Tag: Music

Multifaceted Mantras

| September 26, 2017 | 0 Comments
Multifaceted Mantras

Fade in. A stage, barren yet tempting, expands before you. The floor meets a screen, floating up towards a dark, forgotten ceiling. The large screen suddenly sparks to life, boasting blurred images reminiscent of some distant, delusional fever dream; or perhaps an obscure experimental film harboring a deeper meaning. Out of the corner of each […]

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Vans Warped Tour comes to Charlotte

| July 30, 2017 | 0 Comments
Vans Warped Tour comes to Charlotte

Every summer comes with the anticipation of a good time, and Vans Warped Tour is a sure fire way to keep the good times rolling. Warped Tour is a traveling alternative rock festival that began in 1995 and is currently the longest running musical festival in North America. It also happens to be the largest […]

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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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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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Indie Rock’s Mellow Revenge

| June 25, 2017 | 0 Comments
Indie Rock’s Mellow Revenge

What would one expect of a show headlined by an indie/roots Boston band? What could the demographic be? Drinks of choice? Smell? I set out to find these answers in true investigation style…by attending the show. June 23rd, 6:45pm: doors have been open for 45 minutes. People are milling around the general admission area, sipping […]

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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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A Dialogue to the Beat of a Drum

| April 20, 2017 | 0 Comments
A Dialogue to the Beat of a Drum

Perhaps it was Scottish percussionist Evelyn Glennie who said it best, when she said: “The thing about playing percussion is that you can create all these emotions…sometimes beautiful, sometimes really ugly…or sweet…as big as King Kong and so on.” With renowned band director and percussionist Rick Dior assembling his latest collaboration with the UNC Charlotte […]

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Red Hot Chili Peppers Bring Comeback Tour To Charlotte

| April 19, 2017 | 0 Comments
Red Hot Chili Peppers Bring Comeback Tour To Charlotte

Red Hot Chili Peppers (RHCP) makes a comeback tour at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, showcasing a mix of old and new songs from “The Getaway” album. Slowly enter the bass guitarist (Flea), lead guitarist (Josh) and drummer (Chad) as they riff off a funk/jazz melody to pump up the audience as they transition to […]

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What’s in a song?

| April 4, 2017 | 0 Comments
What’s in a song?

For 15 seconds, a song defines a player. A walk-up song serves to set the tone for a player’s at-bat, songs range from country to rap and everything in between. While the song is important, it’s more about getting into a groove for second baseman Brett Netzer. “Routine is a big part of baseball, having […]

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Music Faculty Impress in Spotlight Concert

| March 31, 2017 | 0 Comments
Music Faculty Impress in Spotlight Concert

Somehow, in my whole first year writing for the Niner Times, I had managed not to see a single show in the Rowe Recital Hall. I finally made the trip on Mar. 27 for the Department of Music’s Faculty Spotlight Concert. This concert was a part of the Faculty & Friends Concert Series. It featured […]

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