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.


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 at 3:15 EST/12:15 PST

To stay up to date with DeLuna Fest:

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.