Sept. 17, 2014 12:00
What is the express measure for the “old school” crowd? Is it the audience dancing to jazz manturned-Quiet Storm lothario George Benson’s “Turn Your Love Around” at the John Coltrane Festival? Or was it the electro hounds popping and locking at the......
Sept. 17, 2014 12:00
The news is a couple of weeks old, but the Triad recently lost a musical titan, and an unsung one at that, with the passing of Clarence “June” McMillian, Sr. Fifty-eight years ago, he and three friends founded a group by the name of the Mighty Wonders of Winston-Salem that would become one of the most ubiquitous voices in southern gospel....
Sept. 17, 2014 12:00
Texas songwriting legend Steve Earle played a couple of great paternal figures on David Simon’s HBO projects over the last decade. First, he was the addictturned-Narc Anon counselor Walon on “The Wire”, and then the enigmatic street musician who mentored Lucia Micarelli’s character on the gorgeous, but underappreciated “Treme”....
Sept. 10, 2014 12:00
The fifth-annual Hopscotch Music Festival is in the books, and while it has cultivated even deeper roots in the experimental, the abstract and the heavy-as-lead, this might have been the first year where it embraced all of its disparate scenes this even-handedly....
Sept. 10, 2014 12:00
A Charlotte-based item has never, ever been given the lede in this space, but then again Outkast also has not played in North Carolina in the post-9/11 age. They headline Funk Fest on Friday and they may not be much longer for this world after that....
Sept. 10, 2014 12:00
Everyone has been here: On hold with tech support or the IRS or the cable company, full of piss and vinegar and ready to give an earful to the unlucky schmuck who end. But then something magical happens. “Maneater” comes on the line to help you bide the time and within seconds, you forget why you’re on hold in the first place....
Sept. 3, 2014 12:00
There’s been ample space to question whether the product the John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival is putting out has lived up to the sizable expectations it created by invoking a pillar of American music as its avatar....
Sept. 3, 2014 12:00
The sounds of ringing G chords will fill the air on Wednesday at Center City Park when High Point’s postgrunge acoustic trio Upstart Crow play at Tunes at Noon....
Sept. 3, 2014 12:00
The War Memorial Auditorium acquired a rather lackluster standing years, though not entirely for the wrong reasons. It’s easy to look past its drab, dated interior when the house lights are down, but its lack of amenities and character severely handcuff it in comparisons to regional rivals like the DPAC....
Aug. 27, 2014 12:00
The Hopscotch Music Festival turns five years old in two weekends, a remarkable feat considering it lost the equivalent of a comfortable middle class salary in its first year. (Moogfest showed this year, however, that you might have to dip seven figures in the red before anyone notices....

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