Friday, April 30, 2010

Ozzfest 2010 lineup announced

Posted By on Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 11:13 PM

Ozzfest returns to the road this summer and it looks like it's joining forces with CrueFest by the looks of the lineup.

The main stage will feature full sets from Ozzy, the Crüe and Rob Halford, the latter performing songs from his solo career along with material from Judas Priest and Fight. DevilDriver and Nonpoint will fill out the main stage line-up. Second stage headliners and six-time Ozzfest veterans Black Label Society will be joined by Drowning Pool, Kingdom of Sorrow, and Goatwhore, Skeletonwitch, Saviours and Kataklysm.

Dates are:

8/14 - San Bernardino, Calif.

8/17 - Chicago

8/19 - Pittsburgh

8/21 - Hartford, Conn.

8/22 - Camden, N.J

8/24 - Boston

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The Black Keys' "Next Girl" video

Posted By on Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 9:28 PM

The Black Keys, who will be opening up for Kings of Leon at their Charlotte show in September, have released the first video/song from their new album, due in May.

Here it is:


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Korn tickets on sale

Posted By on Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 5:09 PM

Tickets for the Monday, May 3, Korn concert at the Fillmore are on sale for $20 until midnight on Saturday. Great chance to check them out in a small club.

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Concert announcement: Counting Crows

Posted By on Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 4:59 PM

Counting Crows will return to the Uptown Amphitheatre on July 14 with their Traveling Circus and Medicine Show. Augustana will also be with them again. Tickets go on sale on May 7.

Reminder from last year - get there early. Counting Crows starts the show on stage and the bands rotate all night.

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Concert announcement: Jordin Sparks

Posted By on Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 4:57 PM

Jordin Sparks will perform at The Fillmore Charlotte with Kate Voegele on June 20. Tickets go on sale on May 7.

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Concert announcement: Widespread Panic

Posted By on Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 4:56 PM

Widespread Panic will perform at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre on July 30 and 31. Tickets go on sale on May 8 at 10 a.m.

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MerleFest this weekend

Posted By on Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 3:51 PM

MerleFest is in full swing up in Wilkesboro, N.C. this weekend. The four-day event started yesterday and wraps up on Sunday.

Located roughly an hour and a half north of Charlotte, the festival has been paying tribute to Merle Watson since 1988.

Among Saturday's performers are Elvis Costello, Steve Martin with Steep Canyon Rangers, The Lee Boys, The Greencards and Larkin Poe (formerly konwn as the Lovell Sisters).

On Sunday, Jim Avett is scheduled to peform a one-hour set at 11:15 and his sons, The Avett Brothers are scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

Should be a great weekend!

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10-in-10 CD reviews

Posted By on Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 3:43 PM

Each Friday, we offer up 10 CD reviews done in 10 words each:

At the Soundawn Shifting — Italian band creates soundscapes… sometimes they have plenty of screaming.

Mono Holy Ground: NYC Live — Band joined by 24-piece orchestra for live CD/DVD.

Two Door Cinema Club Tourist History — Irish alternative pop-rock trio — more of that ‘80s influence.

Paul Curreri California — Husband of Devon Sproule releases ‘50s-tinged alt-folk album.

Brother Dege Folk Songs of the American Longhair — It’s got that great, gritty, down-and-dirty dobro sound. (At the Milestone on May 2.)

Warbeast Krush the Enemy — ‘80s metal style released on Phil Anselmo’s label, Housecore Records.

Aqualung Magnetic North — No surprise Brit-pop songs have been on TV shows.

Theory of Flight Within Reach — Las Vegas melodic rock band infuses pop dynamic into music,

Workday Schoolnight Plastic Ocean — Greensboro, N.C. band combines synth with found thrift store tapes.

Jana Mashonee New Moon Born — Native American award winner releases her latest r&b effort.

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Live Review: Carlitta Durand

Posted By on Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 1:49 PM

Carlitta Durand

Wine Up

April 29, 2010

The Deal: After backing up the Grammy-nominated, The Foreign Exchange, Durham native Carlitta Durand steps into the solo spotlight in one of Charlotte's most soulful rooms.

The Good: She was cheery, personable, jazzy and soulful. Keep her set moving without it feeling rushed. Her backing band, Fat Snacks, was dope but she managed to build an instant rapport with a saxophonist on-stage she'd never worked with before who added touches to her songs that her (and the crowd) seemed to enjoy. While her originals were cool, she shined in covering Andre 3000's "Prototype" and Jill Scott's "He Loves Me."

Geeks will appreciate the social media touches as she live streamed the show on UStream via iPhone.

The Bad: Crowd participation was spotty. Whether it was chatty women talking about their day over glasses of wine or the guys racking up on the pool table, the show had it's fair share of distractions. Backing vocals seemed louder than the main mic early on, a problem that was sured up after a few songs.

The Verdict: Not quite North Carolina's answer to Jill Scott but definitely a talent you'll appreciate more after seeing in person.


Flashing Lights (Cover)

Out of Love

A New Life

Thinking of You



Always (My Lost Love)

Prototype (Cover)


He Loves Me (Cover)

American Boy (Cover)

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In concert: The Church & Benji Hughes (04/30/2010)

Posted By on Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 1:47 PM

The Church Marking three decades, Steve Kilbey, Peter Koppes and Marty Willson-Piper founded The Church in Sydney, Australia, in 1980, the band's catalog of lush and shimmering gorgeousness, acoustic moodiness and spacey driving music hasn't unraveled or aged a bit. Last year's haunting release Untitled #23 is a part of this current tour, "An Intimate Space," where they will perform a song from each of their numerous releases in reverse order. McGlohon Theatre (Samir Shukla)

Benji Hughes Might as well call Snug Harbor home to Benji Hughes ... not because he lives there, but because he always appears so freakin' comfortable within its dim confines. He's got plenty of material to draw from after releasing his double-CD opus, A Love Extreme. That doesn't mean you won't hear a Prince cover amongst the tunes or something else might be up the often-shirtless hirsute singer's proverbial sleeve. With Super Ape, McClintock Gs. Snug Harbor (Jeff Hahne)

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