You may want to show up early for drone-pop act XO's show at the 529 tonight. The band is handing out copies of their Some Day EP to the first 50 guests.
Though XO is the brainchild of Say Anything guitarists Jeff and Jake Turner, the band bears little resemblance to the Warped Tour mainstay from which it spawned. Instead, think swirling melodies reminiscent of early shoegaze acts. Check out their new demo "Helll" for a sampling of their in-progress full-length.
With Sealions and Young Again. $5, 9 p.m., Fri. May 27. 529, 529 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-228-6769. www.529atl.com.
>>If you've ever wanted to see a grown man wearing a bunny mask undress and play lo-fi garage punk (and really, who doesn't?), then you definitely want to see Nobunny at the Earl. $10, 8 p.m., July 13. The Earl, 488 Flat Shoals Ave. S.E. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com.
>>Husband and wife duo Over the Rhine stop by the Variety Playhouse in support of their intimate new record The Long Surrender. $20. 7:30 p.m., Fri., June 17. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave NE. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com.
>>Indie rockers turned mainstream sensation Kings of Leon bring their Southern-styled rock to Atlanta, backed by Band of Horses. $25+ 7 p.m. Wed., July 27. Aaron’s at Lakewood, 2002 Lakewood Way. 404-443-5090. www.aaronsamphitheatre.com.
>>Instrumental giants Explosions in the Sky announce an Atlanta date in support of their latest record Take Care, Take Care, Take Care.$25. 8 p.m., Thur., Sept. 29. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie Street. (404) 659-9022.www.tabernacleatl.com.
>> Oh, Courtney.
>> Thanks to Facebook and Spotify, you will soon be able to listen to music on the internet.
>> Zack Galifianakis talks to Whidge Whemman (sic?), the most indie rocker of our time.
>> Chris Crocker has a whole new outlook on life and Britney Spears or something.
>> On June 9, Kool Moe Dee, DMC from Run-DMC, Public Enemy's Chuck D, Doug E. Fresh, Easy A.D. and the Cold Crush Brothers will host the 3rd Annual Hip Hop Public Health Summit in Harlem, N.Y.
>> Letterman quite enjoyed Arctic Monkeys' “Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair."
>> D Cab for Cute-sauce does "I Will Follow You into The Dark" on Snoreytellers.
>> Phosphorescent does Leonard Cohen's “Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye.”
>> They finally made Amy Winehouse go to rehab. Again.
Rapper Small Eyez has returned with the first song "Get Involved" from upcoming EP, NWords. Emerging from his short hiatus more energized and focused, the MC releases some aggression on the Abnormal-produced track, while the video (directed by Ryan Lifto) relishes in some of Atlanta's more grimy scenery. Eyez talks briefly about the video and his upcoming project, which drops on July 5.
You sound more aggressive than usual. What's the inspiration for "Get Involved"?
Small Eyez: Really the griminess of the beat. It sounded really ultra grimy. It was like a Dilla-esque type beat and those beats always make me feel like I want to slap somebody. I just felt like spitting something aggressive, just stating like my presence. Like, I'm not easily controlled and that I'm not really one to be messed with. And then it's cool how the visuals coincided with it, even though it wasn't planned. [Ryan Lifto] didn't even tell me that he was going to put any of the excerpts of Fred Hampton and the cartoons in there. At first we were going to just put crazy weird violent cartoon stuff, but he went home and started working on it and he said he had another idea and he said he would just show it to me when it was finished and it was dope. He finished editing the video in like 6 hours. He's a genius.
Where did you shoot it?
Near the old Lenny's. Off of Decatur St. where the [Krog St. tunnel] is. That was cool because that's where I shot my first album cover [Vipassana]. It was all spontaneous. He's super-talented.
What's your intent with Nwords?
I just wanted to make good music again, I wanted to make good songs and make stuff that people would vibe with. Every time I do something I want it to sound better and I wanted it to sound different than stuff that I've done before and that's the case with a lot of songs that I did on Nwords, but I'm still kind of staying close to home. I wanted to symbolize where I am right now. Most of my records have a double-meaning. Nwords is like going "inwards" and I wanted to do that on this EP and just display myself. It's fully expressing yourself and you can only do that when you're in tune with yourself.
You had a period of frustration between the last project and this one, right?
Are you a fan of harmonicas and lap steel guitars? Trippy reimaginings of country standards? Or do you just love giant beards? If you answered yes, Damon Moon and the Whispering Drifters is right up your alley. And if you want more of their psych-folk goodness, it might just be up to you to ensure they release their next album.
The band recently started a Kickstarter campaign to fund mastering their new full-length Lungs, Dirt & Dreams, which they recorded in a secluded cabin outside of Tiger, GA. They're only asking for $1,000, and are giving out some pretty cool rewards, including an offer to cook you dinner while on their next tour. So if you have a few extra dollars or enjoy strange and talented men cooking for you, make sure to send some their way. It's a much more practical goal than a statue of Robocop.
While you're at it, check out their Bandcamp page for their past releases.
