Patrick Bogans

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Christopher Newman, the making of a filmmaker

Photo by Garrett Reynolds.
Photo courtesy of Garrett Reynolds.

Fade in.

Christopher Newman sits at a small table in the corner of a coffee shop on campus. A small black coffee sits on the table in front of him. His attire is a balance of rugged and class, with a plain simple shirt, skinny jeans and shoes resembling John Varvatos. Newman’s bushy beard gives off the vibe of an independent, yet reserved man.

“I’ve been told I’m different than how I look,” he says, laughing. “I think I look douchier than I am, but my roommate has continuously told me, ‘Chris everyone loves you.’”

Newman’s a local filmmaker, a graduating senior at UNC Charlotte. The 26-year-old Raleigh native returned to the university after working for computer hardware store for five years. He admits he got stuck, got too comfortable, which in turn made him extremely uncomfortable.

“Night and day from where I was living in Raleigh to here,” he said. “Absolutely night and day.”

Back home, he grew up watching John Wayne and James Dean movies with his father. And throughout high school, he consistently told his parents and his school counselors he wanted to pursue a career in film, but he was always put down.

But now, Newman has found ways to be successful as an independent filmmaker and actor in the Charlotte area, acting in short films throughout his early 20s, which have ranged in depth and genre.

He’s written a 200-plus page screenplay and a pilot episode for his own series, the latter of which he has also filmed. Currently, he’s working with a group of guys that produce stylized action shorts. Newman loves what he’s accomplished here in the Queen City and in North Carolina, but after he walks the stage in May, the aspiring filmmaker looks to make a splash on some of the bigger scenes.

“Like Louis C.K. said one time, to his daughter on the show ‘Louie,’ ‘You’ve seen none percent of this world. You don’t know anything about anything,’ and it’s like, I feel like that sometimes,” Newman said. “I’ve seen zero percent of anything, and it’s unfair to me and to everyone else – they need to, they need to see me!” He laughs and takes another sip of his coffee.

Cut to an office.

A sign reading ‘FILMS= JOBS’ hangs on the wall over the computer of Rodney Stringfellow, an adjunct professor in Film Studies at UNC Charlotte. He turns around in his chair and ponders for a moment.

“I would love to see him get a break as both a writer and director,” he says about Newman. The soulful and energetic film professor taught Newman in two different film classes, and from the moment he turned in his first screenplay about mobsters, Stringfellow took note of what the aspiring filmmaker could accomplish. He noticed Newman’s stories were always based in reality and always had a level of authenticity to them.

“He not only could write, but he knew what to write about,” Stringfellow said.

He subsequently worked with him on the production of the aforementioned web series pilot episode he filmed, “Still Famous.”

Newman had never created his own production from start to finish before he shot the pilot, which details the life of a celebrity who tries to ground his life back in reality after a very public breakup. “I had never edited, never shot anything really seriously,” he said. “I’d done like wedding videos. It was my first scripted thing I’ve ever messed with.”

Stringfellow recalls the production day again.

“I never got the impression that he didn’t know what he was doing,” Stringfellow said. “He brought sincerity and authenticity to his performance. His writing and production deserved more than what I could give him.”

Stringfellow oversees UNC Charlotte’s student-run film festival every year, and Newman submitted his work to the Best Short Screenplay category.  It was read at last year’s reception. Of all his accomplishments so far, he puts that one close to his heart. He was happy to be a contender and to be recognized for his work.

Jordan Snyder, a fellow film studies student at the university, competed alongside him and from then on, he has been able to see what Newman has going for him in the industry. “I think he has the potential to be both in front of the camera and behind the scenes; he has that versatility going for him,” Snyder said. “I’d like to see what he’s capable of.”

Cut back to the coffee shop.

Newman sits back in his chair, still pondering on his goal to be successful in the industry. “I’ve burdened myself with that goal,” he said. “Once you find that thing, like ‘Wow, I was born to do this,’ doing anything else is suicide.”

He believes he was born to do this. Now, with the whole world in front of him, Newman can prove to himself and to others that this real life screenplay of his is a long way from being over.

