COLD SWEAT AND A WARM PBR: Judi Chicago gets loose at Criminal Records' National Record Day celebration. See more photos below.
Todayâs Air Loaf features CLâs Chad Radford and WMLB-AMâs Max Arbes chatting about Nick Lowe who will playing at the Variety Playhouse tonight. $25. 8 p.m. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com.
Air Loaf is broadcast weekdays on 1690 WMLB-AM at approximately 8:10 a.m., 12:20 p.m. and 6:20 p.m.
On Friday, April 19th, starting at 4 p.m. and running well into the wee hours of the morning, Lennyâs Bar is hosting an all day and night rock show/art auction/dance party.
All of the art is original work created on debris that was collected from the streets of Cabbagetown the day after the tornado hit. There will be some big name artists donating work including R. Land, Gus Fink, and H.C. Warner.
The bands that are playing include:
More bands TBA
Price for entrance is $5 during the day and $8 after 9 p.m.
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BEAT ON THE BRAT: False gangster, Akon puts the smack down on a rowdy fan (Video courtesy of youtube.com).
There is no honor amongst thieves... Especially the posers. According to The Smoking Gun the part-time Georgian and alleged ex-convict and former leader of a car theft ring that catered to the super-rich, Akon (born Aliaune Thiam) is full of beans.
TSG even calls out Creative Loafing for believing the hype.
Despite his boasts of a 4 1/2 year prison term and even facing 75 years at one time in his criminal career, it turns out the Akon never even went to the joint.
It all began when the crooning imposter was arrested for man-handling a 15-year-old kid at a concert on June 7th in Fishkills, New York (see video above). His arrest led to TSG's investigation and exposure of the phony rapper's phony rap sheet.
POSTCARD ART: Devo and the Docket (courtesy of www.mutatovisual.com)
"During his downtime on early worldwide tours with DEVO, Mark Mothersbaugh began illustrating on postcards to send to his friends and family, which he still creates, and has been creating every day for over 30 years. It's an obsessive habit/hobby which still yields anywhere from one to a couple dozen new postcard-sized images per day.
Atlanta blues guitarist and singer/songwriter Sean Costello was found dead Tues., April 15, on the eve of his 29th birthday in a local hotel. The cause of death is unknown.
From an early age, his guitar playing drew major accolades. Before he could graduate from high school, he was recording with Susan Tedeschi and eventually earning the respect of legends like B.B. King.
âAll I ever wanted to do was play the guitar well and Iâve been fortunate to be able to make a good living doing it,â Costello reportedly said in one of his last interviews.
In a statement, Costello's label president, Robert Fitzpatrick of Delta Groove said:
âLosing someone as young, talented and vibrant as Sean, who has accomplished so much in just a few short years and still had so much potential is a terribly difficult blow.
"Sean had friends and fans around the world and was unanimously praised, by critics and fans alike, as one of the main torch bearers of the blues flame.
âNow that potential will go sadly unfulfilled.â
On his MySpace page, the first song posted is Costello's version of "Going Home," from his '08 release We Can Get Together. It's a poignant reminder of the old soul Costello contained within his young body during his short time on Earth.
While earning a degree in mathematics at Oglethorpe University, James "Jim Nastix" Sutherland wasn't too busy to start his own production company. Today he produces hip-hop and R&B artists, and scores films and commercials on the side. Eventually, Sutherland plans to establish a label that focuses its profits toward creating social change. He named his production company NoSo, in honor of the place where it was founded: Sutherland's North/South Hall dorm room. Check out his top five reasons why a dorm room is the best place to start a production company.
Continue reading Real Life Top Five.
(Photo courtesy James Sutherland)
RECORD STORE DAY: It's a good cause.
On Saturday, April 19, Criminal Records celebrates the first annual Record Store Day along with hundreds of independently-owned record stores across the country. Record Store Day is a national movement that's intended to raise awareness of record store culture and the mom and pop record shops across the country.
The day-long event at Criminal Records in Little 5 Points will feature performances by local acts, Anna Kramer & the Lost Cause, Andy Hull (from Manchester Orchestra), Bobby & the Soft Spots, the Bridges, the Coathangers, Club Awesome, Dead Confederate, Hope For Agoldensummer, Judi Chicago, Janelle Monae, Noot d' Noot, Ocha La Rocha, Single Malt Solution, Suitcases and Trances Arc, as well as DJ sets from DJ Sars, Zano, Chris Devoe, Tommy Chung the Selmanaires, and yours truly, Creative Loafing's very own music writer Chad Radford, between live sets.
Local indie labels Die Slaughterhaus, Douchemaster Records, International Hits, New Street Records, Rob's House Records and Stickfigure Distribution) will be on-hand to sell their goods. The Girls' Rock Camp (ATL) organizers will also have an information and registration table for their summer camp.
There will also be a vinyl record swap meet where folks can bring their unwanted albums and trade with others, in addition to the annual sidewalk sale.
Music starts at noon.
BAND SCHEDULE (subject to change)
1:00 P.M. - the Bridges
2:00 P.M. - Ocha La Rocha
3:00 P.M. - Bobby and the Soft Spots
4:00 P.M. - Suitcases
5:00 P.M. - Judi Chicago
6:00 P.M. - the Coathangers
7:00 P.M. - Anna Kramer and the Lost Cause
8:00 P.M. - Noot d'Noot
2:30 P.M. - Trances Arc
3:30 P.M. - Andy Hull (Manchester Orchestra)
4:30 P.M. - Club Awesome
5:30 P.M. - Dead Confederate
6:30 P.M. - Single Malt Solution
7:30 P.M. - Hope for agoldensummer
8:30 P.M. - Janelle Monae
For further information look online at www.criminal.com.
Acting is an integral part of singer Kemba Cofield's live shows. Instead of simply standing still, intoning standards, she gets into every performance.
"I don't just consider myself a vocalist," she says. "If I'm talking about love, I show that to the audience."
Continue reading Show Preview.
(Photo courtesy Kemba Cofield)
Atlanta native Michelle Malone's blend of gut-bucket slide guitar and sultry, soulful vocals caused Albert King to dub her "Moaning Malone" when she opened for him at Atlanta's Royal Peacock in 1988. "He said that [after] either hearing me sing or hearing me holler," Malone says. "I never was sure."
Continue reading Spotlight.
(Photo courtesy Michelle Malone)
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