Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Live review: Emily Kinney, Visulite Theatre (11/24/2015)

Posted By on Tue, Nov 24, 2015 at 10:53 AM

Emily Kinney
Visulite Theatre
Nov. 24, 2015
On a crisp November night in Charlotte, you are far more likely to find anyone braving the cold uptown on a bar stool than taking in a folk show on Elizabeth Street, but the chance to see Beth Greene (of The Walking Dead) back from the dead? The allure was strong: strong enough to pack the Visulite Theater for Emily Kinney’s 75-minute set Monday night.

It may be fair to say that at least half of the spectators were there out of curiosity; apart from her forays singing on the show, it would appear that most of her fans didn’t even know she was an actual singer until the release of her EP Blue Toothbrush (quickly followed up in 2013 with Expired Love), pushed more to the forefront after her abrupt departure from AMC’s The Walking Dead. But Emily Kinney has actually been writing songs and playing around New York City for the past decade. She is one of those ‘actor-slash-singer-musicians’ that actually has earned the distinction of those slashes and if you ever get to see her with a guitar on a small stage you will instantly see why.

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Live photos: Rise Against, The Fillmore (11/12/2015)

Posted By on Fri, Nov 13, 2015 at 11:09 AM

Rise Against, Killswitch Engage, Letlive
The Fillmore
Nov. 12, 2015

Rise Against, Killswitch Engage and Letlive hit the Fillmore on Thursday, Nov. 12, for a long night of heavy rock 'n' roll. Justin Driscoll was in attendance to capture all the action. Here's a look at the night's performances: 

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Live review: Grace Potter, The Fillmore (11/7/2015)

Posted By on Tue, Nov 10, 2015 at 3:27 PM

Grace Potter
The Fillmore
Nov. 7, 2015

  • Photo by Jeff Hahne
  • Grace Potter

It didn't take long for Grace Potter to admit that it had been a while since her last concert in Charlotte, but fans of her music, and those of her band, the Nocturnals, didn't leave disappointed after a raucous and rocking concert on Friday night. 

Potter performed an array of songs from her solo album, Midnight, as well as a bunch from the Nocturnals days. With original Nocturnal Benny Yurco on guitar, those songs have a lot of the same vibe going for them. Notably missing — and the source of much gossip around the crowd — was Potter's husband, drummer Matt Burr, but his replacement/fill-in did a fine job.

This show, however, was clearly a "Grace Potter" concert as she and her keyboard were front-and-center on stage and the spotlight was solely hers. For the most part, the songs remained the same — from the rocking Nocturnals tunes to her more pop and energetic solo material.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Live review: Ben Folds, Belk Theater (11/3/2015)

Posted By on Wed, Nov 4, 2015 at 12:43 PM

Ben Folds
Belk Theater
Nov. 3, 2015

Every chair held an eager music fan Tuesday night at the Belk Theater — normally this kind of attendance isn’t uncommon for the theater, so one might just think there was a performance of Wicked in town for the evening. This night, however, the crowd was not there for one of their typical giant-scale stage productions, but for an artist whose musical career has spanned numerous albums, several collaborations with the likes of everyone from Regina Spektor to William Shatner and more than two decades of material: North Carolina native Ben Folds.

Musician, composer, singer and oftentimes conductor, Winston-Salem-born Folds first hit it big in the mainstream with his band Ben Folds Five in 1995; he moved on to a solo career in 2001, releasing a string of studio albums and documentaries of his incredible live performances, but returned to his roots with a BF5 reunion in 2012 with album The Sound of the Life of the Mind. He now owns and operates RCA Studio A (known for the recordings of a few legends, like Dolly Parton, the Beach Boys and Elvis, just to name a few), is a member of the board of directors of the Nashville Symphony (he composed a three movement piano concerto in 2014 as part of a symphonic global tour) and is a member of the Artist Committee for Americans for the Arts.

He’s had a busy career and stays plenty busy promoting music and music education, and yet he still managed to find the time to tour his most recent release, So There, a collaboration with New York City chamber ensemble yMusic: he’s a true musician to the core and literally seems to spend every moment in pursuit of its expression.

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Monday, November 2, 2015

Live photos: Amaranthe, Amos' Southend (11/1/2015)

Posted By on Mon, Nov 2, 2015 at 1:31 PM

Amaranthe, Butcher Babies, Lullwater
Amos' Southend
Nov. 1, 2015

  • Amaranthe
Fans of Amaranthe might have noticed something a bit amiss when the Swedish metal band hit the Amos' Southend stage on Sunday night, but any visual differences were negligible when it came to sound. Though one of the band's members, Jake E. Lundberg, is not on tour so he can stay home with his new baby, the singer's replacement, Chris Adams, filled the shoes admirably alongside Elize Ryd and Henrik Englund. 

Adams sings the male melodic portion of Amaranthe's music which showcases a variety of styles — the growl of Englund, the male-female duet options, the growled vs. sung dichotomy. It's a solid blend that merges well, especially in the live setting. For the most part, Adams appeared a bit reserved, but his vocals were always on-point. Ryd absorbs much of the spotlight thanks to her impressive range. 

The night was started by Athens, Georgia, rock quartet Lullwater which displayed its Southern and classic rock influences. The meat in the metal sandwich was laid down by Butcher Babies' heavy-handed, growled metal. 


Amaranthe setlist
Digital World
1.000.000 Lightyears
Mechanical Illusion
Massive Addictive
Over and Done
Drum Solo
Leave Everything Behind
Call Out My Name

The Nexus
Drop Dead Cynical

Butcher Babies setlist
Monster's Ball
Never Go Back
The Cleansing
Jesus Needs More Babies for His War Machine
Mr. Slowdeath
Thrown Away
They're Coming to Take Me Away
Magnolia Blvd.

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