“I’m excited, frankly.” He smiles, puts his hand in a fist and places it on his leg. He leans forward and smirks. “But don’t call me Frank.”

Review: Imagine Dragons’ ‘Smoke + Mirrors’ supports its own ‘flaws’


‘Smoke and mirrors,’ a fitting metaphor to describe Imagine Dragons’ lead singer Dan Reynolds. He’s been somewhat an illusion, seemingly “On Top of the World.” But Reynolds has honestly spoken recently about his battle with depression, his struggles with his faith and the pros and cons of Imagine Dragons’ success in a few interviews leading up to the release of the second studio album.

‘”The last few years have been the highest highs for me and certainly the lowest lows,” he told an Australian news outlet. He described himself as “depressed as hell” in their feature last week in Billboard magazine.

It all comes across in ‘Smoke + Mirrors,’ the audible version of his internal conflicts. Similar to ‘Night Visions,’ there are sad songs masked in upbeat rhythms (first “Demons,” now hear “Shots”). There are powerhouse, shake-the-ground rock anthems that could break through to the mainstream, or break your speakers (first, “Radioactive,” now “I’m So Sorry”).

But that’s not to say this album is not a duplicate of “Night Visions.” It’s an extension, an evolution. It’s a submergence into the emotions initially presented.

The band brings and mixes a plethora of musical elements in ‘Smoke + Mirrors,’ and what they’re bringing to the table is definitely love it or hate it. Whether that’s track-by-track love and hate, or entire album love and hate. That’s how much this album branches in sound.

“Smoke + Mirrors” album cover courtesy of Interscope Records/KIDinakorner

But, think for a second: depression and confusion aren’t just one consistent emotion in your head. Yes, the 13-track album full of Reynold’s emotional juxtapositions of happiness and sadness (and everything in between) has flaws. It’s various in genre, but it’s true to what it all feels like. Sadness might be in the lyrics of your life, but you may try and look nice on the outside. Whatever you can do to make the crashing waves in your head sound good enough to get through the day.

And those sounds aren’t always going to be perfect melodies. ‘Smoke + Mirrors’ more often than not, crashes together soft tones and harsh ones. If the song sounds as if it’s going to be consistently one way, it’s broken up by a strong guitar riff, or accented by curious electronic noises.

There are no happy songs on this album, just happy sounding ones. And the lyrical strength of Dan Reynolds is consistently impressive. He makes you listen closer and closer each time to solve his complex, emotional puzzle.

Overall, ‘Smoke + Mirrors’ is meticulous with its messy clashes; its triumphant in its sadness. It’s a solid look at what it means to be broken.

Album: Smoke + Mirrors, Imagine Dragons

Rating: 4.5/5

Label: Interscope Records

Release: February 17, 2015

Warm up your winter with these hot acts coming to Charlotte

KONGOS. Photo courtesy of Epic Records.

A nice wintry mix of mainstream musical acts will be hitting Charlotte venues this season. From the Fillmore to TWC Arena and from Hozier to Chris Brown, anyone and everyone should cozy up with a nice warm concert ticket. (Okay, I mean, buy a coat too.)

Here’s a list of shows you should make sure to nab a ticket for before it’s too late.

KONGOS – Feb. 7 – The Fillmore

“Come With Me Now,” to see KONGOS, that is. The South African rock band will play that breakout hit from last year and some other gems off of their “Lunatic” album. “The Lunatic” tour features up-and-comers Colony House and Sir Sly, bands with legitimate potential to have one of their singles break through in the mainstream this year. Sir Sly specifically, has a similar sound to bands like The Neighborhood. So watch out for their track “Gold” by Sir Sly to get an inevitable top 40 remix by the end of the summer.

Chris Brown – Feb. 9 – Time Warner Cable Arena

The typically controversial performer still knows how to make good music. Touring in support of his latest album, “X,” Brown looks to dazzle his audience with large scale performance at the area’s biggest venue, with rappers Trey Songs and Tyga.

