Located just outside East Atlanta Village, the Cottage is a DIY space and studio for local indie artists. Tomorrow's showcase have new music from the bands, including Places' new single "Graves."
Last year, Nelson released the improvisational In This Day, which features only first-take performances and layers syncopated trombone riffs to create an innovative, textured sound.
For tomorrow's show, Nelson will be accompanied by Patton on drums and bass pedals, intertwining to form a mezmerizing groove. The performance will also showcase a conceptual video installation from Atlanta artist Lana Vogestad.
A native Georgian, Nelson draws from diverse genres, influenced by his experience performing with popular acts like the National, David Byrne & St. Vincent, and Vampire Weekend, as well as with classical ensembles (the Knights Orchestra, Talea) and for film scores ("Beasts of the Southern Wild").
Atlanta-based trumpeter Joey Sommerville is a guy with a lot on his mind, and he's not shy about opining, especially when it comes to the music he's dedicated his career to - jazz, that is. In a recent conversation, Sommerville, who's putting the finishing touches on a new album titled, Overnight Sensation, and is set to perform Fri., Dec. 13, at the Musical Winter Nights concert, shared a few thoughts about the current state of jazz and his place within the music.
On what kind of jazz artist he is: "I shun categorization. I think music is music. It's either good or bad. Either you like it or you don't. ... I consider myself more of a contemporary jazz artist, if you have to put a name on it."
Sure, the holiday season can be a time of rampant materialism, with folks trampling over each other to get their hands on sale-priced flat-screen TVs and such, but it can also be a time of giving back. Case in point: Atlanta-based professor/model/hip-hop artist Linda Pearl Fils-Aime, aka A Lady Named Pearl, is bringing together a bevy of Atlanta's soul music luminaries to host Pearl's Christmas Kindness, a benefit concert designed to help children in Haiti.
Going down Dec. 12, Pearl's Christmas Kindness (now in its third year) is set to feature live performances by singers Anthony David, Heston, Rahbi, Bosco, Miranda Nicole, and more. All proceeds from the event are slated to go to Educate Haiti Now, a nonprofit organization with a mission to rehabilitate that nation's education sector and ensure that its youth have access to quality education.
Tomorrow night (Tues., Nov. 26), the formerly Atlanta-based soul/jazz/funk band Water Seed returns from its current New Orleans stomping grounds for a meet and greet at the Little Five Points record shop Moods Music, and a show at Smith's Olde Bar, supporting the group's recently released album Wonder Love 2.
As the title suggests, Wonder Love 2 is a follow-up to Wonder Love 1, which actually dropped this past March, and ultimately begs the question: What's up with the two-part album? According to bandleader Lou Hill, the answer is his crew's output necessitated the need for another project. "When we sat down to do Wonder Love 1, we went through our vault and picked out some songs that we loved. At the end of the day it turned out to be a lot of songs, so we decided to do a part two," he says.
In case you missed the interview we ran in this week's edition of Creative Loafing, here's an FYI: the acclaimed hip-hop/soul duo the Foreign Exchange is hitting Atlanta tomorrow night (Sat., Oct. 26) for a show at the Variety Playhouse. And, while we encourage everyone to buy tickets for what promises to be a great concert, we've got your chance right here to win a pair.
When we last heard from petulant nihilist rockers Georges Bataille Battle Cry, the crew had just dropped a pair of fractious screeds via its Bandcamp. Now returning to 529's stage on a bill with fellow Atlanta noise troupe Aku You, Gorgeous, and Athens' own Muuy Biien, GBBC continues its single-handed assault on the city's collective eardrum. Aside from this show, the members of GBBC plan to keep its message alive with a number of projects in the works, including but not limited to recording and releasing a new GBBC album, recording and doing a performance of Carl Theodor Dryer's "The Passion of Joan of Arc," screen print posters featuring art by Jarred Orr, and an expanded version of "A Brief Note on the Purpose of Performance of Music" (vocalist John Lloyd Hannnah's self-described "calling music to represent a revolutionary vigor against the Nietzschean 'last man'").
Georges Bataille Battle Cry, Aku You, Muuy Biien, and Gorgeous play Mon., Oct. 7. 9 p.m. Free. 529, 529 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-228-6769.
A few months ago, after returning from Europe, Bachman almost immediately embarked upon a self-organized national tour, which brought him to Atlanta, where the 24-year-old Fredericksburg, Virginia, native played at WonderRoot in front of about a dozen people. Three audience members including the soundman were WonderRoot volunteers; two more attendees were Susan Archie, the Grammy award-winning art director (Screamin' and Hollerin' the Blues: The Worlds of Charley Patton), and her partner at whose house Bachman was staying that night; one was Josh Rosenthal, founder of Tompkins Square Records on which Bachman's latest album, Seven Pines, was released late last year; and one was Clay Harper of Fellini's and Coolies fame who was with a couple of friends.
Charmingly unassuming, somewhat prepossessed, and sweetly sincere almost to a fault, Bachman didn't seem to care one way or another about the size of the audience or the venue. Instead, he pulled out a well-seasoned Guild D-55 six-string acoustic guitar and proceeded to pick, strum, slide, and thrum his way through a playlist of songs ranging from dark twangly Appalachianesque ballads to mesmerizing raga-like improvisations (on a couple of tunes, he switched to a lap slide guitar). The tiny basement space was permeated by heady essences of John Fahey, Leo Kottke, Jack Rose, Glenn Jones, and other pioneers and proponents of the modern American Primitive style, as the audience was transported into an openly tuned, hollow-bodied, sensual vibrational dreamland.
For those who are wondering, they are exactly how they sound: jeans cut into shorts. Not to be confused with japris or cut-offs. We were given strict definitions of what these are:
Jeans: Denim, reaches the ankle.
Jorts: Denim, above or at the knee.
Japris: Denim, between knee and ankle.
Cutoffs: Any leg garment that has been cut shorter than its original length, the material and length are not implied by this phrase.
WREK Program Director and Goldsoundz host Maria Sotnikova, who co-founded Jortsfest with Michael Leon of Under the Couch, describes the concert series as "a variety of the local music scenes. We booked a bunch of indie pop, garage, and punk bands that we were either friends with or found on Bandcamp."
Whatever you do, don't call Brooke Alford a violinist. Sure, the Marietta-born/Princeton, N.J.-based musician plays the violin, but she considers herself an "artist of the violin," and even goes by the moniker "Viosocalist." So what's the meaning behind these titles? Good question. It's one of many that surround the talent, whose jazz-meets-soul-meets-pop sound is on full display with her recently released second album, aptly titled The Viosocalist, and who also splits time as a fitness model. To help unravel some of her mysteries, we consulted with Alford, who will be in town for a live performance on Thurs., Aug. 15, and compiled this handy trio of frequently asked questions.
What does being a Viosocalist entail?
Pronounced VIO-SOUL-KA-LIST, the term, according to Alford, means: "A violin player who soulfully sings through the violin." It's an artistic approach she came up with early in her career. "When I was starting to hone in on my own voice on the violin, I wasn't listening to a lot of violin players, as far as in arenas outside of classical. But getting into my artistry, my goal was to pull out other voices that the violin could bring and have other influences, such as saxophone players, vocal artists, trumpet players, guitars, and every other instrument outside of the violin."
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