Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A look at Bass Church 20

Posted By on Tue, Jan 31, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Bass Church 20 rolled into the Fillmore Charlotte on Jan. 27, 2012, for a night of EDM by DJs Mindelixir, Chrissy Murderbot, Dex and Sir Charles. A sea of people danced their cares away as neon glows radiated through the darkness. Local dance troupe The Chaotic Cupcakes offered a mime theme in their costuming as they entertained from the stage.

Here are some of the sights of the night:

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Monday, January 30, 2012

Jack White releases first solo single

Posted By on Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Jack White has released the first song from his upcoming solo album, Blunderbuss, due out on April 24. You can hear "Love Interruption" on White's website here.

Most reviews so far are ho-hum, with many people on Facebook commenting that it's "boring" or "background music". To me, it sounds too much like the riffs are copied instead of offering a good taste of the creative stuff White is so known for.

The opening riff sounds a little too close to the opening chimes of Dusty Springfield's "Son of a Preacher Man."

Then you have a riff behind White's vocals in the verse that sounds too close to the rhythm of "Vehicle" by The Ides of March.

Meanwhile, the male/female singing combination reminds me of The Civil Wars, well, maybe a poor man's Civil Wars without the strength of its harmonies.

I'm curious to see how the rest of the album sounds once it's made available, but early impressions will have a lot of people clamoring for a White Stripes reunion sooner rather than later.

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Future Islands play The Milestone tonight (1/30/12)

Posted By on Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 8:30 AM

FUTURE ISLANDS Maybe the most depressing trend of this era’s retro-mania is how little today’s synth-happy pop bands even pretend to sound different from the initial ’80s wave of wet snares, pulsing bass lines, synthentic keys and melodramatic narratives. Fortunately, there is this trio of N.C. expats who’ve taken the basic elements of that era and stretched them into compellingly dreamy and graceful new shapes. Frontman Samuel T. Herring’s unique croon certainly helps, but their 2011 LP, On the Water, was another fine example of their ability to echo an era without aping it. With Ed Schrader’s Music Beat and locals Blossoms (who should really send us their CD). $10-$12. The Milestone.

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Lelia Broussard plays The Evening Muse tonight (1/29/12)

Posted By on Sun, Jan 29, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Last year, Rolling Stone held a contest in which an unsigned artist would win a record deal, along with being featured on the magazine’s cover. Though Canada’s sleepy rock group, The Sheepdogs, won over the rich songwriting of Broussard, she’s back on the road, determined to continue doing what she loves — performing her pop-rock tunes. With Gabe Dixon. $10 in advance. The Evening Muse

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Hammer No More the Fingers play The Milestone tonight (1/29/12)

Posted By on Sun, Jan 29, 2012 at 8:24 AM

HAMMER NO MORE THE FINGERS Structural to modern music is the idea that a rock band playing midsize venues is somehow, by default, “indie” (whatever that means). Hammer No More the Fingers defies this convention. If anything, this Durham trio’s most obvious calling card is the arena-sized nerd-rock of Weezer. Sure, you can squeeze in allusions to any number of ’90s college radio acts, but that would miss the point. Expect instead a decidedly ’80s good-times vibe applied to Clinton-era alt-rock, played by three friends who are obviously having a ton of fun. With My Captain, Hungry Girl, Weakercaptain. $6-$9. The Milestone.

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Grown Up Avenger Stuff at Amos' Southend tonight (1/28/12)

Posted By on Sat, Jan 28, 2012 at 8:19 AM

GROWN UP AVENGER STUFF/LUCKY FIVE Noisy pop supernova Grown Up Avenger Stuff are buzzing big from their debut, Disagreements With Gravity. Their bipolar mix of punk, grunge pop, shards of metal and industrial sludge isn’t new, nor is the band’s ability to stop and turn on a shiny dime. The real attention-getter is frontwoman Deirdre Kroener. By turns brassy, sultry and vulnerable, Kroener growls and screams with Karen O/Kim Gordon gusto, but also channels rock blues belters in the Grace Slick vein. Lucky Five’s youthful enthusiasm belies their accomplished, muscular stew of funky jazz rock with Latin tinges. Frontman Marques Nash is a soulful full-throated powerhouse, as evidenced on the Five’s latest, La Resistance. A not-to-be-missed homegrown bill, displaying the variety and professionalism that the QC has to offer. With Heyrocco, Hellohandshake. $8. Amos’ Southend.

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Children of Bodom bring metal to Tremont Music Hall (1/28/12)

Posted By on Sat, Jan 28, 2012 at 8:15 AM

CHILDREN OF BODOM Acclaimed Finnish black metal quintet Children of Bodom is known for its thrashing yet melodic sound. Touring to support their latest release, Relentless Reckless Forever, guitar hero bandleader Alexi Laiho and his cohorts show great technical proficiency and hair-slinging passion as they deliver an unforgiving assault of melodic hooks, heavy guitar, the occasional wash of synth and a winking sense of humor. Warm up those neck muscles — it’s head-banging time. With Eluveitie, Revocation and Threat Signal. $17-$20. Tremont Music Hall.

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Country megaticket announced for 2012

Posted By on Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 9:48 AM

It's almost time to dust off your cowboy boots and clean up your hats... Live Nation today announced the six concerts that will be included in this year's country megaticket, which goes on sale on Feb. 3 at 10 a.m.

It's available online only through megaticket.com and includes:

• Sugarland
(I guess this further delays my dream of a Jennifer Nettles Band reunion.)

• Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker and Thompson Square

• Toby Keith, Brantley Gilbert
(Ya think his stage will look like a pickup truck again?)

• Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan
(The latest next big thing in country music.)

• Rascal Flatts, Little Big Town, Eli Young Band, Edens Edge
(Do these bands ever stop touring?)

• Brad Paisley, The Band Perry
(If you like your country served with a splash of wit.)

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Bass Church parties at The Fillmore tonight (1/27/12)

Posted By on Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Mindelixir has put on more than 20 of these Bass Church events in Charlotte, and they only get bigger and better each month. This time around, in addition to Mindelixir himself, Chrissy Murderbot, Dex and Sir Charles will be on the decks. The EDM event sets out to create one huge party, and so far, it’s been a huge success. Head on out to see what the fuss is about. $5-$15. The Fillmore Charlotte. www.brownpapertickets.com.

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Gaelic Storm at Neighborhood Theatre tonight (1/27/12)

Posted By on Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 8:12 AM

GAELIC STORM This combo doesn’t shy from sprinkling bluegrass, African, global and rock flavors into their Celtic music. That’s not to say they don’t play heel-kicking, traditional Celtic music. The band’s acoustic instruments explode into rousing barnburners just as effortlessly as they play floating, story-laden reels, jigs and ballads. With a slew of recordings under their belt since 1995, including the career-boosting appearance in the film Titanic, the band’s music has only blossomed while their sense of old-world Celtic songcraft remains wholly intact. $15-$20. Neighborhood Theatre.

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