Monday, February 28, 2011

Live review: Winter Luau

Posted By on Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 3:40 PM

Winter Luau w/ David Childers, The Lesser Pauls, Dan Sartain and Aqualads

The Milestone

Feb. 25, 2011

The Deal: There are four things in this world I am a sucker for: good music, theme parties, hybrids and food. It's not often that I get the opportunity to enjoy all at once. Thus, when I found out the Milestone was throwing a “Winter Luau” (hybrid theme party) that included free BBQ from delectable boston butts roasted for eight hours (food) with David Childers, The Lesser Pauls, Dan Sartain and Aqualads playing (good music) I could not refuse the adventure ahead.

The Good: For one, the food was delicious and getting “lei'd” by Doob, the doorman, got me in the spirit of the Hawaiian even more so than I already was, considering I took hybrid to heart and was dressed in a Hawaiian print dress with a winter sweater on top and a scarf. However, the music was really where it was at this night.

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8th Annual Cash Bash lineup announced

Posted By on Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 12:01 PM

The lineup for the 8th Annual Charlotte Cash Bash has been announced. Taking place on April 8 and 9 at Puckett's Farm Equipment, the bands are:

Truckstop Preachers

The Tremors

The Defilers

Skye Paige

JT & The Dragpipes

The Straight 8s

The Bo-Stevens

John Howie Jr. & The Sweethearts

Kelley & The Cowboys

Hearts & Daggers

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Emcee Nemesis' "Much More"

Posted By on Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 11:55 AM

Local hip-hop artist Emcee Nemesis has released a video for his song "Much More," filmed all over the Queen City. Check it out:

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Lady Gaga releases "Born This Way" video

Posted By on Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Lady Gaga has released a video for her cover of Madonna's "Express Yourself" song "Born This Way." It's just as odd an artistic as you might expect.

Hilarious how she's created this entire character of herself... considering not too long ago she was just some girl named Stephanie who appeared on MTV's "Boiling Points."

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Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons tonight (2/28/11)

Posted By on Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 9:22 AM

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons You’re a legend when your tickets are in such high demand you add an extra night to accommodate your fans; which is what Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons did for Charlotte. With an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall Fame and the Broadway play Jersey Boys, loosely based on the lives of he and his original bandmates, Frankie Valli shows no sign of retiring anytime soon. But don’t call it a comeback, the musical icon has more than 50 years under his belt as a performer and assures his fans a night to remember. $39-85. Belk Theater, www.blumenthalcenter.org.

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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Dead Prez, The Bad Daddies, David Wilcox tonight (2/26/11)

Posted By on Sat, Feb 26, 2011 at 9:22 AM

Dead Prez Often boxed as pro-Black, militants, what’s lost with that label is the lyricism Dead Prez has been all about since their debut. Politically charged and conscious, they burst on the scene in 2000 with their album, Let’s Get Free, and the classic, “Hip Hop” but since then they’ve maintained an underground badge of honor even while doing mainstream things like having their songs on video games and movie soundtracks. Sonny Cheeba from Camp Lo, Royal-Tee and Mr. Invisible are also on the bill. $20-23. Amos Southend. www.amossouthend.com. (Mike McCray)

The Bad Daddies Ten years after their formation, the Bad Daddies have earned the right to say they're a little bit more than a cover band. But in celebrating their anniversary, fans should expect the things they’ve come to enjoy the most from this party band, covers of Led Zeppelin, ABBA, the Grateful Dead, even Prince and Michael Jackson. Better yet, it won’t cost you a dime, they’re just sharing their love with you. Free. Visulite. www.visulite.com. (McCray)

David Wilcox Western Carolina folkie Wilcox was referred to as the Next James Taylor for most of the ‘90s, but for whatever reason – perhaps the fact that acoustic emotive music doesn’t exactly crank out the breakout stars – he never quite got the cappuccino circuit coronation like, say, a Norah Jones. That said, his Nick Drake-y, felt-fingered style is more of an acquired taste anyway, and isn’t the kind of thing to get folks singing along in unison at last call anyway. He’s still a talent, however, no matter how beige and banal the trimmings: see his latest, Reverie, for a primer. $22.50-$25. McGlohon Theatre. www.blumenthalcenter.org. (Timothy C. Davis)

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Friday, February 25, 2011

Jeremy Current announces new album

Posted By on Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 3:14 PM

Charlotte musician Jeremy Current has posted a video teasing to the April 22 release of his new album, Dark Land of the Sun.

Jeremy Current - Dark Land of the Sun - Teaser from Josh Goleman on Vimeo.

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Birds of Avalon tonight (2/25/11)

Posted By on Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 9:22 AM

Birds of Avalon Guitarists Cheetie Kumar and Paul Siler regrouped as Birds of Avalon after disbanding The Cherry Valence. Now the duo (also a married couple) ply the roads of hard pop and moody psych-rock with a playful interplay that’s occasionally tinged with jazzy breaks. Their noise-assisted, blues-inflected rock will satisfy lovers of inspired indie rock. Also on the bill are: Pullman Strike and Temperance League. $7. Snug Harbor. snugrock.com.

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Noise ordinance discussion heats up

Posted By on Thu, Feb 24, 2011 at 11:07 AM

Musicians, bar and restaurant owners and music fans are trying to take more action to get their voices heard when it comes to the proposed noise ordinance changes.

The next Community Safety Committee meeting to hear from the public and discuss further changes doesn't take place until March 21, giving local organizers plenty of time to get their thoughts together. The committee, once it has a proposal the way it thinks is fitting, will submit it to the city council for further review or a vote. The earliest a vote could come is on March 28.

In the meantime, a petition has been started to gather signatures from those opposed to the changes which might put a serious damper on the city's outdoor, live music scene and a rally is scheduled to take place on Monday before the night's city council meeting.

You can find out more about the petition here.

You can find out more about the rally here.

A Facebook page has also been set up by a group who is looking to "Save Charlotte Music."

An event has also been scheduled for Thursday, March 3, at the Neighborhood Theatre to get the public more informed about what is being proposed and how it could affect the Charlotte music scene. You can find details on Facebook here.

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Pile tonight (2-24-11)

Posted By on Thu, Feb 24, 2011 at 9:22 AM

Pile The Beantown rock combo drenches the songs with punk sentiments and a knowing control of guitar noise. The guitar riffs channel Neil Young, as when his six strings are plugged in and he is pissed. Pile’s songs have staying power in their own right. RIYL: Superchunk, Sonic Youth, Hüsker Dü. With Public Relations, Sister Fister and Rita’s Gift. $6/$8. Milestone. themilestoneclub.com.

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