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Friday, June 13, 2014

Heat ATL warms up East Atlanta

Posted by on Fri, Jun 13, 2014 at 1:29 PM


Atlanta is known for staying hot well after the sun goes down, and this Friday is no different. Heat ATL is back with their first music and art coalition of the summer at Union in East Atlanta.

Since 2009 Heat has been popping up during the summer season as a platform for artists to showcase their paintings, installations, and photographs while talented selectors, both local and abroad, DJ during the event. Vinyl selectors of the night include REKchampa, Tad Allagash, and DJ Lion. Amodernghost, Doc MndBndr, Sifer, Sad Stove, and more will be showing their work throughout the space.

Heat Wave $5. 11 p.m. Union, 485 Flat Shoals Ave. (404) 556-5267.

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Christ, Lord bows out this Saturday

Posted by on Thu, May 29, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Adding to this year's list of disbanding local acts, gypsy-folk pop outfit Christ, Lord will play its final show this Sat., May 31, at the Mammal Gallery.

Christ, Lord has remained largely silent over the last eight months following a few heavy rounds of touring behind 2013's Live at Criminal Records 09.12.12 LP.

This last show is a send off for singer and accordion player Christian Ballew, who is moving to Wyoming. Likewise, the group's end is the result of its principle members - Ryan Lamb (guitar), Adam Mincey (upright bass), Brandon Camarda (trumpet), Julian Hinshaw (tuba), Billy Mitchell (drums), and often Maddy Davis (vibraphone) - moving on to other endeavors.

This final performance will feature the group's wistful ballads and klezmer-tinged arrangements, most of which showed up on 2010's handmade Magnalia Christi CD. Hello Ocho and Tantrum open the show.

9 p.m. Sat., May 31. The Mammal Gallery. 91 Broad Street. 404-771-6912.

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Bombino, Africa's Guitar Nomad

Posted by on Fri, Apr 25, 2014 at 9:00 AM

GUITAR HERO: African guitarist Omara Bombino Moctar.
  • Ron Wyman
  • GUITAR HERO: African guitarist Omara "Bombino" Moctar.
We're blessed to live in a small world. We're bound together as a globe by a variety of transcontinental threads, some ugly, some less so. Of the latter, music remains relatively untarnished as a connective tissue between cultures. Moving as a post-Internet wisp of digital love-letter, sound files can move beyond borders with neat fluidity as well as maximum potency.

Though the Saharan Desert is literally a world away from Nashville, Tenn., the tightening of the global latticework pulled together two guitarists: Omara "Bombino" Moctar and Dan Auerbach. Bombino is a fiery musical representation of the nomadic Tuareg culture of Northern Africa; Aeurbach is one half of the Grammy-winning duo the Black Keys. Aeurbach was exposed to Bombino via a clip online: that's our small world at work. He was so impressed, he went on to invite Bombino and his band to a studio in Nashville so he could have the privilege of recording the group's second album, Nomad.

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Monday, April 7, 2014

WRASfest 2014 takes over the Mammal Gallery

Posted by on Mon, Apr 7, 2014 at 2:28 PM

  • Courtesy WRAS Album 88

Celebrating 43 years on air, WRAS, Georgia State University's 100,000-watt student-run radio station, throws down on two stages at Downtown's Mammal Gallery on Thurs., April 10, with its annual WRASfest fundraiser. Austin, Texas-based shoegaze act Ringo Deathstarr headlines with locals Order of the Owl, Dasher, and Twin Studies. Makeup, Koko Beware, and Breathers are all scheduled to perfrom.

Proceeds from the all-ages show will go toward WRAS' non-profit programming and promotional efforts, and the first 88 attendees will get gift bags!

$10 for Gen. Admission. $7 for GSU students. 8 p.m. Thurs., April 10. The Mammal Gallery. 91 Broad St.

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

WREKtacular 2014 celebrates 46 years with Warehouse, Blunt Fang, and more

Posted by on Thu, Apr 3, 2014 at 12:32 PM

  • Courtesy WREK

To celebrate 46 years on the air, WREK, Georgia Tech's student-run radio station, is throwing the annual WREKtacular, an all-ages benefit concert next week (Sat., April 12) at the Mammal Gallery. The local lineup features art punk group Warehouse, Blunt Fang, Sonic Generator, and In Sonitus Lux.

Sonic Generator, Georgia Tech's in-residence chamber music ensemble with a hi-tech twist (of course), will perform music by John Cage, JacobTV, and Randy Woolf. Also, Kevin Dunn will join Serson Brannen in the free improv ensemble In Sonitus Lux, according to WREK Program Director Maria Sotnikova.

