Miley Cyrus brought her Bangerz Tour to a packed Philips Arena on March 25. The show featured her band, costumed dancers, multiple wardrobe changes, and Miley doing what Miley does - making an over-the-top spectacle with a vibe that was part pop show and part strip club. Despite the sometimes NSFW performance, Miley showed she can really sing ... playing not only her own hits but covers of Bob Dylan, Coldplay, Dolly Parton, and Lorde.
Part variety show, part Showbiz/Chuck E. Cheese childhood pizza party, completely irreverent. The Pizza Underground (feat. Macaulay Culkin) took to the stage at Mammal Gallery along with locals TV Dinner, French band La Femme, Toby Goodshank, and a myriad of other colorful characters. With plenty of free cold pizza to go around. The only thing missing from the pizza palace ambiance was a ball pit-filled with crying children (lovingly replaced by a floor full of drunken adults).
On March 21, just a little more than a week after being arrested at SXSW in Austin, Texas for inciting a riot during a performance there, Tyler, the Creator of Odd Future played to a sold out crowd at the Tabernacle.
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From the obscure to the iconic - this is one way to describe the influx of more than 2,000 bands that make the exodus each March to Austin, Texas, for the SXSW Music Conference. What started out 28 years ago as a chance for emerging bands to showcase their material has turned into part conference and part mega festival over the last several years. The change in the music industry away from record labels has created an event where sponsors have become as visible as the artists playing there. Yet despite this change no one can deny that for the five days of SXSW there is no better place on the planet to be exposed or overwhelmed by the quantity and variety of live music in one location.
Annie Clark aka St. Vincent played the Tabernacle March 8, playing songs from her recently released fourth solo album, St. Vincent.
Ms. Lauryn Hill at the Tabernacle on Monday night.
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Fifteen years since making their last appearance in Atlanta, Cibo Matto returned Feb. 17, to play a show at the Earl. After nearly a decade of working separately, founding members Miho Hatori and Yuka Honda reunited as Cibo Matto in 2011. Their efforts have culminated with the release of their recent album Hotel Valentine.
Kings of Leon, with brothers Anthony Caleb Followill (vocals, guitar), Ivan Nathan Followill (drums), Michael Jared Followill (bass guitar), and cousin Cameron Followill (lead guitar), opened their Mechanical Bull Tour in Atlanta on Wednesday night to a packed Philips Arena crowd. The Nashville-based band played a 27-song set that included three encores. The band has been on hiatus since October 2011 and is touring in support of the group's Mechanical Bull, which was released in September 2013.
Opening was Gary Clark Jr, the Austin-based guitarist that played several dates with the Rolling Stones on their most recent tour, and performed with Keith Urban at the 2014 Grammy's.
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