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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

'Songs in the Key of Phife' aims to raise awareness

Posted By on Tue, Jun 14, 2016 at 10:21 AM


It's the celebration Phife Dawg would have wanted. 

On Fri., June 17, the late A Tribe Called Quest MC's fans are invited to help celebrate in Phife's life and legacy with a concert event dubbed, "Songs in the Key of Phife." The event's lineup includes DJ sets by Phife's long-time manager and best friend, DJ Rasta Root, as well as DJ's Kemit, Fudge, and special guest appearances.

Phife' mother and renwowned poet, Cheryl Boyce-Taylor will also be in attendance. Phife's family will be donating 100 percent of the proceeds from the event to the National Kidney Foundation. There's also talk of plans for a future event involving the American Diabetes Association.

"Atlanta friends and family, over the past few months you have asked how can you help me, here is your chance." Cheryl Boyce-Taylor said in a statement. "I will see you there so we can cheer each other on."

MY BROTHER: Phife (left) and DJ Rasta Root. - CARL FERGUSON JR.
  • Carl Ferguson Jr.
  • MY BROTHER: Phife (left) and DJ Rasta Root.
Another highlight included in the "Songs in the Key of Phife" program will be the chance to hear previously unreleased music from Give Thanks, the album Phife was working on before his death in March. Phife’s wife Deisha says, “Phife loved his fans, and was so excited for them to hear his new music. I feel like he would have wanted it this way.”

The first offering from GiveThanks, "Nutshell," already has a video treatment.

Proceeds from the sales (50 percent) from the J Dilla-produced track will go toward both the American Diabetes Association and the National Kidney Foundation.

Aside from playing music, Rasta Root also helped in bringing the event to fruition. "I feel it only fitting that since Phife spent so much time here that we have a celebration of his life and legacy for his friends and family, and raise awareness."

'Songs in the Key of Phife.' $20-$25. 10 p.m. Fri., June 17. 595 North Event Center, 595 North Ave. N.E. 404-835-2329.

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Scenes from Shaky Knees 2015

Posted By on Fri, May 15, 2015 at 2:00 PM

You've probably read recaps and reviews all week about the plethora of performances that went down at Shaky Knees and/or Shaky Knees-related late shows this year — who played on what stage when, and whether or not they sucked. Maybe you were even one of the thousands of folks who paid at least 100 bucks to be there and experienced it all yourself. Or maybe not.

One thing's for sure, I was there. These are things me and my iPhone saw:

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Sean Falyon + Friends bring party to Smith's

Posted By on Thu, May 15, 2014 at 11:38 AM


Some unfortunate news can't keep Ballers Eve from throwing a damn-good party, and luckily they've got Sean Falyon and friends to lead the charge. Fri., May 16, Falyon, the renaissance man known to #BeEVERYWHERE, headlines a packed lineup featuring, Grip Plyaz, Scar Smith, Big Sant, Earthgang, Go Dreamer, RaRa, and more. DJ Wally Sparks will handled the tables, while Maurice Garland takes on the hosting duties.

With news of East Village Radio's shutting down, the showcase has gone from a Ballers Eve-sponored event to a full-on celebration of the popular show's influence on southern hip-hop artists, Falyon says.

"Ballers Eve has been a prominent friend in my career since the beginning and the first radio show to play my music," he says. "With the closing of EVR I feel like this is a great way to show my appreciation for what they've done for my #BeEVERYWHERE brand."

With Grip Plyaz, Scar Smith, Big Sant, Earthgang, Money Makin' Nique, Ra Ra, Go Dreamer, Alkebulan, India Rome, and William H. Fri., May 16. $10. 8:30 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Ave.

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Rozzi Daime mixtape listening party tonight

Posted By on Wed, Jun 30, 2010 at 10:36 AM


Atlanta's own DJ Tabone has paired up with the infamous Rozzi Daime to present her new mixtape, Do the Daime Thing. They kick it off tonight with a release party at the Sound Table. If you missed Ms. Daime a couple of weeks ago when she headlined the Amp Fest at Lenny's, shame on you. As one might surmise by her mixtape cover, the electro-glam femme and frequent Sa-Ra collaborator puts on a helluva show.

(See tracklist and back cover below jump.)

Free. 9 p.m.-11 p.m. Tonight. The Sound Table, 483 Edgewood Ave. 404-835-2534.

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Monday, May 17, 2010

How Yahzarah got her groove back

Posted By on Mon, May 17, 2010 at 2:00 PM


If anyone understands that love isn't always perfect, it's Yahzarah.

When she abruptly left her first love, music, to take a day job at Banana Republic in 2003, she knew something seriously had to give. Heartbroken after the release of her lackluster second album, Black Star, she was drained -- creatively, emotionally and mentally -- and needed to hibernate from the music industry.

"There was a point when I started to believe them, started to believe that I really couldn't write songs and be myself," she says, recalling her frustration at fighting what would turn out to be a losing battle over creative control.

But eventually, the people who loved her, even in her low point between albums, persuaded her to get back to music. "[Soul singer] Ledisi was like: 'You have a job now? Are you crazy?'" she remembers.

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(Photo courtesy Foreign Exchange Music)

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Atlanta Indie Fusion is this Saturday

Posted By on Thu, May 13, 2010 at 5:28 PM

Local alt/dance/rock bilinguals Satellite District celebrate the release of their new single, "Looking out for you," this Saturday at the Atlanta Indie Fusion show. Joining them will be fellow locals The Drownout, Attention System, Ninety-Four, and Miami's Fancy Me Yet.

