Monday, November 14, 2011

Iron & Wine - Buckhead Theatre - 11/11/11

I hate when I am so stoked to see a band, and then can't make myself stay for more than three songs. This was, admittedly, my first time seeing I&W live in all of the years I've been listening to them. So, I have nothing as a comparison. But...here goes...

I feel like I should ask for my money back. When did this ethereal, lullaby-inducing group turn into the hipster's version of the Grateful Dead? Did I miss something? I&W had 11 people on the stage. I think two of them were donning brass instruments. It sounded nothing like anything I know of them. It was like the band is some kind of manic-depressive, and I've been having a relationship with the depressive part, only to show up to the wedding and realize I'm about to marry the manic. What gives?

I remember this happening to Dave Matthews. You know, they used to be good. They used to be a musical force to be reckoned with. Original. Witty. Passionate. And then, they started jamming and all the noodlers took over. Iron and Wine is next. I may cry.

I left the show after 3 songs. I'm REAL glad I spent $36 on a ticket. Really, I am. It was a lesson to never buy another ticket to Iron & Wine again. Jerks.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Barsuk's Newest Addition

Laura Gibson - Milk-Heavy, Pollen-Eyed from Mason Jar Music on Vimeo.


Barsuk recently added Laura Gibson to their roster and it looks like she will have an album out sometime in early 2012. Her last effort with Ethan Rose under the name Bridge Carols was tasty. You go girl! I can't wait to hear what's up next.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

New Music from The Wandas


I kind of dig the Wandas but it looks like their two month tour is skipping over both Atlanta and Austin. Boo. If you're in the mood for a little Old 97s-flavor material, check out their new track "Longtime Running".

Friday, September 16, 2011

Emo's East



Believe it or not, Emo's is opening a new location in East Austin appropriately titled Emo's East. If you lived in Austin in the 90s you probably remember The Backroom. I had the pleasure of playing there once with my band and vaguely remember a stabbing occurring in the crowd while we were on stage. Moving along, Emo's has renovated the joint and opened it this week with a Butthole Surfers show. Yelpers are getting their mixed reviews on so I think I am going to have to investigate Emo's East for myself.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Father, Son, Holy Ghost


Today is Tuesday, the weekly national holiday for all music listeners. Yep. You guess it. Albums come out on Tuesday ;) Pick up a copy of Girls new album Father, Son, Holy Ghost. If you're into buying your music by the track, download "Vomit" or "Honey Bunny". The "Vomit" video is also on Myspace. You can thank me later.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Oberhofer Signs to Glassnote



I know that I have blogged about Oberhofer before, but I'm doing it again in honor of the rockin' good time I had last weekend listening to "o0Oo0O" (how the hell hard is that song name to Google?) whilst driving around with Barbra G. and the horn-rimmed glasses brigade. Oberhofer recently signed to Glassnote. Kudos. Apparently they're in a good enough mood to share a little free music. Download "Gotta Go" and check out their new album October 4.

Neon Indian - Fallout











Chillwave at its best. Download the new track, Fallout, from Neon Indian by sharing your email address. If you aren't familiar with Neon Indian, and want a tasted of their older stuff I recommend "Sleep Paralysist".

Monday, August 22, 2011

Gringo Star

Gringo Star - "Shadow" from Consequence of Sound on Vimeo.


Gringo Star is releasing a new album, Count Yer Lucky Stars, on October 25th. Ben Allen who produced Animal Collective (ick!)and Gnarls Barkley, worked on this one.

Check out their video for “Shadow”, which I am assuming is the first single.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Thursday, August 11, 2011




About two months ago Mr. Slocumb turned me on to Kurt Vile and the Violators. Now I see that Vile is on the cover of Stomp and Stammer this month and is playing in September at ACL. Epic success. Good for him. I am really loving "Baby's Arms". Get ya some before he's too cool for school.

Monday, August 01, 2011

Wetbars for Wetnoses - September 8th

Get your tickets now for a posh doggy event on September 8 from 6-10pm at the W Downtown Hotel. BHV Rescue is hosting a lovely event on the roof to benefit their rescue efforts. Check out the info on their site and in this flyer:

Friday, June 24, 2011

Neko Case & Nick Cave & True Blood - Epic Win

I had to share this because I'm one of those ridiculous people who has been sweating blood waiting for the new season of True Blood...

Neko Case and Nick Cave (they should call their venture NC Squared, shouldn't they?!) have teamed up to duet out the Zombies' "She's Not There" and I can't think of anyone better for this. Wow, HBO, kudos to your marketing team on that one. It's only the hottest, spookiest, sexiest tune to hit TV since...well, ever, as far as I'm concerned. Mmmm!

Listen to the Neko Case and Nick Cave cover of "She's Not There"

Download from iTunes here.

The official press release has all the juicy details..

UNIQUE DUET OF NEKO CASE & NICK CAVE TO BE RELEASED DIGITALLY ON JUNE 26 AFTER THE SERIES PREMIERE EPISODE

TRUEBLOOD®– MUSIC FROM THE HBO®ORIGINAL SERIES – VOLUME 3 TO BE RELEASED THIS FALL

WaterTower Music has announced the upcoming release of “TRUEBLOOD – MUSIC FROM THE HBO ORIGINAL SERIES – VOLUME 3” due in stores and online this fall. The follow up to the first two Grammy® nominated soundtracks will consist of new songs from the upcoming forth season of the acclaimed HBO drama as well as music from the show’s wildly successful 3rd season.

Music is an essential element in developing the tone and atmosphere on the hit television series. The sexy, supernatural world of Bon Temps comes to pulsating life through the edgy songs and season three is no exception. An exceptional duet recorded by Neko Case and Nick Cave will be the first track from the collection to make its debut. Case and Cave have recorded a new version of The Zombies’ classic “She’s Not There” which will be available at all digital retailers on June 26, after the premiere episode.

"I am so excited about Neko and Nick's cover of ‘She's Not There,’" says True Blood music supervisor and soundtrack producer Gary Calamar. “I would have been thrilled to have either Neko Case or Nick Cave individually work with us this season, but to have a collaboration like this blows me away. Two of my favorite artists whose music is perfect a fit with the atmospheric and soulful Louisiana settings of True Blood. This is a fantastic way to musically kick off the new season!”

Washington-bred Neko Case’s mix of country, gospel, torch, and pop, and her five full-length solo albums have won her much critical acclaim, countless devotees and two Grammy nominations. Internationally renowned as a singer, songwriter, performer, script writer and novelist, Nick Cave’s career spans from the 80s Australian post‑punk group The Birthday Party, to legendary band Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds to the irrepressible raucous and raw Grinderman.

Information on the additional tracks included in “TRUEBLOOD – MUSIC FROM THE HBO ORIGINAL SERIES – VOLUME 3” will be released later this summer.

