falsetto soaking in over top.

Jenny Owen Youngs Transmitter Failure — Sophomore album from pop-folkster is full of catchy tunes.

Dave Alvin and the Guilty Women Dave Alvin and the Guilty Women — Roots rocker teams up with seven women for diverse album.

Nakia Water to Wine — Soulful singer from Austin has caught eye of Sharon Jones.

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Music Menu: Red All Over

Posted By on Fri, May 29, 2009 at 9:00 AM


Red All Over

After taking some time off to pursue individual interests and other groups, the Charlotte trio of Red All Over has reunited. Lead singer Eliza Grey, bassist Jarrett Bury and guitarist Josh Featherstone combine elements of Radiohead, Garbage and U2 for their unique brand of rock. Not too long ago, the band went on an 80-show tour of the East and Gulf Coasts. Might as well catch them while they're in town. Amos' Southend

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Brooke Hogan's new album cover...seriously

Posted By on Thu, May 28, 2009 at 4:11 PM

A look at Brooke Hogan's new album cover. It's either that or the hood of someone's 1986 Trans-Am.



The Stellas return to Charlotte

Posted By on Thu, May 28, 2009 at 2:11 PM

Now that the jet lag is over, I can sit and reflect about our excellent journey through the Middle East. I've learned a lot of things.

1. The troops are amazing!!!

I give them huge props for doing the tasks they do. Regardless of how you feel about the war, these men and woman are doing a stand up job. They are putting their lives on the line to protect our nation and our freedom. Every person we talked to had a great personality and deserves recognition. We salute them! Keep up the good work and THANKS!

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Parachute has yet to land...

Posted By on Thu, May 28, 2009 at 12:07 PM

About three years ago, I remember getting an e-mail from the kid brother of a good friend from college. His name was Alex and he played bass in a band with some buddies in Charlottesville, and I had known his older sister, Dori, quite well following an infamous egg-throwing incident my junior year.

Back in school, Dori would often gush about young Alex’s work on a new recording, or the latest gig his band, Sparky’s Flaw, had booked to play in the local scene. Even then, she portrayed the role of the proud big sister quite well, always eager to share the latest news on her brother’s project. But honestly, I didn’t pay too much attention.

I myself had a few friends and family members in bands and my thoughts were along the lines of "good for Alex." Strum a few chords for the University of Virginia sorority chicks. Have some fun, make a few bucks. Maybe they’ll blow up. And by ‘blow up’ I was thinking, "tour the mid-Atlantic college circuit."

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Music Menu: Stephen Marley, Pride Parade and Benji Hughes

Posted By on Thu, May 28, 2009 at 9:54 AM

Stephen Marley

A son of reggae legend Bob Marley, Stephen spent his early years with elder brother Ziggy and the Melody Makers and many more behind the boards as producer and idea generator on numerous reggae, hip-hop and R&B recordings. Stephen Marley's debut solo from a couple years back, Mind Control, showcased his love and understanding of roots reggae infused with dancehall, rap and soul. Amos' Southend (Samir Shukla)

Pride Parade

This is some heeeavyyy rock. Could be the triple guitar assault kicking ass with an unholy mix of garage, punk, and psychedelic hard rock. The Athens, Ga., outfit's barrage is honed with just the right shade of growly vocals and rhythm. The band's recording from last year, Descendants, is a six-string rock monster further unhinged with the help of Harvey Milk's Kyle Spence's engineering touch. With Reverser and Chamelon. Milestone (Samir Shukla)

Benji Hughes

Charlotte scenesters have known of Hughes' considerable songwriting chops since his days in Muscadine (alongside his co-Alice in Indieland, Jonathan Wilson, who's also doing quite well for himself these days) and the slow-honkin' The Goldenrods. Why, then, is Hughes just now beginning to get his just rewards (late night TV, Chuck Klosterman articles in Esquire, solid-if-unspectacular record sales)? To these ears, it's because the Pete Seeger of Plaza Midwood's artistic and musical boundaries, ever loosely-penned, are now sketched completely in invisible ink. Having spent time in LA's hipster-thick Silver Lake neighborhood, Hughes, freed from need, followed his muse outside the bar and up the spiral stairs into his own head. His lyrics, always as well-penned as any this town has ever boasted, are now matched with an eclectic musical ear that isn't afraid to use all the crayons in the box – or, if you will, records in his record collection. Long may he languidly lounge. Petra's Piano Bar and Cabaret (Timothy C. Davis)

Stephen Marley

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