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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Young Guru, Jay-Z's engineer, telling stories at Space 2

Posted By on Wed, Apr 25, 2012 at 6:12 PM


If you've ever doubted Hova's lofty claims that he never pulls out a notepad in the booth, Young Guru would be the one to ask. Throughout most of Jay-Z's recording career, Guru has been his go-to sound engineer. In the process, he's helped Jay achieve what no other solo artist in history has: a record-setting 12 No. 1 albums.

Needless to say, Guru has some stories to tell. Which is why Atlanta-based music journalist/all-around cool dude Maurice Garland will be sitting down with him to chop it up for two hours Friday night at the Sound Table's Space 2 before Guru shows off his DJ skills for a spell.

For a chance to win free tix, check out Otherwise, you can purchase tix at $25 for Q&A from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. $15 for DJ set starting at 11 p.m. Fri., April 27. Space 2, 486 Edgewood Blvd. (next door to Sound Table).

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Tupac Conference coming, minus the hologram

Posted By on Tue, Apr 17, 2012 at 8:27 AM


If Mama Shakur liked Tupac’s hologram, who am I to judge. But the recent performance at Coachella did prove that even a 3D image is pretty one dimensional when it comes to representing the most polarizing rapper of all time.

But a more complete picture is in the works. Scheduled for September 28-29 of this year at Atlanta’s AU Center, the first Tupac Amaru Shakur Collection Conference — themed Hip Hop, Education and the Archival Imagination — will give scholars and students the chance to philosophize on the life and works of the Thug Immortal, education, and hip hop culture overall. The Robert W. Woodruff Library on the campus of Clark Atlanta University permanently houses the Tupac Amaru Shakur Collection, which opened to the public last year on the 15th anniversary of his death. The collection comprises 30 boxes of material, including song lyrics, poems, memorabilia, fan mail, manuscripts, personal letters written and received by Tupac, press clippings, even a handwritten video treatment for “Dear Mama,” his hit dedication to Afeni Shakur, inducted into the Library of Congress since his death.

If you’re interested in submitting a paper for the upcoming conference, abstracts are being accepted until April 23. For more info, check out the conference’s Facebook page or website, or email the organizers at

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Monday, April 2, 2012

We got those 1/2 price Raekwon tickets

Posted By on Mon, Apr 2, 2012 at 4:51 PM

  • Photo courtesy Raekwon
Are you ballin’ on a budget? Driven by feelings that can best be summed up as, “Cash, Rules, Everything, Around, Me — C.R.E.A.M. — Get the money/Dollar, dollar bill y'all?”

We’ve got you covered, at least for Raekwon's show at Masquerade this Wed., April 4.

Head over to Loaf Deals where we’ve got tickets bumped down to $10 apiece, and they’ll be available ‘til noon on Tuesday.

No doubt Raekwon “the Chef” is one of the acclaimed voices of the Wu-Tang Clan to carry on with a solo career, but he’s never quite attained the post-ghetto celebrity shine of RZA, GZA, Method Man, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, or Ghostface Killah. But while his cohorts have settled into mediocrity (or the grave), Rae’s beats, rhymes, and dedication to indie grit have only improved with age. His latest release, the Unexpected Victory mixtape, wields street-hardened and ice-cold mafioso hood rap that swings like a punch in the gut. The Chef is still at the top of his game, and for this show Freddie Gibbs, JD Era, Kofi Black, Marq Spekt, and Ante Meridian (feat. Rozewood and Mr. Enok) open. Fort Knox and DJ Dug Boogie host.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Dean and Britta do Andy Warhol

Posted By on Tue, Mar 27, 2012 at 5:13 PM

  • Courtesy of Dean and Britta
Dreamy duo Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips are no strangers to the art of film, having scored director Noah Baumbach's breakout The Squid and the Whale, among other features. For this tour the former Galaxie 500/Luna members are offering up aural accompaniment to 13 obscure black-and-white Andy Warhol screen tests, a feat that coincides perfectly with "Picasso to Warhol," the ongoing installment of the High Museum's MoMA Series. Get your visual art on and enjoy some fine music to boot.

Culture Shock Presents: 13 Most Beautiful...Songs for Andy Warhol's Screen Tests. $15. 8 p.m. Sat., March 31. Atlanta Symphony Hall at Woodruff Art Center, 1280 Peachtree Street. 404-733-4900. Save stubs after the show to view the museum's "Picasso to Warhol" exhibit; Kai Alce spins.

