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PREVIEW: Slightly Stoopid will bring summer vibes to fall

Fall is in full swing, but that doesn’t mean you have to let go of summer, reggae-beach vibes just yet.

This Sunday, Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m, Slightly Stoopid will make a stop at the Fillmore Charlotte while on their Just Passing Through tour. Their latest album, “Everyday Life, Everyday People,” was released this past July and comes three years after their “Meanwhile … Back at the Lab” album.

Slightly Stoopid has been a powerhouse in the reggae-fusion scene for over 20 years. They effortlessly cross and combine genres, from blues and hip hop to reggae and rock. “Everyday People,” a song from their newest album, perfectly exemplifies those intersections.

Some of their classics include “Collie Man,” “2am” and “Wiseman.”

HIRIE, a female-fronted reggae-pop band, will open and set the tone for the night.

Slightly Stoopid not only uses the traditional guitar-bass-drums combo, but adds another dimension with Karl Denson on the saxophone and C-Money on the trumpet. Together, these sounds are made for live music.

If you’re looking for a way to decompress as the semester inches closer to finals, you can buy a ticket at livenation.com. All tickets are general admission and $40.50 after tax.

Featured image courtesy of Slightly Stoopid.

Carolina Rebellion 2018 – Bringing the best of rock to Charlotte

The three-day rock music festival packed a punch, and I’m not just talking about Five Finger Death Punch. Some of rock’s biggest names made appearances at the festival, including Alice in Chains, Muse, and Breaking Benjamin. Throughout the weekend, over 60 bands performed on four stages.

The festival had the perfect mix of rock genres, ranging from post-hardcore to alternative, leaving every concert-goer with a taste of something they may not have heard before. It was truly an experience for me to listen to UnderOath, a post-hardcore band that I wouldn’t have listened to on my own. Although their style of music isn’t something I typically go for, I appreciated their stage presence and strength as a band.

Friday night started off strong with Stone Temple Pilots, a classic 90’s rock band. Jeff Gutt, their official lead singer since last November, sang some of STP’s most beloved songs, like “Plush” and “Creep.” The entire crowd sang along and there was a true sense of nostalgia floating in the air.

Stone Sour came on after and played an incredible set. During the first song, lead singer Corey Taylor seemed a little distressed – pulling on his leg every so often and grimacing through verses. By the end of the second song, he filled everyone in on what was going on. He had a possible tear in his calf muscle, but that didn’t stop him from singing the entire set. With a couple stretches here and there, Taylor pushed through the pain to provide for his fans.

Shine Down and Alice in Chains rounded up the night with two strong performances. The amount of people in the crowds was astonishing. Brent Smith of Shinedown, along with Eric Bass on piano/bass and Zach Myers on guitar, manned the stage like no one else. I could tell that they have a chemistry as band members and a real bond off the stage.

Alice in Chains, a pioneer of the grunge rock scene, ended the first night of the festival. Their sound is as strong as ever with their lead of 12 years, William DuVall. They opened up hard with “Them Bones” and ended with a favorite, “Rooster.”

Day two was chalk-full of strong performances from bands like Asking Alexandria, In This Moment, Five Finger Death Punch, Breaking Benjamin, and Godsmack.

Although a day late, considering it was May 5, concert-goers didn’t forget to represent Star Wars – May the fourth be with you – at the festival. People came decked out in full Chewbacca gear, light sabers, and more. It truly added to the upbeat nature of the festival.

The last day of Carolina Rebellion had a little bit of a different tone than day one and two. The music leaned alternative and less heavy. Bands like Incubus, Billy Idol and Muse showed that in their sets.
Incubus played a mix of their newer songs off of their album, “8,” with some of their older work that keeps the crowds coming every time they tour. “Wish you were here,” “Drive,” and “Stellar” are three that have become anthems for Incubus.

Muse finished off the night on the main stage with a range of songs that every fan could relate to.

