Thursday, December 30, 2010

Grids nearing the end?

Posted By on Thu, Dec 30, 2010 at 11:13 AM

Was at the Harvard/Grids concert last night — which was phenomenal, by the way — when I heard singer Rob Davis say, "We only have one more show as a band after this." Um, what?

I sent a quick email out to bassist Gus Engstrom when I got home, and he confirmed the news. Apparently the drummer is leaving, so the band is calling it quits.

Engstrom says the band's last show will be Feb. 4 — according to the band's Web site, it'll be at The Milestone.

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Underground Holiday Event on SNL

Posted By on Wed, Dec 22, 2010 at 12:03 PM

The Underground music people who make fun of the ICP videos offered up another skit on Saturday Night Live last weekend. Did you see it?

It's clearly poking fun at this:

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Happy Birthday, Frank Zappa

Posted By on Tue, Dec 21, 2010 at 11:16 AM

I think I was a sophomore in high school (around 1989) when I first heard the music of Frank Zappa. I remember sitting in a friend's basement — our usual weekend gathering spot where we'd sit around and listen to music, chat, etc. — and he put on the Sheik Yerbouti album.

The humor of "Broken Hearts are for Assholes" stood out, but so did other tracks like "Flakes," "Jones Crusher" and "Baby Snakes." I was hooked and bought the album the next time I hit the record store.

For the last 21 years, I've considered myself a fan as well as someone who hasn't yet completely grasped the talent and musical intelligence of Zappa. It's easier to get a hold of the more melodic tunes like "Peaches en Regalia," but there's as much genius in his compositions and ability to conduct an orchestra of any kind.

Then you have his intelligence when it came to the issues — censorship being the leading candidate.

He died on Dec. 4, 1993, from prostate cancer. Today would have been Frank Zappa's 70th birthday. Here are a few videos in remembrance:

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This week's new releases (12/21/2010)

Posted By on Tue, Dec 21, 2010 at 10:35 AM

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

Keyshia Cole Calling All Hearts

Jamie Foxx Best Night of My Life

Ghostface Killah Apollo Kids

Keri Hilson No Boys Allowed

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Monday, December 20, 2010

Concert announcement: Lauryn Hill

Posted By on Mon, Dec 20, 2010 at 2:30 PM

Lauryn Hill is coming to Amos' Southend on Jan. 8. Tickets are $55 in advance and $60 on the day of the show.

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Previous tours and concerts by Hill haven't been without controversy. During a 10-day tour of Europe, Hill only performed one show, passed out during the second and refused to give refunds. She has canceled a handful of shows for "health concerns" as well.

Earlier this year, she performed on the Rock the Bells tour (though sometimes she was as much as two hours late for her scheduled time). She recently was announced as a headliner for a Miami music festival in the spring of 2011.

Her only official studio solo album is 1998's The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.

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Pradigy GT's "The Christmas Song"

Posted By on Mon, Dec 20, 2010 at 10:33 AM

Charlotte's Pradigy GT has released a video for its version of "The Christmas Song." Happy holidays!

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Lonely Island releases "I Just Had Sex"

Posted By on Mon, Dec 20, 2010 at 10:16 AM

Lonely Island, featuring Andy Samburg of Saturday Night Live, has released its latest single, "I Just Had Sex," featuring Akon. The song was played on SNL over the weekend and was pretty funny.

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Extraneous lyrics added to popular songs

Posted By on Mon, Dec 20, 2010 at 10:14 AM

Some guy has posted a video online of him singing a handful of popular songs but adding a bunch of extra lyrics to them.

Instead of simply covering Cee-Lo's "Fuck You," he sings, "You should go procreate with yourself." Among the artists covered are Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Ke$ha, Katy Perry and others. Oddly enough, it works:

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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Tatsuya Nakatani this Sunday, Dec. 19

Posted By on Sat, Dec 18, 2010 at 10:19 AM

And now for something completely different. If you've been looking for something a bit eclectic, odd and on the fringe as much as it can be, you should probably check out the show by Tatsuya Nakatani on Sunday night.

The show will take place at Dialect Design. Admission is $5. Great Architect is playing, too.

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Friday, December 17, 2010

Robin Rogers has died

Posted By on Fri, Dec 17, 2010 at 3:06 PM

Charlotte blues singer Robin Rogers died earlier today after a long battle with cancer.

A story was done recently by NPR here. We wrote a story about benefit shows being done on her behalf back in October.

It was a long, tough road for Robin in just about every way. Hopefully, she is now at peace. Our thoughts go out to her husband, Tony, and all friends and family.

She will be missed.

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