Sydney of Echosmith. Photo courtesy of Warner Bros Records.
Sydney of Echosmith. Photo courtesy of Warner Bros Records

Echosmith – Feb. 25 – The Visulite Theatre

The “Cool Kids” crew is coming the Visulite stage to prove why they’re the popular ones now. Tickets are still available and relatively cheap, so there’s not much of an excuse not to see Sydney Sierota and her brothers rock out in such an intimate venue. Their debut album, “Talking Dreams,” is a sparkling treat in itself.

K. Michelle – Feb. 26 – The Fillmore

K. Michelle’s latest album, “Anyone Wanna Buy a Heart?,” was released to critical acclaim early last month because, yet again, the fearless R&B artist puts all her emotions and opinions out on the table in 12 powerful tracks. She hits the Fillmore next month.

Hozier – March 12 – The Fillmore

Undoubtedly the breakout songwriter from last year, Hozier is making a somewhat subtle stop to Charlotte. The Fillmore gig, announced and sold out well before “Take Me To Church” flooded the airwaves, might be a hard one to get tickets for. But anyone who has listened to the rest of his self-titled album knows that the opportunity to groove out to “Jackie and Wilson” live is an opportunity that should not be missed.

Lights – March 20 – The Fillmore

The lights will be flashing, and Lights will be shining just as bright at the Fillmore this March. Just listen to the elated beats and vocals from songs like “Up We Go,” or the mystifying and surrounding tone of a song like “Portal.” Lights will make this show a fun experience not soon forgotten.

Guster – April 20 – The Fillmore

Still going strong, Guster is kicking off their 2015 with a bang. Their new album, “Evermotion,” just released today, and the band is touring across the country in support of it. The band, known for songs like “Satellite” and “One Man Wrecking Machine,” looks to continue their Weezer-like reign over the rock scene and over your heart.


For a full list of more acts coming to the Charlotte area, or even for a personalized list of artists for you, check out the Bandsintown and Live Nation mobile apps.

In defense of Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift in Charlotte in 2013 for the RED Tour. FILE PHOTO.

“The rumors are terrible and cruel, but honey most of them are true.”

In 1989, Taylor Swift acknowledges all of her haters. She smartly sings about her personality, the rumors of her countless ex-lovers and the rest of what has become her very public personal life.

Whether or not she’s playing up the persona is up to the consumers of the tabloid media. But one thing is for sure, most of us are intrigued in one way or another.

With the release of her fifth album, Swift has garnered some great headlines, and some not so positive ones. Positive reviews have flooded sites, praising Swift’s transition into a surprisingly distinct sound, despite  1989 has officially burned up the charts, selling over one million copies in its first week of release, according to Nielsen Soundscan. Outside of the Frozen soundtrack, no other album has sold that many copies this year, let alone in a week.

But the stance Swift has taken against Spotify and her haters have reignited the intrigue and the mystique of who exactly Taylor Swift is and what she represents.

Swift and her record label Big Machine Records removed her entire music catalog from the streaming service last week. Earlier this year, Swift vocalized her stance against free music streaming services, writing an Op-Ed in the Wall Street Journal stating, “Music is art, and art is important and rare. Important, rare things are valuable. Valuable things should be paid for.”

And recently in an interview with Yahoo! Music, the singer explained her decision to remove her catalog from Spotify, saying she did not want to be a part of the “grand experiment,” which could ultimately lose her, and her fellow artists, money. And to take such a strong stance against a streaming service, Swift had strong trust in her fans to stick and buy the physical copy.

But the big problem now is that, if Swift is going to take her music off of Spotify, what about the other countless other free streaming services that still have her music? Yes, you may not be able to pick the exact song that plays, but that’s still a free play. Millennials will find a work around to listen to music, whether it’s through YouTube or other illegal music download services.



She is a great songwriter, an energetic performer, but most of all, an all-around smart pop star.



Ain’t it funny rumors fly / And I know you heard about me.”


Show review: Yellowcard, Memphis May Fire (10.29.14)

Yellowcard performing at Amos’ Southend Wednesday night. All photos by Ben Robson.

