Monday, October 27, 2014

First notes (10/27/2014): R.I.P. Jack Bruce

Posted By on Mon, Oct 27, 2014 at 10:56 AM

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

* Jack Bruce, co-founder and bassist of the group Cream, has died at age 71. Cream, which released four albums in the 1960s, also featured drummer Ginger Baker and some guitarist named Eric Clapton. Bruce was the writer behind two of the band's biggest hits, “I Feel Free” and “Sunshine of Your Love.”

* Aaron Lewis should stop throwing stones in glass houses. Back in February 2011, Lewis publicly chastised Christina Aguilera for botching the National Anthem at the Super Bowl. Well, last night Lewis sang the "Star Spangled Banner" at the World Series and made a mix-up of his own. He has since apologized — to the nation, not Aguilera.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Get your groove on with Black Hearts Club

Posted By on Thu, Oct 23, 2014 at 11:53 AM

The Black Hearts Club - producer/singer Lucho (Youth Sounds), Charlotte rapper Well$ and Congolese rapper/producer Alec Lomami - have released the first single from their EP, Insomnia, titled "Girl Tell Me Something." Damn, if that Neptunes-style, '70s R&B groove isn't catchy as hell.

The three met while recording Well$'s album MTSYD: the Revenge of the African Booty Scratcher. Insomnia is scheduled for an early 2015 release.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Flagship releases "Waste Them All" video

Posted By on Tue, Oct 21, 2014 at 10:41 AM

Charlotte indie-rock band Flagship has released a lyric video for its song "Waste Them All." The video uses images sent to the band by fans all over the world. It's no surprise that a good number of the photos are from the Queen City area.

The band's next area show is on Nov. 7 at Snug Harbor.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

This weekend's Buzzfest features Big & Rich, Nico & Vinz

Posted By on Mon, Oct 20, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Buzzfest will be held on Oct. 24 and 25 at the Charlotte Convention Center. The all-ages event, which is hosted by Nelly, will feature appearances by the Charlotte Hornets, Hornets legends and musical performances by Big & Rich, Nico & Vinz, Elle Varner, Diggy Simmons, Sol Fusion and the Voltage Brothers. Tickets are $10 each day; kids 12 and under are free with a paid adult.

6 p.m. - Voltage Brothers
7:45 p.m. - Elle Varner
9 p.m. - Big & Rich

2:30 p.m. - Diggy
4 p.m. - Sol Fusion
6 p.m. - Nico & Vinz

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First notes (10/20/2014): A sports complex next to Bojangles Coliseum?

Posted By on Mon, Oct 20, 2014 at 10:39 AM

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

* Charlotte's City Council is looking at a proposal of an amateur sports complex next to Bojangles' Coliseum. Because the proposal would be a mixed-use development with a hotel and some retail included, we can only hope it will bring more concerts to the nearly 60-year-old facility. Community zoning meetings are planned for early December, with a final zoning plan planned for a vote on Jan. 20, 2015.

* It's beginning to look like 2014 might be the first year of the modern era to lack a platinum-selling artist. Sure, Beyonce, Lorde and the Frozen soundtrack have all topped the million album mark this year, but all three were released last year. It looks like 2014's final hopes ride on the new albums from Foo Fighters and Taylor Swift.

* Sleater-Kinney has announced its first album in 10 years, along with a 13-date reunion tour. Fans have shown more interest in a reunion since guitarist Carrie Brownstein's crossover success on the hit show Portlandia. The band has already released the first single from the album, due in January of 2015.

* Gwen Stefani released the first single from her third solo album. No release info has been shared.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Cat vs. ukulele viral video

Posted By on Thu, Oct 16, 2014 at 1:41 PM

... because sometimes even cats don't want to hear another ukulele song. Enjoy!

