Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Reverb Fest, Snug 600 announce lineups

Posted By on Tue, Mar 31, 2015 at 12:07 PM

Here's a quick rundown of recent concert announcements for the Charlotte area:

* Reverb Fest, a benefit for Drums for Cures, will be held at the Neighborhood Theatre on May 16. The lineup includes Beach Fossils, Elvis Depressedly, Yardwork, Jackson Scott, The Mineral Girls, Family Bike, Aggrocragg and Shell.

* The Snug 600 taking place at Snug Harbor on May 22 and 23 has announced its lineups. The Poontanglers, Viajando, No Anger Control and the Gore Gore Luchadores will perform on Friday night. Jesse Clasen, Zack Mexico and Spirit System will perform on Saturday night.

* Rob Thomas will perform at the Uptown Amphitheatre with Plain White Ts on July 28. Tickets go on sale on April 3.

* Ariana Grande will peform at Time Warner Cable Arena on July 21. Tickets go on sale on April 4.

* Van Halen will perform at PNC Music Pavilion on Sept. 11 with Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band. Tickets on sale April 3.

* Michael Franti & Spearhead at the Fillmore on June 25. Tickets on sale April 3.

* Primus with Dinosaur Jr. at the Fillmore on July 20. Tickets on sale April 3.

* 106.5 The End's Big Birthday Bash will be held at the Uptown Amphitheatre on June 6 featuring Cake, New Politics, Flagship and Big Data.

* 311 will perform at the Uptown Amphitheatre on July 24 with The Green. Tickets on sale April 10.

* Nicki Minaj announced her only Carolinas concert which will take place on Aug. 4 at PNC Music Pavilion. Meek Mill, Rae Sremmurd, Tinaashe and Dej Loaf are also on the bill.

* The Rolling Stones' closest concert will be in Raleigh on July 1. Tickets are expected to range from about $60-350 and go on sale April 13.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Live review: Juliana Hatfield Three, Neighborhood Theatre (3/24/2015)

Posted By on Tue, Mar 24, 2015 at 11:45 AM

Juliana Hatfield Three
Neighborhood Theatre
March 24, 2015

Juliana Hatfield
  • Juliana Hatfield

Two-thirds of the way through Juliana Hatfield Three's hour-long set at the Neighborhood Theatre on Monday night, I noticed a man standing in front of the stage holding up his cellphone, taking video of the 47-year-old singer. Nothing new nowadays, right? Without missing a beat, Hatfield turned inward toward her bandmates. A moment later, she moved back on the dimly lit stage, a few steps toward the drums. As the song ended, Hatfield moved back to her original spot and told the crowd, "I'm always in the same place on this tour and wanted a different view."

To me, it looked like she didn't want a cellphone distracting her. .. but perhaps a one-minute change of scenery was needed.

A few songs into the band's brief encore, though, a woman in front of the stage was taking pictures with her phone. As the flash went off multiple times, Hatfield once again grabbed her mic stand and moved back on the stage. It wasn't long after that the show ended.

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Monday, March 23, 2015

N.C. Music Hall of Fame announces 2015 inductees

Posted By on Mon, Mar 23, 2015 at 3:37 PM

Eric Church, Warren Haynes and Nappy Brown are among those who will be inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame this fall.

This year's ceremony will be held on Oct. 15 in Kannapolis. The full list of inductees, all born in North Carolina, is R&B singer Gerald Alston of the Manhattans, country singer Eric Church, R&B singer Chuck Jackson, Southern rock guitarist Warren Haynes of the Allman Bros. and Gov't. Mule, Carolina beach music artists The Fantastic Shakers, musician Jay Spell, blues singer Nappy Brown and gospel singer/songwriter the Rev. F.C. Barnes.

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First notes (3/23/2015): Robert Plant hits Argentina stage with Jack White, more

Posted By on Mon, Mar 23, 2015 at 11:07 AM

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

* Robert Plant made a surprise appearance during Jack White's set at Lollapalooza Argentina. The Led Zeppelin singer helped White out for a cover of Zep's "The Lemon Song."

* A.J. Pero, drummer for the band Twisted Sister, died at age 55. It appears as though he had a massive heart attack on Friday.

* Tom DeLonge has offered a bit more insight into his split with Blink-182, stating that when he said, "I'm out," he only meant out of the proposed deal, not out of the band. DeLonge wasn't able to focus on Blink-182 because he's got a few other projects in the works.

* Nicki Minaj will peform her only scheduled Carolinas concert at PNC Music Pavilion on Aug. 4.

