Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Musical Vacation.

First off, do you like Van Morrison? How can you not? He's Van the Man! Anyways, there's this charity thing at Blind Willie's tomorrow night, where Greg Hester will be playing with Caravan (get the song reference there?). It's a Van Morrison Tribute of sorts, and I am going to be there, because like I've said before, Thursday is the new Friday, and I've heard this guy sing and he is a dead ringer for ole Van.

Okay, now for a little mini-vacation from the United States to our lovely neighbors to the north: Canada. A friend of mine mixed me a little CD with a bunch of Canadian artists on it, and I have to tell you, I'm jealous I don't live there and have this kind of awesomeness readily available to me. Thinking back, some of my favorite artists in the States are actually from Canada, like Metric, Broken Social Scene, Alanis Morissette, Barenaked Ladies, Our Lady Peace, and Bryan Adams (Yes, I effin' lurve him; "Can't Stop This Thing We Started" and "Summer of '69?" Come on!). I'll mention a couple of the bands he threw my way that I'm now completely in love with, and I think if you take the time to click on the links I so graciously give you that you'll enjoy this musical genius as well.

*The Golden Dogs: Wow. Listen to the track "Never Meant Any Harm" to pick up what I'm throwin' down. Very quirky little intro done with some sort of keyboard sounding device (maybe a keyboard? ;)) leads into a chorus that lifts and falls in a beautifully done manner. I keep picturing four heads on a TV screen bobbing back in forth like the Bradys or something when I listen to it. There are a couple other songs you can listen to (and download for FREE!) as well, and they all have this 80s undertone to them that bites me right in the ass, because I'm a sucker for that.

*Major Grange: Check out "Lady Before" for a more mellow sounding tune reminiscent of something like the Beatles or any other pop band of the 60s/70s era. It's super soothing and makes me wish I was sitting under a black light with a notepad, burning incense like a true hippie would. They also have some tracks you can download for free.

*King Tobias: Another band that kind of reminds me of the 60s/70s. Check out "Living Without You" and you'll probably hear a lot of Jimi Hendrix in there, I know I sure as hell did (much like "The Wind Cried Mary" if you ask me). FREE downloads.

*Paso Mino: Here's a very cool "indie" rock with an underlying folk feel to it (I'm pretty sure it's the guitar style used and long drawls of the vocals that put the 'folk' label on it). I like "Sportscar." Once again, free downloads. And if you really love it, then you can catch them live and in color on September 18th at The 40 Watt in Athens backing Jason Collett (yet, another Canadian). Sorry, no Atlanta date listed...

You can make an entire CD with all the free downloads you can have, and the music, thank sweet Jesus, does not suck!

Monday, August 28, 2006

What You Can Look Forward To.

Since it's Monday, and the majority of us are back to churning butter, I thought I would point out what you have to look forward to this weekend. There's not a whole lot since pretty much everything was stuffed into the past 2 weekends, and next weekend will be heinous, too. Still, here's what's worth mentioning:

*Tuesday, August 29th: If you're feeling randy for an almost mid-week outing, head to 10 High to see Pacifico. Click that link for a listen, and if you like it, you can download the songs for FREE. I haven't caught this band live, yet, but I have them on my iPod. $5

*Friday - September 1st: This is probably the best way to kick off the month that marks the beginning of my most favorite season of them all. The Judies will be rocking your face off at 10 High. If you want to see my report card on them, read here.

*Saturday, September 2nd:

-->League of Evil will be at the EARL. Yet, another band I put my stamp of approval on, which you can read about here.

-->Also happening this weekend, the annual Drive Invasion event at the Starlight Six Drive-In theater. Yes, Atlanta has a drive-in theater.

-->And, if you happen to be in Athens this weekend, or if you're fortunate enough to live there, Eller will be playing with Holiday at Tasty World. I'll be there. I think it's time for another road trip. There aren't any tracks up on Holiday's site, but I've heard them and I have a couple on the iPod, and it's good stuff. And of course, Eller is safe bet. So, if you're in Athens, come out.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Slushco, and Results.

