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Monday, July 16, 2012

Chuck Prophet brings San Francisco love letter to Charlotte (7/18/2012)

Posted By on Mon, Jul 16, 2012 at 12:42 PM

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Legendary proto-alt country singer/songwriter Chuck Prophet, who came to prominence as a member of the '80s Southern California Paisley Underground band Green on Red, has announced a last-minute tour stop in Charlotte. Prophet, whose latest album, Temple Beautiful, is a poignant homage to San Francisco, will play at the Double Door Inn on Wednesday, July 18.

Prophet and his current band, the Mission Express, pull out all the stops on Temple Beautiful, which crashes and slashes with searing old-school post-punk guitar-rock energy. Song-cycles such as this don't always work, but the singer's loving tribute to his adopted Northern California hometown doesn’t so much paint a broad picture of San Francisco as it offers little vignettes. Songs include the title track, Prophet's remembrance of late-'70s punk club The Temple, which was housed in a former synagogue and later Jim Jones’ notorious People's Temple religious cult; the Jay McInerney/Velvet Underground-quoting “White Night, Big City,” about the riots that came in the wake of the assassination of gay city leader Harvey Milk; and the twangy, Dylan-esque “Willie Mays Is Up To Bat,” which name-checks the storied S.F. ballplayer. Cumulatively, they add up to a bittersweet love letter, not unlike Lou Reed’s 1988 classic New York.

My impressions of Prophet’s new album are hardly unique. Music journalist Holly Gleason sums up her Paste magazine review of Temple Beautiful with the observation, “Prophet channels Reed’s pervasive urban edge without overwhelming his own voice.” I couldn’t agree more. This is a don’t-miss show!

Let Prophet take you on a tour of his San Francisco:

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Pre-sale: Portugal.The Man @ Neighborhood Theatre

Posted By on Tue, Jul 19, 2011 at 1:45 PM

This morning, Portugal. The Man released its first full-length album, In the Mountain in the Cloud. With live performances left and right (including a Bonnaroo performance on the back of a Mr. T Mardi Gras float), the indie rock group might be one of the busiest bands this summer. After playing in Chicago for Lollapalooza and a sold-out solo set, the band is touring the United States and will end in New Orleans in time for this year's Voodoo Experience.

Tomorrow, their October 27 show at Charlotte's Neighborhood Theatre goes up for pre-sale on their website. Buying ahead gets an early admission and a piece of art from frontman John Gourley. Friday opens up the sale to general admission.

Check out a streamed performance from the band tonight at 7:30 through Ustream.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Win Owl City tickets

Posted By on Wed, Jun 15, 2011 at 9:23 AM

You've probably heard of Owl City, but did you know that Adam Young, Owl City’s frontman, is also an accomplished photographer?

For this giveaway, you have to rearrange the pieces below to create one of his photos. Once solved, you can enter your e-mail address and be entered to win two tickets to see him live in Charlotte on Friday night. The contest ends on Thursday, so try it out now.

Good luck!

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Girl Talk brings the party to Charlotte tonight (1/25/11)

Posted By on Tue, Jan 25, 2011 at 12:16 PM

Gregg Gillis, aka Girl Talk, is in town tonight. If there are still tickets to his show at The Fillmore, and you're in the mood for a big party, you should get one. I'm serious.

A few years ago, Girl Talk performed at Bonnaroo. I didn't go. The next day, all I heard around the press tent area was "Did you see Girl Talk yesterday?"

Last year, I didn't make that mistake. A lot of photographers didn't. We all went to see Girl Talk and were immediately impressed by his energy, style and the crowd.

Within moments of hitting the stage, kids were jumping the barricade and getting on stage with him. While his laptops are covered in Saran Wrap to protect them from any bodily fluids, Gillis spends the night mixing songs, jumping around and dancing his ass off. So does the crowd.

If you aren't familiar with his music, check out this video:

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If you want to know how big of a party his live shows are, check this out:

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Black Flag Records crew invited to finish The Smoker's Club Tour

Posted By on Thu, Oct 28, 2010 at 3:59 PM

The crew from Black Flag Records; Dow Jones, A. Moss, Deniro Farrar and DJ Complete, were invited to finish out The Smoker's Club Tour after their set last night.

They opened for Curren$y, Big K.R.I.T & Smoke DZA in Wilmington on Tuesday and will knock out the last four dates of the show in Orlando, Fla., Miami, Fla., Norfolk, Va. and Richmond, Va.

Both camps got time to bond after spending an extra day in Charlotte just hanging out in the studio and going around town. While it's not entirely unheard of for good local openers to join guys on the road, it's another step in the right direction for the guys who've managed to do multiple dates with Nas, Damian Marley, Wiz Khalifa and others this year.

Congrats.

