Thursday, July 27, 2017

Listen Up: Travis Phillips of Modern Primitives Talks Old Cars, New Music

Local Vibes: Episode 2

Posted By on Thu, Jul 27, 2017 at 1:01 PM

In this week's episode of Local Vibes, Travis Phillips, guitarist and lead singer with Modern Primitives, kicks it over some PBRs and discusses vintage cars and vinyl records while Mark and Ryan decide that he's about 60 years old at heart.

You can also check out our iTunes page, where this episode should be up soon we think, but then again, we're new to this. Until then, you can listen to our first episode.

[From left] Ryan Pitkin, Travis Phillips and Mark Kemp.
  • [From left] Ryan Pitkin, Travis Phillips and Mark Kemp.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Phantogram brings fresh energy to The Fillmore

Posted By on Sun, Jul 23, 2017 at 8:50 PM

Phantogram, Tycho
The Fillmore
July 22, 2017

It hasn't even been a year since Phantogram last rocked The Fillmore in October of 2016, but the electro-rock duo brought a new level of energy to the Charlotte venue on Saturday night. While past tours have focused on creating more of a visual atmosphere, this time around it was high-intensity. From the opening notes of "You're Mine," the band created excitement against a black-and-white backdrop. Focused lighting, occasional strobes and a band sitting on a 6-foot riser at the back created all the visual stimulation the audience needed. Phantogram brings it every time, but this might have been their best Charlotte appearance to date. The night opened with a 70-minute set from the instrumental outfit, Tycho. While the band had its moments, more than an hour was a bit much for getting the crowd warmed up.

Phantogram setlist
You're Mine
Same Old Blues
Black Out Days
Run Run Blood
Turning Into Stone
Don't Move
Calling All
Fall in Love
When I'm Small

Cruel World
You Don't Get Me High Anymore

Tycho setlist
A Walk

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

First Episode of New 'CL' Podcast 'Local Vibes' Features Rapper Tizzy of Th3 Higher

Posted By on Wed, Jul 19, 2017 at 10:05 AM

UPDATE: Local Vibes is now on iTunes. Check out the first episode here.

In the inaugural episode of Creative Loafing's brand new music podcast Local Vibes, editors Mark Kemp and Ryan Pitkin shoot the shit with Tizzy of Charlotte rap duo Th3 Higher about the creation of what Kemp described in CL as the group's "Zen rap" style; the difficulty of booking hip-hop shows in Charlotte; and how getting dissed led to the creation of Bunny Gregory's beloved basement hip-hop venue The Underground.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Clutch shines, Primus cruises at CMCU Amphitheatre

Posted By on Tue, Jul 18, 2017 at 9:54 PM

Primus w/ Clutch
Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
July 17, 2017

Kicking off their summer run right here in the Queen City, Primus and Clutch appeared like a great matchup of energetic tour mates. However, the balance just wasn't there. Clutch hit the stage running thanks to energetic frontman Neil Fallon. Fallon's vocals were spot-on and the singer commanded attention for the duration of the blues-rock band's 75-minute set. Primus followed with a 90-minute set of its own and while the alt-rockers extended jams and enthralled fans with a hit-heavy set, the overall performance felt flat. There was a time when the hits were hard to come by as bassist Les Claypool focused on a solo career. These days, with the reunited lineup, even Claypool's effortless bass playing feels a bit soulless at times. Guitarist Larry LaLonde continues to push the boundaries, but one new song isn't enough to entice longtime fans. While the band remains sonically solid, they need to breathe more joy into it and not look like they're in it for the paycheck.

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Elonzo Wesley brightens up the U.S. National Whitewater Center

Posted By on Sun, Jul 16, 2017 at 10:13 PM

Elonzo Wesley
U.S. National Whitewater Center
July 15, 2017

While a passing thunderstorm might have scared some people away, those who showed up for Elonzo Wesley's Saturday night River Jam session were in for a treat. While it was plenty humid, the rain was gone and the weather was cooler by the time the band took the stage. Not only that, the Charlotte band sounded fantastic. What started out as an indie-rock band called Elonzo some years ago has developed into more of a solo project by that band's singer/guitarist, Jeremy Davis. Davis still performs solo, but there's gorgeous musical and lyrical depth when the string band is present. A stand-up bass, fiddle and mandolin create solid sonic layers, while four-part harmonies only enhance Davis' personal and emotional lyrics. Cover songs blended in seamlessly with the band's originals providing an outstanding backdrop for the outdoor, riverside setting.

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Rain doesn't dampen My Morning Jacket's thunderous performance

Posted By on Sun, Jul 9, 2017 at 10:33 PM

My Morning Jacket w/ Gary Clark Jr.
Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
July 8, 2017

Whenever My Morning Jacket comes to town, the rain finds a way to try and dampen the night's events. Once again, however, the crowd and the Kentucky rock band were undeterred. Sure, the show might have been delayed by 30 minutes, but everyone present was as energetic as ever throughout the night's performances. The night was started by a shortened, soulful set by Texas blues-rocker Gary Clark Jr. The guitar slinger was stunning in his Queen City debut, hammering the crowd with heartfelt riffs and lyrics. The headliners sparked the crowd from the first notes with fan favorite after fan favorite. A set-closing "Victory Dance" was followed by a five-song encore that left the crowd satisfied but always wanting more.

My Morning Jacket setlist
Compound Fracture
Off the Record
Spring (Among the Living)
I'm Amazed
Tropics (Erase Traces)
Steam Engine
In Its Infancy (The Waterfall)
State of the Art (A.E.I.O.U.)
Victory Dance

Wordless Chorus
Evil Urges
Lay Low
Touch Me I'm Going to Scream Pt. 2
One Big Holiday

Gary Clark Jr. setlist
Bright Lights
Ain't Messin 'Round
When My Train Pulls In
Our Love
Travis County

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