On Fri., May 1, Jeffrey Bützer and the Bicycle Eaters head up an evening filled with love and hate at the Star Bar. Book of Colors, Michael Bradley, Molly Harvey (of the Residents) with T.T. Mahony, and Ryan Peoples (of Orxy and Crake) take over the stage for a night filled with the songs of Leonard Cohen.
To celebrate, Bützer has assembled a list of his favorite 15 Leonard Cohen covers sprinkled across the Internet.
15. Street Artist: "Hallelujah"
14. Anna Calvi: "Joan of Arc"
13. Nina Persson: "Famous Blue Raincoat"
With a lineup that reads like a wet dream for any fan of local weirdo brilliance, Red Bull has announced the artists for its May Sound Select showcase: Lightning Bolt, The Soft Moon, deadCAT, Kebbi Williams & the Wolfpack, Muuy Biien, Lyonnais, and Faun and a Pan Flute.
The showcase, curated by Tight Bros Network and Speakeasy Promotions, runs a broad gamut of artists who not only push but redraw the boundaries of their respective genres. Attendees get to experience Kebbi's collision of free jazz and hip-hop, Lyonnais' unsettling drone, Faun's avant-classical, Muuy Biien's jagged punk, and deadCAT's playful psychedelia.
Any show with noise rock demigods Lightning Bolt at the helm is already guaranteed to be a lawless blowout, but the local undercard is even more exciting. Remember your earplugs for this one.
Musically speaking Son Lux, aka Ryan Lott, is a jack-of-all-trades. Lott has composed soundtracks for films such as Looper and performed live at Carnegie Hall with the likes of Philip Glass. He has also created something special using the name Son Lux. His chamber pop sound builds on his weary voice and an organized cacophony that is both comforting and unnerving. Be prepared for a captivating performance guaranteed to suck the air out of the room and replace it with heavenly orchestrations. Sun.,March 22.
Also, be sure to read Dacey Orr's feature story in this week's CL, "Natalie Prass waits no longer: Patience gives way to a great big debut."
Bronx-raised DJ, producer, and leader of New York City's 1980s hip-hop boom, Chuck Chillout is still a key player when it comes to holding old and new school hip-hop music to a high standard. Chuck is, perhaps, best known as one of 98.7 KISS/FM's first DJs to spin records by the likes of Run D.M.C., Whodini, Salt-n-Pepa, and too many more to name here. He's been name dropped in songs by everyone from the Beastie Boys to Busta Rhymes, and the man will be here to salute Public Enemy's DJ Lord for his birthday. On Friday, March 27, MJQ's Friday night fixtures Lord, DJ Fudge, and your host DRES tha BEATnik, along with Scooter in the Café, will be in rare form.
Bear witness when an original agent of classic hip-hop salutes the new.
When singer/musician/producer Timothy Bloom hits The Music Room on Tuesday, Feb. 24, he’ll bring with him songs both not-so-old and brand-spanking-new. So, folks in attendance (at an event that’s been dubbed Stripped) can expect to hear heartfelt, classically-tinged soul tunes from the deluxe version of his recently released self-titled album. They’ll also get a listen to some tracks he dropped this past January — hip-hop-flavored tunes such as “Waiting on You” — that will probably surprise his longtime fan base.
“‘Waiting on You’ was something I did for fun,” says the L.A.-based, two-time Grammy winner Bloom. “I wanted to show my fans, that I can do all types of music. I'm not pigeonholed to one style or type.”
More than four decades after the American release of Live!, the seminal 1971 album featuring legendary Cream drummer Ginger Baker playing with Fela Kuti’s Africa 70 band, we find Fela’s enduring, infectious Afrobeat legacy — the butt funky rhythms and grooves; brightly sonorous melodic hooks; big, brash horn arrangements; and swaggering anti-establishment rhetoric — ably shouldered by the Brooklyn-based ensemble, Antibalas. Coupled with the mellifluous vocal styling of Belgian-Congolese diva Marie Daulne, popularly known as Zap Mama, Tuesday’s show will be thick with righteous African juju.
When Caleb Caudle moved from his native North Carolina to New Orleans a couple years ago, he did so to be closer to a woman he was dating. That’s no secret; he’s said as much in interviews.
So in June, when This Is American Music, a small Southern record label, released his new album Paint Another Layer On My Heart, it was easy to draw a line between its homesick lyrical themes and the relationship that uprooted the 28 year-old singer-songwriter. “I’m really leaving, it’s really Monday,” Caudle sings in “Monday,” a traveler’s lament. “Don’t know how it got here so soon. Lately, I’m finding so little to trust in. That’s why it’s hard leaving you.”
On tunes like “Missing Holidays” and “Miss You Like Crazy,” you don’t even have to dig into the lyrics to feel the distance. But now, Caudle has moved back to his hometown of Winston-Salem, N.C., and the relationship that drew him to New Orleans is in his rearview mirror. From this new perspective, those songs could be about anything.
“[They’re about] a feeling of isolation, I suppose, in general,” Caudle says by telephone from a Days Inn in Arkansas. “Being a little road-weary would be the best way to put it.”
But, he adds: “It’s probably a lot easier for me to say that now, since that (relationship) ended.”
Ultimately, the specific inspirations behind Paint Another Layer On My Heart don’t matter much. The album, Caudle’s sixth, is a snapshot of a time in the man’s life, and it’s a striking one at that. With 10 tracks spread pretty evenly across 36 minutes, it’s an efficient exercise in expertly crafted roots rock that acts as a wistful counterpoint to another excellent 2014 release with similar style, Lydia Loveless’ defiant Somewhere Else — Loveless, in fact, contributes vocals to Paint Another Layer.
Coalition DJs, the Atlanta strip-club DJ conglomerate, pays tribute to one of its most well-known members tonight (Wed., Jan. 14) at SPIN.
The event, “2 Turntables 1 Love,” honors DJ Nando, who was fatally shot outside his Clayton County home exactly one year ago. That night he had just arrived home from work, which happened to be his passion — playing records at Onyx and Platinum 21 by aspiring hip-hop artists, to help launch their careers. This tactic worked wonders for Jeezy, Future, 2 Chainz, and Migos, among others.
“[This] loss has not only impacted us personally but it has greatly affected the nightlife and hip-hop community of Atlanta,” Nick Love, Coalition DJs co-founder, said to HipHopSince1987. “Nando was a legend as a DJ and our goal moving forward is make sure that his legacy is never forgotten.”
So to honor DJ Nando's contributions to rap, So So Def affiliate DJ Blak Boy and other Coalition DJ members will perform at the turntables. Love says that several members of the local hip-hop community, such as DJ Drama, Don Cannon, and Greg Street, are expected to make an appearance. See the event details above.
For those of you that are still looking for last minute New Year's Eve plans, look no further than the all day celebration at Underground Atlanta. Throughout the day, Underground Atlanta will be filled with carnival-style rides, live music on three stages, shopping, and dining. Later on in the night, Ludacris and Sugar Ray will take the stage to ring in the new year at the 26th Annual Peach Drop in Underground Atlanta. Below is the lineup of the night's musical performances:
5:30 p.m. Emcee/ DJ World Famous G-MACK
6 p.m. Symphony Crack Orchestra
7:15 p.m. Radiolucent
8:45 p.m. All The Locals
10 p.m. Sugar Ray
11:30 p.m. Ludacris
Looking for a good place to ring in 2015? Here's a quick round up of the best shows going on around Atlanta.
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