Friday, May 15, 2015

Blues legend B.B. King dies at 89

Posted By on Fri, May 15, 2015 at 9:51 AM

Blues legend B.B. King has died at his Las Vegas home at age 89. The thrill is gone...

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

God Save the Queen City announces 2015 lineup

Posted By on Wed, May 13, 2015 at 5:01 PM

God Save the Queen City has announced a three-day music-filled event featuring an array of national and local bands for its 2015 edition. The event, which started with huge success in 2011, has tried a variety of formats over the years — three days, two days, etc.

Here's what they have planned for 2015: 

Evening Muse, 8 p.m.

Ravenna Colt, Water Liars, Amigo, Justin Fedor

Chop Shop, 8 p.m.

Diarrhea Planet, Kansas Bible Company, Water Liars, Pujol, Ancient Cities, Bubonik Funk, Music Band, Jr. Astronomers

N.C. Music Factory, 3 p.m.

Temperance League, Pullman Strike, Black Market, The Sammies, Hungry Girl, Giant Squid Squad

The Fillmore, 7 p.m.

Dean Ween Group, Futurebirds, Benji Hughes, Alternative Champs

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Concert announcements: Geto Boys, Raekwon and Ghostface Killah

Posted By on Tue, May 12, 2015 at 11:14 AM

Here's a quick rundown of some recently announced concerts:

* Geto Boys will be at Knocturnal at Snug Harbor on June 8. Tickets are available now.

* Raekwon & Ghostface Killah at the Fillmore on July 25. Tickets on sale May 15.

* Earl Sweatshirt will be at Amos' Southend on Aug. 27. Tickets are on sale now.

* Lindi Ortega will be at the Double Door Inn on Aug. 15. Tickets are on sale now.

* Stephen Stills will be at the Neighborhood Theatre on July 14. Tickets on sale on May 15.

* Tedeschi Trucks Band with Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings and special guest Doyle Bramhall II at the Uptown Amphitheatre on July 15. Tickets on sale on May 15.

* Merle Haggard at the Belk Theater on June 30. Tickets on sale now.

* Jill Andrews returns to the Evening Muse on June 20. Tickets are on sale now.

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Live review: Delta Rae, Neighborhood Theatre (5/8/2015)

Posted By on Fri, May 8, 2015 at 3:50 PM

Delta Rae with Greg Holden
Neighborhood Theatre
May 8, 2015
Delta Rae
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The biggest fear I had after hearing Delta Rae's new album, After It All, was that the Durham band had polished everything up too much and had lost its rootsy appeal for its live show. Perhaps a bit of fame had gone to the sextet's collective head and put them in the mood for arena rock instead of staying grounded and doing what they do best. 

All of those preoccupations fell by the wayside in short order on Thursday night as Delta Rae proved they haven't lost a step in their live show. The band played a mix of material from After It All and the band's 2012 debut, Carry the Fire, all of which fit seamlessly together.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Live review: Carolina Rebellion, Charlotte Motor Speedway (5/2-5/3/2015)

Posted By on Wed, May 6, 2015 at 12:15 PM

Carolina Rebellion
Rock City Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway
May 2-3, 2015

Carolina Rebellion celebrated its fifth year in existence with a sold-out, rocked-out weekend full of metal and mayhem. From performances on the smaller ReverbNation and Jaegermeister stages to the headliners on the main Carolina and Rebellion stages, the Rock City Campgrounds were bustling for nearly 12 hours each day. 

Here are my "awards" for the best and worst that Carolina Rebellion had to offer:

BEST TAIL - Islander
I'm not quite sure what the story is behind Islander guitarist J.R. Bareis' dinosaur tail, but it never seemed to hamper him during the band's energetic set.

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BEST HAIR - Nonpoint
Because it's fun to watch people whip their dreads around like they just don't care.

  • Nonpoint
  • Nonpoint
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BEST RECOVERY - Scott Weiland
Only days before Carolina Rebellion, video was released showing Scott Weiland in a less-than-sober state, struggling through the Stone Temple Pilots song "Vaseline." At Carolina Rebellion, however, Weiland showed more clarity and was later seen in the media compound doing interviews.

Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts
  • Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Avett Brothers perform on the Late Show with David Letterman

Posted By on Tue, May 5, 2015 at 3:55 PM

The Avett Brothers teamed up with Brandi Carlile for a performance of "Keep on the Sunny Side" on the Late Show with David Letterman last night. Letterman, who called the performance "lovely," is in his final weeks as host of the late-night television program.

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Some guy plays Metallica backwards — and it's brilliant

Posted By on Tue, May 5, 2015 at 1:26 PM

I'll be honest - I'm having a really hard time wrapping my head around this. I mean, the end result is nothing short of brilliant. It sounds incredibly similar to the original, which is nothing fancy, until you see that everything was recorded backwards — the vocals, the drumming, the guitar... Think about it, the guy had to do reverse inflection and reverse singing. You can't simply read a word backwords, you have to rework the tones and all of it — while singing.

Watch the result first:

And then watch the true forward version:

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Live photos: Seryn, Visulite Theatre (4/29/2015)

Posted By on Fri, May 1, 2015 at 4:08 PM

Seryn, Songs of Water
Visulite Theatre
April 29, 2015

A handful of songs into their set on Wednesday night, Texas roots-rock band Seryn decided to try something different. They unplugged all of their instruments — except for an acoustic bass — and gathered at the front of the stage. Singer Trenton Wheeler told the sparse crowd to gather up close. "It's strange having a 20-foot space before we can see people. So, let's try this out ..."

The sextet scrambled with some logistics and then proceeded to perform a few songs amidst the attentive silence — striking all the right chords, hitting every luscious harmonies and offering a warm sonic blanket to the appreciative crowd. When Wheeler suggested the band plug back in, the crowd expressed its displeasure. So Wheeler and Co. belted out a few more tunes before plugging in for the band's final two songs.

You want to make a statement with your performance in front of a small crowd? Do something different and do it really, really well. It wasn't easy to follow a solid set of rock-infused world music from Songs of Water, but there's no doubt the next time Seryn is in town, more people will be at the show. I can't imagine anyone walking away from the Elizabeth music venue without looking forward to telling someone, anyone, about what they just witnessed.

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Seth Avett offers Blind Melon cover for Kickstarter

Posted By on Fri, May 1, 2015 at 1:18 PM

Seth Avett, singer/guitarist for the Avett Brothers, has covered Blind Melon's "St. Andrew's Fall" in conjunction with a Kickstarter campaign. Photographer and filmmaker Danny Clinch is working to put together a documentary about Shannon Hoon, the late Blind Melon singer, using footage Hoon recorded over his time with the band.

Formed in 1990, Blind Melon hit it big with their song "No Rain" from the rock band's self-titled debut album. Hoon died of a cocaine overdose in 1995. The band reunited with a new singer in 2006, performed at Tremont Music Hall in 2007, and has played occasional one-off shows in recent years.

So far, the campaign has raised more than $65,000 toward the $100,000 goal with just four days left. Avett's song was released today as a sort of teaser to lure more attention to the Kickstarter project.

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