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Breakdown of Drake’s “More Life”

| March 27, 2017 | 0 Comments
Breakdown of Drake’s “More Life”

Random Person: So, I hear there is new Drake music out. Me: Ah yes, you mean the “More Life” playlist. Playlist? It’s basically just a new album, but he’s calling it a playlist. The reason for this might be because it’s just available on streaming platforms, or it doesn’t really have any structure like you […]

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CONCERT REVIEW: 15th Anniversary of Simple Plan

| March 27, 2017 | 0 Comments
CONCERT REVIEW: 15th Anniversary of Simple Plan

It’s rare to find bands still together after 15 years, but Simple Plan has just done that. Simple Plan has original band members after 15 years. They are best friends constantly doing tours and travelling around the world. Seems like the perfect life for a musician. I have been a big fan of Simple Plan […]

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ALBUM REVIEW: ‘There Is A Cloud’ – Elevation Worship

| March 23, 2017 | 0 Comments
ALBUM REVIEW: ‘There Is A Cloud’ – Elevation Worship

Elevation Church takes pride in the fact that they write their own music; “There Is A Cloud” is a product of this effort. “There Is A Cloud” by Elevation Worship premiered March 17 at number 1 on iTunes. The hope of the church is for “There Is A Cloud” to encourage others. The songs are […]

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‘Requiem of Solace’: Finding Comfort in Mourning

| March 21, 2017 | 0 Comments
‘Requiem of Solace’: Finding Comfort in Mourning

The flick of a page, the dimming of the lights, the flowing sway of the choir. That, on its own level, was mesmerizing. When the words suddenly breached my mind, and invested it with verses of death and life, I knew I was trapped. My sporadic thoughts of what it all meant were suddenly hushed, […]

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From Pain to Passion: A Brief Musical Story of Velgas

| March 14, 2017 | 0 Comments
From Pain to Passion: A Brief Musical Story of Velgas

In the wake of the release of his first EP, I spoke with Johannes Stahl a.k.a. Velgas, an on-campus experimental dance/electronic music artist about how he got started with music, the EP and where he plans to go from here. So to start, tell us about yourself, anything you want people to know about you. […]

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Winter Comes to Charlotte

| March 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
Winter Comes to Charlotte

Since its debut in 2011, “Game of Thrones” has gone on to become one of the most successful and beloved television series of all time, thanks in part to its lovable characters, epic battle sequences and moving musical pieces. Composer Ramin Djawadi and his team have managed to bring all of these elements together to […]

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TRACK REVIEW: ‘Liability’ – Lorde

| March 9, 2017 | 0 Comments
TRACK REVIEW: ‘Liability’ – Lorde

A mere week after releasing her first song in three years, Lorde released the second song from her upcoming sophomore album, “Melodrama,” which now has an official release date, June 16. At this point, the title is starting to make a lot of sense.  Both of the released songs are dramatic in their own right. […]

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ALBUM REVIEW: ‘American Teen’ – Khalid

| March 8, 2017 | 0 Comments
ALBUM REVIEW: ‘American Teen’ – Khalid

All to often, an artist releases some really, really good singles but an overall dull album.  This is far from the truth when it comes to 19-year-old Khalid’s debut album, “American Teen,” released on March 3. Last year, Khalid Robinson was a high school senior, and this year he’s signed to a major label (RCA). […]

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TRACK REVIEW: ‘Green Light’ – Lorde

| March 2, 2017 | 0 Comments
TRACK REVIEW: ‘Green Light’ – Lorde

She’s back!  Lorde is finally back! After three years of radio silence, the New Zealander released her new song, “Green Light” on BBC Radio 1 on March 2 after teasing it on Twitter for the past week. “Green Light,” inspired by Lorde’s first heartbreak, is a song about wanting to move on from a relationship […]

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EP REVIEW: ‘Chapter One: Blue’ – Bea Miller

| February 28, 2017 | 0 Comments
EP REVIEW: ‘Chapter One: Blue’ – Bea Miller

Former X-Factor contestant Bea Miller released a new album called “Chapter One: Blue.” The album is the first chapter of her three part album. Miller says that her upcoming albums will read out like a chapter with three songs. Each album will focus on a specific emotion she felt after realizing that her significant other […]

