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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Tracklist: OK Go, Chronixx, Coathangers, The Hold Steady, Hall & Oates, Jack White and more

Posted by on Wed, Jul 23, 2014 at 10:55 AM

The Raveonettes right now
  • The Raveonettes right now
>> Last night on Late Night: Roots rock reggae guy Chronixx made his US debut with "Here Comes Trouble" on "Fallon," country rockers Eli Young Band did 10,000 Towns tune "Dust" on Letterman," trad rockers The Hold Steady did a song from Teeth Dreams, "I Hope This Whole Thing Didn't Frighten You" on "Coco," and music video rockers OK Go did "Turn Up The Radio" on "Kimmel."

>> Epileptic fit-inducing live footage mixes with dancing go-go Bond girl projections and vertigo swirls in the new video for Austin, Texas psych outfit Black Angels' pounding, pulsating "The Flop." Totally unrelated to that video is an amazing picture of increasingly unlikable rock star and unlikely Chicago Cubs fan Jack White.

>> "CaliFuture," the new song from DJ/producer Barclay Macbride Crenshaw (aka Claude VonStroke), is about "the underlying belief that no matter how bad it is, you can be plucked out of oblivion and make it big in California.” Oh, yeah!

>> Hall & Oates Stats: 34 hits, six no. ones, seven platinum albums, two mullets, one glorious mustache.

>> Full Stream Ahead: The Muffs, Whoop De Doo, Shabazz Palaces, Lese Majesty, Rookie's Friday Playlist: Not Scared

>> Disney Channel creation and Jo Bro guitar bro Nick Jonas is done giving a s - - t.

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Bragg Jam offers 50+ musical reasons to visit Macon this summer

Posted by on Wed, Jul 23, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Scenes from Bragg Jam 2013
  • Maryann Bates
  • Scenes from Bragg Jam 2013
Despite its relative proximity to Atlanta, Macon just doesn't attract that many Atlantan visitors. Sure, the downtown area features some great architecture, but many of the storefronts are abandoned. But even though it’s not as shiny as the capital, Macon is less than two hours away and worth a visit — and not just for the junky, retro delight of Nu-Way Weiners.

This Sat., July 26, we’ve got as good an excuse as any to make it down to Macon. Bragg Jam, the local day of music that has expanded over the past decade and a half into a citywide festival, brings nearly 60 bands to 14 stages this year.

Gospel group Blind Boys of Alabama headlines the festival, but represented genres span country, folk, rock, bluegrass, and more. Also on the lineup: The Whigs, Those Darlins, Col. Bruce Hampton & Madrid Express, Randall Bramblett, Packway Handle Band, and dozens more that hail chiefly from Macon and Atlanta.

Tickets are available online for $20 in advance or can be purchased at Margaritas on Bass Road, Twang, The Hanger, and Third Street Park, or Arts & Kids Fest earlier in the day for $25. Proceeds from the annual festival go toward the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail and efforts to promote Macon nature, art, and music.

And while you're down there, music lover, swing by the riverfront Otis Redding statue and visit Little Richard's piano at the Tubman African American Museum.

Bragg Jam. $20-$25. Sat., July 26. Downtown Macon. $20-$25. www.braggjam.org.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Drive-Invasion moves to Turner Field

Posted by on Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 2:32 PM

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  • Jesse Phillips

The Drive-Invasion kicks off its 15th annual end of the summer extravaganza at the Turner Field Green Lot on Saturday, Sept. 6. The all-day festival will feature three B-movie and creature classics, Horror of Party Beach (1964), Jaws (1976), and Mad Doctor of Blood Island (1968), on a 40-foot projector screen.

The family-friendly celebration will honor the American drive-in film culture with a '70s beach theme, a vintage car show hosted by Garage 71 and Grease Inc., and a fully stacked rock 'n' roll lineup guaranteed to arouse any day-drunken stragglers. Bands will perform on two stages and include:
Biters
Gargantua
Rocket 350
Bigfoot
The Brimstones
Ghost Riders Car Club
Jimmy & the Teasers
Dusty Booze & the Baby Haters
Andrew & the Disapyramids
Cletis & His City Cousins
The Penetrators
Mystery Men?

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Tracklist: Bleachers, Klymaxx, King Krule, Spoon, Jenny Lewis, Nico & Vinz and more

Posted by on Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 11:16 AM

BuzzFeed Contributor Ethan Hawke made you a mix
  • BuzzFeed Contributor Ethan Hawke made you a mix
>> Videos, Videos, Videos: Hey, remember the 80's?! Jack Antonoff doesn't, but that's not going to stop him from loving that decade so much and last night on Seth Meyers his band Bleachers returned (previously) to do another Strange Desire tune called "Rollercoaster." Right before all that happened, Nico & Vinz did "Am I Wrong" with a little help from the Roots on Fallon. Here is a very cool, trippy and drippy new music video for another new Spoon song off They Want My Soul, “Inside Out.” Here is a video of what went on behind the scenes at Lana Del Rey's cover shoot for the summer music issue of The Fader. Oh my gosh have we saved the best for last? Yes. We have. Here is a video of an impossibly-chubby-cheeked 14-Year-Old Archy Marshall aka King Krule playing at Glastonbury's Unsigned Competition in 2008.