Throughout the weekend, it was clear that this festival is about letting go, having fun and rocking out. With four stages going from about noon until 11 p.m., it was a chance to listen to new music, yet also reminisce on favorites from the 90’s and early 2000’s. Carolina Rebellion has made a real impression on Charlotte, and I can’t wait to see what they’ll bring to the table next year.

Photos by Leysha Caraballo and Pooja Pasupula.

Party for the Planet

Photos by Chimena Ihebuzor.

Retroactive: The Pop Culture that Shaped Us

Photo courtesy of Nickelodeon.

Jeffrey Kopp (A&E Editor)

Movie: “Tarzan” (1999) – This is a film that hits me in the feels every single time that I watch it. The soundtrack by Phil Collins adds so much emotional depth to the movie; “Two Worlds” and “You’ll Be in My Heart” are the definite standouts. This is by far my favorite Disney movie of all time; just thinking about it makes me want to find my copy of the VHS tape and take a trip back to the jungle.

Song: “Hey Ya!” (2003) by OutKast– The lyric, “shake it like a Polaroid picture” has been repeating on a loop in my head since 2003. The catchy beat immediately transports me back to the simpler times of elementary school; the deeper meaning behind the song flew over my head as a child, but I’ve been able to appreciate it more as an adult. This is a song that has stood the test of time and is definitely one of my all time favorites.

TV Show: “SpongeBob SquarePants” (1999-Present) –  Every generation has something that culturally defines them. In the case of millennials, that is Nickelodeon’s most iconic cartoon. I have so many fond memories of watching “SpongeBob” with my parents and friends, laughing at the absurd scenarios and jokes that have evolved into memes in recent years. Without any doubt, “Pizza Delivery” and “Band Geeks” are two of the greatest episodes in television history.

“Breakaway” album cover courtesy of Walt Disney/RCA

Stephanie Trefzger (Assistant A&E Editor)

Movie: “Twister” (1996) – Granted, I only saw this movie once as a child, but it probably had the biggest impact on my life.  It scared the absolute hell out of me, and I had nightmares about tornadoes ripping through my house. In an attempt to assuage my fears, my mother encouraged me to learn more about tornadoes, and suddenly I was obsessed with weather.  Despite the science in the movie being outdated, Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton inspire a love and fascination for storm chasing in me to this day, and it has been my dream job for the better part of my life. If only my mother would let me.

Song: “Breakaway” (2004) by Kelly Clarkson – I love drama, and this song, as well as the album by the same name is full of it.  When I was in the car and I heard the opening notes, I would immediately stare out the window like Clarkson describes and acted like I was in a music video.  This album is also part of the reason I have trust issues; upon its release in 2004, it was the only Christmas gift I asked for from my parents. My dad, however, bought 2003’s “Thankful.”  While this is an excellent album, I felt disappointed and betrayed.

TV Show: “Shark Week” (1988-Present) – Ok, so this is more an annual event than an actual TV show, but I got super hyped for it every year (and still do).  Maybe it’s because I’m a Pisces, but I have always loved the ocean, and after my disillusionment with dolphins, I became enamored with sharks instead. Due to my obsessive nature, I learned and accumulated enough knowledge about them over the last few years that I am able to take the fun out of any shark movie fairly quickly.

Photo courtesy of Paramount Home Entertainment.

Hunter Heilman (Editor-in-Chief)

Movie: “She’s the Man” (2006) – At the time, “She’s the Man” was basically the funniest film I had ever seen in my entire life. This 2006 teen adaption of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” was Amanda Bynes at her most charming, the 2000s at their most iconic, and teen comedies at their most genuine. Everything about this movie is peak nostalgia and perfect memories of a much simpler time.

Song: “The ABBA Generation” (1999) by A*Teens– There is no album I have listened to and loved more in my life than Swedish pop group the A*Teens’ 1999 debut album, The ABBA Generation. Comprised of nothing but ABBA covers, I was exposed to the magic of both teen pop and disco music all in one go. Personal favorites of the album are “Mamma Mia,” “Voulez Vous” and “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight),” the latter of which still remains my favorite music video of all time. I love this album so much I can get emotional over it.

