There's a ton of stuff going on all over town tonight. Here are 10 shows that are totally worth hitting up. You can read about a few more events over at Fresh Loaf, but these are all sure to be pretty good times.
529 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-228-6769.
JEFF the Brotherhood, G.G. King, Heavy Cream, Mermaids, Knaves Grave. $7. 9 p.m.
488 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-522-3950.
>> Bob Dylan not the punks yr looking for.
>> Usher fans are pretty much the best fans.
>> Kanye West "Monster" video is very bad.
>> You think I'm pretty without any makeup on.
>> M.I.A. made you a mix tape. Thanks, M.I.A!
>> Aging model and aging rock star split.
>> No. THESE are Arjan's top 25 songs of 2010.
>> Sordid, backstabby, hilarious, childish Paramore story gets better/worse/who cares-er!
>> "A lot of the music is about the end." ~ Perpetua
>> Rihanna not doing that thing you had no idea she was never doing.
>> Lauryn Hill's time is more important than yours.
>> Listen to a snip of Avril's "What The Hell."
>> Maroon 5 guy Adam Levine is interesting.
>> RIP Bobby Farrell
Despite the title, "Stairway to Heaven" feels more like a descent into hell, and that's a good thing. It's a few years old, and its kind of rough recording, but it captures an early version of the searing feedback and oceanic form that these guys have been developing over the last few years.
And no, it's not a Led Zeppelin cover. It doesn't even vaguely resemble the Page / Plantisms that the title invokes. It's even a little unsettling, and that's a good thing too.
"Stairway to Heaven"
Mash-up pioneer DJ Earworm (He literally wrote the book on it) has released the "United State of Pop 2010," his annual mix of Billboard's top 25 tracks of the year. So this is the main-est of mainstream. Technically, the execution is flawless, but damn was this a rough year for pop music. Atlanta is well-represented with Usher, B.O.B, and Ludacris on the list, but even a few decent tracks don't justify the fact that we made Ke$ha a star. To borrow a phrase from Joseph Conrad, "the horror, the horror."
You can check out the full tracklist after the jump and download the track from Earworm's website. Here's hoping for a less sucky 2011.
Nerdkween has just informed me that she is heading to SXSW this spring, but needs our help to get there. Although sending her money no-strings-attached would likely be appreciated, she's also opted to tap into another creative outlet: baked treats for animals.
As other blogs have noted, today would have been Pimp C's 37th birthday. Of course, few things are as closely associated with the late UGK rapper as codeine syrup, whose virtues Pimp extolled in countless players' anthems (and their chopped/screwed counterparts) throughout his illustrious, too-short career. (It also, uh, probably led to his death, but that's depressing, and who wants to hear about that anyway.) So, happy birthday, Pimp C's ghost! Wish you were still with us, in non-ghost form.
Screwed "Sizzurp" video after the jump.
A little while ago, I sat and chatted with one of my favorite local drummers, Sarah Wilson, about her instrumental band Odist, which has been buzzing about for the past year or so in Atlanta's progressive scene. At the time she was excited about the prospect of the band recording its next project with a big name, but she was hesitant to reveal more details until it was set in stone.
"Definitely within this past year things have been picking up speed," Wilson said two months ago. "We have a lot of exciting things going on next year. We're doing pre-production right now on our new album, and we will possibly be recording with a Grammy Award-winning artist. As soon as we know for sure it's going to happen, we will let everyone know."
Check out a new song from Balkans drummer Stanley Vergilis' new band, Wife. Stanley is usually the salty one of the bunch, but this song shows off a pretty cool and unhinged side of his songwriting that varies quite a bit from his work with Balkans.
The group plays third tonight at the Star Bar with the Clap, Ghost Bikini and Street Violence. $5. 9 p.m. Star Bar, 437 Moreland Ave. 404-681-9018.
Swedish duo jj has released a third mixtape, Kills, giving more of its ethereal take on mainstream hip-hop tracks. In the preview single, we heard their takes on T.I., Akon and the XX. They always use an … interesting selection of samples on their beats, and this is no exception. (Think a heavily-medicated Girl Talk.) They’ve added Auto-Tuned clips from interviews with rappers to give it that Antoine Dodson feel. Who would’ve thought that one of T.I.’s pre-incarceration interviews would sound good Auto-Tuned?
Check out the tracklist after the jump and download Kills from Sincerely Yours.
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