Friday, April 29, 2011

10-in-10 CD reviews (4/29/2011)

Posted By on Fri, Apr 29, 2011 at 9:39 AM

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

Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs No Help Coming — Band brings fresh flavor to something completely retro in style.

Ron Pope Whatever It Takes — Wouldn’t be surprised if his ballads appeared on “Grey’s Anatomy.”

Dirty Vegas Electric Love — Double-disc album offers instrumentals along with the full versions.

Owen Temple Mountain Home — Texas singer brings a bit more country style into Americana.

Winterus In Carbon Mysticism — Extreme metal band from Michigan loves to scream its lyrics.

Steve Earle I’ll Never Get Out of this World Alive — Album goes hand-in-hand with novel of same name.

Whiskey Myers Firewater — Texas quintet brings forth a new brand of country rock.

Civil War Naval Songs — I like 150-year-old songs to sound more aged.

Emmylou Harris Hard Bargain — Icon releases album of new material along with two covers.

Texas in July One Reality — Fresh-out-of-high-school band goes cookie monster style.

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Hymn for Her, Man Man tonight (4/29/2011)

Posted By on Fri, Apr 29, 2011 at 9:31 AM

HYMN FOR HER They may just be modern day hippies with a flair, but I think I dig it. Hymn For Her comprised of Lucy Tight and Wayne Waxing have been rolling, (literally) making stops in their 16-foot Bambi Airstream creating some pretty amazing music. With a young child and a dog in tow this bluegrass duo is certainly one of a kind with a cigar box and three-stringed broom as a guitar, a banjo and bass drum just to name a few. McHale's Irish Pub, Rock Hill. www.mchalesirishpub.com. (Cruse)

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MAN MAN The first time I saw Man Man perform live, I stood staring in awe of what was happening in front of me. Band members jumping around, screaming performing on various instruments and creating an orchestral sound that was beyond comparison. The studio efforts are catchy enough, but it's truly something you have to witness first-hand. With Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers. 8 p.m. $13-$15. Visulite Theatre. www.visulite.com. (Jeff Hahne)

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Nova Echo, Shirley Murdock tonight (4/28/2011)

Posted By on Thu, Apr 28, 2011 at 9:10 AM

THE NOVA ECHO Asheville combo alternates between fluffy electro pop and spacey dance rock blasted with guitar bursts. Lyrical depth may not be a strong suit, but they manage tonal warmth in the mix, where some cuts prevail with keyboard-laden crescendos assisted by guitars and percussion. Fans of '80s synth pop, take note. With Oh No Fiasco. $5. Double Door Inn. www.doubledoorinn.com. (Samir Shukla)

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SHIRLEY MURDOCK With roots in gospel music Shirley Murdock is taking it back to the genre of music that made her a household name. Known for her 1986 smash hit "As We Lay," the songstress has continued to gain popularity in the realm of R&B and gospel. Hitting the Queen City in all her glory, Murdock guarantees this will be a memorable performance with features from singers Kelly Price, Regina Belle and Beverly Crawford. Upset you will miss this once-in-a-lifetime performance? Don't worry — Murdock and the Divas will be doing a live CD/DVD recording for your viewing and listening pleasure to be released in the future. $18. The Broadcast Group Complex, Fort Mill, www.thebroadcastgroup.com. (Johnathan Cruse)

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

A Tribe Called Quest Documentary coming to Charlotte

Posted By on Wed, Apr 27, 2011 at 1:42 PM

The documentary directed by Michael Rappaport about A Tribe Called Quest is finally seeing the light of day and is scheduled to be shown at Charlotte's Manor Theatre on Aug. 12.

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Japan Relief Benefit on Wednesday, Thursday nights

Posted By on Wed, Apr 27, 2011 at 12:08 PM

There's a Japan Relief Benefit concert going on at the Evening Muse tonight and on Thursday night. It's a great way to give help to those in need after the devastating tsunami and earthquake in Japan and to hear some great music from a number of local musicians.

The donation at the door is $10 each night.

Tonight's Lineup

8:00 Rob Mchale Trio

8:45 Gigi Dover

9:30 The New Familiars

10:30 Small Talk Industries

11:30 Rekless Youth

Thursday's Lineup

8:00 Charley Johnson

8:30 The Houston's

9:00 Elonzo

9:40 The Spiveys

10:20 Grown Up Avenger Stuff

11:00 Evelynn Rose

11:40 Greenlight

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Davila 666 tonight (4/27/2011)

Posted By on Wed, Apr 27, 2011 at 11:58 AM

DAVILA 666 This collective hails from the unofficial, voting rights-free 51st state of Puerto Rico, sings in Spanish, and plays a blend of skuzzy garage rock with a gothic twist, calling to mind a Latin Black Lips — or as they say, "Menudo on lots of drugs." The band's latest, Tan Bajo, isn't particularly groundbreaking, but it is delivered with the all the youthful zest and hell-bent energy required of fuck-tomorrow music — they also bill themselves as the "world's greatest party band," which is really raising the debauchery bar. With Paint Fumes and Joint Damage. $8. The Milestone. www.themilestoneclub.com.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Ticket giveaway: Boombox

Posted By on Tue, Apr 26, 2011 at 11:16 AM

We've got a few pairs of tickets to give away to Friday night's Boombox concert at the Neighborhood Theatre. Interested? Just post a comment below on why you want to go to the show — we'll pick a few random winners Wednesday at noon!

It's that easy!

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Live review: Captured by Robots!

Posted By on Tue, Apr 26, 2011 at 10:16 AM

Captured by Robots!

The Milestone

April 23, 2011

(Photos by Dana Haidar)

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The Deal: I first discovered Captured by Robots! a couple of years back and was absolutely astounded by the entire spectacle. A combination of my two loves: robots and music, along with satirical commentary between human and machine. Holy crap, I fell in love. “JBOT” had been a musician for years, previously in the band Skankin' Pickle. After getting fed up with having to rely on non-dedicated, drug-using humans in 1996, he got the idea to build himself robot musicians that he could program to play his music. Thus, he started from scratch, not knowing a thing about how to make a robot, and miraculously created his band.

He claims the solitude on tour isn't so bad. However, sleep is certainly taken for granted in a robot band. But you don't have to worry about getting dreaded “loft boners” when you are surrounded by robots. The only real downfall is the lack of extra hands for breakdown, as well as driving, not to mention appreciation from his band members (robots have no souls). When I talked to him after the show it took him what seemed like hours to breakdown the bots and he had food poisoning to boot but had to tough it out regardless. Talk about dedication.

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This week's new releases (4/26/2011)

Posted By on Tue, Apr 26, 2011 at 8:51 AM

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

An Horse Walls

Tab Benoit Medicine

Bootsy Collins Tha Funk Capitol Of The World

Steve Earle I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive

Explosions in the Sky Take Care, Take Care, Take Care

Emmylou Harris Hard Bargain

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Monday, April 25, 2011

Paleface's "Understand the Man" video

Posted By on Mon, Apr 25, 2011 at 1:11 PM

Paleface has released a video for his song "Understand the Man." It was recorded live at the Hotel Oregon in McMinnville, Ore., over the weekend.

Check it out:

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