TV Show: “What I Like About You” (2002-2006)– I had a bit of a thing for Amanda Bynes when I was younger, as I simply found her to be the funniest person working in media targeted to people my age. I didn’t discover “What I Like About You” until shortly after it was canceled in 2006, but like “She’s the Man,” it showcased Bynes’ talents as more than just a child star. The chemistry in the hilarious cast and absolute lunacy of much of the show’s plot only cemented it more as my favorite sitcom ever.

Photo courtesy of Disney.

Kathleen Cook (Sports Editor)

Movie: “The Lion King” (1994)– I loved the songs and the characters – Timon was my favorite. I’ve actually never watched the scene where the dad dies though.

Song: “Come in Eileen” (1982) by Dexys Midnight Runners– I thought it was actually “Come on Kathleen,” because my mom would always sing “Kathleen.” I was heartbroken when I first heard the song without my mom singing it and realized it was Eileen and not Kathleen.

TV Show: “Dragon Tales” (1999-2005)– I had the stuffed animals for all of the characters and had a dance routine I would do to their song.

Album art courtesy of Universal Records.

Alex Sands (News Editor)

Movie: “Beethoven” (1992)– I had three St. Bernards growing up and they all were as crazy as Beethoven in this film. They’re big slobbery messes with really big hearts and lots of love. The film is not only a nostalgic early 90s film, but it hits home.

Song: “Leave (Get Out)” (2004) by JoJo– I recently rediscovered this banger song. The only problem is the real version is not on Spotify. So whenever I want to listen to it in the car, I force myself to listen to D-Money’s remix. You may ask “Who is D-Money?” I don’t know, but he should stop rapping.

TV Show: “Lizzie McGuire” (2001-2004)– I would like to give a shout out to Bitmoji for fulfilling my childhood dream of having my own animated version of myself like Lizzie McGuire. I was a die-hard Hilary Duff fan when I was kiddo and watched the episodes over and over. To this day, I still ship her and Gordo.

Photo courtesy of Nickelodeon/Viacom.

Josh Worley (Video Editor)

Movie: “Gone With The Wind” (1940)– Growing up, I first remember watching this movie with my grandma. The movie takes place in a time period that I am most fond of from a historical perspective.

Song: “Africa” (1982) by Toto– Whoever says it’s not, can choke.

TV Show: “Hey Arnold!” (1996-2004)- The greatest cartoon to ever grace this universe. There were deep moments that, when you were a kid you didn’t really think about, but they hit home now.

Photo courtesy of Jive Records.

Hailey Turpin (Lifestyle Editor)

Movie: “Peter Pan” (1953)– I wanted to be apart of Peter’s Lost Boys and I would jump off the couch to try to fly like him. I couldn’t get enough of it.

Song: “Oh Aaron” (2001) and “Not Too Young, Not Too Old” (2001) by Aaron Carter– My sister and I religiously listened to Aaron Carter back in the 2000’s. I have no other words besides talented, brilliant, incredible, amazing, show stopping, spectacular, never the same, totally unique.

TV Show: “The Fairly Odd Parents” (2001-Present) and “My Life As A Teenage Robot” (2003-2009)– As an elementary school kid I was very particular about the shows I watched, and those two were the most interesting to me! The graphics and storylines were so good, and still are. I will always love Chip Skylark.

Photo courtesy of Cartoon Network.

Pooja Pasupula (Photo Editor)

Movie: “Toy Story” (1995)– While Toy Story is not my number one favorite Pixar movie, it’s the movie that always reminds me of my childhood and brings me the most nostalgia. This movie was always playing on every TV when I was a child and there are so many iconic characters and scenes encased in it. It made childhood seem like the best thing ever to be apart of. The whole series is centered around the inescapable circumstance of growing up, and being hit with that inevitability as a child was always hard for me. The whole series brings back memories of clinging to childhood and not wanting things to change.