So, since I was wiped out on Open Mic Madness by the time Thursday rolled around, I didn't attend the last two nights to see who won. However, judging by Internet congratulations, I will say that I called this one, as it appears Dead Confederate took home the title. You can ask anyone I talked to this past week who I predicted, and they'll tell you I said, "I think Dead Confederate has this one." So, congratulations to them. Next time I can get to one of their shows, I will, and I'll bring earplugs, because those guys turn that shit up loud.

On another note, it appears that I have an EP in my possession that I had put aside and forgotten about because I didn't really care about listening to it. So sue me. Luckily, the band just happened to write me a little message and ask me to give it a listen, and I am super glad I did. I can't figure out why I've been neglecting to check this out. We're talking about Slushco here, and their EP, Clouds, will put you on Mars. Really. There's a ton of synth going on that reminds me of what you'd find on the Thriller album, except that instead of a pigment-challenged dude singing in a high pitched voice, you have a soothing monotonous sounding guy harmonzing with all the cosmic music coming from his band. I don't normally dig monotony, but there's something about this that's hitting me straight in the heart; it's making me actually feel the music. Particularly, you should check out "Waiting for Response," which you can on their MySpace page, linked above. It's nothing short of awesome with melodies that'll have you bobbing your head towards the end, after you've sat around closing your eyes picturing lift off from the airy and psychedelic nature of the underlying music. You can see Slushco in action at Lenny's on September 9th during the Other Sound Festival.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Break on Thru to the Other Side.

I usually listen to the iPod at work, but sometimes I forget it, and when that happens, I like to listen to Internet radio. I just wanted to alert your attention to Break Thru Radio. I've had the pleasure of being acquainted with DJ L the past couple of weeks, and since she's pretty much the epitome of awesome, I thought I'd pass along the info on her show.

She spins on the site on Thursdays, and the show is called "Out There." Once you go to the site, it automatically plays for you, and you can cruise around the rest of the content without interrupting the show. This week, she's playing two local bands, Morning State and The Whigs, which is very cool since the site is steamed all over the world. Obviously the girl has some taste, because the Whigs just got signed to Dave Matthews' label, ATO, so they probably don't suck. Today is Wednesday, so plan ahead in order to catch her tomorrow.

And tonight, if you have an itch to see a real competition, head over to Smith's Olde Bar around 9:00-10:00 for Round 2 of Open Mic Madness. Tonight's the night I'm judging. I went on Monday to check out some of the acts, and I will say that it'll be tight this year based on who I've heard has passed through to the next round. See you there...

Monday, August 21, 2006

The Lion of Truth.

So, I was sent Tim Brantley's CD, The Lion of Truth, in the mail, and asked to check it out. If you happen to keep up, then you might find this odd; I know I did. Either way, because I'm one who would love to be proven wrong, I listened to it. And the verdict, you ask? I still think, "meh." I actually listened to the album a few times to try and grasp what it is that fuels the buzz. Here's what I came up with:

*Meatloaf isn't as good when it's reheated. The dude sounds like Meatloaf. You remember Meatloaf, right? Big fat guy from the early 90's who sang that annoying ass song, "I Would Do Anything for Love, But I Won’t Do That?" I'm still trying to figure out what "that" is, but whatever, that's not the point here. Vocally speaking, that was the immediate comparison I was hit with. I'm not sure if it's the piano, or the quivery voice, but something about the music is reminiscent of our favorite artist named for a food.

*Springsteen, much? The dude loves Springsteen. A lot. So much, in fact, that he has a song on the album, "Black on Black," that has lyrics which center around the adventures of Brantley and his back-up band, the 10th Street Boys. Do you see a pattern here? E-Street Boys...10th Street Boys...hmmm. Cute.

