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  string(6639) "In June, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp declared that live music venues are allowed to reopen their stages for performances as of July 1. However, don’t expect the monthly music calendar to fill up anytime soon. Across the board, Atlanta’s live music promoters say that without a COVID-19 vaccine ready to go, or proof positive that the rate of infections is trending downward, most clubs aren’t comfortable inviting people to their shows. Most Atlanta music venue doors will remain shuttered for the time being.

“Sadly, we can’t really operate until we can operate safely with 100 plus people in the room, and [[knowing] that customers are comfortable coming out and eating in close quarters,” says Live Nation talent buyer and Eddie’s Attic promoter Andrew Hingley. “I also believe the vibe of the concert experience won’t translate that well with social distancing and musicians looking out to a small crowd of masks. I believe the energy for the customer and for the artists will be a disconnect from what people are used to,” he continues. “I believe Eddie’s Attic is looking at a mid-August to September time frame.”

But even if club owners do want to start booking shows, the number of bands and artists on the road is virtually nil for now and for the foreseeable future. OK Productions’ promoter Alex Weiss says, “It is crazy to open up venues, especially with the guidelines that Kemp has issued. With the way things work with the bands that I deal with, it will take more than a couple of weeks to set up a show, even if I wanted to, which I don’t.” He adds, “I definitely do not feel comfortable putting people at risk at this time. Most of the artists I deal with aren’t planning to tour now until 2021.”

In addition to the potential health risks of filling up rooms with concertgoers, Atlanta, and indeed the rest of the country are still reeling with daily protests being waged following the killing of George Floyd and now the June 12 police shooting of Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta.

Face of Knives promoter Daniel DeSimone, who books the Bakery, explains that these larger issues at hand take precedence over the daily operations of booking a club. What’s more, the lease on the Bakery’s 825 Warner Street location expired on June 30, and it will not be renewed. The celebrated independent arts and music venue is moving on. Details remain to be determined. In the meantime, the Bakery’s staff and organizers are still operating out of their temporary New Square location above Underground Atlanta.

Still, DeSimone reiterates that it will be a while before they’re up and running again. “Although Kemp has legally permitted event spaces to program as of July 1, we don’t ethically feel like we can invite people to our space and potentially contribute to the inevitable second wave of COVID-19, putting artists, guests, and staff at risk,” he says. “We likely won’t be regularly programming again until there is a proven, widespread, and affordable vaccine for the virus, and (we) encourage other public spaces to consider these risks as well. “Furthermore,” DeSimone adds, “we consider ourselves community organizers first, and a music venue second — maybe third, fourth, or fifth, honestly — and believe it is our duty as organizers to focus all of our efforts on addressing the larger human rights crisis facing our nation and city.”

Sadly, the Vista Room has closed its doors permanently. In an emailed announcement, the club states: “As an independent we simply cannot sensibly sustain the massive overheard losses which will now run thru (sic) at least August (six months) and even then, judging by the surprising lack of attendance at Restaurants & Gyms (sic) the last three weeks, people will hesitate coming until Christmas.”

The press release goes on to state that The Vista Room did not fail — “... we were squashed by a bug! But we are all alive and moving on down new trails as the world deals with COVID-19.”

On the NIVA front ...

Born in March when the coronavirus pandemic first took hold, and currently boasting more than 2,000 members in all 50 U.S. states, the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) is still hard at work lobbying congress for a much-needed financial boost to keep the country’s music venues alive. Following a recent survey showing that 90 percent of the nation’s music venues will go out of business permanently if they can’t feasibly reopen soon, the organization is rallying behind the RESTART Act (S. 3814). If passed, the bipartisan act will modify the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to work for businesses that have lost all revenue amid the shelter-in-place orders. RESTART promises six months of payroll and operating expenses for music venues, and allows for more flexible use of government-sponsored loans with no minimum requirements for expense categories. RESTART expands availability for small businesses that work mostly with part-time employees, and extends the time frame for repayment and  PPP loan forgiveness. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

In new releases news …    Creativity by any means necessary is the driving force behind Touch, a new six-song album from Child of Regulus, aka Quinn Mason. Touch was conceived, composed, and executed entirely by Mason using his smartphone equipped with GarageBand and iKaossilator software.

