Friday, July 31, 2009

10-in-10 CD reviews

Posted By on Fri, Jul 31, 2009 at 10:52 AM

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

Trevor Hall Trevor Hall — 22-year-old’s debut combines reggae, soul and acoustic rock.

Chris Ayer Don’t Go Back to Sleep — Folk done in a pop format, pleasant and strong vocals.

Various Artists Funny People Soundtrack — McCartney, Plant, Ringo, Lennon, James Taylor, Zevon, Wilco… Adam Sandler?

Pepper Dome Let’s Try the Otherside — Hard rock with weak vocals, the CD cover looks cheesy.

Ian Hunter Man Overboard — Mott the Hoople frontman offers standard rock with raspy vocals.

Over the Hill Looking for a Spark — Energetic, entertaining bluegrass-meets-punk band with voice-cracking vocals.

Ben Cooley Hall Owning Up to a Life — Former Mary Reillys singer releases debut, folk-pop solo disc.

Mike Dekle Tributes — Singer’s fifth album has country accent and sturdy country roots.

Shannon Curtis Why Don’t You Stay — Third EP contains five songs of pop-based piano songs.

Little Richard King of Rock and Roll — Entertaining reissue features Rolling Stones, Creedence and some other covers.

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Music Menu: Actual Proof CD Release, I Was Totally Destroying It, Sam Bush

Posted By on Fri, Jul 31, 2009 at 9:10 AM


Actual Proof CD Release Who knew the vibraphone could be so intriguing? The Charlotte-based progressive fusion quartet's jazz doesn't slack up on subtle funk, either. Vibraphonist and Queens University professor Eric Mullis and company swirl spacey fusion interwoven with improvisation that sounds so effortless because each member is obviously a master of his instrument and can run solo sections and then jump right back into the mix without missing a note. They are celebrating the release of their debut CD where sound exploration is the modus operandi. With Jonathan Scales Fourchestra. Double Door Inn (Samir Shukla)

I Was Totally Destroying It This Chapel Hill outfit's name may give you the wrong impression of its music. This power synth pop/rock quintet with a hardcore name sounds more like Paramore than Every Time I Die, but they still totally destroy your perception of prior pop/rock efforts. Super-charged yet soft-hearted, this one-girl-multiple-guy dynamic seems to work yet again. With The Sammies, The Groves and You Tonight. Visulite Theatre (Sam Webster)

Sam Bush Sam sure can play the man-do-lin, but man, do these bluegrass guys stretch themselves thin or what? The man's played with New Grass Revival, Bela Fleck and Emmylou Harris, to name but a few, but his most satisfying work to these ears is with his own Sam Bush Band, a sort of New-New Grass Revival (Bush's now legendary first supergroup, who more or less, like with Bill Monroe and bluegrass, defined a genre). Sam always shows up to a session ready to pick, however, and tonight's show ought not to be any different, no matter who's taggin' along. Neighborhood Theatre (Timothy C. Davis)

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Live review: Tool

Posted By on Thu, Jul 30, 2009 at 2:10 PM

Tool w/ Tweak Bird

Bojangles Coliseum

July 29, 2009


The Deal: Tool brings along Tweak Bird for visit to Charlotte at sold-out Bojangles Coliseum.

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Arctic Monkeys: Viewable from the Afternoon

Posted By on Thu, Jul 30, 2009 at 11:26 AM

Alex Turner and his bandmates may come off as pricks, but I've never cared. Since their brilliant 2006 debut, Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, Arctic Monkeys have been one of my favorite bands and have built quite the global following with its brand of abrasive, witty Brit-punk.

That said, I was bummed to learn the Sheffield, England-based quartet won't even graze the Southeast during their 2009 U.S. tour. A major disappointment. I caught them for the first time at Coachella in '07 and again later that year after a four-hour trek to Atlanta's Tabernacle.

The more intimate set was unbelievable, possibly best of the year for this guy. Perhaps it was too intimate, however, and that's why they're not coming back (the audience paled in comparison to the hordes of sing-along followers at Euro festivals).

Regardless, since this year's a wash, I'll be sneaking peeks today when the band streams a live performance of its new, Josh Homme-produced album, Humbug, online at 4 p.m. EST this afternoon. The record doesn't drop for another month (Aug. 25), so I'm looking forward to an early look at their new stuff.

Given the East Coast timing of the set, it'd only be fitting for Arctic Monkeys to sneak in an old favorite, "The View from the Afternoon," the opener on its first LP.

