Thursday, April 28, 2016

Live review: Father John Misty, The Fillmore (4/27/2016)

Posted By on Thu, Apr 28, 2016 at 10:16 AM

Father John Misty
The Fillmore
April 27, 2016

For the majority of his 90-minute set, J. Tillman, aka Father John Misty, played the part of the charismatic Americana troubadour. His vocal-focused folk-rock hinted at elements of soul and country, until he hit the encore. He lulled the audience with a solo acoustic rendition of "I Went to the Store One Day," and then unleashed the fury. 

Perhaps it was all a buildup to this, but in the blink of an eye, Tillman turned into a rock 'n' roll rebel that was free of any Father John Misty persona. "This is one of my favorite love songs," he told the crowd before playing a full-band, charged-up rendition of Nine Inch Nails' "Closer." From there, he closed the night with a blaring "The Ideal Husband." 

It's as if Tillman was slowly sexing up the audience for the majority of his set, giving them plenty of balladry and vocal foreplay. And just when you thought it was going to last all night, the set powered toward a fast and furious rock 'n' roll orgasm that left the audience packing the Fillmore satisfied and exhausted. 

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Live review: Tori Kelly, The Fillmore (4/21/2016)

Posted By on Fri, Apr 22, 2016 at 8:12 AM

Tori Kelly w/ ThirdStory
The Fillmore
April 21, 2016

  • Photo by Jeff Hahne
  • Tori Kelly

Tori Kelly packed the house Thursday at the Fillmore, all on the promise of sheer, raw talent. The show was highly anticipated, as the last time she was supposed to be appear for Kissmas in December, she had to reschedule due to her appearance on a little show called The Voice. This night, there were no theatrics, no spectacle — just the girl and the guitar that went on to become a pop sensation.

Kelly took the stage for an hour and a half set around nine, coming onstage with a spotlight, a guitar and that voice. It’s where she started, a throwback to her YouTube days where Kelly really got her start, singing covers alone in her room to what ended up being an audience of millions.

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Live photos: Mumford & Sons, Time Warner Cable Arena (4/14/2016)

Posted By on Fri, Apr 15, 2016 at 10:07 AM

Mumford & Sons
Time Warner Cable Arena
April 14, 2016
Just 30 hours after announcing they would be donating all of the profits from their sold-out Charlotte concert to a local LGBT organization, Mumford & Sons hit the Time Warner Cable Arena stage and rocked it out. 

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Live review: Elle King, Amos' Southend (4/11/2016)

Posted By on Wed, Apr 13, 2016 at 11:14 AM

Elle King
Amos' Southend
April 11, 2016

Only three songs into her set, Elle King dropped to her knees and laughed, seeking mercy from the sold-out crowd at Amos' Southend. Though most people hadn't noticed, King had made a mistake and asked for forgiveness. The crowd roared its support right back to her. 

At that point, the 26-year-old singer, who never hesitates to bring forth her sass and soul, knew she had the crowd in the palm of her hand and neither side ever relented. King quickly dished out snark and stories between songs and wasn't afraid to ramble, rant and comment on North Carolina's now well-known HB2 law. 

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

[Untitled] w/ Lara Americo, Episode 7, Part II

Posted By on Tue, Apr 5, 2016 at 12:49 PM

Maf Maddix at The Last Word, Charlotte, North Carolina.

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