Saturday, March 31, 2012

RUN DMT play Milestone tonight (3/31/12)

Posted By on Sat, Mar 31, 2012 at 8:59 AM

RUN DMT Visitors to DMT hyperspace often mention experiencing "alien music" and a "universe of formless vibration." There's a dubstep duo with the same RUN DMT name who think this means clubbing you over the head with tedious beats until you wig out at some shitty rave. Oh, yeah. Fuckin' deep, bro. No, this act is the vehicle of Baltimore's Michael Collins, who creates docile textures of abstract, soul-and-ambient flavored sound collages for listeners to luxuriate in as they spin off into the intergalaxosphere. Just imagine what it'd be like under the influence of drugs - whoa! With Tonstartssbandht, Human Pippi Armstrong and headliner Blossoms. The Milestone.

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John Wesley Harding with Moody and Pernice at the Stage Door Theater tonight (3/31/12)

Posted By on Sat, Mar 31, 2012 at 8:50 AM

JOHN WESLEY HARDING, RICK MOODY AND JOE PERNICE Strange combo, this, since Mr. Moody is better known as the author of The Ice Storm and other fine novels. He's also a crack essayist, though, and his latest, On Celestial Music, takes on everybody from Otis Redding to Arvo Pärt. Harding is the dude who pinched his name from a Dylan LP, which tells you about his literary pretensions; he's always been a bit "big hat, no cattle" to me. The real music candy here is Pernice, one of America's best and most underappreciated songwriters. Over 13 releases his miserablist miniatures have been drawn with as sharp a pen as vintage Morrissey - who, it turns out, was a key figure in Pernice's wastrel youth, as the latter's Continuum 33⅓ book on the Smiths' Meat Is Murder makes plain. $25. Stage Door Theater.

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Remy St. Claire plays Common Market tonight (3/31/12)

Posted By on Sat, Mar 31, 2012 at 8:05 AM

REMY ST. CLAIRE He cites a bevy of brooding Byronic influences: Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Townes Van Zandt and blues hellhound Son House - a "mad, bad and dangerous to know" bunch if ever there was one. But in performance, Remy St. Claire is more akin to the mighty Tims - Tim Buckley and Tim Hardin. Like these fellow cult troubadours, St. Claire's vocals can be heavenly - soft and cottony at one end, high and soaring on the other. It's a nice contrast to music that frequently skirts the hazy hellish swamp rock of Nick Cave or Mark Lanegan, with songwriting that plumbs the darker, danker depths of the subconscious. But bits of Skynyrd-fried Southern rock and '70s AM radio hits bubble up from the voodoo tar pit. Free. Common Market, Plaza Midwood.

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Leadville Social Club plays Double Door Inn tonight (3/31/12)

Posted By on Sat, Mar 31, 2012 at 8:02 AM

LEADVILLE SOCIAL CLUB In a short time, Charlotte's Leadville Social Club, featuring veteran regional musicians, has garnered a lotta love in the area. The band's energetic roots-rock, alt-country and sunny Southern music fires up any gathering, whether lazing on a porch front, soaking in gin joints or sweltering in an outdoor summertime gig. The band has a stack of original numbers in their oeuvre with an occasional cover tossed into the mix. This is a fine double bill with the Mike Strauss Band opening. $5. Double Door Inn.

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Friday, March 30, 2012

Hope springs in Savannah

Posted By on Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 1:37 PM

I'm almost glad I missed Tchaikovsky's "Souvenir de Florence" when members of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra presented the sextet at the Myers Park Baptist Church earlier this month.


Down at the Savannah Music Festival, where I'm spending five days in jazz and chamber music bliss, my wife, Sue, and I attended a performance led by violinist Daniel Hope that was nectar of the gods - and I'm not obliged to make comparisons! Nor was that the only delight in this Daniel Hope & Friends event, titled "From Russia With Love." The recovered half of Borodin's String Sextet and Anton Arensky's String Quartet No. 2 came before the intermission, both featuring Benny Kim in the first violin chair.

The Hope & Friends series continues with "German String Masterpieces" on March 31, another all-German program on April 1 and concludes with a "French Soiree" on April 3. I do envy ticketholders who sit in on this soiree, for it will include a Ravel violin sonata, a Fauré piano quartet and César Franck's mighty piano quintet.

