Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Junior Astronomers starts IndieGogo for new van

Posted By on Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Junior Astronomers has started an Indiegogo fundraising page to raise $5,000 for a new band van. Singer Terrence Richard does his best MTV Cribs impression in the video, giving a tour of all of the van's working and non-working parts, trash and seats — which is well worth watching for seven minutes of entertainment.

So far, the band has raised $1,250 with more than 50 days left to go in the campaign.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

First Notes (9/30/2014): Outkast returns to Atlanta, more

Posted By on Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 12:16 PM

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

* Outkast performed three sold-out nights in Atlanta to close out the band's 20th anniversary tour. Featuring plenty of guest appearances — including B.o.B., 2 Chainz, Future and Bigg Gipp - an estimated 20,000 people crammed into Centennial Olympic Park to watch the hip-hop duo go out with a bang. As for what the future holds, no one really knows.

* Black Sabbath has announced that it will record one more album before heading out on a final tour. The band released 13 last year, but singer Ozzy Osbourne said he'll do one more before he's 70.

* AC/DC's Malcolm Young is leaving the band after a variety of reports state the guitarist is suffering from dementia. A source close to the family stated the 61-year-old musician has a "complete loss of short-term memory." The band is set to release a new album, Rock or Bust, on Dec. 2.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

John Popper pops in at Smokey Joe's Cafe

Posted By on Fri, Sep 26, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Blues Traveler was in Charlotte last weekend to headline the Charlotte Beerfest. It looks like lead singer/harmonica player John Popper just didn't get enough performing time, perhaps, as he popped in at Smokey Joe's Cafe later that night to join the Cramerton-based cover band Blind Manifest.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Live review: Janoskians, The Fillmore (9/23/2014)

Posted By on Thu, Sep 25, 2014 at 10:26 AM

The Fillmore
Sept. 23, 2014

Janoskians and one of the dance battle contestants.

Perhaps one Facebook commenter summed it up best when she read The Janoskians were coming to the Fillmore. "What are they going to do?" she asked.

The Janoskians (Just Another Name Of Silly Kids In Another Nation) are a comedy YouTube quintet from Australia that's known for Jackass-like pranks and boy-band-esque songs. So, what do they do live? I'd say not much.

Members Beau Brooks (21), Daniel Sahyounie (19) and James Yammouni (18) hit the stage first for a short DJ set — they played a bunch of hit songs, got the crowd to sing along and filmed themselves with the audience. The few hundred teenage girls in attendance screamed nonstop.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

First Notes (9/23/2014): Details on that Pink Floyd album, more

Posted By on Tue, Sep 23, 2014 at 12:01 PM

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

* Pink Floyd's new album, The Endless River, will be released on Nov. 10. The album, considered a tribute to late keyboardist Rick Wright, will feature 18 instrumental songs.

* Only a few months after buying Beats for $3 billion, Apple's plans for the streaming music service are unknown. An online report by TechCrunch claims the site will be shut down, though Apple denies it. Some industry experts believe the service will be incorporated into iTunes.

* Last week, J. Lo released a video for her song "Booty," featuring Iggy Azalea. Along with more than 31 million views, the video has also earned Lopez a business deal for a line of personal lubricants. No word yet if she's interested in the business venture.

* The Fillmore has announced a few new shows — Jeezy (Oct. 19), Hozier (March 12), Nightwish (May 13).

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Nas' 'Time is Illmatic' gets Charlotte screening date

Posted By on Mon, Sep 15, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Nas: Time is Illmatic, a documentary on the making of the hip-hop artist's 1994 landmark album, Illmatic, will have a Charlotte screening on Oct. 2, 2014 at the AMC Carolina 22 and the AMC Concord 24.

In the movie, Nas shares stories of his upbringing and influences and the struggles that come with signing a major-label deal at age 19.

The following day, the film will become available via iTunes, On Demand and through other providers.

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Live photos: Funk Fest, Metrolina Expo Fairgrounds (9/12-9/13/2014)

Posted By on Mon, Sep 15, 2014 at 12:08 PM

2014 Funk Fest
Metrolina Expo Fairgrounds
Sept. 12-13, 2014

All weather aside, the 2014 Funk Fest held at the Metrolina Expo Fairgrounds on Sept. 12 and 13 lived up to all the hype. Sure, Friday was hot and then rain delayed and Saturday had a bit of rain of its own, but performances by Outkast and Ice Cube blew up social media before, during and after their sets.

