Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Michael Jackson Tribute @ Prevue

Posted By on Tue, Jun 30, 2009 at 2:51 PM

Prevue in NoDA will be hosting a Michael Jackson Tribute this Wednesday. Door proceeds will go to Angel Food, a MJ Charity. Also please bring a canned good to donate. Music will include Michael Jackson classics, remixes and mash-ups. Doors open at 9 pm.

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Michael Jackson viewing on Friday

Posted By on Tue, Jun 30, 2009 at 2:50 PM

A public viewing of Michael Jackson is scheduled for Friday at the Neverland Ranch. Yeah, how much chaos is going to take place? I can see it already — women falling on the coffin and hysterically in tears while anti-pedophile protestors stand outside the gates.

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Redman, Methodman, Ghostface canceled

Posted By on Tue, Jun 30, 2009 at 11:34 AM

The Redman, Methodman and Ghostface show at Amos' Southend on Aug. 4 has been canceled. The promoter is working to reschedule the show.

In the meantime, etix will be issuing refunds in the next two days.

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Music Menu: Ben Prestage

Posted By on Tue, Jun 30, 2009 at 10:21 AM

Ben Prestage Prestage racks up amps-load of cred with his Beale Street country blues shuffling along to vocals that channel Tom Waits growl and the accompanying cacophonous picking and percussion. But Prestage is a bluesman in his own right with an ear for bluesy gin joint rockers that would be also at home in a backwoods honky tonk. Double Door Inn

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Michael Jackson refund or ... nothing?

Posted By on Tue, Jun 30, 2009 at 9:18 AM

Michael Jackson was scheduled to perform 50 shows in London as a form of comeback/farewell. As we all know by now, Jackson died of cardiac arrest and those concerts will never happen.

A refund policy has been announced that people who bought tickets can get a full refund, or can keep the ticket as a souvenir. A souvenir? Really? For a concert that never happened?

Here's my question - why would they be worth anything? Tickets for his last actual concert would be worth a lot more. If I go out and print tickets that say "Michael Jackson: Live in Charlotte" for a date in 2010, that's not going to make them a souvenir.

Jackson had already canceled four shows and it's possible he may have never performed any of them. It's more likely that the ticket brokers are trying to make a little money instead of having to return roughly $85 million.

Tickets for a concert that happened - a souvenir label and memories are attached to that. Tickets for an event that never happened - it's called a worthless piece of paper.

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This week's new releases (6/30/2009)

Posted By on Tue, Jun 30, 2009 at 8:42 AM

Here's a quick rundown of some of the new music hitting shelves this week:

Bjork Voltaic

Black Crowes Warpaint Live (DVD)

Levon Helm Electric Dirt

Albert King, Stevie Ray Vaughn In Session

Moby Wait for Me

Brad Paisley American Saturday Night

Rob Thomas Cradlesong

Wilco Wilco (The Album)

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Monday, June 29, 2009

Avetts reveal cover art for new album

Posted By on Mon, Jun 29, 2009 at 12:27 PM

The Avett Brothers. have released the cover art for their upcoming album, I and Love and You.

Check it out here.

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BET Award winners

Posted By on Mon, Jun 29, 2009 at 10:15 AM

Here's a quick list of the winners from last night's BET Awards:

Video of the Year — Beyoncé “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)”

Best Male R&B Artist — Ne-Yo

Best Female R&B Artist — Beyoncé

Best Male Hip-Hop Artist — Lil Wayne

Best Female Hip-Hop Artist — M.I.A.

Best Group — Day26

Best New Artist — Keri Hilson

Viewer’s Choice — T.I. featuring Rihanna – “Live Your Life”

Best Collaboration — Jamie Foxx feauturing T-Pain – “Blame It”

Video Director of the Year — Benny Boom

Best Gospel Artist — Mary Mary

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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Music Menu: The Lemonheads, Left On Crates

Posted By on Sun, Jun 28, 2009 at 10:20 AM

The Lemonheads Evan Dando and The Lemonheads are back on the oft-toured circuit with the twangy new collection of tunes called Varshons (produced by Butthole Surfers frontman Gibby Haynes). The record features Kate Moss (the new wavish "Dirty Robot") and Liv Tyler (the acoustic "Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye") along with a confounding G.G. Allin cover, but other than that it's Dando all the way with his slacker vocals and guitars that reliably deliver. Visulite Theatre (Samir Shukla)

Left On Cates At first glance, Left On Cates may seem like just another teenage rock band, letting out their sexual and social frustrations through throaty vocals and sing-along melodies ... well, maybe at second and third glance, too. This Raleigh quartet may not be tackling anything new, but they are working their way out of the ordinary with recognition from mtvU as one of the best campus bands, and by opening for major acts such as Senses Fail and Deerhunter. Hey, sometimes a little of the familiar makes for the best time. With Hotspur, We Are Masked, The Fire Tonight and Sundrone. Tremont Music Hall (Sam Webster)

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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Music Menu: Johnny Winter, Volatile Baby

Posted By on Sat, Jun 27, 2009 at 10:19 AM

Johnny Winter Of course to say that Winter is a blues-rock icon is stating the obvious. Forty years down the road from his 1969 recorded debut, Winter fires up his guitar accompanied by that unmistakable throat and settles into a burning blues mode with such ease that breathing becomes non-essential. Just go for crying out loud. With Cyril Lance. Neighborhood Theatre (Samir Shukla)

Volatile Baby If you don't get to see them at the Pewter Rose on Friday, June 26, well, it sounds like this is probably your last chance. From what I've gathered via rumors, chats and Facebook (e-mails went unanswered), it sounds like keyboardist Allison Modafferi is heading out for a new project and the future of Volatile Baby remains uncertain. So, at this point, they're making like Nine Inch Nails and calling them the "last shows." Solid female three-part harmonies help the band stand out from the pack. If the rumors are true, it's going to leave a hole in the Charlotte music scene's talented landscape. Pewter Rose (Jeff Hahne)

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