Wednesday, December 4, 2013
I've interviewed him several times and I always liked Joe and his music. Since becoming an independent artist he's released quite a bit of material on his own. Check it out here. Musically he's a soul singer and a rock singer and a piano crooner with a knack for writing Southern, country, and folk-based tunes. He's versatile in a way that I don't always know what to expect from him when I'm sent a new release, but I enjoy that lack of predictability. I think I once saw him cover the theme to "Fraggle Rock" at Neighborhood Theatre, for instance. But I may have dreamed that up.
Firstman returns for a hometown show with Meiko, 10 p.m. Saturday at NoDa's Evening Muse.
You can learn much more about Firstman's ups and downs from the "L.A. Weekly" story here.
(Photo from www.joefirstman.com)
Posted by Courtney Devores at 11:16 AM
Sunday, December 1, 2013
When I moved to Charlotte in 1994 Repo Records was a Plaza-Midwood fixture. In fact there were two Repo Record (the other Repo Cheapo) on Central Ave. and another on Tyvola Rd. At times the staff included Antiseen's Jeff Clayton and Joe Young (who worked at the Tyvola location) and former Tremont Music Hall owner/current Dish owner Penny Craver. The store's owner, Jimmy "Repo" Parker (who is still the driving force behind Repo) was practically infamous locally. The joint definitely had personality.
With the decline of traditional album sales, Repo closed its doors in 2005 and Parker continued to sell online. After eight years and a resurgence in vinyl sales, he's back in the brick and mortar business. The site is the former Heywood Sewing Center on Commonwealth about a mile from Repo's original spot on Central. No, it's not located along the Central Ave. strip, but the seclusion of a neighborhood has its advantages in my opinion. I doubt anyone will ask you to pay to park and you won't have to deal with the traffic. I can only imagine my excitement if I lived within walking distance.
In addition to LPs, cassettes, and CDs, the new Repo will carry collectibles, posters, t-shirts, lunchboxes, magazines, action figures, and stereo gear. It'll also carry new vinyl, specializing in reissues.
The store is dropping the "s" this time to avoid confusion with a store in Philadelphia that now holds that name. To check out the inside of the new store click here. It looks like it's jam-packed full of fun stuff. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday. It will stay open later (around 8 p.m.) Friday and Saturday and is closed Sunday.
(Photo courtesy of https://www.facebook.com/repo.record)
Posted by Courtney Devores at 11:05 PM
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Friday 8 p.m., Don Gibson Theatre, 318 S. Washington St., Shelby, $27.50, www.dongibsontheatre.com
The Greeville, SC-raised singer-songwriter best known for the `90s hits “Solitude” and “I’ll Be” (which was recently covered on “The Voice”) returns to Shelby’s vintage classic theater for the third Thanksgiving running.
Friday 9 p.m., Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave., $15, www.tremontmusichall.com
On its new album the envelope-pushing showmen of the New York’s theatrical industrial metal stalwart proudly carry the nihilistic, beat-driven charge that it’s wielded since the `90s when it helped ignite the growing, now influential, genre. With youthful industrial-tinged, metallic alt-rock oufit the Rabid Whole.
Tribute to Levon Helm
Friday 9 p.m., Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., $12-$15, www.visulite.com
Charlotte’s New Familiars were honored to open for the Band drummer/vocalist and renowned multi-instrumentalist in 2010. After his 2012 death it put together this local all-star tribute, which features the Midwood Horns, Jason Atkins, and members of Matrimony, Gigi Dover, and Chris Cook.
Friday 10 p.m., Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., $6, www.snugrock.com
The Tarheel crooner (formerly one half of Flat Duo Jets) is a rockabilly guitar icon in the underground heralded by Jack White, Cat Power, Neko Case and actor Anson Mount as an all-time favorite. He was the subject of a 2011 documentary “Two Headed Cow.” Hear what all the fuss is still about decades into his career.
Saturday 7:30 p.m., Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St., $17-$20, www.amossouthend.com
The four octave Savatage vocalist has spent the last 20 years with holiday hard rockers Trans Siberian Orchestra. He copes with the loss of Jon Oliva’s Pain guitarist Matt LaPorte on a new solo album that incorporates the last recorded work of his brother Criss Oliva, who died in 1993 car crash.
Saturday 8 p.m., Chop Shop, East 35th St., $12-$14, www.chopshopnoda.com
With anticipation high for its major label full-length release in 2014, the Charlotte-based band is staging a homecoming show (and its first at NoDa’s Chop Shop) that will be filmed, so join in loudly during the sing-alongs.
Monday 7:30 p.m., Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St., Sold Out, blumenthalarts.org
The Soundgarden frontman, whose band’s highly anticipated return to Charlotte was scrapped due to inclement weather during May’s Carolina Rebellion, returns for a much different “American Songbook” tour which revisits material from his varied incarnations.
Wednesday 8:30 p.m., Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave., $15, www.tremontmusichall.com
As the original vocalist/guitarist for the Stranglers, the British punk icon enjoyed 21 top 40 singles in the UK and Europe. Although not as well known in the states, he hasn’t lost any of his bite on his latest solo album, “Totem and Taboo.” It’s a mature, but raw record that doesn’t sacrifice urgency or intelligence.