Centered in the fictional town of Bon Temps, the Emmy® and Golden Globe®-winning True Blood series follows the romance between waitress Sookie Stackhouse (played by Anna Paquin), who can read minds, and 173-year-old vampire Bill Compton (played by Stephen Moyer).Alan Ball (creator of the Emmy®-winning HBO series Six Feet Under) is creator and executive producer the show, which is based on the best-selling Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris.

Gary Calamar serves as music supervisor and soundtrack producer for of “TRUE BLOOD – MUSIC FROM THE HBO ORIGINAL SERIES – VOLUME 3”

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Rock n Ride - June 25th in Atlanta


Here's some info on something super fun going on in Atlanta on Saturday afternoon. The Grady Rock n Ride! This is for a really good cause and has a roster of some stellar Atlanta bands. I may have to stop over to catch the Pelvis Breastlies and Yacht Rock. Read on!

Health Foundation’s “Rock‐N‐Ride” presented by AirTran Airways is right around the corner. On Saturday, June 25 motorcyclists will gather at Killer Creek Harley-Davidson in Roswell to kick off the event that benefits Grady Health Foundation and Gold Shield Atlanta. Ride registration begins at $40 and includes a commemorative Rock‐N‐Ride T-shirt, a ride pin and complimentary bike parking downtown at the festival. The event starts at 11:00am with entertainment by RATL at Killer Creek Harley‐Davidson in Roswell. Kickstands up at 2:00pm and the group will head downtown for the “Party on Peachtree” – MusicFest ‐ which begins at 3:00pm. Don’t ride? Don’t worry you can join in the fun at 3 p.m. on Peachtree Street which will be shut down between Harris Street and Ellis Street for the first time ever. You won’t need a ticket to get in, so stop by and shop at the local artist market, purchase your exclusive Rock-N-Ride merchandise, eat drink and be merry and do it all with a light heart knowing that a portion of the proceeds from this public event will benefit the two organizations. In addition, the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department will also be out hosting a boot drive, so make sure to bring a little extra cash and say thanks to those who put their lives on the line each day for our states resident’s. The event honors first responders from across Georgia and supports traumatic injuries treated at Grady Health System, metro Atlanta’s premier Level 1 Trauma Center. Gold Shield Foundation is dedicated to assisting surviving spouses and dependent children of law enforcement officers and firefighters inured in the line of duty.

11:00am – 1:30pm: Ride Registration and Pre‐Ride Party at Killer Creek Harley‐Davidson featuring RATL
2:00pm: Ride leaves Killer Creek Harley‐Davidson for MusicFest
3:00pm: Rock‐N‐Ride MusicFest Opens

**3:30pm: Six Shot Revival ‐ Main Stage
4:30pm: Pelvis Breastlies ‐ Velvet Underground Stage*
5:30pm: Yacht Rock ‐ Main Stage
6:30pm: Stonerider ‐ Velvet Underground Stage*
7:30pm: Mother’s Finest ‐ Main Stage
8:45pm: Ledfoot Messiah ‐ Velvet Underground Stage*

*Velvet Underground is located inside the Hard Rock Café
** MusicFest is located on Peachtree Street between Harris Street and Ellis Street

Monday, June 20, 2011

All Time Low - Free Ticket Giveaway - July 14th Tabernacle Atlanta


Yo! AT&T is having a summer concert series throughout the US, and one of the cities they're gracing with a show is Atlanta. I have two pair of tickets to pop-punkers All Time Low up for grabs. If you'd like the tickets, shoot me an email and tell me what your favorite All Time Low song is. I would hate to give these away to someone who isn't a fan...ya know. Don't email me unless you're sure you'll be able to make it to the Tabernacle on July 14th. My email address is on the right side of the bloggity blog.

**I HAVE FOUND A WINNER SO THE TICKETS ARE NOT AVAILABLE ANYMORE. THANK YOU!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Save the Date to Save the Dogs

Here's a fun little event featuring a way to help out some adorable furry pals. Head over to the Family Dog in Morningside (love this place; get Shawn to make you a fun drink!) on June 22nd from 4pm on to help benefit homeless puppy doggies through Barking Hound Village. It's free to hang out, and 10% of the proceeds go to BHV Rescue. We looooove puppy doggies!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Bright Eyes' "Jejune Stars" Video

I like signs that light up. I also like this song.

June 16 - Star Bar - FREE!


Free show at the Star Bar June 16th presented by Team Luis! Ya got Baby Baby headlinin' this shizz! This is a band I can get behind thanks to their quirky lyrics and dancey dance tunes. You should go, because it's all, like, FREE and stuff!

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Arctic Monkeys - Suck It and See


I'll admit it, it's been a quick minute since I've caught up with the Arctic Monkeys. At least since that "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor" bit was playing all over the damn place. I'll give them this, the buzz they create is almost immeasurable. I managed to find a couple places to preview a bit of this new album they released this week, Suck It and See (love the album title, btw, guys). What to say, what to say...the music iteself is full gritty, grabby rock yum. Their use of guitars is so freakin' fabu. The snarky overtone of lyrical content ("Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair") is admirable. I like a band that just says it. Ya know, let's not sugar coat stuff. The world is a happier place when we just tell it like it is. So, my verdict is a thumbs-up!

Grab the album at their online store.

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Stars - The Bedroom Demos


Just a heads up that one of the most amazing bands I've ever had the pleasure of exposing my critical ears to has dropped a new album, The Bedroom Demos. That band is Stars. I've been privy to them for a few years, and they never do me wrong. You've got the ethereal lady vocals that meet up with breathy man vocals and electronic/rock music in a most beautiful way. Looks like my favorite from them of all time, "My Favourite Book" is on there in a more calm-like version. Ahhhh, thank you, Stars. I needed this little gem. Fan-freakin'-tastic!

Monday, June 06, 2011

Noel Stephen & the Darlings


Got a little submission from this band from Atlanta called Noel Stephen & the Darlings. Can I just say "praise the musical gods!"?!

If you're familiar with another band that used to hang around these parts called Snowden, this guy's voice reminds me Jordan Jeffares' fabulous vocality. Noel Stephen boasts some pretty great music behind those adorable vocals, too. Always a plus! It's a cross between folky obscure indie boomness, alt-country twang, and old-school saloon music (check out "Constellation" from the link above to see what I mean). I like them even more that they have pictures of four-legged furry friends as their cover art. Needless to say, I lovvvveeeee this stuff. I do. I love it.

