Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Hometown hero Anthony Hamilton - Tonight @ The Fillmore Charlotte

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 4:02 PM

What more can be said about one of Charlotte’s best soul exports?

Hamilton’s consistency is what has separated him from other artists in the city. A steady stream of critical acclaimed hasn’t changed the hallmarks of his music, which remains honest, soulful and gritty. You have to expect something special for his hometown audience, especially with his new album just weeks away.

$42.50-$52.50. The Fillmore Charlotte.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Live review: Wiggle Wagons, Kill Your Mules

Posted By on Tue, Nov 29, 2011 at 1:36 PM

Wiggle Wagons w/ Kill Your Mules
Snug Harbor
Nov. 26, 2011

To a crowd dwindling to around 20, Wiggle Wagons stepped on stage at Snug Harbor on Nov. 26 with determination that meant we were in for a fantastic set. A set that wouldn't go unnoticed by those who were there, but would obviously be missed by many.

Although Bud was ridden by the sickness going around, he still held down his guitar skills with the fervor he normally exerts — a testament to the rumor that he is one of the best guitarists in the area. He tore up every breakdown and shredded for us as if he was at his best. As far as musicianship goes, it was one of the best Wiggle Wagons shows in awhile. They were all on-point. Chris tore up his drums and even Daniel was sober enough to remain on the ball with his setlist instead of bantering to the audience about his state of mind. This was something those that who have seen them before, at least at the Milestone, would not be privy to on a normal basis. Typically, by the time they go on, everyone is in a drunken, hootin', hollerin' mood and it becomes contagious to the attention of the band as well. And although the atmosphere was much calmer than a packed-out Wiggle Wagons show with everyone tipsy, their country-rock combo still radiated to all in the venue, causing glasses to tip back and feet to stomp to the beat.

In front of the sparkly backdrop on Snug's stage, Kill Your Mules hopped up next to change the vibe of the night. It is amazing how they manage to get the room in gear every time they hit the stage. They give it their all and grasp the attention of those around them every show. This three-piece fandango brings back a genre that died long ago — reminiscent of the B-52s — they rock the synthy guitar, hip-slamming drums and melodic breakdowns with vocals so funky and fun, it's hard not to get down. From high squeals to heavy thumps, the slightly growing audience moved their bodies in between trips to the bar, a party inspired by music.

Although the crowd was small, the music was large, which you can come to expect from these two acts. A strange hybrid bill of country and dance-rock, the tone was ever-changing throughout the night but worked because lovers of good music can appreciate talent in any genre and these two acts certainly have it.

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Boom Chick's primal rock goodness - Tonight @ The Evening Muse

Posted By on Tue, Nov 29, 2011 at 1:29 PM

The duo, Frank Hoier (guitar/vocals) and Moselle Spiller (drums), lays on a mess of early rock, blues, garage and rockabilly with a punk urgency. Using vintage drums and raggedy guitars, their music is conducive to glorious lo-fi that’s rambunctious and raw, releasing the energy of primal rock.

RIYL: Flat Duo Jets, Dexter Romweber Duo.

$7. The Evening Muse.

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This week's new releases (11/29/2011)

Posted By on Tue, Nov 29, 2011 at 10:55 AM

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

Adele Live at the Royal Albert Hall — Best way to see her live now that she has canceled her tour.

Beyoncé Live at Roseland: Elements of 4 — Best way to see her live since she'll soon be home with Baby Z.

Smashing Pumpkins Gish (Reissue) — Remember when the Smashing Pumpkins were fun?

Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream (Reissue) — The next best thing to Gish.

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Live review: Puscifer

Posted By on Mon, Nov 28, 2011 at 10:45 AM

Puscifer w/ Carina Round
Ovens Auditorium
Nov. 27, 2011


Donning a cowboy hat, black button-down shirt and dark jeans, Puscifer frontman Maynard James Keenan hauled a small Airstream trailer on to the empty Ovens Auditorium stage. He slowly unpacked a couple of chairs and a folding table and began a short, poetic spoken word diatribe about sustainability in the current state of the world. As bandmate Carina Round exited the trailer to help set up more chairs and pour some wine (probably Keenan's own brand), Keenan began to talk about the value of creativity, ending with "Here at Puscifer, we believe in being creative with every breath you take."

Those talks set the tone for a night of music that was high on creativity —Â� from a 30-minute mockumentary interlude to short skits between songs — and the band's own musical paintings that drew from its two albums for an 18-song journey.

