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.