Saturday, July 30, 2011

Mike Strauss Band features "one of the city's finest songwriters" tonight (7/30/11)

Posted By on Sat, Jul 30, 2011 at 8:55 AM

Mike Strauss Band David Childers, a man who knows a little something about songwriting, dubbed Mike Strauss one of the city’s finest songwriters, and who are we to argue? (Besides — have you seen the guns on Childers?) Strauss has been turning out solid roots-flavored rock for the better part of a decade, including last year’s short-but-sweet Ideal Road. He calls some of the best musicians in town bandmates, too, and on this night they’ll be joined by special guest John Morris on keys. For those of you with way-back machines, that means three-quarters of Come On Thunderchild — Morris, drummer David Kim and guitarist Randolph Lewis — on stage, and rumor has it they may even be breaking out an old CoT nugget or two. Opening for Truckstop Preachers and with the Aqualads. $10. Double Door Inn. www.doubledoorinn.com. (John Schacht)

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Brain Flannel/Whatever Brains rock out for Recess Fest Benefit tonight (7/30/11)

Posted By on Sat, Jul 30, 2011 at 8:47 AM

BRAIN FLANNEL/WHATEVER BRAINS It’s fitting these acts chose grey matter-related monikers since the former (CLT-based) and latter (Raleigh) excel at stimulating both motor control and pleasure centers in the ol’ cerebellum. Brain F plays a self-described “female-fronted overdriven nuclear garage-punk fusion,” wielding distortion like a cudgel and tempos like mainlined speedballs. Think early X or TSOL and you’re in the aggro ’hood. As for the prolific but camera-averse quintet from up the I-85/40 corridor, the WBs blend post-punk into the lo-fi mix, like the Fall channeled through the two-minute cyclones of the late Jay Reatard’s guitar-and-amp rig. Part of Recess Fest Benefit with Pullman Strike, Divide Divide Divide, Monarchist and U.S. Wildlife. $6-$7. The Milestone. www.themilestoneclub.com.

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Babyshaker gives a free show tonight (7/30/11)

Posted By on Sat, Jul 30, 2011 at 8:08 AM

Babyshaker The Charlotte rock outfit will go on a brief hiatus after this show due to a “maternity leave” for one of the band members — he’s becoming a dad. So, get on out and soak up every bit you can ... Singer Scott Weaver is sure to unleash his inner rock god, not knowing when he’ll get the next chance to. And the best part, it’s free! Shuffle Party also featuring Cement Stars, Modern Primitives and Miami Dice. Tremont Music Hall. www.tremontmusichall.com. (Jeff Hahne)

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Friday, July 29, 2011

A sexy, legendary Sunday

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 4:42 PM

Sunday boasts probably the sexiest concert of the summer: Sade featuring John Legend at Time Warner Cable Arena. (Ticket information available here.) Once the music's done, if you're not quite ready to end the evening, an after-party awaits you at Phoenix that you'll definitely not want to miss.

Presenting, The True Flavor Official Concert After-party, with music by DJ DR and complimentary Grey Goose signature cocktails.

The best part? It's hosted by Mr. Smooth himself, John Legend. (Insert a silent squeal of excitement here.) Brought to you by Grey Goose La Poire and The Sol Kitchen, tickets are available in advance for $10, or you can purchase at the door.

Now, if only I can figure out how to persuade John Legend to serenade me with the song "Green Light." Hmm ...

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Live review: Andy the Doorbum, Emotron

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 4:30 PM

Andy the Doorbum and Emotron
Danger Danger, Philadelphia, Penn.
June 27, 2011

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The Deal: Andy the Doorbum and the Emotron are probably two of the most amazing and talented people I have ever come into contact with. I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to see both of them develop as artists throughout the years and evolve into what we know them as today. Starting July 6, the two of them took off on an adventure — a month long tour from Charlotte to Canada and back to Charlotte. Going through Andy and Emotron withdrawal and discovering my immense love for Philadelphia, I decided to take a trip up north to see the two of them play. I was excited to see what kind of developments they had made after being on the road so long together. I was also interested to see what Philly thought of Charlotte's own Andy the Doorbum and the van-dwelling, former Philadelphian, maybe one day Charlottean, Emotron.

I arrived in Philly a couple days before Andy and Emotron, staying at the infamous 409 house so I could explore the city a little more and become acquainted with the music scene. After two nights of basement shows, I was absolutely stoked as to how similar their scene was to ours. Everybody appreciates and loves music to the degree we do. Their scene is not quite as tight but much larger than ours. They are certainly more seasoned and mature, with a buffet of shows going on every night and with the common feature of basements in houses, most shows are in the dank, dingy downstairs below as opposed to your traditional venue.

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Lil' Kim returns to Charlotte

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 3:21 PM

Last time the little lady was here, she was celebrating the opening of a salon and showcasing her designs at Charlotte NC Fashion Week. This time, she'll be straight-up partying at 5th Element.

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Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased here.

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10-in-10 CD reviews (7/29/2011)

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 2:46 PM

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

Theophilus London Timez Are Weird These Days — As is too often the case, don’t believe the hype.

Aabaraki Aabaraki EP — Neo-soul group brings in elements of funk and jazz.

Burn Halo Up from the Ashes — Another generic rock album that does little to stand out.

The Dayton Family Charges of Indictment — Rap trio’s names are Backstabba, Bootleg and Shoe String… seriously.

David Bromberg Use Me — Levon Helm, Dr. John, Widespread, Linda Ronstadt and others guest.

The Middle East I Want That You Are Always Happy — Seven-member Australian music collective bounces around indie-based genres.

William Elliott Whitmore Field Songs — Songs belong out in the field; wish for less vibrato.

Beyonce 4 — Pop singer returns with another album focusing on dance, vocals.

Ben Williams State of Art — Bassist jazzes up songs, including slowed down “Part-time Lover.”

Curren$y Weekend at Burnies — New Orleans rapper’s sixth album precedes others planned for 2011.

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Matrimony releases video for "Obey Your Guns"

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 11:54 AM

Charlotte band Matrimony has released a video for its song "Obey Your Guns." The video was shot around the city — see how many familiar places you can recognize.

Matrimony | Obey Your Guns from Crown Alley Films on Vimeo.

The band will be performing at the Visulite Theatre on Sept. 2. You can download a free mp3 of the song here.

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Memorial service planned for Roadie Glasco

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 10:25 AM

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A memorial service will be held at Tremont Music Hall on Sunday, Aug. 7, from 5-7 p.m. for Roadie Glasco, former security worker for the nightclub. Glasco, 36, died unexpectedly at her home two weeks ago. She worked at Tremont from 1995 through 2004, working her way up to Head of Security, and was the most well-known female "bouncer" in Charlotte. Ms. Glasco was also the Lighting Designer for the club and worked with the touring bands. The service is open to the public.

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Sevendust tackles melodic alt-metal tonight (7/29/11)

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 8:47 AM

Sevendust Last year’s release Cold Day Memory features the original line-up where Sevendust tackles its alt-metal, laden with melodicism as needed, sing/scream as required and hints of hip-hop intermingled, into a full-body blow. Coming up on 15 years since their debut, the blokes are well-versed at their stuff, the chiseled stop-and-go guitars included, and if you dig the genre, this is about as good as it gets. With Adelitas Way, Seven Day Sonnet and Eye Empire. $17-$20. Amos’ Southend. www.amossouthend.com.

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