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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Drive-By Truckers tonight (Oct. 31) at The Fillmore

Posted By on Sun, Oct 31, 2010 at 9:19 AM

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS The Athens, Ga., Southern rock band, known for recording in analog and pushing vinyl, has some serious North Carolina connections. A few years back, they settled down in Forsyth County to record their album, A Blessing and a Curse. This year they dropped their 10th album, The Big To-Do, and even with a lineup that seems ever-changing, it was the band's most successful to-date on the charts. More than a next generation Lynyrd Skynyrd, when feeling boxed-in, they've shown they can do a whole lot more. $35.25, The Fillmore Charlotte,


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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Fiend Without a Face tonight (Oct. 30)

Posted By on Sat, Oct 30, 2010 at 9:19 AM

FIEND WITHOUT A FACE This Atlanta combo is essentially Brent Hinds and Brann Dailor from Mastodon. But don't expect the pummeling sludge and metal of that band. This duo is all about psycho-billy, surf, swamp country and drunken dive bar shenanigans. Their hooch is mostly an instrumental mix of the aforementioned, but with a rambunctious, we're-out-for-a-good-time vibe. With West End Motel, Daikaiju and Manchovy. $10-$12. The Milestone,


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Friday, October 29, 2010

CD Review: The Foreign Exchange's Authenticity

Posted By on Fri, Oct 29, 2010 at 4:50 PM


The Deal: Grammy-nominated duo with North Carolina lead singer releases their third studio album.

The Good: Soulful without fitting in a nice, little, soulful box. I mean it's really, really mellow. Nicolay continues to produce tracks right in Phonte Coleman's vocal wheelhouse, not giving the rapper turned singer anything he would necessarily have to stretch for. The production also had a dope familiarity. Tracks put you instantly in the mind of pop and R&B tracks from the '80s even with the electronic touches of Nicolay's European influence.

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What are the scariest music videos?

Posted By on Fri, Oct 29, 2010 at 2:13 PM

Since Halloween is this weekend, I thought I'd ask — what do you think is the scariest music video?

I remember when Michael Jackson's was a bit scary and creepy... so is it "Thriller"?


Marilyn Manson's "Sweet Dreams" is still pretty damned frightening....


And Aphex Twin is the kind of thing that will give you nightmares.


Billboard has come up with its own list here.

What's your opinion?

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10-in-10 CD reviews

Posted By on Fri, Oct 29, 2010 at 1:49 PM

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

Duane Stephenson Black Gold — To-Isis singer’s sophomore album full of good, traditional reggae rhythms.

Easy Star Allstars Dubber Side of the Moon — Spaced-out remixes of original Dub Side of the Moon.

Senses Fail The Fire — Band offers that emo, heavy-handed rock. Concert DVD included.

Various Artists The Imus Ranch II — Benefit CD includes Jamey Johnson, Levon Helm and 11 others.

Elizabeth and the Catapult The Other Side of Zero — A mix between Sara Bareilles and Florence and the Machine.

The Gay Blades Savages — Duo sure can make big rock noise for two people.

Jesse McReynolds & Friends Songs of the Grateful Dead — Grateful Dead songs covered in a straight-forward bluegrass manner.

Brendan James Brendan James — Pop-rock style sits on list of radio-ready singers.

Joe Louis Walker Blues Conspiracy — Live blues set was recorded on Rhythm & Blues Cruise.

Greg Humphreys Realign Your Mind — Hobex, Dillon Fence singer releases his second, diverse solo album.

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MerleFest announces initial lineup

Posted By on Fri, Oct 29, 2010 at 12:12 PM

The initial lineup for MerleFest has been announced. The festival will take place on the campus of Wilkes Community College on April 28 - May 1, 2011.

