After facing more than 20,000 people for two and-a-half hours, they turned to each other. One nodded in understanding as the other compared himself to Jesus (relating his falling out with a former business partner to Christ's atonement of his sins), then lamented, “I tried to teach niggas how to be kings/and all they ever wanted was to be soldiers.” But by the time they faced the crowd again, and even before they could say goodbye, people had already started filtering out of the arena.
Thousands filled up Philips Arena on Friday, the opening night of the Watch the Throne tour. Jay-Z and Kanye West released the high-profile collaboration on August 8, before weeks of rehearsal in Birmingham, Ala. — allowing nearly three months for Atlanta residents to learn the album’s lyrics and, moreover, understand that they intended to create something meaningful out of their material wealth.
Watch the Throne's liner notes artwork comes courtesy of Givenchy and French fashion plate Riccardo Tisci. It resembles a silk scarf, albeit one with mirrored pansies and spikes that must be phallic symbols of sorts. The album's live visuals were much easier to distinguish, though still over the top. (The biggest #WTT conversation piece: this “shark tank”). Seemingly rabid Rottweilers and bewildered mountain lions appeared on the screens above the stage and along the sides of the square platforms that rose or collapsed throughout the evening. Lasers scanned Jay-Z as if he was a grocery store item.
It was Halloween night in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and ninety-one that the Star Bar first opened its doors unto Little Five Points — 20 years ago.
Tonight the revered neighborhood music spot hosts a happy birthday blowout with a lineup that includes the Booze, Dead Rabbits, Jade Lemons & the Crimson Lust, Ghost Bikini and Andrew & the Disapyramids.
... And it’s free to you. The music should be getting started around 9 p.m.
The Star Bar, 437 Moreland Ave. 404-681-9018.
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When it comes to Guns N' Roses guitarists, Slash's iconic top hat and curly hair-curtain will always be the first image that comes to mind. But in a Guns N' Roses lineup that has revolved around Axl Rose and a rotating cast of other musicians since the late '90s, that position has since been filled by such luminary axe men as Nine Inch Nails' Robin Finck, Buckethead and Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal. The most recent Guns' guitarist is DJ Ashba, whose previous credits include the BulletBoys, Beautiful Creatures and Sixx: A.M. with Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue. As Guns N' Roses return to Atlanta for the first time since 1987, Ashba talks about performing Guns hits, filling the role of those who have preceded him and the debauchery that still seems to follow the band to this day.
$39-$92.05. 7:30 p.m. Wed., Nov. 2. Philips Arena, 1 Philips Drive. 404-878-3000. www.philipsarena.com.
Guns N' Roses hasn't played in Atlanta since 1987. The venue the band played then has been razed, but Philips Arena was erected on the same site. An odd correlation for you is that Guns N' Roses was on tour with Motley Crue on that tour and it was only a few days before then that Nikki Sixx had his infamous heroin overdose. A lot has obviously changed since then, so how does it feel to be coming full circle in so many ways?
Ashba: Absolutely. There's still some debauchery and it's a lot of fun out here. We're all having a blast and the shows are definitely wild. I don't think that's changed too much. It definitely has a very dangerous element to it and the crowds have been going crazy. As far as the energy and excitement of the whole show, I think it's definitely still there. But, I don't know, I wasn't around during those times.
As the latest guitarist for Guns N' Roses, considering the people who have filled that role before you, including Slash, Buckethead and Robin Finck, how did you prepare yourself to fill such big shoes?
Most recording engineers never become household names. Of course, most recording engineers don't record hits for Jay-Z, either. Young Guru's public notoriety has come mostly as a result of being shouted out on tracks by Hov while Guru is in the process of recording them. But he's a sound guru in his own right. And tonight, after manning the booth as Jay's touring DJ for the second Atlanta date of Jay and Kanye's Watch the Throne tour in Atlanta, Guru will bring his DJ skills to the Sound Table for an intimate after-party set. Who knows, maybe he'll even dip into his never-before-released Jay-Z stash.
Young Guru. $? 11 p.m. The Sound Table, 483 Edgewood Ave. 404-835-2534. www.thesoundtable.com.
While The Throne put on what could have only been an over the top show at Phillips Arena last night, do-it-yourself rap collective Odd Future played to a sold out Center Stage. DJ Syd Tha Kyd played a few tracks before the gang came out, but there wasn't a proper opening act, and judging by the crowd, they didn't need one. Halfway through the set, Tyler brought Waka Flocka out to perform "Karma".
The witching hour is upon us, folks. Halloween is here, and if you aren’t planted on the couch, overdosing on candy while being totally engrossed in the legacies of Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers and Freddie Krueger, there are a ton of shows happening all weekend long.