You can catch them June 20th at Wonderroot Community Center

Friday, June 03, 2011

June 10th - Star Bar - Atlanta


Our buddy Team Luis is throwin' a show with Cousin Dan next Friday, June 10th. No time listed, however, Star Bar doesn't get kickin' til around 9pm, so that's a good indication of when you can expect sound check. Or somethin'. While I've heard plenty about this dood, this is the first time I've checked it out. You like Chromeo? You should. They're awesome. Anyway, Cousin Dan is like Chromeo. When I tell the man about this, he's gonna insist we hit every Cousin Dan show. Hey look! I'm nice and I'm putting a taste of it here for ya. And C-Dog, I'll be yer "Internet Girlfriend."

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Merrifield Records Gives Good Love.

When you drop names like "the Bravery" and "Louis XIV" - I listen!

I did not know about the Shapes until they magically floated into my inbox, and after listening and feeling like I'd reverted to my post-teenage pop punk haven, I suddenly felt a twinge of my favorite band, the Old 97s, because of how angry this song is. And, I super love it! This is the anthem for the "We Hate People" club, which I have a long-standing membership in. So, check out The Shapes' "I'm OK."



The other part of the "love" comes from the Danvilles' "I Tell You," which you can watch below. It kind of make me want cheese (ya know, 'cause of the whine), but it doesn't suck. I like cheese. And I really love wine.



Best part? You can download free-ness at the Merrifield Records site.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Georgia Theatre Re-Opening! Tickets Up June 6th

Check it out, yo. The Georgia Theatre in Athens is about back on its feet after that terrible fire incident a couple years ago. They're coming back with a bang - just look at the scheduled line-up:

August 01: The Glands, with Madeline. Post-show free dance party with Immuzikation
August 02: Chuck Leavell and Friends, with SNAP!
August 03: Open House with Kenosha Kid
August 05: Blackberry Smoke
August 06: RJD2
August 09: J. Roddy Watson and the Business, Don Chambers and Goat
August 10: Bela Fleck and the Flecktones
August 11: Big Boi
August 12: Drive By Truckers
August 13: Drive By Truckers
August 14: Gillian Welch

Single show tickets for the two-week long celebration go on sale Monday, June 6th at 10 a.m., from $10 to $30 and are available online on the Georgia Theatre's website.

ARTlantis - June 4th

Hey y'all, do ya like art? Do ya like music? Me, too! That's why I'm gonna head down to 1085 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306 (it's that Druid Hills Baptist Church there by the corner of Ponce and N. Highland) on Saturday, June 4th. There you'll find ARTlantis! It's music, and art, and cool people who aren't at the Va-Hi Summerfest ridiculousness. Line-up of musical guest can be found here. My frand, Jenny Birdsong, will have some of her hawt art up there, so you should look for it. Broaden your horizons and see some of the local talent on the art side.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Email Inbox Dump - Payday Edition

I get lots of fun stuff in my inbox. I feel better after I weigh in on it, pass it along, and then delete it. It's like cleaning. So, let's try to put a dent in some of the latest submissions.

->Pretty Bird: Sometimes, I wonder what the hell kinda drugs people are on that make them think that anyone would want a recording of their music. Like, hey, if you were hanging out on a bender making some music in the woods, it probably sounded awesome then. Because you're all into it and stuff. I'm sure this is great for that, but while this is plugged into my ears, I have a feeling of anxiety that makes me want to throw myself off the building I'm sitting in if that'll get me far away from this...this...noise. I don't like 'music' to be unsettling. I mean, just listen to this. The musicians are Pretty Bird outta Athens, and looks like you can get the album (which uses no instruments) for free download from that link. Have at it. Post-disclaimer: I do not spend my Sunday nights at open mic night in the coffee shop. If you do, this is probably right up your alley. Thank you.

->Gun Party: WARNING: If you have small children with virgin ears, you might wanna save this part until they're tucked away in bed. It's what you call "explicit." I'm not really sure what the deal is, but this crass form of filthy rock makes me feel...alive. And, I ain't gonna lie; the dude with the hair is fun to look at. Check out their video for "Possessions" below. I like it. It's got a ton of Atlanta landmarks strewn throughout that make me miss bein' 24 and poor and itchin' for MJQ Wednesday nights. So, Gun Party, after checking out some of your work, I am happy to report that my eyes are officially on the lookout for you. I'll happily serve as your digital pimp. Within reason, of course. Looks like they're playing this Friday night, June 3rd at 529 in EAV.



->Nightlands: Yet another ambient-type 'band.' What is with this ambient stuff lately? Hey, this doesn't suck, though. We're two for three today! It's a record! Anyway, Nightlands is playing with Sondre Lerche this summer, and will be at Variety on June 11th if you're interested in some sway-like, dreamy make-out movie music. If I didn't have such a terrible memory attached to how I bought some dude a ticket to Sondre Lerche only to have him stand me up and make me eat those tickets one time, then I'd totally go to this. Instead, I'm just going to drink beer and listen to my iPod with my hot husband.


Commence!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Brew at the Zoo - May 28 - Atlanta

Hey, if you want something to fill your Saturday evening void while you're stuck in Atlanta and all your friends are at the beach for Memorial Day festivities, you should totally go out. And drink. At Zoo Atlanta. Yeah, that's right! Zoo Atlanta's annual Brew at the Zoo is happening this weekend. I went last year and had a blast. I mean, you can drink craft beer and wine while gawking at the adorable zoo animals! Then, once you've spiraled around the grounds, you can party down by the main gate with a wide variety of musical entertainment, including a Joan Jett cover band, the Undergrads (who played last year and were pretty adorable), and Fred Schneider of the B-52s (who I do not care for, but he's playing in a band that's not the B-52s, so that'll be fun).

Friday, May 20, 2011

Atlanta Shows for the Summer

Thought I would list a few shows of interest in case anyone is looking for fun stuff to listen to live.

-Chastain seems to have a pretty stellar line-up this summer of some noteworthy acts.
>>June 19th: Hall & Oates - I already got tix to this one. Ima stand up and make monster faces when they sing "Maneater." It's gonna be so great! tickets
>>June 22nd: Chris Issak - I wonder if he'll have Helena Christensen rolling around on stage? tickets
>>July 23rd: Huey Lewis and the News - Man. To be eight-years-old all over again...tickets
>>August 27th: Grace Potter and the Nocturnals - I sadly had to miss them the last time they played at Variety, so maybe I can swing this. She makes me wanna punch boys in the face. tickets

-The EARL
>>June 23rd: Centro-Matic tickets

-Smith's Olde Bar
>>June 8th: The Bridges - Wooooweeee! I freakin' lurve these ladies (and man). They're like the real-live Barbie and the Rockers. tickets
>>July 8th: JAMES HALL - This band is only the most amazing thing I've ever witnessed, and you're doing an injustice to yourself and your unborn children if you don't go out and see this dude. tickets
>>July 23rd: The Whiskey Gentry - If you like bluegrass and mash, you should hit this. It's their CD release. tickets

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Wolves at The Basement - May 20 - Atlanta

I've been wanting to check out this band live and in-person for a while. Life always gets in the way. I think I may have finally caught a break! This Friday, May 20, at the new Basement under Graveyard Tavern in East Atlanta, Wolves are playing. If you're into electro pop rock new wave dancey awesome, then you should check them out. Listen to them on bandcamp (or below) and then tell me it's nothing short of Dave Gahan's rebirth.



Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Nadia Marie

So, I have this friend who produces music, and we were havin' some beers one day, and he's like, "Leah, you gotta hear this chick I'm working with. She is the FUTURE!" Now, I don't typically buy into that kind of hype. I didn't, at least, until he insisted I take a listen. Ho. Ly. Fudgesicles. Nadia Marie. She plays the guitar. She is simply ridiculous on the mike. I'm trying to figure out why this girl hasn't been given a multi-million dollar record deal, yet. It's weird. She's got this kind of retro (and by retro, I mean, go back to the 30s or 40s) voice accompanied with a soul-sucking kind of music that collides perfectly to make a most impressive sound. You really should just go listen to it. And, you should probably go see her at a dive bar venue soon before she blows up and is selling out big rooms like the Tabernacle. Just sayin', is all.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Austin City Limits Line-up Announced

September 16-18 in the most fantastic city in the US: Austin, TX. Find the line-up here.

Personally, I think I might have to sell a kidney to make it out there for this. The list of acts is ridonkulously top notch.


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Yuna W/Raphael Saadiq - Atlanta - May 18

Got a sweet little tip on an amazing lady who will be in Atlanta tomorrow night at Variety Playhouse opening for Raphael Saadiq. Her name is Yuna and she's got a really incredible, dream-like voice that sort of reminds me of Marketa Irglova from The Swell Season, the chick from the Weepies, or (and, stay with me on this one) the Murmurs from the 90s. Am I the only one who remembers them and how awesome they were? Annnnywho, Yuna's got the clout of FADER behind her, so I highly suggest you check it out and get to the show tomorrow, if you can. I have a feeling it's going to be one of those performances that'll have you walking out with the album in hand. Man, I love those.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Kendra Morris

I'm pretty baffled at how someone who looks the way she looks can sound the way she sounds. Typically when I hear such an outpouring of soul, I expect there to be a lot more meat behind it. This woman somehow manages to apply a layer of thick smooth buttah on all of the words lined up to exit her mouth, to the point that when they finally hit air, you've been exposed to nothing short of bone-chilling bluesy awesome. I just wanna listen all day. In a rundown hotel on the Mississippi Delta, or someplace.

Gotta say, I hear some influence from the likes of Macy Gray
, Duffy, Amy Winehouse, and Grace Potter. If you're in NYC and wanna see this phenom live and in person, check her out at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn on May 25th.

Kendra Morris' Album - Kendra Morris

Vivian Girls

The older I get, the more I tend to gravitate to chick music. And, by that, I mean music made by chicks. Jenny Lewis. Florence and the Machine. Grace Potter. And the list goes on.

Caught wind of this little three piece from Brooklyn (go figure), Vivian Girls, and decided to listen to a few ditties. I'm so torn about how I feel about this. One hand, it's like they're the female version of Balkans with the irritating lead vocals, that in some instances, sound so eerie, it's making me wanna call Zak Bagans to make sure I haven't been exposed to some kind of supernatural being that's going to suck my soul through my ears and leave me in a pile of empty flesh on the cold, hardwood floor. On the other hand, the music is super pop retro and pleasing to the ear. Clearly I'm having some internal conflict about them. Overall, I think I could probably listen to this if it was thrown into my Cat Power playlist. However, I don't think having this band play in a constant stream would do a whole lot for me.

Vivian Girls' Album - Share The Joy

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Reptar

See, this is what happens when you tell your musically inclined friends that you've been riding a wave of musical notes molded from poo; they send you something they think you'll looooove. In my case, Reptar has been passed along. Wasn't Reptar a character in "Rugrats"? Or was that something else? Why do I even know that? Anyway...

Other than almost having a meltdown caused from hallucinations after visiting their website, I can totally see myself spinning their Of Montrealesque tunes while I'm scrubbing the grout from the bathroom tile. Because, really, that might be the only thing that'd make me happy about completing that task. You got alotta weird ass additions to the typical band instruments going on, but overall, I don't mind feeling like I'm riding a theoretical roller-coaster simply from listening to these dudes. You can judge for yourself. That's why I cleverly hoisted up those links.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Balkans.

In sticking with trying to keep up with what's going on in the world of Atlanta music, I tooled around on the Interwebs and found Balkans, who are a four-piece from Atlanta. What I'm hearing sounds a lot like...crap. The lead singer has this incredibly winding, prolonged, whiny presence that makes me wanna put him in time-out. Ya know, it wouldn't be bad if they would just play their music. Dirty, riffy guitars scream over everything else. Except the vocals, unfortunately. Man, I can't even get past the first song on their MySpace playlist without cringing. They're apparently signed to some indie label. Fail.

Coca-Cola 125th Birthday, Part 2

So I got the other videos uploaded.

Kelly Clarkson does "Seven Nation Army" and she does it well. I like when pop stars go this route. Didn't get the whole song because my arms got tired. Maybe I should work out or sumthin.



And I also snagged some of One Night Only's performance of the Coke song "Can You Feel It." I dig this band, despite the fact that they're one of those tight pants wearin' groups. The rest of their performance boasted this really fantastic retro sound that I can jump on board with. Kudos to them for not being a whiny pop punk outfit, but a strong Brit rock group with solid roots!

Better Than Ezra Hit Atlanta May 13

PHOTO CREDIT: Rick Olivier

From L to R: Tom Drummond, Kevin Griffin and Michael Jerome



Well, damn, I somehow missed this while poring through local listings. One of my most favorite bands that has managed to satisfy me for the past (gulp!) SIXTEEN years is going to be in town Friday night. Uh, yeah. Better Than Ezra is going to bring their ridiculously epic pop-alternative rock to Center Stage Friday night, May 13. You can get tickets beforehand for a mere $22 by visiting that little link.



Ya know, this is one of those bands that makes me all warm and fuzzy inside. Is it Kevin Griffin's dashing good looks? Could be. But it might have more to do with his uncanny songwriting abilities that can be found not only with his own band, but also through Taylor Swift (I think she's one of John Mayer's million women) and SugarLand (and we all know them from Soul Miner's Daughter, eh?).



They've replaced their drummer since the last time I found myself pushing the stage, swaying in a beer-infused euphoria. Woot! Can't wait to revisit that. Maybe you'll get to see me revert to my bright-eyed, bushy-tailed 22-year old self...

