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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

BJ Barham brings solo performance to the Visulite Theatre

Posted By on Tue, May 23, 2017 at 9:24 PM

BJ Barham
May 11, 2017
Visulite Theatre

American Aquarium frontman BJ Barham performed at the Visulite Theatre on May 11, 2017 as part of his The Great 48 Tour. The North Carolina native's tour will take him to 48 contiguous states this summer as he performs 53 shows in 59 days. If the Charlotte stop was any indication, the United States is in for a treat. Thankfully, this was only his fourth show on the tour. Hopefully, exhaustion won't set in by the time he hits Baltimore, Maryland in July. It's a solo performance in the truest sense of the words — just Barham and his guitar touring in support of his 2016 solo album, Rockingham.


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Monday, May 22, 2017

Reenergized Sonics Rock the Neighborhood Theatre

Posted By on Mon, May 22, 2017 at 11:15 AM

The Sonics, Dex Romweber
Neighborhood Theatre
May 19, 2017

On Saturday, May 19, The Sonics schooled an adoring crowd at the Neighborhood Theate on just who penned the manual on high-octane '60s scuzz rock, punk and grunge. The band, formed in 1960 in Tacoma, Wash., is responsible for such classic nuggets of mid-'60s photo-punk as "Psycho," "The Witch," and "Have Love, Will Travel." Sole original member, saxophonist Rob Lind, who now lives in Huntersville, was all old-school charm as front man, engaging the crowd with the flair of a classic big band leader, while the rest of the group took turns at the mic, bringing their take on the frantic, shriek-heavy, freaked-out rock 'n' roll. With diamond precision, the set was a short, sweet, relentless barrage of glorious noise, of course culminating in the immortal "Psycho," and an excellent encore performance of their first hit, "The Witch." Highlights included their blistering cover of Eddie Cochran's "C'mon Everybody," and a song especially written for the band by Australia's Hoodoo Gurus, "Be A Woman."

The Sonics setlist
Cinderella
Shot Down
Cmon Everybody
Sugaree
Have Love
Be a Woman
Back in the Car
Head on Backwards
Bad Betty
Keep on Knockin
Louie Louie
Hard Way
Boss Hoss
Money
Little Sister
He's Waiting
Lucille
Psycho
Doctor
Strychnine
Witch

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Sylvan Esso turns The Fillmore into a dance club

Posted By on Mon, May 15, 2017 at 10:12 PM

Sylvan Esso w/ Lucy Dacus
The Fillmore
May 14, 2017

Indie-pop duo Sylvan Esso took the stage on Sunday night and provided a relentless party from the opening notes. Two years ago, the band played the Neighborhood Theatre with a short setlist filled with every song they knew. This time around, the packed crowd at the Fillmore sang along, danced and loved every minute of the band's set. The vibe felt more like a dance club than a rock concert. Singer Amelia Meath has increased her dance moves significantly, while producer Nick Sanborn continues bobbing and weaving behind the decks. The duo is far more of a cohesive unit these days. A fun side note of the evening was white tape on Sanborn's table spelling out "F the NC GOP." Let's hope the duo returns to Charlotte before another two years goes by.



Setlist
Sound
The Glow
Kick Jump Twist
Dress
Signal
Die Young
Song
Coffee
Just Dancing
Slack Jaw
Uncatena
H.S.K.T.
Hey Mami
Radio

Encore
Rewind
Play It Right

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Carolina Rebellion 2017: 10 takeaways (and a whole bunch of crowd surfers)

Posted By on Thu, May 11, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Three days of rock, metal and mayhem have finally subsided and the dust is starting to settle. The Charlotte area's largest music festival made it through another year with plenty of surprises and stellar performances. Here are nine takeaways from the weekend:

Eagles of Death Metal know how to party. From the opening chords to the final notes, singer Jesse Hughes was all smiles as he conjured up a rock ‘n’ roll revival. The band hit the ground running thanks to being joined by Mastodon guitarist Brent Hinds.

* Taking Back Sunday continues to mature and take their music to new places. While they could have been relegated to a Warped Tour headliner, the band showed its worth on the biggest side stage, proving they deserve a spot on one of the main stages the next time around.

