Friday, July 15, 2016

Drivin' n' Cryin play a two-night stand at Smith's

Posted By on Fri, Jul 15, 2016 at 3:42 PM

Georgia's well-traveled native sons, Drivin' n' Cryin'. - CARLTON FREEMAN
  • Carlton Freeman
  • Georgia's well-traveled native sons, Drivin' n' Cryin'.

There are still lingering signs of Drivin’ n’ Cryin’s run of mainstream success in the late '80s and early '90s. Many longtime fans fell in love with the band watching them open high-profile gigs for the likes of R.E.M., and it’s not unusual to hear “Fly Me Courageous” or “Straight to Hell” on classic rock radio. That said, the band has survived two decades without a record deal by being much more than a nostalgia act. Kevn Kenny and crew have taken a approach grassroots to performing live, playing in 54 different Georgia cities and towns over the years. Homecoming shows at intimate venues help maintain goodwill as well, including a two-night stand at Smith’s Olde Bar that kicks off tonight.

Drivin' n' Cryin' plays Smith's Olde Bar (the Music Room) with Raelin Nelson (Fri., Juy 15) and the Travelin’ Kine (Sat., July 16). $27-$32.8:30 p.m. Smith’s Olde Bar (the Music Room), 1578 Piedmont Ave. 404-875-1522.www.smithsoldebar.com.

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The A List: 10 shows to hit up this weekend (July 15-17)

Posted By on Fri, Jul 15, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Book of Colors plays Eddie's Attic on Saturday with Ruby Velle - MATTHEW SMITH/SHADOWBOXER PHOTOGRAPHY
  • Matthew Smith/Shadowboxer Photography
  • Book of Colors plays Eddie's Attic on Saturday with Ruby Velle

What's going on this weekend? Schoolboy Q, of course, is performing at the Masquerade tonight (Fri., July 15) — though that show's sold out now. As is XXYYXX at Terminal West. If you need some other options, peruse the list below. Saturday night seems like the night to beat: Local favorites Twin Studies headline a kick-ass shoegaze bill at 529, Athens indie-rockers Dead Neighbors make their first appearance in Atlanta at the Mammal Gallery, and the EARL hosts a mostly-local grind/powerviolence bill (Manhunt from Australia also plays).

Friday, July 15
Trash Talk, In The Whale, BLXPTLN, Divine Interface @ The EARL. 9 p.m. $3-$10.
(RSVP for $3 admission.)
Steve Gunn, Spacin @ Eddie's Attic. 7 p.m. $12-$14.
Anna Wise & Sonnymoon, RBTS Win, 10th Letter w/ DJ sets from Thrice Groove @ Aisle 5. 9 p.m. $10-$12.
Mike Adams At His Honest Weight, Curt Castle (mem. Reptar, Shampoo, Semicircle), Enterrobang, Elvation, Freddie Fuego @ The Mammal Gallery. 9 p.m. $5 suggested donation.

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Friday, June 17, 2016

The A List: 10 shows to hit up this weekend (June 17-19)

Posted By on Fri, Jun 17, 2016 at 1:43 PM

Gentlemen Jesse plays the Earl on Saturday - JOEFF DAVIS
  • Joeff Davis
  • Gentlemen Jesse plays the Earl on Saturday
What's going on this weekend? Arrested Development graces Oakland Cemetery's for this year's Tunes From The Tombs, Beat Beat Beat and Gentlemen Jesse play a benefit for Sonny Vincent, and "Weird Al" plays the Fox on Sunday! And, of course, many more — peruse below.

Friday, June 17
Twin Studies, Floral Print, Tired Magic, Newark Wilder @ Hill St. House. $3. 8:30 p.m.
PUP, Rozwell Kid, Pkew Pkew Pkew @ Masquerade (Purgatory). 7 p.m. $12.
Starbenders, Chalaxy, COEDS, Rad-Isuaraus Rex @ the Drunken Unicorn. 9 p.m. $8.*
*This show is all ages.
Chuck Inglish, 4-IZE, Allen Thomas, Jabbar of LHB, Divine Interface @ Aisle 5. 9 p.m. $15.
Lindi Ortega, Me and Molly @ Eddie's Attic. 7 p.m. $13-17.

