Couldn't make this up ... Macaulay Culkin's Pizza-themed Velvet Underground cover band the Pizza Underground is coming to the Mammal Gallery Wed., March 19, to play a show with La Femme (France) and TV Dinner. Yes, now you can witness the star of the Home Alone franchise and his friends take the "what if we did this?" stoner quandary to new lows as they cheese up your favorite Velvet Underground songs with such lyrics as "I'm beginning to eat the slice," and "I'm waiting for the delivery man."
At least there will be free pizza courtesy of Cameli's.
Continuing in its tradition of presenting genre-bending electronic artists, Moogfest, the music festival honoring namesake synthesizer inventor Robert Moog, will motor into late April of 2014 with arguably its most impressive lineup in its brief history (including the few years it started out in NYC). The now Asheville, NC-based festival has always maintained a stellar reputation for curating a diverse musical showcase with a wide-ranging group of musicians, but 2014's lineup seems particularly heavy with electronic pioneers and innovators. Kraftwerk, celebrating their fifth decade in music, will be performing three of the group's 3-D shows, featuring elaborate light/image projections synched to hits such as "Trans-Europe Express," "The Model," and "Musique Non-stop." Synthesizer legend Giorgio Moroder, whom listeners might recognize as the man responsible for the music in Donna Summer's "I Feel Love," is also performing. Other notable performers include ground-breaking performance artist/musician Laurie Anderson and disco legends Chic with Nile Rogers. You remember that song "Le Freak"? Of course you do! Representing the more contemporary side of electronic music are artists such as Daedalus, Dan Deacon, Gaslamp Killer, RJD2, Sasha, Wolf Eyes, and many many others. It's also worth mentioning Moogfest's daytime seminars which will allow attendees to hear from Moog enthusiast Keith Emerson, inventor Don Buchla, film composer Cliff Martinez, Moroder, Anderson, and other important figures in the field of electronic music.
The building once home to longtime Little Five Points music venue the Five Spot is expected to reopen next spring with different ownership, major renovations, and a new name: Aisle 5.
Last March, longtime owner Bryan Aust closed the 12-year-old venue and sold the building to Brian Deerfield, Nick Weinberg, and Richard Edge. Deerfield and Weinberg, who work for local promoters Reverb Entertainment Productions, have previously booked shows at venues such as the Apache Cafe, Five Spot, Georgia Theatre, and Terminal West.
Deerfield tells CL the new venue will be a "multi-genre room where locals artists can hone their craft," will remain open to national touring acts, and occasionally host stand-up comedy events.
"We want to make it nicer, but keep the spirit of the place alive," he says.
They've pooled together cash for the purchase and found a few key investors for the upgrades to the building's A/C unit, bathrooms, and floor plan. It'll also make the venue ADA-complaint for the first time. So far, they've raised around 80 percent of their goal and are looking to raise another $55,000 through a recently launched Kickstarter campaign.
After purchasing the building, the new owners have worked on improving the look and feel of the venue. They had spent the past several months gaining approval for their plans from neighborhood groups and obtaining a liquor license. Deerfield says Aisle 5 plans to hire the contractors responsible for Terminal West's construction.
"To keep it as a live music venue was an uphill battle," he says. "We had to convince the neighbors to keep it as a music venue."
Ally Stevens, the Five Spot's former talent buyer, will continue to book artists for Aisle 5's shows. The venue's tentative opening date is scheduled for sometime in mid-March 2014.
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There are two things you need to know about Atlanta weirdo wunderkind Adam Babar: He's constantly pursuing any artistic impulse that comes to mind and he is willing to put himself completely out there for his music. Whether manning guitar with Faun and a Pan Flute, leaving voicemail-based instrumentals on Nomen Novem's answering machine, or culling dreamlike collages riddled with beats as Easily Suede, or curating the Primitive Patterns label, Babar leaves the creative doorway wide open, barely checking incoming or outgoing ideas along the way. The latest fruit of that ethos brings the first release of Suffer Dragon, a new duo featuring Babar (guitar) and fellow Faun-man Daniel Betts (drums).
