Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Voltaire's Tom Waits-esque tunes tonight (9/28/11)

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

Voltaire Aurelio Voltaire Hernandez — musician, filmmaker, author — has woven an amalgam of carnival music, gypsy rhythms, New Orleans jazz and cabaret into his recording, Riding a Black Unicorn. Voltaire takes cues from Tom Waits, and though not as musically adventurous, his compositions are nonetheless intriguing. The accordion, horns and rhythm section are in tune, ably setting the proper mood. With Hellblinki, and This Way to the Egress. $8-$10. The Milestone.

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Youth Lagoon's dreamy, tumltuous indie pop tonight (9/28/11)

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

Youth Lagoon Somewhere in the exhausted, boozy haze of Day 3 at Hopscotch, I caught this young Boise act, and the fact I remember it quite distinctly and favorably should be taken as a good sign. Their set of dreamy indie pop had just enough foreboding to give those dreams a tumultuous edge, and their much-anticipated Fat Possum debut, The Year of Hibernation, sounds like a weird blend of lo-fi Phosphorescent and epic Windmill grandiosity (minus some of the helium-vox). A good contrast between the textured synth-drone pop of bill cohorts Gardens & Villa and Blossoms’ marvelously off-kilter balladry. $8. Snug Harbor.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Homebrew Vol. 5 — first five bands announced

Posted By on Tue, Sep 27, 2011 at 2:55 PM

Creative Loafing presents Jeff Hahne's Homebrew Vol. 5 will be released at the Neighborhood Theatre on Nov. 4, celebrated with a free concert by a variety of bands featured on the CD.

While we're still ironing out all the details of which bands will play, I'm happy to announce five of the bands that will be featured on the album:

Bakalao Stars

Lucky Five

Small Talk Industries

Super Ape

Temperance League

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This week's new releases (9/27/2011)

Posted By on Tue, Sep 27, 2011 at 2:05 PM

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

The Bangles Sweetheart of the Sun

Blink-182 Neighborhoods

Chickenfoot Chickenfoot III

J Cole Cole World: The Sideline Story

Dum Dum Girls Only in Dreams

Will Hoge Number Seven

Machine Head Unto the Locust

Mastodon Hunter

9th Wonder The Wonder Years

Nirvana Nevermind Deluxe Edition

Tyler Ramsey The Valley Wind

LeAnn Rimes Lady & Gentlemen

Matthew Sweet Modern Art

Wilco The Whole Love

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Lupe Fiasco rocks Uptown Amphitheatre

Posted By on Mon, Sep 26, 2011 at 3:11 PM

Lupe Fiasco
Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheatre
Sept. 23, 2011

Photos by Jeff Hahne


Earlier this year, Lupe Fiasco released his third studio album, Lasers. In an interview with Complex, he said, “I love and hate this album. I listen to it and I'll like some of the songs. But when I think about what it took to actually get the record together and everything that I went through on this record — which is something I can't separate — I hate this album. A lot of the songs that are on the album, I'm kinda neutral to.”

But if you attended his stop in Charlotte for the Generation Laser Tour at Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheatre on Friday night, you’d have never known of his ambivalence.

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O.A.R. returns for Halloween

Posted By on Mon, Sep 26, 2011 at 10:45 AM

The Music. Monsters & Mayhem concert at Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheatre on Oct. 29 has been announced, with headliner O.A.R. returning to Charlotte.

The band just performed at the venue in July, but they'll be back for the holiday with Company of Thieves, Simplified, Blizzard of Ozzy and Kiss Alive.

Presale tickets are now on sale for $34-$52. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 10 a.m.

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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Big Daddy Love playing potent mountain music tonight (9/24/11)

Posted By on Sat, Sep 24, 2011 at 7:00 AM

Big Daddy Love Asheville roots quintet is in town and on the road promoting its new recording. The bottom line: This is potent acoustic Americana mingled with roots rock. The players playfully spar with their instruments while the crooner tells the tales. The result is genuine, nicely developed Appalachian and mountain music where bluegrass dances on the porch with rock and folk. $8. The Evening Muse.

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Haji Basim's entrancing, eclectic neo-soul style tonight (9/24/11)

Posted By on Sat, Sep 24, 2011 at 7:00 AM

Haji Basim With a soulful voice and acoustic guitar, Basim’s music is almost entrancing; a certain element of relativity makes his songs personable and inviting. His voice is reminiscent of John Legend with a certain uniqueness that is refreshing. He has a neo-soul style of playing that mixes in a little folk and hip-hop. Addicting and memorable, he will have you humming the tunes of his music. With Yaddatu, Moses, Missing You Dearly and more. $10-$12. Tremont Music Hall.

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Flaming Lips release six-hour song

Posted By on Fri, Sep 23, 2011 at 10:47 AM

Have some time to kill? The Flaming Lips have released a six-hour song entitled, "I Found a Star on the Ground." If I had to guess, I'd say they're never going to play it live, but I could be wrong...

The Flaming Lips - I Found a Star On the Ground [Part One of Three] by Slow•Nerve•Action 3

The Flaming Lips - I Found a Star On the Ground [Part Two of Three] by Slow•Nerve•Action 2

The Flaming Lips - I Found a Star On the Ground [Part Three of Three] by Slow•Nerve•Action

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Mayer Hawthorne & The Country brings feel-good, pop-soul tonight (9/23/11)

Posted By on Fri, Sep 23, 2011 at 7:00 AM

Mayer Hawthorne & The Country Beyond being a soul music revivalist, Hawthorne accomplished the feat of crafting songs that give you the warm, fuzzy feeling of something familiar. A quick scan of the liner notes, though, will tell you that they’re creations all his own, oozing the Motown sound his hometown trademarked. He’s taken the soul torch and ran with it, and instead of reinventing the wheel, simply made feel-good pop music. $15-$18. Amos’ Southend.

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