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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, September 21, 2017

Colter Wall, Tyler Childers prove country music still has life left

Posted By on Thu, Sep 21, 2017 at 10:59 PM

Colter Wall, Tyler Childers, Blake Berglund
Neighborhood Theatre
Sept. 20, 2017

Not all country has gone pop. While award shows and radio might have you thinking that country music has lost its soul, there's plenty of artists out there worth paying attention to. Colter Wall, who performed at the Neighborhood Theatre with Cody Jinks in April, returned on Wednesday night with Tyler Childers and Blake Berglund. The trio proved that talented singer-songwriters aren't an extinct species in modern country music. The co-headlining show packed the NoDa venue with a good portion of the crowd clearly there to see Childers. Fans sang along to every word of his nearly 90-minute set, including a handful of captivating songs he played solo to start it off. Plenty of people stuck around for Wall's baritone vocals. Keep an eye out for either of these guy's return trip to town. You don't want to miss them.


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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Magpie Salute smashes expectations

Posted By on Wed, Aug 16, 2017 at 9:55 PM

The Magpie Salute
Neighborhood Theatre
Aug. 16, 2017



If you walked into the Neighborhood Theatre on Tuesday night expecting to simply hear a Black Crowes cover band playing hit after hit, you were in for a rude, yet exciting, awakening. Sure, the former members of the Black Crowes played a good number of cover songs, but they were mostly off-the-radar tracks. Their set also included originals, a couple of Rich Robinson covers and a Marc Ford song. The end result was a sonically charged-up band that's forging down a path of its own. It's partly thanks to three talented guitarists, including Rich Robinson and Marc Ford, a trio of backup singers adding fantastic depth and the vocal lead of John Hogg (Moke, Hookah Brown). The 10-piece rock band cruised through a rock-heavy set that enticed the crowd with hints of Southern soul and blues. Sure, the Crowes songs are always nice to hear, but this outfit might just have solid footing on its own.

Setlist
No Speak No Slave
A Conspiracy
Cosmic Friend
Omission
Idle Time
Which Way Your Wind Blows
I Don't Know Why
Don't Say You Love Me
Better When You're Not Alone
Go Tell the Congregation
Walk Believer Walk
Rebel Music
Badge of Descension
Gone Away
Black Cloud
Josephine
Grows a Rose
Thorn in My Pride
Thick 'n Thin
Remedy

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Descendents satisfy every punk fan's dream

Posted By on Sun, Aug 6, 2017 at 9:56 PM

Descendents, The Bronx, Late Bloomer
The Fillmore
Aug. 4, 2017

Skate rats (like me) and punk music fans (also like me) have been waiting a long time for legendary punk rockers Descendents to descend on the Queen City. Needless to say, they didn't disappoint while playing plenty of crowd favorites. They were the icing on the cake for a night that was started with Charlotte trio Late Bloomer, a group that adds excitement to any bill they're on. The Bronx held up their end of the bargain in the middle. Singer Matt Caughthran is incessantly energetic and has a paradoxically shit-eating-yet-genuine smile which permeates the crowd into celebration.


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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Logic whips young Charlotte crowd into a frenzy

Posted By on Wed, Aug 2, 2017 at 9:46 PM

Logic w/ Joey Bada$$, Big Lenbo
Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
Aug. 1, 2017



"Peace. Love. Positivity. But also, no fuckboys allowed." Those hard and fast rules were set by Logic the moment he came onstage Tuesday night at the Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheater. It was a beautiful and odd sentiment. Beautiful, because there was such a nice vibe to the crowd. Odd, because most of his crowd consisted of underage white guys. Several times throughout the set, Logic would ask the crowd if they were ready to go home — and, in a call-and- response facilitated by Logic himself, they would scream back “Fuck no!” Interesting considering 80 percent of the audience appeared to be there with their parents.