With what might be the first "textclusive" release, Suffer Dragon just dropped Tryna Suffer, a two-song set that is free to the first 10 people who text 678-982-0458. Almost like a modernized Dial-A-Song updated for the smart phone era, lucky listeners will receive the Suffer Dragon release via text message. Making Tryna Suffer available this way also uses the phone against itself, removing potential distraction or fidgeting with e-mail or social media and making it the player. You either have to launch the audio attachment and listen to the track, or navigate away from it to carry on with other things. There's no multitasking here; this is active listening.
Songs will be sent to the first 10 texters after 6 p.m. tonight (Thurs., Dec. 19).
Suffer Dragon, Distant Planet with Lemonade Dance Troupe, and In Sonitus Lux play the Mammal Gallery on Fri. Dec. 20. $5. 9 p.m. 91 Broad St. SW. 770-605-0990.
Located just outside East Atlanta Village, the Cottage is a DIY space and studio for local indie artists. Tomorrow's showcase have new music from the bands, including Places' new single "Graves."
The play, which is unrehearsed and (self-admittedly) poorly written by the indie band, involves its members acting, playing music, and generally being silly. Kind of like a running joke that's become a weird, funny tradition, the show also features other groups as performers, which this year includes deadCAT, Cocorico, and Highlander.
Nathan Brown and Robby Kee have had more than a hand in cultivating Atlanta's experimental music scene. As Tree Creature, the duo has created expansively off-kilter ambient music that embraces the bizarre and noisy end of the drone spectrum. As current Eyedrum board members, Brown and Kee have maintained a vital venue for left field artists and booked shows all over town, from Eyedrum to satellite venues like the Goatfarm and WonderRoot. The pair also cultivates ongoing, themed series, like Kee's monthly improv-by-design Invent Room Pop and the duo's ambient-focused annual series Respite from the Cold, now in its sixth year of warming tones performed by local acts. Brown took a bit of time while gearing up for this year's Respite (Sat., Dec. 21) to discuss how the series came together and why drone music is the perfect, warming haven from the frigid winter air.
What made you start the Respite series, and did you intend it to be a series?
The whole concept just sort of came at once. I thought it would be neat to have an event that was tailored toward the sole concept of everyone spacing out and relaxing. And I didn't want it to be just another "weirdo music festival" (of which I am a fan, by the way). From the start, Respite was meant to be something that was different from just any show. It's not meant to be a "performance" or "concert" or anything of the ilk. It's an "experience" that is shared with the musicians and the audience members. Even the name of the series sort of defies typical musical connotations.
Southern Ground, Zac Brown's record label, released the four-song EP last week. Recorded at Southern Ground's Nashville studio, the tracks maintain Zac Brown Band's recognizable country-rock fusion, but everything's slightly amped up from past recordings thanks to Grohl's production. "Dave is a musical genius," says Brown. "It's been amazing to play with him on stage and get to spend time working with him in the studio. We are excited for fans to hear the music we've been able to create together."
Bassist Oteil Burbridge (Aquarium Rescue Unit, Allman Brothers Band) sat in on the sessions, and Grohl contributed his whomping drumming to a few tracks as well.
Contrary to what you may be hearing on much of terrestrial radio, 2013 was an amazing year for music - especially soul music. Seriously. There was such an abundance of great music, in fact, that narrowing down the best soul sounds released in the past 12 months for my annual list was no easy feat. That said, here's a look at my 13 favorite albums (arranged in no particular order) and my reasons for picking them in 140 characters or less.
Omar, The Man: The legendary vocalist dropped an album that's true to his trademarked classic-soul-meets-the-future style and an evolution of his sound.
"Punk" style like this seems like it is the polar opposite of punk. Bradford Cox…
They're kind of starting to look like a joke of themselves. Song's good though.
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Their show with Chris, Lord about 3 years at the Unicorn was the best.
I am a connoisseur of this real soul music like the comment above I'm glad…
You've got a few of my faves listed here, plus a bunch I've never heard…