Monday, November 10, 2014

Live photos: Sturgill Simpson, Chop Shop (11/7/2014)

Posted By on Mon, Nov 10, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Sturgill Simpson
Chop Shop
Nov. 7, 2014

Sturgill Simpson
  • Sturgill Simpson

Touring in support of his sophomore album, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, Sturgill Simpson rolled his old-school brand of country into the sold-out Chop Shop on Nov. 7, 2014.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Live review: Neon Hitch, Double Door Inn (11/1/2014)

Posted By on Wed, Nov 5, 2014 at 11:14 PM

Neon Hitch w/ Jackson Breit, Carmen and Camille, The Last Year
Double Door Inn
Nov. 1, 2014

Neon Hitch
  • Neon Hitch

With a hint of Carmen Miranda in her clothing and a glass of wine in her hand, British singer Neon Hitch took the Double Door Inn stage on Nov. 2 and immediately captivated the small crowd in attendance. Her sassy attitude took center stage as she sang, danced and flirted her way through an entertaining 10-song set.

Hitch played a range of songs — from opener "Gypsy Star" from her 301 to Paradise mixtape to "Fuck You Better," the debut single from her Warner Bros. days, and even "Ass Back Home," the Gym Class Heroes song she was featured on. Hitch was signed to Warner Bros. a few years ago, but her album was shelved. "Yard Sale," her set-closer, is from her upcoming self-released debut, Eleutheromaniac.

Much like the diversity of her songs' backgrounds, Neon Hitch's voice and stage presence are the main focus of her performance. She has plenty of pop sensibility, working in sexuality and a flirtatious attitude that don't take away from her vocal strengths.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

UPDATED: Local musician Luke Hill a victim of hit-and-run last night

Posted By on Tue, Nov 4, 2014 at 3:43 PM

Police are looking for the driver who hit a pedestrian near the corner of East 36th Street and The Plaza at around 2:15 a.m. on Tuesday morning. Luke Hill, guitarist for the band Animals, was walking home from work when he was struck by the car.

A benefit show has already been planned for Hill, who was featured in this year's Lust List, to help with his pending medical bills. According to a GoFundMe page that was set up, Hill suffered a broken arm, fractured ribs and a brain bleed. He underwent brain surgery to relieve pressure and was in a medically induced coma.

The benefit show will take place at 8 p.m. on Nov. 15 at the Neighborhood Theatre featuring music by Flagship, Jeremiah Wilde, Warsong, Solis and Animals. A $10 donation is suggested.

UPDATE: Luke is awake and responsive, but in a lot of pain, according to updates on the GoFundMe page.

Proceeds from the Friday night performance by comedian Dave Reinhardt at UpStage NoDa will go to benefit Luke Hill.

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Initial MerleFest lineup announced for 2015

Posted By on Mon, Nov 3, 2014 at 10:55 AM

The initial lineup for MerleFest 2015 includes the Marshall Tucker Band, Belá Fleck and Abigail Washburn, North Mississippi Allstars and more. Taking place April 23-26, MerleFest is held on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.

Among the other performers are Del McCoury, Chatham County Line, Donna the Buffalo, Hot Rize and Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers, Jim Lauderdale and the David Mayfield Parade.

All of the acts announced so far are:
Alberti Flea Circus, Backporch Bluegrass, Baillie and The Boys, Banknotes, Glenn Bannerman, Del Barber, Baskery, Bayou Diesel, Jesse and Noah Bellamy, Bethel University Bluegrass Bands, Lee Bidgood, Big Sandy and His Fly Rite Boys, The Black Cadillacs, The Black Lillies, Blue-Bop, Blue Highway, Blue Ridge Heritage Cloggers, Roy Book Binder, Laura Boosinger, Logan Brill, Sam Bush Band, Chatham County Line, Donna the Buffalo, Farmer Jason, Belá Fleck and Abigail Washburn, Front Country, The Gibson Brothers, Mitch Greenhill, Wayne Henderson, Bob Hill, The Honey Dewdrops, The Honeycutters, Hot Rize and Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers, The InterACTive Theatre of Jef, Veronika Jackson, Mark Johnson, Rev. Robert B Jones, Sr., Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road, The Kruger Brothers, Jim Lauderdale, Jack Lawrence, Emory Lester, Jeff Little, The Local Boys, Locust Honey, Doug MacLeod, The Marshall Tucker Band, Bill Mathis, Andy May, The David Mayfield Parade, Del McCoury, The Jason Lee McKinney Band, Mipso, Bill Mize, Moore Brothers Band, Cahalen Morrison and Eli West, Nashville Bluegrass Band, New Country Rehab, The North Mississippi Allstars, Blind Boy Paxton, The Ragbirds, Carol Rifkin & Friends, William Ritter and Sarah Ogletree, Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis, Peter Rowan, Scythian, The Sheets Family Band, Steve and Ruth Smith, Joe Smothers, South Carolina Broadcasters, Larry Stephenson Band, The Stray Birds, Sutton, Holt and Coleman, Tut Taylor, Paul Thorn, ToneBlazers, Happy Traum, The Two Man Gentleman Band, Underhill Rose, Unspoken Tradition, Richard Watson, The Waybacks, Charles Welch, Pete & Joan Wernick, Joe West and Santa Fe Revue, Ted White, Brandon Whyde & The Devils Keep and Tony Williamson.

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First notes (11/3/2014): Everyone's talking about Prince

Posted By on Mon, Nov 3, 2014 at 10:11 AM

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

* Instead of the usual two song format for musical guests, Saturday Night Live indulged Prince by allowing the musician to perform one eight-minute set featuring four songs — “Clouds,” “Plectrum Electrum,” “Marz” and “Another Love.”

* Roxy Music, which has been inactive for three-and-a-half years, is probably done, says guitarist Phil Manzanera. The influential British art-rock group, which formed in 1971, hasn't put out a new album since 1982, but has toured from time-to-time since 2001.

* Wayne Static, frontman for the electro-metal group Static-X, has died at age 48. Static was set to hit the road with his solo project over the next few months, including a stop at Amos' Southend on Nov. 20. The cause of death has not been released.

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