Though it may seem like Yellowcard and Memphis May Fire wouldn’t overlap in any context other than under the category of “rock music,” the bands shared a common idea with the crowd at their Wednesday night show at Amos’ Southend in Charlotte.

Both Matty Mullins, lead for Memphis May Fire, and Ryan Key, lead for Yellowcard, expressed how they dislike being “put in a box” of the sub-genre each band began in. Attendees at last night’s show felt the appreciation from both bands because they continue to support and listen to their music while dismissing the haters of the bands who may evolve slightly outside of their sub-genre.

During the Memphis May Fire set, Mullins mentioned how the idea for the two bands to tour together wasn’t initially supported. Mullins said management and others said their respective fans wouldn’t even want to be in the same room. Yet, last night, there was something harmonious about juxtaposing two bands that come from the opposite ends of the range of rock.

Memphis May Fire may sound like that other hardcore/screamo rock band from an outsider, but in the spectrum of the genre, they have their own distinctive color. Yes, they brought the traditional elements to the stage – the lights, the fog machines, the screams, the beards. And maybe this color of rock isn’t a favorite for some, but one thing is for sure: Memphis May Fire brought emotion and talent to the stage last night, with lead singer Matty Mullin’s charisma shining through.

Memphis May Fire lead vocalist Matty Mullins performing at Amos’ Southend.

For Yellowcard, the pop/punk band has gone through some tough times during their momentous career of over a decade. There was the hit, the hiatus, the reformation and more recently, the departure of drummer Longineu Parsons III. More personally, Key’s wife’s accident and paralysis and violinist Sean Mackin’s thyroid cancer has taken a toll. Even last night and over the last few days, Key has been dealing with a sinus infection, which forced the band to cancel the show in Tampa, Fla a few days ago.

The tour is in support of their latest album, “Lift a Sail,” where the band navigated  in a new direction with their music – branching out of the punk/pop roots into something slightly more alternative. Their set list was a nice mix of songs from the new album and classics from previous ones, like “Way Away,” “Lights and Sounds” and of course, “Ocean Avenue.”

During the performance, Key sniffed and fought through the pain while performing, yet any vocal missteps weren’t terribly obvious at all. He took a couple of breaks and explained to the audience throughout the show how he hates he couldn’t be his best. But even his second best was still pretty exceptional; when most can barely breathe when under the weather, Ryan Key and Yellowcard can still make a crowd to feel alive.

“I want to make sure if I’m going home with no voice tonight, you’re going home with no voice tonight,” said Key.

The strong, genuine emotion from both Memphis May Fire and Yellowcard made for a much-better-than-average Wednesday night for rock fans, no matter the sub-genre.

Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR. Photos by Ben Robson.

Memphis May Fire set list:

No Ordinary Love
Alive in the Lights
The Rose
The Sinner
Miles Away
Need to Be
Not Enough
Beneath the Skin
Prove Me Right


Yellowcard set list:

Transmission Home
Crash the Gates
Lights and Sounds
Only One
Make Me So
Light Up the Sky
The Deepest Well (w/ Matty Mullins)
One Bedroom
Way Away
Ocean Avenue

Dance rockers New Politics give new meaning to ‘political party’

David Boyd of New Politics performing at the Fillmore Charlotte on Thursday. Photo by Benjamin Robson.
David Boyd of New Politics performing at the Fillmore Charlotte on Thursday. All photos by Benjamin Robson.

There are bands that know how to perform well on stage, and then there are bands that know how to perform the best on stage. New Politics falls into the latter category.

Denmark’s own three-piece rock band hit the stage at the Fillmore Charlotte on Thursday evening to a crowd thoroughly aware of how energetic and lively the band from Copenhagen always is.

After the popularity of their dance-rock single, “Harlem,” the band has garnered a strong following in the consistently evolving alternative rock ‘n’ roll world.  MTV even named New Politics as one of their ‘Ones to Watch’ acts of this year.

The band isn’t unfamiliar to the Charlotte stages, having performed in the area five times within the last two years prior to Thursday night’s show.