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Zombie Pub Crawl - May 14, 2011

I should rename this blog Confessions of an Undead Music Addict...this post isn't really music related.

Hey y'all, if you're looking for something to do this weekend, you should hit Diesel in VaHi on Saturday. Why? Lotsa reasons. One has to do with the fact that this happens to be the day the Zombie Pub Crawl is taking place. I went last year. Gotta tell ya, the freaked out look on 'hood walkers at the sight of a bunch of undead drunks is pretty priceless. They'll have people doin' make-up to make you look like a rotted corpse from 4-7.

We're halfway to Halloween. Do.It. More info here. Visual preview here.

Coca-Cola 125th Birthday Concert

So, like I stated on Friday, I attended the big Coca-Cola concert in Centennial Park over the weekend. I not only got a wonderful afternoon of fine entertainment, but I was also able to work on my tan at the same time. Such a fantastic win.

I'm working on uploading the other half of the videos I have, but here are a couple I already managed to get.

Natasha Bedingfield really blew me away. That woman has the most flawless vocal showing I have ever witnessed in a setting like the one I was in. Her British accent is real cute, too. I can't tell you how excited I got when I heard the first chords of "Purple Rain" and then got to hear her belt it out. Mmm, wow. Here's a taste:



And, while I'm not typically into the whole R&B stuff (at least, not since Lo-Key in the early 90s), I really enjoyed Ne-Yo. I mostly enjoyed watching him dance, because he's super good at it.



Once I can get these other two massive files I have uploaded, you have Kelly Clarkson (who, btw, might be the most adorable thing ever, and I'm pretty sure we'd be best buddies) covering the White Stripes and One Night Only to look forward to...stay tuned. And, thanks to Coca-Cola for the awesomesauce Saturday.

Monday, May 09, 2011

Tour Announcement

Oooooh wheeeee! Just got an exciting email about a summer tour...Sia will be playing Variety Playhouse (which is only the BEST place to see a show in this town) on August 3rd! This is probably common knowledge, but I've admittedly been living under a rock. So, it's news to me! Anyway, she's got Oh Land opening up for her. And, ya know, I've said this before, and I'll say it again...Sia is like an angel. And, she loves dogs. So, she is basically numero uno in my book of favorite people. That book isn't real fat, btw. Here is some info on the tour:


I may have to hit this.

Friday, May 06, 2011

Coca-Cola Turns 125, Atlanta Turns Out

I have a day job at the world's number one beverage company, Coca-Cola. Yes, it's just as awesome as you would imagine. No, I don't personally bottle Coke, nor do I know the Secret Formula.

Anyway, apparently there is some big shindig tonight to celebrate Coca-Cola's 125th birthday this weekend. I wish I could tell you about it. But, I can't! That's how super posh it is. I heard there was going to be some big name band playing, but I can't tell you who. Not because I don't want to...but because I DON'T KNOW! It's killing me. Really. Maybe I'll find out on Monday. My VIP invite musta got lost in the mail...

But for those of you who like people like Kelly Clarkson (me!) and Natasha Beddingfield and Ne-Yo and other pop acts, you should hang out around Centennial Park tomorrow afternoon - 'cause all the above will be there performing for Coke employees and their families (yay! meeee!). No doubt you could get a second-hand dose of their performances if you're in the vicinity. And, you don't even have to pay for it! Aren't I a sweetheart? I know.

If you can't get downtown, and you still wanna see what they're doing, you can find the concert streaming here.

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Lots of musical fiasco this week, it seems.

Things I'm Excited About:
Pierre deReeder makes new label. I like him because he is part of Rilo Kiley. And, because he's a nice dood.

Sade is coming out with a 'new' album. She's only responsible for the conception of all people my age. True story. She's hitting the Chastain series this summer, too, if you can afford those puppies.

If you're into that heavy stuff, the drummer from Atlanta's metal gods, Mastadon, has a couple side projects you can check out.

Local Atlanta band Young Orchids just released a recorded album on iTunes. I have seen these dudes play. They're not bad, considering they are comprised of now defunct outfits Kill Gordon and the Futurists, who I was always stoked about back in the day. I guess I can look past the fact that Kyle Gordon acted like he had no idea who I was last time I bumped into him. This is a lesson, kiddies. Don't do drugs.

On Monday, May 9, Drive a Faster Car is hosting a show at the EARL.

Things I Could Do Without:
REM. Really. I think the new album is poop. Enough of the rotation already. Do you know how many albums are released each week? I don't, but I DO know that there's enough material out there to PLAY SOMETHING ELSE!

Miley Cyrus covering Nirvana. Hey, didya feel that gust of wind? It was Kurt Cobain's ashes swirling around aimlessly while trying to figure out why anyone would allow Miss Cyrus to publicly croon "Smells Like Teen Spirit." O.M.G.



The Black-Eyed Peas. When are people going to realize how terrible this "band" is?! I'd like to plea with all pop culture sources known to mankind. Please. Stop promoting this scummy, crapperific bag of suck. Thank you.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

On The Road Again


I looks like two of my favorite buzz bands will be touring together; Oberhofer and Neon Indian. Here's Oberhofer's most recently added dates along with a handy key for deciphering it ;) There's no Austin date listed but their publicist says "soon". Here's hoping she's right.

4/28 - Music Hall of Williamsburg - Brooklyn, NY *
5/14 - Coco 66 - Brooklyn, NY !!
5/16 - Brillobox - Pittsburgh, PA ^
5/17 - Radio Radio - Indianapolis, IN ^
5/18 - Turner Hall - Milwaukee, WI ^
5/19 - The Aquarium - Fargo, ND
5/20 - Pyramid Cabaret - Winnipeg, MB ^
5/22 - Republik - Calgary, AB ^ #
5/23 - Starlite Room - Edmonton, AB ^ #
5/25 - The Vogue Theatre - Vancouver, BC ^ #
5/26 - Roseland Theater - Portland, OR ^ #
5/30 - The Independent - San Francisco, CA ^ #
5/31 - Satellite Club - Los Angeles, CA %
6/1 - Casbah - San Diego, CA & @
6/8 - The Basement - Columbus, OH
6/10 - Midpoint Music Festival - Cincinnati, OH
6/11 - Grog Shop - Cleveland Heights, OH ^
6/12 - The Ottobar - Baltimore, MD ^

* w/ Cults
^ w/ Neon Indian
# w/ Sleigh Bells
% w/ Hands
& w/ The Beets
@ w/ Eternal Summers
!! w/ Widowspeak & Vacations

Thursday, April 21, 2011

When It's Love, It's Love.


Alexander Ebert, the lead singer for Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, just released his first solo album, Alexander.

