Archive for April, 2010

CD Review: Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers — Agridustrial; Playing The EARL May 8

CD Review: Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers — Agridustrial; Playing The EARL May 8

[ 0 ] April 13, 2010 |

Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers Agridustrial By Eileen Tilson Known for their ability to shake redneck country, punk, and hillbilly blues into a whiskey-infused shot of sin, Nashville-based Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers are back with their release of Agridustrial on their own Colonel Knowledge Records.  The band comes back guns blazing with just a few changes […]

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Atlanta’s Dogwood Festival – April 16, 17 and 18

Atlanta’s Dogwood Festival – April 16, 17 and 18

[ 0 ] April 13, 2010 |

The sun is shinning, feet are flip-flopping and the pollen count has reached new levels of ridiculous. Atlanta, it’s springtime! With the wonderful warm weathered season comes the first outdoor festival of the year that doesn’t require sitting under heat lamps – the 74th Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival. Aside from the tasty treats, adult beverages […]

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Live Review & Picture Book: The Temper Trap @ The Loft, April 9

Live Review & Picture Book: The Temper Trap @ The Loft, April 9

[ 2 ] April 12, 2010 |

By Eileen Tilson; photos by Patricia Smith With the constant spinning of “Sweet Disposition” on the radio, it was not surprising to walk into The Loft on Friday, and hear the ticket girl proclaim that The Temper Trap‘s show was “officially” sold out. It was wall to wall people in the smoky Loft, as Danish […]

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CD Review: Jeff Beck — Emotion and Commotion; Playing Chastain Park Amphitheatre, June 11

CD Review: Jeff Beck — Emotion and Commotion; Playing Chastain Park Amphitheatre, June 11

[ 2 ] April 12, 2010 |

Jeff Beck Emotion and Commotion Atco By Al Kaufman Jeff Beck loves and respects the guitar too much to just hack out albums when he does not feel inspired. While other guitar legends, such as Eric Clapton or B.B. King, are content to rehash old material or team up with upstarts to put out new […]

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CD Review: Everybody Was In The French Resistance … Now! – Fixin’ the Charts Vol. 1; Playing The EARL May 17

CD Review: Everybody Was In The French Resistance … Now! – Fixin’ the Charts Vol. 1; Playing The EARL May 17

[ 0 ] April 12, 2010 |

Everybody Was In The French Resistance … Now! Fixin’ the Charts Vol. 1 By Jennifer Gibson Art Brut’s Eddie Argos and his girlfriend Dyan Valdes of The Blood Arm may have made one of the most intellectually-stimulating records in recent memory. Stimulating, that is, for music geeks. For everyone else, it’s just one of the […]

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CD Review: Evelyn Evelyn – Evelyn Evelyn

CD Review: Evelyn Evelyn – Evelyn Evelyn

[ 0 ] April 9, 2010 |

Evelyn Evelyn Evelyn Evelyn Eleven Records By Al Kaufman Thankfully, nobody on the planet flies their freak flag higher than Amanda Palmer, and even she needed to find a longer pole for her latest endeavor, Evelyn Evelyn; ukulele-playing conjoined twins who share “three legs, two arms, two hearts, three lungs, and a single liver.” Palmer, a […]

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Live Review & Picture Book: Janelle Monáe and The 54 @ Smith’s Olde Bar, April 6

Live Review & Picture Book: Janelle Monáe and The 54 @ Smith’s Olde Bar, April 6

[ 2 ] April 9, 2010 |

Review & photos by Micah McLain Janelle Monáe and the rest of the Wondaland Arts Society took over Smith’s Olde Bar this week in order to preview both halves of her soon-to-be-released album, The Archandroid. As soon as you stepped into the upstairs room at Smith’s for the second half preview on Tuesday night, you […]

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CD Review: When You’re Strange: A Film About the Doors — Soundtrack

