Thursday, October 5, 2017

Mastodon and Eagles of Death Metal give rock a much-needed punch

Posted By on Thu, Oct 5, 2017 at 10:12 PM

Mastodon, Eagles of Death Metal, Russian Circles
The Fillmore
Oct. 4, 2017

From the opening notes to the final round of applause, a packed Fillmore was hammered with sludgy riffs, thunderous bass and growled vocals. While Mastodon was just here in the spring for Carolina Rebellion, fans were enthralled by the bands lengthy set on Wednesday night. It was the perfect cap on an evening that started with the instrumental metal of Russian Circles. The real meat in the sandwich was Eagles of Death Metal whose vibrant, energetic set was hypnotic. Frontman/singer/guitarist Jesse Hughes is a lightning bolt on stage and never stops moving or preaching the gospel of rock 'n' roll. Don't miss them the next time they're in town.

Mastodon setlist
The Last Baron
Sultans Curse
Crystal Skull
Ancient Kingdom
Black Tongue
Colony of Birchmen
Ember City
Show Yourself
Precious Stones
Roots Remain
Crack the Skye
Chimes at Midnight

Eagles of Death Metal setlist
I Only Want You
Make a Bang
Flames Go Higher
Moonage Daydream
Boys Bad News
Speaking In Tongues

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AUDIO: Lofidels' Lenny Muckle Tells Why He Signed Up For Charlotte's "Unprecedented" Oct. 21 BLA/ALT Black Alternative Rock Fest

Posted By on Thu, Oct 5, 2017 at 9:00 AM

In the lead-up to the Black Alternative Rock Festival, or BLA/ALT, at Camp North End on Oct. 21, Creative Loafing has asked some of the artists to talk about why they're playing the event and what it means to them. Today, Lenny Muckle, the sole member of the punk/art project Lofidels, talks about what a black alternative rock fest in Charlotte means to him.

But first, listen to the terrific track "A Staccato Kid, A Missing Man," from Lofidels' 2016 album Glass Canon.

"I feel that the BLA/ALT Music Festival will be a place where artists of color will be able to shine without having to conform to, ironically, norms and requirements tacitly imposed on them for falling within the framework of being independent artists," Muckle says.

"I'm playing BLA/ALT because I want to be part of this new, local, unprecedented event," he says. "The lifting up of typically overlooked work is something we unarguably need more of. It'll be exciting to be part of [the festival] as an artist and as a fan, because the line-up is so wildly varied. My hope is that it's all a bit overwhelming."

What's more, Muckle adds, "I hope that as BLA/ALT grows, year after year, the festival manages to not only awe, but inspire — friends and strangers, former and would-be artists could all feel motivated by the uniqueness of the artists involved with the festival.

"My name is Lenny Muckle, sole member of the project called Lofidels, and I'll be performing at Bla/Alt."

And we'll be there watching Lenny Muckle, as well as following him on Bandcamp ( and Instagram (@lofidels).

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