If it's baroque, Barroco Fest will fix it 

Chamber pop fest kicks off; Low Yo Yo says adios, ATL

ONE IN THE CHAMBER: Brock Scott, left, of chamber pop group Little Tybee helps organize Atlanta's first Barroco Fest.


ONE IN THE CHAMBER: Brock Scott, left, of chamber pop group Little Tybee helps organize Atlanta's first Barroco Fest.

Brock Scott of local chamber pop group Little Tybee and Brett Kelly of Tealights and Sorry No Ferrari are out to fix the baroque music scene. They've put their heads together to organize the first Barroco Fest, taking place at the Goat Farm on Sat., Nov. 6. The idea is to put together a lineup that shows off the city's wealth of classical fusion bands under one roof.

"In the art world 'baroque' was originally a derogatory term that referred to 'flawed pearls,'" says Scott, "but it eventually came to mean something very different — more of a respected thing. With the Barroco Fest we wanted to focus on the flawed pearls, or the hidden treasures of the Atlanta music scene." The lineup includes performances by Cousin Dan, Jeffrey Bützer, Hello Ocho, Book of Colors, Adron, Sealions, Little Tybee, Tealights, Venice is Sinking and Samadha.

It looks like Low Yo Yo Stuff Records' tenure in Atlanta was a short-lived affair. The one-time staple of Athens' record shopping scene, which moved to Atlanta a few years ago, has returned to the college town from whence it came. The new store is located at 261 W. Washington St., just up the block from its former location. Low Yo Yo owner Todd Ploharski has teamed up with longtime friend Chris "Razz" Rasmussen, an old-school townie best known for recording Pylon's early demos in the late '70s. He recently returned to Athens from New York City, where he moved in 1981.

On the new releases front, 4ize dropped a mixtape last month called Professional Ignorant. Hip-hop songstress Boog Brown's latest CD, Brown Study, is out now. Brown also appears on J-Live's new single, "The Way That I Rhyme," from the Undivided Attention EP. Local post-punk band Charges (featuring members of 40 Hells and Author's Apology) have a debut 4-song, 7-inch EP, Consequentialist Communiqué, out now.

MC Wyzsztyk of Psyche Origami fame returns this month with an EP from his new project Mind Creatures. According to Wyz, Mind Creatures was born out of the material that was originally intended to take shape as the next Psyche-O release, but it was so different that it spawned something new altogether.

Floridian industrial outfit 3KStatic — which counts Atlanta electro, experimental and otherwise outsider music man R_Garcia among its ranks — has a remix of KMFDM's "Godlike" on the Godlike 2010 CD. Other acts remixing the same track for this release include the Melvins, Prong, Static-X and more. Maserati's Pyramid of the Sun sees a release party at the Earl on Nov. 19. Wowser Bowser celebrates the release of a new EP at the Drunken Unicorn on Nov. 20, and Roman Photos's "Decline" b/w "These Arms" 7-inch is due in December on Double Phantom Records.

Twenty-eight-year-old bassoonist and Atlanta Music Project Executive Director Dantes Rameau is one of the 25 recipients of AOL's new $25,000 grants for creative work, dubbed "25 for 25." The Atlanta Music Project kicked-off in February as an after-school, youth orchestra and choir program that targets Atlanta's underserved communities in the Atlanta metro area.


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