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Friday, March 25, 2016

Pop Weirdos announce new EP 'Any Old Time,' play the Sewing Room

Posted By on Fri, Mar 25, 2016 at 10:41 AM

  • Wyatt Kane
Fresh off the release of their excellent singles "Alcudia" and "Mid Life,"  Pop Weirdos announce the debut of their upcoming EP Any Old Way, due out in May. 

Members Jamison Murphy and Bennett Kane normally write with the orchestral playfulness of Brian Wilson, but Any Old Way features the duo exploring Motown influences. 

Pop Weirdos follow up the announcement with a performance this Saturday at the Sewing Room, a recent addition to Atlanta's house show circuit. The performance marks the group shifting from its past performances as an acoustic duo to a full band, keeping in line with the rich arrangements featured in its studio recordings. 

Pop Weirdos play the Sewing Room with Glass Mansions, Rom, and Exwhy this Saturday, March 26. $5. 8 p.m. 1614 Hazelrig Dr S.E.

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The A List: New music from CHEW, Miloh Smith, AyOh, and more music news

Posted By on Fri, Mar 25, 2016 at 10:39 AM

  • Shawn Brackbill
  • The Gotobeds

The Gotobeds just graced Atlanta with an appearance last week, and now the group is streaming a track from their upcoming LP, Blood // Sugar // Secs // Traffic. It's called "Real Maths/Too Much," and Protomartyr's vocalist is a fan. Check it out at Brooklyn Vegan. Equal parts The Fall and Parquet Courts?

Garage-punk trio Bleached are hitting up the Drunken Unicorn on Sat., Apr. 9, with No Parents, but in the meantime you can listen to their new record, Welcome the Worms, which is streaming at NPR ahead of its official Apr. 1 release date.

Vancouver-based psych-rockers Black Mountain will perform at Terminal West on Wed., June 22. The group's new album, IV, is streaming at NPR ahead of its Apr. 1 release date.

Tacocat is coming to 529 on Wed., Apr. 20, and now their new record, Lost Time (Apr. 1 via Hardly Art), is streaming at Brooklyn Vegan.

Just announced: Aesop Rock (with Rob Sonic and DJ Zone) and Homeboy Sandman will be at the Loft on Sun., July 3. Rock will release his new album, The Impossible Kid, on Apr. 29 via Rhymesayers, and Sandman will release Kindness for Weakness on May 6 via Stones Throw. Stream a track from that record, "Talking (Bleep)," over at Brooklyn Vegan.

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The A List: 10 shows to hit up this weekend

Posted By on Fri, Mar 25, 2016 at 10:15 AM

  • Katrina Natis
  • Crown Larks
Friday, March 25
Shampoo, Crown Larks, OMNI, Clothes @ 529. 9 p.m. $5. Both Chad and I have raved about Crown Larks. This show is not to miss!

Norma Jean, He Is Legend, Forevermore, Rival Choir @ Drunken Unicorn. 9 p.m. $17-$20.

Karbomb, Seagulls, Campaign, Breaux @ Star Bar. 9 p.m. $5. This is the Karbomb/Seagulls split release show.

Kool Keith, DJ Lord, Fudge, and Dres tha Beatnik @ MJQ Concourse. 10 p.m. Free. Kool Keith, of course, is also known as Dr. Octagon. Dr. Octagonecologyst is one of my favorite hip-hop records.

Sat., Mar. 26
Newark Wilder, Fake Flowers, Sea Ghost @ Drunken Unicorn. 9 p.m. $7.
This is the release show for Newark Wilder's Vanessa Atalanta. Pavement references all day!

Junior Boys, Jessy Lanza, Borys @ The Loft. 7 p.m. $16-20.

Bongzilla, Black Cobra, Kings Destroy, Lo-Pan @ The Earl. $20. For a two-piece, Black Cobra is easily one of the heaviest bands I've seen in my life.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The A List: New music from Withered, Anthony Aparo, Rae Sremmurd, and more

Posted By on Wed, Mar 23, 2016 at 12:34 PM

Withered - JASON MARIS
  • Jason Maris
  • Withered

Some new Atlanta music for your ears:

— Local black/death metal group Withered is streaming a new track, "Feeble Grasp," over at Revolver. It's the first single from their new LP, Grief Relic (out May 27 via Season of Mist). The group performs at the Clermont Lounge on Thurs., Mar. 31, with Death of Kings and Philly's Hellrad.

Culture Culture frontman Anthony Aparo has premiered a new song from his forthcoming LP, Under. It's called "Don't Be Late" and it's streaming over at Immersive Atlanta. His main band also just released a new EP, JX-3Please. Culture Culture performs at 529 on Sat., Apr. 9, with Night Idea and Little Tybee.

— Britt Teusink of deadCAT now has a new solo excursion called Kid Mouth. You can stream a track — "Darkdaze" — from that project over at Immersive Atlanta.

Count Bass D just dropped a video for the title track from his new LP, Instantly New. Check it out at Okayplayer.

— Rae Sremmurd's also got a new video for "By Chance," which you can watch at HotNewHipHop. The site also reports that the duo's new single, "Over Here," is premiering today.

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Khaotika and Wormreich: One year later

Posted By on Wed, Mar 23, 2016 at 10:30 AM

Khaotika and Lariyah Hayes (center) reemerged last fall. - JERI WARREN
  • Jeri Warren
  • Khaotika and Lariyah Hayes (center) reemerged last fall.

On April 6, 2015, a tragic van accident on Interstate 85 in Jackson County left three black-metal musicians dead, and reshaped the lives of their surviving Khaotika and Wormreich bandmates. Both bands have soldiered on, playing shows and putting the finishing touches on new releases months after physically and emotionally recovering from the crash.

