Atlanta psych-cosmonaut Michael Potter's The Electric Nature has been hard at work since releasing the digital-only "Lungrakes" b/w "Squorks" single last July. Those two extended jams focused Potter's doomy tapestries into blown-out orchestrations of feedback. The single pitted two tracks of spacious guitar-based noise, with "Lungrakes" raucously plowing through its riffs and "Squorks" burning in an ember of sustained drone.
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Raunchy Louisiana act Buck Biloxi and the Fucks has dropped off the bill. Their replacement, New York punk purists Foster Care, has a strong local tie in drummer Josh Martin, who will be making his second Mess-Around appearance in as many years. Martin is a former Atlanta resident who handled guitar duties for the Carbonas when the band reformed to headline last year's festival. Foster Care will be part of Saturday's early show at 529, headlined by the Ettes and A Giant Dog. One of only three Atlanta bands playing the festival, G.H.B., is also slated for a Saturday afternoon appearance, putting Martin on the same bill as former Beat Beat Beat bandmates Mike Beavers and Brannon Greene.
Thursday's lineup change was the second in less than a week: Last weekend, festival organizers announced that the Middle Class had cancelled due to guitarist Mike Atta's health and had been replaced by Detroit garage weirdos the Clone Defects. Shuffling lineups are a fact of life for festival planners, and two past changes to the Mess-Around have involved Martin. The most recent came last year after the New Bomb Turks dropped out in early March and were replaced by the classic Carbonas lineup - Greg King on vocals, "Gentleman" Jesse Smith on bass, Dave Rahn on drums, and Clay Kilbourne and Martin on guitar. In 2011, the Barreracudas had to replace Martin's other New York punk band, Exhumans, on a show headlined by the Testors. Martin has been able to play quite a few shows since then with the Testors' Sonny Vincent, his band mate in Sonny Vincent and the Bad Reactions.
The full lineup, ticket prices, and show times are available on the Mess Around's official website.
After a full 15-year silence between their last studio album, Show World, and last year's excellent Researching the Blues, Redd Kross' poppy brand of hardcore is as relevant as ever. The three-decade-old band, founded by brothers Jeff and Steve McDonald while in their early teens, still revels in an obsession with pop culture while revealing an aggressive overhaul on their Byrdsian, Beatle-esque power-pop. Don't call it a comeback. Redd Kross is just making up for lost time.
With Tiger! Tiger! Wed., April 3. $15. 9 p.m. The Earl, 488 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-522-3950.
Debuting tonight is Uniform, a three-piece that includes guitarist Josh Feigert and drummer Bobby Michaud of Wymyn's Prysyn along with Cheap Art's Matt Hatcher on bass. Michaud, who recently relocated to Atlanta from Charlotte, N.C., keeps adding to an impressive Southern hardcore resume, which includes drumming for Brain Flannel, Grids, and Double Negative. The new band gives Feigert, the bass player in Wymyn's Prysyn, a chance to play guitar and experiment with different sounds. "I wanted to play guitar in a band, and Bobby and I wanted to do a hardcore band," he said. On the band's Facebook event page, Feigert cites No Trend, Jerry's Kids, and Rudimentary Peni as influences on Uniform's sound.
The other new local act, Mercenary, has already debuted on the house show circuit, playing last Saturday at the Sampson Street Lofts. If its "current/former members of" list is any indication, the band should come armed with a set of brief, ripping hardcore songs. Mercenary combines members of Ralph and Manic with former Bukkake Boys lead singer Ruby and guitarist Jesse Lipper. A demo tape by the band is already slated for future release by Scavenger of Death Records.
Neo Cons likely released their final record, a 7-inch on Deranged Records, earlier this month. The band also includes two members of the Neighborhood Brats.
Neo Cons, Uniform, Mercenary, Acid Freaks, and Manic play 529 tonight (Thurs., March 28). Free. 9 p.m. 529 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-228-6769.
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Outer Gods, Twins, Deep Space (members of Order of the Owl / Rapturous Grief), and Tifaret play 529 tonight (Wednesday, March 27). Free. 9 p.m. 529 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-228-6769.
The APD issued a warrant last Friday for the rapper, whose actual name is Radric Davis, after he allegedly struck a soldier over the head with a champagne bottle on March 16. This marks the hip-hop artist's 10th arrest since 2006.
Gucci Mane was off to a fast start this year before his latest run-in with the law. He had recently appeared in Harmony Korine's latest film, Spring Breakers, and released his first 2013 mixtape, Trap God 2, in February. The rapper also spoke to students during Crawford Long Middle School's career day last month - a decision that angered numerous parents in the Glenrose Heights neighborhood.
Today, Suicide Squeeze Records released a new video for The Coathangers' "Merry Go Round," a song from the band's 2012 split 7-inch with Nashville rockers and former tour mates Heavy Cream. The video stars a creepy, slightly agitated masked character, who comes across as a grown-up, mascara-wearing Booji Boy. Though he dances frantically and strikes a Playgirl pose on playground equipment, the faceless character seems emotionless. In stark contrast, singer Julia Kugel shows personality in spades throughout the video. Musically, the upbeat song differs from some of the band's more serious and introspective recent material, returning the four-piece to their party punk roots.
When jazz-tinged U.K. soul band Incognito came through town in April 2012, bandleader Bluey commented that much of the group's longevity is due to the continued love of music fans in Atlanta. Well, he obviously wasn't blowin' smoke up our collective asses - he and his crew are slated to appear in our fair city again this Thursday and Friday for two big nights of music. And this time, he (along with fan-favorite vocalist Maysa) will be spreading the sounds of Incognito and tunes from his recently released debut solo album, Leap of Faith.
Make sure you're in the place to hear some classics ... and some soon-to-be classics.
$43.50-$49.50. 8 p.m. March 28 and 29 at Center Stage. Avery Sunshine opens both nights. 1374 W Peachtree St. 404-885-1365.
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