>> For its 20th anniversary, The Music Maker Relief Foundation in Hillsborough, NC has created an exhibit devoted to forgotten blues masters such as John Dee Holeman, Etta Baker, Adolphus Bell, Mother Marie and Elder James Goins and more.

>> And Yeezus said the Louis Vuitton Monogramouflauge Keepall is simply the best duffel bag ever.

>> Weird Al Yankovic tells Esquire that he is definitely doing a Mandatory tour sometime in 2015 and that "it's going to be a big one."

>> Full Stream Ahead: Jenny Lewis, The Voyager, Gemini, Her Majesty, Hooray For Earth, Racy

>> Musician, poet, god Leonard Cohen considers the purpose of music in human life.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Shabazz Palaces to headline RBSS August showcase

Posted by on Mon, Jul 21, 2014 at 1:05 PM

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Today, NPR has your first listen to Shabazz Palaces next album, Lese Majesty (out Tues., July 29 via Sub Pop), streaming in full. Ishmael Butler returns with the same dark and lumbering abstract hip-hop beats that defined 2011's Black Up. Butler, however, seems to have shed a bit of the brooding edge in favor of a more refined and melodic take on the sound and seemingly automatic writing style he has fleshed out over the last few years.

The timing of NPR's preview couldn't be better, as today we're also announcing that Shabazz Palaces will be the featured artist for Red Bull Sound Select's Psych Army-curated showcase at the Basement on Aug. 28. Al Lover, the Difference Machine, and deadCAT are slated to perform as well, with DJ sets by the Morkestra, and visual by J. Smiley.

Last spring, Red Bull, CL, and a handful of Atlanta promoters joined forces to shine a light on local music through a series of live shows, and by connecting bands with their audiences via the Sound Select social media aggregator. All of the proceeds from ticket sales and what's made at the door go directly to the local acts, while Red Bull covers the headlining acts to bring more exposure for the locals.

No pre sales this time around. Tickets are $3 if you RSVP via Red Bull Sound Select, or $10 at the door (if any are left). The Basement. 1245 Glenwood Ave. 404-622-8686. www.basementatl.com.

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Tracklist: Robyn, Röyksopp, Katy Perry, Kanye, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and more

Posted by on Mon, Jul 21, 2014 at 9:12 AM

Dont mess with Texas
  • Don't mess with Texas
>> "Carine Roitfeld is the Walt Disney of what Tumblr is today. She is the Kanye West of what Tumblr is today. She's the single most important person to what street style is today. And she was at the wedding seven seats down from Kim, who is one of the number one fashion plates of today. " - Kanye West, the Kanye West of Kanye West

>> Watch Robyn and Röyksopp's beautiful and epic new music video for their excellent collaboration "Do It Again." Great! Now watch Brooklyn band TEEN's new video for their song "Tied Up Tied Down," off their Foo-sounding sophomore album, The Way and Color. Last but not last, Weird Al Yankovic knows a guy who knows a guy who knows a guy who is in his new video for "Lame Claim to Fame."

>> Full Stream Ahead: Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Hypnotic Eye, Common, Nobody Smiling, Various Artists, Hyperdub 10.2, Bonus tune: Luara Doggett, "Phoenix."

>> Katy Perry throws shade at MTV's Video Music Awards. Background: Her many-times-platinum single "Roar" failed to secure a nomination for this year show.

>> Surly comic curmudgeon Neil Hamburger is not a fan of local heroes Mastodon, amongst others.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Tracklist: Shakira, St. Vincent, Jason Mraz, Monomyth, Fred Durst, Travie McCoy and more

Posted by on Fri, Jul 18, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Welcome to Raleighwood
  • Welcome to Raleighwood
>> Shakira's Facebook page has 100 million likes. #TGIF

>> Last night on Late Night: Tigthly-braided alabaster cyborg Annie Clark and her trusty band of St. Vincents unloaded awkward freakout track “Bring Me Your Loves" on Letterman, while Jason Mraz did "Love Someone" on Fallon, and if you've ever wondered, "Hmmm, I wonder how he wrote the song "You Can Rely on Me," well, WONDER NO MORE.

>> Katie Herzig gets stuck in some sort of High School Musical meets Wet Hot American Summer PE class in her new music video for "Drug," off her latest LP Walk Through Walls.

>> Full Stream Ahead: Monomyth, Saturnalia Regalia!, Little Daylight, Hello Memory, PS I Love You, For Those Who Stay

>> Favorite Beatle? Has to be George Lucas. Speaking of ugh, oof and wut, Fred Durst is directing commercials for EHarmony.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Mystikal, Juvenile, the Lox, and more: A3C goes big for 10th anniversary

Posted by on Thu, Jul 17, 2014 at 11:57 AM

This week, the A3C Hip-Hop Fest announced the first of what will presumedly be many news blasts regarding the lineup for its 10th anniversary (Oct. 8-12), and they’re coming out of the gate strong.

