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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Bayou Butch Lucas Tonight (5/30/2010)

Posted By on Sun, May 30, 2010 at 9:50 AM

Bayou Butch Lucas How often can you see a senior citizen black man go from rockin' blues and soul on tour with teeny boppers the Jonas Brothers in L.A. and NYC then watch him do the same at his weekly spot, Villa Antonio's (minus the screaming pre-teens). Aside from the recent career renaissance being billed as the Jonas' step grandpa, Bayou Butch has never stopped working and in the past has toured with music legends like Al Green and Aretha Franklin before settling into life in the Queen City (but still getting away to perform where ever he's called.) Villa Antonio


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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Electric Coma, Truckstop Preachers tonight (5/29/2010)

Posted By on Sat, May 29, 2010 at 8:50 AM

Electric Coma Kaitlyn Kennedy's Electic Coma isn't the Orange amp-packing, Gibson SG-slinging act you might expect given their circa-'72 moniker. Comprised of Kennedy on vocals, piano, and guitar, along with Doug Coble (more guitar), this EC truly play what one might term Slowhand music. The possessor of a wonderfully liquid voice (think iced tea sweetened with honey) Kennedy's pipes falls somewhere between Regina Spektor and Sarah McLaughlin, but with a lyrical sensibility that conjures Ani DiFranco and Sam Beam equally. One to watch. With The Grommies and Quantum Foundry. The Common Market Plaza Midwood (Timothy C. Davis)

Greg Laswell Laswell's dry, spoken singing style fits like a glove on most songs, but gets in the way on others. The multi-instrumentalist's moody folk and pop works best when channeling Coldplay and other moodier rockers, though Laswell throws unexpected twists in the songs that work in his favor. He's on the road in support of the new release Take a Bow. Tonight is first of a two-night stand. With Brian Wright. The Evening Muse (Samir Shukla)


Sun Domingo Hey, if you can twirl a good riff, write a clean melody and sprinkle plenty of hooks into a song, there's nada wrong with that. The Atlanta trio Sun Domingo writes richly hued pop songs to be sure, with an almost orchestral feel to the numbers. The band's songwriting has matured and is more cohesive since its debut in 2004. Live tracks they recorded opening for Marillion in Montreal last year have just been released on a new, digital album. With Transmission Fields. Double Door Inn (Shukla)


Truckstop Preachers If you see a large deer head prancing back and forth between the tables at McHale's, don't be alarmed – it's not a runaway buck, it's just singer Nathan Palmer. The energetic front man does his best to engage the crowd – through various antics on stage as well as entertaining and often humorous lyrics. Take the Banjo & Sullivan song, "I'm at Home Getting Hammered While She's Out Getting Nailed." McHale's, Rock Hill (Jeff Hahne)


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Friday, May 28, 2010

New music from Kanye West

Posted By on Fri, May 28, 2010 at 6:15 PM

I get it. You don't like him. You think he's an asshole. Etcetera, etcetera, right?

That still doesn't change the fact that whenever Yeezy decides to get back in the studio, it's a big deal and when he actually decides to drop new music, it's usually even bigger.

Anywho, I'll skip the lecture (he doesn't care),  New music from Kanye West featuring Dwele, called "Power."

I like it.

Power (feat. Dwele)

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Ozzy scares his fans

Posted By on Fri, May 28, 2010 at 3:43 PM

Ozzy Osbourne had a little fun recently at Madame Tussad's Wax Museum:


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Hayley Williams topless photo circulates

Posted By on Fri, May 28, 2010 at 3:03 PM


Topless photos of Hayley Williams of Paramore are making their way around the Internet today. Apparently, the singer got hacked in some way and someone sent the photo out via Twitter. She took it down, but it had already made its way around the world and back by then.

Lesson #1 - Don't keep nude photos of yourself on your phone... or at least don't show your face. Really - how many times do celebrities and just about everyone else need to be reminded of this.

Lesson #2, if you were wondering, is don't make a porn video unless you're ok if the rest of the world sees that too.

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CD Review: Reflection Eternal's Revolutions Per Minute

Posted By on Fri, May 28, 2010 at 1:58 PM


The Deal: Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek team up for the first time in a decade for new Reflection Eternal album.

The Good: Can't even begin to describe just how good Hi-Tek was on this album. Producing every track, he managed to be soulful, dope, at times anthemic, experimental and precise. Just good hip-hop from behind the boards, he was definitely in a good grove.