Now that I've gone through my mean streak and gotten the obvious out of the way, I'll point out what I could actually stomach. There are two songs on the album that are rather catchy and stand out above the rest. As shallow as the lyrics are, "Black on Black" is something I could bob my head to, and the single, "Damage," is another that I caught playing over in my head for a split second.

I think it's safe to say that I can form an analogy here about my tastes. Tim Brantley is like my experience with sushi. Even after the second time, I can't swallow it.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Open Mic Madness Begins Tomorrow.

Ladies and Gents:

Let all your uncool friends know about the biggest open mic competition in the city: Open Mic Madness. It begins tomorrow and goes through Saturday. If you've never been, try to go up to Smith's Olde Bar at least one night this week to support the local acts. You can even vote for who you like.

I will be in attendance most of the week. I will definitely be there on Wednesday, because I'm judging. Come out if you feel like slapping me in the face or kissing my ass. Either one works.

Last year, Sovus Radio took home the grand prize . . . a spot on the Rock Boat, a floating music festival. It was also the event that introduced me to The Futurists. This year, I've heard some of the names of the bands participating, and it's going to be a tough competition, so be sure to witness it for yourself.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Announcement: TONIGHT.

Margot and the Nuclear So and So's have cancelled their performance at the EARL. I know, I thought it was a sick joke, too, but it looks like the truth to me.

However, you have a couple of other choices instead.

Snowden is playing the Drunken Unicorn.

Also, there's a show at the 585 with The Paper Champions, Taking Lottie Home, and Chainestereo.

Go out and do something. It's Saturday.

Jil Station/Morning State CD Release.

So, I think I begged and pleaded for everyone I know to come out to the Masquerade last night to support the CD Release show of one of my favorite local bands, Jil Station. Overall, there was a very large crowd there, and the boys put on a super performance that had Kyle Dreaden standing tall with his animated face in the audience half the time. I attended a little pre-party before the show, because apparently, I am a freelance writer, and thanks to the boys at Sweetwater Brewery and the managers of both Morning State and Jil Station, I entered the show with a courtesy buzz. Of course, I was not the only one, as there were about 75 to 100 other industry folks there (amazing how the words "free beer" bring out a crowd, eh?).

Jonathan Baker from Second Shift and DJ L from Break Thru Radio did an awesome job of MCing the event and giving out fun prizes. I did an awesome job at posing for semi-lewd pictures. I think everyone had a good time, and if you weren't there, I kind of feel sorry for you.

Another plus is that I was handed a demo CD from Eller, a local band I have yet to check out, so once I give that a good listen, I'll be sure to report it all.

Also, speaking of Sweetwater Brewery, are you aware that they give tours every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 5:30? In case you've never been to a "tour," let me just tell you that you pay $6, are given a really nice souvenir glass and 3 tickets for beer. Then, you get whatever beer you want, and you mingle with all the other beer lovers congregating around. Some people bring their dogs. It's just a fun time to be had. And, you get to keep the glass! My freezer is full of them. The point is, next Friday, August 25, Jon Harris & The Sin Hounds will be providing the live music. I will be there. So should you. Unless you're under 21.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

The Judies.

Alright, so sometimes I see things, and I don't really care for them. And then several months later, I see them again, and I do care for them. In this case, it happens to be The Judies. I'll admit I wasn't a fan right off the bat, I have no problem saying I'm wrong despite the fact that I have boobs and ovaries. I just returned from the fabulous EARL, where I will be spending every night this weekend to see some stellar music (Variac with Kill Gordon tomorrow, and Margot & the Nuclear So and So's on Saturday), and I witnessed a transformation of sorts out of the Atlanta newbies. Mkay, seriously...here's the deal, the guy that fronts the Judies, Warren, is in every sense of the word a ROCKSTAR. The guy is skinny and shakes his hips all over the stage like a string bean on crack. It's totally sick, in a very good way.

