Nashville's Natural Child brings its very Southern garage jams back to Atlanta tonight (May 18) for a show at 529, its second East Atlanta Village appearance in less than a month. Natural Child's expanded Family Band lineup played the opening night of the Atlanta Mess-Around on April 26, and now the group returns as a three-piece.
Though the group mixes a laid-back stoner vibe with modern garage-punk, its members aren't afraid to wear their hearts, and Tennessee flags, on their sleeves.
Among the local support is El Fossil, bringing its gritty, instrumental surf rock from Hades back to the stage. The group has been a short break while bassist Mike Morgan was in Kenya filming a documentary with his Foresee Films partners.
Natural Child, El Fossil, and Pussy Pussy play 529 tonight (Sat., May 18). $7. 9 p.m.
McTell was born William McTier just south of Thomson, and was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 1990. This year marks the 20th anniversary of his adopted hometown's festival. Over the years, the featured music has gradually drifted a bit from the deep blues of the early days, but the vibe and the groove are still strong. Started and continuing as a fundraiser for the city's local arts community, the Festival has had its ups and downs with weather issues, money problems, and shifting leadership, but the music has always taken a front seat. From the beginning, it wasn't just blues, but rather a festival of roots oriented musical genres.
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According to friend and Freakbeat blogger Adrian Sosebee (Zone3), Tanner is currently being treated at Grady Memorial Hospital. He is expected to recover, although he's in a lot of pain, and the price tag for his stay at Grady is skyrocketing. Being that he's a musician without health insurance he's going to have to pay for his medical expenses out-of-pocket. Stay tuned for more information regarding benefits et al.
In the meantime, read more about the incident at Do Androids Dance?, which already includes a link to donate money toward paying Tanner's medical expenses.
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There are only 150 tapes being pressed, and pre-orders began May 13. The songs were recorded earlier this year in New York at Converse's Captured Tracks studios, where select musical acts are given free access to high-quality recording equipment.
There is no word yet on the actual release date. In the meantime, the EP can still be downloaded for free on Turf War's Bandcamp page.
All good things come to those who wait, right? In an act of good will, Jeff Mangum's Neutral Milk Hotel has added a second show to answer the near-immediate selling out of the recently announced Tabernacle show in Atlanta and both 40 Watt shows in Athens. If you'd been kicking yourself for sleeping on these, plan on grabbing a ticket to Neutral Milk Hotel's just announced second Tabernacle show, this time with Elf Power and the Apples in Stereo's Robert Schneider, on Sunday, October 27 at 8 p.m.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. tomorrow (Wed., May 15). Four ticket limit/ order; paperless tickets only.
For any of you unlucky souls that missed the boat on Neutral Milk Hotel tickets in Athens and Atlanta, here's another chance for you to catch the Elephant 6 magic in-person. The Music Tapes, longtime Neutral Milk - and E6 - member Julian Koster's surrealistic chamber pop project, is bringing its suitably named, Kickstarter-funded The Traveling Imaginary to Castleberry Hill. Koster has a history of creating one-of-a-kind musical marvels (see the 7-foot Tall Metronome and Static the Singing Television), but this time around the band is touring and performing "in a circus tent, transforming spaces into cozy, dreamlike environments for an evenings' worth of music, games, stories, films, and amusements. The Traveling Imaginary is a long-dreamt-of undertaking on a grander scale than anything we have ever done. You, the audience member, will be an honored guest in The Music Tapes' world - the one in which Julian has lived and recorded in for years." Check out a song below from the Music Tapes' latest album, Mary's Voice, released last year via Merge Records.
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