Tag: arts and entertainment

Late Night with Saint Motel

| November 14, 2017 | 0 Comments
Late Night with Saint Motel

Photos by Leysha Caraballo. Standing atop a television on standby, flanked by two massive cameras and one enthusiastic trumpeter blaring just behind him, Saint Motel frontman AJ Jackson leaps across the stage like some figment of the imagination. Teleporting effortlessly from the massive retro television adorning the wall behind the band, to the dim-lit bar […]

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Oh Wonder Rocks the Neighborhood

| October 13, 2017 | 0 Comments
Oh Wonder Rocks the Neighborhood

While the Fillmore in Charlotte might be my go-to venue for concerts in the area, its standing room layout creating a more intimate atmosphere between performer and spectator, the same could be said about the Neighborhood Theatre in NoDa. Venturing into the area right outside of Uptown Charlotte Friday for a night of dynamic pop […]

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Foster the People tackle rock anthems and gun violence at the Fillmore

| October 4, 2017 | 0 Comments
Foster the People tackle rock anthems and gun violence at the Fillmore

Photos by Leysha Caraballo . Finding my way back at the Fillmore this month, as the alternative rock-pop outfit Foster the People rolled through with their ‘Sacred Hearts Club’ tour, I was treated once more to a satisfying night to remember. Pulling together not only the biggest hits off their third album, but also a […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Death Note’ runs its potential quickly out the door

| August 29, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Death Note’ runs its potential quickly out the door

From director Adam Wingard, who’s been steadily dipping his talents into the horror genre with his independent ventures in ‘The Guest’ and ‘Blair Witch,’ comes what’s been deemed as a dark fantasy thriller in ‘Death Note.’ While its fantasy elements are surely present, taking influence from the manga of the same name, the thrills never […]

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TV REVIEW: ‘Marvel’s The Defenders’ unites a superhero quartet worthy of its name

| August 26, 2017 | 0 Comments
TV REVIEW: ‘Marvel’s The Defenders’ unites a superhero quartet worthy of its name

From the dawn of Marvel’s reign on the streaming service of Netflix back in 2015 with the critically-acclaimed ‘Daredevil’ series, the studio of super-powered heroes and lighthearted big-screen action has since crafting one of their darkest and most compelling corners in their collective television series following ‘Daredevil.’┬áMoving quickly from ninjas and blind lawyers to the […]

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ALBUM REVIEW: Foster the People blend psychedelic pop with methodical lyricism in ‘Sacred Hearts Club’

| July 25, 2017 | 0 Comments
ALBUM REVIEW: Foster the People blend psychedelic pop with methodical lyricism in ‘Sacred Hearts Club’

Even as the summer quickly begins to sizzle away, the amount of impressive indie pop spooling from the speakers of the music industry seems to be never-ending. With Friday marking the release of yet another highly-anticipated alternative album in Foster the People’s third record, ‘Sacred Hearts Club,’ the summer of rocking pop anthems that is […]

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TV REVIEW: ‘Friends From College’ Season 1 – Cracking Lifeless Jokes in Familiar Breathing Space

| July 24, 2017 | 0 Comments
TV REVIEW: ‘Friends From College’ Season 1 – Cracking Lifeless Jokes in Familiar Breathing Space

As the streaming service known as Netflix continues to soar high with the majority of their original programming — from ‘Orange Is the New Black’ and ‘Narcos’ to more recent hits in ’13 Reasons Why’ and the numerous Marvel series — retaining popular acclaim, I wasn’t as hesitant as I probably should’ve been hopping into […]

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ALBUM REVIEW: Oh Wonder’s ‘Ultralife’ sends you in and out of love in the far reaches of space

| July 17, 2017 | 0 Comments
ALBUM REVIEW: Oh Wonder’s ‘Ultralife’ sends you in and out of love in the far reaches of space

While pop queen Lorde’s fluorescent follow-up with ‘Melodrama’ might have easily been one of my most anticipated pop albums of the summer, another artist I was eager to hear again was the London-based duo of Oh Wonder. Surfacing to instant global acclaim in 2014 with their self-titled debut, the duo of Josephine Vander Gucht and […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: Cross-cultural courtship and heart-warming hilarity meet in ‘The Big Sick’

| July 5, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: Cross-cultural courtship and heart-warming hilarity meet in ‘The Big Sick’

As struggling stand-up comedian Kumail (Kumail Nanjiani) stumbles his way through the trials and tribulations of becoming the next big thing in Chicago, one night on stage leads him to cross paths with graduate student Emily (Zoe Kazan). Though quickly dismissing each other after one night together, Kumail and Emily eventually begin dating, keeping their […]

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ALBUM REVIEW: Lorde makes a triumphant return with emotional, genre-defying ‘Melodrama’

| June 20, 2017 | 0 Comments
ALBUM REVIEW: Lorde makes a triumphant return with emotional, genre-defying ‘Melodrama’

When up-and-coming pop artist Ella Yelich-O’Connor — known to the world now as Lorde — entered the music scene back in Spring of 2013, there was no telling that this New Zealand-native would soon evolve into one of the industry’s most dynamic players. With her dramatic debut album, ‘Pure Heroine,’ taking the world by storm, […]

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ALBUM REVIEW: Fleet Foxes deliver heavenly, haunting, at times hesitant harmonies in ‘Crack-Up’

| June 19, 2017 | 0 Comments
ALBUM REVIEW: Fleet Foxes deliver heavenly, haunting, at times hesitant harmonies in ‘Crack-Up’

Ever-shape-shifting in sound and energy, and always weighted in deep and provocative thought, folk-rock darlings Fleet Foxes have captivated fans of the indie genre ever since their soothing 2008 EP, ‘Sun Giant.’ Quickly making a name for themselves with hymn-like hits ‘Ragged Wood’ and ‘White Winter Hymnal,’ and the guitar-strumming journey of ‘Mykonos,’ the Seattle-born […]

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ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Gone Now’ finds Bleachers exploring familiar but inspired territory

| June 10, 2017 | 0 Comments
ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Gone Now’ finds Bleachers exploring familiar but inspired territory

It was quite a surprise when I first heard Jack Antonoff, lead guitarist of the indie pop group fun. and former frontman of Steel Train, explode into his solo venture with 2014’s ‘Strange Desire.’ The first album released from his nostalgic pop outfit, Bleachers, ‘Strange Desire’ mixed strong summer hits with experimental pop to deliver […]

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EP REVIEW: Geowulf’s ‘Relapse’ is dream pop at its finest

| June 4, 2017 | 0 Comments
EP REVIEW: Geowulf’s ‘Relapse’ is dream pop at its finest

It was probably a dreary day in Charlotte, North Carolina, stressing over the next major curveball my first year in college might toss at me, when I discovered a little piece of summer magic in the song ‘Saltwater’ by the band Geowulf. Sun-drenched and passionately euphoric, the first song to be released from the Australian-born […]

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ALBUM REVIEW: alt-J’s ‘RELAXER’ is a dark, unsettling listen rich with ambition and hope

| June 3, 2017 | 0 Comments
ALBUM REVIEW: alt-J’s ‘RELAXER’ is a dark, unsettling listen rich with ambition and hope

“The song came out of nowhere.” It’s no surprise that when describing the fourth song on their newest album, RELAXER, the alternative rock band, alt-J, said the song was a product of the band simply messing around in the studio, stringing loose ends together to make something work. The same can possibly be said about […]

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