Thursday, October 29, 2015

Live review: Chvrches, The Fillmore (10/28/2015)

Posted By on Thu, Oct 29, 2015 at 9:54 AM

The Fillmore
Oct. 28, 2015

  • Photo by Jeff Hahne
  • Chvrches
Chvrches' Charlotte debut was a momentous occasion — one, because the Queen City had never gotten to worship at their musical feet before; two, because thanks to a partnership between Live Nation and Yahoo, the sold out crowd at the Fillmore Charlotte was able to watch live what the rest of the world was instantaneously watching via Yahoo live stream. Not too shabby for a Wednesday night.

The Scottish trio making up Chvrches (Iain Cook, Martin Doherty and Lauren Mayberry) have become an international electro-pop sensation. Their background is different from the idea of a traditional band; though they all had some kind of musical background previously, between the three of them they hold a law degree, a master’s degree in journalism and one member has credits as a film and television composer. When they got together to record a few demos back in 2011 they decided they had something special and decided to make the switch full time to music, dubbing themselves Chvrches with a ‘V’ (for search engine purposes).

If their current success and devoted fan base is any indication, it looks like they were right. The group has been writing and performing their unique blend of Prince and Depeche Mode inspired electronica ever since, and released their second album Every Open Eye this year to critical acclaim.

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Friday, October 23, 2015

Lunchbox Records set to move in 2016

Posted By on Fri, Oct 23, 2015 at 11:24 AM

Lunchbox Records hit its Facebook page yesterday with the announcement that the popular Plaza Midwood record store will be moving in 2016. Currently located at 1419 Central Ave., the new location is "just a half a mile up the road" at 825 Central Ave. Owner Scott Wishart posted that the location is three times as big, has a dedicated parking lot and will have a bigger stage allowing them to host live shows again. 

The post goes on to say:
This has been something we’ve been working on for years, with a few failed attempts along the way. Oddly enough most developers don’t seem to want to work with a local record store, but I’m extremely happy with our current plans and glad everything has worked out the way it has. You may have heard rumors of us moving for a while and that’s because we’ve been trying for a while. Our current building was recently sold but these plans precede that and have nothing to do with it. Our current landlord is not kicking us out and has no immediate plans for the building. This is an expansion, not an eviction.

I am more than aware that our current space is cramped and I have thousands and thousands of used LPs in storage waiting to go out, so this should help rectify the two most common complaints/requests we get at the store.

We look forward to serving your for many more years and hope you can join us.

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Monday, October 19, 2015

Live photos: Emancipator Ensemble, Chop Shop (10/7/2015)

Posted By on Mon, Oct 19, 2015 at 3:03 PM

Emancipator Ensemble
Chop Shop
Oct. 7, 2015

The electronic-infused quartet Emancipator Ensemble brought its genre-bending music to the Chop Shop on Oct. 7, 2015. Here's a look if you missed the show. (Photos by Brian Twitty)

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Saturday, October 10, 2015

Live review: Of Monsters & Men, Uptown Amphitheatre (10/8/2015)

Posted By on Sat, Oct 10, 2015 at 3:19 PM

Of Monsters & Men
Uptown Amphitheatre
Oct. 8, 2015
Of Monsters and Men - PHOTO BY JEFF HAHNE
  • Photo by Jeff Hahne
  • Of Monsters and Men

With a rapidly growing fan base to support them, Icelandic indie outfit, Of Monsters & Men, has done what so many bands do – or fail at trying to do – and grow into deeper, more complex shoes. That’s not to say the band's debut album My Head is an Animal lacked emotion or depth, but it is to say their sophomore effort, Beneath the Skin, is no slump. It's supplementing the bands solid reputation for song writing. There’s something deeper and darker in their latest album's nature and it's felt just as much as it is heard at the band’s live shows.

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