Thursday, August 23, 2007

Other Sound Music Festival

Posted By on Thu, Aug 23, 2007 at 4:50 PM

For the third year, the Other Sound Music Festival will be providing a showcase for great Atlanta bands. The fest is Sept. 6-9, and will take place at the Drunken Unicorn, Lenny’s, 11:11 Teahouse and the Earl. If you go, make sure not to miss the rugged rock 'n’ roll of the All Night Drug Prowling Wolves.

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It ain't over till Aretha Franklin sings

Posted By on Thu, Aug 23, 2007 at 5:20 AM

The Queen of Soul has canceled her upcoming Chastain performance, which was scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 1, citing hot-as-hell temps in Atlanta. She issued a statement:

Regretfully due to the record breaking high temperatures, it is impossible to perform in the 90 degree temperatures as it is far too stressful on the body. I have had significant difficulty in finishing my last two concerts in the 80 degree temperatures. Hopefully, we can re-schedule and my sincerest apologies to Chastain Park and the fans in Atlanta. I hope to see you soon.

All the best,

Aretha Franklin

Can't say I blame her. I just hope Stevie Wonder doesn't get any ideas and cancel his Sept. 14, Chastain gig.

Who is booking these vets for outside shows, anyway? I know Chastain is supposed to be the cat's meow, but it's sort of a travesty when you think about it. Considering all the dues they've paid, Aretha and Stevie deserve air-conditioning for every performance. Plus, has anybody noticed how much weight the two of them have put on over the last few years? I know Ms. Franklin is trying to lose some pounds before her upcoming wedding, but sweating it off during live performances is not the way.

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Monday, August 20, 2007

Wanna see Ludacris for free? Hit me up.

Posted By on Mon, Aug 20, 2007 at 7:49 PM



(Photo by Joeff Davis)

So I sent a text to a friend of mine last week to let her know I had a spare ticket to see her favorite Atlanta rapper in concert this Tuesday.

"You mean Andre 3000 is performing!!!" she texted back.

"Um no, how about your second favorite Atlanta rapper," I responded.


"Not quite ... try your third?"

"Not Young Jeezy?"

"Nevermind ..."

Needless to say, Ludacris didn't even make the cut. Guess I overestimated his spot among Atlanta's hip-hop elite. Maybe Samsung/AT&T did, too, since they put him on the Atlanta bill of their Summer Krush concert series. You can't even buy one of these tickets, and I'm having a problem giving it away. So I decided to open it up to blog readers just to see if anybody out there could prove my friend wrong.

All you have to do is respond to this post and tell me why Ludacris deserves a higher ranking than fourth among Atlanta's top rappers. (Side note: MTV's hip-hop brain trust didn't even rank him among its recently released top 10 hottest MC's in the game.)

To avoid any further embarrassment — both mine and his — I'm going to take the first person to respond who is 21 or older. You must also be willing to have your photo and the details of your night at the show posted on Crib Notes.

That's right, I'm taggin' along.

Doors open at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 20, at the undisclosed location. Leave your e-mail in the response and I'll hit you up with the rest of the details.

Redeem yourselves, Ludacris fans.

NOTE: In case you miss Tuesday's concert, Ludacris has another planned for Sept. 2 at Opera to wrap up Luda Day weekend. It will feature special guests including Ne-Yo, Chingy and Bobby Valentino. You can register to win tickets by logging onto And you may still be able to win your own tickets to Tuesday's show. Click here for details.


Open Mic Madness 2007 wrap-up

Posted By on Mon, Aug 20, 2007 at 4:36 PM

Last week, Josh Rifkind, man-about-town and manager of the Whigs, asked me to be a judge at his signature event, Open Mic Madness. A six-day bonanza that's currently in its sixth year at Smith's Olde Bar, Open Mic Madness is a talent competition where more than 100 bands square off against each another. There are roughly 120 slots, and each act is paired into twos; both acts play a song to determine which one in the bracket advances. (This year there were fewer slots because not enough people signed up.) By Thursday, the one-song elimination cuts the talent in half, much like the NCAA tournament; there are about 32 acts left on Friday; and Saturday is the finals, with about eight acts angling for the title.

Past winners of Open Mic Madness include the Whigs, who are now signed to ATO Records (Dave Matthews' label); and popular local acts such as Sovus Radio, Bain Mattox and last year's champion, Dead Confederate. Because of the sheer volume of artists who participate, Open Mic Madness has earned a reputation as the most important rock contest in Atlanta.

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Friday, August 17, 2007

Travis Tritt likes cops

Posted By on Fri, Aug 17, 2007 at 9:15 PM

Attention members of the po-po: Country vet Travis Tritt is inviting you, along with members of the military and the fire department, to hang out at his upcoming Atlanta shindig.

With a valid I.D., we will provide up to four (4) complimentary tickets for Terrace or Rear Terrace seats to the Aug. 22 concert at Chastain Park (subject to availability and not applicable with any other offers). Tickets can be picked-up at the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office prior to the concert or the night of the performance at Chastain Park if seating is available.

No word on whether Rudy Giuliani will show up.

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Manchester Orchestra goes big time

Posted By on Fri, Aug 17, 2007 at 4:00 PM


MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA: Tours in hot-ass vans pay off.

