Friday, September 30, 2011

Live review: David Mayfield Parade

Posted By on Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 2:13 PM

David Mayfield Parade
The Evening Muse
Sept. 29, 2011

David Mayfield didn't just walk out on to the stage, he strutted like a peacock. Offering whips and turns, twists and kicks, he picked up his guitar and launched into the David Mayfield Parade's 75-minute set full of Americana infused with alt-country and bluegrass styles and braided with humor.

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The bearded singer/guitarist, dressed in black jeans and flannel shirt, was an immediate opposite from his shy, somber sister, Jessica Lea, who was at Snug Harbor last weekend. He found time during his set to tell deadpan jokes, race off the Evening Muse stage into the crowd to dance and scream at random moments — whether it was part of the song or not.

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Portugal. The Man makes TV debut

Posted By on Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 10:50 AM

Portugal. The Man, who will perform at the Neighborhood Theatre on Oct. 27, made their TV debut last night on Conan. The band performed its song "So American" from its album In the Mountain In the Cloud. Hey, it only took them six albums to get on national television...

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Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors bring Nashville indie spirit tonight (9/30/11)

Posted By on Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 7:00 AM

Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors The new Nashville explosion is palpable in pop music, but don’t let this band get lost in the shuffle as just another act trying to get over on where they’re from instead of what they play. The band managed to tour constantly since forming in 2006 and sell tens of thousands of albums without a label or a booking agent. The same indie spirit that drives their music, which doesn’t easily fit into a box, also strives to tap into the humanity in us all. $12-$15. The Evening Muse. www.theeveningmuse.com.

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Mike Zito brings electric blues tonight (9/30/11)

Posted By on Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 7:00 AM

Mike Zito Mike Zito’s Americana blues and blues-rock are expansive, as the guitar howls wide and Zito writes with flair. He has obviously been around the block, and around the country, and with several recordings under his belt, has honed his straight-on electric blues. He’s currently on the road in support of the new recording, Greyhound, another collection filled with soul-drenched blues. $10. Double Door Inn. www.doubledoorinn.com.

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Alina Simone's intense, luscious sound tonight (9/30/11)

Posted By on Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 7:00 AM

Alina Simone It’s been a busy year for the former N.C. resident, with a highly readable memoir (You Must Go and Win!) about her Russian background and the tribulations of trodding the (sparsely attended) boards of indie rockdom, as well as her best and most intense set of originals to date, Make Your Own Danger. On this record, Simone seems to have channeled more of the desperate heroism of her samizdat hero, Yanka Dyagileva, whom she covered to great acclaim on her previous full-length, Everyone Is Crying Out to Me, Beware. The new one is a dark, luscious listen, and Simone’s deserving of a much wider audience. With Alexa Woodward. $10-$14 ($1 per ticket goes to Innocence Project). The Mill in NoDa.

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Bakalao Stars ska-based Spanish tunes tonight (9/30/11)

Posted By on Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 7:00 AM

Bakalao Stars Creating their own brand of ska-based rock en español, Charlotte’s Bakalao Stars are sure to get feet moving regardless of the language. Though mostly sung in Spanish, it’s the rhythms that are infectious and move past any possible barriers. The band’s humor — as seen on numerous YouTube promo videos — comes through on stage, as well. With Ultima Nota. $8. The Evening Muse. www.theeveningmuse.com.

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Sylvia Robinson, who helped launch hip-hop with Sugar Hill Records, dies at 75

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 4:24 PM

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Sugar Hill Gang brainchild Sylvia Robinson was much more than just the "mother of hip-hop," even if she did bring together the musicians who would record the early hip-hop classic "Rapper's Delight."

Long before her Sugar Hill record company (with husband Joe) became the springboard for an entire pop-culture movement, Sylvia Robinson was a singer, songwriter and performer in the duo Mickey & Sylvia. Their R&B hit "Love Is Strange" reached #1 in 1956, the year Elvis Presley exploded on to the mainstream music scene. Robinson died Thursday at 75, and her adventurous spirit will be missed.

The New York Times' obituary tells how — and under what circumstances — Robinson foresaw an enduring musical movement in the making.

Facing financial ruin, Ms. Robinson got an inspiration when she heard people rapping over the instrumental breaks in disco songs at a party in Harlem. Using her son as a talent scout, she found three young rappers from the New York City area — Big Bank Hank, Wonder Mike and Master Gee — and persuaded them to record improvised raps as the Sugar Hill Gang over a rhythm track adapted from Chic’s “Good Times.” The record was called “Rapper’s Delight” and reached No. 4 on the R&B charts, proving rap was a viable art form and opening the gates for other hip-hop artists.

Ms. Robinson later signed Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, recording their seminal 1982 hit, “The Message,” the groundbreaking rap about ghetto life that became one of the most powerful and controversial songs of its time and presaged the gangsta rap movement of later years.

Read the full Times obit here.

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Bands pay tribute to Pink Floyd on late night TV

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 3:06 PM

All week long on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, bands are paying tribute to Pink Floyd.

On Monday, The Shins performed "Breathe."

On Tuesday, Foo Fighters teamed up with Roger Waters for "In the Flesh."

On Wednesday, MGMT played "Lucifer Sam."

On Thursday, Dierks Bentley performed "Wish You Were Here."

On Friday, Pearl Jam played "Mother."

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Fight The Quiet bring evolving sound tonight (9/29/11)

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 9:00 AM

Fight The Quiet This Flagstaff, Ariz., band vows to be in the game for the long haul, and so far, seven years in, they don’t seem to be going anywhere. The goal of their third album, Let Me In, was to take their work to a timeless next level. Time will only tell if that’s true, but they’ve certainly outgrown the stigma that could’ve came from their early success when their songs were featured on MTV reality shows and video games. The Between is also on the bill. $7. Double Door Inn. www.doubledoorinn.com.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Psychedelic Furs revisit new wave classics tonight (9/28/11)

Posted By on Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 7:00 AM

Psychedelic Furs One of the more innovative hit-makers of the ’80s — ahh, that decade of happy greed — the Psych Furs, featuring the ever gruff-voiced front man Richard Butler, are touring and will spin a slew of their proto-punk, modern rock, new wave classics. The blokes are still relevant, showcased by some live videos of the recent tour, and Butler’s voice has, shall we say, become more recognizable. Formed in 1977 and disbanded in 1991, they created many classics, which when spun on vinyl today, don’t sound dated. The fabulous Tom Tom Club, Tina Weymouth and Chris Franz of Talking Heads, will open. $34.50-$49.50. Knight Theater. www.blumenthalarts.org.

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