Song: “… Baby One More Time” (1998) by Britney Spears– A timeless classic that never fails to make me smile or sing along. I was never exposed to music as a child and when my aunt found out she started to play Spears’ album around the tiny townhome she shared with my family. It’s the first song I have any memory of. At the age of four, I had no concept of what dancing was, so I would skip around our townhome to the beat of this song as my way to jam along to it. Hearing this song throws me back to that memory and the nostalgia of what the 90’s/early 2000’s era felt like.

TV Show: “Teen Titans” (2003-2006)– I’ve always been enamored with superheroes and watching this show as a child was what sparked my adoration for them. While Wonder Woman and Batman have been my core favorites for most of my life, the Teen Titans were my first love. I used to feel very vulnerable and helpless as a child, but watching teen superheroes kick ass gave me hope to one day be as strong and brave as they are. They were who I looked up to and idolized.

Photo courtesy of New Line Cinema/Warner Home Video.

Leysha Caraballo (Photo Editor)

Movie: “Elf” (2003)– Watching “Elf” every Christmas season with my family was one of my favorite traditions growing up. Will Ferrell is so over the top ridiculous, as usual, but in a heartwarming way in this movie.

Song: “Numb” (2003) by Linkin Park– Linkin Park’s “Numb” showed me that music didn’t have to fit the pop music mold. I may have been a bit melodramatic, but I connected to the sound and message of the music. They were my absolute favorite band throughout my adolescence.

TV Show: “That’s So Raven” (2003-2007)– This show never got old for me, to the point where I watched multiple all-day marathons. Raven had sass, attitude and confidence – all of my favorite things!

Photo courtesy of Nickelodeon/Viacom.

Mia Shelton (Opinion Editor)

Movie: Seventeen Again” (2000)– Not the one with Zac Efron, but the one with Tia and Tamera Mowry. I loved this movie because it was a unique and fun concept; grandparents using soap that their grandson accidently spilled his science experiment on that makes them seventeen again was fun to watch. I also love Tia and Tamera and seeing them on television and acting started my passion for acting. Also the grandfather is very cute when he turns seventeen.

Song: Circle of Life” (2004) by the Disney Channel Circle of Stars– I loved it because it had all of my favorite actors and actresses sing in the song like Raven Symone, Christy Carlson Romano, Hilary Duff, Tahj Mowrey and many more. Hearing their unique voices combined on one of Disney’s greatest song from its most notorious movie was very moving and fun to sing along to.

TV Show: Kenan and Kel” (1996-2000)– I loved this show, because they always made laugh. Kel’s obsession with orange soda and Kenan’s elaborate plans to make money made my stomach hurt from laughing.

Photo courtesy of Reprise Records.

Emily Hickey (Managing Editor)

Movie: “The Wizard of Oz” (1939)– When I was four, I watched it every day for a year and insisted that my mom dress me up in my Dorothy dress and put my hair in the two braids. Every time I watch it now I am reminded of my childhood love for the movie and for the amazing soundtrack (that I still know by heart).

Song: “Landslide” (1975) by Fleetwood Mac– My aunt used to burn her favorite songs onto CD’s and give them to my mom, and as soon as my sisters and I listened to “Landslide,” it was immediately our favorite song and has been throughout our lives. When I was three, I put on a performance of the song in front of all of my extended family.

TV Show: “Ghost Whisperer” (2005-2010)– Starting in elementary school, every Friday my dad and I would watch the new episode aired at 8 p.m. Despite after a few years it scared me too much to continue watching it, it’s still my favorite because of the time spent with my dad.

Photo courtesy of Lucasfilm/20th Century Fox.

Daniel Head (Technical Director)

Movie: “Star Wars: A New Hope” (1977)– Duh! I watched this movie and fell in love with the “Star Wars” universe. I was obsessed with the idea of intergalactic travel and warfare, and loved the characters. Everything about the movie was great to me, and I’m still obsessed with “Star Wars.”

Song: “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” (2005) by Panic! At the Disco– I loved the sound song, and pretty much all of my friends did too. Just singing along with all my friends makes it memorable.