This year, the Duck Down BBQ returns featuring performances by Boot Camp Clik with Sean Price, Buckshot, Smif N Wesson, Vashtie, and many more on Sat., Oct. 11. Black Thought (the Roots) with J. Period headline the second annual Best Block Party Ever on Edgewood Ave. on Sun., Oct. 12. The Lox (aka Jadakiss, Styles P, and Sheek Louch), Scarface, Mystikal and Juvenile, Jarren Benton, Cyhi the Prynce, Project Pat, Prince Paul, Masta Ace, Cormega, Da Beatminerz, and others are also on deck for this year’s fest — all told, 500 acts will be performing this year.

In addition to live performances, DJ/producer Young Guru will lead a panel discussion on "What does the culture of a place sound like?" More panels are in the works as well as the A3C Vol. 4 comp., due to be released Oct 7.

Stay tuned for more artists as well as more panel information to be announced soon.

Festival passes are available from $55 to $275.

CL has discount all-access A3C passes available for $100 (normally $150) via Loaf Deals. There's a $60 (normally $100) pass of just the music portion of the fest via Loaf Deals as well.

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Tracklist: Drake, Broods, La Roux, Puss n Boots, Billy Corgan, Rita Ora and mora

Posted by on Thu, Jul 17, 2014 at 9:13 AM

Sad girl is sad
  • Sad girl is sad
>> Last Night on Late Night: Crest White Strip aficionados American Authors did "Believer" on Letterman, country by way of Brooklyn supergroup Puss n Boots (Norah Jones, Sasha Dobson and Catherine Popper) performed "Don't Know What It Means" on Fallon, Nelson, New Zealand brother/sister act Broods did "Mother and Father" on Meyers, and Kristeen Young did The Knife Shift track "Pearl of a Girl" with a little help from Foo Fighters Dave Grohl and Pat Smear on Ferguson(!). Fun Fact: The Knife Shift is Kristeen Young's seventh studio album.

>> So Drake hosted The ESPYS last night, and sketch after sketch after sketch he was the best! Quit your day job, Drake! Seriously, if Drake can make a complete yawn & fart show like The EPSYS fun then he deserves all the awards. Ahem, are you reading this, SNL? Of course you're not. Who cares. Bring this guy a fresh plate of ass! JK Drake. We love you.

>> "Despite all my rage at Amazon, I am still just a rat in a cage." ~ Billy Corgan

>> Full Stream Ahead: St. Vincent, Live on Letterman, Liam Betson, The Cover of Hunter, La Roux, Trouble in Paradise, (iTunes link), Alvvays, Alvvays

>> According to this fashiony slo-mo vimeo snippet, Rita Ora is the single most amazing.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Tracklist: Lykke Li, Freeman, Nicki Minaj, Vashti Bunyan, Bleachers, Trampled by Turtles and more

Posted by on Wed, Jul 16, 2014 at 10:44 AM

The Peoples Polka Republic of Al
  • The People's Polka Republic of Al
>> Strong contenders for Worst/Cutest Band Name Ever, Duluth, Minnesota's Trampled by Turtles did two-chord strummer "Are You Behind The Shining Star" on Letterman last night.

>> Lykke Li dances around a cracked parking lot like some zombie Darkman wraith urchin in the (Official Video) for I Never Learn track "Gunshot." Speaking of music videos, did you know that Michel Gondry is responsible for most of the good ones?

>> The woman who accused Conor Oberst of raping her made up the whole story to get attention while she was going through a difficult period in her life.

>> One of the guys from Yeasayer (Anand Wilder) and a pianist named Maxwell Kardon have co-written a new rock musical album called Break Line: the Musical.

>> The Beatles are to Oasis what John Hughes movies are to Jack Antonoff's new band Bleachers. Strange Desire is a very fun! album, a little steeped in necrophilia, but the real downer is Jack Antonoff is the type of guy who won't ride the subway because of germs but texts while he drives WITH A REPORTER IN THE CAR, so that makes him a big dumb douchebag. I don't know, maybe we should cut him some slack, he wants to get better.

>> According to this Vice linkbait malarky, Paris Hilton is the most underrated pop star of all time. Dang it! You got me! Also, speaking of Vice, please, enough with the silly offenses/dephenses of Phish. Super duper looking forward to the next offense/defense of The Gratfeul Dead. #goawaykidyabotherme

>> Streamings Ahead: Rae Sremmurd, "No Flex Zone Remix" (feat. Nicki Minaj), Aaron Freeman, Freeman, Dikembe, Mediumship, Joyce Manor, Never Hungover Again, and Vashti Bunyan, "Across The Water"

>> Oh Na Na!

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