Friday, August 31, 2012

CarolinaFest schedule announced

Posted By on Fri, Aug 31, 2012 at 5:10 PM

The schedule of performances for CarolinaFest, being held on Sept. 3 in downtown Charlotte, has been announced:

12 p.m.: Opening Ceremonies Parade featuring Johnson C. Smith Marching Band
12:05 p.m.: National Anthem: Anthony Hamilton
12:20—1 p.m.: Janelle Monáe
2—2:40 p.m.: Simplified
3:40—4:25 p.m.: Jeff Bridges
5:15—6:15 p.m.: James Taylor

1:05—1:50 p.m.: Blue Dogs
2:45—3 p.m.: Radio Disney
3—3:30 p.m.: West End Mambo
4:30—5:05 p.m.: Chairman of the Board

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The Bronzed Chorus at Snug Harbor tonight (8/31/2012)

Posted By on Fri, Aug 31, 2012 at 8:26 AM

THE BRONZED CHORUS We’ve all seen enough duos to know the common narrative — holy shit, can you believe two people are making that much sound?, etc. But bands like The Bronzed Chorus, from Greensboro, explodes that conceit a bit. This is to say that many of those duos we’ve been calling “full-sounding” for so many years now come off as a little bit lacking, a little bit thin, trebly and incomplete, next to The Bronzed Chorus’ thickness and drive. These guys’ tonal range is closer to that of Providence band The Body — another guitar-and-drums two-piece that never leaves the house without a healthy low end. In The Bronzed Chorus, that low end tends to come from multi-tasking drummer Hunter Allen — he often plays a synth with one hand. Guitarist Adam Joyce plays busily, though tastefully, often tackling melodic and rhythmic lines on his beat-up black Les Paul. The result? Maserati, as played by two people. With The Bear Romantic, The Winter Sounds, and I Was Totally Destroying It. $5. Aug. 31, 9 p.m. Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St. 704-333-9799.

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Bombadil at the Evening Muse tonight (8/31/2012)

Posted By on Fri, Aug 31, 2012 at 8:17 AM

BOMBADIL Bombadil’s label — Ramseur Records — picked up the Durham band after seeing it open for Ramseur’s most famous act, The Avett Brothers. That’s appropriate, since Bombadil also uses acoustic folk and Americana styles as springboards into some intriguingly nontraditional pop. Bombadil also owes a bit to indie songsters Devotchka, with the band’s tasteful chamber-pop elements, and even ’70s prog-sters, with its intricately composed though bombastic flourishes. That performance with The Avetts was six years ago, and since then, the band has seen challenges aplenty — several members have departed (from the band as well as from the state) and bassist Daniel Michalak suffered nerve damage to his hands. Shows such as this one easily could have not happened, and we suspect Bombadil knows this. So ... YOLO, right? I can’t believe I just typed that. (We can’t either. — Ed.) $7. Aug. 31, 8 p.m. The Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. 704-376-3737.

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Woody Pines at Double Door Inn tonight (8/30/2012)

Posted By on Thu, Aug 30, 2012 at 8:10 AM

WOODY PINES Joyously retro in both sound and presentation, the Asheville combo Woody Pines rips into old-timey country blues, ragtime, jazz and New Orleans street-corner music with abandon. This is urban hillbilly music that also can take you into the sticks with a jug of homemade hooch, or to front-porch hoedowns, or to tent revivals. The band’s varied combinations of acoustic instruments — guitars, stand-up bass, fiddles, harmonica, sax and cornet — are handled by fully versed musicians. Don’t forget your dancin’ shoes. $8. Aug. 30, 9 p.m. Double Door Inn, 1218 Charlottetowne Ave. 704-376-1446.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Brownbird Rudy Relic at Milestone tonight (8/29/2012)

Posted By on Wed, Aug 29, 2012 at 8:51 AM

BROWNBIRD RUDY RELIC There’s something to be said for a consciously anachronistic stage persona — especially if the transformation is total. New York City’s Brownbird Rudy Relic, with his slick pompadour and rambunctious proto-rock stomp, exists in a sort of hillbilly/country blues tradition — as if, in some alternate universe, rock 'n’ roll had never happened and its basic elements lived on anyway in a rough, raw state. The Brownbird, who identifies as Chicano, flavors his blues swing with elements of Mexican balladry. Accordingly, he spends very little time in tried-and-tedious 12-bar territory — avoiding the familiar folk-revival Lightnin’ Hopkins and Robert Johnson-worship in favor of something that lives, breathes and evolves. So, come on out and meet a time-traveler. With Los Bastardos Magnificos, One Fine Damn Band and Bill Stroupe, Geoffreaux. $5-$9. Aug. 29, 9 p.m. The Milestone, 3400 Tuckaseegee Road. 704-398-0472.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Puffy Areolas at Milestone tonight (8/28/2012)

Posted By on Tue, Aug 28, 2012 at 8:43 AM

PUFFY AREOLAS If you haven’t had a good earwax-clearing lately, these noisemakers from the Cleveland and Chicago areas should do nicely. Built from elements of early Motor City rock, coruscating psych and hardcore aggro-angst, the band’s In the Army 1981 (a 2010 release, actually) captivates and alienates in equal measure. If you funneled the Stooges through other forebears like proto-metalheads White Boy and the Average Rat Band or Italian punkers Tampax, threw in some early Dwarves and added a shit-ton of guitar noise, you’d be in the general sonic area code. It’s not for the faint of heart, but steers clear of annoying screamo or lame-ass metal angst tropes and instead rocks like mad. Of course, Googling “puffy areolas” will result in more questionable website hits than videos of the band, but both probably earn their NSFW designations. With locals Great Architect, Meat Group and DJ Stroupenassty. $5-$9. Aug. 28, 9 p.m. The Milestone, 3400 Tuckaseegee Road. 704-398-0472.

