Charlotte Concert Alert: Saints of Valory & The Soldier Thread, August 15

An Austin double-header in Charlotte on August 15 might just leave you with two new favorite bands: Saints of Valory and The Soldier Thread.

August is shaping up to be a pretty fabulous concert month in Charlotte, kids.

Just announced yesterday, a hot, hot, hot Austin pairing will hit the Queen City on August 15th at Tremont Music Hall:  Saints of Valory & The Soldier Thread. Local kids S.O. Stereo will share the stage, as well.

If you somehow have missed it, Saints of Valory has SKYROCKETED to the very top of my “favorite artists EVER list” over the last 18 months.  This talented quad of fellas has won my musical ear with their spirited, ardent rock – and they put so much heart into their live performance, it just sent me tumbling head over heels for them. The guys are earning fans around the country – they have recently shared the stage with Michael Franti & Spearhead and were the Southwest region finalist for Billboard Music’s Battle of the Bands.

Tack on The Soldier Thread, an on-the-brink rock act with heavy doses of pop and electronica fronted by the golden-voiced of Patricia Lynn, and you’ve got a recipe for an absolutely KILLER show.

So, mark your calendars, kids.  Wednesday, August 15th.  Doors at 7:00, first band goes on at 8. Tickets are $8 at the door – $3 surcharge for under 21.  More info here.

Charlotte Hot Ticket: Flagship

I know there are a glut of little pop-rock-emo-indie bands vying for your attention. Flagship, formerly known as Flagship Brigade, out of Charlotte is worthy of a few minutes of your time to get to know. This quintent out of Charlotte definitely has chops – channeling a little old school Cure, but with some modern flair. And Drake’s voice is just sick – I love it. I’ve been watching them quietly for the past six months or so and grow more impressed by them every time I see them live. They’re obviously talented kids, they bring out the crowds, and they’ve got the dramatic flair they need to get noticed.

If you get the Krissie Mix, you’ll hear their song “Oil Field” on the latest edition. If you don’t get the Spring Mix (and even if you do), you can download my favorite of their songs – “Holy Ghost” – for free right now. (They put it up for download after I’d already burned all the mixes – drat!)

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