(Photo courtesy Biz 3)
Back in December, I interviewed former ATF Records co-owner Brian Knott, and promised I would follow up with exclusive details about the upcoming 2008 A3C Hip-Hop Festival, which takes place March 20-22 at C&W Midtown Music Complex. Unfortunately, Knott embargoed most of the information. But with the event only a month and a half away, I called him and pressed him for some details.
Knott told me Del the Funkee Homosapien, Aceyalone, the Cool Kids, Guilty Simpson and Blu & Ta'Raach (aka C.R.A.C.) will definitely be at the event, and MySpace.com is a major sponsor. He declined to give any more names, but said an announcement will be made very shortly. He also said that A3C 2008 will feature an incredible assembly of performers -- including some gold and platinum stars -- fashion shows, video-game presentations and other treats.
Early-bird discounts for three-day passes are available, but Knott warns that prices will go up in a matter of days. You can purchase a pass at Ticketalternative.com. More information soon.
CORNDOG-O-RAMA : 2008- The Year of the Mustard King!
June 26,27,28.29 @ Lenny's Bar
*Now with 100 bands, over 4 days, on 4 main stages, 2 indoor and 2 amazing outdoor stage in the shadow of historic Cabbage Town at the legendary Lenny's. This year's signature back-to-back format is a line up only Atlanta's mainstay Corndog-o-rama mastermind and founder David Railey can deliver: Artists: Independent music artists and fans will reap the benefits of the festival's outdoor stage experience with pro-level sound, lighting, and staging music festival lovers expect, we think the local artists deserve, and the Corndogorama now delivers to America's breakout independent music
Costume-wearing pranksters should start raiding their favorite thrift stores now. If you don't know what Corndogorama is all about, read Chad Radford's story in CL's July 11, 2007 issue.
Yesterday, Gnarls Barkley continued teasing the bloggerati with bits about its upcoming album. First, Cee-Lo and Danger Mouse leaked a new song, "Run," that replicates the late â60s soul-pop of St. Elsewhere's "Smiley Faces." It's all over the Web, and I found it here.
The duo also revealed the name of the album: The Odd Couple. Billboard.com reports that the two are still in the studio finishing the album, but promise to have it ready for the audience's inspection in April.
The new Gnarls Barkley album anchors a busy year for former Atlantan Danger Mouse, ending a relatively quiet 2007 in which he only produced Damon Albarn's project The Good, the Bad & the Queen (which I initially found boring, but the album grew on me). He has finished producing retro-blues duo the Black Keys' Attack & Release, which drops April 1; is completing a long-delayed album with former Tricky muse Martina Topley-Bird's The Blue God for this summer; and has worked on British indie-pop band the Shortwave Set's Replica Sun Machine. None of it is Gorillaz, of course, but it will do.
R.E.M. just announced the first round of dates f0r its tour promoting Accelerate, which drops April 1. Unlike the Drive-By Truckers, who ungraciously left us out of their touring plans, R.E.M.'s itinerary winds up at Lakewood Amphitheatre (formerly known as Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheater) on June 21. Supporting acts include celebrated bar band the National, and Modest Mouse, which made the most disappointing album of 2007 in We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, aka Just Because I Hired Johnny Marr Doesn't Mean My Album Doesn't Stink. But hey, I'm a big Modest Mouse fan, so it will be nice to hear the rest of the group's catalog.
HIP TO BE WEIRD: Hollyweerd
(Photo by Hannibal M.)
It may sound reminiscent of OutKast, but Hollyweerd is definitely unique, and the group is creating a huge buzz in the Atlanta underground hip-hip world.
The group has just been added to the list of artists competing for Urb magazine's "Next 100" list of 2008. Urb.com says:
âThe great thing about Holly Weerd is that they have the perfect balance of familiarity and expansion. There spaceship travels upon breathing synth melodies and staple drum patterns have gotten them much love on local radio and an average of three hundred myspace plays a day! Not bad for a group of atliens who don't even belong to a label.â
You can check them out with Yelawolf, Rita J, Fiona Simone, Gripplyaz, and DJ Mafioso at the Drunken Unicorn on Saturday, Feb. 2. Doors open at 9 p.m. $5 before 11 p.m., $10 after.
Also, look for Maurice Garland's story on Hollyweerd to run in next week's print edition.
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Canadian artist/producer Colin Munroe released a video for his unofficial remix of Kanye Westâs âFlashing Lights.â He doesnât just sing over the track, like most remixes, but adds new sounds and moves the samples a bit. Finally, we see a hip-hop artist get one of their tracks snatched and redone. Hip-hop artists do it all the time, and it's funny to see it happen in the reverse â and done so well. Kanye must not mind. He posted it on his blog.
