Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Live photos: Warped Tour, PNC Music Pavilion (7/28/2014)

Posted By on Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Vans Warped Tour
PNC Music Pavilion
July 28, 2014

The annual rite-of-passage music festival known as the Vans Warped Tour brought dozens of bands to Charlotte's PNC Music Pavilion on Monday for a long, hot day full of music. Here are the biggest takeaways from this year's event:

* One of the best bands I saw all day was California punk rockers Plague Vendor. Singer Brandon Blaine commands attention as he danced, gyrated and bounced his thin shirtless frame around the stage like the best combination of Iggy Pop and Nick Cave. Of the nearly 30 bands I saw, Plague Vendor is at the top of my list to see again.

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WTF Wednesday (7/30/2014): DMX goes for a ride

Posted By on Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Even the rough and tough DMX gets scared sometimes. The rapper was videoed on the Sling Shot at Orlando's Magical Midway recently. The ride catapults the participants more than 390 feet in the air while strapped into a chair attached to bungee cords.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Live review: Gratifly Festival, Westminster, S.C. (7/24-7/27/2014)

Posted By on Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 11:13 AM

Gratifly Music & Arts Festival
July 24-27, 2014
Westminster, South Carolina

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Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths and imagine a field of green grass surrounded on each side by the depths of a forest. Now, allow your mind to stretch even further as you hear the melodic beats of music, smell the mouthwatering scent of tacos, pizza and various ethnic foods and see a multitude of people swaying to the music, laughing and embracing.

From a first read, this might seem like a depiction of just about every music festival around. But Gratifly Music & Arts Festival was so much more; it was something special that can’t be explained by even the best of sensory descriptions.

This past weekend, the small festival held on the grounds of Avalon in Westminster, South Carolina, celebrated its second year with four days full of action and accountability, community and love. I could likely write until my heart explodes and my computer combusts about how inspirational this past weekend was, but for now, I’ll just share a few of my favorite parts.

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First Notes (7/29/2014): R. Kelly booted from Ohio festival lineup, more

Posted By on Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 10:21 AM

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

Now that my feet are getting a rest after a long 10 hours at Warped Tour — keep an eye out for our online coverage on Wednesday — it's time to catch up on anything we might have missed in the last week:

* R. Kelly has been dropped from the Columbus, Ohio, Fashion Meets Music Festival lineup after public backlash due to the singer's past. Two Ohio bands dropped off the bill after Kelly's name was mentioned as the headliner. Kelly performed in top spots at Pitchfork and Bonnaroo last year.

* NASA's Voyager space probe has recorded sounds in space and they're just plain eerie.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Live photos: Rosco Bandana, Evening Muse (7/24/2014)

Posted By on Fri, Jul 25, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Rosco Bandana
Evening Muse
July 24, 2014

Indie folk-rock septet Rosco Bandana did its best to shatter those labels last night at the Evening Muse as the band played an extended set of genre-bending music. Hints of blues, jazz, Southern rock and funk seeped through as the band kicked off a two-week tour.

Some of those in attendance danced their asses off while the Mississippi band was all smiles and having a good time. How good a time? After finishing its set, selling some merch and talking to the crowd, the band jumped back on stage to perform three more songs in a spontaneous encore.

While it's the hot dogs that keep bringing the band back to Charlotte — they made sure to give a shout-out to Carlos midway through their performance — it's the band's music and energetic live performances that keep audiences growing each time they return to the Queen City. Be sure to catch them the next time they're in town.

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A Sunny Day in Glasgow helps kick off 2014 Recess Fest

Posted By on Fri, Jul 25, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Recess Fest kicked off its latest installment on July 24 at Snug Harbor. A two-band early show before Shiprocked launched the weekend-long event that will bring dozens of indie bands to Charlotte.

