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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Live: With arms wide open, Scott Stapp comes to Carrboro

Posted By on Thu, Jan 21, 2016 at 4:56 PM

Scott Stapp, Rockett Queen Cat's Cradle, Carrboro Monday, Jan. 18, 2016 "Man, I have a weird idea. Do you want to go see Scott Stapp and write about it?" My first thought, upon receiving that message, was, “Is there anyone less qualified than myself to act as pretend music critic, even with the bar for engagement set at Scott Stapp level?” My second thought: “How many consecutive nights have I spent playing Fallout 4?” So I said yes, yes to adventure—and to Carrboro for a night of fun and fellowship with proto-Florida Man Scott Stapp. Here's a brief recap for...

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Boogie with Boulevards' new single, "Cold Call"

Posted By on Thu, Jan 21, 2016 at 2:05 PM

In 1982, writer Val Wilmer proclaimed in New Music Express that Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five’s “The Message” was “the first really big political record since James Brown’s 1970 ‘Say It Loud.’” In many ways, the song also showed hip-hop’s versatility, how it could pivot from urban pop cool to socio-political raps. This crossover tradition continues on “Cold Call,” as Raleigh’s newly annointed guardian of funk couture, Boulevards, reimagines the signature synths of "The Message" into flirtatious pokes at a love interest. Then, he makes his move: He calls her up, she answers, he shoots his shot—granted, a shot...

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Live: Suspense and tragedy with the North Carolina Symphony

Posted By on Thu, Jan 21, 2016 at 8:12 AM

N.C. Symphony plays Andrew Norman,  Beethoven and Brahms UNC's Memorial Hall, Chapel Hill Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016 Of the three pieces on the North Carolina Symphony's program at Memorial Hall in Chapel Hill last Thursday, only two brashly announced themselves as orchestral works. Brahms’ Tragic Overture begins with two lacerating minor chords that hint at some horror that is never fully revealed. Beethoven’s "Emperor" Concerto, on the other hand, opens with a glowing major chord that sports a hint of regal reserve. A flurrying cadenza emerges from the piano as the chord decays. But Andrew Norman’s Suspend—the middle piece, which...

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