Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Iggy Azalea's new Glory cover art is missing something

Posted By on Wed, Jun 27, 2012 at 6:40 PM


Part of me is proud to see some Iggy Azalea cover art that isn't dripping with gratuitous sexuality. But the other half of me is like, f*ck, where's the gratuitous sexuality? This is Iggy Azalea we're talking about. What am I supposed to distract myself with while being subjected to her raps? Not this Illuminati®-inspired photoshop, I hope. Don't you hate it when artists come out one way, all tease and sleaze, then try to switch the marketing up and get deep and subliminal? Stick to the script, please ma'am. You're confusing us. (Bet money, Wilhelmina had something to do with this.)

In related news: Her boss T.I. and Grand Hustle homie B.o.B lace the track.

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Jarren Benton on that 'Lean'

Posted By on Wed, Jun 27, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Jarren Benton is a problem. Matter fact, that boy nasty.

Here's the last leak from his forthcoming release. It's a song called "Lean" and if you're familiar with how Benton gets down, it's pretty self-explanatory. His new mixtape Freebasing with Kevin Bacon goes live tomorrow today on He recently signed to indie label Funk Volume and is about to jet out on a West Coast tour. But you can catch him before he leaves the A at his album release party this Saturday, June 30 at Star Bar. Suggestion: Might wanna dust off your full-body condom for this one.

Freebasing With Kevin Bacon release party. Jarren Benton and Friends. 8 p.m. Sat., June 30. Star Bar, 437 Moreland Ave.

P.S. Yes, that's SMKA producer 808 Black dressed as an oversized styrofoam cup of purple stuff (aka lean) on the cover art.

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Black Lips are heading to the Middle East

Posted By on Wed, Jun 27, 2012 at 3:56 PM

After trying to make it happen for at least a year or so, Black Lips are finally making their way through the heart of the Middle East for a tour. Today, Vice Records announced that Atlanta's "flower punk" provocateurs have eight shows booked throughout the region in September and October (dates below the jump).

For these shows the group has hooked up with local promoters on the ground level, whom they met though with the assistance of producer Bill Cody (Athens GA: Inside/Out, We Fun), and are sharing most of the dates with the Beirut-based foursome Lazzy Lung. Although the tour does make a swing though Iraq, Black Lips are sticking to the northern Kurdish region of the country, which is far less volatile than, say, Baghdad.

Shows are booked in both Sulaymaniyah and Hawler (the fourth largest city in the country), neither of which has been active an war zone since the U.S. invaded Iraq. Still, it's a dangerous journey, and it's one on which few, if any, Western punk bands have embarked with absolutely no USO involvement. "I've searched and I've found no records of tours like this," says Black Lips bassist and vocalist Jared Swilley. "I can say with confidence that we're the first band to do it like this."

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Tracklist: Katy Perry beats the heat with beats

Posted By on Wed, Jun 27, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Something different.
  • Something different.

>> Watch Big K.R.I.T. get that on Conan.

>> Watch (or don't, you know the rules) Maroon 5 play an exclusive online concert for Letterman.

>> Summer heat beater Katy Perry beats the summer heat beat with a beats heats summer heat beater concert for Pepsi.

>> Fader gets inside Chief Keef's pants.

>> Congratulations, Hologram Tupac.

>> Radiohead should stop touring, says Slate.

>> Watch the incomparable Reggie Watts perform a Tiny Desk Concert.

>> Maybe some very awesome Jack White news. MAYBE.

>> Fiona's been a bad, bad girl, and Rolling Stone has the pictures.

>> The Village Voice talks R. Kelly.

>> Ke$ha got some lip ink.

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5 reasons to see Gun Party (ATL's 'most hated' no. 20) play the Clermont Lounge

Posted By on Wed, Jun 27, 2012 at 9:41 AM

  • Courtesy Gun Party

This Thursday (June 28), Noot d' Noot and Gun Party will share the stage at the Clermont Lounge, providing the soundtrack for what's sure to be a night filled with the kind of debauchery that you don't even want your friends to know about. Earlier this week Gun Party slid into the number 20 slot in CL's Music Issue feature, "20 most hated ATL bands, rappers, guilty pleasures, and electro douches - and why we love them."

So in honor of this week's show, Gun Party offers up their top five reasons why in the hell anyone would want to go see the 20th most hated band in Atlanta play a show in the city's oldest gentleman's club.