Over the last several years, Mason has made his presence felt most strongly amid Atlanta’s late-night jazz scene, fluttering and skronking on a saxophone with Konda, Kamaal Williams, Wolfpack ATL, QUAS, and the Royal Krunk Jazz Orkestra. Mason also curates Gallery 992’s Sunday-night improv sessions. Following shelter-in-place orders, Touch was born as a means to keep creating music while he was literally left to his own devices. Songs such as “Your Mind, Your Time,” Lo-Fi Lullaby,” and “No Quieres Fumar” eschew Mason’s more recognizable jazz modes while exploring electronic music, techno, jazz, and funk inflections.

Atlanta’s D-beat torchbearers Disable have a new 7-inch out, titled ... Slamming in the Depths of Hell. The record blasts six songs of hardcore punk fury with titles such as “Hellish Nightmare,” “False Flag,” and “Whistling Death” — anthems for our tumultuous times.

Chemical Illusion, the final offering from the late Rick Dang’s rock ‘n’ roll underdog outfit Dang Dang Dang, is now available on vinyl via Bandcamp. The album was originally released in June of 2018; Dang passed away in October 2019. —CL—"
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Sadly, the Vista Room has closed its doors permanently. In an emailed announcement, the club states: “As an independent we simply cannot sensibly sustain the massive overheard losses which will now run thru (sic) at least August (six months) and even then, judging by the surprising lack of attendance at Restaurants & Gyms (sic) the last three weeks, people will hesitate coming until Christmas.”

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“Sadly, we can’t really operate until we can operate safely with 100 plus people in the room, and [[knowing] that customers are comfortable coming out and eating in close quarters,” says Live Nation talent buyer and Eddie’s Attic promoter Andrew Hingley. “I also believe the vibe of the concert experience won’t translate that well with social distancing and musicians looking out to a small crowd of masks. I believe the energy for the customer and for the artists will be a disconnect from what people are used to,” he continues. “I believe Eddie’s Attic is looking at a mid-August to September time frame.”

But even if club owners do want to start booking shows, the number of bands and artists on the road is virtually nil for now and for the foreseeable future. OK Productions’ promoter Alex Weiss says, “It is crazy to open up venues, especially with the guidelines that Kemp has issued. With the way things work with the bands that I deal with, it will take more than a couple of weeks to set up a show, even if I wanted to, which I don’t.” He adds, “I definitely do not feel comfortable putting people at risk at this time. Most of the artists I deal with aren’t planning to tour now until 2021.”

In addition to the potential health risks of filling up rooms with concertgoers, Atlanta, and indeed the rest of the country are still reeling with daily protests being waged following the killing of George Floyd and now the June 12 police shooting of Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta.

Face of Knives promoter Daniel DeSimone, who books the Bakery, explains that these larger issues at hand take precedence over the daily operations of booking a club. What’s more, the lease on the Bakery’s 825 Warner Street location expired on June 30, and it will not be renewed. The celebrated independent arts and music venue is moving on. Details remain to be determined. In the meantime, the Bakery’s staff and organizers are still operating out of their temporary New Square location above Underground Atlanta.

Still, DeSimone reiterates that it will be a while before they’re up and running again. “Although Kemp has legally permitted event spaces to program as of July 1, we don’t ethically feel like we can invite people to our space and potentially contribute to the inevitable second wave of COVID-19, putting artists, guests, and staff at risk,” he says. “We likely won’t be regularly programming again until there is a proven, widespread, and affordable vaccine for the virus, and (we) encourage other public spaces to consider these risks as well. “Furthermore,” DeSimone adds, “we consider ourselves community organizers first, and a music venue second — maybe third, fourth, or fifth, honestly — and believe it is our duty as organizers to focus all of our efforts on addressing the larger human rights crisis facing our nation and city.”

Sadly, the Vista Room has closed its doors permanently. In an emailed announcement, the club states: “As an independent we simply cannot sensibly sustain the massive overheard losses which will now run thru (sic) at least August (six months) and even then, judging by the surprising lack of attendance at Restaurants & Gyms (sic) the last three weeks, people will hesitate coming until Christmas.”

The press release goes on to state that The Vista Room did not fail — “... we were squashed by a bug! But we are all alive and moving on down new trails as the world deals with COVID-19.”