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Live photos, setlist: Phish, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 8/26/2012

Posted By on Mon, Aug 27, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Having seen Phish perform a number of times since the early '90s, I've noticed things have changed a bit since those days. Here's a quick rundown of what I witnessed at the Phish show at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre on Aug. 26, 2012:


1 — The old standard of hippies wearing patchouli to cover up the stank of armpits has apparently gone away, but unfortunately it has not been replaced by deodorant.

2 — Females of the hippie variety aren't as likely to leave their legs unshaved — the hair has now been replaced by tattoos.

3 — Gone is the jingling jewelry that would chime in as people danced. It's been replaced by piercings of every kind... but metal against skin doesn't have the same ring to it.

4 — :::Old man's voice::: Back in my day, "Fluffhead" was the mecca of Phish songs and people would go nuts when they heard it. In Charlotte, not so much. Some glow sticks were thrown in the air and there was a hefty singalong inside the amphitheatre but the people on the lawn danced like they would any other rolling tune by Vermont quartet.

5 — Phish fans still love a long, noodling guitar solo.

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Photos, setlist: My Morning Jacket, Uptown Amphitheatre, 8/25/2012

Posted By on Mon, Aug 27, 2012 at 10:46 AM

My Morning Jacket rolled into Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheatre on Saturday, Aug. 25, for a complete, uninterrupted set. Last time they were in town, rain delayed and shortened the show.

  • Photo By Gregg McCraw

Holdin On To Black Metal
Outta My System
The Dark
First Light
Evil Urges
Master Plan
Nashville to Kentucky
You Wanna Freak Out
O Is the One That Is Real
The Way That He Sings
The Day Is Coming
Wordless Chorus
Touch Me I'm Going To Scream Pt. 2
Wonderful (The Way I Feel) [w/ Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses]
Run Thru

Victory Dance
Lay Low
Steam Engine
Isn't It A Pity (w/ Band of Horses)
One Big Holiday

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Saturday, August 25, 2012

My Morning Jacket at Uptown Amphitheatre tonight (8/25/2012)

Posted By on Sat, Aug 25, 2012 at 8:47 AM

MY MORNING JACKET Undeniably rooted in the school of alt-country that worships Neil Young, MMJ has mushroomed over the years into an ensemble bent on randomly mining genres as the band members choose. The foundation is roots-rock, but anything is game — neo-psychedelia, shoegazing, rock, pop, country. The combo is fully self-defined and tailor-made if you dig bending genres into an expanse of sound where a floating tune can convulse into a reverb-laden, effects-loaded, noisy conclusion. The blokes play music as they please, and that eclecticism is no better displayed than with the sonic evolution that bookends “Old September Blues,” from their debut, to “Holdin’ on to Black Metal,” from the recent Circuital. With Band of Horses. $40-$60. Aug. 25, 7 p.m. Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheatre, 1000 N.C. Music Factory Blvd. 704-549-5555.

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Paleface at Evening Muse tonight (8/25/2012)

Posted By on Sat, Aug 25, 2012 at 8:36 AM

PALEFACE Willfully ramshackle alt-folk and acoustic punk savant Paleface has been poised on the verge of a big commercial breakthrough for more than 20 years. Signed to a major label in 1991, he refused to tamp down his outspokenness and wayward weirdness, appalling fans of tour-mates (and banal footnote) The Crash Test Dummies. Tours with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Billy Bragg — along with another flirtation with the majors — followed, but it wasn’t until Paleface crossed paths with Concord’s Avett Brothers and Ramseur Records that the singer locked into his groove. Moving from New York City to North Carolina, Paleface has found the ideal collaborator in his wife, percussionist and singer Monica Samalot. Her earthy vocals mesh perfectly with the gruff troubadour’s, and her “inspired primitive,” Moe Tucker-style drumming propels the duo’s jaunty, zydeco-flavored folk-pop and rootsy shout-alongs that by turns recall Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne, M. Ward and John Lennon’s “Give Peace a Chance.” Paleface may be mellowed, but he’s still the disheveled street-corner preacher whose thoughts spill out rushed and unfiltered. It’s a big piece of Paleface’s charm that he seems compelled to cram all of his thoughts and emotions into every minute, as if the song he’s singing, indeed each verse, may be his last. With Jeremy Current. $10. Aug. 25, 8 p.m. Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. 704-376-3737.

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