A few photos from last night’s Futurebirds show at the Visulite Theatre. It had been a while since I’ve seen these guys and they killed it. I even think we’ve got a convert in blackoutcurtain who hadn’t seen or really listened to them all that much. Great show.

A few photos from Houndmouthat the Visulite Theatre in Charlotte on 3/6/14, their first show of their current tour. Great show, and highly recommended if they come anywhere near you.

jeffreyswindoll:

“Late Night”
Foals
Holy Fire

Foals are playing at the Neighborhood Theatre here in Charlotte with Surfer Blood on 5/1. Won’t you come with me?

Jeff Mangum @ The Neighborhood Theatre, 1/31/13

While I had been wanting to see Neutral Milk Hotel or Jeff Mangum for nearly 12 years, my buddy Susong had little to no exposure to either him or the band (save for my lending him In the Aeroplane Over the Sea a few years back). Despite the huge difference in fandom, I think it’s fair to say that Susong enjoyed the show almost as much as I did - that’s how good it was. With Mangum being as reclusive as he has been, who knows if I will ever get to see him again but at least I will always have that one night in January 2013 when I saw a cult hero sing some of my favorite songs from sophomore year of college.

Concerts of 2012

Saw a lot of great shows in 2012. Here they are in photos.

1. 2/28/12 - Shearwater - The Evening Muse, Charlotte, NC

2. 3/1/12 - Radiohead, Other Lives - Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA

3. 4/5/12 - Diplo, Chiddy Bang, Lunice - The Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte, NC

4. 4/6/12 - We Were Promised Jetpacks, Bad Veins - The Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte, NC

5. 5/12/12 - M83 - 9:30 Club, Washington, DC

6. 5/16/12 - Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes - The Fillmore, Charlotte, NC

7. 5/21/12 - Gogol Bordello - The Fillmore, Charlotte, NC

8. 6/8/12 - Bad Veins - Snug Harbor, Charlotte, NC

9. 6/12/12 - Of Montreal - The Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte, NC

10. 7/27/12 - Childish Gambino - Uptown Ampitheatre, Charlotte, NC

11. 8/25/12 - My Morning Jacket, Band of Horses - Uptown Ampitheatre, Charlotte, NC

12. 8/27/12 - Okkervil River - Visulite Theatre, Charlotte, NC

13. 9/5/12 - Foo Fighters - The Fillmore, Charlotte, NC

14. 9/6/12 - Wood Ear, Jkutchma & The Five Fifths, Deerhoof, Liars, Roman Candle (Hopscotch Music Festival) - Raleigh, NC

15. 9/7/12 - Jkutchma (solo), Zammuto, Built to Spill, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Zack Mexico, David Pajo, Yo La Tengo, The Mountain Goats, Killer Mike (Hopscotch Music Festival) - Raleigh, NC

16. 9/8/12 - Mount Moriah, Megafaun, The Roots, Danny Brown, Colin Stetson, Arnold Dreyblatt and Megafaun (Hopscotch Music Festival) - Raleigh, NC

17. 9/19/12 - Passion Pit - The Fillmore, Charlotte, NC

18. 10/7/12 - M83, Sun Airway - The Fillmore, Charlotte, NC

19. 10/31/12 - White Denim, Maps & Atlases - Visulite Theatre, Charlotte, NC

20. 11/4/12 - Kishi Bashi - The Evening Muse, Charlotte, NC

21. 11/17/12 - Some Army - Snug Harbor, Charlotte, NC

22. 12/15/12 - Mount Moriah - The Evening Muse, Charlotte, NC

Kishi Bashi, Tall Tall Trees @ The Evening Muse, 11/4/12

The Evening Muse is a perfect venue for both of these artists, who largely perform solo with the aid of loops. Tall Tall Trees is the experimental folk project of Brooklyn-based Mike Savino and while he does perform with a full band at times, this was a smaller solo tour with largely just him and his banjo (he was joined on stage by Kishi Bashi for a few songs). He fills out his sound nicely with the use of percussion against his banjo and a looping machine and is able to create some sonically interesting textures for his songs which are at their core simple folk songs. 

Kishi Bashi is a classically trained violinist who has played in Jupiter One as well as played in the touring bands of Montreal and Regina Spektor. Similar to Tall Tall Trees, he uses a looping machine fill out his sound with his voice and violin and also some beatboxing (to great effect). The crowd was really into the set and it didn’t hurt that it was also K’s birthday (Tall Tall Trees led the crowd in a rendition of “Happy Birthday” towards the end of the set). While Kishi Bashi is about to go on a bit of a short hiatus, he said he would be returning to Charlotte in the spring and I would urge anyone I know to attend with me to come see this true musical talent in person.