On the NIVA front ...

Born in March when the coronavirus pandemic first took hold, and currently boasting more than 2,000 members in all 50 U.S. states, the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) is still hard at work lobbying congress for a much-needed financial boost to keep the country’s music venues alive. Following a recent survey showing that 90 percent of the nation’s music venues will go out of business permanently if they can’t feasibly reopen soon, the organization is rallying behind the RESTART Act (S. 3814). If passed, the bipartisan act will modify the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to work for businesses that have lost all revenue amid the shelter-in-place orders. RESTART promises six months of payroll and operating expenses for music venues, and allows for more flexible use of government-sponsored loans with no minimum requirements for expense categories. RESTART expands availability for small businesses that work mostly with part-time employees, and extends the time frame for repayment and  PPP loan forgiveness. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

In new releases news …    Creativity by any means necessary is the driving force behind Touch, a new six-song album from Child of Regulus, aka Quinn Mason. Touch was conceived, composed, and executed entirely by Mason using his smartphone equipped with GarageBand and iKaossilator software.

Over the last several years, Mason has made his presence felt most strongly amid Atlanta’s late-night jazz scene, fluttering and skronking on a saxophone with Konda, Kamaal Williams, Wolfpack ATL, QUAS, and the Royal Krunk Jazz Orkestra. Mason also curates Gallery 992’s Sunday-night improv sessions. Following shelter-in-place orders, Touch was born as a means to keep creating music while he was literally left to his own devices. Songs such as “Your Mind, Your Time,” Lo-Fi Lullaby,” and “No Quieres Fumar” eschew Mason’s more recognizable jazz modes while exploring electronic music, techno, jazz, and funk inflections.

Atlanta’s D-beat torchbearers Disable have a new 7-inch out, titled ... Slamming in the Depths of Hell. The record blasts six songs of hardcore punk fury with titles such as “Hellish Nightmare,” “False Flag,” and “Whistling Death” — anthems for our tumultuous times.

Chemical Illusion, the final offering from the late Rick Dang’s rock ‘n’ roll underdog outfit Dang Dang Dang, is now available on vinyl via Bandcamp. The album was originally released in June of 2018; Dang passed away in October 2019. —CL—    Courtesy Marquinn Mason CHILD OF REGULUS: While sheltered in place, saxophonist Quinn Mason crafted ‘Touch,’ an electronic album composed on his phone.  0,0,10    AMN atlantamusicnews                             ATLANTA MUSIC NEWS: NIVA lobbies for a RESTART "
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  string(5305) "For most of us, after nearly three months of sheltering in place, the charm of quarantine time has worn off. But for Adam McIntyre of The Pinx, the downtime is proving to be quite an inspiration.

“I was a prolific writer as a teenager, and without my daily tasks of driving kids around and doing things I think I have to do but don’t, I go right back to what recharges and equally burns my energy, which is making music,” McIntyre says. “It’s all I want to do. So knowing that I was about to have a lot of time to create, I decided to get naked.”

McIntyre has created a trilogy of albums — a blues album, The Devil Got My Soul!; a more direct rock ‘n’ roll album, You’re Doing It Right; and a third, currently unreleased, album tentatively titled Quarantology III. McIntyre plans to change the name before it’s unleashed unto the public.

All three albums represent variations on a theme: McIntyre’s efforts to get comfortable without the “rock suit” he’s fashioned for himself while singing and playing guitar with the Pinx. “It’s a wonderful, beautiful suit if I do say so,” he adds. “But what if I wasn’t expected to do that? I took off the suit and made a blues record because that’s how I started. You’re Doing It Right is going even farther into removing identity. It’s running around wearing only purple paint. In space.”

Songs on McIntyre’s third record will largely be about becoming nobody, which he says is based on Ram Dass’s talks on ego vs. identity vs. the soul. “I’m looking to make a very fun record about losing yourself and seeing what is still left,” he says. “I guess it’s a trilogy of taking off your clothes, spiritually.”

To kick off this seemingly spontaneous series, in late March, McIntyre rolled out the first single from The Devil Got My Soul!, titled “Do The Damn Thing,” which features a blistering solo by Wayne Kramer of the MC5.