Oh. My. God. Listen to "Glimpses". Now I just wonder if he will marry me.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Sky Full of Holes


Let's throw back to one of the only great things about the 1990's . . . Fountains Of Wayne! Their new album, Sky Full Of Holes, will be released in the US on August 2 via Yep Roc Records, their first release on the NC-based indie label. This is their first new release since 2007's Traffic And Weather.

I love straightforward pop so I'm really excited about this album. Baby, please leave the biker, leave the biker, break his heart ;)

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

500 Songs for Kids 2011

Yo - ticket information has gone up for the 500 Songs for Kids extravaganza happening April 28-May 7 at Smith's Olde Bar. I know, that's like, an eon away from today, but the thing is, you wanna get tickets. Why? Because you don't want to wait in line. I'm just trying to help you out. If you're unfamiliar with this, it's probably the craziest thing you've ever seen. 500 artists from all over the place sing one song from the list of 500 Feelgood Songs of All Time, and all the proceeds go to help out a handful of children's hospitals. So, this is a good cause. $10 a night gets you entertainment from host Josh Rifkind, and a few hours of songs you wanna sing along with. Tickets here!

Friday, April 08, 2011

Check Out: Ulrika

I've been thinking about zombies a lot this week. So, in honor of my obsession, and of the most awesome day of the week next to Saturday (that's Friday for those of you keeping up), I'm sharing this super cool cover of The Cranberries' "Zombie" done by Ulrika, who is Swedish and has a ridiculously captivating voice. You are very welcome.

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Kicks off National Headlining Tour



Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. announced their national headlining dates, with a few new cities added:

* Added Dates

*May 10 -Brighton Music Hall- Allston, MA
May 11 - Mercury Lounge - New York, NY
May 12 - The Rock Shop - Brooklyn, NY
May 13 - The Red Palace - Washington, DC
May 14 - Kung Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA
May 17 - IOTA Club & Cafe - Arlington, VA
May 18 - The Camel - Richmond, VA
May 19 - Local 506 - Chapel Hill, NC
*May 20 - The Earl - Atlanta, GA
May 21 - The Basement - Nashville, TN
May 24 - Bottletree - Birmingham, AL
May 25 - Proud Larry's - Oxford, MI
May 26 - Fitzgerald's - Houston, TX
May 27 - Club DaDa - Dallas, TX
May 28 - Emo's Alternative Lounge - Austin, TX
May 31 - Santa Fe Brewing Company - Santa Fe, NM
Jun 01 - Rhythm Room - Phoenix, AZ
*Jun 02 - The Casbah - San Diego, CA
Jun 03 - The Echo - Echo Park, CA
Jun 04 - Rickshaw Stop - San Francisco, CA
Jun 06 - Mississippi Studios - Portland, OR
Jun 07 - The Tractor Tavern - Seattle, WA
Jun 09 - The Neurolux - Boise, ID
Jun 10 - Kilby Court Gallery - Salt Lake City, UT
Jun 11 - Hi-Dive - Denver, CO
*Jun 13 - The Waiting room - Omaha, NE
*Jun 14 - The Mill - Iowa City, IA
Jun 15 - 7th Street Entry - Minneapolis, MN
*Jun 17- White Rabbit Cabaret - Indianapolis, IN

Check out their first single "Morning Thought" by clicking here. It's on their new album It's A Corporate World (out June 7) and it's definitely worth picking up. My advance has been in heavy rotation for the past two weeks because I heart it so much ;)

Scissor Sisters Hit Atlanta Tomorrow

While I've known about this for a while, I forgot to mention the most awesome, dancingest band ever is going to be at the Tabernacle tomorrow night. You can go on over to Live Nation for tickets if you wanna.

If you're not privvy to the Scissor Sisters, let me educate you for a second. They are only the most colorful set of musicians ever, who are basically like the modern day Village People, except with a chick. Since everyone I know is searching for tunes conducive for making their booties smaller in time for bathing suit season, I highly recommend this band be used for your treadmill enjoyment. They sing that classic "Take Your Mama Out" song, as well as "Don't Feel Like Dancin'" which reeks of win with its spaceship-type noises and catchy chorus.

So, if you want a fun night out, I'd get on these tickets and purify yourself in the waters of Lake Minnetonka.

Monday, April 04, 2011

Free Screening of New Garage Explosion

Yo-Vice Records sent along some great info on a free movie screening at Midtown Theatre this week in case you get bored with the craptastic weather we keep getting handed during this rather ugly spring.

Info:
Date/Time: Wednesday April 6, 7-9pm
Address: Midtown Arts Cinema, 931 Monroe Drive, Atlanta, GA 30308
Speakers: Q& A with Sean Woods (The Spits) and Dave Buick (Italy Records)


You can RSVP at this address if you'd like to attend. Looks like it'll cost ya zero dollars.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Eddie Vedder Is Still Kickin'

Looks like Eddie Vedder is still rolling on that solo career of his. Personally, I'd rather break out my Mary Jane's and flannel and bend on Pearl Jam, but whatevs. Guess everything has to end at some point. Even my teenage grunge years. Sigh.

While he's not going to hit Atlanta (really? really, Eddie? You're going to skip the ENTIRE southeast? Shame on you.), tickets on sale April 1st for the following shows...

Date City Venue
June 15 Providence, RI Providence Performing Arts Center (PAC)
June 16 Boston, MA The Wang Theatre
June 18 Hartford, CT The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts
June 21 New York, NY Beacon Theatre
June 22 New York, NY Beacon Theatre
June 25 Philadelphia, PA Tower Theatre
June 26 Detroit, MI Fox Theatre
June 28 Chicago, IL The Chicago Theatre
July 1 St. Louis, MO Fox Theatre
July 2 Minneapolis, MN Orpheum Theatre
July 5 San Diego, CA Copley Symphony Hall
July 6 Long Beach, CA Terrace Theater
July 8 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
July 9 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl
July 11 Oakland, CA The Paramount Theatre
July 14 Portland, OR Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
July 15 Seattle, WA Benaroya Hall

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Musical Mardi Gras

It's Fat Tuesday. I'm not Catholic, and I don't fast, and I don't celebrate the whole Mardi Gras thing, however, I really like shiny beads. So, I'm posting some New Orleans/Mardi Gras/Tuesday related songs. It's a Mardi Gras playlist, y'all.

-Better Than Ezra: Famously from the New Orleans area, they boast many songs about the time spent there as college guys at LSU. I distinctively remember my high school days when I hear anything from Friction, Baby, although that was sparked by the whole mass appeal of "Good." I have admittedly attended more shows than I can even count at this point, and I have a couple of guitar picks from my overly excitable flailing in front of the stage at each of those shows. This also means I have more favorites than you can possibly imagine. While I assume the general population knows of the 90s pop rock spectacular that is Better Than Ezra, this is because I forget that I am OLD. Anyway, I recommend the following:
->"Sincerely, Me"
->"King of New Orleans"
->"Juicy" (which I'm positive was used to promote Desperate Housewives)
->"Recognize"
->"Extraordinary"

-Cowboy Mouth: Another band that was known from the nineties. While I'm not really on the bandwagon with this particular kind of music, I won't rob you of it. And, they're from NOLA, so it fits the theme. Check out "Tell the Girl Ur Sorry" from their album Fearless. And, if you wanna see them live, hit Park Tavern on March 26th.

