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There is some anticipation regarding Caroline Herring and her upcoming appearance at Smith's Olde Bar on Tuesday, November 4th in support of the Wellspring album. More info at  

Grammy nominee and neo-soul goddess Meshell Ndegeocello is hitting the road to drum up business for her new release Comfort Woman (Warner Bros). She is co-headlining with Soulive. The Atlanta date is Thursday, October 30th at Variety Playhouse. 

Mason Jennings will play at Smith's on Friday, November 14th. Last year he released Century Spring on his own label Architect Records, and he tours almost constantly. Worth checking out.


Excellent double bill coming up at the Echo Lounge on Tuesday, November 25th: Damien Jurado and Rosie Thomas.The NME describes Jurado as "the Raymond Carver of U.S. singer-songwriters" and Thomas is simply amazing.

Howard Tate's record Rediscovered has been nominated in 3 Grammy Categories. Rediscovered, was written and produced by the legendary talent and Atlanta resident Jerry Ragovoy, and marks the comeback of Howard after a 30 year absence in the music business. Howard is managed by Atlanta based Simon Horrocks, who's other artists include The Crazy Anglos and Blue Epic.

The Bibles will be playing CJ's Landing on Saturday, November 1st, along with Endochine, who are making quite a bit of noise over in Texas and recently did a showcase for major label bigwigs.

On Monday, October 20th, Vinyl (1374 West Peachtree St.) will host the Dynamic Producer Fall Tour, featuring panels for musicians and DJs on industry access and business management, as well as networking with established producers and songwriters. Go to for details and registration.

The Cash Brothers are out supporting the superb A Brand New Night (Zoe), appearing at the Red Light Cafe on November 14th. Written and produced entirely by brothers Andrew and Peter, the album is a nice mix of hooks, jangly guitars and melodic harmonies, presented without fuss or unnecessary embellishments. And no, they're not related to Johnny or Rosanne.

The Atlanta City Council is considering changing the laws that allow restaurants and nightclubs to stay open until 4:00 a.m. They now want to shut everyone down at 2:00 a.m. A move like this would seriously hurt the city's music industry that rely on later opening hours for its flourishing music scene. CALL, PROTEST, yell, scream. EMAIL the MAYOR NOW! Save your clubs!! PEOPLE of the night UNITE!

They need to hear not just from bar owners, but from customers and business's as well. Please take the time to e-mail your City Council representative and the Mayor. The link to the Atlanta city council's page is: If you don't know who your representative is, there is a helpful map and contact info to help you figure it out. If you live outside the city limits but still enjoy coming to the city from time to time, email Council President Cathy Woolard at:

Los Straitjackets have a new album out, Supersonic Guitars in 3-D (Yep Roc), and they also appear on Chicago bluesman Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater's new release, Rock 'n' Roll City (Alligator). Both acts will appear at the Echo Lounge on Halloween night, October 31st.

A good double bill, Stellastarr** and the Raveonettes, playing October 9th at the Echo Lounge. Both bands have very worthy albums out right now.

Willy Porter is a powerful singer and acoustic guitar player who is appearing at the Red Light Cafe in Midtown on Friday, September 26th at 8.30pm. This guy knows his way around a twelve-string, and judging from his High Wire Live album, (Six Degrees) it should be well worth attending.

October 23rd will see the return of the superb Gillian Welch to Variety Playhouse. The eclectic songstress is touring in support of Soul Journey, released on her own label, Acony Records.

Memphis pop/rock quartet Ingram Hill will perform an 18+ show at Vinyl (1374 W. Peachtree) on Thursday, October 23rd. Doors open at 7.00pm and showtime is at 9. Tickets are $10. The Clarks & Pseudopod are also on the bill. For more info call 404-885-9198 or go to The band's sophomore release, June's Picture Show (Traveler Records) was produced by Dick Beato at Tree Recording in Atlanta and should be out by the time they get here.


There is considerable buzz about Scout Niblett and her I Am debut release on the Secretly Canadian label. She will perform at the Village Lounge in East Atlanta on October 18th during the IMG Music Festival. The previous day, Niblett will be at the Tasty World in Athens.

Veteran troubadour Steve Forbert will play a solo set at Eddie's Attic in Decatur on Friday, October 3rd. This is strongly recommended to those who have never seen him in action. He is plugging a new album called Any Old Time (Koch). Note: This is an early show, starting at 7.00pm, and will cost you all of $12.00.

Cadillac Jones have just signed to the North Carolina record label Harmonized Records. Their first release will be the bands new record "Junk In The Trunk" and should be in stores soon. The band also inked a deal with Pabst Blue Ribbon which should ensure complete debauchery. The band play Smiths on 9/24 and the EARL on 10/4

The Chemical Brothers have started work on a new album. Their career retrospective album, which is due out Septmeber 22nd, will feature two new songs that will definitely indicate which direction these lads are taking.

