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Monday, February 9, 2015

First notes (2/9/2015): It's all about Beck and Kanye at Grammys

Posted By on Mon, Feb 9, 2015 at 10:46 AM

Editor's Note: First Notes is a weekly update of recent happenings in the world of music.

* Sam Smith won Grammys for Song of the Year and Record of the Year (among others) while Beck won for Album of the Year last night. For a complete list of winners, click here.

* Beck's win has gained the most attention — first for Kanye running up on stage right before he started his speech. Everyone assumed he would say Beyonce should have won, but he saved that speech for backstage. "Beck needs to respect artistry, he should have given his award to Beyoncé," West said backstage. "At this point, we tired of it. What happens is, when you keep on diminishing art, and not respecting the craft, and smacking people in the face after they deliver monumental feats of music, you’re disrespectful to inspiration."

* And then you have plenty of people who don't even know who Beck is, or why he won. Perhaps his win is evidence those people should do a little research on iTunes or YouTube.

* Here's a rundown of the best and worst moments from the show, according to Billboard. It seems like most people are talking about Hozier with Annie Lennox:

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Monday, January 5, 2015

The Avett Brothers on Austin City Limits

Posted By on Mon, Jan 5, 2015 at 4:40 PM

Austin City Limits featuring the Avett Brothers aired on Jan. 3, 2015. The band performed songs from their most recent album, Magpie and the Dandelion. In case you missed it, here it is (video expires on Jan. 31, 2015):

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Friday, December 5, 2014

57th Annual Grammy Awards nominees announced

Posted By on Fri, Dec 5, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Nominees have been announced for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards being held on Feb. 8, 2015. Sam Smith and Beyonce are each nominated in five categories with the announcement for Album of the Year set to be announced tonight.

Among the nominees are a few Charlotte connections:

* Marsha Ambrosius & Charlotte singer Anthony Hamilton were nominated for the song "As" under the Best Traditional R&B Performance category.

* Jay Joyce was nominated for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical category. Among the listed credits for Joyce is Charlotte band Matrimony's major-label debut, Montibello Memories.

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Friday, September 21, 2012

Local Traumatic singer appears on 'X Factor'

Posted By on Fri, Sep 21, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Julia Bullock, singer of the Charlotte pop-rock band the Local Traumatic, appeared on last night's episode of X Factor and sang a slinky, Gwen Stefani-esque version Foster the People's "Pumped Up Kicks." The competition/reality TV show is similar to American Idol, but on X Factor, the judges — Simon Cowell, L.A. Reid, Britney Spears (How is the queen of lip synching fit to judge a vocal competition?) and Demi Lovato — also mentor the singers.


Bullock was given four "yes" votes to move on in the competition — if she had only been given a nod by Britney Spears or Demi Lovato, we would have laughed, and Cowell's only in it for the money, but L.A. Reid gives some credibility to the process. Then again, the judges also seemed more focused on Bullock's image than her vocals, which have a similar cadence and vibrato to Stefani.

Of course, with Bullock moving on in the show, the future of the Local Traumatic now remains in limbo...

Julia Bullock, 18. Auditions Greensboro NC ~ The... by HumanSlinky

Here's the same song with her band:

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Avett Brothers on Late Night

Posted By on Fri, Jan 20, 2012 at 10:08 AM

The Avett Brothers were on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night to play a cover of Bob Dylan's "One Too Many Mornings". The song is featured on Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International — a 75-track, four disc set benefiting Amnesty International.

The Avett Brothers will release their followup to I and Love and You this year.

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Friday, January 6, 2012

Charlotte Symphony chorus director receives Grammy nomination

Posted By on Fri, Jan 6, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Scott Allen Jarrett, the Charlotte Symphony’s director of choruses and assistant conductor, received a Grammy Award nomination for "Best Choral Performance" as part of his performance with the Miami-based choral ensemble Seraphic Fire’s recording of "Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem."

The chorus’ performance of "Brahms’ Ein Deutches Requiem" debuted at number six on the Billboard Classical music charts last September. The recording, which uses Brahms’ own transcription for two pianos, features Jarrett as a pianist. He has been involved with Seraphic Fire since 2005 and maintains an active role within the ensemble as keyboard collaborator.

"I am so proud to be a part of such a fantastic project,” Jarrett said in a press release. “Seraphic Fire has grown over the years into one of the country's premier choral ensembles, and it's tremendously rewarding to know that our work is being recognized at such a high level."

Currently in his eighth season as director of the Charlotte oratorio singers, Jarrett is a Boston resident. He travels weekly to Charlotte.

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Avett Brothers win at Americana Music Awards

Posted By on Fri, Oct 14, 2011 at 9:45 AM

The Avett Brothers picked up their fourth Americana Music Award last night, winning the Best Duo/Group of the Year for the third time. They previously won the award in 2007 and 2010. In 2007, the band also won an AMA for New/Emerging Artist of the Year.

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Friday, September 30, 2011

Portugal. The Man makes TV debut

Posted By on Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 10:50 AM

Portugal. The Man, who will perform at the Neighborhood Theatre on Oct. 27, made their TV debut last night on Conan. The band performed its song "So American" from its album In the Mountain In the Cloud. Hey, it only took them six albums to get on national television...

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Bands pay tribute to Pink Floyd on late night TV

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 3:06 PM

All week long on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, bands are paying tribute to Pink Floyd.

On Monday, The Shins performed "Breathe."

On Tuesday, Foo Fighters teamed up with Roger Waters for "In the Flesh."

On Wednesday, MGMT played "Lucifer Sam."

On Thursday, Dierks Bentley performed "Wish You Were Here."

On Friday, Pearl Jam played "Mother."

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Jimmy Fallon vs. Zooey Deschanel

Posted By on Mon, Sep 19, 2011 at 3:08 PM

The other night on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, guest Zooey Deschanel (She & Him) was challenged to a music competition with the host. The game was simple — each person picks a song and then a musical instrument to perform the song on. The Roots try to guess which song is being played.

I thought for sure that Deschanel would have the upper hand, but Fallon is a musician in his own right. Check out the entertaining results...

Part One:

Part Two:

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