It started out as a hoot, an inspired poke at the trendy Lollapalooza franchise, but instead of featuring college music for the masses, Bubbapalooza had real American roots music. The idea germinated in 1993 following discussions between the late Gregory Dean Smalley, a cocky, guitar slinging, ne’er do well sliver of a man, and former Star Bar booking agent Faylynn Owen. At the time, the aptly named “Redneck Underground” (a term allegedly coined by the late Deacon Lunchbox) was the hot music scene in Atlanta — a consortium of Southern based bands playing twangy country, hopping rockabilly, and grungy but grounded roots rock all wrapped up with a distinct sense of regional pride. It was music that celebrated the good things about Southern culture: music, mama, barbeque, stock cars, and cold beer, but without a chip on the shoulder covered by the dark cloak of prejudice, racism, isolationism, or “the grudge.” If the Redneck Underground was a shared positive sense of identity, Bubbapalooza was the culmination of that pride, and everybody was welcome to participate. Sadly, Smalley only got to see the early bounty of his events, passing away from AIDS-related causes in March 1996.
After a couple of semi-annual events and Smalley’s death, Bubbapalooza became an annual tribute to his memory, held on Memorial Day weekend at the Star Bar. One of Smalley’s caveats was “diversity,” as he did not want the festival to be singular in its focus. Throughout the years, various bookers have added their own perception on what they felt was a good representation of the music of the South, and there have been some hits and misses. Regardless of the quality and debated appropriateness of the performers, the spirit of Smalley’s concept has always been held in high regard, and the party goes on in full force.
To celebrate the 20th Bubbapalooza, Star Bar booker Bryan Malone has focused on a number of local and regional bands that capture the spirit of the event, with a big emphasis on what can best be described as a return to the roots. Featuring a mix of old timers (Blacktop Rockets, Caroline & the Ramblers) and some rookies (Bareknuckle Betties, Rod Hamdallah), the festival also includes a car show, raffles, a photo booth, and other events. Gregory Dean would be proud to know that his crazy idea has flourished for so long, and that his memory lives on. But he would be damned before he would tell you that.
See full weekend schedule below
Once a week, Dusty Peaches takes a look at some bit of Georgia music history.
As MondoHomo brings in a bevy of queer musicians and performers this weekend, Ma Rainey's 1928 lesbian anthem "Prove It On Me" seems worth revisiting. The Colombus, GA-born blues singer was one Georgia's better known blues players, enjoying some success on the vaudeville circuit during her time and being celebrated by Bob Dylan, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and even the US Postal Service after her death.
Rainey's "Prove It On Me" resembles the standard blues story - a fight between lovers has left the singer scorned - but the hook tells us a crucial detail about the singer: "Went out last night with a crowd of my friends, / They must’ve been women, ‘cause I don’t like no men." Right after bragging about going out with women, though, Rainey reminds us of the context she's singing in: "Don’t you say I do it, ain’t nobody caught me / You sure got to prove it on me." Of course, Rainey was singing at time when events like the Atlanta Eagle raid were standard police procedure.
In an advertisement for the record, reproduced at Outhistory, Rainey is depicted as a suited-up butch hitting on a couple fawning femmes, but we're again reminded of police persecution by a cop lurking in the shadows of the scene. Rainey sets up this whole scene in just a few sparse lines, bawdy and boasting about how she can "Talk to the gals just like any old man," while delivering the Roaring Twenties equivalent of "fuck the police." Rainey's got the kind of pride to make any Georgian proud.
Naturally, Macon's rich musical history felt like a perfect fit for the museum, which currently archives memorabilia from artists as diverse as the B-52s, Ludacris, Johnny Mercer and Ray Charles. Unfortunately, a large overhead cost and dwindling interest in the museum led to a lack of funds that finally closed the museum after 15 years in Macon.
Dunwoody, Woodstock and Athens all lobbied to host the museum, but were turned down by the board of advisors. In one of the last efforts to save the museum from its closure, local developer NewTown Macon's offered $800,000 to keep the museum afloat. However, the museum's state caretakers felt that it simply couldn't sustain itself much longer, even with the temporary help of NewTown Macon.
Despite the various bids by other cities and private organizations, many on the museum’s advisory board were dead-set on closing the museum, believing that no amount of financial support could make it a viable tourism center.
Board vice-chairman Rob Gibson commented to Macon's 13WMAZ, "This thing is not a tourist destination. It's not ever been. It has no real artistic, aesthetic vision and conception behind it other than its name."
Now, rather than funding the museum, NewTown will instead focus on restoring the former building of defunct record label Capricorn Records as a monument to Macon's musical heritage.
After the museum closes, its memorabilia will be divided up between the university of Georgia, Georgia State University and the University of West Georgia.
If you're still interested in checking out museums in the Macon area, the Big House museum, former home of the Allman Brothers, remains open to the public.
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>> Real David Crosby and real Graham Nash join fake Neil Young on Fallon.
>> You don't listen to 81% of your music.
>> Stereogum was nice enough to collect Radiohead’s 20 Best Cover Songs.
>> School's out forever.
>> According to Bonnie "Prince" Billy, there is no God.
>> The Vaccines persuaded Minor Threat's Lyle Preslar to join them for a run through
"Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White."
>> The Fox Theatre loves Pop Candy.
It all goes down on the steps and on the lawn at Druid Hills Baptist Church at 1085 Ponce De Leon Ave. (on the corner of Ponce and North Highland).
It's kind of the perfect place for a festival such as this, and there will be plenty of food, a number of local artists peddling their goods, and a ton of local music getting started around 11:15 a.m.
Thus far the schedule includes:
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