-The Dixie Cups: Heading back to the 60s (one of the best decades ever for music, btw), The Dixie Cups had that infectious tune "Iko Iko," which based its lyrics on a Mardi Gras Indian parade collision. While the Dixie Cups did not write the song, they certainly made it famous. I mean, who isn't familiar with it? Doesn't Disney use it a lot? Not that I'm an expert on Disney, or anything...

-Lynyrd Skynyrd: I know it's probably hard to believe, but back in my college days, I was a big Skynyrd fan. Yup. I even endured the pain of serving a bunch of drunk rednecks shots of something purple in order to get free admission to their remaining members "comeback" show. No one ever told me I wasn't resourceful. So, naturally, I'll mention "Tuesday's Gone" here, because, damnit, it's a terrific tune. Everyone needs a soundtrack for memories and cold ones. This is on mine.

-Rolling Stones: "Ruby Tuesday"! I'm not talking about the corporate chain of restaurants with the amazing salad bar, here. I'm talking about that lovely song by the Stones. There are actually two supposed Mardi Gras themes in this song. 1: It mentions "Tuesday." And 2: the rumor is that the woman it's about lives in New Orleans. There ya go. Bam.

Anyone have others to add?

Friday, March 04, 2011

Friday Fixins

As much as I would like to just verbally vomit all my musical desires on a regular occasion, I'm still trying to find free time to do that. I have made a couple of purchases lately that I'm very happy with and would like to share in case you have some iTunes money and are looking for suggestions.

-Mumford and Sons - "Little Lion Man"
I'm aware this band has already kind of "hit it." I tested it after much resistence to giving in to the mass appeal. But ya know, the slice of excitement I feel when I hear this song is worth it.

-Cee-Lo Green - "F*** You"
Uhhh, I'm almost positive every man, woman, and child has heard some version of this song in the past couple of months. This song is the perfect recipe for dancing, singing, and making a point, all at the same time. I prefer the unedited version, because I like the eff word. I don't know how Cee-Lo did it, but, damn, he did.

-Fitz and the Tantrums - "Moneygrabber
Catchy shizz up in this three minutes! I've already talked about, so I won't really elaborate. I, unfortunately, get the feeling that this is the only song that'll see the light of day until they poof back into one-hit-wonderdom.

-Florence & The Machine - "Cosmic Love"
This band sounds like so many other bands that's really hard to pinpoint who I want to. I've pegged Imogen Heap, and Sarah McLachlan. This would explain why my sister (who likes exactly 3 bands and Justin Bieber) is a fan. Love this song, though. And, that other one, "Dog Days of Summer." I recommend the whole freakin' album. Trust me on that one.

-Grace Potter and the Nocturnals - "Treat Me Right"
So, my great friend, Tori, gave me a copy of Nothing But The Water for my birthday, and I've been in blues bitten heaven with it. I feel like this is a good, modern anthem for all those women out there who keep magnetizing douchebags of epic proportion. Eh?

-Wolves - "Nightfriends"
Listen to this. What do you think of it? I think of dark alleys a la Michael Jackson's "Thriller" and smoke. And, I think of seducing boys. And, blue lights. But mostly, I think about how it makes me all pumped and stuff.

That's all I got for now. Hey, if you're near a Chick-Fil-A today, they're giving away free fries! Only between 2pm and 4pm, though. And, you have to say, "Heinz Dip and Squeeze, please!"

Tata, betch.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Fitz Coming to the ATL

Hey, hey. Remember Fitz & the Tantrums? The band that had me doing a happy dance of musical joy will be hitting the Loft in Atlanta on April 14! Yippee! If you're not savvy, I highly suggest you get in on this. The Loft is a small place, so you're going to get an intimate show. Not only that, but they have awesome bartenders. Ask for Garrett. The best part? Tickets are through Ticket Alternative, so no dealing with the A-holes at Ticketbastard! Yay! $14 for all that bliss. And, it's an all-ages show, which normally equates to no beer line. Tickets onsale tomorrow at NOON.

This Weekend in Music

Heads up, Atlanta. Killer weekend for sweet shows. Total win. Do I sound half my age, yet? Anyway, here are a couple suggestions:

Friday, February 25: The miracle of music is going to be taking place. The Old 97s are playing the Buckhead Theatre (formerly the Roxy). Yay! I'll be dreaming of Rhett Miller's windmill and Ken Bethea's wristbands until then. $20

Saturday, February 26: Check it out - Grace Potter and the Nocturnals are hitting the Variety. Think about it. A lady with a punch-packing voice and body so full of soul, she might bust at the seams, is going to be in the most awesomesauce of all Atlanta venues. They'll be there on Friday night, too, but ya know, I have other plans. Tickets are....SOLD OUT. Sucks for you if you don't have any.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Dear Gaga.

Dear Lady Gaga,

While I really hate to admit that I purchased that Fame Monster album of yours, I will, because there really is nothing like singing along to "Monster" while I'm in traffic in the car. I mean, I'm all married now, and I have to live in the 'burbs. So, I have to listen to something totally mindless, and that's where you come in.

The thing is, as much as I enjoy getting all cozy with you and your completely stupid lyrical content, I have to express my recent distaste with your diva high horse you seem to have climbed on. Why? Oh, I don't know. It could have something to do with the fact that I turned on the radio one morning and caught a remix of Madonna's "Express Yourselfff..."

...WAIT. Hold up. Just. Wait. It was NOT Madonna! It was YOU, Gaga! It was you, singing your "new song" that you "wrote in ten minutes!" Well, of course, the song just came right to you. Because you stole it from Madonna! I mean, since when are you this delusional to think the population of thirty-somethings who once worshipped Madonna like your fans worship you now wouldn't catch on that you're trying to reincarnate Madonna circa 1989 to Gaga 2011?!

For someone who prides themselves on being the next "new" thing, you should be ashamed. Great mathematicians took existing formulas and expounded upon them to "level up" their trade. You...well, it seems you are just a copycat. Tsk, tsk. Respect. Lost.

Sincerely,
Leah

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

DeLuna Fest 2011

I'm passing on some info on a festival created to help out Pensacola after that nasty little oil spill last year. I figure all you people who don't mind being gross and dirty in the name of music might like an excuse to blow town for a few days at the height of Mother Nature's lovliest season.

