The Wedding Present, TaterZandra, Eureka California. $15. 8 :30 p.m. @ The Earl
*Before the show at the Earl, Wedding Present plays an acoustic in-store set at Criminal Records @ 4 p.m.
Tonight (Monday, January 21), the Drunken Unicorn plays host to Up the Punx - the first of what's planed to be an ongoing monthly punk and hardcore night. Manic, Know Your Rights, and GHB are on the bill, and DJs will be spinning punk and hardcore records next door in the café till 3 a.m.
$5. 9 p.m. The Drunken Unicorn.736 Ponce de Leon Ave.
In the last track off his new mixtape Ivy League Class, CyHi the Prynce scoffed at haters deriding his apparent success. "Niggas hate it when you made it out the hood," he rapped in "Changed," before he touted his G.O.O.D. Music fortune: his ties to label boss Kanye West, new clothes.
However, unlike most of the emcees featured on Cruel Summer, CyHi actually had something to prove - after all, this 2011 XXL Freshman is still without an album to his name. Unfortunately, his two lone, earnest Cruel Summer verses suffered simply because of the compilation's execution. (Lesson learned: never place a roster-flaunting album in an egomaniac's hands.)
Fortunately, CyHi can stand on his own. A few of Ivy League Club's tracks re-purpose beloved songs by Sade and Marvin Gaye for his now-mainstream rap needs. (Now, he's singing, "I pull my tool on a hater" to "Smooth Operator.") And when he isn't doing that, he's shouting out to his hood. Perhaps the most appropriate cut for the Stone Mountain native's homecoming: "A-Town," which is set to the Atlanta Braves war chant.
CyHi the Prynce is playing tonight (Friday, December 7) at Moderna with Tom P, 4-Ize, T Clarence, Ethereal, and more. $10 (adv). 9 p.m.
The Spoiled Milk concert series provides the opportunity for Atlanta's indie artists to get their names out to the public, and to display their talents by taking the concert experience in a different direction, allowing fans to participate in curating the event by voting for the artist they want to see perform.
The lineup already looks promising with performances by Young Scooter, CyHi Da Prince, Trouble, Miloh Smith, Trans Lee, Two9, and more. Head over to ATL Junkie to vote.
Atlanta is teeming with bands that push and pull at each other, all trying to improve upon their raw talents, while impressing their friends, and mostly their friendly competitors. I'm lucky enough to play in a few of these bands - Carnivores, Christ, Lord, Perfect High Fives Every Time - and the list of other bands that flip me out is ridiculously long as well: Babar, Red Sea, deadCAT, Ruination, Jack Preston, Frankie Broyles, everything Bradford Cox does, Adron, the Coat Hangers, Hello Ocho, Social Studies, Lily and the Tigers, Wow Bow and ... and and ...
Moving it's way through this Atlanta noise symphony is Faun and A Pan Flute, a magnetic wrecking ball of a band, smashin' and slicin' up all this goodness and grabbing onto its bits and pieces. Noises, melodies, beats. Everything that slides by goes crashing onto their practice room floor, bebopping down and around in a dancey, off beat cacophony. On top of the wrecking ball, swinging through all the madness is Suzanne Baker, a lone voice in a wilderness of dudes bashing, bleating, and noodling away. It's perfect chaos in Atlanta's canyon of psychedelic guitars, folk strumming, laptops, and hip-hop ragers, and they're working on best band in the city honors. There are ten members, at least, and they're insane.
UPDATE: Crib Notes has a pair of tickets to giveaway to Turquoise Jeep’s show tonight at Terminal West. Be the first person to leave the correct answer to the following question in the comments section of this post and the tickets are yours.
Earlier this year, much to Donald Glover’s chagrin, an unfinished song featuring Flynt Flossy and Yung Humma from Turquoise Jeep, along with Childish Gambino, leaked onto the Internet. What is the title of that song?
The folks over at Turquoise Jeep Records, the label that rose to fame based on a series of mega-popular YouTube videos, have a talent for intentionally making music that's so bad it has to be a joke ... or so you'd think.
I mean, with fake mustaches and wigs, it’s obvious that Turquoise Jeep’s bizarre roster of talent (Yung Humma, Flynt Flossy, and Pretty Raheem) cranking out hits hits like “Lemme Smang It” (smang = smash it and bang it) and “Did I Mention I Like to Dance,” have got to be in on the gag. But when you listen and watch closely, is there that much of a difference between these obvious comedy tunes and stuff by guys like Juicy J, French Montana, 2Chainz, and more?
One thing’s for sure: The Turquoise Jeep crew — with millions of views (and counting) and fans across the nation — is laughing all the way to the bank. Check them out (along with Atlanta’s own Cousin Dan) in all their ridiculous glory this Saturday, November 3, when they play Terminal West.
$12-$15. 9 p.m. Terminal West, 887 West Marietta St. 404-876-5566.
