Monday, June 30, 2014

Live review: Andy the Doorbum, CHP Studios (6/27/2014)

Posted By on Mon, Jun 30, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Andy the Doorbum
CHP Studios
June 27, 2014

"Please turn off your phones. I don't mean put them on vibrate, I mean turn them off." As an overly paranoid mother, this is not a request I ever comply with. Not when it comes from a flight attendant, my boss at work or even a judge. But when Jonathan Hughes, owner of the Milestone, spoke these words on Friday night I listened.

Hughes was hosting Andy the Doorbum's sold out event "A Ceremonial Procession of the Fool," which 100 of us were packed into a Southend warehouse to witness. The air in there was serious and anticipation buzzed throughout because no one was sure exactly what to expect, but we were all confident it was going to be something special.

I decided turning my phone off was warranted to give this production the respect it seem to be demanding with its limited tickets, official programs, elaborate staging and host dressed in formal attire. Plus, it would help me resist the temptation to secretly snap photos, which we'd been asked not to do.

Andy the Doorbum is a poet, visual artist and musician whose new record is called The Fool and what unfolded in the warehouse was something of a dramatic interpretation of the album, as Andy sang it live, with no instruments visible. The Fool is the person who continues to fall in love despite the pain it causes when it falls apart, and Andy's performance as the Fool was nothing short of incredible.

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Live review: Lindsey Stirling, The Fillmore (6/27/2014)

Posted By on Mon, Jun 30, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Lindsey Stirling
The Fillmore
June 27, 2014

Lindsey Stirling

More than halfway through her show, musician Lindsey Stirling finished a cover of John Legend's "All of Me" when she addressed the crowd. On this Friday, a funeral was being held for her recently deceased grandmother and Stirling had nearly canceled the show. "My grandmother never got to see me perform live," Stirling said, holding back tears. "She was bed-ridden for the last 10 years, but I know she's here with us tonight." Stirling then started the somber "Take Flight" as she strode across the stage.

It was one somber moment in a concert that was focused on its high-energy output, EDM-infused performance and, of course, plenty of dancing. Stirling, who first found fame on the America's Got Talent stage in 2010, has since made a name for herself as the "dancing violinist" combining her talent as a classical violinist with her passion for dancing.

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First notes (6/30/2014): Man apologizes for painting over Kurt Vile's mural

Posted By on Mon, Jun 30, 2014 at 10:36 AM

Editor's Note: First Notes is a weekly update of recent happenings in the world of music.

* In 2012, Steve "ESPO" Powers painted a mural in Philadelphia that would serve as the album cover art for Kurt Vile's Walkin' on a Pretty Daze. On Saturday morning, DJ Lee Mayjahs took it upon himself to paint over the mural. At the time, he said, "he was buffing the mural because it was attracting graffiti to the neighborhood." He later found out the story behind the mural and wrote a letter to Vile and the original artist to apologize.

* Soul singer Bobby Womack died on Friday from unknown causes at age 70. He released a comeback album in 2012 and had recently performed at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival.

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Girls Rock! Charlotte Camp concert tonight

Posted By on Fri, Jun 27, 2014 at 12:42 PM

As the father of a one-and-a-half year old, I play music for my daughter on a daily basis. This morning, she clapped to Cat Stevens and sang along to The Flaming Lips' "Yeah Yeah Yeah Song." Giving kids exposure to music, and even an opportunity to perform at an early age, can only help with their self esteem and their interest in music.

Tonight at the Stage Door Theater, girls ages 10-16 will celebrate their love of music through a free, open-to-the-public performance at 7 p.m. as part of the Girls Rock! Charlotte Camp.

Girls Rock! Charlotte Camp
  • Crystal Dempsey
  • Girls Rock! Charlotte Camp

The camp pairs each girl with an instrument. After bands are formed, an original song is written and then performed at the finale concert. In addition to music, the camp focuses on topics such as the positive use of social media, stage confidence, managing money, media literacy and more.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Live review: Phantogram, The Fillmore (6/25/2014)

Posted By on Thu, Jun 26, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Phantogram w/ Bad Things
The Fillmore
June 25, 2014


Lights flashed as a hauntingly repetitive voice blared through the speakers and the anticipation in the tightly packed Fillmore grew. After a few minutes, the crowd got exactly what they had been waiting for - the delicious fusion of synthpop, rock and electronic that is Phantogram. The duo, made up of Sarah Barthel (vocals/keyboard) and Josh Carter (vocals/guitar), was joined by a drummer and keyboardist in their energetic performance on June 25, 2014.

Producing live shows with vocals that are audibly comparable to the album is one of the group's definitive strengths. Their rendition of the catchy hit "Fall in Love" sounded undeniably similar to the album version, giving a sense of legitimacy to Barthel's airy voice.

"Are you guys sweating out there?" Barthel called out after several beat-heavy, dance-inducing songs. It's always a bit alarming to hear Barthel speak in her naturally soft, raspy voice after she's powerfully and beautifully belted out a song. She and Carter share vocal duties, which adds a bit of flavor and variety to songs that might otherwise sound fairly similar.

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Concert announcement: Bomba Estereo to headline Latin American Festival

Posted By on Thu, Jun 26, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Colombian high-energy cumbia/dub hybrid Bomba Estereo will headline the 24th annual Latin American Festival on Oct. 12, 2014 in Symphony Park. Other performers include Plena Libre, Los Rabanes, La Quilombera and Las Cafeteras.

Tickets for the festival are $5. Children under 8 get in free.

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Concert announcement: Bombadil to headline Triple C Folk Festival

Posted By on Thu, Jun 26, 2014 at 11:52 AM

The Triple C Summer Folk Festival, taking place on Aug. 2 at Triple C Brewery, will feature performances by Bombadil, River Whyless, Sinners & Saints and Caroline Spence.

The event will run from 4:30-9:30 p.m. Tickets are available for $15 with proceeds going to DrumsforCures.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Concert announcement: St. Paul and the Broken Bones

Posted By on Wed, Jun 25, 2014 at 2:42 PM

Modern soul purveyors St. Paul and the Broken Bones will perform at the Neighborhood Theatre on Oct. 14. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 day of show.

The band appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday night.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Young and in the Way leaves a bloody mess

Posted By on Tue, Jun 24, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Charlotte black metal band Young and in the Way left Asheville's Lexington Avenue Brewery a bloody mess on Sunday night after spraying pig's blood during its performance.

The LAB, as it's known to locals, is one of the city's biggest entertainment venues. It closed its doors for cleaning yesterday. A sign on the door read, "Sorry for the inconvenience, we are closed for the next few days for reasons beyond our control. We appreciate your patronage and look forward to seeing you again soon."

A video posted on Instagram shows the bloody aftermath and cleanup. Comments under the video include, "#yaitw left the lab in ruins yesterday" and "I think the curtains and rug are done for. Lol." The concert was held to celebrate the 17th anniversary of Empire Tattoo.

The LAB's Facebook page posted the following:


Oddly enough, it's the second blood-related incident this month, with Swedish black metal outfit Watain soaking its New York audience in blood on June 15.

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Monday, June 23, 2014

First notes (6/23/2014): Will YouTube yank indie music videos?

Posted By on Mon, Jun 23, 2014 at 1:06 PM

Editor's Note: First Notes is a weekly update of recent happenings in the world of music.

* The coroner is looking into the death of a 24-year-old festival goer at this past weekend's Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas. The three-day EDM event drew more than 130,000 attendees.

* YouTube is threatening to pull down music videos by artists on independent (i.e., non - Big Three) record labels that have refused to sign on to its upcoming subscription streaming service.

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