TV Show: “Stargate SG-1” (1997-2007)– I grew up with it and, again, I was obsessed with science fiction and the characters. I think that just the depth of the characters and the universe was enough to make me look forward to next week’s episode; to see some awesome new world, new alien race, or new piece of technology. A good plot was just the cherry on top for me back then.

Photo courtesy of Disney.

Angie Baquedano (Assistant Lifestyle Editor)

Movie: “Hercules” (1997)– I love Disney and I practically grew up on it, and when they introduced the movie they brought in my love for Greek mythology. The music was exceptional and I had the BIGGEST crush on Hercules (or should I say HUNK-ules).

Song: “Jailhouse Rock” (1957) by Elvis– I’ve had this really weird obsession with him since I was a kid. I can’t explain why or how this happened, but it did and I’m actually his wife, so…surprise.

TV Show: “Rocket Power,” (1999-2004) “Cat Dog” (1998-2005) and “Hey Arnold!” (1996-2004)– It might be impossible for me to choose just one for this. Apart from being a Disney kid, I was definitely a Nickelodeon child.

Album art courtesy of RCA Records/Columbia Records.

Madison Dobrzenski (Assistant Opinion Editor)

Movie: “The Ultimate Christmas Present” (2000)– I loved this movie so much as a kid, and to this day I can’t really explain why. I think it’s just because I also didn’t experience a lot of snow, so I empathized with them? I also loved anything Brenda Song was in when I was a kid, so that might have had something to do with it.

Song: “Girlfriend” (2007) by Avril Lavigne– I used to blare this song with my friends when I was in elementary school, despite being absolutely no one’s love interest, because we were like 12. I can still throw down to it to this day.

TV Show: “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” (2005-2008)– I loved this show for a lot of reasons. One, there was a smart character with the same name as me. Secondly, I always felt “different” because the show paints Zack out to be the cute and cool twin, but I had a crush on Cody.

Photos: Niner Central is now open

Niner Central is a single location in the Cone building for multiple services including financial aid, student accounts, billing and tuition, and more.

Photos by Darius Simms.

International Women’s Day

Photos by Darius Simms.

Light Rail Grand Opening

Photos by Darius Simms, Chimena Ihebuzor and Jordan Gorski.

Sex Week: Cookies and Condoms

Sex Week UNC Charlotte held an informative event about condoms on Friday, February 23, 2018.

Photos by Chimena Ihebuzor.

311 Leaves a Lasting Impression on Charlotte

Last Wednesday, 311 – with New Politics and Passafire – made a stop at the Charlotte Metro Credit Amphitheatre on their 18th Unity Summer Tour. Passafire, a reggae-rock band from Savannah, Georgia, started the night off by showcasing their original sound.

New Politics was up next, and they did not disappoint. The trio kept the crowd fully engaged thanks to lead singer, David Boyd’s unbelievable upbeat stage presence. Halfway through their set, Boyd pressed pause on singing to break-dance instead — definitely not something one sees at a usual concert. While they are best known for their hit, “Yeah Yeah Yeah”, the band also played songs from their latest album, “Vikings,” as well as some of their earlier music.

New Politics lead singer, David Boyd, singing after a break dance session. Photo by Leysha Caraballo.

As the sun settled under the horizon, it was time for the headliner to take the stage. The crowd, full of lifelong devoted fans and young ones in the making, was full of energy and ready to groove with 311. The band opened up with “Perfect Mistake”, a song off of their newest album, “Mosaic”.

The musical relationship between lead singer, Nick Hexum and singer, S.A. Martinez, is nothing less than synergetic. They bounce off of each other, verse to verse, adding a depth to their sound. The same goes for guitarist Tim Mahoney and bassist P-Nut. The reggae beat that the bass provides softens the rock and roll feel from the guitar. This is what makes 311 so unique. They helped pioneered this type of music, which has a knack for bringing in listeners who may not be used to exploring different genres. This has allowed them to appeal to a much larger audience all over the world.