With a recent change in line-up, the Judies are taking the city like a category 5 hurricane with the fury of raw rock that defies the boundaries of normalcy. I'd say that if you happen to pass up the next opportunity you have to see them, then you're doing a great injustice to yourself, because this is something you must see live. We're lucky to have underground artists like this at our disposal. Warren plays the keys on a few songs, and then the rest of the time he works the stage like a hooker on Peachtree; with ease and suaveness even Rico would be jealous of. You should probably just click on the link I gave you up there and listen to or download (or both) what the Judies have to offer.

It appears that they will be playing the new and improved Lenny's on Saturday night, but since I have no info on that, I can't put it here. I'm out of the loop lately.

As Tall As Lions.

Here's a band that was brought to my attention through a mass email for people like myself. I get so many that it's hard to keep up, but since I have nothing better to do at the moment, I'm going to pass it along in case you haven't had the pleasure yet. The band is As Tall As Lions, and the sound lives up to the name. No, unfortunately, they're not local, and no, unfortunately, Atlanta is not on their tour stop, but hey, at least you can check it out, right? You might like it.

The music is an eerie combination of soothing vocals backed by a powerful flow of melody that whispers to me like a calming drug. It's reminding me of the newer Coldplay material found in the song "Talk" (which everyone should know by now, unless you've been under a rock for the past few months). Fast guitars and heavy drums make for a good showing of talent that I want to blast through my radio. The very cool thing about this band is that you can download a couple of their songs off the MySpace site I've linked above, which I did so I can listen to it whenever I damn well please. And if you like, you can click here and get their single, "Ghost of York," which is the little sample I heard that made me think I'd like everything else from As Tall As Lions, and it was pretty dead on. Now, I need to go update my iPod. Oh, if you want the album, this is what it looks like (it's so pretty!):

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Just a Head's Up.

I thought I would be crazy and write a second blog for the day because a co-worker of mine at the "real" job passed along a CD to me of someone he knows about. The real point here is, I'm listening to it right now, and since it doesn't suck, and someone reading this might enjoy a taste of some John Mayer-esque singer/songwriter music, then I'm going to go ahead and recommend Daniel Lee. The dude kind of sounds like John Mayer, except not as raspy, and he integrates more strings (other than the obvious guitar licks) throughout the album. It's kind of a folky-rock, but more on the acoustic rock side than anything else. The vocals are what really stand out here. They fluctuate from high to low and quiver out all over the place. It makes me want to move my head like Quagmire when he does that "Giggity" thing. This is the kind of stuff you'd expect to hear playing while you wait in line at Starbuck's behind the yuppie mom and her kid that she insists on feeding caffeine at an early age. Apparently, the album in my possession, Superfish Illumination, is the debut, but there are three others out there that are more recent than this.

Since I like to research what I'm talking about, I can tell you that Lee has captured the title of being the winner of Eddie's Attic $1000 Shootout in the past, so you know he must have some kind of good thing going on. I can't tell you what he's like live, because I've never seen him, and it appears that the tour part of his site is not updated in listing anything coming up. And now, as I near the end of this and realize there's nowhere to direct you to listen to him, I feel like a tool. Ah, at least I meant well . . .

Update: Someone emailed me to tell me that you can sample the music by clicking on "Music" (duh) and then choosing an album and clicking on it for song samples. Oh, and you do this from Daniel Lee's website. Ok, carry on.

Dreaming Through Noise.

I was sent a lovely album called Dreaming Through Noise in the mail from an artist that was in Atlanta last week, and after listening to it, I’m sorry I had to miss the show. That artist is Vienna Teng, and she brings a refreshing sound to my ears with her demonstration of wholesome and appeasing vocals. The music behind her is also enough to set my currently somewhat troubled mind at ease with the way it twists and turns along with Teng’s voice. Lyrically speaking, as I flip through the CD insert, it’s all pretty profound and certainly asserts a life of experience that you’re not going to find in the emo punk rock driven force that’s being spoon fed to the public on the radio. I’m also a sucker for any kind of music that happens to involve a strong strings ensemble, being a player myself, and that’s found here and incorporated perfectly. When I listen to this, I’m reminded of days spent obsessing over Sarah McLachlan and Tori Amos over ten years ago, and it’s a welcome trip down memory lane that’ll keep me coming back to listen to Teng’s collection.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

I'm With The Band.

