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Past articles by Brian:

Love the player, love 'The Game': Wilmington singer David Dixon drops new EP

Dixon will play an album-release party Aug. 19 at Dram + Morsel in downtown Wilmington. Cover includes a hard copy of the EP. → Read More

Two Wilmington punk bands release full-tilt albums that reflect COVID frustrations

Wilmington supergroup Evening Shadows' self-titled debut and The Girls’ “Armed to the Teeth” are both punk albums made during the pandemic. → Read More

Best Wilmington Live Music, April 20-26

Broccoli Samurai April 20 @ The Whiskey Electronic jam band from Cleveland is as chill as it is dynamic. Don’t let the name fool you — the music can have a rock feel and the studio songs stretch out nicely onstage, sometimes into half-hour explorations. With Dubtown Cosmonauts. Details: 8 p.m. doors, 9 p.m. show, Thursday, 1 S. Front St., Wilmington. Of Good Nature April 21 @ The Whiskey… → Read More

Best Wilmington live music, April 13-19

Paleface Indie-folk singer-songwriter and Ramseur Records artist has a soulful voice and has penned such quality tunes as “Burn and Rob.” Paleface records and tours with Mo Samalot on drums and has fans in The Avett Brothers and Beck. Details: 9 p.m. Friday, 11 E. Salisbury St., Wrightsville Beach. Hornsby has his hits (“The Valley Road,” “The Way it Is”) but the musician is a wandering spirit.… → Read More

Best Wilmington Live Music, April 6-13

Azalea Festival concerts Shows include The Temptations April 5 at Kenan Auditorium, Cole Swindell April 6 on the Miller Lite Main Stage, Duran Duran April 7 on the Miller Lite Main Stage, Jason Derulo with Morris Day & The Time April 9 on the Miller Lite Main Stage and The Old School vs. New School hip-hop and R&B show April 9 at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater. Plus, there’s plenty of live… → Read More

Best Wilmington Live Music, March 16-22

Gorilla Biscuits Formed 30 years ago while its members were still in high school, this New York City hardcore band has recorded few albums but influenced countless bands. Their 1989 album “Start Today” is considered a hardcore classic. Details: 7:30 p.m. doors, 8:30 p.m. show, Friday, 1415 S. 42nd St., Wilmington. Founded by Maurice White, this super group of the 1970s bridged funk, soul, rock,… → Read More

Best Wilmington Live Music, Feb. 23-Mar 1

Psieka Hip-hop showcase featuring East Coast performer Pseika. Subject matter is witty and determined, with vocals restrained and easy-flowing, all tempered against music ripe for the dance floor or blaring out the car. With Breeze Davis and DJ Turtle. Details: 9 p.m. doors, 10 p.m. show, Thursday, 107 S. Front St., Wilmington. $7, $5 with student ID. The Midtown Men Feb. 24 @ CFCC Wilson Center… → Read More

Best Wilmington Live Music, Feb. 9-15

North Carolina Symphony — Scheherazade Feb. 9 @ CFCC Center Conducted by Grant Llewellyn, the N.C. Symphony will perform Rimsky-Korsakov’s 1888 suite based on “One Thousand and One Nights.” The composer’s most celebrated work combines orchestral playing and flavors from the East. The performance will also include works from Timo Andres and Tchaikovsky. Details: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 701 N. Third… → Read More

Best Wilmington Live Music, Jan. 12-18

After Funk Powerhouse, playful funk band from Toronto. Infectious and sunshiny, the music marries solid grooves with blazing guitar, all led by Yanick Allwood’s searing, soulful vocals. Think Sly and the Family Stone led by Living Colour’s Corey Glover. Details: 9 p.m. Thursday, 1 S. Front St., Wilmington. Urban Soil Warm, colorful music from this tight Raleigh band that brings a variety of… → Read More

Best Wilmington Live Music, Jan. 5-11

Home Town Throw Down Punk rock showcase featuring Rocket 77, Slomo Dingo and Bastard Brigade. Rocket 77 plays a high energy, modern approach to punk rock where the ’90s and ’70s collide into explosive fun. Details: 10 p.m. Friday, 1 S. Front St., Wilmington. Crystal Bright and the Silver Hands A mix of cabaret, gypsy folk, jazz and flamboyant energy. Bright’s intriguing noir-tinged music is… → Read More

