Monday, January 31, 2011

Live review: 2013 Wolves, Andy the Doorbum, Hectagons, Overmountain Men

Posted By on Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 5:00 PM

By Jenny Lou Bement

2013 Wolves, Andy the Doorbum, Overmountain Men, Hectagons, Justin Aswell

Tremont Music Hall

Jan. 29, 2011

The Deal: The sheer amount of creativity in this city astounds me on a daily basis. Although our scene is small, the versatility and range of the people within it is enough to make it a truly rich one.

On Saturday, Jan. 29, this artistic talent was showcased at Tremont Music Hall when they held their art exhibit/show featuring music from Justin Aswell, Overmountain Men, Hectagons, Andy the Doorbum and 2013 Wolves along with visual art from Bobby Childers, David Childers, Kelly Keith, Justin Coco, Andy the Doorbum, Ronnie Farmer and Curtis Gaston. It was certainly a beautiful change of pace from your everyday show to experience two forms of art, some even coming from the same people.

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Lazarus A.D. tonight (1-31-11)

Posted By on Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 11:13 AM

LAZARUS A.D. At first listen, thrashers Lazarus A.D. sound a bit run of the mill, but the blokes pick up the slack fast. They make no bones of channeling '80s thrash, a la Testament, Slayer, where metal riffs incessantly pounce out the amps onto the pit dwellers. Their new album, Black Rivers Flow, is slated to drop this week. Also on the bill of this night of ear pounding metal mayhem: Death Angel, Bounded by Blood, and SkinKage. $17-$20. Tremont Music Hall. www.tremontmusichall.com. (Samir Shukla)

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Jon Lindsay's "Frequent Flyer"

Posted By on Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 10:44 AM

Jon Lindsay has released a video for his song "Frequent Flyer" from "E It was filmed in Chicago. Check it out:

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Also, Lindsay has a Kickstarter program for his next album, Summer Wilderness Program, if you'd like to help him out.

UPDATE: Just saw that Lindsay is looking for a bass player based in the Charlotte area that is available to tour. Contact him if you're interested!

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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Sun-Dried Vibes tonight (1-30-11)

Posted By on Sun, Jan 30, 2011 at 9:46 AM

SUN-DRIED VIBES With less than a year under their belt as a group, Sun-Dried Vibes does not consist of any newbies when it comes to producing quality music. With a mix of reggae, rock and pop, the mellow grooves of the three-member band will have one feeling like they are listening to the more popular band Rebelution. As they gear up to the release of their first studio album, the Vibes musical choices will only grow along with their fan base. Jeff's Bucket Shop. www.jeffsbucketshop.com. (Johnathan Cruse)

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Saturday, January 29, 2011

The Pop Ferguson Blues Revue (1-29-11)

Posted By on Sat, Jan 29, 2011 at 8:46 AM

THE POP FERGUSON BLUES REVUE Pop Ferguson has dedicated more than 70 of his 82 years on Earth to the blues. With that, pure, down-home blues is to be expected from one of North Carolina's real musical gems. Hell, the Smithsonian Institute took note! What are you waiting on? The show will be part of the triannual Tosco Music Party series bringing together more than 20 acoustic acts from all over the place. $8-$15. Dale F. Halton Theater (CPCC). www.toscomusicparty.com. (Mike McCray)

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Friday, January 28, 2011

Concert announcement: Raphael Saadiq

Posted By on Fri, Jan 28, 2011 at 11:26 AM

Raphael Saadiq will perform at The Fillmore Charlotte on May 24. No word on ticket sales yet.

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Concert announcement: The Avett Brothers

Posted By on Fri, Jan 28, 2011 at 9:23 AM

The Avett Brothers are returning to Charlotte — after two years away. The band will perform at Bojangles Coliseum on April 9, with Grace Potter and the Nocturnals in support.

Ticket prices range from $25 to $45. General public on-sale date is Feb. 4 at 10 a.m.