Last night, I pulled a total rockstar move with a friend and drove to Charlotte, NC to see The Last Waltz Ensemble play at the Visulite. The Last Waltz Ensemble is a tribute band for The Band. Now, if that doesn't ring a bell, then you probably need a refresher. The Band came from the 70's and had hits like "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" and "Up On Cripple Creek" and "The Weight." If you're a Dave Matthews fan and ever noticed that song "Long Black Veil" off one of those live CDs he put out, well, that's also The Band. When I was in college, our group of friends would come home from the bar and pop in The Last Waltz DVD and drink some more. It's a really amazing show caught on film if you actually appreciate musicians and witnessing passion. A fun time, for sure.

Anyways, after the four hour drive, I stood back with my friend and watched this guy, Zach Deputy, open for the Last Waltz Ensemble. I didn't expect much, because the guy simply sits on stage with a guitar and some looping equipment and has a skinny dude to his left with bongo drums, but, man, I was pleasantly surprised. I really liked the melodies and high pitched vocals. The music reminded me of Ben Harper in some respect. Although the guy classifies himself as a jam band, and clearly boasts that dirty hippie look, I wouldn't exactly call it jam band. It wouldn't be thrown into the same mix as the Widespread Panics and Phishes of the world. The dude is soulful in sound, and it shows when he plays. I recommend checking it out, even though it's not typically what I would sit around and listen to, I think it's perfect for friendly gatherings and whatnot.

There's my display of hippie behavior for the year.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Irony.

At the gym today, I listened to this song called "I Don't Feel Like Dancing" on repeat. The only thing I wanted to do was dance. And, for those who are unaware, I do not dance. In fact, if the Hustle were to ever make a comeback, the Scissor Sisters are to blame simply because of this song. Go to their MySpace site to hear a clip. Seriously.

In other news, mark your calendars for the following massive shows that will be rolling through Atlanta in about 2 weeks:

*Friday, August 18th:

-----> Ladies and gentlemen, a huge CD Release show at the Masquerade. No, really, it's going to be huge, because you have not one, but two, of the most buzzed bands in the city having a joint CD release. Jil Station and Morning State are having a blowout, complete with MCs DJ L from Break Thru Radio and Baker from Second Shift. Get there early and join in all the festivities. Pardon me, as I may be very drunk.

-----> Also having a CD release this night, Variac, who managed to set up a pretty sweet bill with Kill Gordon and The Hiss at the EARL. Hot damn. Let ole J.T. sing his lyrics about bathroom sex and pretty girls that take his money to ya.

*Saturday, August 19th: Alright. I know that back in May I stressed with everything in my soul that you have to see this band called Margot and the Nuclear So and So's. Then, they ended up having to cancel the show due to illness, which totally sucked because it was the one thing all month I was looking forward to. But, guess what? They're playing the EARL tonight with Elf Power. So, go ahead and get your tickets now. Now. And when I say now, I mean yesterday. This band has already been tested and approved by moi, so check that out here if you like.

Are there any questions?

Monday, August 07, 2006

Highly A-Muse-ing.

Before I get to the whole Muse review, I'd like to announce that I have joined the ranks of tech-driven folks all over the globe and registered myself a My Space account. So, if you want to check that out, it's here. I'll probably use it to announce updates, feature bands, and all that other obnoxious shit that My Space is used for.

