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>> "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!
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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.
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:
Ghost Riders Car Club
Jimmy & the Teasers
Dusty Booze & the Baby Haters
Andrew & the Disapyramids
Cletis & His City Cousins
>> 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.
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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.
>> 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."
>> Surly comic curmudgeon Neil Hamburger is not a fan of local heroes Mastodon, amongst others.
>> 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.
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.
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>> According to this fashiony slo-mo vimeo snippet, Rita Ora is the single most amazing.
>> 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
>> Oh Na Na!
Great article Carlton!! Can't wait...see you there!
Clearly they make you like feel the music bro
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These guys are fantastic...great performers who put on a wonderful show. .thoroughly enjoyed it.☆☆☆
I have been a a BIG fan of Flynt Flossy, and his crew since Fried…
AP calling her "high priced" pro? I'd hate to see the cheap ones.