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  • By Jeff Simpson September 10, 2014 Thursday De La Soul at City Plaza. Photo by Carter Short DE LA SOUL Fighting off the impending storm, De La Soul lit up the Raleigh Center City Plaza kicking off the fifth year of the Hopscotch Music Festival....

  • By Brent Hill August 13, 2014  There’s nothing wrong with a grown man eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Or in the case of the Charlotte band Amigo– there’s nothing wrong with three grown men eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and drinking cheap...

  • By Nick Bequette Photo by Carter Short August 10, 2014 For those of you who aren’t familiar with the story of Rodrigo y Gabriela, it’s a common one – nothing new here. Stop me when it gets familiar. www.music.newcity.com Two Mexico City kids form a...

  • By Katy Wilkie and Kelli Raulerson August 6, 2014 This Saturday, Floating Action, an indie-rock/folk band From Black Mountain, North Carolina will hit the stage at the Chop Shop, Noda for the God Save The Queen City festival presented by InkFloyd. Floating Action has been...

  • By Brent Hill August 3rd, 2014 We’ve all had those days. A flat tire. An ill-timed fever. A fight with the wife. Those shitty, good for nothing days that threaten to obliterate our memories of all the happy ones. It’s in the free-for-all fallout of...

  • By Brent Hill July 19, 2014 Rock ‘n’ Roll used to be about risk and rebellion. It used to be about challenging The Man, now it’s about making him rich. It used to be about having something to say, now it’s about regurgitating cliches. Where...

  • By Brent Hill July 16, 2014 During the Middle Ages the sound of the horn signaled a major event. It meant someone important was about to arrive.  It meant the hunt was afoot.  It meant get ready– cuz some serious shit is about to go...

  • By Nick Bequette July 14, 2014 It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years since Beck Hanson crashed the top 40 party. Do you remember what it sounded like to hear “Loser” for the first time? How could that song possibly mesh with other mid-nineties...

  • By Brent Hill July 7, 2014 Charlotte is often accused of ignoring its past, mindlessly tearing down old buildings to throw up shiny new structures. That’s not always a bad thing. It’s how cities survive. But if you’re intimately familiar with Charlotte, you know there...

  • By Jeff Simpson  June 26, 2014 A product of the DMV area (D.C., Maryland,Virginia) the wordsmith is equal parts engineer crafting complex rhymes atop borderless rhythms. In a state of perennial flux, Oddisee grinds away the hours breathing life into timeless tracks. A zen state...