$5. 7 p.m. Sat., April 12. The Mammal Gallery. 91 Broad St. 404-771-6912.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Macaulay Culkin's the Pizza Underground cheeses up the Mammal Gallery

Posted by on Tue, Mar 18, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Macaulay Culkin's the Pizza Underground, an actual pizza-themed Velvet Underground cover band, brings its stoner gag to the Mammal Gallery tomorrow (Wed., March 19).

The Home Alone star, on vocals and kazoo, and his merry musicians, who perform on instruments ranging from the glockenspiel to pizza boxes for percussion, will play songs like "All Pizza Parties" ("All Tomorrow's Parties") and "Pizza Gal" ("Femme Fatale"). As pizza box percussionist Deenah Vollmer told the Philadelphia Inquirer, "We soon realized you can replace most any word with slice or cheese."

And while the main draw will be staring at our favorite child star, aged (almost) beyond recognition, don't let the PU overshadow the opening acts, who are actually good - Atlanta's TV Dinner and French new-wavers La Femme will start the show.

It's an all ages show, and of course, there'll be pizza from Cameli's. Additionally, the Mammal Gallery will be featuring a pizza-themed exhibit from local artist Lauren Barfield.

Wed., March 19. $10. 9 p.m. The Mammal Gallery. 91 Broad St. 404-771-6912.

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Dinos Boys drop 'Last Ones' tonight at 529

Posted by on Mon, Mar 10, 2014 at 10:59 AM


Tonight (Mon., March 10), local punk outfit Dinos Boys drops a new album, titled Last Ones, co-released by Die Slaughterhaus and Oops Baby Records, at 529. The lineup for the show also includes Charlotte, N.C. garage punks Paint Fumes, along with Indiana/Illinois punks the Brothers Gross and Draw Blood.

Do you want to hear the new Dinos Boys LP? Then go to the damn show tonight and buy the record. Keep posted to CL and check out Bobby Moore's review of Last Ones.

Free. 9 p.m. 529, 529 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-228-6769.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Weekend sounds: Dwele, the Hot at Nights, Algebra, and more

Posted by on Thu, Feb 27, 2014 at 11:52 AM

The weekend is almost upon us, so that means it's time to start searching for cool stuff to get into. Well, if you dig soul and/or jazz you're in luck - there are a gaggle of concerts going down in the city that are worth shelling out cash for. Here's a look at four:

Feb. 28: Dwele, with special guest Rhonda Thomas - This show's a do over from Atlanta's recent snow-down around Valentine's Day weekend. But, any date is a good one to see/hear the hip-hop-soul-tinged crooner Dwele live, especially when he's celebrating the 10th anniversary of his acclaimed album Subject. Plus: He'll be joined by locally based singer Rhonda Thomas, who's got a lot fresh material of her own. $30-$40. 8 p.m. Crown Plaza Ravinia, 4355 Ashford Dunwoody Road.

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Speedy Ortiz shakes WonderRoot this Sunday

Posted by on Thu, Jan 9, 2014 at 11:03 AM

  • Emma Rothenberg-Ware

Speedy Ortiz headlines an indie rock spectacular at WonderRoot's intimate Reynoldstown space this Sunday, Jan. 12, joined by fellow Massachusettsians Grass Is Green, and locals Gold-Bears and Del Venicci.

Through its combination of growling guitars, sarcastic lyrics, and Sadie Dupuis' spunky, pop-friendly voice, Speedy Ortiz renovates the often tedious four-piece rock band to create music with attitude. The band, heavily influenced by Pavement, has a quick-paced sound that speaks right to the '90s grungy, flannel-clad slackers.

After 2013's critically-acclaimed Major Arcana (Carpark Records), Speedy Ortiz is now on tour promoting its upcoming EP due to be released in February, titled Real Hair, and the WonderRoot show is the first time they've been back since last August's stint at 529.

With Grass Is Green, Gold-Bears, and Del Venicci. $5. 9 p.m. Sun., Jan. 12. WonderRoot. 982 Memorial Dr. 404-254-5955.

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Monday, December 30, 2013

What to do New Year's Eve 2014 in Atlanta

Posted by on Mon, Dec 30, 2013 at 11:43 AM

Once again, there are a billion things to do for New Year's Eve in the city. From punk bands to the Peach Drop, here's a list of all the local shows (sorted by neighborhood) where you can pop open a bottle of champagne and count down to the new year.

Avondale Estates

Update: 4th Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra at Pallookaville. Music starts. 10 p.m.

Buckhead/Brookwood Hills

The FINAL New Wave NYE Party at the Shelter. $10. 9 p.m.

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