Once Thursday rolls around and everyone's crawling towards the weekend like it's a fountain in the desert, a little pick me up always helps. Tonight (Thurs., June 19), local record label, Geographic North, presents their monthly escape for those that need it at The Sound Table.
Farbod Kokabi, co-founder of the label, will be on the decks selecting the musical program for the evening while Bryan Abdul Collins provides the visuals. Together they'll create a journey through heavenly sight and sound.
Geographic North recently sold out of their limited edition cassette tape from Auburn Lull and co-released the new TWINS 12" vinyl record with CGI Records. Here's to keeping the physical form of music alive.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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. roamatl.com.
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.
Looks like I will get a chance to listen in March:
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