Presale tickets went on sale Wed., Aug. 26 via LiveNation (use the password: NIGHTRAINBOW when prompted).
If you love Band of Horses so much that you have to see them two nights in a row, or you didn't get invited to any parties anywhere else, a limited number of discounted, two-day passes are available but only through the pre-sale.
Tickets go on sale to the general public on Fri., Aug. 28 at 10 a.m. via LiveNation or at the Variety Playhouse box office. The highly coveted two-day passes will continue to be available only through LiveNation, but not at the aforementioned discounted price (though the service fee will be lower than buying an individual ticket to each night's show). These two-day tickets must be picked up at will call.
FYI: If youre coming in from out of town The Highland Inn (www.thehighlandinn.com) is offering a 10% on hotels rooms for Band of Horses concert goers.
(Photo courtesy Band of Horses)
To celebrate the release of the Beatles' monolithic stereo CD box set Criminal Records has declared Wed., Sept. 9 to be Beatles Day -- all day.
Sadly the store has already stopped taking pre-orders for the super ltd. CD box set of mono recordings, and the remastered LPs won't see the light of day until sometime next year.
But if you must have to have it, the stereo box is available for pre-order now at a reduced cost of $199.99. As of Sept. 9 they will shoot up to $239.99 when a series of individual remasters will also be released and sold for $9.99 each. But if you don't have the dough and want to just hang out and listen to some top notch Beatles reissues, they'll be playing the remasters all day long from the main stage through some kind of high-tech, two-channel stereo system that comes courtesy of local experts, The Art of Noise.
ALL GOOD THINGS MUST
It opens old wounds, bad ideas, troubled times, nasty sex, sweaty drugs, new starts, and almost always, a shady hiding place. As a rusty key opens the door to one of our rooms in the Clermont Motor Hotel, were hit in the face with the firm smell of gentlemans musk. Fourth floor or not, this is the ball sack of the building. And we must be nuts for doing this.
Its a triangulation of sin. A dangerous, if not deceitful, triangle along the Poncey corridor that connects the Crack Track (the much ballyhooed Beltline) to the Murder Kroger, MJQ, and of course the Clermont Hotel. Sunup or sundown, that block on Ponce de Leon Avenue has played host to hilarious, harrowing tales for most of us. And the Ford Factory Lofts water tower stands proud and useless overlooking all of the questionable decisions and mishaps that take place below.
MJQ gives us a headquarters. Greens gives us courage. And the Clermont, well, Im not so sure anymore. If anything, maybe the Clermont gives us a reminder to get our shit together. That, and maybe hepatitis. Pick a consonant.
If hip-hop were a track meet, it would be hard to find a four-man squad that could beat Slaughterhouse. Composed of critically respected but commercially unheralded underground MCs Joell Ortiz, Royce da 5'9", Crooked I and Joe Budden, the group's self-titled debut serves mainly as a platform for each man to attempt to one-up the others through punchlines, dexterity and flat-out velocity. Lyrically, there are about as many hits ("Where's your head nigga?" raps Crooked I, "I got the guillotine") as misses ("Nothing to hide," puts in Royce, "the jimmy covers up my Tommy Lee"), but much of the fun is simply listening to them spit outrageously fast. Some critics have complained that there is little unity here, that the album feels like four combined solo efforts rather than the work of a cohesive group. Fans of pure, old-school one-upmanship, however, likely won't find anything superior this year. (E1) 4 stars out of 5
FLAMING LIPS, EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY, STARDEATH & WHITE DWARFS The Lips evolved from widescreen acid-rocking punks into mad layered pop geniuses during the past quarter-century, uniting the spacey and elegantly beautiful. Dynamic instrumentalists Explosions in the Skys symphonies have sharper, more aerodynamic edges. $43. 7:30 p.m. Chastain Park Amphitheatre. 404-233-2227. www.classicchastain.com. Chris Parker
THE RESCUES This half male/female quartet is comprised of respected singer/songwriters whose own folk-pop is critically acclaimed. But together they prove the axiom that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Thats especially true when the Fleetwood Mac-styled harmonies start flying. $15-$75. 8 p.m. Eddies Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. Hal Horowitz
ELIZA GILKYSON, DEDE VOGT In an ocean of talented singer/songwriters, Gilkyson stands out with her "cut to the bone" honesty and insight. Turning darkness into beauty is an art, and Gilkyson is a true purveyor. Local songster Vogt opens. $18-$90. 8 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. James Kelly
ENSEMBLE PAMPELMOUSSE This NYC crew of modern classical misfits is bent on exploring the outer limits of electronic and improvised music. Remarkable chemistry binds the group's members, and their camaraderie is just as important to their sound as their virtuoso skills when it comes to manning a procession of flute, strings, drums and knobs on their trek. $8. 8 p.m. Eyedrum. 404-522-0655. www.eyedrum.org. Chad Radford
THE INCREDIBLE SANDWICH This Athens quartet dig deep grooves filled with jazz-blues-folk-funk ganache spilling out a spunky mix of the Dead, MM&W, and Weather Report. Their debut EP ranges from jazzy pop atmospheres to expansive fusion jams with a rootsy undercurrent. Free. 5:30 p.m. Sweetwater Brewing Company. 404-691-2537. www.sweetwaterbrew.com. Chris Parker
(Photo by Nathan Rodriguez)
Every once in a while, a musician of such skill and dexterity comes along that seeing him perform live makes you stop dead in your tracks and say, Whoa. Seattle drummer Kevin KJ Sawka is one such musician. The collegiate-looking jungle/drum and bass head has mastered the art of what sounds like drum machine music by playing drums like a machine.
