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."
Indie electro-pop group Today the Moon, Tomorrow the Sun headlines the latest show in the Red Bull Presents Sound Select concert series. The Atlanta-based four-piece brings its percussive synth pop home this Friday for the first time this year, performing its signature blend of ethereal vocals, courtesy of Lauren Gibson and Micah Silverman, and loud, thumping dance club beats. They'll perform in a curated lineup alongside Savannah punks CUSSES and locals the Electric Sons. TTM, TTS appeals to a variety of popular tastes, so expect a packed house and plenty of Red Bull.
Today the Moon, Tomorrow the Sun, CUSSES, and the Electric Sons play the Earl on Fri., August 16. $3. 9 p.m. 488 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-522-3950.
The North Carolina-based Foreign Exchange Music group - founded and fronted by the hip-hop/soul duo also known as the Foreign Exchange (rapper/singer Phonte and producer Nicolay) - has been dropping some of the indie soul scene's most acclaimed music for years. One of the company's most prolific artists is the producer/musician Zo! Coming straight out of the Detroit area, Zo! has dropped a bevy of retro-modern-flavored soul albums, including 2010's Sunstorm and 2011's ... Just Visiting Three, among others. His latest project, ManMade (which features vocal support by local notables such as Anthony David, Carmen Rodgers, and newcomer Gwen Bunn), hit stores back in May, and he's currently on tour supporting the album. Zo! makes is making his way to Atlanta for a live chat session on Fri., Aug. 9, and a live show on Sat., Aug. 10. Before passing through town, he hipped us to the making of ManMade and life as an indie artist.
What was the creative thrust behind your new album?
The entire concept is based around the daily work ethic you have to be an independent musician. This is actually the first project I've done where I was strictly a full-time musician and didn't have anything 9 to 5 during the entire creative process. Even the cover art for the album: It shows me, as an independent artist, doing pretty much everything on my own, with the backing of Foreign Exchange Music - walking to this dilapidated building, and I have to bring my shine to it.
This Saturday, June 8, Atlanta-based trumpeter Joey Sommerville takes the stage with jazz-funk legend Jeff Lorber (whose song "Rain Dance" provided the musical foundation for the hip-hop classic "Got a Crush on You"), vocalist Phil Perry, and more for the Rhythm and Romance Show. Check out the show, which is part of the Wade Ford Summer Concert Series, and see why Sommerville's jazz-meets-R&B sounds are winning him accolades (like the American Society of Young Musicians "All That Jazz Award") and fans nationwide.
$25-$75. 6 p.m. The Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre, 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton. www.ticketmaster.com.
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