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Kelly Clarkson to perform at Microsoft's SouthPark retail store opening

Posted By on Mon, Oct 13, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Microsoft will open its second Charlotte-area retail store on Saturday, Oct. 18, and announced an exclusive Kelly Clarkson concert the following day at Symphony Park as part of the festivities.

The first 1,500 people in line for Saturday's ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:30 a.m. will receive a pair of tickets to Clarkson's Sunday concert. They will also have a chance to win one of 100 available spots for a meet & greet with Clarkson.

Symphony Park gates will open at 2 p.m. on Sunday for the standing-only performance.

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First notes (10/13/2014): Katy Perry to headline Super Bowl halftime

Posted By on Mon, Oct 13, 2014 at 10:44 AM

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

* Katy Perry will be the halftime headliner at Super Bowl XLIX on Feb. 1, 2015. Rumors had been circulating that the performer would be either Perry, Rihanna or Coldplay. In response to pay-to-play rumors that were also going around, Perry said, "I'm not the kind of girl who would pay to play the Super Bowl."

* The Who will hit the road for a 50th Anniversary tour next year as the "beginning of a long goodbye," guitarist Pete Townshend said. The band's only scheduled North Carolina show is at Raleigh's PNC Arena on April 21, 2015.

* Nine Inch Nails, Green Day and N.W.A. are among the 15 nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 2015 induction. In order to be eligible, a music act had to release its first recording in 1989 or earlier. Among the other nominees are Lou Reed, Sting, The Smiths, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Stevie Ray Vaughn and War.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Live review: Taking Back Sunday, The Fillmore (10/8/2014)

Posted By on Thu, Oct 9, 2014 at 10:36 AM

Taking Back Sunday
The Fillmore
Oct. 8, 2014

The Fillmore was packed Wednesday night in anticipation of the return of Taking Back Sunday. As the crowd patiently waited through three opening groups, snatches of conversation could be heard, reminiscing about when the band's debut album, Tell All Your Friends, came out and defined the band for a generation.

Yes, reminiscing seems like an odd choice of word, but it’s accurate. Taking Back Sunday seems timeless and yet Tell All Your Friends came out 12 years ago. It’s odd that the group is now being painted as old-school by its fans, but the passage of time has had no effect on the band or its fan base. The only difference is that now both band and fans have grown up.

The whole night, through an almost two hour set, was pretty nostalgic. Frontman Adam Lazzara lives right down the street from the Fillmore, “just a five minute drive from here,” he said, so it seemed appropriate that the last stop of this tour was a bit of a homecoming. Lazzara has a trademark ease when it comes to interacting with fans that makes live shows intimate (despite being filled to the rafters), and it’s especially evident when he’s amongst his fellow Charlotteans. “I grew up in High Point, North Carolina,” he told the crowd during a break, to cheers. “Wow. I’ve never been anywhere where the crowd was like, ‘Woo! High Point!’” he joked.

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Monday, October 6, 2014

First Notes (10/6/2014): Anti-Nickelback campaign launched

Posted By on Mon, Oct 6, 2014 at 5:30 PM

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

* A man has launched a campaign which he hopes will prevent Nickelback from performing in native London again. Donations mostly result in the band being emailed and asked not to play there. All proceeds will go to charity.

* Paul Revere, frontman of the band Paul Revere and the Raiders, has died at age 76. Revere had been battling cancer for the last year, though no cause of death has yet been given. Paul Revere and the Raiders got their start in 1963 and had four top-10 singles, "Kicks," "Hungry," "Good Thing" and "Him or Me, What's it Gonna Be."

* Blues legend B.B. King, 88, was forced to cancel the final eight gigs of his current tour due to exhaustion and dehydration. No other information was offered.

* Capital Cities will headline Gravedigger's Ball in the Dixie's Tavern parking lot on Oct. 25. Tickets range from $15 to $750.

* Music Monsters & Mayhem will feature performances by Coolio and Tone Loc at the N.C. Music Factory on Oct. 31. Tickets are $15.

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