(Photo by Don Vancleave)

Manchester Orchestra hasn't been in Atlanta all year. Instead, the pop-rock band has been on one national tour after another — first as an opening act for Brand New, then as a co-headlining act with Colour Revolt.

For most bands, this means sitting in a hot-ass van, trying not to piss each other off. But Manchester Orchestra has built serious momentum through its road work. In June, it played a well-received set at Bonnaroo. Then RED Distribution, which is owned by Sony Music, decided to distribute its 2006 full-length, I'm like a Virgin Losing a Child.

Earlier this week, I was a judge at Open Mic Madness at Smith's Olde Bar (more on that later), and happened to be seated next to Jay Harren, former 99x (WNNX-FM) personality and current A&R man for Columbia Records. I asked him who he had signed lately, and he mentioned Manchester Orchestra. Turns out the band will record its third album for Columbia; in a unique twist, its second album (due in 2008) will be released through its independent label, Favorite Gentlemen, with distribution from RED.

If you don't know who Manchester Orchestra is, you can acquaint yourself through an April 11 profile I wrote here. Then you can purchase tickets for the band's next hometown gig. The group just announced its latest coup — an opening slot on the Kings of Leon and Black Rebel Motorcycle fall tour, which hits the Fox Theater on Oct. 9.

Not enough for you? On Sept. 6, Manchester Orchestra will make its television debut when it plays "The Late Show with David Letterman."

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Liquid Jungle jam-band inspires thirst for PBR

Posted By on Fri, Aug 17, 2007 at 3:23 PM

I've always thought highly of Vinyl. I suppose that's because of the sheer number of times I've heard it mentioned by friends and acquaintances. Figured it must be something special.

I had never actually been to Vinyl, though, until Friday, Aug. 3, when I went to check out Liquid Jungle celebrate the release of its first album, Tiny Heaven.

Vinyl was packed with the prettiest suburbanites around. It was as if class at Dawson Creek High had just let out. Sneering, turf-claiming blondes dressed in skimpy AE halter tops eyed my friends and I as we cruised through the front doors and made our way toward the bar. And this is where my opinion of Vinyl started to dwindle: $4 PBRs.

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Thursday, August 16, 2007

The new Lenny’s turns one

Posted By on Thu, Aug 16, 2007 at 1:29 PM

It’s hard to believe it’s already been a year since Lenny’s Bar moved into its more spacious new location. On Aug. 25, Atlanta’s best dive bar will be celebrating the one-year anniversary of its move with a night of local bands and DJs. Snowden, Psychic Hearts and Atlas Sound (Bradford Cox of Deerhunter) will bring the rock. KISS Atlanta party-starter Preston Craig will fill the floor with a DJ set. This anniversary party looks to be the best end-of-summer blowout in Atlanta, so be there.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Michael O'Neal Singers bring serious fun, doom

Posted By on Wed, Aug 15, 2007 at 7:52 PM


MICHAEL O'NEAL: Is this my doppelganger?

(Photo taken from Michael O'Neal Singers' website)

This afternoon, I got an e-mail with the subject line "MOS e-News: Summer Singers present SONGS FOR A SUMMER'S NIGHT." Initially, I thought it was a piece of spam, but my curiosity was piqued, so I decided to open it. (My CL bosses shouldn't worry ... I opened the e-mail from a mobile computer.) It turned out to be a concert notice for the Michael O'Neal Singers, a symphonic chorus from Roswell with more than 100 members.

But here's the weird thing. The group's website address is, just like my name! Very bizarre.

At any rate, the group performs Mon., Aug. 27, at Roswell United Methodist Church. It will sing a repertoire of pop classics by Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein and others.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Kindercore lives!

Posted By on Tue, Aug 14, 2007 at 9:09 PM


KINDERCORE: Back from the dead

(Photo taken from Kindercore's MySpace page)

One of the biggest gaps in our music coverage this year has been a dearth of stories on the Athens scene. Yes, the collegiate city lies an hour-and-a-half away. And frankly, I hate making that drive, man. I made tentative plans to go to AthFest (apologies to Michelle Roche) and considered attending Popfest, too. But that long-ass trip dissuaded me from heading up there.

But I'm well-aware that Athens has long nurtured a historically important musical community, which is why we've often covered it in the past. Kevin Griffis' Sept. 4, 2003, story on the mysterious Jeff Mangum, leader of the late great Neutral Milk Hotel, continues to be one of CL's most popular stories in its archive. (That story can be accessed here.)

So yeah, CL likes Athens. And one of the most unexpected stories to emerge from that far-flung region has been the return of Kindercore Records. In the early '00s, Kindercore was THE face of twee pop, thanks to happy-happy (and sometimes obnoxiously peppy) bands like I Am the World Trade Center, Of Montreal, Dressy Bessy, Maserati, Japancakes and other stalwarts. Then, in 2003, the label collapsed under a flurry of lawsuits. I don't want to get too deep into it, but it's safe to say I'm surprised Kindercore managed to return from the dead.

Longtime label owner Dan Geller, who also fronts Ruby Isle, is throwing a well-earned "Reanimation Celebration" at Caledonia Lounge Sat., Aug. 18. If you can't make the trip, check out the new Kindercore Records website. It's rich in multimedia content, from videos and flash animation to comic strips, music and cultural essays.

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