Sunday, January 31, 2010

Neighborhood Theatre staying open with JEM

Posted By on Sun, Jan 31, 2010 at 10:14 PM

JEM has posted a new announcement on the Neighborhood Theatre Web site — They're going to stay!

January 31, 2010

Due to the overwhelming support from the Charlotte music community, JEM Entertainment is happy to announce that we have decided to continue operation of The Neighborhood Theatre with no plans to cease operations or to close the venue as previously stated.

Since the original announcement twenty-one days ago, we have had an outpouring from the community offering assistance and ideas on how we could save the Neighborhood Theatre. After much thought and careful consideration, JEM is on board to do just that. This change in direction has been made possible by all of you, our supporters, and your positive energy.

All current management and staff will stay in place continuing to bring you the same level of quality music as we have done for the past 6 years. Due to the desire from the community to help, we would like to offer you a few ways to show your direct support. Please stay tuned as we will be announcing these options in the coming days. It's time to get back to it Charlotte!!

From the bottom of all of our hearts we say THANK YOU.

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Live Grammy commentary

Posted By on Sun, Jan 31, 2010 at 5:10 PM

Stay tuned right here — I'll be offering up my commentary on tonight's Grammy Awards during the broadcast (live from my couch). Expect complaints, humor, winners and whatever else is running through my mind while the broadcast goes on...

Just flipped past the Grammy previews on TV Guide channel. Glad to see my predictions are doing so well — Levon Helm won for Best Americana Album, Ziggy Marley won Best Children's Album, Buckwheat Zydeco, Stephen Marley, Los Tigres del Norte and I even picked the Best Surround Sound Album right...

Mr. "Pants on the Ground" is at the Grammys — ok, it was a catchy song, but he's at 14:59 in his 15 minutes of fame.

The live coverage brings now...

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Moses Cherry; Haiti Benefit (01/31/2010)

Posted By on Sun, Jan 31, 2010 at 8:16 AM

Moses Cherry & the Topless Gospel Choir Don't let the name fool you – this isn't a burlesque show of any kind. The Milkjug Records group plays a front porch blues with plenty of soul and heart behind it. Cherry does a fine job on guitar and vocals, backed by Zac McBee (Atilla's Honey) on kickdrum and harmonica and Johnny Burns on bass. Worth stopping in and checking out the whole bill – with The Lesser Pauls, Reverend Deadeye's No Man Gospel Band and Perry Fowler. Snug Harbor

Haiti Earthquake Benefit Concert Yet another benefit concert with plenty of great local acts that would be worth checking out even if it wasn't for a great cause. Performers include Jeremy Current, E-S Guthrie, the Activity, The Natural History, Amy Scheide, Sarah Deshields, Chris Kincaid, Matrimony, Jessica Drake and Bright Young Things. Anne R. Belk Theater at UNCC

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Saturday, January 30, 2010

In concert: The Edwards Brothers & The Sammies (01/30/2010)

Posted By on Sat, Jan 30, 2010 at 8:39 AM

The Edwards Brothers Fellow CL scribe John Schacht, in the July 4, 2007, issue of this fine alt.weekly, gave us a fine history of Lou Ford, the local legends who are fronted by the brothers Edwards (if you read that story, and you should, you realize they probably wouldn't like being called that. The "legends" part, I mean. And why not? Both songwriters have always mined a progressively populist vein – the one artist I never heard the band compared to, interestingly enough, was Woody Guthrie. The last Edwardian release, Lou Ford's Poor Man's Soul, didn't shift all that many units, but it stands neck-and-neck with anything the band's ever done. There's regret, but there's resolution, too. There's self-loathing, but some self-laughing, too. Hell, just go see 'em. Thus ends the longest parenthetical menu blurb ever.). With American Aquarium, The Brilliant Inventions, Rebecca Loebe. The Evening Muse

The Sammies Ever since exiting the humid musical wilds of Wadesboro, N.C., a few years back, The Sams have inspired purplish prose both locally and nationally, and for good reason: They're serious about not taking themselves too seriously. The band's excellent sophomore disc, Sandwich, is the sound of a band learning to dunk on a listener in the lane. It's got that same straight-outta-Athens-circa-'81, country-peppered/garage jangle quality – and, indeed, some of it was recorded and mixed in Bulldog country – as the group's debut, but doesn't muffle the money shot. Or, if you will, speak with its mouth full. With The Unawares, The Spalding Grays. Visulite Theatre

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Friday, January 29, 2010

Live review: Sound of Charlotte

Posted By on Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 5:16 PM

Sound of Charlotte featuring Grown Up Avenger Stuff, E-S Guthrie, Charlotte Parrott, Sara Scott, Justin Taylor, Desmond Myers, Emily Sadler, Lorenzo Zapata

The Evening Muse

Jan. 27, 2010

The Deal: A variety of Charlotte musicians perform brief sets.

