Saturday, February 27, 2010

George Clinton, Small Ponds, The Jackets, Starmount come to party (02/27/10)

Posted By on Sat, Feb 27, 2010 at 8:31 AM

Raleigh Invasion A triple-bill of new (and new-ish) Triangle acts with veteran roots, featuring: The Jackets, twang-pop via Chatham County Line and Hotel Lights members doing the telecasters-and-harmonies thing (like The Band, Buddy Holly and Badfinger bunking up); The Small Ponds, a rootsy duo comprised of Whiskeytown-survivor Caitlin Cary and the Proclivities' Matt Davis (think Welch & Rawlins, with more piano); and Starmount, who've just released a sparkling debut of FODM-meets-Can-and-Tortoise instrumentals (Tyranny of the Sphere) built around the lush textures of Greg Elkins' pedal steel. This is the kind of multi-flavored invasion folks can celebrate, and one some Charlotte bands might consider (you know who you are). Snug Harbor (John Schacht)

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic If you haven't familiarized yourself to the ways of the Godfather of Funk, I say "Get thee to this show!" Back in the old days, Clinton would hit the stage for a non-stop, three- or four-hour funk fest that never gave anybody a break or a rest. These days, Clinton may take a rest backstage from time to time, but that doesn't mean things slow down. There's a phrase – "There ain't no party like a P-Funk party, 'cause a P-Funk party don't stop." Find out why. Neighborhood Theatre (Jeff Hahne)

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Friday, February 26, 2010

10-in-10 CD reviews

Posted By on Fri, Feb 26, 2010 at 1:03 PM

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

Was (Not Was) Pick of the Litter — How can you collect greatest hits from one-hit wonders?

Marley’s Ghost Ghost Town — Band’s ninth album has plenty of country sound, fantastic harmonies.

Will Kimbrough Wings — Grammy nominee’s fifth solo album full of country folk… music.

Backyard Tire Fire Good To Be — Not rock with country hints, it’s country with rock edge.

Joe Pug Messenger — Former Tar Heel ready to release his folksy debut album.

Nick Curran & The Lowlifes Reform School Girl — This rockabilly rocker may be second coming of Little Richard…

The Nighthawks Last Train to Bluesville — After three decades, band continues to make enjoyable bluesy rock.

Rocky Votolato True Devotion — Singer strips down his sound to focus on songwriting, vocals.

Andrew Anderson As Long As This Thing’s Flyin’ — Idaho folkster, 23, uses wooden instruments on self-released album.

April Smith and the Great Picture Show Songs for a Sinking Ship — Modern take on pop style from the ‘30s and ‘40s.

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The pickle vs. Nickelback

Posted By on Fri, Feb 26, 2010 at 11:47 AM

It's kind of funny... Many people on Facebook will notice, and become fans of, a page called, "Can this pickle get more fans than Nickleback?"

The question is simple enough. But when it first started, Nickelback had a lot of fans. However... the answer is now, "yes." There are currently more than 1.5 million fans of the pickle and Nickelback has more than 1.4 million.

The founder of the page comments on the "victory" here.

Now, if we can just get that onion ring to beat Justin Bieber...

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Get energized with options tonight (02/26/10)

Posted By on Fri, Feb 26, 2010 at 8:23 AM

Dave Alvin & a few Guilty Women Lucky man, that Mr. Alvin. He co-founded the seminal rockabilly punkers The Blasters, did time in X, and still plays with their twangy spin-off The Knitters. He's authored two collections of poetry and the greatest Fourth of July song ever penned, earned a Grammy in 2001 for his interpretations of traditionals (Public Domain: Songs From the Wild Land), plays guitar like a demon and now surrounds himself with talented women on stage. (Rough life, Dave.) Last year's Dave Alvin and the Guilty Women showed the all-female band was up to the task, too. As he says, there are two kinds of folk music, soft and loud, and Alvin plays 'em both. Stage Door Theater (John Schacht)

The Pietasters For nearly 20 years, the D.C.-based Pietasters have basked in the warm sun with soul-drenched ska, roots reggae and shades of rock. Oft evoking the beloved sound of old Jamaican label Trojan Records, the vibe is old-school but always energetic, especially during their dancey live gigs. The new album, All Day, is a potent example of their ska foundation built with fab horns, guitars and sunny vocals, played with veteran camaraderie. Visulite Theatre (Samir Shukla)

Elephant Man Self-promotion doesn't seem to be a problem for Jamaican mega star Elephant Man. "If you saw me today you are never gonna forget me, my hair, my clothes, my style, I'm crazy man, I'm the Energy God," he boasts. Well, maybe. But there's no doubting Elephant Man's dancehall mastery toasted with his fast-shooting baritone. And the beats are thick and bouncy. Spin his big hit "Nuh Linga" and see if you can keep your ass from shaking. Neighborhood Theatre (Shukla)

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Live review: Chrisette Michele

Posted By on Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 4:16 PM

Chrisette Michele

The Fillmore Charlotte

Feb. 24, 2010

Photos by Jeff Hahne


The Deal: Grammy-award winning songstress hits The Fillmore to kick off CIAA week/end in Charlotte.

Continue reading »

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Queen City welcomes Slick Rick (02/25/10)

Posted By on Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 11:32 AM

Slick Rick London-born Rick The Ruler, pardoned by New York governor David Paterson almost two years ago for the attempted murder of his cousin way back in 1990 (he served five years total) and hassled by Homeland Security goons ever since (just because a guy says he's "the bomb" doesn't mean he's carrying one, fellers), is finally back doing what he does best – spinning half-speed, half-spoken rhymes owing equally to flair and flow. A huge influence on the Kanyes of the world, both in dress and delivery, Rick's unfortunately been fighting our country's labyrinthine immigration laws more often over the last decade than seen in what he'll tell you is his true home, the studio. Catch him while you can. With Doug E Fresh. Amos' Southend

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Concert announcement: Tom Petty with Joe Cocker

Posted By on Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 11:23 AM

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have announced their 2010 tour and it's hitting Charlotte on May 7, the second day of the tour, which launches in Raleigh. They will be performing at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre.

Joe Cocker is the supporting act on this date. Tickets start to go on sale on March 8.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

North Carolina rappers injured in Vermont accident

Posted By on Wed, Feb 24, 2010 at 3:26 PM

You may have seen people sending prayers out for North Carolina hip-hop duo Little Brother and others involved in the car crash on a snowy Vermont highway earlier today.

Good news is everyone is ok (good enough to tweet at least), and seemingly in good spirits.

Rapper Joe Scudda (who's new mixtape we'll be reviewing soon) described literally seeing the his life flash before his eyes as their van did a 360 and was T-Boned by a tractor-trailer. Scudda also posted this picture from the Randolph, Vermont hospital they're in right now.


As far as CIAA weekend goes, as far as we know, former Little Brother member 9th Wonder is still on for all his appearances in Charlotte throughout the weekend.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Concert announcement: 30 Seconds to Mars, MuteMath

Posted By on Tue, Feb 23, 2010 at 4:52 PM

30 Seconds to Mars have announced their upcoming spring tour, which includes a date at Charlotte's Uptown Amphitheatre.

The band, with supporting acts MuteMath and Neon Trees, will be here on April 25. No word yet on ticket sales.

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Concert announcement: Lupe Fiasco & B.o.B

Posted By on Tue, Feb 23, 2010 at 3:59 PM

Lupe Fiasco released his first set of tour dates about 20 minutes ago via Twitter  and he'll be performing at UNC Charlotte with B.o.B (didn't we just see him last week?) on Friday, April 23.

No word yet on ticket details, but we'll keep you updated.

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