The rockers have supported acts like Fall Out Boy and Twenty One Pilots, headlined their own show back in January and contributed as at last year’s 106.5 the End Weenie Roast line-up.

At least night’s headlining show, lead singer David Boyd’s great vocals and engaging stage persona captivated and corralled the band’s admiring audience.

From strong and vivacious (“Yeah Yeah Yeah,” “Just Like Me”),  to smooth and seductive (“Fall into These Arms”) and even almost rap-like (“Dignity”), Boyd’s vocals were consistently top notch.

And so were his infamous dance moves – man, this guy can move, dance, back flip, everything.

The other guys of the New Politics crew brought as much to the stage as Boyd; Søren Hansen (guitar/vocals) and Louis Vecchio (drums) had radiating personalities while performing.

Hansen took the vocal reigns on songs like “Stuck on You,” and riles up the crowd on many occasions.

Vecchio hammered away at his drum set, a set piece Boyd often used as a platform for his outrageous flips and moves.

The entire crew legitimately looked like they were having a great time on stage, and it does not seem like, at least for now, they’ll ever get just complacent with their rocker life. They’ll pour their heart out at each show, and dance their heart out too.

Last night’s performance is just another example why New Politics have been the first choice for many bands to have them accompany them on tour. They’re charismatic, extremely talented and without a doubt, able to put on an incredibly entertaining, put-your-hands-in-the-air-and-jump kind of show.

Photos by Benjamin Robson.

Setlist for New Politics stop at the Fillmore Charlotte for the Everywhere I Go Tour:

Tonight You’re Perfect
Die For You
Give Me Hope
My Love
Die Together
Goodbye Copenhagen
Love is a Drug/We Are The Radio/New Generation
Anaconda/Turn Down for What/Smells Like Teen Spirit
Just Like Me
Stuck on You
Everywhere I Go
Yeah Yeah Yeah
Fall Into These Arms

The sparks that began Cairo Fire

Photo courtesy of Cairo Fire.
Photo courtesy of Cairo Fire.

It all came together quickly for the guys of Cairo Fire, the four-piece Charlotte pop/rock band.

About a year and a half ago, Will White moved down to Charlotte with a desire to gather up some musicians to perform with.

So he posted a shot-in-the-dark invite on Craigslist to see what could happen. He received a response from Joey and Mike Pepe, musical veterans in the Charlotte scene looking for a new project to join.

“[We] set up a writing session with Joey, Mike and myself and when we got to the room, we started banging out a demo and had the demo done in a day,”  White said. “It happened really quickly and felt really good.”

And that initial spark of chemistry has created a flame of creativity and desire to show it on stage.

So the band found Bobby Mathews, also a known performer in the area to fill out their roster as drummer. And he joined in on the band’s affinity for their music just as quickly.10568870_476719002465691_4902710107788313370_n

“The chemistry just instantly happened. I went to practice with them and just right off the bat the first night, we ran through three of their songs and it instantly clicked,” Mathews said.

Cairo Fire released the “Raucous” EP back in June. The entire process of creating the music for the EP gave the band a sense of how each member works and how they’re going to work together moving forward.

“The EP was an interesting process because it was us all learning each other while we’re writing,” Mike said.

“I think we’ve all learned each other even better, and I think our colors are showing already through the new songs.”

The band is heading into the studio at the end of this month to begin work on an LP.

“We’re really excited about that because it’s another chance for us to hone in on who we are creatively, and with every project, we grow more and more,” White said.

For now, Cairo Fire intends to spread their music throughout the southeast with a few tour dates, including one here in Charlotte at the Chop Shop this Friday.

And on stage, Joey says, is where the band really thrives.

“I can’t wait to get on stage with these dudes. I’ve toured a lot in the past, I’ve played a lot of shows and I’ve never had this much fun on stage and I think it’s because of that instant chemistry,” Joey said. “I don’t feel like I have to work to make it work.”

To listen to the Raucous EP or find out more info about Cairo Fire, click here.


Charlotte band Thanks to You aims to revive their genre

Dylan Robbins, Nic Pugh and Ben Hilton of Thanks to You practicing for their show at Tremont. Photo by Patrick Bogans

Ben Hilton’s road of rock ‘n’ roll has been a long one.