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TRACK REVIEW: ‘I Don’t Want To Dance’ – Coin

| February 25, 2017 | 0 Comments
TRACK REVIEW: ‘I Don’t Want To Dance’ – Coin

If you like “Talk Too Much” by Coin, then you will like their new single. Coin just released a new single, “I Don’t Want to Dance” on Spotify. The song has a nostalgic feel of the 90’s. You cannot help but dance to it. Coin has the talent to create catchy songs that guarantee to […]

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Goodyear Arts hosts “in the round” concept show for local Charlotte bands

| February 21, 2017 | 0 Comments
Goodyear Arts hosts “in the round” concept show for local Charlotte bands

On the Friday of Feb. 17, Goodyear Arts in uptown opened up their space for four bands to play a show free of any charge. Sam the Lion, Cuzco, Ghost Trees and Don Telling’s Island Mysteries put a spin on how they performed that night. Rather than each band playing a full set with the next […]

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TRACK REVIEW: ‘Unholy War’ – Jacob Banks

| February 9, 2017 | 0 Comments
TRACK REVIEW: ‘Unholy War’ – Jacob Banks

American artist and icon Bob Ross used to say that “we don’t make mistakes, we have happy accidents.”  This was indeed the case when I received an email from a publicist asking the Niner Times to cover the concert of an upcoming artist from the U.K.  Despite not being able to attend the show, which was in […]

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ALBUM REVIEW: ‘I Decided.’ – Big Sean

| February 8, 2017 | 0 Comments
ALBUM REVIEW: ‘I Decided.’ – Big Sean

Since the beginning of his rap career, Big Sean has been largely overlooked.  He’s carried the underdog chip on his shoulder ever since his “Finally Famous” days, waiting for Kanye West to release his first album under the GOOD Music label. With the release of his fourth studio album, “I Decided.,” Big Sean looks to assert his […]

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Papadosio: Thrilling Show or Just Jingly Tunes

| February 5, 2017 | 5 Comments
Papadosio: Thrilling Show or Just Jingly Tunes

Charlotte N.C. — The prog-rock group Papadosio played to an enthusiastic crowd late Thursday evening at the Underground here in Charlotte. Since 2009, the group has put out four studio albums; however, many music listeners might find themselves unfamiliar with the group’s work. That’s where I was in visiting the Underground for Papadosio’s performance. And […]

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Sound & Shape come to Charlotte

| February 4, 2017 | 0 Comments
Sound & Shape come to Charlotte

Sound & Shape rocked out at the Milestone on Thursday. The Milestone has been open since 1969. The walls are covered in stickers and graffiti by many bands that played there. In fact, Sound & Shape played at the same stage as the Go-Go’s and R.E.M. Sound & Shape came all the way from Nashville, […]

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In the Spotlight

| January 29, 2017 | 0 Comments
In the Spotlight

The lights go down. A string of guitarists (and one bass) sit on the front of the stage and begin to play. The piece is entitled “Rumba,” written by Bernard Andres. It feels quite Spanish or Latin, especially as a sole drummer accompanies the guitars. When they are finished, the audience applauds loudly. This is […]

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The Heads Are Zeros, Leveless & Planet Creep Play The Odd Room

| January 24, 2017 | 0 Comments
The Heads Are Zeros, Leveless & Planet Creep Play The Odd Room

On the chilly and rainy evening of Saturday, Jan. 21, a crowd gathered together to seek shelter from the rain and listen to some killer bands. The show went down at The Odd Room, which is a house in the Plaza Midwood neighborhood of Charlotte – its exact location secret, only spread by word of mouth. […]

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Band on the Run

| January 23, 2017 | 0 Comments
Band on the Run

Despite trailer car troubles, the Band of Heathens made it from Raleigh to Charlotte. The lead singer, Gordy Quist, laughed it off when he mentioned that they had to do the rest of the tour in a U-Haul when they found out their trailer car broke down. Luckily, the Band of Heathens stole the show […]

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Taking a Step out of Africa and into Charlotte

| January 22, 2017 | 0 Comments
Taking a Step out of Africa and into Charlotte

Photos by Pooja Pasupula. From the first moments of Step Afrika!’s Saturday night performance in the Popp-Martin Student Union, the troupe’s best assets were apparent: Their synchronization is airtight, their sense of rhythm is fail safe, their energy is unmatched, and they’ve got a likable, mischievous sense of humor.  But it’s only after seeing their performance in its […]

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