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Jul 2014

There is a Silver Lining…


The name Jenny Lewis may not be familiar to you. But her voice is. A former member of Rilo Kiley, she’s overcome personal challenges to create her first solo record, Voyager, due out next Tuesday (7/28). The first single is “Just One of the Guys.” Hear and see it below.

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Jul 2014

Graphic Novel is a Biography of Music’s Famously Hot (and Talented) MessTributeAmyWinehouseA

Tribute: Amy Winehouse, released this week, is available in both print and digital.

The comic book was written by Michael L. Frizell with art by Jayfri Hashim and features seven collectible covers by Hashim and artist Brent Sprecher.

Amy Winehouse, the newest member of the “27 club,” musicians at the height of their career who lost their lives at the age of 27, lived a hard and fast life.

“[She] was one of those artists whose demons both drove her work and led to her untimely death. Writing about her was difficult. As I researched her life and her work, it became increasingly apparent that I couldn’t write about her stardom without addressing her illness and vice versa,” says writer Michael L. Frizell.

“I found myself admiring Ms. Winehouse during the course of crafting this book. I don’t think she was a hero, nor do I think she should be propped up as a role model. Tragic artists such as Ms. Winehouse are fascinating to us because we see this woman who seems to have it all – fame, fortune, a thriving artistic career – throw it all away chasing her personal demons. Sadly, we hear of many stories like hers. What sets her story apart is that there’s this feeling she’d still be on the charts today if she had been able to conquer those demons,” Frizell added.

“The Tribute line of comic books tells the stories of people that have made a significant difference in the world while they were with us,” says Bluewater publisher, Darren G. Davis. “It is a way for us to honor these people who have made a difference in the world.”


It’s available electronically on Wowio, ComiXology, DriveThru Comics, Google Play, My Digital Comics, Overdrive, Iverse, iTunes, Kindle, Biblioboard, ComicBin, Nook, Kobo and wherever eBooks are sold.

Posted in Music News  
Jul 2014

Former Students and Local Music Community to Pay Tribute 3:00 to 7:00 at the Fountain in Five Points


Posted in The Buzz  
Jul 2014

The New Weezer is Here. Listen to it here first.



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Jul 2014

Ireland’s The Script to Play PNC Music Pavilion August 14th

“Superheroes” to be new single

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The Script hails from Dublin, Ireland and it’s been a rags to riches glory ride for the band. Three young Dubliners with music fashioned from the emotional detritus of their own hard lives have notched up a handful of hit singles around the world, including “Breakeven” and “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved”. Their 2008 self-titled debut album, The Script, went to number one in the UK and Ireland, and is now approaching 2 million sales worldwide.

They are supporting OneRepublic in the U.S. Tour and will be making at stop at Charlotte’s PNC Music Pavilion on August 14th. Tickets are still available for that show.

Here is the announcement:

Posted in Music News  
Jul 2014

 Fall Looks to be an Exciting Time for Music

Sneak Peak of New Weezer Due September 30th

dd1bce56Weezer will release their ninth studio album Everything Will Be Alright In The End, on September 30th. It marks their return to a major label after going indie for Hurley. They join Republic Records.

The album is the band’s first collection of new material in four years and is was produced by Ric Ocasek from the Cars. The band says, “if you took the Pinkerton band and then play all the other records – that’s what we sound like now. Bombastic, loose, kind of booming. This record sounds like it’s going to have the tight structure of Blue Album with a little bit more abandon like Pinkerton.”


Here’s a short preview of what we can expect:

Aussie Vance Joy Follows Riptide with Mess is Mine. Listen/Watch it Here

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Breakout Melbourne singer/songwriter Vance Joy follows up “Riptide” with the release of Dream Your Life Away, his debut full-length due this Fall. “Riptide” will be one of the album’s thirteen tracks along with a new single and video “Mess Is Mine.”

Posted in Music News  
Jul 2014

Support Your Independent Public Radio Station with Your Talent

We’ve got too few hands and too many things to do.

In the past, we’ve not taken advantage of the many grant opportunities out there simply because we don’t have the time or talent to do so. But we know you are out there. You’re someone that loves and believes in what we do and has experience in grant writing and research.

If that sounds like you (or someone you know), email Steve Varholy or call at (803) 753-7260 extension 250.

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Jul 2014

“4h of July Blowout”

Last year, LiveNation, the concert promoter, offered a special deal for lawn seats at a number of their amphitheatre shows that lasted only through the Independence Day holiday weekend. This year is no different. They tell us that the $20 price is inclusive of all fees.

The trick is that you have to buy them online through LiveNation.com and that limited quantities are available.

This is the list of shows that they gave us:


PNC Music Pavilion- Charlotte

7/9 – Goo Goo Dolls & Daughtry with Plain White T’s

7/16 – Bad Company & Lynyrd Skynyrd with The Dead Daisies and Steve Rodgers

7/17 – Lionel Richie with CeeLo Green

Sat 7/19 – Kiss & Def Leppard

7/23 – Fall Out Boy & Paramore with New Politics

Sat 7/26 – Rascal Flatts with Sheryl Crow & Gloriana

8/7 – Nine Inch Nails & Soundgarden with Death Grips

Sat 8/9 – Funny or Die’s Oddball Comedy Festival with Aziz Ansari, Chris Hardwick, Hannibal Buress, DJ Trauma, Jeff Ross, Louis C.K., Marc Maron, Reggie Watts, & more

8/14 – OneRepublic with The Script

Sat 9/6 – Weenie Roast ’14 with Weezer, Foster the People, Fitz & the Tantrums, & more

9/16 – Kings of Leon with Young the Giant & Kongos

Fri 9/19 – Brad Paisley with Randy Houser, Leah Turner & more


Uptown Amphitheatre – Charlotte

7/7 – The Neighbourhood with Travi$ Scott & White Arrows

7/15 – The Fray with Barcelona & Oh Honey

7/24 – Gov’t Mule

7/27 – Soulshine Tour with Michael Franti & Spearhead, SOJA, Brett Dennen, Trevor Hall

8/4 – Gavin DeGraw & Matt Nathanson with Andrew McMahon

10/7 – A Day To Remember with Bring Me The Horizon and Chiodos

Available Thursday July 3rd at 12:01 am through Sunday July 6th at 11:59 pm

Posted in Concert Announcements, Music News, Sponsored Message  
Jul 2014

Discover (the Spunky) Meghan Trainor


Although she sounds vaguely British on “All About this Bass,” which has the potential to be the hit of the summer, 20-year old Meghan Trainor is from Nantucket, Massachusetts. A veritable musical prodigy, the multi-instrumentalist had three self-released full lengths to her credit by 17. She’s now based in Nashville, where she works as a songwriter.

All About That Bass at first listen seems to be a lite hip hop track. On further listen (or repeated views of the video), it reveals itself to be a positive and unapologetic self-empowerment anthem for ladies who don’t fit the rail-thin beauty ideal.

Official site

Posted in Lunchtime Music Discovery  
Jun 2014

Discover The Madden Brothers

With a name like the Madden Brothers, you expect a clean-cut boy band. Wrong-o.

The Madden Brothers are, in reality, Joel and Benji Madden, the heart and soul of Good Charlotte a band from Waldorf/La Plata Maryland that became a multi-platinum sensation. Now residing in Southern California, Greetings from California is a forthcoming EP that is a pop exploration inspired by their friendship with Pharell Williams.

“We Are Done” is the first single from the EP. Watch the lyric video here. Hear the song on WXRY.

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