311’s lead singer, Nick Hexum. Photo by Leysha Caraballo

Throughout the night, 311 played a mix of classics and songs from “Mosaic”. Some of the most notable hits included “Come Original”, “Amber”, and “All Mixed Up.” Between songs, each musician was able to truly showcase their individual skills. They each had fun with long, free flowing solos while the rest of the band left the stage. This isn’t something that regular bands get to do – it’s something that comes after almost 30 years of being a band. At this point in their journey, 311 can take some time to do more than just play their songs, they’re allowed to have a bit of fun with it.

311’s S.A. Martinez. Photo by Leysha Caraballo

Near the end of the show, the band played their most popular single off their new album, “Too Much to Think,” and finished strong with “Creatures” as their encore.

There was not a single dull moment throughout the night, from the openers to 311, and everything in between. It’s always a pleasure to watch 311 do their thing – completely and totally rock out. Until next summer, 311 – we’ll be waiting patiently.

311’s guitarist, Tim Mahoney. Photo by Leysha Caraballo

Charlotte is ready for 311

This Wednesday, 311 will bring reggae rock to Charlotte at the Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre. Along with them, New Politics and Passafire will be performing on what is 311’s 18th consecutive summer tour — that’s right, 311 has toured every summer for nearly two decades; that’s true dedication to music.

Cover Art for 311’s newest album, “Mosaic”. Photo Credit: Red Light Management

The band is touring for their new album, “Mosaic”, that was released on June 23rd of this year. Their first single off the album, “Too Much To Think”, took off and helped to create buzz for the record. The song is an easy listen, with a balance between Caribbean influences, rock guitars, and Nick Hexum’s signature raspy yet sweet voice.

With hits like “Amber,” “Beautiful Disaster,” “All Mixed Up,” and many more, 311 has grown a fan base that has watched the band develop its sound into what it is today. Their music crosses genres and generations with ease and continues to bring in new listeners with every album they release.

Last spring, both 311 and Passafire performed in South Carolina during the California Roots Carolina Sessions Festival. Both gave an outstanding performance. It’s about time they came up to Charlotte to spread the love.

Nick Hexum performing at the California Roots Carolina Sessions last spring at Myrtle Beach, SC. Photo Credit: Leysha Caraballo 

Show starts at 7:00 p.m. Get your tickets here: https://concerts1.livenation.com/event/0E005270F286D64F?crosssite=TM_US:759806:115656&_ga=2.5497013.740393121.1500932814-233984659.1443751727

Washed Out’s hypnotic sound left Charlotte in a trance

Most Monday nights end without much excitement; Washed Out made sure that this Monday did not end like the rest. At 9 o’clock, Ernest Greene walked on stage at The Underground, got his synthesizer and drumsticks ready, and blasted the room with “Title Card” – the first song off of his newly released album, “Mister Mellow.”

“Title Card” seamlessly transitioned into “Burn Out Blues,” a song with so many instrumental layers that it’s hard not to thoroughly lose oneself in the waves. Washed Out’s style can be hard to place, considering how it pulls from multiple genres – electronic, hip-hop, funk, disco and more. Some have labeled him a pioneer in the electronic sub-genre called “Chillwave.” The title seems perfectly fitting.

It can be difficult for electronic-style musicians to shine in a live scene, especially if they have an incredibly detailed sound like Greene’s, yet he was able to bring his music to life with the help of his guitarist and drummer.

A colorful ever-changing projection played over the band, only adding to the experience. It helped to bring a psychedelic mood to the night, with its bright rings of color and perfectly tinted silhouettes of the members as they performed.

All coupled together, the concert felt almost like a time machine, drifting ever so slowly back in time, pulling bits and pieces of music from each decade, making especially long pit stops in the ‘60s and ‘70s.


But Greene’s music isn’t only exceptional because of the way it sounds, but because of his message behind the music. He talks about the every day struggle of a dull, cyclical life. One that is easy for the best of us to fall into. His style of music reflects what he wants to say. It’s meant to relax, help regroup, and reenergize. Not by being in your face, but by creating a sound so soothing it’s impossible not to let go of your everyday problems, if only for five minutes.

The night continued its chill vibes with “Feel It All Around”, a huge crowd pleaser. It’s one of the songs that truly put Washed Out on the map through its use as the theme song of the show “Portlandia.”

