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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, 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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