Friday, March 29, 2013

Electric Nature Captures a 'Sunspot'

Posted By on Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 2:15 PM

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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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Tracklist: Diddy is in the money

Posted By on Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Some vampires just want to watch the world burn.
  • Some vampires just want to watch the world burn.
>> Oh, look. It's some very nice looking, sounding HD footage of Atoms for Peace (Nigel & Thom) performing Amok track "Default" live at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC. Dear Atoms For Peace, if you can read this, please come to Atlanta. Georgia. Thanks.

>> Well this is hilarious and perfect. Watch Blake Shelton, Jimmy Fallon, and Nick Offerman cluck out a cover of Lumineers' "Ho Hey" that, in my humble opinion, is vastly superior to the original.

>> Sean "Diddy" Combs is worth HOW MUCH?!

>> Snoop Lion talks to The Huffington Post about Jamaica (naturally), Nate Dogg, and "Cheaters".

>> Full Swedish Pop-Punk Ahead: Tiger Bell, Slaughter Daughter EP

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Foster Care replaces Buck Biloxi on Mess-Around bill

Posted By on Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 10:03 AM

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A promotional flyer posted Thursday on the Atlanta Mess-Around's Facebook page revealed yet another lineup change, with the latest addition bringing a familiar face back to town.

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.

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Redd Kross is coming to the Earl

Posted By on Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 12:08 PM

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.

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New hardcore bands begin path of destruction at 529

Posted By on Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 11:03 AM

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When Oakland's Neo Cons make a stop at 529 tonight (March 28), they will share the stage with two new Atlanta hardcore acts filled with familiar faces and prepped to play their first bar show.

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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Tracklist: A$AP Rocky stands up for gay rights

Posted By on Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 9:20 AM

An ear-splitter
  • An ear-splitter
>> In case you missed it, Michigan folk-rockers Frontier Ruckus slow-jammed Third Eye Blind's classic ode to crystal meth and Charlize Theron* "Semi-Charmed Life" for AV Club: Undercover. *maybe

>> The American Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, has plenty of other amazing songs that haven't been ruined by the repeated and inferior versions of "Idol," "Smash," and "How I Met Your Mother."

>> According to the New York Times, Justin Timberlake is like a social media maestro brand ninja or something.

>> Tyler the Creator knew Frank Ocean was gay because he likes Pop Tarts without frosting on them. Never change, Tyler the Creator.

>> "It makes me upset that this topic even matters when it comes to hip-hop, because it makes it seem like everybody in hip-hop is small-minded or stupid and that¹s not the case. ... It's 2013. Time goes on. ... I treat everyone equal." ~ A$AP Rocky

>> Paper mag talks to Jessie Ware about talking shit, SBTRKT, and the power of the Internet.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Outer Gods go mono with new drone tape

Posted By on Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 2:20 PM

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Pseudonymous drone duo Outer Gods celebrates the arrival of a new cassette tape via Big Blonde Records tonight at 529. The three tracks that make up Beneath the Marred and Blackened Hand meld into one flowing and organic mass of ominous sound, balancing horror-movie samples, grinding drones, and subtly apocalyptic imagery. The whole thing was recorded in mono, as well, which gives the opening number, "From the Heavens in Blasphemy," an underlying sense of immediacy, setting the tone for "Old Worlds Collapse to Ruin" and "As the Western Cities Sink into the Sea" to follow. It's a bit more scrappy than the demos that the group's principal players, the Flail (keyboards, noise) and the Wrathe (synthesizer, bass), unveiled with their prior offerings, fostering a sense of spontaneity. All three songs were recorded on Dec. 12, 2012, stamping in time an atmospheric dose of the collective subconsciousness's end-times mania.

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.

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Gucci Mane allegedly assaults fan with a champagne bottle

Posted By on Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 11:42 AM

As we briefly mentioned this morning, Atlanta rapper Gucci Mane turned himself in to Atlanta Police last night and was charged with aggravated assault.

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.

Read more about Gucci Mane's assault charge over at Fresh Loaf.

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The Coathangers return to party punk roots with 'Merry Go Round'

Posted By on Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 11:26 AM

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.

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Bluey and Incognito return bearing new music

Posted By on Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 11:16 AM

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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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