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Friday, June 24, 2016

The A List: New music from 10th Letter and Narrator, Masquerade unveils new location, and more music news

Posted By on Fri, Jun 24, 2016 at 10:35 AM

The cover of Cough2012's syrup
  • The cover of Cough2012's syrup

Cough2012, a new collaboration between Matt Howe (Heavy Eyes, Novus) and Ian Horrocks (Ian and the Ekonomy, Aidan Burns and the Wounded Deer), have released a new EP, syrup, which is available for streaming and purchase at Bandcamp.

The new full-length from 10th Letter, Escape From ATL, is out!

Oh, damn, Cave Bat has released another EP! The three-track Triptych is available for streaming and purchase via Bandcamp.

The Masquerade has unveiled their plans for a new facility. Read the press release.

Check out the new track from ambient trio Narrator (mem. Floral Print), "Aviv," via Bandcamp.

Mexican-American rapper Kap G recently traveled to Mexico City to explore his roots, and REMEZCLA was there to capture it. Check out the 12-minute documentary below.


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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Atlanta Music Project hosts summer concert series

Posted By on Tue, Jun 21, 2016 at 8:11 AM

PHOTO BY LYNSEY WEATHERSPOON
  • Photo by Lynsey Weatherspoon

The Atlanta Music Project
, which normally operates during the school year, has expanded its programming to include a summer series. The group focuses on underserved areas and delivers their programming at no cost to middle school and high school students. There are no auditions required, just the desire to play and the ability to make it to practices.

The AMP provides instruments, lessons, and opportunities to perform for 200 students in their after-school programs. This summer, 60 of these students will perform baroque and contemporary orchestral pieces on Wed., June 22, at Sylvan Hills Middle School. The all-ages concert promises to be a lesson for both the audience and the performers in the power and joy of music.

Free (donations accepted). 7 p.m. Wed., June 22. Sylvan Hills Middle School, 1461 Sylvan Rd. S.W. www.atlantamusicproject.org.

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Atlanta punks give Sonny Vincent a helping hand

Posted By on Fri, Jun 17, 2016 at 1:32 PM

Original '70s punk Sonny Vincent had a career resurgence before his family's tragic accident. - JOSHUA LEVINE
  • Joshua Levine
  • Original '70s punk Sonny Vincent had a career resurgence before his family's tragic accident.

New York punk legend Sonny Vincent needs a helping hand after a Jan. 2 gas explosion and fire at a Barnardsville, NC apartment complex left his son, daughter-in-law, and grandson severely injured. Vincent’s lack of touring since relocating from Europe to care for his family full-time adds to the mounting financial burden.

Vincent’s longtime friend Warren Bailey has spearheaded a benefit this Sat., June 18 at the Earl in response to this tragic accident. “Sonny is here strictly to be a good dad,” Bailey says. “He put everything else on hold to do that. It’s the least that we can do to help him out.”

Bailey (guitar, vocals) and the rest of Beat Beat Beat are reuniting for one night only. It makes sense the mid-aughts punks would be a focal point of a Sonny Vincent fundraiser. After all, guitarist and singer Josh Martin (Shocked Minds) was a member of Vincent’s band the Bad Reactions in 2012. Vincent’s lone 7-inch with Bad Reactions was issued that same year by Oops Baby Records, the label Bailey runs with his wife, Rebecca.

Gentleman Jesse and His Men are also making a rare appearance. Bailey is performing with Gentleman Jesse for the first time in several years, filling in on bass for Nashville restaurateur Joseph Plunkett.

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Monday, June 13, 2016

The A List: New music from Shook Foil, Orca Mug, Small Reactions, and more

Posted By on Mon, Jun 13, 2016 at 8:41 AM

Small Reactions - MICHAEL MORALES
  • Michael Morales
  • Small Reactions

We've got loads of new local tunes to share with you all — stick tight:

Last week, Immersive Atlanta premiered the new song from Small Reactions, "RXN_1," which will be released on the Night Reactions: Mix 001 mixtape, out June 17 via Bear Kids. Their release show is later this week at 529.

