Of Monsters and Men, a sextet from Iceland played to a sold out Tabernacle crowd Thursday night. The band, formed in 2010 has been compared to such acts as Arcade Fire and Mumford and Sons.
Performance artist and musician Daniel Scoggins, better known as Cousin Dan, was shot leaving 97 Estoria in Cabbagetown around 3 a.m. Friday morning.
According to the narrative provided by Atlanta Police, Scoggins was approached by two hooded black males in the bar's parking lot as he opened the driver's door of his car. One of the men said, "what's up with it," according to the statement, and fired 3 or 4 shots at Scoggins, striking him once in the right side of his back. The shot apparently chipped the top of his hip bone and exited through the side of his stomach, Scoggins said.
Scoggins managed to get in, start his car, and drive out of the parking lot in reverse to escape. Police said three bullet holes were visible on the left rear passenger door of the vehicle.
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The population of Iceland, the whole thing, that whole chilly island, is about 320,000. Atlanta, on the other hand, has about 430,000 people living within the city limits - and that's not even counting the almost 5 million more in the metro area. That's not to boast to or to rub it in the Nordic country's face; it's just that sometimes we need a little perspective in the way we think of things. Iceland gets a lot of attention for its culture, geography, history, and all that, but is that just because it's a distinct entity? It seems easier to define an island.
So when artists from Iceland tour together, it can seem like some sort of diplomatic mission - though it's probably more a function of logistical efficiency. It's not like if two Atlanta artists toured the world together they'd get attention specifically because they came from the No. 1 of America's second-tier cities. But tonight we've got two Icelandic treats in town. Of Monsters and Men, the folk/pop sextet fronted by vocalist/guitarists Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir and Raggi Þórhallsson, headlines the Tabernacle. In its short life since forming in 2010, the band's done a solid job of riding the post-Mumford demand for all things acoustic. But while Mumford & Sons can sometimes feel derivative of acoustic-rock forebears like the Avett Bros., Of Monsters and Men has done a neat job of finding the common ground between the group vocals and propulsive sounds of both of those bands with the anthemic, welcoming sounds of the Arcade Fire. The band's debut album My Head Is an Animal has been better received abroad than in Iceland, but maybe that's just because there are (literally) millions more people beyond the island - it's just mathematically more likely.
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Atlanta is teeming with bands that push and pull at each other, all trying to improve upon their raw talents, while impressing their friends, and mostly their friendly competitors. I'm lucky enough to play in a few of these bands - Carnivores, Christ, Lord, Perfect High Fives Every Time - and the list of other bands that flip me out is ridiculously long as well: Babar, Red Sea, deadCAT, Ruination, Jack Preston, Frankie Broyles, everything Bradford Cox does, Adron, the Coat Hangers, Hello Ocho, Social Studies, Lily and the Tigers, Wow Bow and ... and and ...
Moving it's way through this Atlanta noise symphony is Faun and A Pan Flute, a magnetic wrecking ball of a band, smashin' and slicin' up all this goodness and grabbing onto its bits and pieces. Noises, melodies, beats. Everything that slides by goes crashing onto their practice room floor, bebopping down and around in a dancey, off beat cacophony. On top of the wrecking ball, swinging through all the madness is Suzanne Baker, a lone voice in a wilderness of dudes bashing, bleating, and noodling away. It's perfect chaos in Atlanta's canyon of psychedelic guitars, folk strumming, laptops, and hip-hop ragers, and they're working on best band in the city honors. There are ten members, at least, and they're insane.
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Rising Appalachia celebrated the release of their latest album The Sails of Self at the Goat Farm's Goodson Yard Performance Hall on Saturday evening. The two-sister act played through their new album and touched on older material as well. Local band Christ, Lord opened.
November 25, 2012 - On every second and fourth Sunday for almost a year, a group of young Atlantans have gathered in the basement of Wonderroot off of Memorial Dr. to participate in a laid back cypher, or freestyle battle, dubbed Soul Food Cypher. Participants come from all over the city and various walks of life, and though they're mostly young males, no two rappers sound or rap about the same thing. The cypher consists of freestyle "open cyphers" where the participants can rap about whatever comes to their head but also includes weekly prompted writing assignments.
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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?