With all of this new material taking shape, McIntyre has also found time for a whole batch of Pinx songs as well. The group has a new EP tentatively scheduled for a July release, and four to five songs are coming together for the next full-length album as well. More details are coming soon.

Of course, McIntyre isn’t the only local rock dude to turn out a new record this spring. Chunklet Industries and Mathis Hunter’s self-run indie label Ley Lines have teamed up to release Hunter’s latest album, Mood Lighting.

Following a new single from the LP that previewed in April, “Clone It Off,” Mood Lighting emerges as a layered, inward journey that’s as sentimentally profound as it is psychedelic. Each number reflects on the ins and outs of reconnecting with one’s identity in the wake of a relationship coming to an end. For this outing, Hunter takes up guitar, bass, percussion, and various other musical duties, and is joined by a coterie of Atlanta all-stars including drummer Lee Corum, Rich Morris on keys, and Andy Morrison playing guitar and lap steel. 

Keep your eyes peeled for a new video for the album’s closing number “Don’t Be Long” to arrive in June.

In other Chunklet-related news, on June 5, the label is rolling out a handful of stellar new releases including a Honey Radar singles comp featuring liner notes by Byron Coley; a new single by Shark Toys, which includes a Desperate Bicycles cover on the B-side; and 7-inch singles by Atlanta acts Vangas, Reverends, and the almighty Purkinje Shift.

Another Risk Of The Heart is the latest release from longtime Atlanta songwriting hero Blake Rainey and the Young Antiques. Released via Southern Lovers Recording Co., Another Risk Of The Heart is pressed on gorgeous blue vinyl, and finds singer and guitarist Rainey flanked by bass player Blake Parris and new drummer John Speaks (Skirt, the Jody Grind), all reveling in new anthemic songs with titles such as “Euclid Creeper,” “I Think You’ll Never,” and “Goin’ Home” featuring vocals by Atlanta expat Kelly Hogan (Neko Case, the Decemberists, Rock*A*Teens, The Jody Grind).

Each song was recorded in Rainey’s home Southern Lovers Recording Studios, blending his signature blend of power pop hooks and storytelling with a rural Southern inflection and crystalline production. Chris Lopez ( Rock*A*Teens, Tenement Halls) and Tom Cheshire (West End Motel, All Night Drug Prowling Wolves) also make guest appearances throughout the album.

Grace Bellury’s indie rock outfit Karaoke has a new video out for the song “Lo Hi.” The song is set to appear on a forthcoming album, title TBD. The video, directed by DJ Barbie Corvette, is a single shot — no cuts — in which the group’s synth player Adrian Benedykt Świtoń dances and writhes around a glowing hotel room eating pizza, smoking cigarettes, and staring into the camera with fixed, bedroom eyes. Sultry. Absurd. Awesome. The “Lo Hi” video is the first in a series of five new videos in which all members of the group will get their individual screen time. Look for more coming very soon.

Last, but not least, on May 22, Brian Revels & the Heat Lightning released a brand-new album, Jasper County Blues. Check it out on Spotify. —CL—

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McIntyre has created a trilogy of albums — a blues album, ''The Devil Got My Soul!''; a more direct rock ‘n’ roll album, ''You’re Doing It Right''; and a third, currently unreleased, album tentatively titled ''Quarantology III''. McIntyre plans to change the name before it’s unleashed unto the public.

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Last, but not least, on May 22, __Brian Revels & the Heat Lightning__ released a brand-new album, ''Jasper County Blues''. Check it out on Spotify. __—CL—__

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“I was a prolific writer as a teenager, and without my daily tasks of driving kids around and doing things I think I have to do but don’t, I go right back to what recharges and equally burns my energy, which is making music,” McIntyre says. “It’s all I want to do. So knowing that I was about to have a lot of time to create, I decided to get naked.”

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All three albums represent variations on a theme: McIntyre’s efforts to get comfortable without the “rock suit” he’s fashioned for himself while singing and playing guitar with the Pinx. “It’s a wonderful, beautiful suit if I do say so,” he adds. “But what if I wasn’t expected to do that? I took off the suit and made a blues record because that’s how I started. You’re Doing It Right is going even farther into removing identity. It’s running around wearing only purple paint. In space.”

