Thursday, September 1, 2011

Brody & Choch hit The Muse tonight

Posted By on Thu, Sep 1, 2011 at 8:32 AM

BRODY & CHOCH The Charlotte duo brings an old-school hip-hop style reminiscent of A Tribe Called Quest. Their debut album is being offered as a free download via their bandcamp site ­— whatever it takes to get the music to the masses. Just as likely to spit over something with a classical groove ("Pool Day Hooray") as they are a jazz rhythm ("Breath of Triumph") or strong drum beats. $8. The Evening Muse.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Carnival of Madness ticket sale this weekend

Posted By on Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 5:01 PM

Tickets for the Sept. 13 tour stop of the Carnival of Madness at Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheatre will go on sale from 12:01 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, until 11:59 p.m. on Monday Sept. 5. Lawn tickets will be $10.65 plus service charges while supplies last.

The Carnival of Madness features Theory of a Deadman, Alter Bridge, Black Stone Cherry, Adelitas Way and Emphatic.

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Spiveys at Snug tonight

Posted By on Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 3:29 PM

THE SPIVEYS Originally formed as a side project from The Stellas and You Tonight, The Spiveys' take on classic rock sounds has now become the primary focus for this Charlotte quartet. Fans eagerly await the debut album, which they've been working on with Joe Kuhlmann. Until then, live's the only (and best) way to hear them. With Auto-Defiance. $5. Snug Harbor. (Jeff Hahne)

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Jack White, ICP and Mozart?

Posted By on Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 11:36 AM

Jack White has become a kind of Golden God on the music landscape these days where everything he touches turns to gold in some form or another.

I'm really hoping this is some kind of joke, because it sounds like crap. Jack White, Jeff the Brotherhood, Insane Clown Posse and Mozart have all been mixed together for a song called "Leck Mich Im Arsch."

Did you think that just because Jack White teamed up with the clowns that they'd sound good? Or that Mozart might become more modern. It's exactly what you'd expect — bad rapping over Mozart music with some electric guitar mixed in. It's going to be released on Third Man Records, but you can hear it below if you'd like.

You know... just because you can record something, doesn't mean you should.

Insane Clown Posse - Leck Mich Im Arsch by Third Man Records

And the preview:

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CD Review: Red Hot Chili Peppers

Posted By on Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 10:20 AM


Red Hot Chili Peppers
I'm With You
Warner Bros.; Release date: Aug. 30, 2011

The Deal: California quartet releases its tenth studio album, first with guitarist Josh Klinghoffer. I could give you background about the band and Klinghoffer, but let's get right to the music...

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Live review: 2011 Charlotte Music Awards' Women in Rock Showcase

Posted By on Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 10:10 AM

2011 Charlotte Music Awards’ Women in Rock Showcase
Easy Eddie’s, Huntersville, N.C.
August 27, 2011

The Deal: Charlotte Music Awards hosts a variety of categorized shows in different venues around the Charlotte area to let the fans and a panel of carefully selected judges decide who will reign victorious for the year. The one I attended — and judged — was the “Women in Rock” showcase, featuring Grown Up Avenger Stuff, StellaRising, From A Seed and She Said.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Interview: Chatting with The Foreign Exchange

Posted By on Tue, Aug 30, 2011 at 2:26 PM

FOREIGN-ERS: The Foreign Exchange — Phonte (front) and Nicolay
  • FOREIGN-ERS: The Foreign Exchange — Phonte (front) and Nicolay

The Foreign Exchange — the Grammy-nominated, Durham-based musical duo — doesn’t hit Charlotte that often. And that’s a shame. This city needs more of the melodic, hip-hop-flavored soul sounds that FE members Phonte and Nicolay are famous for creating. We recently caught up with the pair via telephone and grilled them about the upcoming show and why they don't visit the Q.C. more often.

Creative Loafing: Last time you guys were in town was a few years ago at the Double Door Inn for a free summer show. And there was one point in the show when a guy actually jumped onstage. You remember that?
Phonte: I remember that. What the fuck, yo? I just hesitated at first because I thought maybe it might have been somebody ... like he might have been cool or something — somebody from the club that was like coming on stage to fix something because he had on all black. I was like, “Maybe it's somebody from the crew or something.” So, then he just got up, and I kept going. And then I just saw him going, and I was like “What the fuck?!” That was a wild one.

With this new date you have coming up, what kind of stuff can people expect from the show?
Nicolay: We revamped the show since the last album Authenticity, which came out last October. So the show now is largely focused on that album [and] material from that album. We have a new lineup that we actually think is our best yet. So we've been really doing this show pretty much since the beginning of the year — and we've done a lot of them — in the United States as well as in Europe. We definitely have a very seasoned and tight unit right now … people can definitely expect a great show and definitely hear a lot of our recent music.

OK, so why don't y'all hit Charlotte more often?
Phonte: For me, I've just seen over the years that you kind of have to keep your own town … you gotta be kind of scarce, because people take it for granted. They just really think: "Oh I can see him anytime.” When you're performing in your backyard, it's hard to shake that “local” stigma. You kind of have to keep it scarce. So, when you do a show at home, it’s an event and it's not just, “Oh I can see him Thursday again at the supermarket.” You have to have some exclusivity, I think.

Be sure to catch the group when they hit town on Sept. 10 for a rare (and undoubtedly awesome) performance. $20-$25. 10:30 p.m. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E 36th St.

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This week's new releases (8/30/2011)

Posted By on Tue, Aug 30, 2011 at 2:01 PM

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

Counting Crows August & Everything After: Live From Town Hall

Mike Doughty Yes & Also Yes

Robert Earl Keen Ready for Confetti

Lenny Kravitz Black and White America

Lil Wayne Tha Carter IV

Edwin McCain Mercy Bound

Tom Morello and Nightwatchman World Wide Rebel Songs

Puddle of Mudd Re:(disc)overed

Red Hot Chili Peppers I'm With You

Tinariwen Tassili

Butch Walker Spade

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Benji Hughes pops up in Jeff Bridges video

Posted By on Tue, Aug 30, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Charlotte's Benji Hughes makes a cameo in the new Jeff Bridges video for the song "What A Little Bit of Love Can Do." Hughes also sings on one of the songs on Bridges' new album, though not on this tune.

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Phife of A Tribe Called Quest hits the Q.C. Aug. 31

Posted By on Tue, Aug 30, 2011 at 11:39 AM


Fans of the legendary rap crew A Tribe Called Quest should be sure to stop by the nightlife event Pop Life tomorrow (Aug. 31) ... that's when you'll get the chance to see and meet Phife Dawg in the flesh.

Phife has been rocking the mic for decades — alongside Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed and Jarobi — and was also recently featured in the documentary Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest. Don't miss this chance to catch a glimpse and a listen to an icon in your town. (Oh and big-time DJ Rasta Root will be in the building as well, spinning that good shit.) $10. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. RE: Public, (District 300)
314 N. College St.

And here's one of my favorite Phife-centric Tribe songs:

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