• French metal quartet Gojira and English punk rockers Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes led me to two conclusions. One, that Europe is clearly more innovative and interesting when it comes to breaking out of the metal mold. Two, that some of the bands on the smallest stages should have had a bigger spotlight.

Nothing More continues to take drum solos to new heights, literally. During the band’s previous tour, they used drum sticks on a bass guitar to create a rhythmic wall of sound. This time around, they played a “Scorpion tail” attached to the drum kit that lifted singer Jonny Hawkins up toward the lighting rigs. From there, the band played a heavy metal cover of Skrillex — but, surprisingly, it worked.

In This Moment put on the most complete performance. From start to finish, the band went through costume changes and involved theatrical elements to keep the crowd hypnotized. Check them out at the Fillmore in June.



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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Cody Jinks and friends rouse the sold-out Neighborhood Theater crowd

Posted By on Thu, Apr 27, 2017 at 9:57 PM

Cody Jinks, Ward Davis, Colter Wall
Neighborhood Theatre
April 26, 2017

Cody Jinks must have made quite an impression last September. In the fall of 2016, the country singer came through the Neighborhood Theatre as an opener for Whitey Morgan. Now seven months later, Jinks is selling out the theatre as the headliner. Named as a "Country Artist You Need to Know" by Rolling Stone, the sold-out tour stop in Charlotte also featured fellow Rolling Stone list-maker Colter Wall and Arkansas crooner Ward Davis. From the sing alongs and energy in the room all night, it could have been a co-bill of all three as rotating headliners. For all of the pop-country swill that's flooding the airwaves, Jinks, Davis and Wall prove there's still plenty of soul out there on the country landscape. Keep an eye out for any one of them the next time they're passing through town.


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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Things we overheard at the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Charlotte concert

Posted By on Tue, Apr 18, 2017 at 12:08 AM

Red Hot Chili Peppers, Babymetal, Jack Irons
Spectrum Center
April 17, 2017

The Red Hot Chili Peppers brought their legendary brand of punk rock and funk to Charlotte’s Spectrum Center Monday night as part of their 2017 North American Tour. The quartet has been going strong (with a few lineup changes) since its formation in 1983 and managed to pack every seat in the arena. The RHCP have a way of bridging the generation gap, as evidenced by the wide age ranges in attendance on Monday night. There were parents introducing their 10-year olds to the band that defined their young adulthood, older folks rocking out as hard as they did in their youth and high schoolers just discovering their discography.

With half of Charlotte seemingly in attendance for the big show, there was a lot to be heard:

One of the hundreds of concert goers swarming the concessions stands in an effort to escape Babymetal, the opening band’s, performance: “You guys in line for beer?...FUCK!”

A man in awe of the apparent uniform worn by a good portion of the crowd: “There’s flannel everywhere…”

Older man at the concessions stand, referring to all of the tweens and teens attending the show: “It’s like Disney World in here.”

Two millenials in their Target RHCP gear, greeting each other across the crowd: “Bro?!” “BRO!!”

A parent as they grudgingly coughed up the dough for their child’s souvenir: “$80 for a hoodie? Who do they think they are, The Beatles?”

A wide-eyed young man grabbing pizza at the concession stand “I feel like I’m in a white man’s Narnia.”

Man on a beer run: “Yup, that’s about right…four hundred dollars for one ticket and two beers.”

A mom talking about her children’s induction into the RHCP tradition: “We’re in the nosebleeds, but they won’t care. It’s their first concert.”


Setlist
Can't Stop
Snow ((Hey Oh))
The Zephyr Song
Dark Necessities
She's Only 18
Me & My Friends
Go Robot
Parallel Universe
The Power of Equality
The Getaway
Higher Ground
Californication
What Is Soul?
Under the Bridge
By the Way

Encore
Goodbye Angels
Give It Away

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Big Sean's performance should be on a bigger stage

Posted By on Sun, Apr 16, 2017 at 11:15 PM

Big Sean, MadeinTYO, Neisha Ne'shae
The Fillmore
April 14, 2017

There's a common theme running through live reviews of Big Sean's I Decided Tour — he should be performing in bigger venues. The excitement for the Detroit rapper started early and rarely waned once he hit the Fillmore's stage. Even openers MadeinTYO and Neisha Ne'shae got the sold-out venue's crowd quickly into the show. It could have been because of a Friday night concert, but it's more likely because Big Sean has had commercial success while maintaining a balance between moments of humility and bravado. His recent single "Bounce Back" has gone double platinum and he continues to earn the respect of fellow rappers. I wouldn't expect him to play in venues of this size for much longer.