To check out a preview of the show, click here.

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Music Menu: Torche

Posted By on Thu, Jul 30, 2009 at 9:08 AM


Torche Here's a double bill to get your innards good and rattled. These rockers twist metal, psychedelic wigouts, sludgy guitars and rumbling bass to unleash their, well, innard-rattling bombast. When touring with their buds and fellow Georgia rockers the legendary Harvey Milk, the night will be rife with chunks of guitar riffs, pounding percussion and ear drums buzzing for days. Co-headlining with the aforementioned Harvey Milk. Milestone (Samir Shukla)

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Make-out songs of the rich and famous

Posted By on Wed, Jul 29, 2009 at 3:16 PM

What do famous people get down to on Saturday night? I'd like to make a few predictions/assumptions...

It’s Saturday night. The mood is right. You’re in your parents' living room or maybe the back seat of that old beater you called your first car. It’s getting to that special part of the evening. It’s time to seal the deal. It’s time to go to "the closer" and leave no doubt. You reach over, flip on the stereo, start the tape deck, un-pause the CD on that special track. That’s right; it’s a make out-song. It’s your make-out song.

Whether you relied on Chris Isaak’s "Wicked Game" or Bob Seger’s "Night Moves," you know what I’m talking about. That one song that just set the mood. You’re already half-way down memory lane aren’t you? That special someone or the words to that song are already in your head.

We know how we get down, but, have you ever wondered what songs the "have’s" get down to? We know they don’t lead a normal life. Their make-out songs can’t be like ours right? Surely they don’t rely on Marvin Gaye or Barry White. So what do they reach for on Saturday night?

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Music Menu: Pterodactyl

Posted By on Wed, Jul 29, 2009 at 12:08 PM


Pterodactyl These four sound-alchemists are based in Brooklyn, N.Y., and their latest, Worldwild, certainly fits today's multi-culti big-city sonic bill: polyrhythmic beat-fucking, rabid full-band chanting and cross-harmonizing, guitar FX detonations, epileptic arrangements and tempos, and plenty of laptop mischief – just to highlight the most tell-tale signs. How do they differ from the Battles and Animal Collectives living right down the street? By the slimmest of degrees. With Bo White & Guests and Bob Fields. Snug Harbor (John Schacht)

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Ovens, the 'Bo-Round' get new Web sites

Posted By on Wed, Jul 29, 2009 at 12:03 PM

Ovens Auditorium and Bojangles Coliseum have gotten new, updated Web sites and they are both a breath of fresh air over the old ones. Check them out when you have a chance.

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Concert announcement — Jason Mraz

Posted By on Wed, Jul 29, 2009 at 10:34 AM

While Jason Mraz stuck around last night and performed a two-hour show for roughly 1,800 lucky attendees, he has also agreed to reschedule the concert to Sept. 10 at the Uptown Amphitheatre. Ticket-holders who were not able to get into the Fillmore last night can keep their tickets for the new show date.

If you'd like a refund, you can get one at the point of purchase starting today. Patrons who purchased tickets online or via phones need to mail their tickets to Live Nation Ticketing, PO Box 1090, Crozet, VA 22932. If using any other delivery service, tickets should be shipped to Live Nation Ticketing, 5391 Three Notch’d Rd, Crozet, VA 22932.

Tickets for the new date will go on sale at a date to be announced.

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Live review: Jason Mraz, G. Love

Posted By on Wed, Jul 29, 2009 at 1:30 AM

Jason Mraz w/ G. Love, K'Naan, Bushwalla

Uptown Amphitheatre/Fillmore

July 28, 2009

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The Deal: Jason Mraz and G. Love move outdoor show at Uptown Amphitheatre into The Fillmore after heavy downpour.

The Good: The concert was supposed to happen at the Uptown Amphitheatre, but rain came pouring down part-way through K'Naan's set. As people scrambled for shelter from the thunderstorm, a stage was slowly put together inside the neighboring Fillmore. Though roughly 4,000 tickets were sold for the show, only 2,000 would get into The Fillmore — a lot of people left in the rain and 1,800 stuck around. I also heard that lawn ticket holders were told they could not get into The Fillmore. What those in attendance got was a 45-minute, solo acoustic set by G. Love and a nearly two-hour acoustic, full-band set by Mraz. (Mraz was only scheduled for an hour and 15 minutes for outside, but I guess the three-hour wait was worth it for those who remained.)

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