First, get the weekend started right tonight (Friday, October. 28) with the East Atlanta Black Mass. On this darkest eve. of the year, Jeffrey Bützer joins Molly Harvey of the Residents, and a ragtag crew of locals dubbed the LaVey Tones, to play the music of Anotn LaVey, PJ Harvey, Tom Waits, Nick Cave and Leonard Cohen — all songs about hell and the devil. The 4th Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra also performs, along with Ninja Puppets and Burlesque by Musee du Coeur. $7. 9 p.m. @ 529
Also tonight, F.W. Murnau’s 1922 silent German horror classic Nosferatu w/ a live film score performed by Felipe Barral + a full band in Goodson Yard. Free. 8:30 p.m. The Goat Farm
St. Vincent, Cate Le Bon.
$16-$18. 9 p.m. SOLD OUT. @ The Earl
Halloween at the BigHaus/Psychedelik Samhain Party feat. Dust Bunnies, A Grimes, Platonic Sex, Christ, Lord. $? 9 p.m. @ The Big House
Screaming Females, Street Eaters, Older Member. $8. 8:30 p.m. @ WonderRoot
The Laserbeam Kitty Halloween Party w/ Cousin Dan, Sonen, DJ Keith Evans & DJ Brian Parris. $7. 9 p.m. @ The Highland Inn Ballroom Lounge
The Romans, Siberia My Sweet, Wolves. $8. 9 p.m. the The Drunken Unicorn
Battles, Nisennenmondai. $18. 8 p.m. @ Masquerade (Heaven)
Ben Deignan, Aleon Craft, Jackie Chain, Speakerfoxxx. $10 ($7 w/ costume). 9 p.m. @ The Basement
Odd Future. SOLD OUT. @ Center Stage
Murphy's Law, Brassknuckle Boys, the Krays, Antagonizers ATL. $20-$25. 9 p.m. @ Vinyl
Watch the Throne Feat. Kanye West And Jay-Z. 8 p.m. $37.35-$284.15 @ Phillips Arena
Portugal. The Man, Alberta Cross. $15-$17.50. 8:30 p.m. @ Variety Playhouse
Tim Kohler and the Big Tent Revival Party, New Animal @ The Cottage
Time Release DJ Set feat. Mathis Hunter and members of the Noot d' Noot crew. Free. 9 p.m. @ Sauced
T.I.'s free-at-last media onslaught continues as TMZ recently caught up with him in L.A. and quizzed him about his favorite Atlanta strip clubs: Onyx, Strokers, Blue Flame, and Magic City — especially on a Monday.
What, no love for Body Tap bruh?
In other T.I. media news, one of his most revealing and entertaining interviews since being released from prison was last week with the Breakfast Club. He admitted that his last album, the disappointing No Mercy," was mailed in, doled out some insightful relationship advice, waxed prophetic on the current state of Atlanta rap and its dwindling prominence, and explained the metaphorical meaning behind Kill the King, the proposed title for his 2012 album.
And just to bring it back full-circle, he also details what happened regarding that alleged hand-job Tiny reportedly gave him at the federal lock-up earlier this year.
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Technically speaking, “The Fatalist” is the first single from the album, this is the first video, and if all goes as planned there will eventually be videos for all six songs on the record.
Shot and edited by Lee Tesche (vocals/guitar) and Farbod Kokabi (vocals/guitar/synth), “Dusted at Mount Sinai” opens with a five-minute+ close-up on drummer TJ Blake's face while vague images slowly materialize in the periphery, finally revealing the other band members' faces. While this all unfolds, at least a few of the group’s most admirable qualities come to light. Chief among them is that Lyonnais doesn't make things easy for those afflicted by a short attention span. They bring the drone-rock goods with simple clarity, but they take their time and do it right. They understand the aesthetics of classic pop music, punk and the avant-garde, and they bring them all together under a stark, sonic palette that mashes up minimalist tendencies with rhythms and a finely honed grasp on time-stretched hooks, and a simmering pace that keeps the music’s magnetic forces at work.
Does it have pretentious qualities? Yes. Is it ostentatious? Totally. But Lyonnais backs it up and makes no concessions with its sound and vision. For more on this see the single take close-up on TJ’s face that doesn’t cut until the 5:23 mark. But the slow track in on Blake's face, coupled with the pounding drums, are so hypnotic that the phase out into a classic band performance video — which would normally come as a smooth and somewhat understated transition, functions like a wake-up call here, nudging you out of a dreamscape and back into the real world.
ooooohhhh, I'm so excited!! I can't wait to see them together!
come on man you know you got a bromance. you probably still rock that OutKast…
Yes, 14 is the correct answer. I'll pass your info along to the group's manager,…
That was January of 2007, and they are 21 now, so I'm guessing 14?