CD Review: When You’re Strange: A Film About the Doors — Soundtrack

[ 1 ] April 8, 2010 |

Soundtrack When You’re Strange: A Film About the Doors Rhino By Al Kaufman Jim Morrison will not die. Almost 30 years after his death, the rock and roll shaman still holds many a follower in his drunken sway. By the time he died in Paris in 1971, he was a bloated, alcoholic, ragamuffin, whose poetry […]

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CD Review: Gift Horse — Mountain of Youth

CD Review: Gift Horse — Mountain of Youth

[ 1 ] April 8, 2010 |

Gift Horse Mountain of Youth By Alec Wooden In many ways, Athens-based Gift Horse began the push behind its debut full-length, Mountain of Youth, with the odds stacked against them. Gift Horse has become something of a must-see on a local and semi-regional level, developing a worth of mouth buzz with a distinctive brand of […]

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CD Review: Nneka — Concrete Jungle; Playing The Tabernacle, June 12 with Nas and Damien Marley

CD Review: Nneka — Concrete Jungle; Playing The Tabernacle, June 12 with Nas and Damien Marley

[ 0 ] April 8, 2010 |

Nneka Concrete Jungle Epic/Decon By Jim Simpson Hope. Love. Peace. Political awareness. Passion. Intelligence. Singer-songwriter Nneka exudes all these things and much more. With the release of Concrete Jungle, her U.S. debut, she’s been touted as the next big thing, despite having critical success in Europe since 2007, and drawing high praise from critics and […]

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Q&A with Sharon Jones; Playing Center Stage, May 13

Q&A with Sharon Jones; Playing Center Stage, May 13

[ 0 ] April 7, 2010 |

A Soul Survivor: Sharon Jones on her new album, touring philosophy and why she’s not retro at all By Alec Wooden A word to the wise: don’t say the “r” word to Sharon Jones. That word, of course, is “retro.” Oh, and I wouldn’t recommend “revivalist,” either. Those are the two most common words used […]

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CD Review: The Temper Trap — Conditions; Playing The Loft, April 9

CD Review: The Temper Trap — Conditions; Playing The Loft, April 9

[ 0 ] April 7, 2010 |

The Temper Trap Conditions By Eileen Tilson Apparently there is more to Australia than Vegemite and AC/DC. Out of Melbourne comes The Temper Trap sailing high above the kangaroos and kuala bears, setting their sites on the U2-like dreams of grandeur. With their debut album, Conditions, music producer Jeff Abbiss, (Artic Monkeys’, Editors, Kasabian) cleverly […]

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CD Review: Dommin — Love Is Gone; Playing Center Stage May 3

CD Review: Dommin — Love Is Gone; Playing Center Stage May 3

[ 0 ] April 7, 2010 |

Dommin Love Is Gone Roadrunner By Al Kaufman With the Twilight series so popular for the teenage girls, it seems to only make sense that goth-rock make a pitch for them as well. And Kristofer Dommin, the force behind Dommin, is the perfect poster child for the cause. With his pretty boy looks, lovelorn attitude, […]

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CD Review: Ken Will Morton — True Grit

CD Review: Ken Will Morton — True Grit

[ 0 ] April 7, 2010 |

Ken Will Morton True Grit By Alec Wooden For those that follow the regional folk/songwriter circuit, here’s the least surprising sentence of 2010: Ken Will Morton’s got a new record out. Here’s the second least surprising: True Grit, the newest product from the Athens, Ga. workaholic, is yet another satisfying step forward in the catalog […]

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Atlanta Film Festival Opening Gala to Feature Stanley Nelson’s “Freedom Riders,” April 15

Atlanta Film Festival Opening Gala to Feature Stanley Nelson’s “Freedom Riders,” April 15

[ 0 ] April 6, 2010 |

The Atlanta Film Festival is one of those gems that can be easily forgotten in the giddiness of the first signs of spring warmth. Yet it features some amazing creations as well as thrilling guests. The festival kicks off this year with a screening of Stanley Nelson’s Freedom Riders, a phenomenal piece of work about […]

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