Logic’s two-hour set consisted of a variety of songs from his mixtapes, Under Pressure and The Incredible True Story and his latest release, Everybody. Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, otherwise known as Logic, has created a rap legacy at just 27 years old. He released his first mixtape in 2009 before signing with Visionary Music Group, eventually landing a contract with Def Jam Recordings.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Clutch shines, Primus cruises at CMCU Amphitheatre

Posted By on Tue, Jul 18, 2017 at 9:54 PM

Primus w/ Clutch
Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
July 17, 2017



Kicking off their summer run right here in the Queen City, Primus and Clutch appeared like a great matchup of energetic tour mates. However, the balance just wasn't there. Clutch hit the stage running thanks to energetic frontman Neil Fallon. Fallon's vocals were spot-on and the singer commanded attention for the duration of the blues-rock band's 75-minute set. Primus followed with a 90-minute set of its own and while the alt-rockers extended jams and enthralled fans with a hit-heavy set, the overall performance felt flat. There was a time when the hits were hard to come by as bassist Les Claypool focused on a solo career. These days, with the reunited lineup, even Claypool's effortless bass playing feels a bit soulless at times. Guitarist Larry LaLonde continues to push the boundaries, but one new song isn't enough to entice longtime fans. While the band remains sonically solid, they need to breathe more joy into it and not look like they're in it for the paycheck.

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Elonzo Wesley brightens up the U.S. National Whitewater Center

Posted By on Sun, Jul 16, 2017 at 10:13 PM

Elonzo Wesley
U.S. National Whitewater Center
July 15, 2017

While a passing thunderstorm might have scared some people away, those who showed up for Elonzo Wesley's Saturday night River Jam session were in for a treat. While it was plenty humid, the rain was gone and the weather was cooler by the time the band took the stage. Not only that, the Charlotte band sounded fantastic. What started out as an indie-rock band called Elonzo some years ago has developed into more of a solo project by that band's singer/guitarist, Jeremy Davis. Davis still performs solo, but there's gorgeous musical and lyrical depth when the string band is present. A stand-up bass, fiddle and mandolin create solid sonic layers, while four-part harmonies only enhance Davis' personal and emotional lyrics. Cover songs blended in seamlessly with the band's originals providing an outstanding backdrop for the outdoor, riverside setting.


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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Rain doesn't dampen My Morning Jacket's thunderous performance

Posted By on Sun, Jul 9, 2017 at 10:33 PM

My Morning Jacket w/ Gary Clark Jr.
Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
July 8, 2017

Whenever My Morning Jacket comes to town, the rain finds a way to try and dampen the night's events. Once again, however, the crowd and the Kentucky rock band were undeterred. Sure, the show might have been delayed by 30 minutes, but everyone present was as energetic as ever throughout the night's performances. The night was started by a shortened, soulful set by Texas blues-rocker Gary Clark Jr. The guitar slinger was stunning in his Queen City debut, hammering the crowd with heartfelt riffs and lyrics. The headliners sparked the crowd from the first notes with fan favorite after fan favorite. A set-closing "Victory Dance" was followed by a five-song encore that left the crowd satisfied but always wanting more.



My Morning Jacket setlist
Mahgeetah
Compound Fracture
Off the Record
Spring (Among the Living)
I'm Amazed
Circuital
Golden
Tropics (Erase Traces)
Steam Engine
In Its Infancy (The Waterfall)
State of the Art (A.E.I.O.U.)
Victory Dance

Encore
Wordless Chorus
Evil Urges
Lay Low
Touch Me I'm Going to Scream Pt. 2
One Big Holiday

Gary Clark Jr. setlist
Bright Lights
Ain't Messin 'Round
When My Train Pulls In
Our Love
Travis County
Numb
Shake

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Dispatch serves up a stellar summer concert

Posted By on Sun, Jun 25, 2017 at 9:21 PM

Dispatch w/ Guster, Jake Shimabukuro
Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
June 23, 2017

While it typically takes bands a few songs to get warmed up, Dispatch had no problem hitting its stride just moments into the band's first song. With an audience full of backup singers, the indie-roots band fed off the crowd and cruised through a lengthy set of 18 songs. Look, we can't tell you why Dispatch isn't a household name, but a large Charlotte crowd could give you plenty of reasons to give them a listen. The band found plenty of moments to let loose for jams, spurring on the summer night. It was one that started with a short set by ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro. Guster's lackluster set was satisfying for fans and spotlighted by the band's efforts to get the crowd involved - including a brief jaunt into the crowd to take some selfies and swig some beer. The night, however, belonged to Dispatch.



Dispatch setlist
Here We Go
Be Gone
Open Up
Skin the Rabbit
Passerby
Painted Yellow Lines
Beto
Bang Bang
Flag
Flying Horses
Rice Water
Elias
Only the Wild Ones
Circles Around the Sun
Curse + Crush
The General
Bats in the Belfry
Out loud >Time (Pink Floyd) > Out loud

Guster setlist
The Captain
Happier
Doin' It By Myself
Come Downstairs and Say Hello
Amsterdam
Airport Song
Long Night
Satellite
Demons
This Could All Be Yours

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