Saturday, June 30, 2012

The Search for the Coldest MC at The Fillmore on Saturday (6/30/2012)

Posted By on Sat, Jun 30, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Charlotte will get a little colder tonight as Ice Cube hosts The Coors Light Search for the Coldest MC semi-final at The Fillmore featuring guest judge Ice Cube and a special performance by Fabolous.

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semi-finalists Eddie Blaze of Charlotte and Felony Fame of Maxton will battle it out for a spot in the New York finals, where they will have a chance to win $10,000 in studio time and a track on the SFTC2012 mixtape produced by DJ Drama. Tickets are not available, but you can vote online for your favorite MC to represent to Queen City at the final showdown in the Big Apple.

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P.O.D., Love and Death at Memorial Stadium today (6/30/2012)

Posted By on Sat, Jun 30, 2012 at 8:23 AM

City Invasions is bringing the rock of P.O.D. and Love and Death (featuring Brian "Head" Welch of Korn) along with hip-hop by Thi'sil, Flame and The Rep to Memorial Stadium on Saturday, June 30. The free concert starts at 5 p.m. and is the brainchild of Invasion founder Amy Lambert, a recovering drug addict who created the concert series as a way to reach out to people suffering from addiction.

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Tickets for the free show can be printed via the event website.

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The Adulterers at Patchwerk Playhaus tonight (6/30/2012)

Posted By on Sat, Jun 30, 2012 at 8:22 AM

THE ADULTERERS Based on the songs of Scott Ayan and Adam O'Neill, the band has released a compelling seven-song collection called Petite Mort - otherwise known as the "little death," a euphemism for orgasm, in case you wondered what a band called The Adulterers might concern itself with. A bit obvious, perhaps, but aided and abetted by the likes of Great Architect reedsman Brent Bagwell, violinist David Sleigh, drummer Clayton Yunt and ex-Van Gough's Ear members Jim and Daisy Payseur, the band creates a dark, texturally rich swirl of blues- and folk-based songs that, er, seduces. Ayan, as vocalist, has obviously fallen under Nick Cave's spell, so starting with the Bad Seeds and Dirty Three, then moseying over to 16 Horsepower and Tindersticks, will land you in The Adulterers' sonic neighborhood. They don't quite rise to those lofty heights, but those are some quality neighbors to emulate. With Hectorina and Moenda. Patchwerk Playhaus.

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Friday, June 29, 2012

Live review: Lost in the Trees, Visulite Theatre, 6/28/2012

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Lost in the Trees
Visulite Theatre
June 28, 2012


In the right setting, and with the right music and lyrics, a song can literally move someone to tears. It happend at the Visulite Theatre on Tuesday night when Lost in the Trees presented the sparse "This Dead Bird Is Beautiful." The song centered on singer/guitarist Ari Picker offering somber lyrics while multi-instrumentalist Emma Nadeau sang operatic tones behind him. The crowd stood in silent awe of the performance while a lone fan in front wiped tears from her eyes.

Emotions ran high within the venue - not only through the band's music, but due to a regional homecoming of sorts for the six Chapel Hill band members. Lost in the Trees was glad to play the last show of its current tour so close to home, having been on a two-week run to promote its latest album, A Church That Fits Our Needs. The mood was intimate, with a small, but devoted, crowd soaking up the sounds within the Visulite's candlelit setting.

Although at one point Nadeau tried to motivate people to dance, movement in the crowd remained more emotional than physical. The lyrical content is not lighthearted subject matter, and the live setting brought forth the words with even more power.

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BBC Southern rock doc includes two CL Charlotte voices

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Earlier this spring, the British Broadcasting Corporation began airing what may be the definitive documentary on the golden age of Southern rock. It features extensive interviews with icons ranging from Gregg Allman and Bonnie Bramlett to Mike Mills of R.E.M. and Patterson Hood of the Drive By Truckers. It also includes several music experts on the topic including not one, but two journalists associated with Creative Loafing Charlotte.

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Sweet Home Alabama - The Southern Rock Saga, an hour-long film directed by James Maycock, examines bands such as the Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd and others that blended blues, country and rock 'n' roll into the down-and-dirty concoction that became known as Southern rock. The British music press has long had a fascination with music from the American South, and Southern rock was extremely popular in the U.K. during the 1970s. The music, born at places like Muscle Shoals Sound and bred on the road, took the world by storm during that transitional time, helped send Jimmy Carter to the white house in 1976 and crashed and burned with the downed plane that killed key members of Lynryd Skynyrd the following year. Behind the music and hard partying was the legacy of race issues held over from the segregated South of the pre-1960s, and this documentary also tackles those issues.

The documentary's details largely come from CL editor Mark Kemp's book Dixie Lullaby: A Story of Music, Race and New Beginnings in a New South. Kemp is a former Rolling Stone editor and MTV editorial executive. He and former CL music editor Kandia Crazy Horse, an award-winning journalist and author of Rip It Up: The Black Experience in Rock N Roll, both appear in the documentary offering comments on how Southern rock changed the social and musical landscape of the 1970s, in the South and beyond.

The documentary, like Dixie Lullaby, begins with the 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., and then walks the viewer through the social, political and cultural changes that eventually culminated in the birth Southern rock in studios that had been the province of Southern-identified soul singers such as Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin.