Khaotika is fronted by Atlanta-based model and artist Lariyah Hayes. She was among the eight injured, suffering a concussion, broken ribs, a pierced and collapsed lung, and right arm injuries that required reconstructive surgery. With no health insurance and an infant at home, Hayes’ recovery was both expensive and frustrating. “There was so much hate and frustration, for me, because my little daughter was five weeks old,” Hayes says. “I couldn’t take care of her for three months. I always needed someone to help hold her and change her nonstop.”

Despite a rash of injuries and the death of drummer Nicholas Crisostomo, the surviving members of Khaotika reemerged last fall. A new lineup including New Mexico based drummer Marco “Strom” Fimbres cemented its rebirth with the Nov. 11 release of its The Flame Unleashed CD.

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Jaap Blonk makes strange music with his mouth

Posted By on Wed, Mar 23, 2016 at 8:39 AM

What can be said about Jaap Blonk to give the uninitiated some insight into the Dutch sound poet's strange M.O.? Nothing, really ... It has to be seen to be understood. Eefing (sort of), vocal dadaism, and more than a passing obsession with German artist Kurt Schwitters collide in Blonk's ecstatic and anomalous vocal performances. He makes crazy sounds with his mouth, which transcends some folks' comfort levels. But that's what makes him an avant-garde composer. Audiences really have to think about what they're seeing, hearing, and feeling when Blonk leans into a microphone: Is this hilarious, or is this horrifying? They just don't make 'em like this anymore — if indeed they ever made 'em like this at all.

Blonk performs two 35-minute sets tonight (Wed., March 23). The first is a celebration of the Dada centennial, reciting sound poetry by the likes of Hugo Ball, Raoul Hausmann, and Schwitters.

The second set for the evening features Blonk's performance of his 2015 vocal cycle “Vibrant Islands."

$10. 8 p.m. Eyedrum Art & Music Gallery. 88 Forsyth Street S.W. 770-676-1605.

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Kool Keith and DJ Lord bring Pisces Power to MJQ

Posted By on Wed, Mar 23, 2016 at 12:24 AM


In case y'all don't know, Dr. Octagon himself, Kool Keith joins DJ Lord of Public Enemy for the annual Pisces Power Party on Fri., March 25. It's Lord's birthday party — a celebration of all things Pisces. DJ Fudge and the inimitable host for the evening Dres tha Beatnik keep the room moving all night long. Vinyl Snobbery, aka Cullen B. Cole, spins records in the Cafe.

Fri., March 25. MJQ Concourse. 736 Ponce De Leon Ave N.E.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Wrecking Ball ATL unveils a stacked lineup for 2016

Posted By on Tue, Mar 22, 2016 at 12:44 PM


The second annual Wrecking Ball ATL offers something for pretty much everyone whose tastes have been shaped by the much ballyhooed music of the '90s,

Today, Noisey revealed this year's lineup, which dropped a few jaws due in part to the sheer number of indie, punk, and noise rock cornerstones topping the bill. After all, what were the chances locals would ever see members of L7, Dinosaur Jr., Kathleen Hanna's Julie Ruin project, and Drive Like Jehu at the same place without boarding an airplane or a time machine?

Elsewhere on the bill, yesteryear's emo and post-hardcore sounds remain as prominent as they were at the 2015 fest, anchored by Motion City Soundtrack, Thursday, and American Football (ex-Cap’n Jazz). But event organizers deserve loads of credit for two things: First, they kept this stacked lineup a secret. And best of all, they did a much better job than most local festivals at incorporating homegrown talents such as Big Jesus, Femignome, and exwhy into their plans.

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Monday, March 21, 2016

Burn to Shine 6: Atlanta trailer released

Posted By on Mon, Mar 21, 2016 at 8:41 PM

Today, producer Brendan Canty (Fugazi) and director Christoph Green revealed the trailer for the long-awaited Atlanta installment of their Burn to Shine film series. Burn to Shine 6: Atlanta captures a day in the life of Atlanta's music scene. July 29, 2007 was an oppressively humid day spent in a soon-to-be demolished house, with Shannon Wright, Mastodon, the Liverhearts, the Selmanaires, Delia Gartrell, Carbonas, Snowden, Black Lips, the All Night Drug Prowling Wolves, the Mighty Hannibal, the Coathangers, and Deerhunter.

And now, nearly a decade later, that moment returns to life on Sat., April 9, when the Earl hosts the film's premiere screening.

$12-$15. 8 p.m. Hosted by Brendan Canty and Christoph Green. The film screens at 8 p.m. Algiers and Moon Diagrams (Moses Archuleta of Deerhunter) perform after. The Earl, 488 Flat Shoals Ave. S.E. 404-522-3950.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Criminal Records clears space for Record Store Day

Posted By on Tue, Mar 15, 2016 at 1:48 PM

  • Joeff Davis/CLFile
In case you missed it, Criminal Records starts its spring cleaning a little early this weekend. The Little Five Points record shop is hosting a sidewalk sale March 19-20 from noon to 6 p.m. Vinyl, CDs, books, posters, toys, and various ephemera will be moving for cheap to make room for Record Store Day stock. RSD 2016 falls nearly a month later, April 16, and includes releases with local ties such as a Run the Jewels virtual reality viewer and a 10th anniversary special edition of Jay Reatard’s Blood Visions LP, partially recorded in 2005 at the Carbonas practice space.

Criminal Records is located at 1154-A Euclid Ave. N.E. in Little Five Points. 404-215-9511.

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