The Good: Local student Emily Sadler organized this evening of music as part of a senior project for her school. Each of seven musicians performed for roughly 15 minutes.


The night kicked off with an acoustic set by local rockers Grown Up Avenger Stuff. Deirdre Kroener showed off her pipes and vocal range. The music was light, but Kroener's rasp and power gave a hint of what their full-on sound is like. Definitely keep an eye on them — the group won the recent Battle of the Bands from Spectra Records and will be battling for a record contract this spring.

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Concert annoucement: Country Throwdown

Posted By on Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 3:08 PM

A Country Throwdown has been announced for Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre on May 27. The show will feature Eli Young Band, Emily West, Eric Church, Heidi Newfield, Jack Ingram, Jamey Johnson, Jonathan Singleton & The Grove, Little Big Town, Montgomery Gentry, Ryan Bingham and The Lost Trailers.

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Grammy Award predictions

Posted By on Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 1:25 PM

I did it last year, so, why not try it again this year — here are my predictions for all 109 categories of this years Grammy Awards.

The event will be on television on CBS on Sunday night at 8 p.m.

Here are my hopes and predictions (and, like last year, I recommend getting a snack before you jump into this list.):

Record Of The Year — My fingers are crossed that Lady Gaga will not win this one... I'm guessing that Taylor Swift is gonna walk away the winner, but for the hell of it, I'm going to predict Kings of Leon.

Album Of The Year — Beyonce and Lady Gaga (unfortunately) have a good shot at this one. DMB has a great story behind it, but I'm going to go with Taylor Swift again.

Song Of The Year — "Poker Face" stuck in the heads of a lot of people, but not for a good reason... mostly because it's just plain annoying. I can't imagine Taylor Swift winning the three big ones — but she make take this and lose one of the others. Again, I'd love to see Kings of Leon win it, but I'm gonna guess Beyonce's repetitive "Single Ladies" will be the winner. Ugh.

Best New Artist — The Ting Tings are one-hit wonders so far, MGMT doesn't have enough of a mainstream audience yet... Silversun Pickups are a possibility, but I"d weigh heavy on Zac Brown Band for their crossover appeal.

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10-in-10 CD reviews

Posted By on Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 9:08 AM

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

Sugar Blue Threshold — Harmonica virtuoso expands range of blues influences on latest album.

I See Hawks in L.A. Shoulda Been Gold —California country rockers… cowboy hats should be required to listen.

OK Go Of the Blue Colour of the Sky — Those treadmill guys’ latest a mix of Prince, Flaming Lips.

Alice Cooper Special Forces — Reissued 1981 album influenced by guns and warfare, new wave.

Alice Cooper Zipper Catches Skin — Reissued 1982 album showcases more of shock rockers comedic side.

Alice Cooper Dada — Reissued 1983 album is singer’s 14th, final for Warner Bros.

Surfer Blood Astro Coast — Indie rockers have a slight identity crisis, but it works. (At Snug Harbor on Feb. 22.)

Tokyo Rosenthal Ghosts — Sounds like odd combination of Elvis, Chris Isaak, Buddy Holly.

Motion City Soundtrack My Dinosaur Life — Band’s major label pop-rock debut produced by Mark Hoppus. (At Tremont Music Hall on Feb. 6.)

Marianne Keith Cathartic — Singer’s sophomore effort combines folk, pop, rock into pleasant mix.

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Haiti Benefit tonight (01/29/2010)

Posted By on Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 8:11 AM

Haiti Benefit There's no word yet on who the bands are, but my guess would be that five local ones will join forces to help raise money to benefit the victims of the recent earthquake. It's a good cause and, no doubt, will be some great music. Neighborhood Theatre (Jeff Hahne)

Monotonix This Israeli trio is a rabid dog cut loose amongst masochistic crowds. Take the deranged lead singer Ami Shalev, who howls and screams and incessantly jumps into and over the crowd, add a raw, bluesy punk guitarist and a furious drummer, and watch joint invariably end in mayhem. Lunacy ensues and loose objects fly, albeit wrought with raw musicality. Stand in the back, lest you harbor aforementioned masochistic tendencies. With Grids and Brain Flannel. Snug Harbor (Samir Shukla)

The Slackers It's been almost two decades since their inception yet The Slackers continue to defy their moniker when it comes to ska and rocksteady. They've been evoking the early days of ska, circa early '60s, from the get-go and continue to carry that torch, but of late their muse leans more rocksteady (the bridge between ska and the development of reggae) while not forgetting their punk roots. With Bums Lie. Visulite Theatre (Shukla)

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Tweet of the Day — Weird Al Yankovic

Posted By on Thu, Jan 28, 2010 at 4:28 PM

From the mind of Weird Al via Twitter:

"Wow, this is so exciting - in just three days I’ll be losing a Grammy to Stephen Colbert!"

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