The Fall Quest 03 Festival takes place Saturday, September 27th and will featuring a few local bands such as; Red Letter Agent, Pacifico, and Riverside Drive. You get 20 bands for 20 bucks. You can check it out at

Be sure to check out "Just For Erica" - Supermatic, Swagger, and The Bibles are playing a benefit Saturday September 13th at Vinyl. Tickets are only $10.00 each with all proceeds going to Erica Rutherford's (who passed away last March) family to help with the medical bills. Erica was a big local music fan as well as a great photographer...she fought a 2 year battle with cancer and is sorely missed. For more info visit

Recommended show: Dodd Ferrelle & The Tinfoil Stars will appear at the Echo Lounge this Friday, September 5th at 10:00pm. Curtis Crowe from Pylon is playing drums with Dodd at this gig. Tiffany Anastasia Lowe and Bill Mallonee are also on the bill.

Vagrant Records is releasing the new Paul Westerberg album, Come Feel Me Tremble on October 21st. It has 14 tracks and includes a cover of Jackson Browne's 'These Days.'

The Corb Lund Band is playing two Atlanta gigs on the same day, September 14th: 1.00pm at The Earl's "Sunday Dunch" and 8.30pm at The Star Bar. Their album, Five Dollar Bill (Stony Plain) was released in March and was produced by Harry Stinson, who usually twiddles the knobs for Steve Earle.

One of the best independent record stores in Atlanta, Ella Guru CDs & Music in Toco Hills, is about to become bigger and better: Owner Don Radcliffe is planning to expand the size of the place and will add more listening stations, but will continue to focus on non-mainstream releases and artists that deserve attention. Why shop at Best Buy?

You may have noticed that Polyphonic Spree song 'Light and Day' in the VW / iPod commercial on television. Well, it turns out that the rest of the album is pretty good too! It's called The Beginning Stages of... (Hollywood Records) and Billboard magazine called it "a strange, transfixing audio drug." The Dallas-based choral ensemble has a second album already in the can, coming out in February. A North American tour begins this month, arriving at the Variety Playhouse on the 24th, with The Starlight Mints opening the

TravisSony Music has announced the September 29th release of a new Travis single called Re-Offender, featuring songs from their forthcoming album. It's produced by Tchad Blake along with the band. No word yet on a tour.

Shure announced the opening of the 2003 Shure Musical Roots Contest on, the third annual event featuring a contest, concert, and cause celebrating the inspiration behind the music. This year, Shure’s annual Roots contest takes on a new twist by awarding the grand prize winner the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform as the opening act for a well-known headlining artist at the Shure Musical Roots benefit concert in Anaheim, CA on January 16, 2004. To participate, Shure is calling on amateur musicians to submit an original music composition, along with a brief essay about the decade and genre of music that most represents the source of the entrant’s inspiration by October 31, 2003. In addition to the trip to perform at the Roots benefit concert, the grand prize winner will also receive $5000 in Shure gear (retail value) and a cover story in On Tour with Shure magazine. Five runner-ups will win a KSM27 studio microphone and a pair of E2 earphones. Contest entries can be submitted online in MP3 format, or by mail on a CD or cassette.

October 7th is the release date for Howie Day's second album, Stop All The World Now (Epic). It's produced by Youth, (The Verve, Crowded House, Dido) and mixed by Michael Brauer (Coldplay, David Gray, Starsailor), Chris Lord-Alge (Goo Goo Dolls, Shawn Mullins, Eric Clapton), and Clive Goddard (Sneaker Pimps, Marianne Faithful). With all that pedigree on board, it better be good.

On October 21st, DJ Wally makes his Blue Series debut with Nothing Stays the Same, featuring not just your usual breakbeats, but it's got your trad jazz as well. Groovy, man. The superb Rodney Crowell puts out his 11th album, Fate's Right Hand (Epic) on August 26th and will play at Variety Playhouse on September 14th. If you care at all about songwriting, buy the album and go to the show.

Athens band The Possibilities now have new videos and MP3s on their website Way Out is the most recent album, and since then they have ammased an absurd amount of unreleased material, somewhere around 20 CDs worth. Anyone that prolific deserves at least a second glance.

The weekend of September 12th - 14th is the date of the first annual Cabbagetown Park Fund Festival. The Festival sponsored by 97 Estoria and the Sorted Group, will kick off Friday night with a bike parade and tattoo show. The main day, Saturday, will feature bands (A Fir Ju Well and Cadillac Jones already confirmed) and DJ's in the parking lot of 97 Estoria, followed by a mimosa brunch on Sunday. The Festival aims to raise over $5000 towards the upkeep of the Cabbagetown Park. For more information contact Anton at 97 Estoria (404) 522-0966 or Iain at Sorted (404) 394-3446.

The BellRays will return to Atlanta next month, playing at the Echo Lounge on September 23rd. They are supporting Raw Collection (Uppercut) and will preview their upcoming release The Red White & Black. Opening the show will be The Flash Express who have been described as "sweat drenched, sunglasses-at-night punk/soul scorch with an unrelenting bootie-shaking beat." Their debut CD is Introducing the Dynamite Sound of The Flash Express (Hit It Now! Records) with the LP version coming out on Uppercut any day now.