A Sunny Day in Glasgow

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Raleigh Farm Aid lineup revealed

Posted By on Thu, Jul 24, 2014 at 12:12 PM

The 2014 Farm Aid benefit concert will make it's first appearance in North Carolina at Raleigh's Walnut Creek Amphitheatre on Sept. 13. Jack White will headline the event along with Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews.

The lineup also includes the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Delta Rae, Jamey Johnson, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Carlene Carter, Pegi Young & The Survivors and Insects vs. Robots.

“In North Carolina and across the Southeast, family farmers have struggled to stay on the land, but they have also pioneered new roads to economic sustainability. This region knows the value of its farmers and offers increasing opportunities for new farmers to build a strong regional food system,” said Farm Aid President Willie Nelson. “On the Farm Aid stage Saturday, September 13, we’ll celebrate family farmers and the healthy communities they’re growing for all of us.”

Farm Aid began in 1985 as a way to raise money for family farmers in the United States. The only previous time it has been in the Carolinas was in 1996, in Columbia, South Carolina. Tickets go on sale on Aug. 1. A limited number of pre-sale tickets will be sold beginning at 12 p.m. on Friday, July 25, at

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Live review: Monumentour, PNC Music Pavilion (7/23/2014)

Posted By on Thu, Jul 24, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Monumentour Fall Out Boy, Paramore, New Politics
PNC Music Pavilion
July 23, 2014

Paramore and Fall Out Boy are, in some ways, cut from the same cloth. Both came up as pop-punk bands on the smaller record label Fueld By Ramen more than a decade ago. Both have scored top singles on pop and alternative-rock radio alike in their 10 years on the scene (going “mainstream” as it were). Both bands cut their teeth on festival circuits like the Vans Warped Tour as newbies. Yet despite all of this, the labelmates have never toured together. Until now.

The “Monumentour” rolled into Charlotte Wednesday night at the PNC Music Pavilion to an almost sold out show and put on what can only be described as a spectacle.

Despite the crippling heat and humidity, hardcore Fall Out Boy and Paramore fans pressed into the outdoor arena and rode through an almost three hour show by feeding almost exclusively off of the two bands' energy. Denmark-based newcomers New Politics offered an appetizer to tide fans over until the main event, but the question remained: which of the two top charting bands would be the real “headliner” on this co-headliner tour?

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Live photos, setlist: Dave Matthews Band, PNC Music Pavilion (7/22/2014)

Posted By on Wed, Jul 23, 2014 at 10:45 AM

Dave Matthews Band
PNC Music Pavilion
July 22, 2014

Dave Matthews Band

Dave Matthews Band's annual summer trek hit the PNC Music Pavilion last night for an acoustic/electric mix. The night started around 7:20 p.m. with an hour-long acoustic set that leaned on the mellow side until set closer "Two Step."

The 90-minute electric set had plenty of fan-favorite rarities including "You Never Know," "The Song that Jane Likes" and "Minarets."

Set 1
Ants Marching
Stolen Away on 55th & 3rd
So Damn Lucky
Loving Wings
What Would You Say
Snow Outside
Two Step

Set 2
Still Water (Partial)
One Sweet World
Save Me
You Never Know
The Song That Jane Likes
Jimi Thing
Why I Am
If Only
The Riff
Grey Street

The Space Between
Still Water (Partial)
Don't Drink the Water

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WTF Wednesday (7/23/2014): Flaming Lips + Miley Cyrus = ?

Posted By on Wed, Jul 23, 2014 at 10:24 AM

The Flaming Lips and Miley Cyrus recently teamed up for a NSFW video that can only be called weird ... or a really intense acid trip.

"Blonde SuperFreak Steals the Magic Brain" was originally intended to be a video for a song that referenced LSD — big surprise. In the video, Moby enlists a woman to steal John F. Kennedy's brain, which Cyrus has, because the brain holds the formula for LSD.

Um, yeah. Maybe you should just watch and make up your own story.

Cyrus will perform at Time Warner Cable Arena on Aug. 6, 2014.

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