Kweli was in rare, but expected, form as well. I was truly impressed that he was able to take some of the things that made his last solo album, Eardrum, his most commercially successful. Lots of standout tracks on the album. "Strangers (Paranoid)" which captures the flame from their previous cuts together over a crazy beat. "In This World" cleverly chops up Jay-Z's line on "Moment of Clarity" where he admits, lyrically, he'd be more like Kweli. "Midnight Hour" with Estelle conjured images of Amy Winehouse meeting the Star Wars Cantina Band, seriously, I don't know why. While "Ballad of the Black Gold" was eerily current and relevant with the oil spill in the Gulf Coast and also featured one of the hardest beats on the project.

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Live review: Country Throwdown 2010

Posted By on Fri, May 28, 2010 at 11:37 AM

Country Throwdown 2010

Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

May 27, 2010


The Deal: A dozen new and up-and-coming acts hit multiple stages for a long, hot day of country music.

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Live Review: Drake

Posted By on Thu, May 27, 2010 at 12:02 PM

Drake w/ Francis and the Lights

The Fillmore

May 24, 2010

The Deal: A strange mashing of hip hop and teenage angst pack out The Fillmore to see rap star Drake.

The Good: The opening act, Francis and the Lights, had a rough task ahead of them to win over of a crowd that was chanting, "Drake," and comprised mostly of radio rap fans and antsy teenage girls. Good thing he didn't leave his dancing shoes at home. For what they couldn't do to sway the crowd musically, Francis made up for by gyrating and working the stage like he'd channeled his inner-Prince. The oohs and aahs it generated were genuiene, even if they didn't like the songs.

It's ironic that the things that "endeared" Drake to me probably made most of his fans think he was an asshole. Whether it was him roasting one of his fans for a hastily made, notebook paper sign by asking her why she couldn't go to Walgreen's first and get some construction paper or one of those science project boards. Favorite quote, "I can't read that shit!" (in reference to her ink pen and notebook paper sign).

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Quick Idol thoughts

Posted By on Thu, May 27, 2010 at 11:29 AM

I've been pretty quiet about this season of American Idol because, well, it's been pathetic. The show is losing its luster — if it ever had any.

I'll sum up last night's show with a few comments (I think I watched the entire two-hour episode in roughly 15 minutes, thanks to the DVR):

- Dear Mr. "Pants on the Ground" (Gen. Larry Platt), you need to write more lyrics. Seriously. Standing up there repeating the same line over and over, I had to wonder who truly was looking like a fool.

- Apparently William Hung was on stage at some point. I didn't notice.

- Adam Lambert was nowhere to be seen - apparently he's at home resting his voice for his upcoming tour.

- Brett Michaels came out and sang — really? You're recovering from all kinds of brain problems, but rush out to play on Idol. You need to get your priorities straight.

- Ellen DeGeneres has a record label now. I didn't know that smiling, making bad jokes and telling every singer they're wonderful qualified people to own a label. She's signed Greyson Chance — the kid who sang "Papparazzi." Doesn't mean he has songwriting talent.

- Paula Abdul came out and rambled and made horrible jokes and I hit fast forward.

- Simon Cowell is leaving for his new show X-Factor. Which means Idol's ratings will continue to drop and Cowell's X-Factor will take over as the new ratings king.

- In the end, it was Lee DeWyze who won out over Crystal Bowersox. In a way, it makes sense. DeWyze has no personality and his vocal talent isn't that great — so it'll put him in nicely next to most of the other winners who have gone nowhere fast. He needs the promotional backing of being an Idol winner a lot more than Bowersox does. Meanwhile, I expect that Bowersox, who should drop the last name and just go by Crystal, has definite potential. Honestly, how many of the winners walked out and you thought, "They're huge now because of Idol!" Only Carrie Underwood and, maybe, Kelly Clarkson can say that. Daughtry - not a winner. Kris Allen, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks, Fantasia, Ruben Studdard, David Cook... none of them is selling out, or even playing in, arenas.

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Country Throwdown Tour tonight (5/27/2010)

Posted By on Thu, May 27, 2010 at 8:50 AM

Country Throwdown Tour Contemporary country music's relationship with quote "traditional" country music has always been an unpredictable one. George Strait has minted a platinum-plated career out of playing unassuming, solid-as-furniture chestnuts, while folk like Loretta Lynn and George Jones haven't so much as sniffed the radio in a decade or more. And then there's Jamey Johnson, the so-called "outlaw" whose outlaw stance arose primarily because he dared to defy record company expectations. (When a label sniffs green around such a talent, it markets the artist as "edgy" and "traditional country" to explain why they missed the boat in the first place.) Johnson isn't Highwaymen material, per se, but he is worth a drive for people wondering how music can keep a connection to its roots without being held down by them. With Montgomery Gentry, Little Big Town, Jack Ingram, Eric Church, Eli Young Band, Emily West, Heidi Newfield and more. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (Timothy C. Davis)


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