Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Kool G Rap and DJ Polo are coming to Mic Club

Posted By on Tue, Apr 30, 2013 at 5:31 PM

"Snitches get stitches" - words to live by. If Kool G Rap didn't coin the phrase, he's certainly owned it ever since he delivered that hardcore OG line, "Snitches get stitches, bitches that act snotty inside the parties, even the hotties, get turned to bodies," with his 1992 single, "Two To the Head."

He's an underrated underground lyricist, and alongside his cohort DJ Polo, they're one of the most hard-hitting one MC/one DJ duos around, and they're coming to the World Famous Mic Club on Thurs., May 28. Komplex, Methuzulah, 4-Ize, DJ's Razah, Sky, and Knumbskull also perform, alongside hosts D.R.E.S. Tha BEATnik and Dionysus.

Tickest are on sale now.

$15. 10 p.m. Xcess Ultra Lounge, 708 Spring St.

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With 'Cruising," Black Lips pen an ode to life on the road

Posted By on Tue, Apr 30, 2013 at 12:38 PM

On Willie Nelson's 80th birthday, the Black Lips had their own anthem about life on the road, "Cruising," unveiled by Rolling Stone. The song will be part of Adult Swim's Garage Swim compilation, available May 6 as a free download, along with tracks by several of the Black Lips' Southern garage contemporaries, including Bass Drum of Death and JEFF the Brotherhood.

"Cruising" is not quite "Raw Meat," the gold standard for the band's post Good Bad Not Evil output, but in the spirit of the compilation, it's a solid lo-fi gargage tune, and a definite improvement over the group's previous Adult Swim offering.

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The Numerators bring out the 'Dead' at Star Bar

Posted By on Tue, Apr 30, 2013 at 11:40 AM


The Numerators play a no-frills form of garage-psych similar to West Coast acts like the Intelligence or Thee Oh Sees, but distilled down to gloriously monotonous two- or three-chord riffs and a steady beat. Having just released a 7-inch with Suicide Squeeze, longtime label for Atlanta's own the Coathangers, the Brooklyn trio now comes to Star Bar alongside a maxed-out bill featuring Vegan Coke, Faun and a Pan Flute, A. Grimes, Gibberish Fuckattack, Emily Kempf, Hurricanes of Love, and Arvid Noe.

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The Atlanta Mess-Around No. 5: A weekend of epic fun in review

Posted By on Tue, Apr 30, 2013 at 11:21 AM

Mess-Around dignitaries from the Clone Defects and the Zeros
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  • Mess-Around dignitaries from the Clone Defects and the Zeros
The fifth Atlanta-Mess Around has come and gone, and although no single act stole the show this year, there was never a dull moment. With only three local bands playing, "I'll see them next week, so it's okay to stay on the patio and gossip," excuses were pretty much out the window, meaning that every set was a can't-miss event. Those who stuck it out for what, for many, is a drinking marathon, saw a variety of solid rock 'n' roll, ranging from the polished garage sound of the Ettes to the high-energy party vibe of Las Ardillas to a stellar solo set by one of today's premier songsmiths, Greg Cartwright. Granted, none of the acts seemed as appealing on paper as last year's co-headliners, the Zero Boys and the Carbonas, and the crowd, consisting of more local faces than in past years was somewhat tame. Any slight disappointments were out the window at key moments, like when the Zeros capped off their encore with an amazing cover of the Count Five's "Psychotic Reaction."

There was plenty to cover, but here are some cherry-picked highlights.

Anela and Joey open the festivities with Ghost Bikini.
  • Bobby Moore
  • Anela and Joey open the festivities with Ghost Bikini.

Ghost Bikini, one of the younger garage rock bands in town, opened the festival on Friday afternoon with a show at 529. Atlanta and the Mess-Around are both associated with neo garage rock, and when only cockroaches from other cities are left, they'll probably (wrongly) assume that everyone here borrows their sound from Black Lips. Ghost Bikini is one of the last gangs in town, though, aside from veteran acts that predate the recent garage boom - they're a solid unit, with singer Anela Terzic adding swirling Wurlitzer organ, harmonica, and soulful vocals, as evidenced by Friday's set.

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Tracklist: Thom Yorke is so sleepy

Posted By on Tue, Apr 30, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Looks totally legit.
  • Looks totally legit.
>> Bob Mould on Phoenix: "Sometimes density is used as a way to imply greater overall size and importance, sometimes it's done to obscure the exact meaning, and sometimes one just doesn't know when to stop piling on the melodies. But it's a great album."

>> Hear the new Beady Eye single "Second Bite Of The Apple," here, now. Liam sounds a little flat, no? And speaking of Liam, wait... those aren't the same guy? HUH. Anyway, let's move on with a little help from Jay Cole's "Cole Summer." Aaaaaaand we have our first Debbie Downer cover of Daft Punk's "Get Lucky."

>> Sleepy-head Thom Yorke tweets from under his covers: new song floating about is called Magic Beanz. the Z is v important. I'd find u a link but I'm still in bedzzz.

>> Happy 80th birthday, Stoned Gandalf Willie Nelson!

