Live Reviews

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 7, 2018

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.



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

Encore
Black Roses

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

George Clinton's still funking things up

Posted By on Sun, Feb 11, 2018 at 10:48 PM

George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic, Miss Velvet and the Blue Wolf
The Fillmore
Feb. 10, 2018

When George Clinton comes to town, you expect him to tear the roof off the sucker. Never one to disappoint, the Godfather of Funk and his typically massive entourage had the packed Fillmore grooving all night. While Clinton's four-hour marathon concerts are a thing of the past, the band didn't disappoint with two packed hours of funkin' music. Mixing in newer songs with classics, the entire crowd wanted the funk and got the funk. While Clinton found time to relax on a swivel chair on stage from time to time, he also had the energy to jump around and dance his ass off. May all of us have as much enthusiasm in our mid-70s.


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Sunday, January 28, 2018

The Sibling Rivalry Tour rocks The Evening Muse

Posted By on Sun, Jan 28, 2018 at 10:20 PM

The Sibling Rivalry Tour f. Hannah Wicklund and The Steppin Stones, The High Divers
The Evening Muse
Jan. 25, 2018

Hannah Wicklund's long, curly locks flow as freely as her guitar riffs. The 20-year-old singer/guitarist showcased talent beyond her years at the Charlotte stop of the sibling rivalry tour. Hannah Wicklund and The Steppin Stones opened the night with a blistering set of blues rock. Performing on the eve of the band's fifth album release (a self-titled album produced by Sadler Vaden of Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit), the trio gave the packed NoDa venue an earful of tunes from the record. The Steppin Stones ended their set joined by The High Divers for a rousing rendition of Tom Petty's, "Don't Come Around Here No More." The High Divers features Hannah's brother, Luke Mitchell. Giving off similar vibes of The Band, The High Divers were a solid compliment for the evening. Either band would have been worthy of catching, those at the Muse on Thursday night got a solid two-for-one bill.




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Monday, December 11, 2017

The Revivalists energize sold-out Fillmore

Posted By on Mon, Dec 11, 2017 at 11:08 PM

The Revivalists, Muddy Magnolias
The Fillmore
Dec. 10, 2017

Horns. Percussionists. Pedal steel. With a band full of rhythm and soul, it's no surprise that The Revivalists are quickly building a fan base around the country. The band's pop-infused rock 'n' soul had the sold-out Fillmore rockin' and rollin' for the duration of its 90-minute set. Credit that in part to opening act Muddy Magnolias who belted out plenty of soul of their own. The night's one-two punch proved that Sunday nights aren't always for staying in.


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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Bleachers rocks The Fillmore for a good cause

Posted By on Wed, Nov 29, 2017 at 10:18 PM

1065 The End Not So Acoustic Christmas f. Bleachers, J. Roddy Walston & The Business
The Fillmore
Nov. 28, 2017

Fresh off of multiple Grammy nominations for his work as a producer and singer, three-time winner Jack Antonoff's group Bleachers hit the Fillmore as part of 1065 The End's two-night Not So Acoustic Christmas series. While the band rocked a sold-out performance at The Underground back in June, the crowd seemed a bit less enthusiastic this time around. Perhaps we can blame it on a Tuesday night? While the half-packed Fillmore found moments of energetic sing-alongs for Bleachers, they were far less excited about J. Roddy Walston and the Business. The band played a fantastic one-hour opening set, but many in the crowd weren't familiar with their rock songs. Night two of NSAX featured X Ambassadors and The Aces. 1065 The End's Not So Acoustic Christmas continues to collect unwrapped gifts for Kids First of the Carolinas.



Bleachers setlist
Mickey Mantle
Good Morning
Shadow
Wild Heart
Everybody Lost Somebody
Hate That You Know Me
Wake Me
I Miss Those Days
Let's Get Married
Heroes
Rollercoaster
River
Foreign Girls
Mystery
I Wanna Get Better
Don't Take the Money

J. Roddy Walston & The Business setlist
Don't Break the Needle
I Don't Want to Hear It
Numbers
Take It As It Comes
Marigold
Same Days
Bad Habits
Brave Man's Death
The Wanting
Bleed Out
Sweat Shock
You Know Me
Heavy Bells

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Imagine Dragons remind fans of the power of music