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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Gogol Bordello provides relentless entertainment at The Fillmore

Posted By on Thu, Apr 13, 2017 at 12:02 AM

Gogol Bordello w/ In the Whale
The Fillmore
April 12, 2017

There's no warmup time when Gogol Bordello hits the stage. From the opening notes, the gypsy punk outfit rocks, rolls and offers a relentless party atmosphere. The band's nonstop energy is infectious and rarely wanes before the last notes ring out. Singer/frontman Eugene Hutz was drenched in sweat after only a few songs. Don't know the words to all 20+ songs the band offered? No problem. The groove never stops and neither did the dancing until the four-song encore was over. Gogol Bordello has been on my list of top 10 bands to see live for nearly a decade. Wednesday night's show simply reinforced that idea.



Setlist
Break Into Your Higher Self
Saboteur Blues
Not a Crime
Immigrant Punk
60 Revolutions
Oh No
Dogs Were Barking
Book of Caveman
Transcontinental Hustle
Immigradiada
Illumination
You Know Who We Are
Think Locally, Fuck Globally
Kathy Cruel
Start Wearing Purple
Mishto
Wonderlust King

Encore
We Did It All
Ultimate
Alcohol
Haro Foro

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Fillmore basks in excitement of Thursday reunion

Posted By on Mon, Apr 3, 2017 at 7:48 PM

Thursday, Basement, Touche Amore, Wax Idols
The Fillmore
April 1, 2017

As post-hardcore inspiration Thursday hit the stage, it wasn't immediately evident who was more excited — the band or the crowd. Having reunited after a five-year hiatus, the group was ready to charge through its catalog, while fans crowd surfed and sang along. A three-hour buildup to the group's first notes had the energetic crowd primed. The night started with a set by Wax Idols, featuring singer Hether Fortune (ex- White Lung) and their brand of post-punk. Touche Amore was more in the vein of what people were looking for on this night, and it didn't take long for a circle pit to start up. Basement, having themselves reunited a couple of years ago, offered a slightly more emo approach before Thursday hit the stage hot and powered through their set in an unrelenting manner.



Thursday setlist
Workforce
Otherside
Cross
Beyond the Visible Spectrum
Auto
Counting
Hole in the World
Signals
Jet Black New Year
This Song
Division St.
Sparks
Understanding in a Car Crash

Encore
War All the Time
Turnpike Divides

Basement setlist
Whole
Fading
Aquasun
Spoiled
4 U Da Moon
Earl Grey
Crickets
Brother's Keeper
Promise Everything
Pine
Covet

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Charlotte's Fillmore takes a trip with the Flaming Lips

Posted By on Mon, Apr 3, 2017 at 7:44 PM

The Flaming Lips, Clipping
The Fillmore
March 30, 2017

Riding on a unicorn. Tumbling across the crowd in an inflatable hamster ball. More confetti than a Super Bowl parade. Rainbows of LED lighting. Inflatable characters. Two encores. A giant balloon that read "Fuck Yeah Charlotte." There's no LSD needed at a Flaming Lips show because the entire performance is one massive trip. From the opening notes of "Race for the Prize" to the final sing-along of "Do You Realize?" frontman/singer Wayne Coyne never let up with his enthusiasm. Between the songs, the props and the lighting, the alt-rockers never fail to surprise or impress with their stage show. On Thursday night, it wasn't just another concert, it was a memorable event.



Setlist
Race for the Prize
Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt. 1
There Should Be Unicorns
Pompeii Am Götterdämmerung
What Is the Light?
The Observer
How??
Space Oddity
Feeling Yourself Disintegrate
The Castle
The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song (With All Your Power)
The W.A.N.D.
A Spoonful Weighs a Ton

Encore
Virgo Self-Esteem Broadcast
Silver Trembling Hands

Waitin' for a Superman
Do You Realize??

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