Clairy Browne & the Banging Rackettes
Wednesday 7:30 p.m. McGlohon Theater, 345 N. College St. $14.50-$29.50, www.blumenthalarts.org
The Aussie soul outfit, who is recording its second album in Nashville, made a splash as the hot house band in a Heineken commercial but it's the nine-piece group's live show and flashy frontwomen - led by Browne - that are solidifying its reputation as a must-see act in the states.
Thursday 8 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $50, www.livenation.com
Following the June 4 release of its fourteenth studio album, “Super Collider,” influential thrash metal pioneers Dave Mustaine, Dave Ellefson and company are back to celebrate 30 years. With Fear Factory and Nonpoint.
Posted by Courtney Devores at 6:30 PM
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Tickets to One Direction's Where We Are 2014 tour haven't even gone on sale to the general public yet, but the group is already adding additional shows. Just 24 hours after announcing 2014 North American tour dates One Direction has added a second Charlotte show. In addition to Saturday the 27th, the British heartthrobs will play PNC Music Pavilion (previously Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre) Sunday, September 28. Tickets for both dates go on sale Saturday, Dec. 7 at Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, and online at www.livenation.com.
The North American leg kicks off in Toronto Aug. 1 and ends in Miami Oct.5. If you simply can't wait to see them in the flesh, the group is scheduled to appear on "Saturday Night Live" Dec. 7 and The CW's iHeartRadio "Midnight Memories" release party Dec. 9 (with an encore airing Christmas night).
Posted by Courtney Devores at 3:35 PM
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Tickets go on sale Dec. 7 at www.livenation.com, all Ticketmaster outlets, by calling 1-800-745-3000, or at the PNC Music Pavilion box office. Presale opportunities are available to Citi card members through its Private Pass Program starting today. Visit www.citiprivatepass.com for details. Another presale option will be available for those that sign up for a Facebook RSVP here. That presale starts Dec. 3.
The North American leg of the global Where We Are 2014 Tour currently kicks off in Toronto Aug. 1 and ends in Miami Oct.5, but expect additional dates to be announced.
Can't wait until September? One Direction appears on the Dec. 7 episode of "Saturday Night Live" as well as on The CW's iHeartRadio "Midnight Memories" release party Dec. 9 (with an encore airing Christmas night).
Posted by Courtney Devores at 9:43 AM
Monday, November 25, 2013
Friday's lineup includes Haynes' band Gov't Mule, an acoustic set from Allman and Haynes (pictured above), Keb Mo, the Phil Lesh Quintet, the John Scofield Uberjam Band, and Widespread Panic. Saturday's bill features Aquarium Rescue Unit, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Gov't Mule, Allman, O.A.R. Michael Franti, and Sco-Mule - a collaboration between Scofield and Gov't Mule.
The Xmas Jam is always party to special guests. Those include longtime participate Kevn Kinney (of Drivn' N' Cryin'), Marc Quinones, Mike Barnes, Randall Bramblett, Ron Holloway and Roosevelt Collier.
This year's show benefits Habitat for Humanity for the fifteenth year in a row. VIP passes and travel packages are sold out, but single-day general admission tickets are still available here.
Xmas Jam has also partnered with Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and Asheville Brewing Co. to create a signature, limited edition beer for the event - the 25th Anniversary Christmas Jam Session Ale. Chico, California-based Sierra Nevada is opening a brewery in nearby Mills River, NC.
(Photo by Anna Webber, courtesy of Press Here Publicity)
Posted by Courtney Devores at 6:50 PM
If you missed King's X's show at Amos’ Southend Saturday, then you missed seeing an artist sing through his pain, soldiering on through what had to be excruciating. I'm not talking about a broken heart either. Younger bands could learn a lot from King's X's 62-year-old singer and bass player Doug (aka dUg) Pinnick, who despite a ruptured hernia that will require surgery, gave Charlotte fans a full show. Two fans were overheard gushing about a set list that was "the best set list I've ever seen."
With his crew looking worried, Pinnick turned away from the crowd, addressed his pain and gathered himself between songs. The only part of the show that was cut short was the encore. It was then that his pain was truly evident. He said he couldn't sing and asked the crowd to. From a bar stool at the front of the stage he let the crowd carry the song - and what a crowd it was. Stacked with musicians and die-hard fans the audience not only out-sang pretty much any other crowd ever, it handled the harmonies too.
Pinnick, who was reportedly in shock, was rushed to the hospital following the show. He missed the band’s meet and greet afterward. Sunday’s show near Washington, D.C. was cancelled.
In July Pinnick underwent hernia surgery thanks to nearly 600 fans and friends who donated more than $26,000 to a GiveForward.com fundraiser to help pay for his operation. Pinnick, like many musicians, does not have insurance. Saturday wasn't the first time he's played through the pain. He’d postponed this summer's surgery because of the cost. According to UltimateClassicRock.com Pinnick’s health issues follow drummer Jerry Gaskill’s own tough year. He lost his home to Hurricane Sandy months after a 2012 heart attack. Read more about Pinnick’s situation and his upcoming surgery here and here.
Posted by Courtney Devores at 3:36 PM