Currently, the BBC has no plans to release the documentary in the United States, but you can watch the entire film at this YouTube link:

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Kony at The Milestone tonight (6/29/2012)

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2012 at 8:49 AM

KONY Lo-fi is everywhere now, and it can be tricky to judge its merits. Too often, intentionally primitive production serves no aesthetic purpose. But on Kony's quick-and-dirty home-recorded EP Island, lo-fi isn't a gimmick. With traumatized, detuned guitars and desperate, poetic rants lost in a noisy, crackling mix, this Charlotte band's brand of hardcore is vulnerable and nihilistic - a far cry from the music's historical "strength in numbers" idealism. And the red-lined, feedback-overloaded mix on Island may even be the exact flip of the band's namesake. Remember the problematic Kony film that made the social-media rounds a few months ago? It simplified a complex problem and quickly collapsed in on itself. By contrast, this Kony starts from the point of a collapse - "I fell like a TV that was thrown off a bridge," as they put it - and delivers pure, crushing existential angst. Kony rages not against the dying of the light, but against the light that never shined. With Barrow, Oddczar, Leaderless, and Historic. $6-$9. 9 p.m. The Milestone.

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Chiddy Bang at Neighborhood Theatre tonight (6/29/2012)

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2012 at 8:02 AM

CHIDDY BANG This Philadelphia rap duo had been chugging away for years before its studio debut, Breakfast, dropped to moderate success in February. The truth is, you run across the band's music everywhere - video games, commercials, restaurants - but its interactive live show is where the group built a following. Some would call the Chiddy Bang's mash-up of hip-hop and indie rock "frat rap," which the good-life, good-times rhymes support, but there's some uniqueness to it. In past trips - most recently, as opening act for Diplo's April surprise show at the Neighborhood Theatre - Chiddy Bang has offered engaging freestyles on all things Queen City, from the Bobcats to NASCAR. It's that kind of personalization that's made fans believers that the duo is much more than just a party band. Havana Brown is also on the bill. $15-$50. 8 p.m. Amos' Southend.

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Live review: One Direction, Time Warner Cable Arena, 6/27/2012

Posted By on Thu, Jun 28, 2012 at 10:06 AM

One Direction
Time Warner Cable Arena
June 27, 2012


Screams pierced my eardrums as I gazed awestruck at an army of on-the-verge-of-tears tweens crowding Time Warner Cable Arena on Wednesday night. I suddenly felt like I had gone back in time. Surely the cause of such a decibel level nearly rendering me deaf was due to a sighting of Taylor Hanson or Justin Timberlake popping and locking with 'N Sync, right?

Nope. It's 2012 and all this commotion is for the newest boyband to roll off the assembly line - One Direction. Aside from the group members getting younger and younger (and, in this case, British), times really haven't changed.

With what seemed like nearly identical infectious pop melodies, each One Direction song gave the boys a chance to sing a verse and hear the crowd scream their names. But the screams weren't necessarily for the amazing vocals, but more likely for whichever singer the crowd members considered to be the "cute one." Easy to understand, as each song they whipped out was about love: falling in love or crying over love. Pretty compelling stuff, and not changed in the slightest from the golden age.

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Junior Astronomers at Tremont Music Hall tonight (6/28/2012)

Posted By on Thu, Jun 28, 2012 at 8:36 AM

JUNIOR ASTRONOMERS Junior Astronomers may be simply reinventing the wheel, but they're good at it. Said wheel includes The Replacements' ramshackle-but-right attack, the spacey, sun-burnt lyrics of early Meat Puppets, loud-soft Pixies dynamics plus nimble and melodic guitar that recalls The Strokes' glory days. Throw in the passion and commitment of Ted Leo and you've got the entire syllabus for Indie Rock 101. By now, that indie rock template is just as beholden to signifiers of the past as Americana, and JA's sound does not stray off the map. But none of that matters when Junior Astronomers take the stage. Charismatic and idiosyncratic front man Terrence Richard forges a near-psychic connection with the crowd, and the band's playing is heartfelt and authentic. Gigging for five years, with two EPs plus a forthcoming LP under their belt, Junior Astronomers are primed for bigger things. It remains to be seen if they can break out of their self-imposed stylistic mold. With Manray, Lazer/Wulf, and The Air Station. $7-$10. 9 p.m. Tremont Music Hall.

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Manray at Tremont Music Hall tonight (6/28/2012)

Posted By on Thu, Jun 28, 2012 at 8:14 AM

MANRAY On first glance, Athens, Ga.'s Manray may seem like just another group of angry young guys in black t-shirts playing heavy music. But there's more to this five-piece than ink-saturated skin, snarling vocals and a requisite shirtless drummer. Referred to by one local music writer as "complicated-core," Manray play experimental hardcore melodic enough to draw in folks who don't usually listen to music that requires earplugs. Named after the envelope-pushing, avant-garde photographer of the early 1900s, Manray blurs the lines between punk, hardcore and math-rock. The resulting literate, face-melting tunes give Manray a broad appeal that has earned the band the status of one of the most respected acts in its music-minded hometown. With Junior Astronomers, Lazer/Wulf, and The Air Station. $7-$10. 9 p.m. Tremont Music Hall.

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