Fri., Feb. 26 -- Collective Efforts, Dillon, J-Live. Collective Efforts' Freezing World embodies a dark sound of the times drawn from the harsh social and economic realities of post-Bush America, but it's not a nose dive into political oblivion. Melancholy guides thick drums, samples and a lyrical flow that sidesteps petty complaints for a call to get back to the grind... Continue reading. $12-$15. 9 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522.
Fri., Feb. 26 -- The Dynamites with Charles Walker Think they dont play old-school, horn-infused, sweat-soaked R&B like they used to? Think again as Walker fronts one of the tightest, most intense funk/soul outfits working today. And the retro-styled bands crisp originals are perfect vehicles for the singer to lay his gritty pipes over. $12. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. Hal Horowitz
See a gallery of Perry Julien's photos from Alice in Chains show at The Tabernacle on Thurs., Feb. 25. The band is playing a second Tabernacle show tonight.
Read this week's CL cover story, With Alice in Chains, Atlanta punk icon William DuVall finds his audience.
(Photos by Perry Julien)
Once again, the Elvis 75 - An Acoustic Tribute to the King (Benefit for little Lana Turner) is happening tonight (Fri., Feb. 26, 2010) at 9 p.m. $5 all ages. Kavarna. 707 East Lake Drive.
Atlanta's Redneck Underground unites to celebrate the 75th birthday of the King of Rock n' Roll - Elvis Presley. Many local musicians will be performing acoustic versions of their favorite Elvis tunes. Showtime is 9PM, a $5 donation is requested to assist with medical expenses for the family of little Lana Turner, who was recently diagnosed with neuroblastoma. Her Father is the drummer in Southern rock band Blackberry Smoke. All ages are welcome, and it's a "No Smoking" event!
Slim Chance & the Convicts
Buck Buckley Band
Caroline Engel & Rodney Bell from the Ramblers
Elliott Michaels from Galleon
Jeff Evans from Chickens & Pigs
Jon Byrd (may not be able to make it)
The folks at Def Jam Rapstar have uploaded another promo video to their YouTube channel. Like the last one, it spotlights a rapper from the A. This time it's up-and-comer Pill, who spits a quick freestyle on top of a rainy downtown roof.
Happy Birthday Johnny Cash! It was on this day of our Lord (Feb. 26) in 1932 that the man in black was born.
Earlier this week American Recordings/Lost Highway released Cash's American VI: Ain't No Grave. This latest, posthumous installment of Cash's recordings with producer Rick Rubin is a something of triumphant return, especially after the gut-wrenching sadness of American V: A Hundred Highways (2006). The album is death-afflicted to be sure, but the opening boom and chain rattle of "Ain't No Grave," declaring "There ain't no grave that can hold my body down," carries a heavy tone of redemption.
Indeed moving on binds the album, from beginning to end as a cathartic listen that covers everyone from Sheryl Crow ("Redemption Day) and Kris Kristofferson (For the Good Times) to Bob Nolan ("Cool Water).
"I Corinthians 15:55" is the one song on the disc credit to John R. Cash, and it's sweet evocation of death is overwhelmingly gorgeous and sweeping. This, followed by a warm rendition of Tom Paxton's "Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound" only adds weight to the gravity of these mortal narratives.
Guitarists Mike Campbell, Matt Sweeney, Smokey Hormel and Benmont Tench, who played keyboards, all contributed to these songs, which are said to be the final release in the series. It's a poignant end that tempers grief with a confident sense of salvation, but we're talking about Johnny Cash here, so keep a handkerchief nearby.
Resting high atop the Arden's Garden cooler at Aurora Coffee in L5P this morning is Soft Opening, the new LP from Noot d' Noot drummer Mathis Hunter.
The album is officially here, and the release party is coming up this Sat. March 5. Mathis' band is opening for the Selmanaires and Noot d' Noot. $8. 9 p.m. The Earl, 488 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-522-3950.
I will have a review of the album posted early next week, but in the meantime here's the album's first track, "Gathering the Hopeful Gamblers"
Creative Loafing Atlanta is looking for a freelance nightlife columnist who can cover it all from the underground to the overdone with verve, attitude and smarts. Can you write up a hole-in-the-wall strip club one week and a swank, Midtown lounge the next? Are you driven by a reporter's curiosity and able to write in an edgy, honest style that offers a fly-on-the-wall point of view? Can you introduce readers to the quirky personalities and places that make Atlanta nightlife pop and fizz? You can? Then shoot music editor Rodney Carmichael an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include any relevant clips.
(Photo courtesy Alan Friedman)
His name is G-Fresh and he's from Switzerland by way of Marietta, Ga. Strange as it sounds, he's no newcomer to the scene. He's produced for and collaborated with a host of Atlanta artists including Gucci Mane, B.o.B, and Travis Porter. Only 20 years old and already they're calling him the next Kid Rock. Apparently, he takes that as a compliment.
Check him out in Shawty Lo's new video for the song "Comes and Goes," which appears on Lo's I'm Da Man 3 mixtape with DJ Scream. Peep G-Fresh's MySpace bio below the jump:
Run-DMC. E.P.M.D. OutKast. Yeah, the rap duo hearkens back to a simpler time in hip-hop, when royalties were happily split down the middle, 50/50, with no wrangling over the amount of each individual's creative contribution. Above all, it was essential that your partner have your back and a spare mic for the hand-off. The next Perfect Attendance showcase hails the Return of the Duo with local independents Mach Five, Fat Kids Brotha, the Canz, the Fresh, Retro Sushi and Clan Destined competing for prizes and respect.
Listen to and download the Perfect Attendance Return of the Duos mixtape featuring music from participating acts.
$8.. 10:30 p.m. Sat., March 6. 529. 404-228-6769. www.529atl.com.
If you had to develop a formula for a musical act, what would you include? Good singers? Check. Great players? Definitely. Guest vocalists? Sure, why not. Songs about dinosaurs, spies and going to jail, with a disco beat? Huh? Well, Was (Not Was), the Detroit-based creation of David Weiss and Don Fagenson (now better known as uber-producer Don Was), did just that. Their unique formula had its doubters, but once all the parts came together, the results were amazing. Even with such singers as Sir Harry Bowen and Sweet Pea Atkinson in the band, the Was "brothers" spiced things up by inviting musical luminaries into their strange world, including Leonard Cohen, Ozzy Osbourne, Mel Tormé and recently deceased Doug Fieger of the Knack. Loaded with dance beats, humor and absurd but powerful collaborations, Was (Not Was) never let the quality of the music or the sheer talent of the participants get overshadowed. (Micro Werks) 5 out of 5 stars.
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