Songs on McIntyre’s third record will largely be about becoming nobody, which he says is based on Ram Dass’s talks on ego vs. identity vs. the soul. “I’m looking to make a very fun record about losing yourself and seeing what is still left,” he says. “I guess it’s a trilogy of taking off your clothes, spiritually.”

To kick off this seemingly spontaneous series, in late March, McIntyre rolled out the first single from The Devil Got My Soul!, titled “Do The Damn Thing,” which features a blistering solo by Wayne Kramer of the MC5.

With all of this new material taking shape, McIntyre has also found time for a whole batch of Pinx songs as well. The group has a new EP tentatively scheduled for a July release, and four to five songs are coming together for the next full-length album as well. More details are coming soon.

Of course, McIntyre isn’t the only local rock dude to turn out a new record this spring. Chunklet Industries and Mathis Hunter’s self-run indie label Ley Lines have teamed up to release Hunter’s latest album, Mood Lighting.

Following a new single from the LP that previewed in April, “Clone It Off,” Mood Lighting emerges as a layered, inward journey that’s as sentimentally profound as it is psychedelic. Each number reflects on the ins and outs of reconnecting with one’s identity in the wake of a relationship coming to an end. For this outing, Hunter takes up guitar, bass, percussion, and various other musical duties, and is joined by a coterie of Atlanta all-stars including drummer Lee Corum, Rich Morris on keys, and Andy Morrison playing guitar and lap steel. 

Keep your eyes peeled for a new video for the album’s closing number “Don’t Be Long” to arrive in June.

In other Chunklet-related news, on June 5, the label is rolling out a handful of stellar new releases including a Honey Radar singles comp featuring liner notes by Byron Coley; a new single by Shark Toys, which includes a Desperate Bicycles cover on the B-side; and 7-inch singles by Atlanta acts Vangas, Reverends, and the almighty Purkinje Shift.

Another Risk Of The Heart is the latest release from longtime Atlanta songwriting hero Blake Rainey and the Young Antiques. Released via Southern Lovers Recording Co., Another Risk Of The Heart is pressed on gorgeous blue vinyl, and finds singer and guitarist Rainey flanked by bass player Blake Parris and new drummer John Speaks (Skirt, the Jody Grind), all reveling in new anthemic songs with titles such as “Euclid Creeper,” “I Think You’ll Never,” and “Goin’ Home” featuring vocals by Atlanta expat Kelly Hogan (Neko Case, the Decemberists, Rock*A*Teens, The Jody Grind).

Each song was recorded in Rainey’s home Southern Lovers Recording Studios, blending his signature blend of power pop hooks and storytelling with a rural Southern inflection and crystalline production. Chris Lopez ( Rock*A*Teens, Tenement Halls) and Tom Cheshire (West End Motel, All Night Drug Prowling Wolves) also make guest appearances throughout the album.

Grace Bellury’s indie rock outfit Karaoke has a new video out for the song “Lo Hi.” The song is set to appear on a forthcoming album, title TBD. The video, directed by DJ Barbie Corvette, is a single shot — no cuts — in which the group’s synth player Adrian Benedykt Świtoń dances and writhes around a glowing hotel room eating pizza, smoking cigarettes, and staring into the camera with fixed, bedroom eyes. Sultry. Absurd. Awesome. The “Lo Hi” video is the first in a series of five new videos in which all members of the group will get their individual screen time. Look for more coming very soon.

Last, but not least, on May 22, Brian Revels & the Heat Lightning released a brand-new album, Jasper County Blues. Check it out on Spotify. —CL—

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  string(6551) "The financial hardships wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic reach far and wide. Among the hardest-hit institutions across the country have been independent music venues.

Since Georgians began sheltering in place the second week of March, business for the city’s live music destinations has ground to a halt, and, aside from setting up GoFundMe accounts, revenue streams have remained shut off. A new coalition of venues and promoters, however, dubbed the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) has formed to lobby for, and to create a lifeline to support these indie music institutions, their staffs, artists, and their communities.

