Friday, July 30, 2010

Barenaked Ladies headline tonight (July 30)

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JEM CROSSLAND & THE HYPERTONICS Crossland wasn't born on American soil, but he's done a fine job for years now of synthesizing this country's early music history, at least as white radio would have it: namely, folks like Elvis Presley, Hank Williams, Roy Orbison and Bill Haley. While Haley had "His Comets," Crossland boasts the capable Hypertonics, comprised of John Marlow on drums and Charlotte music vet Chipps Baker on saxophone and bass. Indeed, Crossland is able to look at this country's roots music as only an outside eye can: clearly, affectionately and with an uncanny purity that comes from always having been exposed to the good stuff. Puckett's Farm Equipment, www.puckettsfarm.com (Timothy C. Davis)

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BARENAKED LADIES It's fitting that the same week Sir Paul McCartney comes to Charlotte, the band he's quoted saying he enjoys the most is also in town. The Grammy-nominated Canadian band has been kicking for over two decades now and one thing that hasn't changed are those harmonies Paul loves so much. Ben Kweller and Angel Taylor are on its support. $28-$52.50, Road Runner Mobile Ampitheatre, www.livenation.com (Mike McCray)

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THE LIGHTS, FLUORESCENT The Charlotte indie rockers have quickly established themselves on the music scene in the last couple of years since forming. So, it's truly going to suck, plain and simple, when the band calls it quits at the end of August — singer/guitarist Erika Blatnik is moving. While we expect big things from all involved in the future, we have to recommend that you make one of these last shows to see what will be surely missed. With Shotgun Lover and 500 Miles to Memphis. $6-$8, The Milestone, www.themilestoneclub.com (Jeff Hahne)

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