The Blend Concert Calendar 1/29/14

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Every Wednesday, we’ll use this space to let you know about some shows coming through the Charlotte area in the near future.

We’ve got another round of upcoming shows for you to consider:

Moe. – The Fillmore – Thu, Jan 30, 2014

If you’re in the mood for some extended jamming, then this one’s a no-brainer.

Big Head Todd & The Monsters – The Fillmore – Sat, Feb 1, 2013

The constantly touring 90’s alt-radio rockers will be in town this weekend supporting their new (fantastic) album Black Beehive.  Yes, the title is a reference to Amy Winehouse.

The Arctic Monkeys – The Fillmore – Mon, Feb 3, 2014

Here’s the one you’ve all been waiting for – the UK rockers will be here on Monday.  This show sold out a while ago so if you’re one of the lucky ones with a ticket… I’ll see you there!

-Bentley

In Case You Missed It: New Music Monday 1/27/14

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Tune in to New Music Monday with Leigh Riley at 11:00am for a first listen of the best music soon to be on your radio!

Lee Riley had a full lineup today for New Music Monday.  Leading off, she brought you the new Big Head Todd and the Monsters tune, “Josephina.”

Up next was Foster the People’s new one from their highly anticipated sophomore release Supermodel.  Here’s “Coming of Age:”

Then came Brendan Benson with “It’s Your Choice” from his 6th solo LP, You Were Right.

Acid-washed retro-garage rockers Temples

followed with the song that Scott Barnett and I have been humming to ourselves nonstop for a couple months, “Shelter Song.”

Last up was Jamestown Revival, who seem to have a thing for locations: here’s “California (Cast Iron Soul)” off of the album Utah:

January Blend Album of the Month

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Mason Jennings – Always Been

Mason Jennings folk/pop musician released his first solo album in 1998.  Since that time the folk/pop musician has come to develop a style of simple melodies driven just by his singing and acoustic guitar and intimate lyrics.  For his latest album, Jennings secluded himself in a remote cabin to write and record demos all winter long.  He emerged with about 30 songs and the basis for Always Been.  He recorded the album with what he calls “dream collaborations” as he enlisted help from Neil Young’s drummer Chard Cromwell and Iris Dement.

With few exceptions, the songs on this album are catchy, acoustic-driven, well-crafted folk/pop tunes.  “Lonely Street” and “Rainboots” are both upbeat gems.  The centerpiece of the album is “Wilderness,” which finds Jennings in a much more introspective mode.  Though these are definitely pop songs the production is very straightforward and so Jennings’ roots-y tendencies as well as his grittier side are occasionally allowed to show.

Always Been is another solid entry in what is becoming (if not already is) a very strong discography for Mason Jennings.  Prolific though he is – putting out an album every year or so – Jennings has proven that he still has some new ideas.  Always Been is an eminently listenable album.  It’s the kind of album that, if you’re not careful, you’ll accidentally listen to twice all the way through without stopping.  At only 38, it will be exciting for us to see what comes next from this talented musician.

-Bentley Holt

From The Archives: Marillion

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At 4:45pm every Tuesday and Thursday Scott Barnett dives deep into the WSGE vault to bring you a gem on vinyl From The Archives!

Today, Scott Barnett indulged in the, err, “questionable” tastes of his 80’s youth with English neo-prog rockers Marillion.  Their 1985 hit “Kayleigh” still holds up quite well.  The hair, clothes, and hair again (because it really needs to be mentioned twice) do not fare as well:

The Blend Concert Calendar 1/22/14

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Every Wednesday, we’ll use this space to let you know about some shows coming through the Charlotte area in the near future.

Struggling to figure out what you’re doing this weekend?  Not anymore!  Here are some options:

Phosphorescent – Neighborhood Theatre – Fri, Jan 24, 2014

One of my favorite bands that you might not have ever heard of, Phosphorescent is primarily Matthew Houck.  2013’s Muchacho featured the gorgeous “Song For Zula.”

Simplified – Riverview Raw Bar & Grill – Fri, Jan 24, 2014

Local legends Simplified will get the good vibes flowin’ for the coming weekend.

The Front Bottoms – The Casbah – Tue, Jan 28, 2014

Do you sometimes find yourself listening to an acoustic guitar and wishing it was just way more punk?  Well, The Front Bottoms have got you covered.

-Bentley

From The Archives: The Kinks

kinks_waterlooAt 4:45pm every Tuesday and Thursday Scott Barnett dives deep into the WSGE vault to bring you a gem on vinyl From The Archives!

Today on From The Archives, Scott played The Kinks’ 1967 magnum opus “Waterloo Sunset.”  Scott picked this song because he’s going to England for the first time in June and has been pretty much only listening to English music for the last month.  As he put it, this song is “very English-y.”