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Aussie femcee Iggy Azalea comes to Atlanta

Posted By on Mon, Mar 26, 2012 at 10:49 AM

After introducing herself to the world via several homespun videos, Iggy Azalea became an Aussie export whose subtle, yet enticing accent draped over her guttural vocal stabs makes her stand apart from the rest of the thug femcees who dominate the club scene as of late. But as the title of her most notorious viral sensation, “Pu$$y” implies, subtlety isn’t really her thing. The novelty of explicit sexuality isn’t her only trick either, but she works it hard. And whereas the V-Nastys and Kreayshawns of the world have basically ushered in a rebirth of the whole valley girl thing, there’s an element of real danger when it comes to Azalea. She rhymes lia a pro and she's the kind of lady that’ll chew you up and spit you out for real, and she’s coming to Atlanta! Speakerfoxxx, Heroes x Villains, and the one and only Gangsta Boo are also on deck for the show that’s going down at the Basement this Thursday, March 29. It’s $10 at the door, the music gets started at 10 p.m., and it’s an 18+ show.

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Friday, December 16, 2011

Tambor returns Saturday after 3 months

Posted By on Fri, Dec 16, 2011 at 4:55 PM

Tambor is back! Sure, there have been member parties at Sound Table, and clips from the house music monthly's tour across the pond and beyond. But I hear folks are so looking forward to dancing to Tambor favorite Zepherin Saint and residents Stan Zeff and DJ BE that they're bringing club clothes to work — the second gig, no less — so they can head straight to 595 North.

A Sole4Souls drop box will be on hand and accepting donations of old shoes.

If you want to get down and party like you mean it, this is where you want to be. Here's a video of Saint from 2009 to help show why.

$10-$20. 10 p.m. 595 North Ave.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Gringo Star brings the gospel to the Star Bar

Posted By on Wed, Nov 16, 2011 at 7:37 AM

This is also Gringo Star's ATL album release party for their latest, Count Yer Lucky Stars. It's happening Saturday, November 19 and it's a $10 offering at the door.

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Hell Naw's happening tonight at The Basement

Posted By on Fri, Nov 11, 2011 at 2:18 PM

If you happen to be in or around the EAV tonight (Fri., Nov. 11) don't forget about the Hell Naw party that's happening over at The Basement. Street Violence, Clan D, Attention System and Rock Most are all on deck for a bad ass show that's going up against Señor Kaos’ Kaos Effect CD release party at 529, or Thee Oh Sees, Total Control and Carnivores show at The Earl. It's like a Bermuda Triangle of good shows and they're all happening on the same block.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The apocalypse is upon us

Posted By on Tue, Sep 13, 2011 at 3:46 PM


DJ Pauly D. $20-$40. 10 p.m. Opera, 1150 Crescent Ave. 404-872-1150.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Wil May's music series for the #COOL in you

Posted By on Wed, Sep 7, 2011 at 4:43 PM

Resident move-maker and artist/producer Wil May has parlayed his #COOL Fridays parties at the W Midtown (featuring the likes of DJs Klever, Smiles, Dibiase, Kid Cedek, etc.) into a new live music series he calls AmericanCool — a title shared by his forthcoming album. In partnership with locally-based artist, former model, and architect Graham Knox (no, really, she's an architect with Kronberg Wall Architects in L5P), May created the series to highlight local emerging acts along with some social entrepreneurship thrown in for good measure.

The first installment featured performances from Ethiopian native Marian Mereba ("Rider"), along with Knox, who's debut album Boomtown is also forthcoming. The narrative for her 2010 video "Dollar" always stumps me because I tend to lose focus around the 1:30 mark (see what I mean).

AmericanCool's second installment — Thurs., Sept. 8 at Vinyl — doubles as a release party for pop-punk rocker and headliner Jimi Cravity's new EP, Maverick, with a portion of the proceeds to go toward Atlanta's Teach For America program.

If the social cause ain't motivation enough, there's also an open bar sponsored by Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey from 8 p.m.-9 p.m. Just try not to look too obvious.

$10. 8 p.m. Jimi Cravity with Graham Knox and Wil May. Vinyl, 1374 W. Peachtree St. 404-885-1365.

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