Electronic music can be a little boring to watch sometimes, but thats where I differ in a big, big way, Sawka says.
As a one-man spectacle, Sawka transcends the pitfalls of seeing a guy slouched over a laptop, playing live electronic music. His movements are fast and metronomic as he rattles through a precise set of broken beats and obtuse rhythms with mesmerizing energy. Its an eyeful for a lot of people, especially for a lot of drum and bass fans who arent used to seeing a live musician playing the music, he adds. I have a big variety of stuff that I do and with me playing drums in the middle of it all. It really adds a live essence to the show rather than coming off like seeing a DJ.
(Photo courtesy KJ Sawka)
According to resident FF hosts/DJs Vikki V and Suzy Q, after more than a year at the Highland Inn, the reason for their departure is that due to low bar sales, the Highland Inn has asked them to put all future FF events there on hold.
A new home for the monthly psychedelic, multimedia dance party is yet to determined, and the next Fringe Factory will most likely take place in November. "We're sad to see it go," says Suzy. "The Highland Inn is where Fringe Factory blossomed."
In the meantime Vikki V and Suzy Q will be spinning records at the Sleepy Sun show at the Earl on Sat., Sept. 5, and will also be starting up a monthly DJ night in the MJQ cafe on the second Sat. of every month.
They're also gearing up for the maiden voyage of Fringe Factory Records, a new label that they're planning to unveil at the Star Bar as part of their weekly Freakout on Thurs., Oct 8 with a new 7-inch single from local garage rock act, thee Electric Cycles.
But before any of that happens the Selmanairs and a host of DJs are primed for the send off this Sat. night.
$7. 9 p.m. The Highland Inn Ballroom Lounge. 644 North Highland Ave. 404-874-5756.
In a city where everybody seems to be chasing a career in music, I dO Music offers a common-sense solution. The brainchild of PatchWerk Recording Studio's marketing manager Kervins Chauvet, I dO Music is all about self-empowerment.
"You wouldn't believe the amount of calls we get to the studio every day," Chauvet says of the hungry musical wannabees who want career advice. Rather than advise them to go the traditional route (send a demo, etc.), Chauvet gives them practical advice. "We believe in empowering the musician and making them understand that it's just not up to us. At the end of the day, you're the source of power to make it happen."
(Photo courtesy I dO Music)
Dan Sartain's latest release sheds the rock and roll troubadour fare to offer up two numbers that find the Alabama wild man wondering into darker terrain than he's explored in the past. On the A-side, "Bohemian Grove" glows with skeletal, moonlit arrangements. Adam Renshaw (Anna Kramer & the Lost Cause) lays down drums over a minimal and motorik piano plod courtesy of Jack White (the White Stripes). There's a devil-as-crooner quality to it all, and what really gives the song girth is White's glassy production. On the flipside, "Atheist Funeral" is a sly, heretical anthem that feels out of time and out place in a David Lynchian way. It could have been written in the 1950s but it sounds like the here and now and for Sartain it's a refined and captivating change of pace. (Third Man Records) 4 stars out of 5
Now stripped-down top a duo, the NYC-based Asobi Seksu is touring in support of their latest release Hush. With this most recent offering vocalist / keyboardist Yuki Chikudate and guitarist / vocalist James Hanna distance themselves from the playful merger of Japanese Pop tones and layers of slurred, lo-fi noise of their past to take on an icy and exacting synth-laden sound.
Today (Tues., Aug. 25 ) the group is releasing a limited edition (1,000 only), four-song 10-inch/digital download via Polyvinyl that features two unreleased tracks recorded during the Hush sessions. Follow the link to hear a slightly reworked version of the 10-inch's lead song "Transparence" via Stereogum. Cleverly enough the record is on clear vinyl and also features a remix of "Transparence" by Brooklyn's Big A Little A (Aa).
$10 (adv). $12 (door). 8:30 p.m. Tues., Sept. 24. The Earl, 488 Flat Shoals Rd. 404-522-3950.
Click below to watch the video for "Me & Mary from Asobi Seksu's Hush.
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