Thursday, May 8, 2008

Don't sleep: Atlanta's still got soul

Posted By on Thu, May 8, 2008 at 4:56 PM

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No, we haven't been snoozing on Atlanta's soul scene. Just nodding a bit — head-nodding, that is.

But seriously, a lot has been happening while we've been busy keeping you up to date on all things underground hip-hop and rock in the city.

In case you still haven't heard, India.Arie has a new label deal, SoulBird Records, under Universal Republik; and the first artist she signed is her homeboy, Anthony David. His first release, Acey Ducey, is due in stores June 24. It'll be an amalgamation of the best tracks from his previous releases (2004's Three Chords and the Truth and 2006's Red Clay Chronicles).

So, while I was on Anthony David's MySpace blog — which I check out darn near every day 'cause he's always got something thought-provoking or just stupid funny to post/say — I saw that he had posted Algebra Blessett's new video for "Run and Hide." So I had to jack it from his page and post it above. (I'm pretty sure neither one of them will mind.)

After you peep that, check out the recent stories CL ran on both Anthony David and Algebra Blessett.

What else, might you ask, is going on in Atlanta's soul scene? Well, besides the must-see Harmony in Life monthlies (the next one is Sat., May 24) and Joi's Tuesday Night Jam sessions at Sugarhill, a whole helluva lot. But we're gonna give it to you in bits and pieces so you keep coming back for more. I've definitely got my eye on ChantaeCann, who is supposed to be working on her debut album with P.J. Morton — another cat who deserves a head nod.

And I can't wait to tell y'all about Sarafina. Later, I promise.

Here are some happenings you should check out this weekend:

Heston and Julie Dexter perform A Tribute to Bob Marley, featuring music by Swatt Band. $12. Sat., May 10. 9 p.m. Sugarhill in Underground Atlanta, 50 Upper Alabama St. 404-658-0068. www.sugarhillatl.com.

Atlanta Unplugged featuring Salakida. Sat., May 10. 9 p.m. Lattetude Bar and Bistro, 501 Dekalb Industrial Way. In lieu of door cover, bring used DVDs for donation to cancer patients at Emory Winship Cancer Institute. 404-298-8787. www.lattetudebistro.com.

Creative Control: Legends Edition presents A Tribute to Mary J. Blige. DJ Shakim, DJ Applejac and DJ Grandman spin 16 years worth of classics, remixes and rarities! $10 (Ladies $5 before midnight). 10 p.m.-3 a.m. Cenci, 1259 Glenwood Ave. 404-627-0533. RSVP: CreativeControl@TheKaosEffect.com.

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