Wednesday, June 3, 2009

CL's picks for the week's best shows

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THE DECEMBERISTS The chamber pop quintet engages fanciful folklore with baroque instrumentation and prog-rock arrangements. Their ability to pull it off is a testament to front man Colin Meloy's storytelling and the group’s musical talent. $27.50. 8 p.m. Tabernacle. 404-659-9022. — Chris Parker


TAB BENOIT, LEGENDARY JC’S Louisiana bluesman Benoit might be a frequent visitor but that doesn’t make his Telecaster driven swamp rock any less riveting. Recent shows have him stripping down from his roaring trio with an acoustic solo mid-set performance that further showcases Benoit’s underrated soulful voice. $17.50. 8 p.m. Smith’s Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. — Hal Horowitz

WAYNE HANCOCK The train is a roadhouse boogie warrior, and didn’t let a nasty dustup stop his tour. Grooming a couple of fresh faces on stage every night, they should be pretty dang good by the time they get here. $12. 9PM. The EARL. 404-522-3950. — James Kelly

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Detroit Cobras rev up on classic R&B

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CRUISE CONTROL: Mary Ramirez (left) and Rachel Nagy
  • CRUISE CONTROL: Mary Ramirez (left) and Rachel Nagy

Take some classic R&B, retool it with a Motor City makeover, and the resulting retro-fitted vehicle that comes roaring out of the garage will bear the emblem of the Detroit Cobras.

Though the band has only put out one original tune ("Hot Dog" from 2005's Baby) in its 15-year career, the Cobras don't like being called a cover band. "We've never said this is like a Rolling Stones project where we start with covers with hopes of being an originals band one day," says vocalist Rachael Nagy. "We do what we do because we love doing it."

Call them rearrangers, presenting garage and soul with a gritty punk edge. The duo blends the raw energy of Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels with Irma Thomas and '50s R&B crossover legends the Five Royales.

Over a five-album career, the Cobras have covered several of the Royales' gospel-tinged tunes while embracing Sister Rosetta Tharpe's gospel classic "99 1?2." But the only place the band falls down on its knees to worship in is the church of rock and roll. Even that worship service accepts offerings from country-tinged soul men such as Percy Sledge, whose "Baby Help Me" highlights Baby). "We don't care where they come from," says guitarist Mary Ramirez.  "All we really care about is great songs."

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Friday, May 29, 2009

Air Loaf: Bonnie 'Prince' Billy

Posted By on Fri, May 29, 2009 at 8:42 PM

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CL's Chanté LaGon an Chad Radford chat about Bonnie "Prince" Billy and his newest album Beware. Billy plays at the Variety Playhouse tonight, May 29.

Air Loaf is broadcast weekdays on 1690 WMLB-AM at approximately 8:10 a.m., 12:20 p.m. and 6:20 p.m.


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Nic Fanciulli spins at the Mark tonight (Fri. May 29)

Posted By on Fri, May 29, 2009 at 7:32 PM

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Here's further evidence that the electronic music scene in Atlanta is surging. Nic Fanciulli, who's held residencies at Space, the renowned Miami night club, and at Ibiza, the electronic music Mecca, will hold the decks at the Mark Ultra Lounge tonight, promoting his latest release with the famed UK label, Global Underground.

The release, simply titled Global Underground: Nic Fanciulli, is the first in what seems to be a new series of DJ-focused discs put out by GU. Those of you familiar with the GU imprint would know that's hardly new broken ground. Their original GU series, currently at 36 releases from the likes of Paul Oakenfold, Sasha, John Digweed, Adam Freeland, Nick Warren, Felix da Housecat, et al, has defined the label as top choice for yearly electronic goodness.

This new release doesn't necessarily present a new direction in sound, but rather adds the newcomer to the extensive GU catalog. Fanciulli's particular blend of electronic music tends to be on the tech-prog house range, which is essentially what you'll find on the two-disc release, and what he'll be spinning tonight.

Tickets are $15 on pre-sale, available through

After the jump, listen to Fanciulli's remix of Mark Broom's "Jackpot Inc".

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Dangerous Moves: Viva Señor Selleck — Mayor of Ponce bar crawls down Buford Hwy., pt. 2

Posted By on Fri, May 29, 2009 at 4:33 AM

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This one’s a bit trickier. It’s one thing to ham it up in a sleazy strip club. It’s another to bounce on foreign turf, while them not get the joke and we not speak the language. The pen may be mightier than the sword, but I wouldn’t suggest bringing a ballpoint to a knife fight. At least, not to a fight you want to live to blog about.

“There’s a group playing tonight,” says the door guy explaining the $5 cover. I like that “groups” play these places, not bands. “Groups” sounds like I’m at least getting choreography along with the retardation. Fuck it, here’s my money.