Ever since high school, the Statesville-native and current UNC Charlotte student has been a member of many different bands and projects throughout his years. But Hilton always wanted to start up a band of his own that propelled his own creative vision.

After a few attempts to get together a record/EP a couple years ago fell through, Hilton saved up time and money in attempts a to get something produced – and produced right – and have something finalized to show for all his hard work.

“At that point, I was like, I’ve gone too far not to record this album,” said Hilton. After contacting Jamie King, one of the most renowned producers in NC for the pop/punk/rock genre, things began to fall into place for Hilton and his band, Thanks to You.

So after many years of writing and practicing these songs, Hilton and King came together to record The Dialysis EP at the end of last year.

Within a two week frame, Hilton recorded a majority of the elements heard on EP, outside of the drums. And the EP is a mix of the different rock genres because of who and where he was as a person when the songs were written.

“Songs on the album all kind of sound different because of what I was influenced by at the time,” said Hilton.

Hilton now had the sound, officially had the EP, but still had one more big piece of the puzzle to fill: he needed a band to bring it all to the stage.

And that’s where Nic Pugh (bass) and Dylan Robbins (drums) came in. After knowing one another through connections in the Charlotte music scene, the three came together to get the rock ‘n’ roll rolling.

“It was basically his love child we joined to do live,” said Pugh. “But from before I joined the band, when he showed me the record, to me it sounded like it was trying to revive some of the sh*t we grew up on.”

And Pugh was thoroughly interested that Hilton’s vision was trying to bring back the post-hardcore, 2005-06 era of rock music.

“A lot of it’s died out and become diluted now,” said Pugh. “[Thanks to You is] trying to get out of what the genre has become.”

Robbins agrees, and expresses how he thinks many bands who belong in the pop/punk genre have mimicked a formula for success, instead of rooting their actual inspirations in bands from decades past.

“I would say that Thanks to You is a pop/punk band,” said Robbins. “But I think [we] sound a lot more natural and organic to what we’re saying are our influences.”

“That’s what drew me to it: the fact that it didn’t sound like anything else I had heard coming out of this area. This had more character to it.”

Thanks to You’s first live performance is on Sept. 26, supporting local rock band Messenger Down at Tremont Music Hall. Robbins looks forward to the turnout for the show, which he believes will bring together fans of all different areas of the rock genre, as well as show people what Thanks to You brings to the table.

“It’s kind of got a little buzz behind the first show because people are curious to see what we’re doing,” said Robbins.

As for Hilton, bringing  Thanks to You and his vision to the stage is another step in the right direction.

“I never gave up on it after all these years. Things are finally taking off,” said Hilton.

“We like to get drunk and play music,” Pugh laughs. “Just put that down, that’s your interview.”


Live in the moment with Jeremiah Wilde

Frontman Jeremy Vess of Jeremiah Wilde performing at the Evening Muse. All photos by Patrick Bogans.

It’s fitting that Jeremiah Wilde, a newly reinvented rock band in the Queen City, has their first single titled “Momentum.” Frontman Jeremy Vess and lead guitarist Jeremy Mullis had a force going with their previous project, VESS, recognized throughout the Charlotte music scene as a strong up-and-comer. But the band disbanded last February.

“Stuff just didn’t work out,” said Mullis. “We kind of stepped down from that band and everybody went their separate ways.”

And although things took a swing down for a little while, Vess and Mullis came back together last July, shared some the ideas floating around in their head since the disbandment, and began to swing it all back upward again with a new project, Jeremiah Wilde.

The duo began to fill up the rest of the lineup for the project, with Mullis’ cousin Kevin Dudley for drums and Joe Reese for bass. Dudley and Reese had played on and off with one another for years, and Mullis was familiar with Reese through encounters through the Charlotte music scene.

“Then we all got together back in November, sat down in a room and started looking at each other and saying like, ‘What do we do?,” said Mullis. “And then we started writing.”

And Mullis explains how the spark with the band was easy, seamless and unique.

