Thursday, September 30, 2010

Trey Songz "Passion, Pain and Pleasure" CD review

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The Deal: Born Tremaine Aldon Neverson, Songz has steadily carved his mark on the music world beginning in 2002 when he signed his first recording contract with Atlantic Records. Fast forward eight years and the same singer who had party goers everywhere "Saying Ahhhh...." all summer long is back with the unique soulful style that put him on the map.

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Mixtape Review: Young Jeezy's The Last Laugh

Posted By on Thu, Sep 30, 2010 at 2:58 PM

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The Deal: On the date which his album was originally supposed to drop, we get a mixtape instead from Young Jeezy.

The Good: "I'm Trippin" was ok. "Do It Again" would be a serviceable intro track to the actual album. All the beats by the incarcerated Shawty Redd were what you'd expect but probably would've jumped out the speakers even more if were available to put some minor touches on them.

The Bad: Completely uninspired, predictably generic lyrics and regurgitated themes, even the beats felt like joints resurrected from the cutting room floor. There was no sight of his signature flair and cleverness, which usually makes you forget you heard him spit about these things better. It actually sounded like an up and comer trying to make a mixtape sound like Young Jeezy instead of Young Jeezy himself.

One line on "Jizzle" says, "swear I hate n*ggas, I should be a fuckin' Nazi." I'm not even sensitive about shit like that but that felt out of place.

Still trying to figure out who the “they” is that says life is like a strip club, too.

The Verdict: Fingers crossed these were just throw aways from TM103 because this did the opposite of making me want that album. Thankfully, he's been three-for-three on studio albums, but none of his mixtapes have been as good or as impactful as Trap Or Die in 2005.

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Release date: Sept. 29, 2010

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A history of rap

Posted By on Thu, Sep 30, 2010 at 10:42 AM

Jimmy Fallon, Justin Timberlake and The Roots got together to perform a history of rap last night on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Fallon has to be one of the most talented singer/impressionists out there.

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Venturing out of your comfort zone

Posted By on Thu, Sep 30, 2010 at 10:15 AM

It’s often remarked that Charlotte can be a compartmentalized town — you can stay in your neck of the woods and rarely find the need to venture into other areas. You could live in the University area, for example, and never desire to check out Plaza Midwood or Dilworth since everything you need is in the University area.

After playing music in Charlotte for the last few years, I’ve noticed that the area music venues also tend to draw the same crowds. Some folks like to hang out at the Double Door, others call Snug Harbor home, and so on.

There are a few reasons why this happens.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Live review: Garotas Suecas, Andy the Doorbum, Super Ape

Posted By on Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 3:08 PM

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Sept. 28, 2010

The Deal: Local artists kick off show in support of Brazilian sextet.

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The Good: The night got started with a short, but sweet, set by Charlotte's Super Ape. The quintet combines keyboards and samples with drums, guitar and bass to create as much of an atmosphere as it does a song. While the individual band members might look like they're doing something simple, the complete sound produced by all five is something sonically substantial that's worth taking notice of. No lyrics here as the instrumental band settles into a groove and rides it.

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Wavves tonight (Sept. 29) at The Milestone

Posted By on Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 11:37 AM

WAVVES After shuffling members amid drama last year, Nathan Williams fronts a trio now that's turned its days in the sun into cool, beach-inspired lo-fi, surf punk pop that fans can't seem to get enough of. The band's new album, King of the Beach, went in a slightly new direction. Full of short, layered blasts of energy that are catchy and way cleaner than previous projects. Christmas Island and Push Pals are also on the bill. $10-$14, The Milestone, themilestoneclub.com (Mike McCray)

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Homebrew Release Party — Oct. 15

Posted By on Tue, Sep 28, 2010 at 3:18 PM

We've given out the details before, but we're doing it again. The release party for Jeff Hahne’s Homebrew Vol. 4 will be held at the Neighborhood Theatre on Oct. 15 at 8 p.m.

Here’s the schedule:

8 p.m. – Bubonik Funk

8:30 p.m. – Electric Coma

9 p.m. – Mike Strauss Band

9:30 p.m. – Matrimony

10 p.m. – Isaac Spiveys

10:30 p.m. – Wiggle Wagons

11 p.m. – Grown Up Avenger Stuff

Yep, Matrimony is flying in from England to be here for the show, and Mike Strauss is pretty sure his entire seven-member band will be performing.

It’s gonna be a great show and the best part — it’s free! You can also pick up a FREE CD while you’re there. The CD is sponsored by the Visulite Theatre, Rock University and Common Market.

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Rock Hall of Fame nominees announced

Posted By on Tue, Sep 28, 2010 at 11:00 AM

The nominees for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have been announced. They are:

Alice Cooper

Beastie Boys

Bon Jovi

Chic

Neil Diamond

Donovan

Dr. John

J. Geils Band

LL Cool J

Darlene Love

Laura Nyro

Donna Summer

Joe Tex

Tom Waits

Chuck Willis

What do you think? Should Donna Summer be included in the "Rock and Roll" hall of fame? What about the Beastie Boys — they play rock instruments sometimes — or LL Cool J? Neil Diamond?

I think the definition of rock has gotten to be somewhat all-encompassing, but it seems more like this is becoming a "music" Hall of Fame — more than just a rock one.

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This week's new releases (9/28/2010)

Posted By on Tue, Sep 28, 2010 at 10:32 AM

Here's a quick rundown of what's new in stores this week:

Bad Religion The Dissent of Man

Kenny Chesney Hemingway's Whiskey

Eric Clapton Clapton

Phil Collins Going Back

Deerhunter Halcyon Digest

Doobie Brothers World Gone Crazy

Ben Folds and Nick Hornby Lonely Avenue

Gin Blossoms No Chocolate Cake

Halford Made of Metal

Ice Cube I am the West

Jimmy Eat World Invented

Nellie McKay Home Sweet Mobile Home

Seal 6: Commitment

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Live In Chicago

Soundgarden Telephantasm

Pete Yorn Pete Yorn

Neil Young Le Noise

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