So, last night, since I'm a lucky son of a gun, I got to witness Muse and all of their glory. I stood toward the back on the bottom level of the Tabernacle, and I could see just fine (I wore my tall shoes to ensure this). They had this amazing stage set up with these huge tubes reaching toward the ceiling that were clear and lit up with all kinds of different colors, which really set me off, because I love the hell out of some awesome stage effects. Luckily, unlike in some cases, the lights were not there to offset a slumbering performance from the band. Matthew Bellamy came out like a freaking god of light and sound and wailed on the guitar (which also had a nifty light on it) while hopping around and singing dead on. Most of the material covered was off the new album, Black Holes and Revelations, and off the last album, Absolution.

I found the whole night to be truly moving. The way the crowd ate every last lyric and note emitted from the stage, the energy surging throughout the Tabernacle . . . it was all enough to confirm that this band puts their money where their mouths are. For a three piece band to put on that kind of show (hidden equipment and men behind the curtain aside) is simply phenomenal. Bellamy, despite the fact that he appears to be about twelve years old, really worked it. And I especially loved the neon lights on the white piano he hopped to and from all night. Classic. It was like I was watching a performance in Rock Heaven . . . all that white and light . . . the pristine and angelic vocals . . . yes!

I tried to take a picture. Overall, I give the guys my stamp of approval. I was impressed. I left feeling high on the performance and everything else about the night. A little piece of happiness not so easily found engulfed me, so I'd say that's a success.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

The Ultimate Guide to Atlanta Venues.

Well, maybe not the ultimate, but these are the places I go, and recommend you go to as well. All of them normally have something worth checking out in the musical department. I can't believe this is the first time I thought about typing it all out...

*10 High: 10 High is located in the Virginia Highlands district and is nestled directly beneath the Dark Horse Tavern, right at the corner of N. Highland and Greenwood Ave. There's a couple of pay lots located across the street and right past the venue, but if you don't mind trekking a couple of blocks, you can park on the street anywhere surrounding the place (just don't block driveways or fire hydrants, because your ass will get towed). Those streets are St. Charles, Drewry, and Briarcliff. 816 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306 (Google Map)

*Blind Willie's: Also located in the Virginia Highlands a couple of doors down from 10 High, this blues venue is always packing. The parking situation is the same. Blind Willie's is found next to Limerick Junction and Osteria. 828 N. Highland Ave, Atlanta, GA 30306 (Google Map)

*Buckhead Theatre: What once was the Roxy and numerous other things over the course of time is now the Buckhead Theatre. It's a mid-sized venue with an open floorplan that allows for easy movement, unless it's balls to the wall with a sold out show. Parking pay lots are surrounding the place, so you shouldn't have an issue finding a place. 3110 Roswell Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305 (Google Map)

*The Drunken Unicorn: Fueling the fire for indie-rock bands from all over the country, the DU is in a prime location. If you don't know it's there, you'll never find it, though. Right off of Ponce, over by landmarks like the Local, Clermont Lounge, and Liberty Tattoo, the Drunken Unicorn is right behind the fairly new Chipotle and across the street from Kroger and Green's Liquor Store. There is a parking lot with an ATM where you can park for free, or you can do as I usually do and park in the Kroger parking lot and walk across the street. 736 Ponce de Leon Place, Atlanta, GA (Google Map)

*The EARL: Another venue that caters to national indie acts, the EARL is in the East Atlanta village, and the actual venue is behind a door past the bar. You can park anywhere behind the buildings around the EARL, sometimes free, sometimes for a fee depending on the day. The East Atlanta Village is located right off I-20, and the entrance is stuffed in between a Shell and Citgo gas station. 488 Flat Shoals Road, Atlanta, GA 30316 (Google Map)

*Eddie's Attic: The only place in the city (well, Decatur, really, but you get the idea) to see real, honest-to-goodness acoustic sets. Many artists use Eddie's for recording because the sound is redonkey donk. It is encouraged that you sit and enjoy, so don't be one of those drunk talky people if you go here. Embrace the talent! There's a smattering of parking around the venue. 515 N McDonough St, Decatur, GA 30030 (Google Map)

*The Five Spot: Small and intimate venue next to the Variety Playhouse on Euclid. This place caters to local acts and artists.You can park in the lot in between the Five Spot and Variety. 1123 Euclid Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30307 (Google Map)