After the BP oil spill decimated tourism all along the Gulf Coast, Five Flags Tourism Group stepped in to help the city of Pensacola, FL recover with DeLuna Fest. For three days in October, America's Original Beach Party hosted the likes of Willie Nelson, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Stone Temple Pilots, Michael Franti, The Submarines, and many more. The inaugural event exceeded even FFTG's wildest expectations, and the overwhelming support for Pensacola Beach and the entire Gulf Coast brought a much needed economic shot in the arm for local businesses.

DeLuna Fest is back again for another 3 days this October, and FFTG have some big announcements to make regarding DeLuna today. The press conference will be streaming live on www.delunafest.com at 3:15 EST/12:15 PST

To stay up to date with DeLuna Fest:
www.delunafest.com
www.twitter.com/delunafest
www.facebook.com/delunafest

For video highlights from last year, visit here.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Joy Formidable - The Big Roar

The Joy Formidable -- Ritzy Bryan and her two lovely sidekicks that round out the trio -- are playing SXSW this year to promote the release of The Big Roar in the US. They'll be at the Rolling Stone Party and have a showcase of their own at Buffalo Billards. If you're not at SXSW, they kick off their US tour at The Earl in Atlanta. You won't want to miss them.

Check out my interview with the band in the March issue of Stomp and Stammer Magazine.

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

The Twilight Singers - Dynamite Steps



Greg Dulli is my favorite. I absolutely love the man and both Afghan Whigs and Twilight Singers. He writes great, sleazy, dark, beautiful songs and I can't help myself in wondering why the hell he keeps taking up with Mark Lanegan. I freaking hated the Screaming Trees when I was a kid and find Mr. Lanegan even less relevant today. Although it pained me to do so, I made my silent statement by refusing to buy the Gutter Twins album -- although I did fly all the way to New York to see their debut show at The Bowery Ballroom a few Valentines Days ago. The long and short of it is, I don't like the influence that Lanegan and Dulli's collaborations have had on Dulli recently. I hate Lanegan's downtrodden, mid-90's sounding, Alice in Chains-esque crap songwriting. I can just feel the Screaming Trees influence in some of the material on Dynamite Steps, much to my dismay. If I have to rank Twilight full length albums, it's going to go something like this (best to worst): Twilight: As Played by The Twilight Singers, Blackberry Belle, Powder Burns, She Loves You, Dynamite Steps. Now, I don't want to disappoint those of you who are going to pick this album up on February 15th. There are some classic Dulli tracks "Get Lucky", "On the Corner", "She Was Stolen", and "Blackbird and the Fox". There is also a track that makes me cringe; "Be Invited". Twilight Singers are still better than 98% of the bands out there today and I will certainly see them live this time around. When Dulli is indeed "on", it's killer.

Sorry for the rant. Check out my legit review of Dynamite Steps in the March issue of Stomp and Stammer Magazine.

Thursday, February 03, 2011

The Break Up



I have received 100 emails this week regarding the White Stripes break-up. Literally. 100. I thought they had already moved on to bigger and better things so unfortunately this doesn't strike me as a huge surprise. Besides, when you're sleeping with your sister there's really nowhere to go but down. Only kidding, folks.

Monday, January 31, 2011

A Few Goodies From The Old Inbox

We're back, betches. Let's kick this off with a little inbox brain dump.

Oberhofer. I can't pronounce it but I heart it nonetheless. While I still can't gather if this is a band or a dude, I am going to go with dude. Although, if it's a dude he should probably change his name to something easier to remember so I don't have to look under the "O" category of iTunes for a refresher. It's snazzy and fun. Yeah, I said snazzy. Check it:



On a high note (pun intended), the Black Angels just announced new tour dates. If those of you in the ATL can stomach the Masquerade, it's probably worth it. Austinites, we get Emo's ;)

1/26 - Billiken Club - St. Louis, MO
1/27 - Gardner Lounge (Grinnell College) - Grinnell, IA
1/28 - High Noon Saloon - Madison, WI @
1/29 - Lincoln Hall - Chicago, IL @
1/31 - Grog Shop - Cleveland, OH @ !
2/1 - The Blind Pig - Ann Arbor, MI @
2/3 - Paradise - Boston, MA @
2/4 - Music Hall - Brooklyn, NY @
2/5 - Johnny Brenda's - Philadelphia, PA @
2/7 - Rock and Roll Hotel - Washington, DC @
2/8 - Jefferson Theater - Charlottesville, VA @
2/9 - Grey Eagle - Asheville, NC @
2/10 - Cat's Cradle - Carrboro, NC @
2/11 - The Earl - Atlanta, GA @
2/12 - Mercy Lounge - Nashville, TN @
2/14 - The Bottletree - Birmingham, AL @
2/15 - Thirsty Hippo - Hattiesburg, MS @
2/17 - Fitzgerald's - Houston, TX @
2/18 - Emo's - Austin, TX @
2/19 - The Loft - Dallas, TX @
2/21 - Sticky Fingerz Chicken Shack - Little Rock, AR @
2/22 - The Opolis - Norman, OK @
2/23 - Mojo's - Columbia, MO @
2/24 - The Waiting Room - Omaha, NE @
2/25 - First Avenue - Minneapolis, MN @
2/26 - The House Cafe - Dekalb, IL

The Strokes are releasing a new album on March 22nd not that anybody has cared about them since the drummer, old what's-his-name, dated Drew Barrymore. It's called 'Angels' and they're probably going to need nothing short of a miracle to move some units. Suitable title, I guess.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Resurrection. Courtesy of Fitz & the Tantrums

Dear Fitz & the Tantrums:

I would like to thank you for what you just did to me. I'm a big fan of giving thanks where it's due, and this is definitely one of those times. See, I've been absent from music blogging because I was so uninspired with, well...everything. Life. Jobby job. Music. You get the idea.

So, imagine my utter disbelief when, while sitting at my desk after a particularly grueling meeting, I hear "MoneyGrabber" on the radio, and find it impossible to keep it to myself without retreating to the only outlet I know: the bloggy blog. The same one I have been broken up with for about two years. The same one that taught me that there is simply no new music worthy to speak of anymore. Oh, Fitz, you and your Tantrums have just given me musical Lasik. It's like I can see again. Your sunshiney seventies soul poppy goodness wrapped up in a pretty bow has taught me that, just like Guinness and Heinz have been telling me for many years, good things come to those who wait.

Do me a favor and let the genius at Dangerbird Records who decided you needed to be heard by the masses know that it's the best thing they've done since Silversun Pickups.

Moneygrabber Video

Do me another favor. Let me know when you hit Atlanta. That way, I'll have plenty of time to acquire a seventies hooptie and feather boa to travel to the show in. Kthanks.

Sincerely,
Leah Baker
Head Bitch