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Alejandro Escovedo, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, The Lee Boys and more live music (1-28-11)

Posted By on Fri, Jan 28, 2011 at 9:14 AM

ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO & THE SENSITIVE BOYS Escovedo, to many, is one of the few, count-on-your-hands-and-feet real music legends-in-waiting we have in the roots music genre. But as with a monarchy, the people haven't had as much say in the matter as have the writers and critics everywhere who swoon with every strum of his beat-to-hell guitar. Blending Tex-Mex with punk (check out Escovedo's incarnation in the Nuns) and adding in a healthy dose of wide open space, Escovedo's music is indeed often spare, beautiful and honest to the point of wincing — you can tell some of the words he sings cut on their way out. Man still puts on a hot show, however, if often truncated to an hour or less the last couple of times I've seen him. $20-$35. Neighborhood Theatre.www.neighborhoodtheatre.com. (Timothy C. Davis)

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GARRIGAN Garrigan (Poprocket, The Garrigan Brothers, Transmission Fields) has been a fixture on the Charlotte music scene for years. And not just a static, lamp post-like fixture, mind you — he's had his hands in any number of good bands over the years, and takes more creative chances than most. Now he's got likely his strongest band ever to back his own considerable fretwork (Shawn Lynch, CR Rollyson, Jason Atkins), and the results are palpable. Not pap or pablum, mind you. Palpable, powerful pop. With The Spiveys & Small Talk Industries. $5. Visulite Theatre. www.visulite.com. (Davis)

THE LEE BOYS This sacred steel group definitely keeps the family style going. Three brothers and three cousins know how to get a crowd moving with their infectious grooves and soulful vocals. The guys grew up in the church and have brought a piece of that into its Robert Randolph-like fusion of rock, soul and funk. $10. 10 p.m. Double Door Inn. www.doubledoorinn.com. (Jeff Hahne)

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HOLY GHOST TENT REVIVAL Like a New Orleans jazz band that meets up with its rock cousin and heads to a bluegrass hoedown, HGTR are unpeggaeably genuine. The combo has become so adept at merging American music genres, that the banjo seems feistier and the guitar, the horns and the percussion seemingly dance along with abandon. With Matrimony and Efren. $8. Snug Harbor.www.snugrock.com. (Samir Shukla)

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JODI BLU Putting your name in the same sentence as legendary songwriters like Smokey Robinson and Willie Dixon is a bold move, but Jodi Blu is holding herself to a different standard from many of her peers. The Charlotte product blends jazz, spoken word and R&B into thoughtful, considerate and calculated soul, with its slant very much on feel-good music of the past. Undergroundqween is also on the bill. Wine Up. www.wine-up.com. (Mike McCray)

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Live review: Nonpoint

Posted By on Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 12:29 PM

Nonpoint, Straight Line Stitch, Red Line Chemistry, A.M.M.A.S.

Amos' Southend

Jan. 26, 2011

The Deal: Four metal bands descend upon Amos' for night of heavy music.

The Good: The night started off early with a short set by Charlotte metal band A.M.M.A.S. Using a three guitar attack, the band did its best to get the small crowd warmed up. Singer McCray Bowen offered a good balance between melodic singing and the usual metal "cookie monster" vocals. (More on vocal styles under The Bad, below.) The band's experience and maturity came through instantly. They've got a solid stage presence and songwriting and was a great start to the evening.

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Pierre Bensusan and The Bear Romantic performs tonight (1-27-11)

Posted By on Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 9:46 AM

PIERRE BENSUSAN It's no wonder after performing and recording for over a quarter of a century, Bensusan is hailed a guitar virtuoso. He explores jazz, world fusion, classical, new age and traditional music on the acoustic guitar with spacey, flawless playing that's mellow, gentle, yet enticing. Crooning lyrics in both English and French, Bensusan is touring in support of his new recording Vividly$20. The Evening Muse.www.theeveningmuse.com. (Samir Shukla)

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THE BEAR ROMANTIC Singer Jesse Clasen is known for his sometimes-theatrical performances with the Charlotte band Harvard, but there's a softer side to the Raleigh transplant. His solo project, The Bear Romantic, showcases not only his vocal talents, but his instrumental ones as well. Sometimes haunting, usually introspective, here's a glimpse at a side of the singer that's hasn't been often seen — until now. With Cement Stars, Lady Lazarus. $8. 9 p.m. Tremont Music Hall.www.tremontmusichall.com. (Jeff Hahne)

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