Monday, October 31, 2011

Live review: Brody Douglas Hunt

Posted By on Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 1:22 PM

Brody Douglas Hunt, Crow Quill Night Owls, Blind Boy Chocolate & The Milk Sheiks, Geoffreaux and Avian Law
The Milestone
Oct. 26, 2011

As I walked into the door of the Milestone, although the crowd was small, I had never seen so many crust punks and hippies ever before. It was almost like Asheville had taken over the joint. Kids that seemingly hadn't bathed or drank anything but alcohol in at least a week were at the forefront of the audience. Although they sometimes have a reputation for trouble, as I've seen several kicked out in more recent times, most seemed pretty at peace and compliant, awaiting the music that they had come to see, something that we usually don't have in Charlotte, country rag-time blues.

Blind Boy Chocolate & The Milk Sheiks hailing from Asheville, N.C. along with The Crow Quill Night Owls and Brody Douglas Hunt from Washington State were making their way through our town to bring us back to the early 1900s with good-old ragtime to get our bodies moving and our faces smiling. That was exactly what they did when we had reached our final destination in time travel after our Charlotte solo acts Avian Law and Geoffreaux warmed us up and progressed the transition to this era.

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Puscifer releases director's cut of "Conditions of My Parole"

Posted By on Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 11:27 AM

Puscifer, who will perform at Ovens Auditorium on Nov. 27, released the director's cut of the video for "Conditions of My Parole." Maynard James Keenan kicks off the video as a man who had his "Airstream stolen by dopers." The song kicks off with an acoustic riff before driving into a heavy groove thundered on by Keenan's vocals. While the band's first album strayed into electronic repetition, this single offers far more melody and musicianship.

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Miguel brings his unique R&B flavor tonight (10/31/11)

Posted By on Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 12:00 AM

Miguel It’s not strange for an R&B singer to look up to Prince, but to cite Freddie Mercury and David Bowie as heroes is one of those things that sets this 24-year old songwriter/producer apart. After chugging away under the radar, working with artists like Musiq Soulchild and Usher, Miguel exploded last year with his J. Cole collaboration “All I Want Is You” and saw his album of the same name spend 33 weeks on the charts, balancing an attempt to be different with radio-friendly jams. $33. The Fillmore Charlotte. www.fillmorecharlottenc.com. (Mike McCray)

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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Snug Harbor hosts a smörgåsbord of local talent tonight (10/30/11)

Posted By on Sun, Oct 30, 2011 at 12:00 AM

Modern Primitives, Temperance League, Scowl Brow, Bart Lattimore and the Mint Hill Revival I couldn’t possibly just pick one of these bands to write about when they’re all on the same bill for a cheap price. If you’re looking for great local music, this is where you need to be. From the punk-infused rock of Modern Primitives to the blue-collar rock of Temperance League and the country-infused style of Bart Lattimore, it’s a Halloween eve treat to catch all three in one location. $5. Snug Harbor. www.snugrock.com. (Jeff Hahne)

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

The Jayhawks blend rural folk, bar rock tonight (10/29/11)

Posted By on Sat, Oct 29, 2011 at 12:00 AM

The Jayhawks Let’s say you’ve got a road trip on the calendar, one that’ll find you wandering down rural byways as often as interstate highways. Now let’s say you’re putting together some road music, something that’ll suit both wide-open vistas and heartland Americana. If this collection doesn’t include some Jayhawks … turn around and start over. The Minneapolis-born country rock band delivered essential road music in the ’90s, and two of their classics — Hollywood Town Hall and Tomorrow the Green Grass — have recently got the full-on reissue treatment to remind us just how damn good this band could be. Even better, Mockingbird Time — the first Jayhawks album in 16 years featuring original members Gary Louris, Mark Olson and Marc Perlman — finds the band’s honest (i.e., un-Ryan Adams-like) and heart-felt blend of rural folk, Byrds’ jangle and bar rock still sounding absolutely timeless. With Tift Merrit. $25. McGlohon Theatre. www.blumenthalarts.org. (John Schacht)

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Branford Marsalis plays free jazz set tonight (10/29/11)

