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Monday, February 1, 2010

Atlanta Music News

Man or Astro-man? will make a triumphant return to the stage at Whirly Ball Atlanta on Fri., March 5. All the Saints plus another act will open the show. Read an interview with MOAM? drummer Birdstuff at Chunklet. Tickets are $17-$20 and are on sale now through Ticket Alternative. Doors open at 9 p.m. Music starts at 9:30 p.m. 608 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell. 770.998.6161.

"Atlanta Has A Heart" is a benefit concert for 3-year-old Lana Turner, daughter of Brit and Shannon Turner. Brit is the drummer for Blackberry Smoke. Lana was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma Cancer in December 2009. 100 percent of the proceeds go to The Lana Turner Cancer Fund. Music starts at 8 p.m. with a performance by GRIP, followed by an all star jam with members of Drivin N Cryin, Lee Roy Parnell, Conner Christian, .38 Special, Jupiter Coyote, Jackyl, Atlanta Rythym Section, Fozzy, Stuck Mojo and more, including players from the Atlanta Braves. Kaedy Kiley from 97.1 The River (WSRV-FM) will be on hand to MC. Due to the venue’s limited capacity, only 400 tickets will be sold. Advance tickets can be purchased at Etix. Sat. Feb. 13. $15 8 p.m. The Peachtree Tavern, 3179 Peachtree Road. (James Kelly contributed to this report.)

Extras are needed to participate in a video shoot for the song "I See Georgia" from Drivin N Cryin’s latest album, Great American Bubble Factory. The shoot will take place in McDonough on Tues., Feb 2, from noon until 6 p.m. If you want to participate, you have to commit to being there the whole time period. For more information contact

Last week Album 88 announced that Briana "B-Chan" Hunter has been hired as the station's new Promotions Director. Hunter has hosted the Japanese music show Nippon Music Champ since 2002.

In March, Thomas Dolby – the British mad scientist/new wave auteur who penned "She Blinded Me With Science" -- will oversee producer John Battan's work on Feeding Fingers' third album, Detach Me From My Head (slated for release in Fall 2010 via Stickfigure Records' dark wave imprint, Surrounded By Light). The Atlanta-based gothic-leaning post-punk trio will also co-headline an Italian tour with electro-industrial icons, Nizter Ebb, when work on the album begins.

In the meantime, Feeding Fingers is playing at the Drunken Unicorn on Sat., Feb. 6, with We Are The Becoming and Entertainment, before heading off to play two shows in New York at Parkside NYC (Fri., Feb. 12) and Goodbye Blue Monday (Sat., Feb. 13).

After that the group is heading to Leipzig, Germany, to play the Wave-Gothik-Treffen fest (May 21-24), which is heralded as the world's largest goth festival.

Athens' dark, shoe gazing noise pop foursome, Twin Tigers , will release its second album, Gray Waves, via Old Flame Records on March 2. Citizen Dick is streaming a song from the album titled "Passive Idol."

Bay area surf pop/new wave band Girls (based around the core duo of Christopher Owens and Chet "JR" White) are playing a sold-out show at the Earl on Fri., Feb. 5. If you weren't lucky enough to nab a ticket, don't fret. The group is also play a free in-store at Criminal Records at 5 p.m. that afternoon. Criminal Records. 1154 Euclid Ave. 404-215-9511.

Girls "Lust For Life" mp3

click to enlarge Madeline (photo courtesy Deus Ex Machina)
  • Madeline (photo courtesy Deus Ex Machina)

Athens’ singer/songwriter Madeline is on the road with the White Flag Band sporting a new tour EP that was recorded last summer in Anacordes, Wash. The EP features contributions from Phil Elverum (Mt. Eerie) and Gus Franklin (Architecture in Helsinki), and the resulting 7-inch is a lo-fi document that embodies the Pacific Northwest’s signature indie rock slur over Madeline’s lovelorn voice. The EP is due out March 4 via Orange Twin. Madeline and the White Flag band play WonderRoot on Sun., Feb. 7, and on Sat., March 5 at 529. Download the first single from the EP, "I Waited All Day"

Atlanta hip-hop drummer ALIen is about to embark on a 40-city U.S. tour with metal band Otep. The tour falls on the heels of a successful audition with Lauryn Hill's touring band. Hill and ALIen first jammed via Skype. Later he auditioned in person and was formally invited to join the touring lineup, but due to his current commitments he could not join Hill at present. Otep featuring ALIen play Masquerade on Thurs., March 11.

South Florida sludge pop trio FLOOR (featuring Torche vocalist Steve Brooks) just added a second reunion show at the Earl. The group is playing on Sat., April 3 and Sun., April 4. Tickets are $10-$12.

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