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PMCR Presents ... featuring Temperance League, The Bear Romantic (3/30/12)

Posted By on Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 8:46 AM

PMCR Presents Ever turn on the radio, hear a live concert and think it would be the "coolest thing ever" to be at that show? Here's your chance. Broadcasting live on Plaza Midwood Community Radio, this free show - a $5 donation is suggested - will feature Temperance League, The Bear Romantic (pictured at left), Little Bull Lee and Saint Solitude. Proceeds will help the radio station pay rent and remain commercial-free. But don't just sit home and listen, get out and show some love! $5 donation suggested. 9 p.m. Snug Harbor.

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Mavis Staples brings Soul to the McGlohon Theater (3/30/12)

Posted By on Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 8:41 AM

Mavis Staples If you're looking for an upcoming concert that is flying under the radar, yet promises to offer a soul-inspiring good time, this could be it. Mavis is the youngest of the legendary The Staple Singers, who were an institution of 1970s soul music with hits like "I'll Take You There." Since then, Staples has branched out to become a gospel/folk diva and female caretaker to the musical tradition of the Civil Rights Movement. Her 2010 release, You Are Not Alone, won her a Grammy for Best Americana Album. $32.50-$39.50. 8 p.m. McGlohon Theater. - Mike Cooper

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Tea Leaf Green at Visulite tonight (3/30/12)

Posted By on Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 8:37 AM

TEA LEAF GREEN Whoever said "irony is dead" was probably being ironic. Witness San Francisco's Tea Leaf Green. These American gypsies hit the crazy Kerouac highway that begins at Big Pink and swings past Dylan, the Dead and the Band. The dreaded goo of jam-bandery doesn't stick to TLG's heels as they head for the future with sincere hearts and irony-free minds. Right? Well, no. While rollicking dual drums, distorto guitar and conventional song structure ground Tea Leaf Green, the band's wide-eyed America is leavened with electronica, over-the-top glam-rock stomp and not-quite-camp sugar-pop with Bee Gees falsettos. And, all the while, they rock an endearing guttersnipe image that falls just short of arch. With Greensboro's industry hardened country popsters House of Fools. $15. Visulite Theatre.

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Banjo legend Earl Scruggs dies at age 88

Posted By on Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Mountain music legend Earl Scruggs, who popularized a three-finger style of banjo picking and brought bluegrass to mainstream audiences with his duo Flatt and Scruggs, died of natural causes on Wednesday, March 28, at 88. The three-finger, or "Scruggs style," of playing banjo helped to bring banjo from the rhythm section into a lead position, making an indelible impact on country and bluegrass.


Scruggs was born on Jan. 6, 1924, in Flint Hill, N.C. He first picked up a banjo at age 4 and was later known for his innovative drive as much as his picking style. He played with bluegrass inventor Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys in the 1940s, helping to put bluegrass on the national radar. Scruggs teamed with Lester Flatt and in 1948 formed the Foggy Mountain Boys; the two performed as Flatt and Scruggs through the '50s and '60s, and their progressive style of bluegrass had a huge influence on the the era's folk revival.

In the 1960s, Flatt and Scruggs' "The Ballad of Jed Clampett," sung by Jerry Scoggins, became the theme song for TV sitcom "The Beverly Hillibillies."

Over the years Scruggs performed and recorded with countless musicians including Bob Dylan, the Byrds, Elton John, Travis Tritt, John Fogerty, Johnny Cash and Steve Martin.

Though poor health sidelined him in the 1990s, Scruggs returned to limited touring in the 2000s, including multiple performances at MerleFest.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Possum Jenkins plays Visulite Theatre tonight (3/28/12)

Posted By on Wed, Mar 28, 2012 at 4:04 PM

POSSUM JENKINS The N.C. quintet hits the road locked and loaded with its recent recording Carolinacana. The title sums up the combo's exuberant Southern rock, rural Americana and acoustic-guitar-fueled blues boogie. The band's songs are whittled from music of the South, with a keen sense of interplay within the band, and a natural emphasis on songcraft. Opening for the Dirty Guv'nahs. $12-$14. Visulite Theatre.

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