Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Live review: Garbage, The Fillmore (7/23/2016)

Posted By on Tue, Jul 26, 2016 at 2:29 PM

Garbage w/ Kristin Kontrol
The Fillmore
July 23, 2016
Kristin Kontrol (Photo by Jeff Hahne)
  • Kristin Kontrol (Photo by Jeff Hahne)
Kristin Kontrol, Kristin Welchez's latest music outfit following the Dum Dum Girls, is a synth-pop act fitting for Garbage's opening act. The music had a low-key, '80s feel, yet lacked the catchy bounce that tunes from that era often possessed. It's ok though. The general mood and anticipation of seeing Garbage was enough to lift the mood.

Garbage (Photo by Jeff Hahne)
  • Garbage (Photo by Jeff Hahne)
Original Garbage members Shirley Manson, Duke Erikson, Steve Marker were joined by Eric Avery, an original bassist for Janes Addiction and Eric Gardner, who was filling in for the legendary Butch Vig.
As always, the band was on top of its game with Manson rocking her front woman status in leopard print attire and fresh hot pink hair color. The band mixed new and old songs, sometimes diving in and pulling out the unexpected (including deep dark goodies from its 1995 debut album, like "Super Vixen," "Stroke of Luck," and "Vow"), as well as gems from throughout the band's lengthy catalogue.
Garbage (Photo by Jeff Hahne)
  • Garbage (Photo by Jeff Hahne)
Prior to breaking into "Sex is Not the Enemy," Manson addressed "Queer," from the band's debut album and a time period when it was a risky single choice. She addressed her respect for the LGBTQ community and their rights but kept things brief, telling her audience that she'd return to the subject later. That return came with her specifically showcasing her stance on HB2 — she strongly opposes the bill and knows that most of her fans do, too — and the debate on whether or not to play in Charlotte. All that was before she broke into "Androgyny," a track from 2001's Beautiful Garbage.
Garbage (Photo by Jeff Hahne)
  • Garbage (Photo by Jeff Hahne)
Other highlights from the show included classics like "Paranoid," "Special," "Bleed Like Me," and "Only Happy When It Rains," played somewhat softer than it's recorded component, and "Push It." Prior to playing the latter, Manson welcomed an 11-year-old from the crowd onto the stage to play the drums. That kid is going to have one hell of a story to tell the grandkids.
Garbage came back for an encore and played "Sometimes" and "Empty," both from 2016's Strange Little Birds, and closed the set with "#1 Crush," a song that was remixed for the 1996 soundtrack for Romeo + Juliet.
Garbage (Photo by Jeff Hahne)
  • Garbage (Photo by Jeff Hahne)

Stupid Girl
Authomatic Systematic Habit
Blood for Poppies
The Trick is to Keep Breathing
My Lovers Box
Sex is not the Enemy
Stroke of Luck
Why Do You Love Me
Bleed Like Me
Push It
Only Happy When it Rains
Cherry Lips

#1 Crush

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Live photos: Merry Jane Presents the High Road Summer Tour, PNC Music Pavilion (7/24/2016)

Posted By on Tue, Jul 26, 2016 at 9:54 AM

Merry Jane Presents the High Road Summer Tour featuring Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Kevin Gates, Jhene Aiko and Casey Veggies
PNC Music Pavilion
July 24, 2016

After Sunday night, a sarcastic person might bet that there's no weed left in North Carolina. An absolutely packed lawn at PNC Music Pavilion appeared as if it was on fire as smoke billowed above the sea of people. What else would you expect from a tour that features Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa as its headliners? 

Hip-hop's ambassadors of pot were the clear draw for the Merry Jane Presents the High Road Summer Tour, which also featured Kevin Gates, Jhene Aiko and Casey Veggies. While the first three acts came and went in straight-forward fashion, it was the primetime duo that everyone was waiting for. 

With a huge blunt in hand, Snoop Dogg took the stage and performed a couple of hits before letting Wiz Khalifa do the same. It was an odd dichotomy for anyone who might be a fan of one more than the other — you could sing along and get in the groove, and then wait for a few songs and do it again. Somehow though, it worked. Khalifa brought plenty of energy and Snoop's laid back demeanor offered a good balance — no weed required. 

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Live photos: Kool & The Gang, PNC Music Pavilion (7/22/2016)

Posted By on Tue, Jul 26, 2016 at 9:50 AM

Kool & The Gang, Bootsy Collins, Morris Day & The Time, Big Daddy Kane
PNC Music Pavilion
July 22, 2016

There might not have been a swarm of people filling PNC Music Pavilion on Friday night, but that didn't stop four artists from laying the funk down and bringing the grooves. 

When emcee Big Daddy Kane first took the stage, the crowd was sparse and appeared uninterested. By the time Kool and the Gang walked on stage, the crowd was fired up and ready to dance the night away. 

It was a format that slowly built in energy — from the opening notes of Morris Day & The Time playing a tribute to Prince to the slappin' funk of Bootsy Collins who offered plenty of P-Funk moments. After Collins, Kane offered a few songs and the fans were on their feet, primed for Kool & The Gang to bring it home and they didn't disappoint. 

The lineup has changed over the years, but there were plenty of people singing along to all the hits, including "Jungle Boogie." They might have been able to put the show in a smaller venue, but those in attendance didn't notice, as the majority of people there were too busy dancing and singing along. 

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Video Premiere: Brio - Trip

Posted By on Mon, Jul 25, 2016 at 7:04 PM

At 7:04 tonight, local rapper Brio, who was featured alongside fellow rapper/producer James Malik in last week's Creative Loafing Music Issue, premiered his new video for the song "Trip."

The video was shot in Atlanta by Myles Harris just before Brio moved back to Charlotte in September 2015. It's our first look at Lite Bleu, Brio's prequel to Bleu, a project he's been working on for about three years.

"I wanted the first visual to be the first introduction to Brio; an introduction into the passion of it all," Brio told Creative Loafing today. "Showing the essence of where the project's been created."

Brio expects to drop Lite Bleu by the end of the summer.

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