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Friday, July 4, 2008

If you're stuck in Atlanta over the 4th of July...

Posted by on Fri, Jul 4, 2008 at 5:04 PM

If you're not stuck in gridlock or already far far away from Atlanta for the 4th of July weekend there are plenty of things going on around town to keep you entertained. In addition to the various back yard BBQ’s, block parties and shows taking place all over the city on the 4th CL's gives a hearty, American thumbs to the following weekend happenings.

First and foremost, there is the King Khan and the Shrines show happening over at Lenny's. On Sat., July 5th.

Criminal Records in L5P is hosting an in-store performance with the Dutches & the Duke at 5 p.m. The show is free and there will most likely be will be beer provided.

Later that night the D&D head over to The Drunken Unicorn to play a show with Seattle's Fleet Foxes. The show is $10 and it starts at 10 p.m.

The Star Bar in L5P is has the whole weekend covered with a spate of free and fantastic shows from local bands.

Friday, July 4th

Pink Police

the Booze

the Hiss

El Capitan & the Scallywags

the N.E.C.

Club Awesome

Saturday July 5th

Anna Kramer & The Lost Cause

Gringo Star

Ocha La Rocha

Brass Castle

All the Saints

Music at The Star Bar begins at 8 p.m. on both nights and, once again, it's free all weekend.

And if these things aren’t your bag, than you can head over to Turner Field on Friday to catch Arrested Development’s lead female vocalist, Tasha LaRae perform the national anthem before the game starts.

Then on Saturday night Arrested Development will play a show in Fan Plaza beginning at 5:30 p.m. There will be a second show in Fan Plaza after the game as well.

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Thursday, July 3, 2008

A Fight to the Death readies new album

Posted by on Thu, Jul 3, 2008 at 1:29 PM

A Fight to the Death

Part-time No River City players Mark Carbone (bass) and Nathan Green (keyboard) have joined forces with CJ Bargamian (formerly of Crybaby and Myssouri and various other long gone Atlanta underdogs) to spearhead a new band, called A Fight to the Death.

The group first materialized as Bargamian’s solo project, dubbed Chris Bargamian & A Fight to the Death in 2006 with the self-released album, American Literature. End of Continent Sadness followed in ‘07.

Together now with a full line-up that also features Colin Jaccino (bass) and George Wallace (pedal steel) the group crafts a rolling and dusty rumble that’s driven by heavy percussions, wafting organ and lap-steel textures and a rustic, gypsy-esque Americana traipse. AFTTD doesn't have as much in common with the humid, country pace of No River City, but draws more to the world of Western film scores than anything else.

The group's debut LP is in the works and scheduled for a July 19th release party at The Highland Inn Ballroom Lounge. Songs from the forthcoming release can be heard here, and if you are so intrigued by the tunes on their Myspace page, you can can check them out for free at The Star Bar tonight (as in Thurs., July 3) with Era of the Stereograph, Falcon Lords and the Sound Supreme. Music starts at 9 p.m.

(Photo courtesy AFTTD)

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Friday, June 20, 2008

6 shows to see this weekend

Posted by on Fri, Jun 20, 2008 at 5:02 PM

Fri., June 20

Lizz Wright with Heston. $21. 9 p.m. Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St. 404-249-6400. — Saucy and seductive, Lizz Wright mixes jazz with contemporary R&B in her third album, The Orchard. She teams up with singer/songwriter Heston, who seasons soul with an original island flare.

Shawn Colvin with Paul Thorn. $35. 8 p.m. Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. 404-876-5859. — Shawn Colvin spins her original pop-folk sound into songs like Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy." Former pro boxer turned blues singer/songwriter Paul Thorn opens as part of SunTrust Concerts in the Garden.

Raheem DeVaughn and Chrisette Michele. $32.50-37.00 8 p.m. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. 404-659-9022. With two smoking vocalists, there's no need to wonder why its billed the Art of Love tour. DeVaughn delivers ecstatic R&B licks, while Michele puts an exquisite, contemporary twist on classic soul.

Florez, Ben Deignan, Rantings of Eva. $10. 9 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Ave. 404-875-1522. — Rock duo Florez combines driven chords with catchy lyrics for a classic sound. Heartthrob and soul junky Ben Deignan and indie rockers Rantings of Eva complete the bill at Smith's.

Sat., June 21

moe. with Keller Williams. $33. 6:30 p.m. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, 2200 Encore Pkwy. 404-733-5010. — The lineup says it all. Over 19 years and 17 albums, jam band quintet moe. and the quarky, one-man band Keller Williams is sure to spark metro-Atlanta's newest outdoor venue.

