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Monday, May 28, 2018

Fans leave Outlaw Music Festival disappointed

Posted By on Mon, May 28, 2018 at 10:02 PM

2018 Outlaw Music Festival
May 26, 2018
PNC Music Pavilion

Brandi Carlile dropped off the lineup. Then Elvis Costello dropped off. The Outlaw Music Festival at PNC Music Pavilion was holding on by the strength of its headliners — Sturgill Simpson and Willie Nelson.

So, when the set times were announced, it's no surprise the crowd was sparse for the day's opening acts, including Lee Mitchell, Horse Feathers and Old Crow Medicine Show.

As the night went on, the crowd got bigger as anticipation grew. Sturgill Simpson rocked through his set, winning over countless fans. More jam than country, his quartet pushed the boundaries of every song.

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

5 memorable moments from Carolina Rebellion 2018

Posted By on Sun, May 20, 2018 at 11:45 PM

Carolina Rebellion
May 4-6, 2018
Rock City Campground at Charlotte Motor Speedway

For the 8th year, Carolina Rebellion rolled into the Charlotte, NC area (one year at Metrolina Expo, one year in Rockingham, NC and the last six years at Charlotte Motor Speedway) with a multi-day metal extravaganza.

While numerous bands have played the festival multiple times, each year brings forth moments that stand above the rest. If you weren't at this year's three-day event, here's the top 5 moments you missed:


1. The Fever 333 brought the politics of Rage Against the Machine with the energy of a F5 tornado to Carolina Rebellion. Singer Jason Aalon Butler made a name for himself with his previous band, letlive, but The Fever 333 brings the fury to a new level. The band performed from the middle of the circle pit, did their best to tear up the stage (literally) and Butler even dragged the entire drum riser a few feet on his own. The band's 30-minute set on Sunday was the highlight of the entire festival.

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Odesza brings the beats to CMCU Amphitheatre

Posted By on Sun, May 13, 2018 at 6:57 PM

Odesza, Kimbra, Kasbo
Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
May 10, 2018

While there are plenty of big-name DJs playing smaller clubs around Charlotte, few can sell out one of the Queen City's larger music venues. Odesza packed the Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre on Thursday night for a packed house of 5,000. It was a great night - for music, for weather, for having a great time. Fans danced all over the venue as the EDM duo brought plenty of lights and energy to make it memorable. Strong sets by openers Kasbo and Kimbra set the tone early. Kimbra, whose style and singing are reminiscent of Bjork, is quickly making a name for herself and should be watched closely. As for Odesza, they were mostly silhouettes against an intense lighting backdrop  — but the visuals were no less stunning.

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Monday, April 30, 2018

Kate Nash's energetic pop lights up The Underground

Posted By on Mon, Apr 30, 2018 at 9:29 PM

Kate Nash w/ Miya Folick
The Underground
April 29, 2018

Indie-pop singer Kate Nash teased the audience on Sunday night with a quick glimpse of her hit single, "Foundations." It quickly energized the crowd before she cut song short and cruised into the rest of her set. If you only wanted to hear the hit single, you'd have to wait until the end of the night to hear the rest. In the meantime, you were given a dose of her songs, old and new, while Nash danced around the stage and kept the small crowd entertained. Sure, Beck was playing out back at the Amphitheatre, but Nash captivated her own audience just the same. Opener Miya Folick belted out her own set of tunes and impressed with her vocal range. Don't miss this dynamic duo's next tour stop.



Kate Nash setlist
Play
Foundations Tease
Mouthwash
Life in Pink
Sister Acoustic
Dickhead
Agenda
We Get On
Mariella
Twisted Up
Musical Theatre
Nicest Thing
Always Shining
Hate You
Foundations
Merry Happy

Encore
Today
Birds

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Twiddle kicks out the jams at The Underground

Posted By on Mon, Apr 30, 2018 at 9:08 PM

Twiddle w/ Midnight North
The Underground
April 28, 2018

For Twiddle's Mihali Savoulidis, the guitar isn't just a musical instrument. It's an extension of his body. Twiddle may be new on the jam scene but Savoulidis offers effortless playing that's impressive to watch and hear. Intricate melodies and intense emotions come through in every note. Sure, there's occasional noodling, but it's few and far between. Most often, he's serving the band's catchy rock songs. The band's Charlotte debut was impressive - though they should be playing bigger venues. The night's opener, Midnight North, offered solid rock vibes. The band is fronted by the son of the Grateful Dead's Phil Lesh, Grahame Lesh. Catch either or both the next time they're in town.


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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Wolf Alice delights, energizes Charlotte crowd

Posted By on Wed, Apr 18, 2018 at 10:23 PM

Wolf Alice, The Big Pink
Visulite Theatre
April 17, 2018

British rock quartet Wolf Alice rolled into Charlotte with little fanfare but a whole lot of heart. It took a few songs to get warmed up, but once they did, singer/guitarist Ellie Rowsell and company thrilled the packed Elizabeth venue. Not much for banter, the band let their songs do all the talking, conjuring up elements of '90s alt-rock while driving emotions with vocals. It didn't matter if you heard the songs before or not, Wolf Alice's music commands attention and conjures up feelings without the emo umbrella. I'm not sure if the band's played Charlotte before, but it's a band you don't want to miss the next time you get a chance.



Setlist
Heavenward
Yuk Foo
You're a Germ
Your Love's Whore
St. Purple and Green
Don't Delete the Kisses
Planet Hunter
Bros
Lisbon
Silk
Beautifully Unconventional
Formidable Cool
Sadboy
Space & Time
Moaning Lisa Smile
Victims of a Life
Fluffy

Encore
Blush
Giant Peach

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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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