We’re outside Confetti’s Discotheque and the guy is actually making a couple gringos feel pretty welcome. We talk him down to $10 for all three of us. “The pretty lady is free,” he says smiling. I’d smile, too. She’s a breezy in any language.

He doesn’t even frisk us. No matter. To Slay’s disappointment, I left the rest of my steak for the kitchen staff at Follies to scuffle over.

There’s an eerie feeling as we walk in. That’ll happen when you’re instantly met with about 20 or so señoritas milling about by the front entrance in their Saturday night attire. It’s odd, but I’ll take it. Bienvenido, indeed.

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

In a cloud of smoke, Devin the Dude is coming to Atlanta

Posted By on Thu, May 28, 2009 at 10:07 PM

It's a wonder why Devin the Dude never ranks higher on those redundant Best Rapper Alive lists. Guess he's too quirky for the mainstream. Can't help but wonder, what Richard Pryor would think?

Devin the Dude with 88 Keys, Jaspects, Nesby Phips and Prynce. $20. 10 p.m. Fri., June 5. Ambient + Studio. 678-923-8020.

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The Whigs preview new songs at surprise Athens show

Posted By on Thu, May 28, 2009 at 6:29 PM

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Last night Athens' much-heralded power trio the Whigs played an unannounced show at the small hometown venue Tasty World, debuting a number of songs off the band's upcoming third full-length. The sign on the club's door announced the band as the Bumpkin Café — something the club owner came up with, said drummer Julian Dorio — but text messages and Twitter work fast, and soon enough the club was bustling with a few scene vets and more than a few still-in-town-for-the-summer college kids eager to check out the tunes.

Over the past month the band has been holed up in its Athens practice space working out the new songs' kinks, and frontman Parker Gispert recently decamped to Newnan, Ga., for a little time among the trees, a little time upon the lake to get some more lyric writing done before heading into the studio next week and out on tour later this summer.

Here, we'll let Gispert explain it:


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Bail lowered for suspect in Atlanta rapper Dolla's murder

Posted By on Thu, May 28, 2009 at 4:15 PM


The Snellville man accused of murdering Atlanta-based rapper and Akon protégé Roderick Anthony "Dolla" Burton II, in the valet parking area of an upscale L.A. mall last week received a reduction in his bail from $5 million to $2.1 million on Tuesday.

The suspect, who pled not guilty to the shooting outside the Beverly Center, is 23-year-old Aubrey Louis Berry, an Atlanta music promoter, according to the the AJC:

Berry’s attorney, Howard Price, said his client was acting in self-defense when he shot 21-year-old Dolla repeatedly with a 9 mm handgun.

Dolla’s stepfather, George Viera, said the rapper was in Los Angeles planning a birthday party for his longtime girlfriend.

(Photo courtesy, taken by Prince Williams of

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Jermaine Dupri's Ocean's Seven: The Mixtape drops tomorrow

Posted By on Thu, May 28, 2009 at 3:42 PM

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Speaking of Usher, here's his latest on the music front. From So So Def:


WHO: Jermaine “JD” Dupri and ‘Ocean’s Seven’ Members Nelly, Usher, Bryan Michael Cox, Trey Songz, Johnta Austin, Tyrone Davis

WHAT: Jermaine Dupri will release the much-anticipated Ocean’s Seven: The Mixtape exclusively online this Friday on, JD’s entertainment and lifestyle website. The mixtape features the singles “Vegas Baby” and “So So Much Swagg.” Guest appearances by Bow Wow and Q Da Kid. All production done by Jermaine Dupri and Bryan Michael Cox. The Ocean’s Seven concept was born a few months ago while JD and Bryan Michael Cox were in Las Vegas working in the studio with Usher. Inspired by the popular film Ocean’s Eleven, Dupri and his colleagues, similar to Brad Pitt and George Clooney, have come together to establish a modern day Rat Pack and illustrate to the world, not just a music project, but a way of life.

WHEN: Friday, May 29, 2009


Apparently, it's some 3000 and 9 shit.

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In Usher, WAC trusts

Posted By on Thu, May 28, 2009 at 3:26 PM

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Looks like Atlanta's R&B/pop prince Usher Raymond IV is serious about this grown man business.

First marriage, fatherhood, philanthropy, and now this: The Woodruff Arts Center has elected the "artist, actor, media mogul" to its Board of Trustees, according to a recent press release.

Here's hoping all this civic responsibility won't negatively impact his music. Remember dude, your fans prefer the salacious, fictional, cheating boyfriend stuff a la 2004's Confessions to the real life, reliable husband material you bored them with on last year's Here I Stand.

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