On a quest to describe the music of Jesse Fischer & Soul Cycle, it's best to drop the Brooklyn-based keyboardist and his band in the “uncategorizable” file. Is it, as the band’s name suggests, soul? Is it jazz? Is it rock? Well, ultimately, who gives a shit?
With seven original songs and three unexpected remakes (the 5th Dimension’s “Aquarius,” Jimi Hendrix’s “Electric Ladyland,” and Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide”), Fischer's latest album, Retro Future, drips with the far-flung sounds of the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s, as well as 8-bit video-game noises, movie samples, analog synths, and more. The sonic result is a technical-yet-funky collection of cuts that are at times cerebral and other times danceable.
You can check out Fischer’s decidedly different style for yourself when he hits town this Friday, November 2, for the official Retro Future release party where he’ll perform live renditions of cuts from the new album and who knows what else.
$10-$12. 9 p.m. Apache Café, 64 3rd St.
Local music insiders may know of 800 East as one of the city’s most heavily trafficked recording studios, but come this Saturday, October 27 — thanks to vocalist Julie Dexter and bassist/bandleader Khari Simmons — the space will transform into a concert venue for a night.
The concert — dubbed “Julie Dexter & Khari Simmons Unplugged” — is set to be a rare, intimate evening of live music performed by two of Atlanta’s most prolific soul citizens.
And along with the music (and refreshments), Simmons (who recently garnered a Best Soul Album award from Creative Loafing) and Dexter will conduct a post-show Q&A session, fielding questions from the audience.
“This show is going to be ... myself and Khari Simmons performing some of our favorite songs, and we will be talking about the inspiration behind the music,” Dexter adds.
Seating for the show is extremely limited, so you may want to get on it now.
$25. 7 p.m.-11 p.m. 800 East Recording Studio, 800 East Ave., NE. 800eastunplugged-efbevent.eventbrite.com.
What do you get when you combine the talents of Grammy-nominated jazz trumpeter Russell Gunn and Grammy-winning vocalist Dionne Farris? Well, two nights of great music — going down this Friday (Oct.12) and Saturday (Oct. 13) at Churchill Grounds.
These Atlanta-based music heavyweights are taking the stage (for two shows each night) — along with the members of Gunn’s Quartet (Kevin Smith on bass, Louis Heriveaux on piano, Henry Conerway III on drums) — to serve up, says Gunn, “the Dionne Farris songbook with arrangements by yours truly.”
That said, keep your ears peeled for what I’m sure will be some unexpected and surprising takes on Farris classics like “Hopeless,” “I Know” ... and hopefully newer cuts such as “Hidden Charm,” “Every Day” and more.
This is a must-attend musical experience for jazz and soul lovers. So, go.
$20. Friday: 9:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. Saturday: 9:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. Churchill Grounds, 660 Peachtree St. www.churchillgrounds.com.
Years ago two flannel-clad Swedish girls made a home video of themselves in the forest covering a Fleet Foxes song. Their harmonies were immediately an abyss to fall into. The very next day Fleet Foxes heard it and responded. But that's the Internet for you. They then recorded their first highly acclaimed album, The Big Black and the Blue, and that — along with seeing them perform live — was enough to get the attention of Mike Mogis, the Saddlecreek label musical handyman of sorts who can engineer and produce with the best of them. They then proceeded to make "The Lion's Roar," still very much a First Aid Kit record, but a more streamlined, powerful one. Klara, the younger sister, talked to CL about the power of the almighty Internet, double standards with pirating, disregarding Father John Misty's advice to stay in school, and how listening to Joanna Newsom makes her feel like there are no boundaries.
First Aid Kit. $21-$26. 8p.m. Thurs., October 4. The Buckhead Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road. 404-843-2825. http://www.thebuckheadtheatre.com/
I have always kind of looked at you guys as almost the poster children for what can happen via the Internet nowadays. So when you guys released that Fleet Foxes cover song, and then got a reply from them directly the next day, and eventually worked with Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes, all of that would’ve been impossible without help from the Internet. How much of a role would you say the Internet’s played in your career?
Well I think for us it meant everything. It was through these men that we found music. In Sweden it’s not like you can walk into a record store and find these folk and country records. But through the Internet we could find and listen to them. So that in and of itself played a big part in wanting to make records. And then there was the Fleet Foxes cover, and without YouTube no one would’ve ever seen it. Just the fact that we could send it directly to Fleet Foxes and have them reply to us like that. It couldn’t have happened any other way. But like now if you’re in a band, there’s a very big chance that the Internet’s going to play a very big part in you reaching out to people because it’s so simple nowadays.
Weren’t you sixteen when you guys recorded your first album Big Black and the Blue?
Yeah, I think I was sixteen. For most people two years isn’t that much but since we’re still so young we’re, you know, becoming who we are. We’re still evolving or something, or I hope at least! [Laughs]
Am I correct in thinking that you’re 19?
I am 19, yes. And Johanna is 21.
And so you both are very young. Not only that, you’re women in an industry jam packed with men. How do you respond to that? You guys are very big for your age. It usually takes people until at least their twenties to do what you all have managed to do.
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