The night started with "Green Valley" and "Tiny Monsters" before kicking into high gear with "Vagina Mine." Various videos ran in the background while a hanging LED screen showed occasional mock advertisements such as one for the Arizona Border Patrol with the slogan, "We put the 'Panic' in Hispanic."

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Live review: Reinaldo Brahn & Jim Brock

Posted By on Mon, Nov 28, 2011 at 10:02 AM

Reinaldo Brahn & Jim Brock
Evening Muse
Nov. 26, 2011


Brazilian transplant Reinaldo Brahn and Charlotte's Jim Brock hit the stage in the simplest manner, each seated on stage and looking relaxed, before presenting a complex mix of Brazilian soul and diverse percussion at the Evening Muse on Nov. 26.

The duo, who worked together on the October-released album, Brasiliero Soul, sailed through an hour and 45 minutes set including songs from the album and a bossa nova-infused cover of The Police's "Roxanne."

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Live review: Charlotte Symphony takes on Bach, Beethoven

Posted By on Mon, Nov 28, 2011 at 9:48 AM

Charlotte Symphony
Belk Theatre
Nov. 19, 2011

On Nov. 19, the Charlotte Symphony put on a compelling performance featuring the music of Ludwig van Beethoven and Johann Sebastian Bach. The night began with Beethovan’s "Overture to Egmont," a strong and powerful performance that set the pace for the rest of the night. Written in the early 19th century, the overture was meant to be performed by a full symphony orchestra to produce a grand sound appropriate for classical music. The Charlotte Symphony did a good job bringing this piece to fruition from the elusive build up to the ecstatic ending.

After the conclusion of the "Overture," about half of the performers left the stage and it was clear Bach would be next. Bach’s work was written for fewer instruments and the "Brandenburg Concerto No. 4," which the Charlotte Symphony played after the "Overture to Egmont," made it clear why he decided not to use a full orchestra. The intricacies of the flute and the violin are discernable in this piece and the musicianship of Amy Whitehead and Elizabeth Landon (flute) and Calin Lupanu (violin) were entrancing and pleasant.

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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Pac Div's hella good West Coast rap - Tonight @ The Fillmore Charlotte

Posted By on Sun, Nov 27, 2011 at 10:28 AM

It’s impossible to talk about the West Coast’s hip-hop revival without mentioning this Cali trio.

From their early days as Pacific Division, they’ve rocked amazing beats and spit honest lyrics, painting an updated picture of the lifestyle lived, the first generation to come up in the heyday of Cali’s assault on the mainstream. After some monster mix tape releases, the group released their debut album The Div earlier this month.

Mac Miller headlines a week after being the first indie artist to debut at No. 1 in nearly two decades, Odd Future’s Casey Veggies joins. $19.50. The Fillmore.

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Wiggle Wagons' twangy, rockabilly quaver - Tonight @ Snug Harbor

Posted By on Sat, Nov 26, 2011 at 9:33 AM

Ultimately, Wiggle Wagons is about the back-and-forth between vocalist Daniel Grigg’s rockabilly quaver and guitarist Bud Burke’s twang-heavy solos.

The quartet rewinds a bit, dialing back from modern Nashville flash to a flannel-and-truckstops ’70s vibe. Yeah, it’s still radio-ready and catchy, but more in that decade’s outlaw mode. Rock and country have always been close cousins (where do you think the “billy” in “rockabilly” came from?) and it’s a welcome marriage between the two. Wait, that came out wrong ...

$5. Snug Harbor.

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500 Miles to Memphis' polished cow-punk - Tonight @ Tremont Music Hall

Posted By on Sat, Nov 26, 2011 at 8:57 AM

It’s actually 409 miles from this band’s Cincinnati base to Memphis, so that’s the first bit of disinformation you encounter.

The next, if you hopped on board for their self-titled debut, is that this is still a great rowdy cow-punk bar band; not so much anymore, at least on record. Their third and latest studio effort, We’ve Built Up to Nothing, is much more polished and punk-inflected (yes, that should be an oxymoron). The transition isn’t all that different (or any more beneficial) from fellow thematic travelers the Old 97s, who turned from wonderfully sloppy cow-punk to professional twang rock with equally ambivalent results.

With Pullman Strike, Evelynn Rose and My Captain. $8. Tremont Music Hall

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