5. Because on June 28th of 1997 Mike Tyson was disqualified for biting Evander Holyfield's ear after three rounds of their WBA heavyweight title fight in Las Vegas, and we are planning a reenactment.

4. Rock 'n' Roll (good or bad) and strippers (good looking or hideous) always go well together. Plus, you can listen to music, drink excessively, and watch strange porn alone at home or in public at the Clermont. Keep in mind, at the Clermont, someone else does the cleanup.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Virtual Jukebox: Abby GoGo, Senor Kaos, and more

Posted By on Tue, Jun 26, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Abby GoGo
  • Abby GoGo

It's been a few years since we've heard any new noise from Abby GoGo's neck of the woods, and "You Destroy Me" proves that the time has not been spent in vain. It's the first cut from a new 7-inch single that's due out this fall via Pretty Ambitious Records, and it's a teaser for the group's second full-length, A Perfect Whatever. More information coming soon.

"Communism 2012" is Señor Kaos' take on Common's song, "Communism," from his 1994 album, Resurrection. This is the second leak from Kaos' Mama Said the Sun Rises In the Resurrection, covers EP, due out July 3 via The EP finds the man putting a personal spin on a handful of his favorite hip-hop numbers from throughout the '90s, and features production by the likes of DJ Jazzy Jeff, DJ Eleven, Buck Oner, and DJ Exit, along with a guest appearance from NYC's emcee Punchline.

Senor Kaos - Communism 2012 by señorkaos

... And in case you missed the first leak, check out Kaos and DJ Eleven's cover of Jeru The Damaja's cautionary tale from the same year, "Da Bitchez.″

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Tracklist: 50 Cent shakes off car accident

Posted By on Tue, Jun 26, 2012 at 11:18 AM

new album cover
  • new album cover
>> GQ magazine loves all things Nashville.

>> Don't worry, 50 Cent is "fine."

>> Madonna cleans up after herself.

>> In case you missed it, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon hosted Alabama Shakes last night.

>> Watch Eddie Vedder and Tom Petty (and not Jack White) jam in Amsterdam.

>> Trey Songz's Chapter V has a track-listing, interludes, cover art.

>> Norwegian prog-disco outfit Mungolian Jet Set. What a great bunch of words that is together.

>> The Spice Girls are back! Again!

>> Azealia Banks talks going out, Prodigy cover, and her sea-themed mix tape, Fantasea.

>> NPR is streaming another new one from Divine Fits, "Would That Not Be Nice?"

>> "Waiting Alone" is the new single from Shiny Toy Guns.

>> Watch Jens Lenkman play the first single off his upcoming album, Know What Love Isn't, "Erica America."

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Monday, June 25, 2012

10 shows to hit up this week (June 25-July 1)

Posted By on Mon, Jun 25, 2012 at 4:32 PM

-Glenn Saddler, Bias the Black, Illmont, Malcolm Parsons. $5 9 p.m. @ Smith's Olde Bar
*Give Glenn a holler @glennsaddler on Twitter if you want a free ticket to the show. He's got 'em.

Wed., June 27
-Carnivores, CoCo Rico, Backpockets. Free (21+). $5 (18+). 9 p.m. @ 529

Thurs., June 28
-Noot d' Noot, Gun Party. $8. 9 p.m. @ Clermont Lounge

-Mood Rings, Factory, Frankie Broyles, White Violet, Platonic Sex. Free. 9 p.m. @ Star Bar

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PHOTOS: Iron Maiden and Alice Cooper

Posted By on Mon, Jun 25, 2012 at 4:28 PM

English heavy metal rockers Iron Maiden played to a sold-out crowd Saturday at Aaron's Amphitheater on their second date of the Maiden England World Tour. Formed by bassist Steve Harris in 1975, Iron Maiden has produced 36 albums and have played more than 2,000 tour dates. The Aaron's Amphitheater crowd was almost as loud as the band itself, with many fans seeing the band for the first time.

Opening for Iron Maiden was Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Alice Cooper, who brought his elaborate stage show and shock-metal rock to the packed venue. Even at 64, Alice Cooper shows no sign of letting up, covering his hits and and giving his fans the showmanship he has always been known for, including pyrotechnics and a live snake during "No More Mr. Nice Guy." On guitar was Orianthi, the first female guitarist in Alice Cooper's band and the lead guitarist for Michael Jackson during his ill-fated This is It Tour.

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