“Sometimes you get in a room with other musicians and the creativity doesn’t flow like you want it to,” said Mullis. “But with this, it was instant camaraderie and ideas were just popping out everywhere.”

Bassist Joe Reese and guitarist Jeremy Mullis at the Evening Muse.

And then the ball kept rolling for Jeremiah Wilde. The band has played about 10 shows since their formation back in Nov., and last night’s at the Evening Muse marked a new milestone as it was the release party for their first single, “Momentum.”

Releasing their next single, “Searching” next month, digging deeper to find their sound and releasing an EP are some of the plans for the band down the road, but all in due time.

“We’re excited but we’re not in a hurry either,” said Reese.

They all believe Jeremiah Wilde is all about living in the moments that are shared in practice or on stage with their friends and fans, not about the glory or the politics.

“We’re not really trying to change everybody. We’re not trying to challenge anyone. We’re trying to have a good time and write about what we’re going through – just relate,” said Reese.

And Friday night at the Evening Muse perfectly conveyed how they are as a band. All the members of Jeremiah Wilde mingled and introduced themselves to everyone at the crowd before their set, and they continued to have a chill, but strong presence on stage.

“We’re not trying to be famous characters; this is just what we do,” said Reese.


To learn more about Jeremiah Wilde and to listen to their latest single, visit their official website here.

The best 8 hidden features in iOS 8

Do a quick Twitter search of #iOS8, and it doesn’t feel like many people are too pleased with the new update for Apple iPhones. Some are saying it’s not worth the trouble for an operating system that seems to be more of the same, others are complaining about how much space the new update takes up on their phone. Despite the initial grievances and bugs, the new update does have plenty of not-so-obvious features that solve some iOS 7 problems and break new ground on already existing applications.
Users will notice a wide variety of small aestetic changes and new additions throughout all of the applications. Here are a few hidden features you may not have stumbled upon just yet.
1) Weather forecast goes a longer distance, and has more info
The hour-by-hour weather forecast shows about 11 hours from the current time so you can plan your entire day and night accordingly.
Swipe down to see more information, like Chance of Rain, Humidity, UV index and much more.
2) Siri has some small upgrades (text shows as you talk, can open things in iTunes and App Store)
No more waiting to see if Siri received your entire command correctly: while you’re speaking, Siri shows what she’s recognized so far.
3) Safari’s a little faster and a little smarter
Get suggested results from a variety of sources as you begin to type in the address bar. Safari takes suggestions from the iOS’s own apps, like Maps, or other websites, like Wikipedia.
4) Double tap, and favorite contacts appear
Quickly get to your favorite contacts by double tapping the Home button. A list of recent favorites shows up at the top of the screen, and from there, click to give them a call or send them a message.
5) Yelp integration and more in the Maps app 
Yelp reviews, photos and a brand new banner photo appears whenever you search a location in the Maps app.
6) See what app is killing your battery
Under Settings, check to see which applications are taking up the most of your battery life to make sure you close them after use.
7) Send your iPhone friend your location
There are a good few new features within the Messages app: send an audio message quickly, install external keyboards, mute conversations or leave group messages entirely. But one of the best features students can definitely take advantage of is the ‘Send My Location” feature. Meet up with your friends on campus quicker by sending them your location – simply click ‘Details’ in the corner of the conversation and hit ‘Send My Current Location.’ You’re also given the option to share your location to everyone in the area.
8) Hide that selfie and other embarrassing photos 
You can hide photos out of regular view of you Photo Stream (however, they will still appear in your albums collection).

UNC Charlotte Faculty Biennial

Panelists of the Art Faculty Biennial Exhibition. Photo by Jennifer Tisdale.

Interested in viewing studio art from a different perspective? Visit the Art Faculty Biennial Exhibition currently showing in the Rowe Galleries. The exhibit, which features art from a variety of studio art faculty members at UNC Charlotte, has begun and will last until Sept. 24.

Jamie Franki, associate chairperson of the Department of Art and Art History at UNC Charlotte as well as the coordinator of the illustration concentration for art majors, says the event will give a glimpse of the diverse directions in faculty studio art research with those around UNC Charlotte and beyond.