AMC Theatres buys Carmike Cinemas

AMC Theatres announced recently that Carmike Cinemas is now part of their chain of movie theaters. AMC Theatres, founded in Kansas City, Missouri, almost a century ago, is the largest chain of theaters in the U.S. and the world — over 10,000 screens in total. Carmike 16 is located on Cinema Drive off Market and Kerr Avenue. Originally opened in 1997 with 12 screens, it expanded to16 in 1999 and… → Read More

Best Wilmington Live Music, Dec. 29-Jan. 4

The Shivers Formed last year, this Wilmington band plays rock ‘n’ roll with a laid back, old-school vibe — rolling guitar licks, tender vocals and garage-band atmosphere. Check out the fun, late ’60s vibe on “Honey” whose Jekyll & Hyde personality features a great guitar lead, or the rave-up “Hole in the Sky.” This is the band’s first show since summer so expect an energetic showcase. With… → Read More

Best Wilmington Live Music, Dec. 15-21

The Ataris Punk rock band has been around since the mid-’90s, led by Kris Roe’s passionate vocals and burning guitar. They recently released “October in This Railroad Earth,” a collection of songs that reach back to the early days of the band. Details: 7 p.m. doors, 7:45 p.m. show, Friday, 208 Market St., Wilmington. $8-$13 Noesis w/I, Atlas Raleigh singer-songwriter Noesis’ acoustic-driven… → Read More

Best Wilmington Live Music, Dec. 1-7

Jeanne Jolly & The Mistletoes’ Jolly Holiday Revue Described as “Joni Mitchell with Billie Holiday stylings,” this Raleigh singer-songwriter delivers smooth, soulful Americana. For this show Jolly is playing with The Mistletoes, a band touring as The Jolly Holiday Revue. Expect some holiday music and songs from her recent release, “A Place to Run.” Details: 6 p.m. doors, 7 p.m. show,… → Read More

Best Wilmington live music, Aug. 18-24

John Golden & Friends In 1983 John Golden, Tom Harder and UNCW music faculty member Rob Nathanson recorded “Ballads” in Rocky Point, an album of original and traditional folk songs. Rooted in the music of the Appalachian Mountains with material largely inspired by the Cape Fear area and its history, “Ballads” sounds timeless and full of electricity. Nathanson has put this show together,… → Read More

Best Wilmington Live Music, Aug. 4-10

Aug. 4 @ the Ocean Grill & Tiki Bar One of Wilmington’s best bands, frontman Sean Thomas Gerard’s well-crafted tunes are an uncommon blend of rock, pop, folk, country and other influences. A rare chance to catch them in the great outdoors. Details: 7-9 p.m. Thursday, 1211 S. Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach. Free. Americana and bluegrass infused with a soulful, soaring energy by this Wilmington… → Read More

Movies opening in the Wilmington area Aug. 5

“Suicide Squad” Action superhero film based on DC Comics’ series about super villains recruited by a secret government agency to save the day in exchange for clemency. Carmike 16, Mayfaire 16, Coastal 10 – Shallotte, Surf Cinemas “Nine Lives” Kevin Spacey stars in this family comedy about a business tycoon too busy for family. After years of distance from his daughter, the tycoon buys a cat as a… → Read More

Best Wilmington Live Music, July 28-Aug. 3

Austin, Texas’ Shakey Graves is Alejandro Rose-Garcia, who became largely known as a one-man-band playing guitar, singing and use his feet for percussion. The music on “And the War Came” is a wonderful gauze-draped dream, a hazy combination of folk, blues and rock and roll. With Streets of Laredo. Details: 6 p.m. gates, 7 p.m. show, Thursday, 1941 Amphitheater Drive, Wilmington. $22-$28 North… → Read More

Movies opening in the Wilmington area July 29

“Bad Moms” An overworked, stressed out mom is befriended by two equally stressed out moms also tired of routine and rules put force by society. They decide to refrain from life’s daily responsibilities, go wild and eventually have to take on the ringleader of rules that’s been making their lives hellish. Carmike 16, Mayfaire 16, Coastal 10 – Shallotte, Surf Cinemas “Captain Fantastic” Viggo… → Read More

Wilmington-shot ‘Maximum Overdrive’ was released 30 years ago

“Maximum Overdrive” is a derided horror film, but 30 years have been kind to the Wilmington-filmed movie based on Stephen King’s short story “Trucks” from his short story collection “Night Shift.” It was released on July 25, 1986 during a summer when “Aliens” and “The Fly” caught more attention than “Howard the Duck,” “SpaceCamp” and King’s tale of mechanical things coming to life as earth… → Read More