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Hopeful singers on TV and new supergroups

Atlanta loves its hard rockers. (You may not know that by reading CL, however, which tends to focus on musicians that are indie and obscure.) So it's no surprise that someone who hails from here, Chris Pierson, landed a spot on "Rock Star: Supernova."

Pierson is the lead singer for Streetlight Syndrome, a quartet that plays shows at places like Velvet Underground, and issued its self-titled debut EP earlier this year. (Its website is During the first week of "Rock Star: Supernova," however, Pierson didn't do too well. His first song, a misguided version of the Police's "Roxanne," landed him in the bottom three of the show's 15 contestants. He managed to stave off elimination with a heartfelt rendition of the Doors' "L.A. Woman." Can he win Tommy Lee's approval after a rough start? Good luck with that one. ...

BOBBY LEE RODGERS, the mastermind behind jam-band favorite the Codetalkers, recently joined forces with guitarist Jimmy Herring (the Allman Brothers, the Dead) and drummer Jeff Sipe. (Guitarist Mark van Allen and bassist Neal Fountain also play in the band.) The new supergroup is currently playing shows as Herring, Rodgers & Sipe, but it wants fans to pick a more dynamic and lasting name. Log onto and offer your suggestions. Atlantans will get their first chance to see the band at the Day the Music Never Stopped Festival on Sat., Aug. 19, at 4C Ranch in Buckhead, Ga.

RANDOM NEWS: India.Arie topped Billboard's June 15 album charts with her third full-length, Testimony: Vol. 1, Life and Relationship. She's the second Atlanta artist to score a No. 1 album this year, and follows T.I.'s platinum-selling King. ... By the way, congratulations to T.I., who picked up a trophy for Best Male Hip-Hop Artist at the 2006 BET Awards. ... In related news, two emerging Atlanta artists recently made the cover of Billboard magazine. Hit songwriter Sean Garrett landed the July 1 cover, and veteran soul artist Anthony David made the July 8 cover. ... Jermaine Dupri was recently named Songwriter of the Year (along with 50 Cent) at ASCAP's Rhythm and Soul Awards. ... According to a report on, Live Nation bought out House of Blues and acquired ownership to several of the latter's venues, including HiFi Buys Amphitheatre in Atlanta. ... Business Radio 1160 (WCFO-AM), an all-financial talk radio station, debuted late last month. It took the place of arts station WMLB-AM, which moved over to frequency 1690. ... Local punk band Cartel's single, "Say Anything (Else)" was chosen as one of 35 tracks on Madden NFL '07. The latest installment of the best-selling video game series hits stores in August. ... It's been a busy summer, so I neglected to mention that hip-hop supergroup Danger Doom (MF Doom and Danger Mouse) issued a free EP, Occult Hymn, on Adult Swim's website. It's only available for a limited time, so go to and download it.

CD RELEASES: Singer/songwriter Randall Bramblett celebrates Rich Someday with a Fri., July 14, concert at Smith's Olde Bar. The Sundogs open. ... Pop-rock band Mike Willis and the Escape Artists introduces Holding My Breath with two Sat., July 15, shows at Eddie's Attic. Scott Ivey opens the first concert, and Linsey Hinkle opens the second. ... Ascendant metal act Zoroaster brings its self-titled EP into the world via a Sat., July 15, gig at Drunken Unicorn. Doomsayer and Loss (TN) open. ... Indie-rock group Cassavetes promotes Funny Story with a Sat., July 15, show at the Earl. Club Awesome and Engineering round out the bill. ... IDM producer Larvae welcomes Dead Weight with a Sat., July 15, concert at 11:11 Teahouse. Shadowhuntaz also perform. ... Overachieving rock musician Butch Walker celebrates The Rise and Fall of Butch Walker and the Let's-Go-Out Tonites with a two-day stand, Tues.-Wed., July 18-19, at Variety Playhouse.

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