“Lots of people from the department and beyond will be on hand to enjoy a diverse and interesting exhibit,” said Franki.

Tuesday’s panel discussion focused on faculty members in their roles as artists and educators, how do they balance these dual careers, the advantages and challenges and how they complement each other.

The panelists represent a variety of approaches and 2-D/3-D media, according to Franki.

“You’ll have the opportunity to learn about who we are as as a studio art faculty and why we do what we do,” said Franki. “Come to the event and you’ll see what happens.”

The Biennial Exhibition is currently on display in the Rowe Galleries. For more information about the panel discussion and reception, visit the official website of the College of Arts + Architecture.

Photos by Jennifer Tisdale.

END of Summer Weenie Roast features Charlotte’s own hot alternative act

Charlotte’s own Flagship will be performing at the END of Summer Weenie Roast. Photo courtesy of Josh Goleman.

Charlotte, it’s time to get your weenie roasted.

Local rock station 106.5 the END is bringing back their staple end of summer concert tradition to the PNC Music Pavilion this weekend. On Sept. 6, a variety of rock bands, from the well-known (Weezer, Fitz and the Tantrums) to the will-be-known (Flagship, Sir Sly), will hit the stage for the END of Summer Weenie Roast.

Fans of newer alternative rock will enjoy this lineup, similar to 2013’s; popular alternative acts such as 30 Seconds to Mars, AWOLNATION and New Politics were just a few of the acts that graced the stage at last year’s show.

Hot alternative bands like Wild Cub, Bear Hands and Charlotte’s own Flagship look to take on the stage and propel their name and sound to rock listeners in the Carolinas.

Flagship formed here in the Queen City in 2011, released an EP in 2012 and their debut self-titled LP hit shelves last July.

Singles like “Still I Wait” and “Are You Calling” from the respective releases have propelled them around the world with supporting and headlining tours through the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

“The music is slowly getting into people’s ears, and they are responding well. I hope we can keep spreading it through as many outlets as we can,” said lead guitarist and backing vocalist Matt Padgett.

Being on the Weenie Roast lineup is an exciting opportunity for the band in more ways than one: Flagship hasn’t had the opportunity to play the PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, and Padgett, like many others, gets to cross off Weezer from his concert bucket list.

Padgett says performing Charlotte’s featured rock concert will be a highlight for the band, getting to play alongside the aforementioned, as well as other up and coming rock acts on the scene.

“It feels so great to be on this lineup. We consider it an honor to play this event, and we are very excited to be at that venue with so many great bands,” said Padgett.

The END of Summer Weenie Roast kicks off at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6 at the PNC Music Pavilion.

END of Summer Weenie Roast 2014 official lineup:

Weezer | Foster the People | Fitz and the Tantrums | J Roddy Walston & the Business | Fuel | Foxy Shazam | Wild Cub | Bear Hands | The Pretty Reckless | Big Data | Sir Sly | Flagship | IAmDynamite | Skratch ‘N Sniff

Photos: SGA Inauguration Ceremony 2014

On Thursday, April 10, at 5:15 p.m., the 2014-15 Student Body President, Vice President, Senators and Chief Justice were sworn in. Photos by Patrick Bogans.

Capital Cities coming to Halton Arena

Capital Cities at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. MCT Campus.
Capital Cities at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. MCT Campus.

Grab your dancing shoes – pop duo Capital Cities is coming to Halton Arena on Sunday, April 13. Thanks to the UNC Charlotte Campus Activities Board, the guys behind the chart-topping hit “Safe and Sound” are making a stop at UNC Charlotte for the Campus Consciousness Tour with special guest Scavenger Hunt.

Tickets go on sale Monday, March 10 at 10 a.m at For students, tickets are $15 for regular seats and $18 for floor seats. For the general public, $22 for regular seats and $25 for floor seats.

Check out our interview with the band before their stop in Charlotte last October. For more info, visit the Campus Activities Board website.

Photo courtesy of the UNC Charlotte Campus Activities Board.