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Monday, April 29, 2013

Neutral Milk Hotel to play 40 Watt Oct. 22-23

Posted By on Mon, Apr 29, 2013 at 4:20 PM

  • Courtesy TicketFly
In case you missed the news, earlier today the 40 Watt announced that Neutral Milk Hotel (Ft. Jeff Mangum, Scott Spillane, Julian Koster, and Jeremy Barnes) is reuniting to play two shows in Athens on Oct. 22 and 23.

On Tues., Oct. 22, Elf Power and a screening of a movie by Major Organ & the Adding Machine are slated to set the night in motion. Half Japanese shares the stage on Wed., Oct. 23. Tickets for both shows are $30 and they go on sale Fri., May 3, at 10 a.m.

The group has announced a few more dates as well, so stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

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Faun and a Pan Flute's Daniel Bailey readies solo LP

Posted By on Mon, Apr 29, 2013 at 2:25 PM

  • Daniel Bailey

Daniel Bailey doesn't seem to be interested in taking any downtime. Between his duties with scruffy, math-focused outsiders Faun and a Pan Flute and Babar, Bailey moonlights as Carey, a solo project that intersects modern classical, krautrock, prog, and psych rock. Aside from full-lengths due out later this year from both Faun and Babar, Carey's new album, entitled simply VI, is finished and ready for listening. With help from Chris Childs (marimba and percussion), Mikhail Ally (bass clarinet), Ben Shirley (cello), and Julian Hinshaw (tuba), Bailey played every other sound on VI, including piano, electric organ, electric bass, acoustic guitar, violin, Bb clarinet, alto clarinet, drums, and vocals.

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The Solar Bears play quality over flash

Posted By on Mon, Apr 29, 2013 at 2:23 PM

Local natives the Solar Bears brought the funk to Smith's Olde Bar on April 18, ending a four-month hibernation since their last show at the Basement in East Atlanta. All three members attend different universities scattered across the South from NOLA to Athens, Ga., so the gaps between their shows (and rehearsals) can be sizable. They don't let this slow them down however; they're all active musicians who play regularly with 3-5 other bands while they're away at school. In fact, Bassist Drew Hart told me before their set that this was the first time they'd played together at all since early January.

They pull this off not only because they're great musicians individually, but also because they learned the craft together. All alums of Chicago Joe's Rock n' Blues Camp, the members of the Solar Bears have been playing under various band names and roster switch-ups since they were in grade school - more than 15 years ago.

Thursday night that became apparent as singer and guitarist Jordan Gonzalez seamlessly hit a riff while drummer Zack Falls took a few extra swigs off his beer, and bassist Hart did the obligatory funky chicken head-bob as he swooped underneath with a bass line.

Later in the set, the Bears invited Dan Miller of Mission South to the stage for a rendition of Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On" that would have made Jimi Hendrix proud, not only for the styling, but also for the flawless incorporation of Miller's vibe into the group's sound.

Before starting the song Jordan leaned in to the mic and said in a silky smooth voice, "Guys, if you want to grab a special lady to dance with, now would be a good time..."

The room paired off in a matter of seconds, almost like it was choreographed. Despite being one of the only people not pressed close, grinding to the music, by the end of the song even I felt a little pregnant.

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Tracklist: Andre 3000 sings and misses

Posted By on Mon, Apr 29, 2013 at 8:16 AM

The new from T.I., Young Dro, and Shad Da God.
  • The new from T.I., Young Dro, and Shad Da God.
>> Andre 3000 & Beyonce's Great Gatsby Soundtrack version of Amy Winehouse's modern classic "Back To Black" finally hit the Internet and it is... something. Like, a little bit of an instant letdown by not having Bey sing the dirty first couplet. Also, that East Village Radio tag is sure to win you MANY new fans, East Village Radio.

>> Watch Brooklyn girl Stacey Barthe cruise the hometown haunts in her new video for "Hell Yeah!" (featuring former Reebok spokesman and forever Maybach Music spokesman Rick Ross).

>> Amanda Palmer (yes, Amanda Palmer) name checks Morrissey in a letter she wrote about herself for Salon.com.

>> Full Streams Ahead: She & Him, Volume 3 and Mikal Cronin, MCII.

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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Adron's 'Pyramids' finds beauty in the mundane

Posted By on Sun, Apr 28, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Back in September 2012, Adron put out a call for anyone interested in donating junk items or cash funds to aid in the construction of a 10'x16' pyramid along the Atlanta Beltine. It was to be the centerpiece of a Barry Alexander Brown-directed video for the song "Pyramids" from her latest album, Organismo.

The structure itself was dismantled back in January as it wasn't holding up against the elements. But now, nearly eight months after it all began, the monument has been immortalized in film. Bear witness as Adron makes a trek through Cabbagetown with her little red wagon, en route to the temple that is the physical manifestation of her plaintive and pastoral songwriting.

To put it in the simplest of terms, the "Pyramids" video is all about finding beauty in the mundane clutter of daily life, and piece by piece, turning it into something magnificent.

Adron plays Eddie's Attic on Wed., May 29. $8. 8 p.m. 515-B North McDonough St. 404-377-4976.

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