Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Blackfoot Gypsies at Double Door Inn (2/29/12)

Posted By on Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 7:39 PM

BLACKFOOT GYPSIES Making Keith Richards’ riffs (circa Exile on Main St.) sound clean by comparison, this raggedy duo meshes rock, blues and country with funky rawness. It’s all in good fun as the blokes rearrange vintage country with a glorious racket that only guitars, drums, and drunken howling can create, when in the right hands, that is. Sure, lo-fi is requisite here, but more akin to treble-laden bombast, not in the crappy sound sense. $7. Double Door Inn.

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The Fishing Journal play Snug Harbor tonight (2/29/12)

Posted By on Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 7:38 PM

THE FISHING JOURNAL Part of the burgeoning music scene in the Palmetto state, this trio is the vehicle for the songs of ex-Death Becomes Even the Maiden’s Chris Powell, ex-Restoration drummer Josh Latham and Mercy Shot bassist Reno Gooch. The band’s eponymous six-song EP last year felt like the last decade of synth-pop and glo-stick hippie revivals had never happened, an idea which in general we applaud. Filled with sharp tempo turns, coruscating guitars and hyper-kinetic rhythms, the songs recall everything from Joan of Arc to Slint without pinching too much from any of them. Opening for Secret Hospital, and with Moenda and Jack Toft. $5. Snug Harbor.

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

The Boxing Lesson at The Milestone tonight (2/26/12)

Posted By on Sun, Feb 26, 2012 at 8:50 AM

THE BOXING LESSON This bass-less Austin trio say they play psychedelic prog, a phrase which too often conjures Rick Wakeman’s robes and cheesy Roger Dean illustrations. But not here, thankfully. Relying on MOOG for bottom end and tons of sonic noise, the songs blend Meddle-era Floyd guitar freak-outs with M83 propulsion, Spiritualized soul space jams with Texas rock ’n’ roll thunder. It’s a hybrid that looks on paper like it can’t — no, shouldn’t — really work. But that, as they say, is why they play the games; somehow it all comes together into something pretty compelling. Touring behind their 2011 EP Muerta and their new 7-inch, Health Is the New Drug. With Concord’s Technology for Nuns and others TBA. $6-$9. The Milestone.

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Black Joe Lewis plays The Fillmore Charlotte tonight (2/26/12)

Posted By on Sun, Feb 26, 2012 at 8:21 AM

Black Joe Lewis Black Joe Lewis howls his soulful vocals and shreds through blues-driven guitar riffs while horns blare and his band anchors the energetic ship with rock and soul rhythms. Ever wonder what it would sound like if James Brown could wail on guitar or Stevie Ray Vaughn had gotten up off of that thing and brought even more R&B grooves to his swagger? Here’s your answer. Opening up for the always enjoyable Celtic-rock of Flogging Molly.
With Flogging Molly, The Devil Makes Three. $33. 7:30 p.m. The Fillmore Charlotte.

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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Antiseen plays Tremont Music Hall with the Belmont Playboys (2/25/12)

Posted By on Sat, Feb 25, 2012 at 8:46 AM

ANTISEEN/THE BELMONT PLAYBOYS A hard rocking double bill of N.C. vets. Promising bloodshed, volume and carnage, redneck sludge-rockers Antiseen had their highest profile backing self-destructive punker/sideshow freak GG Allin. Twenty-one years on, they still hoe an idiosyncratic and insular row that’s equal parts Motorhead and Black Oak Arkansas. Antiseen serves up goofy white trash shtick songs about road kill and pro wrestling while playing raw, uncompromising, anti-hipster grunge rock. In the process, they’ve managed to walk that fine line between parody and integrity. The Belmont Playboys also flirted with the big time in the early ’90s with their brand of punked-up rockabilly. Plenty of Sun Records reverb plus a crisp guitar work avoids the soulless slickness of say, George Thorogood. And while they’ve mellowed over the decades, this is still authentic good time music ­— gritty, sweaty and boozy. With Chow Tiger. $10. Tremont Music Hall.

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The New Familiars play Visulite Theatre (2/25/12)

Posted By on Sat, Feb 25, 2012 at 8:15 AM

The New Familiars Local band The New Familiars has always brought a unique sound to the scene with their willingness to interchange steady guitar rhythms with banjo-picking. Bringing their own spin to classic rock ’n’ roll with the influential music of the Appalachia, these four can make you believe you’re at a hoe-down one second and a stadium rock show the next without missing a beat. Their new album Between the Moon & The Morning Light, is a culmination of the five years they’ve spent on the road touring, and has enough country and pop influence in each song to keep you guessing. With Honey Island Swamp Band. $12-$15. Visulite Theatre.

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Steve Earle coming to the Neighborhood Theatre

Posted By on Fri, Feb 24, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Steve Earle and The Dukes will perform at the Neighborhood Theatre on May 2, 2012. The hardcore troubadour is on tour supporting his latest release, 2011's I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive, the follow up to the Grammy Award-winning 2009 release Townes.

The Dukes will feature a Duchess on this tour — Earle's wife, Allison Moorer. Tickets are on sale now through the Neighborhood Theatre.

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Scott Avett showcases art as fundraiser

Posted By on Fri, Feb 24, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Scott Avett, of The Avett Brothers, is exhibiting paintings at The Morrison condominiums on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. as a fundraiser for The Educational Center.

The free exhibit, "The Paintings of Scott Avett: Exploring Story and Spirituality," will offer opportunities to purchase original artwork and commemorative posters.

"To me, art is not simply an expression of one person's idea, but something that comes to life between the artist and the broader community," Avett said in a press release. "Art helps all of us reach for the truth — in our lives and in our relationships. The Educational Center shares this perspective in its work, and this event will be a chance to keep that conversation going."

The Educational Center is a Charlotte-based non-profit organization that creates resources and opportunities for people of all ages and faith backgrounds who seek spiritual growth and enrichment.

The Morrison is located at 532 Governor Morrison Street in South Park.

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Kevn Kinney plays the Saloon at N.C. Music Factory tonight (2/24/12)

Posted By on Fri, Feb 24, 2012 at 8:43 AM

KEVN KINNEY At the height of the ’90s country-rock revival there were those who genuflected at the Drivin’ n Cryin’ altar and liked to lump them in with the Uncle Tupelos and Whiskeytowns, but the fit was never snug — too jam-y and Southern rock by half to these ears. Kinney began moonlighting the solo folkie thing (maybe even in search of the missing “i” from his first name), teaming with fellow Georgians (and others) ranging from R.E.M.’s Peter Buck to the Allman Brothers. But on his latest, A Good Country Mile, he reunites with the Golden Palominos’ Anton Fier to feature new Kinney originals, some Drivin’ n Cryin’ favorites and some covers in an old-fashioned electric guitar barn burner. $10. The Saloon at N.C. Music Factory.

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Minus the Bear plays Tremont Music Hall (2/24/12)

Posted By on Fri, Feb 24, 2012 at 8:37 AM

MINUS THE BEAR Seattle-based indie-prog quintet Minus the Bear have been churning out catchy albums since 2001’s This Is What I Know About Being Gigantic. 2010’s OMNI saw them take a more electronic and poppy turn, but their live shows remain both groovy and sensual with singer/guitarist Jake Snider and the rest of the boys masterfully recreating their records’ math-rock riffs and Snider’s lyrics about sex and travel and, well, sex, getting everyone in the mood to dance. $20-$22. Tremont Music Hall.

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