“Music venues were the first to close and will be the last to open,” said Dayna Frank, NIVA board member and owner of First Avenue in Minneapolis, in an April 20 press release. “It’s just brutal right now, and the future is predictable to no one. We can’t envision a world without these music venues, so we’ve created NIVA to fight for their ability to survive this shutdown, which we hear could go into 2021,” Frank goes on to say. “Our first order of business is to push to secure federal funding to preserve the ecosystem of live music venues and touring artists.”

One of the organization’s first acts was to petition Capitol Hill House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, on April 22, with an open letter asking for assistance in ensuring the Small Business Paycheck Protection Program services the venues who need it most. The letter also asked for tax relief, including deferral of federal taxes for closed businesses, a forgiveness program, and for extensions on PPA loans until it’s safe for the concert industry to resume business. Continued federal support for unemployment insurance for employees of shuttered businesses, mortgage and rent forbearance, and the establishment of a grant-funded business recovery fund were also among the NIVA letter’s requests.

As of press time, more than 900 music venues in all 50 states have joined NIVA, including the 40 Watt in Athens, along with Atlanta promoters OK Productions and Rival Entertainment, as well as venues such as the Center Stage-Vinyl-The Loft complex, Smith’s Olde Bar, and The Masquerade.

“We joined NIVA because we believe there is strength in numbers,” says The Masquerade’s talent buyer Greg Green. “Instead of being just one of 800 small voices trying to be heard, we believe that the unified voice of all of these wonderful independent live music venues and promoters will carry a lot more weight regarding the issues facing our industry during this incredibly difficult time. Also, we think having the resource of all of the other members’ experience and knowledge available to us will be invaluable as we try to navigate ahead in the coming months and get back to presenting great concerts.”

There is no cost for venues to acquire NIVA membership.

In new-releases news, Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel is back with a new full-length album, titled Halocline. The music will be available to listen to via Bandcamp on May 16. In the meantime, check out the first single — the first time DfTaLS has even released a single — titled “Maelstrom.” It’s a six-and-a-half-minute improv set that projects something of an aquatic theme. The term “halocline” is what happens when two bodies of water are separated due to their different salinities. This first single is a full-bodied drift that finds theremin player Scott Burland and lap steel player Frank Schultz joined by Louisville, Kentucky-based vocalist Dane Waters.

Stream the song for free, or pay $1. There is also a preorder for the 16-track album up on Bandcamp as well. Every penny from their Bandcamp sales will be donated evenly to two charities: Giving Kitchen and the Atlanta Musicians’ Emergency Relief Fund.

There’s talk of a CD and possibly a vinyl release of Halocline coming out via Stickfigure Records in the near future, once the pandemic has receded and the world starts moving again. Until then, it’s a Bandcamp exclusive.

Schultz has also recently unveiled a new collaboration with composer, percussionist, and mad genius Klimchak, titled Six Feet Apart. For this project, Schultz rounded up a handful of improv pieces on the lap steel, and sent them off to a few folks to see if anyone was interested in expanding upon them. Klimchak was in, and composed his own sections to go along with Schultz’s improvisational pieces. The result is three pieces — “Off the Clock,” “Adrift and Lost,” and “Limping into Destiny” — 20 minutes of textured ambient droning bliss.

Six Feet Apart is available on Bandcamp now. Any and all proceeds will be donated to Giving Kitchen and the Atlanta Musicians’ Emergency Relief Fund.

In April, blackened death metal-punk trio Misanthropic Aggression rolled out a new 7-inch EP, titled Alcoholic Polyneuropathic Freaks in Hell. The three-song single is available now via Boris Records. National distribution via MVD begins in June.

Death rock and goth-punk trio Tears for the Dying recently unveiled the group’s second full-length, titled Memories. The album was engineered and produced by Tom Ashton of the March Violets, and recorded at Subvon Studio in Athens. This time around, singer, guitarist, and bass player Adria Schlenker, Debra Beat, and Candy Cancer shed the keyboard for most of the album’s tracks in favor of a raw, guitar-driven assault — all three members share guitar and bass duties here. Check out that smoldering cover of Christian Death’s “Spiritual Cramp”!