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Live review: Lincoln Durham, Double Door Inn (3/19/2015)

Posted By on Fri, Mar 20, 2015 at 11:57 AM

Lincoln Durham
Double Door Inn
March 19, 2015

Lincoln Durham
  • Lincoln Durham

Without any announcement or warning, Lincoln Durham walked on to the Double Door Inn stage on Thursday night, held up a weathered, vintage suitcase and proceeded to beat it with drum sticks like an old shag carpet. He then began simultaneously stomping on a tambourine and kick drum pedal, as his powerful vocals offered up "Ballad of a Prodigal Son," showing range and commanding attention. When he tossed the suitcase aside and picked up a resonator guitar without missing a beat, the small-but-focused audience knew quickly they were in store for quite a show.

There wasn't much banter in the crowd as those in attendance watched every move Durham made during his Charlotte debut. The multi-instrumentalist switched his weapon of choice between nearly every song, playing a variety of guitars — acoustic, electric, cigar box and resonator — a fiddle, shakers, drums and harmonica. His one-man-band style fusing blues, country, folk and elements of rock and punk was a humble showcase of talent for the duration of his hour-and-a-half set.

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Live review: Steve Aoki, The Fillmore (3/19/2015)

Posted By on Fri, Mar 20, 2015 at 10:37 AM

Steve Aoki
The Fillmore
March 19, 2015


The bass is thumping so hard the vibrato is on the cusp of choking you, and you kind of like it. You feel it in your chest, rumbling through your bones, deep into your soul. The crowd is an odd conglomeration varying from barely legal and barely covered party girls to wisened listeners with graying temples. The sole thing bringing them together are the hypnotic beats resonating through the speakers.

Most electronic dance music artists aren’t ones for eloquent word play, they leave that to the angelic female vocalists of their songs and a choice few rappers. Steve Aoki sticks to this equation for beginning of his set, letting the sound effects and his tower of video screens pull the audience into his fantasy world of the Neon Future. He builds the tension only to cut it with an explosion of streamers and confetti raining over the gyrating crowd.

Aoki is known for his heavy use of production equipment in comparison to other artists of his genre. His flamboyant style has him running and climbing around the stage, using his mobility to connect with his crowd and act as his own best “hypeman.” With all the subliminal messages probably hidden within his on-stage video stream, the audience is brainwashed to be completely in love with him… or possibly to assassinate Kanye West the next time they hear the song “I Wanna Be Like Mike.” Either way, no one is complaining.

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Friday, March 13, 2015

Live review: Hozier, The Fillmore (3/12/2015)

Posted By on Fri, Mar 13, 2015 at 11:12 AM

The Fillmore
March 12, 2015

  • Hozier

If last night's Hozier concert was held a few months ago, it's safe to assume many in attendance would have left after hearing his breakout hit "Take Me to Church." But the N.C. Music Factory venue was packed to the gills with Hozier die-hards. Not just fans who enjoyed the show, but fans who screamed their heads off and sang along to every word the tall, lanky Irishman sang. Fans who shushed those around them who were having worthless conversations. Fans who waited for hours to see one of the biggest rising stars in music these days.

Don't get me wrong — when "Take Me To Church" closed out the singer-songwriter's regular set, swarms of cellphones were held in the air to record the performance, and dozens of people walked out when the song ended. For the majority, though, Hozier's voice captivated the crowd throughout his hour-and-a-half set.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

VIDEO: An interview with Fifth Harmony

Posted By on Wed, Mar 11, 2015 at 3:45 PM

The girl group Fifth Harmony was in town yesterday for a show at Amos' Southend. BNR Weekly hung out with them beforehand. Check out the interview, which also includes some footage of opener Jasmine V.

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Live review: Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield, McGlohon Theater (3/10/2015)

Posted By on Wed, Mar 11, 2015 at 1:53 PM

Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield
McGlohon Theater
March 10, 2015

Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield
  • Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield

"It's scary to start a new project," The Avett Brothers' Seth Avett told a packed McGlohon Theater on Tuesday night. "But there's no better place to start this tour. It feels so good to share this experience with all of you."

Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield kicked off a 13-date tour paying tribute to the music of Elliott Smith by doing just that. The duo, accompanied by bassist Paul Defiglia, performed 21 songs — a bunch by Smith along with their own material and a few songs by other influencers such as the Beatles, Bob Dylan and Hank Williams — over the course of a 90-minute performance.

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Friday, March 6, 2015

Empire album signing to be held... somewhere

Posted By on Fri, Mar 6, 2015 at 9:58 AM

An album signing for the Empire soundtrack featuring Jussie Smollett & Yazz (Jamal & Hakeem Lyon) will be held in Charlotte on March 18 at 6 p.m. Though no information is available on where and how you get in.

This Facebook event post is up with plenty of people showing interest — more than 1,800 people have RSVPd to attend.

Empire is a hit TV show airing on Wednesday nights on Fox. We're guessing that if they announced a location, some of y'all would already be lined up.

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