Indie Fusion Atlanta show

Atlanta Indie Fusion w. Satellite District, Attention System, The Drownout, Fancy Me Yet, and Ninety Four. Sat. Mat 15th. Vinyl, 1274 West Peachtree St. $8-$10. 8 pm

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Friday, April 30, 2010

Check out Fahamu Pecou's Passage of Right

Posted By on Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 11:35 PM

Passage Of Right

Visual artist Fahamu Pecou keeps upping the ante. In addition to tomorrow's exhibition from his series Hard to Death: All Falls Down, he's moderating a candid conversation about black manhood. Rapper Killer Mike (aka Mike Bigga) and music photographer Shannon McCollum are two of the featured panelists.

Our distinguished panelists will question, comment and dialogue about the popularization of certain trends and social behaviors celebrated within black male culture such as "saggin." We will discuss the inherent social commentary made by this fashion statement as well as the proliferation of celebrated negative behaviors within black male youth culture.

Call for price. 8-11 p.m. (panel discussion @ 9) Sat., May 1. Get This! Gallery, 662 11th St.

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Thursday, March 4, 2010

They Might Be Giants' 10 best songs 'for kids'

Posted By on Thu, Mar 4, 2010 at 2:16 AM

They Might Be Giants has spent the better part of 25 years crafting such peppy, compact little pop songs that it seems redundant to segregate their tunes recorded specifically for children from the rest of their songbook. Nevertheless, they've cultivated a dedicated following over the past decade for the kid stuff, and their Variety Playhouse gig March 5-6 features both a Friday night show for ages 14 and up and a family show at 2 p.m. Saturday. In compiling this list (which loosely goes in chronological order), I decided to include tunes with educational value that weren't on their children's recordings. I also avoided deceptively upbeat tunes like their classic "Particle Man," which starts like a riff on the old "Spider-man" song but works in TMBG's sardonic streak with lines like "Is a depressed, or is he a mess? Does he feel totally worthless?"

1. "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)," (Flood). They Might Be Giants incessantly catchy cover of The Four Lads' nonsensical novelty song from 1953 became one of the bands' biggest hits. This musical geographic footnote also helped introduce TMBG to young listeners when "Tiny Toon Adventures" animated a cartoon version of the song (that is, incidentally, a zillion times better than the song's official music video, although Craig Ferguson's lip-sync is pretty fun). "Tiny Toons'" "Particle Man" isn't bad, either.

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Friday, August 21, 2009

CL music picks for the weekend

Posted By on Fri, Aug 21, 2009 at 4:56 PM

Adrian Belew Power Trio performs at Smith's Olde Bar Sat., Aug. 22.
  • Adrian Belew Power Trio performs at Smith's Olde Bar Sat., Aug. 22.


ATTENTION SYSTEM, PROMISE DECEMBER, SATELLITE DISTRICT This solid lineup features three of Atlanta’s top electro-indie-rock acts. Attention System’s synth-driven bombast makes for an explosively energetic live show. Promise December and Satellite District add a bit of ‘80s new romantic gothicism and melodrama, recalling the likes of David Bowie, the Cure, and Love and Rockets.

$5-$7. 9 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. 404-870-0575. — Jonathan Williams

THEE CRUCIALS, MONDO TOPLESS, THE F’N HEARTBREAKS Duck-walking garage-rock outlaws Thee Crucials “Can’t Sit Still,” kicking a hot-footed surfabilly two-step over driving organs and an overflowing beat. For 17 years, Mondo Topless has exploited racing Farfisas and guitar reverb in service of explosive ‘60s rawk.

$7. 9 p.m. Star Bar. 404-681-9018. — Chris Parker

GWINNETT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Family-friendly pops concert on the green, featuring the unique beats of Atlanta-based, all-female percussion group Chix with Stix (Lisa Angert Morris, Lisa Gillespie, Karen Hunt, Olivia Kieffer and Courtney McDonald).

Free. 7 p.m. Duluth Amphitheater, Duluth City Park. 770-925-8900. — Mark Gresham


ADRIAN BELEW POWER TRIO The King Crimson guitarist tours behind his first studio release with Eric and Julie Slick, the young brother-and-sister rhythm section. Expect new material with a smattering of “hits” from his 30-plus-years career as solo artist and sideman to an eclectic roster of acts that spans Zappa, Bowie, Talking Heads and Nine Inch Nails.

$20. 8 p.m. Smith’s Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. — Hal Horowitz

ATLANTA HARMONY CELEBRATION Barbershop harmonies abound with this Lawrenceville-based women's chorus, directed by Kathy Stone, as with their guests Georgia Young Men's Ensemble and the UpFront Quartet.

$8, 2:30 p.m. show; $12, 7 p.m. show. Red Clay Theatre. 770-621-2602. — MG


BIG & RICH, CRAIG MORGAN, LOVE & THEFT, BOMBSHEL For a while, B&R was the biggest thing in the business, and their blending of country, rock and hick-hop was quite unique. A yearlong break may have invigorated the duo, or killed the buzz. Three openers.

$19-$49. 7 p.m. Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. 404-733-5010. — JK

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Friday, June 6, 2008

Don't miss: Jaspects and Chantae Cann

Posted By on Fri, Jun 6, 2008 at 7:29 PM

Arguably Atlanta's most versatile band, hip-hop/jazz heads Jaspects will unveil new music tonight at Sugarhill. Show starts at 9:30 p.m.


But get there early. You don't want to miss opening act, Chantae Cann. Her voice sounds like butter, baby.

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