Posted By on Thu, Nov 9, 2017 at 10:12 PM

Imagine Dragons, Grouplove, K. Flay
Nov. 8, 2017
Spectrum Center

Pop-rock outfit Imagine Dragons had only performed one song, "I Don't Know Why," before singer Dan Reynolds addressed the crowd. "There are people in this world who don't want us to be here right now," he said. "I'm not going to live my life in fear. And everyone here has chosen to enjoy music instead of living in fear." He thumped his chest as the crowd roared. As he held up a peace sign with two fingers, everyone in attendance was instantly reminded of recent tragedies at music events and the power we have as humans and music fans to create positive energy. From that point on, it was a night of sing-alongs and radio-friendly rock. The band even found a moment to pay tribute to Tom Petty with a cover of "I Won't Back Down." The night started with a short set by K. Flay and a thunderous performance from Grouplove, who included covers of Beastie Boys and David Bowie.



Imagine Dragons setlist
I Don't Know Why
It's Time
Gold
Whatever It Takes
I'll Make It Up to You
Mouth of the River
Yesterday
Start Over
Demons
Rise Up
I'm So Sorry
On Top of the World
I Won't Back Down
Shots (acoustic)
Amsterdam (acoustic)
Thunder
I Bet My Life
Believer
Walking the Wire
The Fall
Radioactive

Grouplove setlist
Welcome to Your Life
Itchin' on a Photograph
I'm With You
Remember That Night
Shark Attack
Ways To Go
Tongue Tied
Space Oddity
Sabotage
Colours

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

HIM thrills Charlotte on farewell tour

Posted By on Wed, Nov 8, 2017 at 12:20 AM

HIM, CKY, 3Teeth
The Fillmore
Nov. 7, 2017

It's the moment fans have been waiting for and dreading. Finnish goth-rock band HIM returned to Charlotte for the first time in 10 years on Tuesday night. The problem? It's a stop on the band's farewell tour. The crowd soaked up every note and sang along to every lyric throughout the night. Even though te band cruised through a packed setlist for two hours, it wasn't enough for the diehards. Maybe opening act 3Teeth will be right and the band will return for an anniversary tour down the road... even singer Ville Valo hasn't ruled it out. The night opened with industrial rockers 3Teeth before skate-rockers CKY finally made their Charlotte debut.



HIM setlist
Buried Alive By Love
Heartache Every Moment
Your Sweet 666
Kiss of Dawn
Sacrament
Tears On Tape
Rip Out the Wings of a Butterfly
Gonari
Soul on Fire
Wicked Game
Killing Loneliness
Poison Girl
Bleed Well
Heartkiller
Join Me In Death
It's All Tears
In Joy & Sorrow
Right Here In My Arms
Funeral of Hearts

Encore
??

CKY setlist
Intro/In HiFi
Sporadic
Flesh Into Gear
Attached
The Other Ones
Frenetic
HIFAB
96 Quite Bitter Beings
Close Yet Far
Escape From Hellview

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Halsey leaps into headliner status

Posted By on Thu, Oct 19, 2017 at 1:08 PM

Halsey
Spectrum Center
Oct. 17, 2017

On Tuesday night, Spectrum Center played host to singer Halsey’s first-ever headlining tour. She’s visited the city in previous years as the opening act for major players like Imagine Dragons, but this was the first chance for diehard Halsey fans to get more than a musical snapshot from the singer. They were treated to a 24-song setlist spanning an already impressive career, some songs of which were voted on by the fans themselves.

Halsey, or Ashley Nicolette Frangipane, got her career start in 2014 after releasing original songs on social media. She was signed by Astralwerks and toured with heavy hitters like The Kooks on the strength of her EP Room 93 and debut album The Badlands. Her young career was rocketed to new heights when she was featured on The Chainsmokers track “Closer” last year.

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Stately Rhiannon Giddens Captivates Charlotte With Her Music and Storytelling

Posted By on Mon, Oct 2, 2017 at 9:51 AM

Rhiannon Giddens
Neighborhood Theatre
Sept. 30, 2017

Rhiannon Giddens doesn't just perform, she lives and breathes the music. She brings a personal energy to every word she sings or note she plucks, and she sang and plucked many from her terrific new album, Freedom Highway, with its powerful and much-needed messages for today's Charlotte, North Carolina and United States of America. The Carolina Chocolate Drops front woman's vocals are stunning and full of life. Her storytelling is captivating. For two sets at the Neighborhood Theatre, Giddens enthralled everyone in attendance. And just as Giddens told the crowd she was happy to be back in North Carolina, it was clear her fans were thrilled she was back in Charlotte.


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