Tuesday, January 31, 2017

WATCH: Rapper Black Linen Premieres New Album, Singer Darian La Sparrow Stuns Crowd Monday at Petra's

Posted By on Tue, Jan 31, 2017 at 6:48 PM

Charlotte rapper Black Linen premiered his new album and singer Darian La Sparrow mesmerized the crowd with her silky smooth but nuanced jazz vocals Monday night at Petra's in Plaza Midwood.

It was Le Anna Eden's inaugural "Session: A Listening Party," in which the singer-songwriter hosts nights of local musicians she wants Charlotteans to hear. Black Linen performed songs from his new album, Black Linen II: The Eagle & the Wolfr. The rapper, whose birth name is Solomon Conyers, also performs under the name 7th Soana, and has released numerous tracks and EPs on his Soundcloud page, including a 2007 series, "Fuck Money Get Free," or FMGF.

His set consisted of performances of songs from the new album including the track "Hit's,") which he recorded Eden and singer Jessika S. Johnson. Listen to the entire album here

The real show-stopper came from opener Darian La Sparrow, a Charlotte singer who's appeared as guest vocalist on numerous rap albums and also releases stellar videos of her songs on her Youtube channel. She closed her earlier performance with a sublime interpretation of "My Funny Valentine," which featured Monty Mak on the keys. You can watch a snippet of her performance in the clip below.

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Live photos: Bassh, The Underground (1/28/2017)

Posted By on Mon, Jan 30, 2017 at 9:20 AM

Bassh, Grand Shell Game, Bruce Hazel
The Underground
Jan. 28, 2017

As a founding member of Matrimony, singer/guitarist Jimmy Brown showcased his songwriting talent with a folk-rock backdrop. On Saturday night at The Underground, fans familiar with that project got an earful of the heavier side of Brown's talents. Digitized vocals, crushing guitar riffs and a bit of electronic infusion drives the music of Bassh and a small crowd soaked in every note. It was the cap on a night that spotlighted familiar names to music fans from the Queen City.

The night got started with Bruce Hazel and members of his band Temperance League rolling through with blue-collar garage rock in the vein of Springsteen. From there, it was the jam-infused folk-rock of the Triangle area's Grand Shell Game featuring Eric-Scott Guthrie (ex-New Familiars) showcasing Guthrie's poetic vocals with plenty of Allman-inspired jam tradeoffs between the keys and guitars. Guthrie and Brown, both of whom have graduated from a folk pastlife into more electric landscapes, proved that talented songwriters can shape their craft within any genre.

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Friday, January 13, 2017

CL catches Travis Phillips of Charlotte's Modern Primitives in the act of imitating Yoda

Posted By on Fri, Jan 13, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Creative Loafing stumbled into Charlotte grit-rockers Modern Primitives — drummer Phillip Gripper, bassist Tim Nhu and front man Travis Phillips — on the back patio at Common Market in Plaza Midwood Thursday night.

The guys were in mid-PBR consumption when we caught Phillips in the act of imitating Yoda from the Youtube clip "SEAGULLS! (Stop It Now)," the Bad Lip Reading spoof of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back that apparently everybody but your humble correspondent has seen.

For comparison, we've submitted a pair of videos — Phillips' imitation, and the original. Decide for yourself how well our guy did:

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Friday, January 6, 2017

Last Night at the Double Door Inn: One Less Worthy Spot for Derrick Worthy's Delicious Dogs

Posted By on Fri, Jan 6, 2017 at 10:10 AM

Creative Loafing is celebrating the Last Night at the Double Door Inn all week this week with clips of folks who attended the final night bash on Monday.

Derrick Worthy is a different kind of Double Door regular. He's been selling hot dogs outside the blues club — which closed its doors Monday after 43 years as Charlotte blues institution — every Monday night for the past two years

"I'm gonna miss the place. It's special," he tells CL in this clip, as sheets of rain poured down like tears on the canopy covering his A Worthy Dog hotdog stand. "We have everybody come in; it's a diversified crowd, everybody from attorneys to plumbers to musicians to hospitality workers."

Worthy's gonna miss it, he says — "especially the money."

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Last Night at the Double Door Inn: Jackie's Been a Regular Since the Early '80s

Posted By on Thu, Jan 5, 2017 at 12:35 PM

Creative Loafing is celebrating the Last Night at the Double Door Inn all week this week with clips of folks who attended the final night bash on Monday.

We caught up with Jackie, a Double Door regular since the early 1980s, in the pool room area at back with a group of friends.

"At one time I was the only little black girl up in here," Jackie tells us in this clip.

By the time of the Double Door's closing, that was no longer the case. Not by a long shot.

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