Posted By on Sat, Oct 29, 2011 at 12:00 AM

Branford Marsalis Coming out of a legendary Louisiana jazz family, you’d be surprised to know Marsalis has paid tribute to one of our own. In 2003, the former Tonight Show band leader released Romare Bearden Revealed, honoring the Charlotte-born painter. That’s just a blip on a resume that touts collaborations with a veritable who’s who of artists from across the scope and even soundtracking a couple Spike Lee classics. He headlines the Wells Fargo Community Celebration. Free. Levine Center for the Arts. (Mike McCray)

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Annual Super Mega Halloween Blowout's extensive, ecletic local lineup tonight (10/29/11)

Posted By on Sat, Oct 29, 2011 at 12:00 AM

Super Mega Halloween Blowout We can’t possibly list all of the bands participating in this unique night of music, but if you’re looking for locals performing as national artists, this is the place to be. George Brazil is teaming up with Super Ape and Cement Stars to perform songs by the Flaming Lips, The Wiggle Wagons will be Hall & Oates, Blossoms is Elvis Costello, Hungry Girl will be The White Stripes — the list goes on and on. $6-$10. The Milestone. www.themilestoneclub.com. (Jeff Hahne)

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Friday, October 28, 2011

All hail Duane Allman, who died 40 years ago

Posted By on Fri, Oct 28, 2011 at 2:14 PM

Duane Allman at the Fillmore East in NYC, 1971
  • Ed Berman
  • Duane Allman at the Fillmore East in NYC, 1971
Tomorrow, Oct. 29, will mark the 40th anniversary of the 1971 death of iconic guitarist Duane Allman. Co-founder, with his brother Gregg, of the Allman Brothers Band, the Georgia musician was one of the greatest, most distinctive — and instinctive — guitar innovators in rock history.

There’s an advantage to being a baby boomer from the South. Namely, I was lucky enough to see the original Allman Brothers Band, with Duane Allman, seven times before he died at age 24 from a motorcycle crash in Macon, Ga. One of those seven shows took place in a club in Spartanburg, S.C., called The Sitar, just after the August 1970 release of the band’s second album, Idlewild South.

Some friends and I were seated about eight feet from the low stage, with Duane right in front of me. At one point I was nearly hypnotized, focusing on Duane’s hands as he smoothly wove his way in and out and through a series of complicated slide guitar lines. I suddenly looked up from his hands, and was dumbfounded to realize that while he was producing those intricate, speed-of-sound licks, Duane had been leaning over, having a casual conversation with bass player Berry Oakley — as if his mind-blowing guitar breaks were effortless.

I saw the band three more times after that, including the two legendary Love Valley Pop Festival shows, but that one moment is what I first think of whenever Duane’s name is brought up. The original Alllman Brothers Band lineup is generally recognized as one of the finest, and most finely honed, touring bands of all time. I imagine that’s true; all I can tell you is that the times I saw them, they were never less than fantastic, every single time.

Check out the excerpt below of Duane and the boys in 1970 playing one of their signature songs, “Whipping Post.”

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Sierra Hull's plucky mandolin playing tonight (10/28/11)

Posted By on Fri, Oct 28, 2011 at 12:00 AM

Sierra Hull An accomplished mandolin player at a young age, Hull already has a couple of solid recordings under her belt on the sturdy roots label Rounder records. Now, barely out of her teens, she’s honing her chops at Boston’s Berklee College of Music while recording and touring. Hull is a warm-voiced bluegrass singer/songwriter, a star in the making, and she can pick the mandolin like a veteran. $15. The Evening Muse. www.theeveningmuse.com. (Samir Shukla)

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The Supersuckers bring their signature raucous rock tonight (10/28/11)

Posted By on Fri, Oct 28, 2011 at 12:00 AM

The Supersuckers These cats have been twisting electric guitars to their maniacal mix of ’70s rock and rockabilly-blasted garage punk since the late ’80s. Toss in honky-tonk barnburners in between the rockers and the evening should devolve into a sloshed night of raucous rock. A couple of decades of debauchery hasn’t slowed them an iota. Also on the bill are Reverend Horton Heat and Dan Sartain. $25. Visulite Theatre. www.visulite.com. (Samir Shukla)

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