Sat., June 18
Gentlemen Jesse, Beat Beat Beat, Dinos Boys @ the Earl. 10 p.m. $12.*
*This is a benefit show for Sonny Vincent.
Tunes From The Tombs ft. Arrested Development, Atlanta Funk Society, Adron, Rod Hamdallah, James Hall, HeaveN Beatbox. 1 p.m. $15-100.

Sun. June 19
Little Tybee, Book of Colors, Sydney Eloise & The Palms @ Park Tavern. 7 p.m. Free.
Hivelords, set and setting, KR'RTH, Hot Ram @ the Earl. 7:30 p.m. $8.
"Weird Al" Yankovic @ Fox Theatre. 7:30 p.m. $46-76.

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'Perfectly Broken' is Robert Burke Warren's almost true musical novel

Posted By on Fri, Jun 17, 2016 at 12:20 PM

  • Courtesy Robert Warren Burke
Atlanta-raised New York transplant Robert Burke Warren’s debut novel, Perfectly Broken (Story Plant, 270 pages), is filled with all of the elements a musician and wordsmith should muster when telling a good story: sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll. Drawing loosely on his own life experiences as a stay at home father and professional musician, Warren, now 51, has created a contemporary fable that hits home on many levels: frustrations of fleeting musical stardom, creative competition, existential angst, aging, parenting, and a bit of erotica. Perfectly Broken is both believable and relatable, and given his history in the Atlanta and national music business, quite insightful.

Protagonist Grant Kelly's story is somewhat parallel to Warren's, as the vivid descriptions of his journey capture a plethora of shared human experiences. From playing bass with RuPaul’s band Wee Wee Pole to embracing a singer/songwriter aesthetic and performing children’s music as Uncle Rock, Warren has kept his musical chops sharp. Perfectly Broken is one more extension of his creativity.

At the root of Warren's drive is a friendship that he cherishes with his dear friend and longtime musical cohort Todd Butler who passed away in 2004. “It all started with Todd,” Warren says, “that’s where I learned what it is about being a musician that draws people to you. His courage was contagious, and it is important to be around people who inspire you.”

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

6 must-see acts at the 2016 Atlanta Jazz Festival (in 140 characters or less)

Posted By on Tue, May 24, 2016 at 12:14 PM

Gregory Porter - SHAWN PETERS
  • Shawn Peters
  • Gregory Porter

If you’re not a hardcore jazz head, navigating the 2016 Atlanta Jazz Festival — which features more than 30 acts performing in Piedmont Park May 27-29 — can be a daunting task. To aid festival attendees in the search for choice sounds, here's a quick-and-dirty list of six must-see artists (each in 140 characters or less) set to appear across the festival's three stages. Take a look, listen, and plan accordingly.

Friday, May 27
Joi: Her music skews more toward rock/soul, but Joi’s an iconic, ATL-bred singer with a bombastic style that even jazz purists need to see. 9 p.m., Main Stage

Sat., May 28
Camila Meza Quartet: Chilean-born, New York-based singer/songwriter Camila Meza’s tender, guitar-driven songs cross linguistic and musical borders. 1:30 p.m., International Stage

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Flaky Niece Fest II brings out rising talent for a cause

Posted By on Fri, May 13, 2016 at 10:31 AM

  • Photo curtesy Matt Jones

In 2015, rising post-punk songwriter Yancey Ballard launched the Flaky Niece Fest as both a showcase of young underground talent, and as tongue-in-cheek poke at the Shaky Knees Festival.

Tonight (Fri. May 13), Flaky Niece II takes over the Drunken Unicorn for a two-night stand with an assist from Irrelevant Music promoter Kyle Swick.

Swick sees Flaky Niece as an “opportunity to showcase Atlanta's vibrant and diverse local music scene, while keeping tickets affordable for people of all incomes.”

With a suggested donation of $10 at the door, it’s a budget -priced round-up with no shortage of new music to check out. The lineup features a mix of burgeoning local bands, from the high energy art-punk and rekindled new wave sounds of Warehouse and Sea Ghost to the R&B and hip-hop inflections of Yani Mo and Mad Ace. The acts on the bill reflect the way Swick perceives the city: “There are humans of all backgrounds, genders, orientations, etc, making great art in our city. Flaky Niece is a place for all types of people, and all types of music.”

