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Something Clever holds Season of Light release party at FU

One of the QCs favorite local bands raises the bar with their latest release + live show

Photos by: Kevin McGee

Local legends Something Clever held their release show, along with a super cool VIP event + listening party, for their newest album, Season of Light, at the Underground Fillmore on March 11th, and it was, once again, a night that proved why local music is the essence of Charlotte. We caught up with Something Clever as they opened up the Underground last summer, and although they dropped a new album, they remain one of the best things about the Queen City.

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Greensboro natives Raimée kicked off the night with some of NC’s best hard rock. The effervescent pink-haired front-woman and her red tie-clad band warmed up the chatty crowd with their electric live set and hard-to-ignore music. Raimee - 04 Their debut EP, “Of Roses and Ravens,” gave them a spot in the NC music scene, while their 2015 release, After All This Time, solidified their presence and made them a contender in the national ranks.   Vices & Vessels - 01 Vices & Vessels brought their metalcore roots to the hometown show. The energy from the previous set was matched as V&V showed the CLT crowd why they landed a spot on this special night. You can find their latest release here.

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Skinkage brought a completely different type of vibe to the Underground, one of relentless, unstoppable, hardcore nature. SkinKage - 01 The Mooresville quintet performed their brand of American heavy metal for a crowd who was in the middle of a genre rollercoaster. SkinKage - 04 As direct openers, Skinkage set the bar high for the headlining band.SkinKage - 10Something Clever proved that the bar will never be too high for them. With a new album making its way into the hands of many metal heads, Something Clever had nothing to lose and everything to gain from sharing their latest release with their hometown crew. Season of Light brought the band and their dedicated fans together through their VIP special, which included a early entry, a listening party, meet and greet + photo, an autographed poster, the album, and an exclusive t-shirt. Something Clever - 04 The tickets were limited to 20, meaning the event was that much more special.

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What’s cool about Something Clever is that you don’t always have to purchase a VIP ticket to feel connected to the band; their live shows feel almost like a family reunion. As you enter the venue, you will surely be greeted by some familiar faces you’ve seen as other shows. There’s something to say about a band who can cultivate such a tight knit group of people whose main goal is to have fun at shows.

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Crowd surfing, brightly-colored hair, cell phone lights, and a sweaty crowd made for perfect conditions as Something Clever played tracks from Season of Light.

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You can pick up the album here, as well as merch from this brand new era! Dates for Something Clever’s Season of Light Tour can be found here.

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Sheila Walsh graduated from USC Aiken in 2015 with a degree in English. While in school, she won an essay competition for an argumentative essay on why the arts are crucial to the education system. Additionally, she was recruited to play volleyball for USCA and contributed to a weekly journal discussing the life of a student-athlete. She currently resides in Charlotte, NC.

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