Bad Moods’ latest 7-inch, featuring a new version of “Super Collider” b/w “La France” and “Radiology” 7-inch has been making the rounds recently as well. Singer, guitar player, and songwriter Tim Haught and drummer Champ Hammett are formerly of Atlanta hardcore staples Foundation — Champ also played in Criminal Instinct. With Bad Moods they veer away from hardcore, taking a more straight-ahead approach to indie rock songwriting, with an emphasis on recording rather than playing live regularly. “The goal, in the beginning, was to sound kind of like the Lemonheads, or something like that,” Haught says. “In the end it comes across more like a power pop version of Leatherface.”

Keep an ear out for more Bad Moods recordings coming down the line soon. —­CL—

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“Music venues were the first to close and will be the last to open,” said Dayna Frank, NIVA board member and owner of First Avenue in Minneapolis, in an April 20 press release. “It’s just brutal right now, and the future is predictable to no one. We can’t envision a world without these music venues, so we’ve created NIVA to fight for their ability to survive this shutdown, which we hear could go into 2021,” Frank goes on to say. “Our first order of business is to push to secure federal funding to preserve the ecosystem of live music venues and touring artists.”

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As of press time, more than 900 music venues in all 50 states have joined NIVA, including the 40 Watt in Athens, along with Atlanta promoters OK Productions and Rival Entertainment, as well as venues such as the Center Stage-Vinyl-The Loft complex, Smith’s Olde Bar, and The Masquerade.

“We joined NIVA because we believe there is strength in numbers,” says The Masquerade’s talent buyer Greg Green. “Instead of being just one of 800 small voices trying to be heard, we believe that the unified voice of all of these wonderful independent live music venues and promoters will carry a lot more weight regarding the issues facing our industry during this incredibly difficult time. Also, we think having the resource of all of the other members’ experience and knowledge available to us will be invaluable as we try to navigate ahead in the coming months and get back to presenting great concerts.”

There is no cost for venues to acquire NIVA membership.

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Schultz has also recently unveiled a new collaboration with composer, percussionist, and mad genius Klimchak, titled ''Six Feet Apart''. For this project, Schultz rounded up a handful of improv pieces on the lap steel, and sent them off to a few folks to see if anyone was interested in expanding upon them. Klimchak was in, and composed his own sections to go along with Schultz’s improvisational pieces. The result is three pieces — “Off the Clock,” “Adrift and Lost,” and “Limping into Destiny” — 20 minutes of textured ambient droning bliss.

''Six Feet Apart'' is available on Bandcamp now. Any and all proceeds will be donated to Giving Kitchen and the Atlanta Musicians’ Emergency Relief Fund.

In April, blackened death metal-punk trio Misanthropic Aggression rolled out a new 7-inch EP, titled ''Alcoholic Polyneuropathic Freaks in Hell''. The three-song single is available now via Boris Records. National distribution via MVD begins in June.

Death rock and goth-punk trio Tears for the Dying recently unveiled the group’s second full-length, titled ''Memories''. The album was engineered and produced by Tom Ashton of the March Violets, and recorded at Subvon Studio in Athens. This time around, singer, guitarist, and bass player Adria Schlenker, Debra Beat, and Candy Cancer shed the keyboard for most of the album’s tracks in favor of a raw, guitar-driven assault — all three members share guitar and bass duties here. Check out that smoldering cover of Christian Death’s “Spiritual Cramp”!

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Since Georgians began sheltering in place the second week of March, business for the city’s live music destinations has ground to a halt, and, aside from setting up GoFundMe accounts, revenue streams have remained shut off. A new coalition of venues and promoters, however, dubbed the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) has formed to lobby for, and to create a lifeline to support these indie music institutions, their staffs, artists, and their communities.

“Music venues were the first to close and will be the last to open,” said Dayna Frank, NIVA board member and owner of First Avenue in Minneapolis, in an April 20 press release. “It’s just brutal right now, and the future is predictable to no one. We can’t envision a world without these music venues, so we’ve created NIVA to fight for their ability to survive this shutdown, which we hear could go into 2021,” Frank goes on to say. “Our first order of business is to push to secure federal funding to preserve the ecosystem of live music venues and touring artists.”

One of the organization’s first acts was to petition Capitol Hill House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, on April 22, with an open letter asking for assistance in ensuring the Small Business Paycheck Protection Program services the venues who need it most. The letter also asked for tax relief, including deferral of federal taxes for closed businesses, a forgiveness program, and for extensions on PPA loans until it’s safe for the concert industry to resume business. Continued federal support for unemployment insurance for employees of shuttered businesses, mortgage and rent forbearance, and the establishment of a grant-funded business recovery fund were also among the NIVA letter’s requests.