Last week, Shook Foil released their first material in three years, the three-track EP, titled I Feel No Pain, is streaming on The group's Bandcamp page. The band plays a show on June 17 at the Mammal Gallery.

Check out Chelsea Shag's new video for "New Perfume" "New Perfume."

The new Orca Mug record, Yeah, The Void, is now streaming at the group's Bandcamp page.

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Friday, June 10, 2016

The A List: 10 shows to hit up this weekend (June 10-12)

Posted By on Fri, Jun 10, 2016 at 10:39 AM

Waxahatchee plays Aisle 5 tonight with her sister, Allison Crutchfield - RYAN RUSSELL
  • Ryan Russell
  • Waxahatchee plays Aisle 5 tonight with her sister, Allison Crutchfield

What's going on this weekend? WRASFest takes place tonight at the Mammal Gallery, with Muuy Biien, Floral Print, and more rocking the upstairs stage, along with a bevy of hip-hop/electronic talent, including BOSCO & Speakerfoxxx and Ethereal, downstairs. Waxahatchee plays Aisle 5 and the Dwarves and the Queers play The Star Bar. On Saturday, the Obsessed headline a rock-solid doom metal bill at the Drunken Unicorn. Check out the full list of weekend picks below.

Friday, June 10
Waxahatchee, Allison Crutchfield @ Aisle 5. 9 p.m. $15.
Album 88: WRASFest 2016 @ The Mammal Gallery. 6:30 p.m. $7-10.
The Dwarves, The Queers, Teenage Rehab, Sawed Off, Decent Criminals @ Star Bar. 9 p.m. $20.
Thrice, La Dispute, Gates @ the Tabernacle. 8 p.m. $22.
Yung Lean, Finding Noyvon, Jace @ The Loft. 9 p.m. $3-10. (RSVP for $3 admission.)

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The A List: New music from Vincas, Nelward, Campaign, and more

Posted By on Fri, Jun 10, 2016 at 8:15 AM

Muuy Bien plays WRASfest at the Mammal Gallery this Friday - BRETT BENNETT
  • Brett Bennett
  • Muuy Bien plays WRASfest at the Mammal Gallery this Friday

Muuy Biien
 recently recorded a session for AudioTree! The band plays WRASfest tonight (Fri., June 10).

Birmingham's Null returns to 529 later this month to play with Hot Wives, Husband Stitch, and Fake Image. Check out a performance of "Hip Crowd" (from Sleepwalking Days, released in March of this year) for Spectra Sonic Sound Sessions.

Vincas have premiered a new song at New Noise Magazine. "Hammer" will appear on Deep In The Well, out June 24 via Learning Curve. Their release show is Fri., June 24, at The Earl, with Illegal Drugs, Nurse, and Nag.

Self-described "chiptune fusion" composer Nelward has some new tracks up on SoundCloud.


Campaign has a new track, "Back In the Hole," streaming at Immersive Atlanta. The band promises more material this summer.

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Monday, June 6, 2016

Churchill Grounds to close July 31

Posted By on Mon, Jun 6, 2016 at 8:26 AM

JIM STAWNIAK/CL FILE
  • Jim Stawniak/CL File
After nearly two decades of hosting weekly jazz performances, Churchill Grounds announced it will shutter its doors at its current location next to the Fox Theater as of July 31. 

The upscale jazz club opened up in 1997, and has since hosted an array of jazz and blues bands from local rising stars to renowned touring groups. Prominent Atlanta jazz musicians such as Grammy-nominated trumpeter Russell Gunn oversaw jam sessions that provided an important training ground for locals to hone their talent in a city with few dedicated jazz clubs. 

While Churchill Grounds' future remains uncertain, owner Samuel Yi wrote in a Facebook post that he is "looking for other locations and possible investors who [will] carry this music into a new Churchill in [the] near future."

Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

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The A List: New music from Dropout, Big Jesus, Sad Fish, and more

Posted By on Mon, Jun 6, 2016 at 8:15 AM

Mountain Party, aka Justin Green - RACHEL JACKSON
  • Rachel Jackson
  • Mountain Party, aka Justin Green

Mountain Party (aka Justin Green of Bear Kids Recordings) is premiering a new track over at Immersive Atlanta. "Your Kind" features members of Pony League and Wasted Wine.

The new Big Jesus track is premiering over at Noisey! "SP" will appear on Oneiric, out sometime this fall. The band is also playing the Wrecking Ball the weekend of Aug. 13-14.

Jonathan Merinivitch (Shepherds, Del Venicci, Jock Gang) has a new solo project, Thalmus Rasulala. His debut single, "Blame," is premiering at Immersive Atlanta.

Dropout is streaming a new song, titled "The End." Catch the band at The Earl on Fri., Jun 17, with Sleep Therapy and Pretty Please

Check out an exclusive premiere of Sad Fish's new EP, Never 2 Cool 2 Dance (Megafuss), at OpenEars Music.

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Friday, June 3, 2016

Criminal Records goes big with expanded locals section

Posted By on Fri, Jun 3, 2016 at 3:47 PM

click image COURTESY CRIMINAL RECORDS
  • Courtesy Criminal Records

As of this week, Criminal Records has expanded its locals only selection from a crate by the register to an entire in-store display. Self-released artists from the city’s thriving DIY scene will have the opportunity to stand next to local legends such as OutKast, Killer Mike, Deerhunter, and more. The store hopes to set up consignment with artists from all over the Atlanta area, creating a mutually-beneficial relationship that provides access to each community’s fan-base.


Malissa Sole, who handles marketing and promotions for the store, is spearheading the project. While she’s new to Criminal Records, she has extensive experience promoting for venues and managing acts from around the city. Even after she’s landed the job at Criminal, she’s maintaining that connection with the local scene. “I’m constantly reaching out on Facebook and Twitter saying, ‘Hey, ATLiens, let us know what you have going on,’” she says. “What I noticed was that there were bands that were friends with the bands that I worked with that weren’t in the store, and so I thought ‘Okay, how can we get them into the store?’”


The idea followed in the footsteps of a promotional display and in-store show with the Coathangers, which came on the heels of Record Store Day 2016. The whole thing lead to a rise in record sales for the band, even after the initial hype of the event subsided. Sole noted it as a personally gratifying moment, and hoped to find a way to bring that kind of success to other local groups. “I’ve known those girls forever, they work so hard and they’re touring all the time, so it’s nice to see that you can walk into your local record store and see their stuff still in the window,” she says. “We knew that that model could work, but obviously we can’t do that with every band. What we can do is make sure that, in addition to bands who have really been around for a second, that the smaller, independent bands have a link to the independent record store as well.”

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Friday, May 27, 2016

The A List: 10 shows to hit up this weekend

Posted By on Fri, May 27, 2016 at 10:29 AM

Chris Cohen plays the Earl on Sunday with Pallas - KATE DOLLENMAYER
  • Kate Dollenmayer
  • Chris Cohen plays the Earl on Sunday with Pallas

What's going on this weekend? There's the Atlanta Jazz Festival happening all weekend at Piedmont Park. Be sure to read Nicole Rateau's interview with Joi, and Paul DeMerritt's interview with Mike Clark from the Headhunters. Modern English's reunion tour also hits Atlanta, Brother Hawk and StoneRider celebrate new records at a dual release show, and plenty more.

Friday, May 27
Riddle of Steel, Traindodge, SWOTS @ 529. 9 p.m. $8.
Mrs. Magician, Black Linen, Twin Criminal @ the Drunken Unicorn. 9 p.m. $8.
Modern English, Entertainment @ the Earl. 7 p.m. $12-$15. (9pm show is SOLD OUT.)
Joywave, Bear Hands, StarBenders @ Terminal West. 7 p.m. $17-$20.
Dux, Easily Suede, Shannon and the Tunnels, Potted Plant, Bunny, Peter Webb @ The Cleaners. 9 p.m. $5.
A place both wonderful and strange (DJ set), Adam Darby @ Joystick. 12 a.m. Free.

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