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Thursday, May 7, 2015

When Sleep played Center Stage

Posted By on Thu, May 7, 2015 at 1:55 PM

Sleep at Center Stage, Mon., May 4.
The almighty Sleep played a triumphant two-night stand in Atlanta laying waste to a sold-out crowd at the Masquerade on May 3, followed by another epic riff fest across town at Center Stage on May 4. “Every day is 4/20 — even Mondays,” announced singer and bass player Al Cisneros as the group emerged for a blitzed audience at Center stage. Throughout the night, the group delved into and massive, sustained blast of riffs and distortion that stretched out for an hour-and-a-half weaving in and out of Dopesmoker’s highest peaks, bleeding into numbers such as “Aquarian” from Sleep's Holy Mountain, and the group’s 2014 single, “Clarity.”

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Sleater-Kinney stopped by for a Criminal Records in-store

Posted By on Tue, Apr 21, 2015 at 6:09 PM

Corin Tucker (from left), Carrie Brownstein, and Janet Weiss of Sleater-Kinney signing copies of No Cities to Love.
  • Joeff Davis
  • Corin Tucker (from left), Carrie Brownstein, and Janet Weiss of Sleater-Kinney signing copies of No Cities to Love.

Sleater-Kinney stopped by Criminal Records to sign copies of No Cities To Love before taking the stage tonight (Tues., April 21) at the Tabernacle with Sub Pop label mates THEESatisfaction.

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Mastodon returns to the Earl for Steve McPeeks benefit

Posted By on Sat, Mar 14, 2015 at 10:58 AM

Mastodons Brent Hinds (left) and Troy Sanders played for a good cause in an intimate setting Thursday night.
  • Bobby Moore
  • Mastodon's Brent Hinds (left) and Troy Sanders played for a good cause in an intimate setting Thursday night.

Grammy-nominated metal giants Mastodon thrilled a packed house at the Earl on Thurs., March 11, headlining a fundraiser for local musician Steve "Stiff Penalty" McPeek's medical bills. It was a rare opportunity for fans to see a major label act in a 300 person capacity club. Since the band was not on tour, their set list was a mix of old and new tracks, culminating with a raucous jam of "Blood and Thunder," from 2004's breakthrough album Leviathan. Opening support was provided by Athens noise rockers Motherfucker, McPeeks and Brent Hinds' longtime metal-charged surf and rockabilly project Fiend Without a Face, and cosplaying punks Lust.

The man of the hour, Steve McPeeks, performed with Fiend Without a Face.
  • Bobby Moore
  • The man of the hour, Steve McPeeks, performed with Fiend Without a Face.

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Sam Smith at the Fox Theatre

Posted By on Mon, Jan 12, 2015 at 1:34 PM

British singer-songwriter Sam Smith opened his first major tour to a sold-out crowd at the Fox Theatre on January 9. Smith released his debut album In the Lonely Hour in May 2014.

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Monday, December 22, 2014

Rising Appalachia at the Fox Theatre's Egyptian Ballroom

Posted By on Mon, Dec 22, 2014 at 1:40 PM

On Dec. 19, Rising Appalachia played the Fox Theatre's Egyptian Ballroom with special guest Theresa Davis.

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Justin Timberlake at the Arena at Gwinnett Center

Posted By on Mon, Dec 22, 2014 at 1:24 PM

On Dec. 20, Justin Timberlake brought his 20/20 Experience Tour back to Georgia for a second time performing to a sold-out crowd at the Arena at Gwinnett Center. The tour has been on the road for two years and this was his last show of 2014. Timberlake and his band the Tennessee Kids played for nearly three hours.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Bush at Smith's Olde Bar

Posted By on Thu, Dec 18, 2014 at 2:19 PM

On Tuesday, Dec. 16, a packed room at Smith's Olde Bar got to take a nostalgia trip back to the '90s. Thanks to Radio 105.7, famed British post-grunge rockers Bush put on a live acoustic show in the upstairs music venue.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Lonnie Holley joined Faun and a Pan Flute last night

Posted By on Wed, Dec 17, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Lonnie Holley + Faun and a Pan Flute

I stopped by 529 last night to catch Faun and a Pan Flute, and, behold Lonnie Holley sat front and center for the first part of the set, playing keys and raging about “technology computer management.” I heard something about air conditioners, iPhone, gPhones, face-phones, and tablets, too. The band was performing at full-stride — “Faunie Holley.” This configuration of players needs to record something stat.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Skinny Puppy: Fear and empowerment at the Buckhead Theatre

Posted By on Tue, Dec 9, 2014 at 4:37 PM

Ogre of Skinny Puppy at the Buckhead Theatre Sat., Dec. 6.
  • Shawn Evans
  • Ogre of Skinny Puppy at the Buckhead Theatre Sat., Dec. 6.

On Dec. 6, a traveling caravan of staple and underground electronic-industrial acts featuring Youth Code, Haujobb, Front Line Assembly, and Skinny Puppy roared through Atlanta for a night of harsh musical antagonism. It was a victory lap for Skinny Puppy, following the group’s February show at Center Stage supporting its latest album, 2013’s The Weapon. Saturday night’s Buckhead Theatre show wasn’t so different from what Skinny Puppy brought in February, albeit a slightly different, better set list. Tearing into “Convulsion” from Too Dark Park right off the bat set the tone for just how much frightfully dark and visceral power this group can summon with its presence alone. Skinny Puppy sets a high standard with its blend of psychedelic lights and twisted sounds it uses to deliver real-time emotional experiences: Fear, derangement, and empowerment fly at the brain and the ears in equal measure when Skinny Puppy performs. On Saturday night, the group tore through a comprehensive set that included newer numbers such as “IllisiT” and “Solvent” to older classics “VX Gas Attack,” “Testure,” "Worlock," "God's Gift Maggot," and “Assimilate.”

Youth Code set the night in motion around 7:30 p.m. During the week leading up to the show the L.A.-based duo of Sara Taylor and Ryan William George became the people’s choice for MVPs of the night. The crowd was there early enough to catch their bare-bones stage show that draws from the warehouse hardcore show aesthetic more than anything else — high energy, what you see is what you get.

Youth Code’s stage presence was a minimal bookend to Skinny Puppy’s sensory jamming spectacle of psychedelic lights and grotesque theatrics. Haujobb and Front Line Assembly kept the momentum going for what’s sure to be the industrial music gathering of the year.

And if you missed it, check out Crib Notes' list of “10 essential albums from the outer reaches of Skinny Puppy's universe."

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

FKA twigs at Terminal West

Posted By on Wed, Dec 3, 2014 at 11:33 AM

FKA twigs Tahliah Barnett at Terminal West

FKA twigs, the abstract R&B project of singer, dancer, and producer Tahliah Barnett played to a sold-out Terminal West on Dec. 2. Barnett put on a dazzling show of varied dance performance to a massive light show that kept the crowd lingering on her every move, and on every note she sang. Throughout the show most of the audience watched through the view of their phones, which brought an ironic quality to the show considering her song "Video Girl," which comments on her personal grievances with being pigeonholed as the "girl in that video." Otherwise the show was relatively barebones: Three backing musicians operated controllers with minimal touches of guitars and percussion, all of which underscored Tahliah's engaging presence at the front of the stage.

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