Groove Stain, BPM, Suburban Soul. Free. 10 p.m. Luby's Bar and Grill, 1098 Herrington Road. 678-442-0088. — A two-time part reggae, part rock night with Groove Stain and BPM. Alternative quartet Suburban Soul will kick off the night at Luby's.

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Friday, June 13, 2008

Air Loaf

Posted by on Fri, Jun 13, 2008 at 11:30 PM

Today’s Air Loaf features CL’s Chanté LaGon and Chad Radford chatting about the band Firewater, playing tomorrow night (Sat., June 14) with Bear in Heaven at the Earl.

Air Loaf is broadcast weekdays on 1690 WMLB-AM at approximately 8:10 a.m., 12:20 p.m. and 6:20 p.m.


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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Real Life Top Five: Alexander Chaudhry

Posted by on Wed, Jun 11, 2008 at 10:23 PM


Soundtracks can make a film. When done right, the result is magical, combining image, sound and emotion. Alexander Chaudhry, host of WRAS-FM's (88.5) soundtrack show, "Nitrate88" (Saturdays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.), and film music connoisseur, shares his top five musical movie moments just in time for summer blockbusters.

Continue reading Real Life Top Five.

(Photo by Tina Sanderson)

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Show Preview: Derek Lyn Plastic

Posted by on Wed, Jun 11, 2008 at 9:20 PM


Derek Lyn Plastic is an underdog in the Atlanta punk scene. He exists in a world that's entirely his own and catalogs his songs one self-released 7-inch at a time.

The lumbering character slurs his words and moves as if he's suffering through a perpetual hangover. In person, his responses are slow and considered. And just when you think he's going to say something funny or profound, he shrugs his shoulders and mutters "fuck it," regardless of the topic in the conversation.

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(Photo by Joeff Davis)

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Spotlight: Griffy2Trillion

Posted by on Wed, Jun 11, 2008 at 7:20 PM


As soon as the story hit the Atlanta newswire that Eric Perteet was arrested for allegedly impersonating a Piedmont Hospital doctor, Griffy2Trillion knew he had just what he needed for his morning comedy bit. "That was funny as hell, right?" the part-time Hot 107.9 (WHTA-FM) radio host/full-time crack-up asks after he and his "A-Team Morning Show" co-hosts, Rashan Ali and Emperor Searcy, place a hilarious crank call to the hospital. "Dr. Perteet! Dr. Perteet?!" Whether he's doing improv on the radio, hosting one of his weekly stand-up gigs or talking to at-risk teens through his nonprofit, Positive Vibes (, Griff is one on-air personality who doesn't fake the funk.

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(Photo courtesy Griffy2Trillion)


Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Air Loaf

Posted by on Tue, Jun 10, 2008 at 1:54 PM

Today’s Air Loaf features CL’s Chanté LaGon and Chad Radford discussing two bands who hail from Austell: Coffin Bound and Mammals.

Coffin Bound plays The Star Bar on Wed., June 11. $6. 9 p.m. Mammals play Thurs., June 12. Free. 9 p.m. 404-577-7721.

Air Loaf is broadcast weekdays on 1690 WMLB-AM at approximately 8:10 a.m., 12:20 p.m. and 6:20 p.m.


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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Spotlight: Randy Castello

Posted by on Thu, May 29, 2008 at 2:40 PM


If you want edgy, talk to Randy Castello. He's earned a rep for nurturing emergent sounds and scenes as the talent buyer for Drunken Unicorn and the man behind Tight Bros Network promotions company. When he announced his split from Drunken Unicorn last week (due to undisclosed, irreconcilable differences), it sounded like the perfect time to talk to him about his evolution and how he has, in turn, affected Atlanta's.

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(Photo by Megan Macksey)

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Saturday, May 24, 2008

Bubbapalooza '08 closes out with a bang

Posted by on Sat, May 24, 2008 at 6:32 PM

Dexter Romweber duo pic by Camellia Morton

A LOCAL LEGEND: the Dexter Romweber duo (photo by Camellia Morton)

The third and final day of Bubbapalooza '08 features some of the finest acts to grace this year's festival. Bands on the bill include. Rocket 350, the Psychodevilles, the Dexter Romweber Duo, Anna Kramer & The Lost Cause, Jimmy & The Teasers, Billie Joe Winghead, El Capitan & The Scallywags and the Georgia Fireflies.

None of these acts are to be missed, but this critics pics for the must see performances of the entire weekend are Anna Kramer & the Loast Cause, and of course former Flat Duo Jets main man Dexter Romweber fronting a new duo. Kramer & the Cause have just returned from a West coast tour and are sharper than ever. Romweber is straight-up a local legend. Yeah he lives in North Carloina, but he honed his chops in the golden age of Athens, GA... He's a local. What are you gonna do?

It’s $15 at the door and the music starts at 8 p.m. For more information click here.

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