Donation taken at the door help pay off hospital bills for Matt Jones, a fixture of the Atlanta art and music scene who was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer called Burkitt's Lymphoma. Although Swick has met him only once, he remembers “How kind he was, and how peaceful his demeanor. It honestly just felt good to be around him, and our meeting stuck with me long after that day.”

Flaky Niece Fest II: A Benefit for Matt Jones Fri. May 13 and Sat. May 14. With Slang, Man Up, Yancey, Sea Ghost, Femignome, Yani Mo, Mad Ace, Warehouse, Shepherds, Quetzal Snakes, Sonic Panic, Heavy Eyes, and Rlly Srry. $10 (suggested donation). 8 p.m. 736 Ponce De Leon Ave. S.E. www.thedrunkenunicorn.com.

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Friday, March 18, 2016

Blackfox: Gothic Americana emerges with a growl

Posted By on Fri, Mar 18, 2016 at 12:55 PM

As original music gets more difficult to peg with the usual genre signifiers, the challenge to accurately describe what one is hearing gets a bit dicey. Blackfox, an Atlanta band comprised of veterans of the community, pretty much defies any specific labels, while touching on so many in unique ways. Singer/guitarist Stacey Cargal honed his chops in Myssouri and Viva La Diva, drummer Mitchell Sosebee was in seminal Atlanta punk band Lipstick Stains and more recently has twanged it up with Lindsay Rakers, and bassist Ryan Taylor shared the stage with Pineal Ventana and weaklazyliar. Together, the trio (along with some guest instrumentalists) bring their vast local music history to the mix, and the product is quite a compound. Ranging from hard rocking, almost punk bombast, gentle acoustic driven ballads, and psych-ambient rambles, the newly released, limited edition, self-titled vinyl LP (Somerset Sound) delivers an intriguing collection of tunes, each one daring, challenging, and played with the confidence that is developed from years in the trenches. At times as sinister as black metal, but then shifting to more melodic and palatable tone, Blackfox maintains an edge that keeps the listener on edge, while providing an entertaining and satisfying experience.

Blackfox plays an album release Party at Smith's Olde Bar on Sat., March 19. $8. 8:30 p.m. With Kenny Howes and the Wow! and Dot22. 1578 Piedmont Ave. N.E. 404-875-1522. www.smithsoldebar.com.

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Big Medicine Festival celebrates Southern artists

Posted By on Fri, Mar 18, 2016 at 11:01 AM


Brother Hawk’s Big Medicine Festival continues a growing tradition this weekend, bringing like-minded artists to the East Atlanta Village. The hosts will perform alongside two of the Peach State’s best Southern rock bands, Stonerider and Radiolucent. The rest of the lineup brings different sounds to the table, from Big Jesus’ heavier post-hardcore approach to Frosted Orange’s (ex-Noot d’ Noot) psychedelic funk-punk with a side of Sun Ra.

In addition to the bands, vendors Well Fed, Crooked Creek Holler, Going Snake Silver, and Warhorse Workshop will be selling clothing, jewelry, and other specialty items.

Brother Hawk, Stonerider, Big Jesus, Radiolucent, Old Heavy Hands, Frosted Orange, Good Night Alive, and Bad Moods play the third annual Big Medicine Festival on Sat., Mar. 19. $15. 4 p.m. 1245 Glenwood Ave. 404-622-8686. www.basementatl.com.

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Friday, March 11, 2016

Win tickets to Hammerhead Fest V

Posted By on Fri, Mar 11, 2016 at 9:55 AM


Craving a weekend of punk and metal madness? Look no further than A. Rippin Production's Hammerhead Fest V, March 11-12 at the Star Bar. Festivities kick off tonight, with a rare appearance by local shit stirrers the Vaginas and a headlining set by Detroit's Goddamn Gallows. Saturday is highlighted by Northeastern thrashers Ramming Speed, and Atlanta metal standouts Sadistic Ritual and Death of Kings.

The folks at Baby Robot Media are giving away a pair of weekend passes. All you need to do is comment with the correct answer to this novice-level Atlanta metal trivia question: What label issued Death of Kings' "Knifehammer" 7-inch?

Good luck!

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