Monday, November 30, 2009

Live review: Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Posted By on Mon, Nov 30, 2009 at 5:25 PM

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Time Warner Cable Arena

Nov. 28, 2009

The Deal: Trans-Siberian Orchestra brought its annual holiday orchestral-rock show to the Q.C. for a performance at Time Warner Cable Arena.

The Good: The group kicked off by playing songs from its lengthy catalog of holiday-themed discs. This included tracks like “The Prince Of Peace,” “The March Of The Kings/Hark The Herald,” “Angel,” “Carol of the Bells,” “Good King Joy,” “Ornament,” “Old City Bar,” “Promises To Keep,” “This Christmas Day,” and “An Angel Returned,” among others. It was, during this half of the show, that a narrator also told a Christmas-themed story between songs, and fake snow fell upon clusters of audience members who were sitting close to the front of the stage.

Photo by Lewis Lee
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Concert announcement: Norah Jones

Posted By on Mon, Nov 30, 2009 at 2:22 PM

Norah Jones will perform at Ovens Auditorium on May 12, 2010. No word on when tickets when go on sale.

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Concert announcement: The English Beat, Fishbone

Posted By on Mon, Nov 30, 2009 at 11:31 AM

Just saw a listing over at Tremont Music Hall's Web site stating that The English Beat and Fishbone will be performing on Feb. 20. Tickets go on sale on Friday.

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Saving Abel canceled?

Posted By on Mon, Nov 30, 2009 at 11:28 AM

I just got a press release stating that Saving Abel has canceled the majority of its upcoming shows as a health precaution for the band's singer, Jared Weeks. This would include the Friday show at Amos'.

Amos' Southend still lists the concert as Saving Abel headlining the Not So Acoustic Christmas event, and so does 106.5's Web site. I would guess that another headliner will be found or the remaining groups will perform as planned. Stay tuned...

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Mixtape review: Lupe Fiasco

Posted By on Mon, Nov 30, 2009 at 11:17 AM

Lupe Fiasco - Enemy of the State  A Love Story
The Deal: Hip-hop gets the first of two mixtape gifts (the other dropping on Christmas Day) from Lupe Fiasco, as he prepares for his third studio album coming out in 2010.

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Live review: Red All Over

Posted By on Mon, Nov 30, 2009 at 11:04 AM

I caught Red All Over the evening before Thanksgiving and the show sent me into the holiday with a sense of satisfaction since the group is contributing to Charlotte’s diverse live music scene. I originally saw the group perform a short set at a CrownTown Showdown and found myself looking forward to a full show.

The group is influenced by bands such as Lush, Curve, Joy Division, Portishead and The Cure and features Eliza Grey on vocals, Jarrett Bury on bass and Brian Fetner on percussion. The group performs with tracks that include drums and an array of synthesizers that pulse-out dreamy minor chords. The group’s regular guitarist couldn’t make this show, but Bury found a sub at the last minute that nailed it.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The Muppets' "Bohemian Rhapsody"

Posted By on Wed, Nov 25, 2009 at 12:59 PM

Just pure entertainment. Enjoy!

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Back in the day, we listened to real music... sorta

Posted By on Wed, Nov 25, 2009 at 12:52 PM

A couple of weeks ago, I went to my high school reunion. I have no desire to tell you how old I am so we’ll refer to it as the __th year reunion. If you’ve read many of my weekly posts, you know I occasionally (read: every week) like to rail on the state of pop music and zing the likes of Lady Ga(g) Ga(g), Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers.

I like to think that I know good music when I hear it, and of course make fun of bad music because it’s fun. Fast forward to high school reunion ’09 or as I like to call it – “The Day Bad Music Reigned Supreme”. Let’s just say that when the dj fires up “Pony” by Ginuwine, the night is heading downhill quickly.

What does this mean? We all like bad music at some point in our lives. And we all like to think the songs we heard and listened to over and over and over again back in high school were great and meaningful and world changing. I mean “Mmmm Mmmm Mmmm” by Crash Test Dummies should be the song they play in the background for all those starving kid commercials right? It’s a DEEP song!! Maybe not.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Who's Taylor Swift?

Posted By on Tue, Nov 24, 2009 at 4:42 PM

WARNING: Sweeping generalizations about the musical tastes of black people will be made in this post…I’m black soooo, it’s cool.

I hate being put in a position to express the views and opinions of my race. This time, I think I’ll take a stab at speaking for “my people.”

Following the American Music Awards on Twitter, not only did I get into an argument with a zealous Michael Jackson fan, but I also further realized that black people, for the most part, don’t keep up with white pop stars.

Tweets like “ Damn you Kanye...ain’t nobody know who this skeeza was before the VMA’s now they riding with her like Seabiscuit to the finish line" lead black people to be convinced that Taylor Swift was a nobody before Kanye West embarrassed her on the MTV Video Music Awards, thus throwing her in the spotlight and that’s because, for the most part, we have no idea who these white pop stars are.

Sure there’s Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus (I’ve seen Hannah Montana backpacks in the projects for Christ’s sake), Lady Gaga and other artists are just big everywhere but you’d be hard pressed to find a black person who can name a Taylor Swift song let alone own the album.

Then she beat Michael Jackson for awards and people were looking for the digital Dr. King to start marching against her, when as one of my followers so nicely put, MJ is great but he didn’t do much this year but die. (The subsequent retweet is what started my “debates” with MJ fans).

Then Adam Lambert gets on stage and the confusion mixed with homophobia nearly made my Blackberry explode. Truth is, I don’t know many black people that have followed American Idol since the Ruben, Fantasia days and that was what...? 5 years ago?

The point of this? Really isn’t one. Just a cultural observation. The same way I had to Google white actresses not named Anne Hathaway because they all kind of look alike to me is probably the same reason “my people” aren’t aware of the millions of albums Taylor Swift sold this year and really think Kanye West catapulted her to stardom.

Hey, if you want us to know, play it on Power 98.

It’s a black thing.

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Concert announcement: Further

Posted By on Tue, Nov 24, 2009 at 12:33 PM

Further, a new band featuring Grateful Dead members Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, will be coming to the Bojangles Coliseum on Feb. 10, 2010.

The band is made up of Lesh, Weir, Jeff Chimenti, John Kadlecik, Jay Lane and Joe Russo.

Presale starts on Nov. 30. General sales on Dec. 11 at 10 a.m.

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