Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Live photos: Andy the Doorbum, The Milestone (6/28/2015)

Posted By on Tue, Jun 30, 2015 at 10:25 AM

Andy the Doorbum, Hectagons, Nerve Endings, Robert Childers, Bo White
The Milestone
June 28, 2015

Charlotte musician Andy the Doorbum said farewell on Sunday night to a packed Milestone as he prepares to move to California. Featuring what Andy called a "dream lineup" including a reunion of Charlotte instrumental quartet Hectagons, Nerve Endings (who were joined by Andy for a Jesus Lizard cover) and solo sets by Robert Childers and Bo White, the show culminated with an art performance by Andy. After smashing an acoustic guitar with a sledgehammer, he got the entire venue to sing along with him to the lyrics, "I'm going to miss North Carolina when I'm gone." As I wrote in a column last week, we're going to miss you too, Andy. We can't wait to see what you do next. Come back soon... 

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Monday, June 22, 2015

2015 Weenie Roast lineup announced

Posted By on Mon, Jun 22, 2015 at 10:03 PM

Stone Temple Pilots — the version led by Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington - will headline the 2015 edition of the 1065 The End Weenie Roast at PNC Music Pavilion on Sept. 12. 

The rest of the lineup includes Passion Pit, Bleachers, Atlas Genius, Live, Mutemath, Blues Traveler, X Ambassadors, Catfish & The Bottlemen, IAMDYNAMITE, Langhorne Slim & The Law, Kopecky and Skratch 'N Sniff.

The exclusive 106.5 pre-sale begins Tuesday, June 23 at 10 a.m. PASSWORD: WEENIE. There will be a limited amount of lawn seating for $10.65 plus parking and fees while supplies last. General on-sale begins Friday, June 26 at 10 a.m.

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Delta Rae offers protest song in response to Charleston events

Posted By on Fri, Jun 19, 2015 at 2:37 PM

Durham, North Carolina's Delta Rae has recorded and released a song written after the recent events in Charleston, South Carolina. 

The band wrote: 
"Our hearts and prayers are with the families of those killed in Charleston, SC last night. These tragedies have got to STOP...It's time to push our leaders to act. All good people must raise their voices. We need to protect every member of our community from hate and racism. And we need to stop so much of this violence by limiting access to guns...This is not the country we want to be. These actions do not represent our values."

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Live photos: Flogging Molly & Gogol Bordello, Uptown Amphitheatre (6/15/2015)

Posted By on Tue, Jun 16, 2015 at 4:11 PM

Flogging Molly, Gogol Bordello, Mariachi El Bronx
Uptown Amphitheatre
June 15, 2015

The sweltering heat didn't keep droves of fans away from the Uptown Amphitheatre on Monday night for a co-headlining bill featuring Flogging Molly and Gogol Bordello. The outdoor show got started with a brief set by Mariachi El Bronx before the two main events each played an hour-and-15-minute set full of favorites. Here are some of the sights: 

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Live review: Train, PNC Music Pavilion (6/9/2015)

Posted By on Thu, Jun 11, 2015 at 10:06 AM

PNC Music Pavilion
June 9, 2015

Just to note: I actually felt like I’d been hit by a train this morning when I woke up. The reason for my tiredness - a long ass, solid set by Train at PNC Pavilion the previous night. The band has plenty - around two hours worth - of hits in its lengthy music catalogue, so it's no wonder the set ran long. Plus, the show had two opening acts - Matt Nathanson and The Fray.

Having kept up with them on a minuscule level over the years, I was actually surprised by the many, many recognizable songs on the setlist. They are filling up amphitheatres for good reason (p.s.-The folks on the lawn really were "packed in like sardines," so to speak). The band kicked off with “Just a Memory,” a jumpy rock/country-esque track from 2014’s Bulletproof Picasso. After that, the band went straight in for the punches, playing tracks from all phases of their music career. This included throwbacks to singles, from the band's self-titled 1998 debut, including “Meet Virginia” and “Free,” (also the first song the band crafted together), which was enhanced by a soulful fusion of vocals from two backup singers.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Quill releases video for "Run This Town"

Posted By on Tue, Jun 9, 2015 at 2:45 PM

Charlotte rapper Quill has released a new video for his song "Run This Town" featuring a nice shout-out to Creative Loafing at the start and finish.

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Live photos: Taylor Swift, Time Warner Cable Arena (6/8/015)

Posted By on Tue, Jun 9, 2015 at 10:17 AM

Taylor Swift
Time Warner Cable Arena
June 8, 2015

I feel confident in saying that a good number of people at Time Warner Cable Arena last night have no idea that Taylor Swift was once a country music star. And judging by the setlist, Swift is ok with that. Her highly choreographed performance last night was focused on her recent pop-centric release, 1989. Fans sang along to every word and didn't seem to mind that most of her earlier catalog was left behind. Standing front-and-center after the first song, Swift soaked in every bit of applause and gave a big smile. She's clearly in a comfort zone and looking to the future, nevermind the past. 

Welcome to New York
New Romantics
Blank Space
I Knew You Were Trouble
I Wish You Would
How You Get the Girl
I Know Places
All You Had to Do Was Stay
You Are in Love
Love Story
This Love
Bad Blood
We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
Wildest Dreams
Out of the Woods
Shake It Off 

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Friday, June 5, 2015

Live review: Zac Brown Band, PNC Music Pavilion

Posted By on Fri, Jun 5, 2015 at 12:28 PM

Zac Brown Band
PNC Music Pavilion
June 4, 2015
Zac Brown Band - JEFF HAHNE
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  • Zac Brown Band
Let me get this all out of the way first — Zac Brown Band played a helluva concert last night. The band is tight. The music was varied, representative of the diversity in the band's latest effort, Jekyll + Hyde. They can pull off a solid version of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" as easily as they can an acoustic version of "Let it Be." They can bring the bright lights and big sound during a surprisingly crushing version of the Marshall Tucker Band's "Can't You See." Clay Cook can tear into vocals as easily as he does guitar riffs. Zac Brown himself isn't afraid to sit back and let his bandmates shine when it serves the song best. 

Yes, for 24 songs and nearly two-and-a-half hours the Zac Brown Band showed why they're one of the most popular live performers around these days and why they constantly pack large venues, get people dancing and singing along and continue to entertain on a consistent basis. And they're definitely more of a complete band than just "Zac Brown and the other guys." While the band has remained grounded through all the polish, it was the separate appearance of a couple of guests that truly shined last night.

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