*The Loft/Vinyl/Center Stage: All three of these venues are located in the same building over by Atlantic Station in Midtown at the corner of 17th and W. Peachtree. There are parking lots all around the joint, charging anywhere from $5-$15. Vinyl is located to the left of the building, while Center Stage (formerly called Earthlink Live) and The Loft are on the right side. The Loft is, appropriately enough, upstairs. 1374 W. Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30309 (Google Map)

*Smith's Olde Bar: You should know this place because they have the best sound in the city. Located in Midtown, over by Ansley Mall and right next to that Cowtipper's place. You can park either in the parking lot of the strip mall directly behind Smith's, or across the street by the Exxon, and all parking is free. Woohoo! The music is usually located right past the bar and up the stairs. 1578 Piedmont Ave, Atlanta, GA (Google Map)

*Star Bar: Located in the lovely Little 5 Points area, Star Bar is directly across the street from the Vortex. When on Moreland, look for the big skull and park your car in any of the pay lots located around it. Star Bar is on the corner, right by abbadabba's. They have cheap beer! 437 Moreland Ave, Atlanta, GA 30307 (Google Map)

*Terminal West: Located on the Westside next to the King Plow Arts Center, Terminal West is probably the trendiest spot. West Midtown is known for its industrial & re-purposed buildings, especially for art galleries and swanky eateries. There's a parking deck at King Plow where you can stow your car while you get your rock on. 887 West Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318 (Google Map)

*Variety Playhouse: Easily my favorite place to see a show, only because I've never been disappointed with anyone they've brought in, and because the sound is always superb. It's small enough that you can get a good view of what's happening on stage at any given time during the set. Parking is a total bitch around here, but well worth the hassle. 1099 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307 (Google Map)

That about covers it for now, I think. If there are any others I should add, email me, or leave a comment. Grassy ass.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

August and Everything After.

Goodness gracious, there are about a million shows coming up in the next couple of weeks, so I'm practicing how to live without sleeping.

*Friday, August 4th: I seriously think I might combust from trying to be in too many places at once.

--10 High: Overwhelmed is having their CD release show with Homeroom and Calling All Stars.

-->The Loft: A band I've been meaning to check out, The Drownout, is playing with Rantings of Eva. Do I really have to repeat myself about Rantings? No? Okay. Just making sure everyone's keeping up.

-->Drunken Unicorn: The bassist for League of Evil just turned 30, so I'm pretty sure this show with his band, and another favorite of mine, The Five Foot Flame, will be highly entertaining. If you missed League of Evil play the Purple Rain album at Corndogorama this year, then I truly feel sorry for you.

*Saturday, August 5th: Rock gods-in-training The Judies will be at Smith's Olde Bar with Bishop Don. Warren brings the moves, you bring the warm bodies.

*Sunday, August 6th: Drumroll,please . . . the moment anyone who loves powerful tunes has been waiting for (if they were lucky enough to get tickets). . . MUSE at the Tabernacle. Sweet pickle, I cannot effing wait.

*Wednesday, August 9th: Duncan Sheik (remember that song "Barely Breathing"?) and Vienna Teng are going to be at the Variety Playhouse. Show is at 8:15, and I think I might go check this out. I'll probably need some chill music to get my composure back.

*Saturday, August 12th: Garlington, an alt-rock band from north Georgia, is playing this new venue in town called the 585. I've been to the 585, and it's pretty bad ass. Kind of reminds me of an underground club circuit place that only cool people know about. Hey, now you're cool, because I just told you about it. It's located over by Georgia Tech in West Midtown at 585 North Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30318 (in case you want to Google Map that shit).

Okay, kiddies, blogging is exhausting and I'm beat. I better see some of your asses at these shows. If you want any extra information (about the bands, venues, show times, parking, my shoe size, etc.), then email me: addict79@gmail.com.

Cheers, bitches.