Trailer BrideAlso returning to town is Trailer Bride, playing at the Earl on September 6th and putting out a new album on the 23rd called Hope is a Thing With Feathers (Bloodshot). Rockpile described this band as "off-kilter...surreal." Full details about the gig at .

Borialis, whose Capitol debut What You Thought You Heard comes out next year, will play at the Hi Fi Buys Amphitheatre as part of the Sprite Liquid Mix Tour on August 29th.

Danish duo The Raveonettes - Sharin Foo and Sune Rose Wagner - follow up their well-received EP from last year with a full album, Chain Gang of Love, on September 2nd, from Columbia Records. The label also announced an extensive U.S. tour that hits the Echo Lounge on October 9th.

On August 19th, Damone will play at the Cotton Club, along with Hey Mercedes and Sense Field. Fresh off the Warped Tour, the band is getting attention for its "new-wave abandon and skate-punk frivolity." Their RCA debut, From The Attic, came out in May and Rolling Stone gave it a 3-star review.

The Florida Music Festival returns to Orlando next April, and is similar in many ways to our just concluded Atlantis. Bands and DJs are encouraged to sign up. Full details at

Dreamworks Records is touting a band called Living Things, and they usually know what they're talking about. The Austin Chronicle raved about their "deft balance of rage and complexity." See what the fuss is about at the Cotton Club on August 18th. The debut release Black Skies in Broad Daylight will be out early next year.

This Friday, August 8th, local lad Mark Wiggins will debut his album Droppin' The Reigns at the Red Light Cafe (553 Amsterdam Ave). "Great guy, great musician" says fan Ali Bracken, and we'll take her word for it. With song titles like 'Too Old to Breakdance' and 'When I Get Thru to Emmylou' it should at least be an interesting set.

Also on Friday the 8th, Liz Phair will play at On the Bricks downtown. Her self-titled fourth album and the single from it, 'Why Can't I' are both getting nationwide attention.

The First Annual Little Five Points Film and Music Madness (F.A.M.M.) will be held on November 15th, and the organizers are seeking submissions by musicians and filmmakers. The address to send them to is PO BOX 5734, Atlanta, GA. 31107. There is no fee required. The preferable format for films is mini dv tapes or dvd. They don't want any pilots, just short films. For more film-related info, call Kiona 404-243-7892. For more information on music submissions, contact Chase at 404-849-8023 or Tamra at 404-840-6875.

Those Legendary Shack Shakers return to the area with two dates this week: first, on Wednesday, August 6th, they will play at the Caledonia Lounge (256 West Clayton St) in Athens. Call 706-549-5577 or go to Doors open at 10:30pm and it's only 6 bucks for those over 21 and $5 for younger folks. Then on Thursday the 7th, the band comes to Atlanta and plays at the Echo Lounge (551 Flat Shoals Ave). Call 404-681-3600 or hit . It's an 18+ show, $8 at 9pm, with the aforementioned Jason Mathus & His Knockdown Society and Sonaramic Commando opening. The Shakers' album is Cockadoodledont (Bloodshot).

September 17th is the confirmed date for the Dandy Warhols to play at the Cotton Club. Their fourth album, Welcome To The Monkey House, (Capitol) released on August 19th, features producer Tony Visconti of David Bowie and T Rex fame. Speaking of Bowie, the Dandy Warhols will open for him on his upcoming European tour, which starts on October 7th in Copenhagen and ends on November 26th at London's Wembley Arena. The album takes its title from a Kurt Vonnegut book. The band also appears on Conan O'Brien's rather amusing telecast on August 14th.

Slide guitarist Dave Hole will be showing off at Blind Willie's (828 North Highland Ave.) on August 27th to promote The Live One (Alligator) which is, of course, his new live album. He is quite something to behold, apparently.

First impressions of Atlantis: Kyler England at Dailey's on Saturday night was particularly interesting. She usually plays with a full band, but told me she couldn't afford to bring them all from New York. No matter. Just a guitar and her voice were enough. Check out the album A Flower Grows In Stone (Gypsy Rock) at her website . Other good Atlantis shows were by Athenaeum, Sunday Munich and Gwen Hughes, plus a private performance by Joe Stark in a tiny upstairs room at the Dark Horse. Less impressive were David Roland, Brandy Rich and Endochine.

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Chemical Brothers
'Singles 93-03'
Astralwerks, September 22nd
Countrysides (Imusic)Oct. 14th.
Leona Naess
Leona Naess (Geffen) Late Sept.
Galactivation (CyberOctave) Fall Release
Bela Fleck & The Flecktones
Little World (Columbia) Out Now
Motion City Soundtrack
I Am The Movie (Epitaph) Fall Release
The Weakerthans
Reconstruction Site (Epitaph) Out Now
Up The Dose (RCA) Oct.7th
Janis Ian Live - Working Without a Net (Oh Boy) Fall Release

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