1. SHADOWFLAG -- These guys released an album last year, are currently ranked second in the nation out of unsigned bands by Zippo, considered one of the top seven unsigned bands in America by Sonicbids, are working with producer Bruce Irvine (Tina Turner, Pink Floyd ) and are rumored to be playing NY for a Jagermeister New Year's Eve bash near Times Square.
2. TEN MISSING DAYS -- The young guns of Charlotte's pure music scene have grown up and catered their music to a much more mature sound. Relentlessly pursuing the purest forms of expression, these heavy heroes released a DVD at Tremont Music Hall that is completely off the charts! A must listen for any lover of true artistry.
3. HAIRBALL -- Ryan and Chris Hunter make Punk Rock music for the masses. The brothers have been at it for years now and are always at the forefront of any major punk project in the Carolinas. Musicians extrodinaire, they have devoted their lives to several projects, including Hot new world group Brakethru. Check out their third anticipated Hairball release early in 2006.
4. IN-V -- Another punk-branded duo that broke out of the local mold with primer performances at the 106.5 End of Summer Weenie Roast and the 2005 Y'allternative Rockfest. Chris and Colt stay true to who they are and give every performance they play the utmost attention. If you live in Charlotte, you MUST see an In-v show. They are one of the hardest working bands in the Queen City.
5. THE BARNETTES -- It's no wonder this family is at the top of the charts. The three sisters and one brother of the Barnettes were the highlight of this year's Mid-Atlantic Music Conference to many attendees. They play with such sincereity and pleasure that their music is one of the most contagious things we've heard all year.
6. NATHAN ASHER AND THE INFANTRY -- Raleighites The Infantry are hot off their win in the 2005 John Lennon song writing contest. With Dylanesque lyrics and an album that was recorded live in a theater, Asher and crew have solidified themselves as the next generation of Carolina revolutionairies.
7. QUEEN CITY INDEPENDENT -- Brian McKinney has taken the Charlotte scene by storm, his company QCI has put on some of the phattest shows this city has ever seen. Bringing in acts like Little Brother, the Suicide Girls, and the Ataris QCI has coupled with music mag Amps 11 to open a new music venue in early 2006.
8. SUPASTITION -- Local superstar Supastition spreads deep messaging throughout his music and challenges those around him to recognize the South as not just a region where Crunk regins supreme. His intricate rhymes and superb storytelling bring in the masses as evidenced by his packed-house recent performance at Fire and Ice.
9. UPHONIK -- Women melt and clothes fly when these hearthrob rockers hit the stage. Not too bad for an act that moved thousands of miles southward after a successful stint in Montreal, Canada. Uphonik played Meck Deck's Benefit for The Bayou and had Mayor Pat McCrory singing their praises.
10. ANTHONY HAMILTON -- Arguably the most successful act ever to come out of Charlotte. Touring alongside Macy Gray and R. Kelly, this hometown boy's Grammy nominated songs spread love and affection in many places, including his recent performance on daytime talk show, Ellen.