It's been about a year and a month since Kid Stuff played a show, but that will change when the group takes the stage on Fri., Jan. 27, for what may be a one-off reunion show. The high-energy, hyper-house music ensemble kind of faded away when resident bass/drum programmer and keyboardist Ryan Stang left the city for the wilds of suburbia — Chamblee, that is. Stang vacated the Perimeter to further his career as an audio/video engineer with various corporate gigs. Although Chamblee isn't far enough away to warrant breaking up a band, Stang says his move put the kibosh on Kid Stuff simply because he does not own a car. "There was a little band drama going on here and there, but it was never the issue," he states. "It just became too difficult to get everyone together for practice, so we stopped."
In Kid Stuff's wake, singer/keyboardist Tim Kohler started performing with his latest project, Tim Kohler & the Big Tent Revival Party. Keyboard player Sam Jacobsen started playing with rising art rockers Small Reactions. And vocalist Jenaé Roseen, who replaced original singer Ruti Jones, began channeling her energy into the band Cute Boots. Stang has also played a few solo shows under the name Payphone.
But enough time has passed now, and the group seems stoked to bring its 140-BPM party anthems back to the dance floor. For this show, the original lineup of Stang, Kohler, Jones, and Jacobson are together again. Whether or not this happy return will stick remains to be seen. "It's kind of like asking your ex-girlfriend out to get coffee," says Stang. "You say, 'Let's just go get a coffee,' but really you want to get things started again. I'm hoping this will jump-start the band again, but for now we're planning on it being just a one-off thing."
Rising electronic music innovator heRobust has posted a couple of new songs to his SoundCloud page. "Facebook Lift" takes a look at his forthcoming bass music-influenced album Late Night. "Crystalinstrumental" comes from a companion album called Morning After, which will be a lighter, jazzier affair. Both albums are due to drop Feb. 1 on Saturate Records. They'll be free for the taking on the Internet, but there will be an honest-to-goodness 7-inch for sale that will probably feature both numbers.
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Local hip-hop production crew SMKA is celebrating its four-year anniversary with a party at the Star Bar on Sat, Jan. 28. It seems like only yesterday when it dropped the 808 Experiment Vol. 1 mixtape. Jarren Benton, Rittz, Tuki, Stanza, and more are all lined up to throw down.
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