Friday, February 27, 2015

Live photos: K. Michelle, The Fillmore (2/26/2015)

Posted By on Fri, Feb 27, 2015 at 12:08 PM

K. Michelle
The Fillmore
Feb. 26, 2015

It didn't take long for K. Michelle to offer a quick apology to any woman in the Fillmore audience on Thursday night who came with her significant other. "It's not my fault if someone starts sending me flowers," she told the crowd. "I just tell it like it is and have to be honest." That statement might have been made in vain, though, because when she asked how many single women were there that night, cheers exploded.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A Silent Film to perform somewhere in Charlotte

Posted By on Wed, Feb 25, 2015 at 4:07 PM

A Silent Film has announced its Secret Rooms Tour, which includes a date in Charlotte on May 8. Here's the catch — the U.K.-based alt-rock duo hasn't announced where the show will take place... and that's kinda the point.

The Secret Rooms Tour is a series of intimate shows taking place in nontraditional venues around the country. Fans will need to go online between now and March 4 to register to purchase tickets.

The band will play new music as well as fan favorites and there will also be photo, autograph and conversation opportunities with the band throughout the night. Those who purchase tickets will also get their name in the new EP's liner notes, receive a signed poster from their show and a copy of the EP, New Year, when it's available on April 21.

Tickets for the event are $100 with a second ticket available for $50.

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Monday, February 23, 2015

First notes (2/23/2015): Lady Gaga, Common and John Legend at the Oscars

Posted By on Mon, Feb 23, 2015 at 10:23 AM

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

* The day after the Oscars, not everyone is talking about the awards that were handed out. Catching a lot of buzz this morning is Lady Gaga's tribute to Sound of Music. There are plenty of people saying, "Who knew she could sing?!?" after that. We always knew she could sing, but her over-the-top antics usually overshadowed her voice. Maybe we should thank Tony Bennett for calming her down a bit?

Lady Gaga - The Hills Are Alive (Sound of Music... by uploader1473

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Live photos: Lucero, Visulite Theatre (2/19/2015)

Posted By on Fri, Feb 20, 2015 at 11:44 AM

Lucero
Visulite Theatre
Feb. 19, 2015

Lucero hit the Visulite Theatre on Thursday night for a sold-out co-headlining show with Ryan Bingham. Photographer Justin Driscoll was there to catch the band's set. Check it out:

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Monday, February 16, 2015

First notes: SNL's afterparty should have been shown on TV

Posted By on Mon, Feb 16, 2015 at 11:50 AM

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

* Even if you watched the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special last night, you and just about everyone else (myself included) missed the after party which apparently went until 4 a.m. and featured jam sessions involving Paul McCartney, Prince, Jimmy Fallon, Taylor Swift, HAIM and plenty of others.

* Alice Cooper, Joe Perry and Johnny Depp are forming a supergroup of sorts called Hollywood Vampires. The band's debut gig will be at Rock in Rio in September.

* Jack White responds to all the attention that his alleged guacamole recipe has received and blames journalists who look for click bait.

* Father John Misty released a new album, I Love You, Honeybear, last week, but it's the bonus single he released online that has everyone talking. Check out his sparse cover of Nirvana's "Heart Shaped Box":

* Tremont Music Hall announced "The Fest on Tremont" taking place on March 29. The lineup includes: DJ Complete, Deniro Farrar, Flagship, Serfs, Justin Aswell, Well$, It Looks Sad, The Business People, Hectorina and a whole bunch more.

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Grown Up Avenger Stuff releases 'Pins' video

Posted By on Fri, Feb 13, 2015 at 12:22 PM

Charlotte rock quartet Grown Up Avenger Stuff has released a video for their song "Pins." The song is a good example of the band's sound and energy — Deirdre Kroener's vocal range and power, guitarist John Thomsen's riffs, Hunter Thomsen's driving bass rhythms along with Tyler Thomsen's hammering drum skills.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Hozier already has Charlotte return planned

Posted By on Tue, Feb 10, 2015 at 12:57 PM

Hozier
  • Hozier

Though his March 12 concert at the Fillmore has been sold out for a while, don't worry if you don't have tickets. The singer-songwriter will return to Charlotte on June 17 with special guest Dawes. Tickets go on sale Friday, Feb. 13.

Among the other concerts announced recently:

* Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit will perform at the U.S. National Whitewater Center on April 17.

* Barenaked Ladies with Violent Femmes and Colin Hay will be at the Uptown Amphitheatre on July 8. Tickets go on sale on Feb. 20.

* Dr. John & the Nite Trippers will play at Knight Theater on May 26. Tickets are on sale Friday, Feb. 13.

* Imagine Dragons will be at Time Warner Cable Arena with guests Metric on July 7. Tickets on sale on 2/17.

* Royal Blood will be at Amos' Southend on June 11.

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Monday, February 9, 2015

Live review: Ingrid Michaelson, The Fillmore (2/6/2015)

Posted By on Mon, Feb 9, 2015 at 1:14 PM

Ingrid Michaelson
The Fillmore
Feb. 6, 2015

Ingrid Michaelson
  • Ingrid Michaelson

"I gave birth to this new song ... kind of like a baby giraffe falling out of my musical vagina," singer/songwriter Ingrid Michaelson told the crowd packed into the Fillmore on Friday night. "That's some nice imagery you can take home with you."

Kicking off with "Home," the first song from her 2014 album Lights Out, Michaelson found plenty of time to share her witty humor between her pop-folk tunes as the majority-female audience sang along to every word. The only complaint may have been that the show was too short, as it wrapped up in less than an hour and 15 minutes.

To the crowd's delight, Michaelson played a wide range of songs from her six studio albums, though perhaps fans wanted more than 16 songs, as energetic as the crowd was.

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Live review: Toleman Randall, Double Door Inn (2/7/2015)

Posted By on Mon, Feb 9, 2015 at 11:13 AM

Toleman Randall, Grey Revell's Roman Candles
Double Door Inn
Feb. 7, 2015

Toleman Randall
  • Toleman Randall

“I seem to have a frog in my throat," Grant Funderburk, guitarist for Toleman Randall, told the Double Door crowd Saturday night. Despite his deadpan delivery, Funderburk seemed to be joking gently about his gruff, whispery, sandpaper smooth vocals.

Glancing at hand-written notes scrawled on a crumpled envelope at his feet, Funderburk launched into limpid pastoral chords backed by rolling breakers from Kyle Dussault Carinelli's liquid keys. The supple but crunchy rhythm section of bassist John Liccare and drummer Charlie Heard built up steam, like a semi-trailer shifting gears to top a rise in the road. The gathering thunderhead broke with sheets of searing psych-blues guitar runs from Funderburk.

All of this from a band flying without a setlist, electrically wired to Funderburk. The face-melting lava lamp fretwork created tension and contrast to Toleman Randall's clean, uncluttered arrangements, rootsy song structures and the grainy fog of Funderburk's insular vocals and impressionist wordplay.

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Chris Brown's Charlotte concert rescheduled for March 14

Posted By on Mon, Feb 9, 2015 at 11:05 AM

The Chris Brown concert scheduled for tonight, Feb. 9, at Time Warner Cable Arena has been rescheduled for March 14. Brown hasn't performed any of the scheduled dates for the Between the Sheetz Tour yet because of ongoing legal issues.

He originally delayed the tour to complete a stint of community service (at least eight have been postponed), but on Friday announced that he has completed it and was looking forward to the tour. Hollywood Life is reporting that the tour will resume on Feb. 12.

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