Here are the acts that have been announced so far:

Doc Watson

Richard Watson

Susana and Timmy Abell

Alberti Flea Circus

Balsam Range

The Banknotes

Rory Block

Roy Book Binder

Alison Brown Quartet

Buffalo Barfield

Sam Bush Band

Cadillac Sky

Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper

T. Michael Coleman

Crooked Still

Ken Crouse

Donna The Buffalo

The Doobie Brothers (with newest member John Cowan)

Casey Driessen

Eleanor Ellis

Emmitt-Nershi Band

Paul Geremia

Mitch Greenhill

George Hamilton IV


Corey Harris and Phil Wiggins

John Hartford String Band

Bob Hill

David Holt

The InterACTive Theater of Jef

Veronika Jackson

Jeff and Vida

Johnson’s Crossroad

Catfish Keith

The Kruger Brothers

Sonny Landreth

Jim Lauderdale

Jack Lawrence

Jeff Little

The Local Boys

Lyle Lovett

Lost Bayou Ramblers

Corb Lund

Bill Mathis

Andy May

Del McCoury Band

Nashville Bluegrass Band

The Neighbors

Tim O’Brien

Pauls Creek Band

Red Molly

Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band


Shana Banana

The Sigmon Stringers

Sinai Mountain Ramblers

Slate Mountain Ramblers

Steve and Ruth Smith

Joe Smothers

Synder Family Band

Tut Taylor

Town Mountain

Happy Traum

The Wailin’ Jennys

The Waybacks

Charles Welch

Pete and Joan Wernick

Wilkes Acoustic Folk Society

Josh Williams Band

Tony Williamson

Zephyr Lightning Bolts

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Live review: These United States, Thrift Store Cowboys

Posted By on Fri, Oct 29, 2010 at 11:58 AM

These United States, Thrift Store Cowboys, Andy Bilinski

Evening Muse

Oct. 28, 2010

Photos coming soon!

The Deal: Alt-country rock groups These United States and Thrift Store Cowboys are joined by Wilmington singer-songwriter Andy Bilinski.

The Good: The night got started with Bilinski, who made it known that he was fighting a cold, but powered through it to deliver a solid set of songs. He delivers his songs with a comfort and ease on stage that gets your attention easily. His storyteller folk style also draws the listener in. He also showed sincerity and heartache at the right moments, while showing great ability to control the volume of his voice and guitar.

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Crow, The Roots to perform at D.C. rally

Posted By on Fri, Oct 29, 2010 at 11:28 AM

There's been a lot of buzz about the Washington D.C. rally that's taking place this weekend — Jon Stewart's Rally to Restore Sanity and Stephen Colbert's March to Keep Fear Alive.

A lot of people have wondered what's going to happen. Now, the Christian Science Monitor is reporting that thanks to the permit for the event, there are a lot of TBD slots, but also a few details.

10:00 a.m.: The pre-pre-show begins with videos and music on the jumbotron to keep the gathering crowd friendly and entertained.

Noon: The pre-show starts with a performance from The Roots.

12:40: A comedian (to be determined) warms up the audience.

12:57: A video countdown with a show introduction.

1:00: The show kicks off with the national anthem by a musical guest (to be announced).

1:05: Mr. Stewart welcomes the crowd.

1:20: Mr. Colbert enters, and two actors – Don Novello and Sam Waterston – perform readings.

1:40: Jeff Tweedy and Mavis Staple perform for 10 minutes, followed by Stewart and Colbert until 2 p.m.

2:15: Sheryl Crow performs for five minutes, followed by speakers and guests (to be determined).

2:30: Musical guests (also still being lined up) come on.

2:40: The show turns to a pre-taped sequence – The Sanity and Fear Awards.

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311 at The Fillmore tonight (Oct. 29)

Posted By on Fri, Oct 29, 2010 at 8:51 AM

311 A number of local acts make it their business to cover this band's hits, but none is as good as the original. 311 continues to rock out on tour following its mid-'90s success with songs like "All Mixed Up" and "Down." They'll take the stage in the Q.C. to perform music that has enough guitar riffs to make you head-bang and beats funky enough for even the most dedicated hip-hop fiend. $67, The Fillmore Charlotte,


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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Black Flag Records crew invited to finish The Smoker's Club Tour

Posted By on Thu, Oct 28, 2010 at 3:59 PM

The crew from Black Flag Records; Dow Jones, A. Moss, Deniro Farrar and DJ Complete, were invited to finish out The Smoker's Club Tour after their set last night.

They opened for Curren$y, Big K.R.I.T & Smoke DZA in Wilmington on Tuesday and will knock out the last four dates of the show in Orlando, Fla., Miami, Fla., Norfolk, Va. and Richmond, Va.

Both camps got time to bond after spending an extra day in Charlotte just hanging out in the studio and going around town. While it's not entirely unheard of for good local openers to join guys on the road, it's another step in the right direction for the guys who've managed to do multiple dates with Nas, Damian Marley, Wiz Khalifa and others this year.


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