Sunday, March 25, 2018

K. Flay energizes, Yungblud wows sold-out Underground

Posted By on Sun, Mar 25, 2018 at 11:14 PM

K. Flay, Yungblud
The Underground
March 23, 2018

While K. Flay's brand of hip-pop fuses pop sensibilities with hip-hop cadences, it's her energetic live performance that had the sold-out Underground crowd singing and cheering for the duration of her set. The 32-year-old singer finds the right balance of stage stalking and freestyle dancing that commands attention from the opening notes. She needed to put forth a strong performance after the stellar opening set from Yungblud. Fresh off his U.S. television debut the night before on Seth Myers, Yungblud exudes the same raw energy of Cage the Elephant's Matt Schultz. It won't be long before he's on a sold-out headlining run of his own.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

VIDEO: Erick Lottary Drops New Visuals for "Ball Is Life"

From hoops to the hotel

Posted By on Wed, Mar 21, 2018 at 3:08 PM

Charlotte rapper Erick Lottary dropped the first visuals from his upcoming You Can Tell EP today, a video that mixes basketball and the suite life with anime.


In "Ball Is Life," Lottary can be seen rapping on the basketball court at Latta Park in Dilworth, then balling out in a different way in the Punch Room at the Ritz-Carlton in Uptown. An intense scene from the Japanese sports manga series Kuroko's Basketball cuts between the live-action settings, contrasting Lottary's laid-back stance while he displays his wordplay on the track: "They sleepin' on me like a white linen/ You finally cookin' I just finished dinner."

"Ball Is Life" is Lottary's first single from You Can Tell, and can be found on Spotify, iTunes and Deezer. The song was first played publicly when Lottary dropped by as a guest of CL's 'Local Vibes' podcast in February. Check that spot out below.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

PREMIERE: Brio Releases New Single, "Guru"

'LITEBLEU' continued

Posted By on Tue, Mar 20, 2018 at 2:56 PM

When we spoke to Charlotte rapper and producer Brio on an episode of CL's Local Vibes podcast in January, he had just come off the release of his debut album, LITEBLEU, and told us he already had some new vibes coming down the pipe. Today he's coming through on that promise with the release of his first follow-up single, "Guru."

The song, which is written, produced and performed by Brio, features his signature sound: a dizzying and trippy melody over menacing drums that serve as a dark backdrop for Brio's inspiring lyrics.

"This song is the beginning of where we left from LITEBLEU, taking you more deeply into my mind and purpose with where I want to take the audience," Brio said.

"It's like a mantra or self-motivating tune that speaks about being in your energy and trust in that vision and let it take you to something hopefully of bliss. It's just a real-talk track about our lives and the importance of our own energy and steering it toward love and energy."

And when you're done bumping the new shit, go back to our first podcast episode of 2018, when Brio came through to talk LITEBLEU and play some tracks off the album for us.

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

LP commands attention at Underground concert

Posted By on Sun, Mar 11, 2018 at 10:16 PM

LP w/ Noah Kahan, Kat Cunning
The Underground
March 8, 2018

Kat Cunning started the night with solid vocals. Noah Kahan cruised through a pop-rock set. LP hit the stage and commanded attention. It's no wonder that the pop-rock singer is playing larger venues each time she comes to town. She belts out her vocals, connects with the audience and brings the energy level up across the entire venue. She has her own swagger and style — whether she's standing behind the microphone, stalking the stage or making personal connections with members of the audience. Pay attention the next time she's in town. She's a performer worth catching every time.

LP Setlist
Other People
Up Against Me
You Want It All
Girls Go Wild
When We're High
Free to Love
Lost On You

Muddy Waters
Into the Wild

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

A$AP Ferg buzzes the Fillmore

Posted By on Wed, Mar 7, 2018 at 10:50 PM

A$AP Ferg
The Fillmore
March 6, 2018

When A$AP Ferg finally took the stage after 10 p.m., the crowd was ready for every lyric spit. Denzel Curry had left the stage nearly an hour earlier as the crowd waited patiently for the night's headliner. Yep, everyone waited for Ferg to get to the Fillmore from the Hornets game he attended beforehand. It was worth the wait. On his own on stage - no DJ, or anyone else - he entertained the crowd for the duration of his set and had the young crowd bouncing and singing along to every bar. Who said it was a Tuesday night?

Trap & A Dream
Aww Yeah
Coach Cartier
One Night Savage
What Do You Do
What Do You Want
Hella Hoes
Yamborghini High
Let It Go
East Coast
Mad Man
Work Remix
New Level
Plain Jane

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Missio rocks The Underground

Posted By on Wed, Mar 7, 2018 at 10:47 PM

Missio, Welshly Arms
The Underground
March 6, 2018

"That's why they call me temple priest, motherfucker!" Missio hit the stage with the chorus of the song "Temple Priest" as singer Matthew Brue, clad in a white robe, danced around the stage. From there, the band's set was one relentless ball of energy. Missio has plenty of depth with only a drummer and keyboardist, letting Brue command all the attention with the sonic boom going on behind him. I wouldn't expect Missio to play venues this small for much longer. The night got started with the raw rock 'n' soul of Cleveland's Welshly Arms - keep your ears out for more from them in the future, too.

Temple Priest
I Do What I Want
West Coast
I Don't Even Care About You
Bottom of the Deep Blue Sea
Everybody Gets High
Can I Exist
I Don't Give A...
Middle Fingers

Black Roses

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