White Denim, Maps and Atlases @ The Visulite Theatre, 10/31/12

The Bonnaroo 365 Tour came through Charlotte last night with Chicago’s Maps & Atlases and Austin’s White Denim. There was also a comic from New York, but she is barely worth mentioning.

I knew nothing of Maps & Atlases going in but they were a nice surprise. Kinda math-rocky with some west African guitar thrown in while not sacrificing any melody. Also, the drummer was a beast. Definitely a band worth checking into more. Special shout-out to the bass player who rocked gingham and rolled-up khakis and snaked around his end of the stage the entire set.

Once White Denim came on, they immediately launched into a 15-minute medley of their own songs and over the next hour-and-a-half, the band effortlessly moved between scuzzy blues-rock, psychedelic, and punk. One thing I hadn’t noticed on the albums that really shone live was just how good lead singer James Petralli’s voice really is. The rest of the band was very tight as well. While I actually had to leave before their set ended (it being a work night and all), I left quite happy with my decision to venture out on Halloween.

White Denim tonight at The Visulite.

M83/Sun Airway @ The Fillmore, 10/7/12

While there were a few exceptions - an upgraded light show and “Kim and Jessie” (!!) - last night was more or less the same M83 set I saw in Asheville at Moogfest last October and in DC earlier this year. Nonetheless, they still brought it in their first ever show in Charlotte (and on a Sunday night nonetheless).

It was good to also catch a few songs from openers Sun Airway, a band from Philly who plays well executed dream pop with a minimal light show. Their second album Soft Fall was just released on the Dead Oceans label and I highly recommend checking it out. All in all, a great night of music.

More photos here.

M83 @ 9:30 Club, 5/5/12 on Flickr.M83 on Sunday! This will make 3 times within the past year.

M83 @ 9:30 Club, 5/5/12 on Flickr.

M83 on Sunday! This will make 3 times within the past year.

Okkervil River @ Visulite Theatre, 8/27/12

Meant to post these earlier in the week but three shows in 5 days kind of knocked me on my ass. Can’t hang like I used to now that I’m 30.

More photos here.

Okkervil River @ Visulite Theatre, 8/27/12 on Flickr.
Okkervil River came on very strong towards the end of their show tonight at the Visulite Theatre in Charlotte.

Okkervil River @ Visulite Theatre, 8/27/12 on Flickr.

Okkervil River came on very strong towards the end of their show tonight at the Visulite Theatre in Charlotte.

bandofhorses:

Alpharetta//Georgia

TONIGHT! So pumped, especially seeing as how there appears to be some Yim Yames and Ben Bridwell crossover action going on between the Band of Horses and My Morning Jacket sets.

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Of Montreal @ Neighborhood Theatre, 6/12/12 on Flickr.
I tweeted during this show that “[o]utside of The Flaming Lips this is the most bizarre concert I’ve ever seen.” And I fully meant it - behind several of the songs there were various short act plays of murder, sex, animal on animal violence, and more that I can’t remember now. And on top of that, lead singer Kevin Barnes had three costume changes, each outfit more bizarre than the next. If you get a chance to see Of Montreal live, run don’t walk to get tickets. You don’t even have to know the music - I barely did (and had only seen them once before, in 2000 or 2001) and Susong definitely didn’t (although he did say an interesting comment that they sounded how he wished Congratulations did). Full set of photos here.

Of Montreal @ Neighborhood Theatre, 6/12/12 on Flickr.

I tweeted during this show that “[o]utside of The Flaming Lips this is the most bizarre concert I’ve ever seen.” And I fully meant it - behind several of the songs there were various short act plays of murder, sex, animal on animal violence, and more that I can’t remember now. And on top of that, lead singer Kevin Barnes had three costume changes, each outfit more bizarre than the next. If you get a chance to see Of Montreal live, run don’t walk to get tickets. You don’t even have to know the music - I barely did (and had only seen them once before, in 2000 or 2001) and Susong definitely didn’t (although he did say an interesting comment that they sounded how he wished Congratulations did).

Full set of photos here.

Last Nite: Gogol Bordello at The Fillmore, Charlotte, NC, 5/21/12

In a word: fucking amazing. I didn’t understand any of singing the entire night, but it really didn’t matter. And I knew pretty much nothing about the band coming in, but seriously, see this band live if you get a chance.

More 2012 concert photos here.