Friday, December 30, 2011

Matrimony signs with Columbia Records

Posted By on Fri, Dec 30, 2011 at 9:46 AM

Charlotte folk-rock quintent Matrimony signed a record deal with Columbia Records, they announced during their Dec. 29 concert at the Visulite Theatre. The band is currently writing new material for an album they hope to release in the first half of 2012.

The band originally began as the duo of Jimmy Brown (guitar, vocals) and his wife, Ashlee Hardee Brown (vocals, keys). They self-released their debut album, The Storm & The Eye, in August of 2010.

After going through a few lineup changes, the band is currently completed by Jordan Hardee (bass), C-J Hardee (mandolin, banjo) and Alex Watson (drums). Jordan Hardee is the former drummer for Charlotte rock band The Paper Tongues.

The group played at SXSW in 2011, gaining the interest of record labels, while continuing to tour around the United States.

Their most recent single, "Obey Your Guns," was released for free online.

Columbia Records and its subsidiaries are home to a variety of artists including The Avett Brothers, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Adele, Beyonce, Pearl Jam, Foster the People, Cults and J. Cole.

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Overmountain Men return to the Milestone (Dec. 30)

Posted By on Fri, Dec 30, 2011 at 9:15 AM

OVERMOUNTAIN MEN Any David Childers beats no David Childers, so it’s always a treat to see one of the South’s most underappreciated songwriters and performers playing live. Overmountain Men is the post-Don Juans’ vehicle Childers and the Avett Brothers’ Bob Crawford put together as a casual outlet for both when they had the time and inclination. Thing is, their 2010 release, Glorious Day, was so chockablock with fine Appalachian folk, Piedmont country rock, and Childers’ literate historical/personal narratives that people have been clamoring for more. With the Wiggle Wagons, Jeremiah and the Howling Owls and Funky Geezer. $8. The Milestone.

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Cedric Burnside returns to Charlotte tonight (Dec. 30)

Posted By on Fri, Dec 30, 2011 at 9:13 AM

CEDRIC BURNSIDE PROJECT Long-established guitarist, drummer and vocalist Cedric Burnside, who learned the craft of blues playing alongside his grandfather R.L. Burnside, leads his latest combo that fires up the amps with a mix of slow-burning acoustic to rousing hill-country blues. A bit of blues-rap is also in the offing. The band is on the road plugging the new recording The Way I Am. $10. Double Door Inn.

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Namesake's alterna-rock at Amos' (Dec. 30)

Posted By on Fri, Dec 30, 2011 at 9:08 AM

NAMESAKE The pop-rock combo is mining alleys much-trodden by numerous bands, but the boys have that extra songwriting panache, fused with soaring guitars and hi-fidelity rhythm section, to be in the game for the long haul. Their hard alterna-rock is showcased in the recently recorded debut full-length, Borders & Fences, an album that proves the band has the moxie to rise above the masses, albeit with high-mileage touring and perseverance. Also on the bill are Harvest, Something Clever, By Summers End and Shadow of Myself. $10. Amos’ Southend.

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Side By Side livens up onstage performances

Posted By on Fri, Dec 30, 2011 at 8:48 AM

SIDE BY SIDE — Listen to Side By Side’s self-title EP, and you might think they’re a polished, pop-rock band that belongs more on radio than on a stage. Catch them live and you’d never know it was the same group. The Pepe brothers, Joseph and Michael, and singer Joelle Kittrell bring forth more of a raw, intense quality in person that wasn’t captured in the studio. There’s a reason they went so far in a recent Billboard Magazine competition. With The Hot Gates, Heyrocco. $7. Snug Harbor..

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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Live review: Treephort

Posted By on Thu, Dec 29, 2011 at 10:47 AM

The Milestone
Dec. 27, 2011

When touring musicians make a regular stop at the Milestone, their visit is always looked forward to. After a few rounds of touring, they become part of the long-distance family and are welcomed with smiles and hospitality, like an old friend who has moved away.

Over the years, Treephort — or more accurately, Lee, the original member and front man of the band — has become one of them. The laughter was high and hugs were given out while beers were pounded at the bar — people reuniting and glad to see one another, excited to experience the newest variation on a project known and loved for quite some time.

Treephort is a band that holds many legends, mostly true, of an era of their music with horrendous stage antics to the delight of morbidly curious rock 'n' rollers. Vomit spectacles; sneaking on to the Vans Warped Tour and performing for the majority of the tour until being forcibly removed (once noticed for grotesque, offensive performances); former member, Kyle Knight's signature act of lighting his dick on fire that was eventually carried on to his solo act, The Emotron... The list goes on full of cranium-burning memories the band produced at their peak.

While the Treephort of those days was put to sleep in 2004, Lee resurrected the project within the last few years and began touring, keeping the spirit alive and bringing their music back to familiar and new ears.

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Matrimony to showcase their developing sound

Posted By on Thu, Dec 29, 2011 at 9:33 AM

MATRIMONY — Charlotte quintet Matrimony has been hard at work on new material these days and plans on showcasing a bit of it at this show. Gone are the days of husband-and-wife folk songs as they delve into deeper strands of indie rock. The vocals of James and Ashlee Brown still dominate, but the musicianship is what drives it all forward. With Public Radio. $10-$12. Visulite Theatre.

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Carrie Rodriguez brings country flair to the Muse

Posted By on Thu, Dec 29, 2011 at 9:05 AM

CARRIE RODRIGUEZ Carrie Rodriguez’ latest, We Still Love Our Country, pairs the multi-instrumentalist’s passionate vocals with those of Romantica frontman Ben Kyle. It’s a tongue-in-cheek title for a record consisting mainly of country music chestnuts. The pair keeps well-traveled Van Zandt and Prine tunes reasonably fresh, though closing on Boudleaux Bryant’s “Love Hurts” is a painfully obvious move. The raw eroticism of the lone original “Fire Alarm” (“he makes me growl like a fire engine” — yikes!) makes it a bit of a shame the two didn’t write more of the album. $12-$15. The Evening Muse.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Connells open for Blue Dogs tonight (12/28/11)

Posted By on Wed, Dec 28, 2011 at 9:02 AM

Once a staple of the Carolinas’ ’80s college rock scene, the Triangle band specialized in wistful, R.E.M./Feelies-influenced jangle pop, and worked often with power pop vets Don Dixon and Mitch Easter to achieve it. They were on Elvis Costello’s Demon label in Britain, where they were significantly more popular initially, but I always wished they had a little more grit on ’em. Still, their high point, 1987’s Boylan Heights, has aged pretty well, and that serves a largely dormant (by choice) nostalgia act just fine. Opening for the Blue Dogs. $18-$20. Neighborhood Theatre.

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The Movement tonight at the Visulite Theatre (12/28/11)

Posted By on Wed, Dec 28, 2011 at 8:57 AM

THE MOVEMENT Hailing from Philly by way of Columbia, S.C., this band fuses reggae and hip-hop the way you’d expect a group that lists Sublime, Tupac and Pink Floyd as their major influences would. Positive and energetic, you can almost see the Bob Marley poster on the college dorm room wall when they lay into their vibes. Their opening gigs for acts like The Wailers, Blues Traveler, Common and Ludacris only solidify their genre-mashing intent. SOJA headlines. $20-$25. Visulite Theatre.

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