Munroeâs album Donât Think Less of Me will be released with support from Dallas Austinâs Rowdy Records.
FREAKS OF THE YEAR: Kevin Barnes (center, in dress) and the merry Of Montreal
(Photo by Jim Newberry)
The polls are open for the 2008 Plug Independent Music Awards, and there's plenty of local nominees that need your vote. Athens band Of Montreal's Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? is up for best album and several other categories. Deerhunter's Cryptograms is up for best indie-rock album. The Black Lips' Good Bad Not Evil is down for best punk album. Paste magazine, Criminal Records, Album 88 (WRAS-FM 88.5), and Elliot Garstin's "Sunday School" program on the now-extinct 99X (WNNX-FM 99.7) drew nominations, too.
In short, it's an indie-rock fest for Atlanta indie rockers. If you don't want to go local, you can always cast a vote for deserving contenders such as Battles, El-P, Spoon, and Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings. The ballot closes Feb. 8, and the awards ceremony takes place March 6 at Terminal 5 in New York City.
Yesterday, Rolling Stone magazine's Rock & Roll Daily blog posted an item about the upcoming Gnarls Barkley album. While I'm skeptical the album will be ready by April -- Billboard magazine made a similar announcement last July -- I'm heartened to read that someone outside of Cee-Lo and Danger Mouse's camp has actually heard some completed songs.
The new Gnarls Barkley disc wonât be released until April, but we got the chance to hear a few new cuts early. The verdict: Cee-Lo and Danger Mouse have produced another album of super-catchy tunes that veer between retro-soul shakedowns, tricked-out psychedelic rock and trunk-rattling hip-hop.
So maybe the follow-up to St. Elsewhere will actually come out this year. Personally, I'm waiting to see if Cee-Lo will ever release any product on his Radiculture Records label.
MUSIC IN BLOOM: The Whigs headline a sold-out concert at the Earl Friday, Jan. 25.
(Photo courtesy of Big Hassle)
Starting tomorrow, Jan. 25, Atlanta will have a full slate of concerts to choose from for the first time this year. Finally, after several weeks of crappy weather (still can't believe it snowed last weekend) and MIA bands (Deerhunter, where are you?), music fans can spend their time and money at several excellent concerts. I'll post more specifics about individual shows over the next day or so. For now, though, here's the rundown.
1) At the Earl, the Whigs will celebrate their solid new album, Mission Control, on Friday. Tickets are already sold out.
2) If you didn't get a ticket to the Whigs, then pick up a pass to the International Hits showcase Saturday at the Earl. The Selmanaires, who just issued their two-years-in-the-making The Air Salesmen, will headline along with Anna Kramer & the Lost Cause, which also issued its two-years-in-the-making The Rustic, Contemporary Sounds of Anna Kramer & the Lost Cause. The ever-capable the Roy Owens Jr. and funky groove crew Noot D'Noot round out a big night.
3) Stickfigure Distribution is presenting its annual showcase at the Drunken Unicorn. The four-day series began on Wednesday and reaches a finale on Saturday with avant-pop band One Hand Loves the Other.
4) Soul freakazoid Rahbi celebrates his new album, Rahbi Raw, on Saturday over at Apache Cafe.
5) The Star Bar will present major gigs by Red Letter Agent on Friday and Cassavetes on Saturday.
6) Lenny's Bar has a showcase of "black progressive rock bands" (the venue's words, not mine) Saturday, including Rev Rebel, Ryan Waters and others.
7) But wait, there's more! The Rev. Andy, host of "Psychobilly Freakout," which happens Mondays from 8-10 p.m. on Album 88 (WRAS-FM 88.5), presents the Psychobilly Freakout Music Showcase at Smith's Olde Bar on Friday. Rocket 350, the Hot Rods and others will join in the fun.
8) At CW Midtown Music Complex, there's the Georgia Music Concert Series, a six-day event held in conjunction with the Atlanta chapter of the Grammy Foundation. Highlights include Arrested Development on Thursday and Manchester Orchestra on Friday, both at the Loft; and Lyfe Jennings, Algebra and Phillippia at Center Stage Atlanta on Friday.
HEEERE'S JOHNNY: Marilyn Manson's impersonation of Jack Nicholson in The Shining is spot on at the Tabernacle.
(All killer photos by Perry Julien. See more below the jump.)
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