Friday's hot afternoon got started with a set by local hip-hop collective Forever FC. From there it was a good mix of classic hip-hop by Salt-n-Pepa, a stunning-yet-shortened set by Fantasia, another classic performance by Doug E. Fresh (now I understand why he's so popular during CIAA each year), an energetic set by B.o.B and then the band everyone was waiting for.

An hour-long weather delay, and an hour-long set changeover after B.o.B did little to dampen the spirits of those in attendance as soon as Outkast hit the stage full-force with "B.O.B." While early reviews of Outkast were lack luster, recent opinion has been glowing and the Atlanta hip-hop duo lived up to all the hype with an outstanding performance that never let down.

Saturday's weather wasn't quite as warm, but things heated up with War in the afternoon. The '70s funk outfit were a solid warm-up for the early evening hip-hop 'n' soul of The Roots. Ice Cube ran through hit after hit during his hour-long set and light rain didn't slow down LL Cool J who closed out the evening with a hits-heavy set of his own.

When Funk Fest was first announced, many didn't believe that Outkast would actually make it to the Queen City for a performance, but this weekend's event left many believers wanting more.

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First Notes (9/15/2014): Kanye West wants you to stand at his concerts

Posted By on Mon, Sep 15, 2014 at 10:36 AM

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

* Kanye West halted his concert in Australia and demanded that everyone in attendance stand up. When one fan wouldn't, he asked audience members if the person should stand up or be booed. Turns out, the "offender" was in a wheelchair.

* The Foo Fighters, in the UK for the Invictus Games, decided to play a few "secret" shows in their downtime. Performing under the name "The Holy Shits," the Foos played one gig in an abandoned tunnel. Six hundred fans got to watch the band tear through a 21-song set that included a lot of rarities.

* Widespread Panic will perform at Charlotte's Time Warner Cable Arena on New Year's Eve. They will also play a Tunes for Tots benefit concert on Dec. 30, 2014, at The Fillmore. Tickets go on sale on Sept. 26.

* Columbia, South Carolina's Music Farm is set to open this week. The new music club, which is an expansion of the Charleston venue, will hold roughly 1,100 patrons.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Funk Fest schedule announced

Posted By on Thu, Sep 11, 2014 at 10:14 AM

The schedule for this weekend's Funk Fest at the Metrolina Expo Fairgrounds, featuring Outkast, The Roots, Ice Cube, LL Cool J, Fantasia and more, has been posted online.

Friday, Sept. 12
2:30 p.m. - Forever FC
4 p.m. - Salt & Pepa
5:30 p.m. - Fantasia
7 p.m. - Doug E. Fresh
8 p.m. - B.O.B
9:15 p.m. - Outkast

Saturday, Sept. 13
3 p.m. - 95 South/69 Boyz
4 p.m. - 112
5:30 p.m. - War
7 p.m. - The Roots
8:30 p.m. - Ice Cube
10 p.m. - LL Cool J

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Conversations at the 2014 Hopscotch Music Festival

Posted By and on Tue, Sep 9, 2014 at 2:34 PM

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Last weekend, Hopscotch Music Festival turned five. For three days, every September since 2010, Hopscotch has occupied most of Raleigh's venues with music that runs the gamut from accessible garage-rock to experimental noise, with all shades in between. This year there was a little less experimentalism and a little more EDM, and downtown Raleigh was packed with festivalgoers — venues had long lines early in the evening, and sidewalks were clogged with revelers from early evening until well after midnight.

There were highlights and let-downs, sure, and it rained like mad Thursday night. Still, Creative Loafing sent music writers and veteran Hopscotchers Patrick Wall and Corbie Hill to cover it. Here are their conversations from the weekend:

Thursday, September 4
9:16 P.M.

CH: I got here a little late, what have you done so far?

PW: We got kind of a late start. We got here about 6 p.m., checked into our hotel, commiserated a bit and biked to Wristband City. I got the wristband and went immediately to City Plaza.

CH: Did you catch both De La Soul and Toon and the Real Laww?

PW: I caught the last three songs of Toon and the Real Laww, which I was excited about, because I thought I was going to miss them. I saw them maybe two years ago at a day party, and they're very fun. I saw most of De La Soul before the rain started and at that point I said, "I'm going to start my hopping."

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