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El and back: DeBarge performs in the Q.C. Friday, Oct. 29

Posted By on Thu, Oct 28, 2010 at 10:25 AM

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If, like me, you’ve grown tired of hearing DJs spin the Notorious B.I.G.’s hip-hop hit “One More Chance,” you should check out the man who provided the musical foundation for this and other tunes: El DeBarge.

Over the years, rappers like Biggie and Rich Boy (of “Throw Some D’s” fame ... see video below) have sampled classic songs by El and the DeBarge family. But, as he battled drug addiction, the legendary vocalist pretty much disappeared from the spotlight. (In a recent interview, El told me: “It took me 22 years to get hooked on drugs and 25 years to get off.”)

Now, however, he’s back with a brand-new album (Second Chance), and a smooth new sound (According to El, Polow Da Don, the producer of “Throw Some D’s” that features a snippet from the beloved track “I Call Your Name” — by the first DeBarge family group, Switch — recently created some tracks for his new album. While in the studio El said to Polow: “I like what you did for Rich Boy. Now let’s see what you can do for me!”), which you can hear live when he makes a stop in Charlotte tonight to perform new, and vintage, material.

$35-$65. 7:30 p.m. CPCC’s Halton Theater, 1206 Elizabeth Ave. For more information, visit www.thesolkitchen.com.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Concert Announcement: Pete Rock & CL Smooth

Posted By on Tue, Sep 14, 2010 at 10:33 AM

Another big October show from The Sol Kitchen. Hip hop legends Pete Rock & CL Smooth will be in Charlotte on Saturday, October 16 at Amos' Southend at 8 p.m.

Probably best known for their 2nd album, Mecca and the Soul Brother, and the classic, "They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)" and "Lots of Lovin'," the duo combined horns, jazz and soul beautifully to create a catalog of material sure to be a dope live show.

Opening for them will be hip hop trio, Tanya Morgan, and 9th Wonder's Act Proof (Sundown + Enigma, not the Best of Charlotte, Best Local Band Actual Proof). Our Best Of winner for Best Local DJ, DJ DR will also be on the wheels.

It's an 18+ show. Tickets are $22 in advance. To get those visit www.thesolkitchen.com or www.amossouthend.com.

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Monday, August 30, 2010

CL All-Access: XV (Video)

Posted By on Mon, Aug 30, 2010 at 10:10 AM

Have you ever met one of those people that's just refreshing? Like how many rappers want their music to sound like, "if John Hughes made beats," sample The Pixies and cite Weezer as their major influence? Not many. I got a chance to catch up with the newest Warner Bros. recording artist, XV, moments after he finished his set at Tremont Music Hall on Aug. 18 and talked about his first record deal (less than 2 weeks after he signed it), the journey there and what's in store.

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Friday, August 27, 2010

Video: Backstage w/ Donnis

Posted By on Fri, Aug 27, 2010 at 12:40 PM

Before he took the stage at Tremont Music Hall last Tuesday, CL contributor, Mike McCray, caught up with Atlanta MC, Donnis, and talked about his upcoming projects, time in Japan and the military, and recording on the road. We also talked him into getting a Cook-Out tray before he left.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Big Boi tour announced, no Charlotte show

Posted By on Wed, Aug 25, 2010 at 3:10 PM

Rapper Big Boi announced dates for his Sir Lucious Left Foot tour today.

Starting tomorrow night in Atlanta, the tour goes through November and is a blend of amphitheaters and college shows with three Carolina dates. October 8 in Columbia, S.C. at the University of South Carolina, October 28 in Charleston, S.C. at Charleston Visitors Center and October 29 in Asheville for Moogfest.

Fans don't have to worry about just hearing new material, it's been confirmed that he will be performing Outkast hits dating back to 1994's Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik.

August 26 - Atlanta, Ga. - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

September 2 - Iowa City, Iowa - University of Iowa

September 4 - Atlanta, Ga. - Heineken Red Star Soul

September 5 - Atlantic City, N.J. - Casbah

September 6 - New York, N.Y. - Brooklyn Bowl

September 17 - Chicago, Ill. - Congress Theater

September 18 - Providence, R.I. - Brown University

September 22 - Arcata, Calif. - Arcata Community Center

September 24 - Las Vegas, Nev. - The Palms Casino

September 25 - Fontana, Calif. - Epicenter

September 28 - Atlanta, Ga. - The Tabernacle

October 1 - Bloomington, Ind. - Indiana University

October 8 - Columbia, S.C. - University of South Carolina

October 15 - San Diego, Calif. - UC of San Diego

October 23 - Seattle, Wash. - Showbox Sodo

October 28 - Charleston, S.C. - Charleston Visitors Center

October 29 - Asheville, N.C. - Asheville Civic Center (Moogfest)

October 30 - Houston, Texas - Tom Bass Park Amphitheater

November 12 - Chattanooga, Tenn. - University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

November 18 - Sydney, Australia - Fox Studios

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