Washed Out’s creative sound kept the crowd engaged the entire night. Their hypotonic, trancelike music is all their own, which only brings their audience in, keeping them guessing for what is to come in the future.


All photos by Leysha Caraballo

PREVIEW: Washed Out In Charlotte

Tomorrow night, Ernest Greene – known best by his stage name, Washed Out — will be playing at the Underground Charlotte on his “Get Lost” tour. His newest album, Mister Mellow, was released on June 30th of this year — his third under this stage name.

Washed Out truly hit it big after “Feel It All Around” was picked up by Portlandia as their opening theme song. It was the perfect gateway for audiences to try out more of his music, which honestly stands out in the electronic genre.

Mister Mellow Album Artwork. Photo Courtesy of Washed Out.

His sound has the ability to make a listener lose himself. It’s the perfect way to just take some time to chill, maybe unwind after a long day. Greene has no boundaries with his experimentation, fusing instrumentals with hip-hop, funk, and electronic music. He’s not trying to be mainstream; he’s trying to make you feel something. “Hard To Say Goodbye” and “Zonked” from his last album almost sedates the listener with their heavily nostalgic sounds and modern twists.

If your Monday night is free, bite the bullet and go to this concert. If dreamy, groovy beats are your thing, Washed Out won’t disappoint.

Show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets can be bought here: http://www.ticketmaster.com/washed-out-the-underground-charlotte-nc/venueartist/115784/1489449

Muse and Thirty Seconds to Mars Bring Sunshine to Charlotte on a Rainy Day

Last Thursday, Muse was set to perform at the PNC Music Pavilion with Thirty Seconds to Mars as their special guest. The afternoon started off bright, hot, and ready for a rocking concert. Missio, an electro pop style band opened for the night and got the crowd ready for Thirty Seconds to Mars.

Jared Leto, always in his eclectic fashion, ran out to a roaring crowd full of life long fans. Songs like This is War and Kings and Queens brought fans back to earlier albums. This was their first time back in Charlotte since 2014.

Jared Leto throwing up a punk rock sign.

Leto exuded such high energy that the crowd could not keep still the entire set. At one point he made his way through the crowd and sang The Kill to a section of fans in the back. It’s moments like those that keep a crowd engaged and upbeat.

The band finished off with Closer to the Edge, a huge crowd pleaser. Dozens of fans were invited up on stage for the duration of the song. Leto’s connection to his fans was nothing less than electric.

Leto mentioned that a new album would be coming soon in the next year or so. The band hasn’t released new music since their fourth studio album, “Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams,” which was released in 2013.

But of course, this is a summer night in Charlotte. A tremendous downpour of rain and lightning pushed back the headliner, Muse, for more than an hour.

The rain was no match for the truest Muse fans, who patiently waited for the rain to subside. The band came on at around 10:15 p.m. and I immediately understood why their fans are so loyal. Matt Bellamy’s voice is pure velvet. His first note was surprisingly smooth after a stellar guitar intro. Bellamy’s skills on the guitar throughout were superb, along with Chris Wolstenholme on the bass.

The band played old favorites, like “Assassin” and “Supermassive Black Hole”, along with hits off of their latest album — “Drones” — from 2015, like “Dead Inside”.

Matt Bellamy making an unforgettable entrance.

Muse’s fan base crossed generations. There were kids who could sing every lyric along with their parents. That’s what can happen after being a band for 17 years. Their music has been able to transcend the years and impact people of all ages.

On the production end, the multiple moving screens added a layer of depth to the concert. With each song the screens would shift to compliment the rhythms and sound. The lighting and technological additions amplified the music and created a true concert experience.

By the end of the night, Muse fans got their fill of old classics and new hits, keeping them satisfied until the next tour rolls around. A new album should be coming out by the end of 2018, but new music is rumored to be released before the album itself.

Bellamy playing a Manson guitar. All photos by Leysha Caraballo.


Student Art Showcase Reception October 20, 2016

Photos by Austin Chaney.