As of press time, more than 900 music venues in all 50 states have joined NIVA, including the 40 Watt in Athens, along with Atlanta promoters OK Productions and Rival Entertainment, as well as venues such as the Center Stage-Vinyl-The Loft complex, Smith’s Olde Bar, and The Masquerade.

“We joined NIVA because we believe there is strength in numbers,” says The Masquerade’s talent buyer Greg Green. “Instead of being just one of 800 small voices trying to be heard, we believe that the unified voice of all of these wonderful independent live music venues and promoters will carry a lot more weight regarding the issues facing our industry during this incredibly difficult time. Also, we think having the resource of all of the other members’ experience and knowledge available to us will be invaluable as we try to navigate ahead in the coming months and get back to presenting great concerts.”

There is no cost for venues to acquire NIVA membership.

In new-releases news, Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel is back with a new full-length album, titled Halocline. The music will be available to listen to via Bandcamp on May 16. In the meantime, check out the first single — the first time DfTaLS has even released a single — titled “Maelstrom.” It’s a six-and-a-half-minute improv set that projects something of an aquatic theme. The term “halocline” is what happens when two bodies of water are separated due to their different salinities. This first single is a full-bodied drift that finds theremin player Scott Burland and lap steel player Frank Schultz joined by Louisville, Kentucky-based vocalist Dane Waters.

Stream the song for free, or pay $1. There is also a preorder for the 16-track album up on Bandcamp as well. Every penny from their Bandcamp sales will be donated evenly to two charities: Giving Kitchen and the Atlanta Musicians’ Emergency Relief Fund.

There’s talk of a CD and possibly a vinyl release of Halocline coming out via Stickfigure Records in the near future, once the pandemic has receded and the world starts moving again. Until then, it’s a Bandcamp exclusive.

Schultz has also recently unveiled a new collaboration with composer, percussionist, and mad genius Klimchak, titled Six Feet Apart. For this project, Schultz rounded up a handful of improv pieces on the lap steel, and sent them off to a few folks to see if anyone was interested in expanding upon them. Klimchak was in, and composed his own sections to go along with Schultz’s improvisational pieces. The result is three pieces — “Off the Clock,” “Adrift and Lost,” and “Limping into Destiny” — 20 minutes of textured ambient droning bliss.

Six Feet Apart is available on Bandcamp now. Any and all proceeds will be donated to Giving Kitchen and the Atlanta Musicians’ Emergency Relief Fund.

In April, blackened death metal-punk trio Misanthropic Aggression rolled out a new 7-inch EP, titled Alcoholic Polyneuropathic Freaks in Hell. The three-song single is available now via Boris Records. National distribution via MVD begins in June.

Death rock and goth-punk trio Tears for the Dying recently unveiled the group’s second full-length, titled Memories. The album was engineered and produced by Tom Ashton of the March Violets, and recorded at Subvon Studio in Athens. This time around, singer, guitarist, and bass player Adria Schlenker, Debra Beat, and Candy Cancer shed the keyboard for most of the album’s tracks in favor of a raw, guitar-driven assault — all three members share guitar and bass duties here. Check out that smoldering cover of Christian Death’s “Spiritual Cramp”!

Bad Moods’ latest 7-inch, featuring a new version of “Super Collider” b/w “La France” and “Radiology” 7-inch has been making the rounds recently as well. Singer, guitar player, and songwriter Tim Haught and drummer Champ Hammett are formerly of Atlanta hardcore staples Foundation — Champ also played in Criminal Instinct. With Bad Moods they veer away from hardcore, taking a more straight-ahead approach to indie rock songwriting, with an emphasis on recording rather than playing live regularly. “The goal, in the beginning, was to sound kind of like the Lemonheads, or something like that,” Haught says. “In the end it comes across more like a power pop version of Leatherface.”

Keep an ear out for more Bad Moods recordings coming down the line soon. —­CL—

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“A proper opening date has changed several times because of licensing issues with the city,” says the Star Bar’s music promoter Bryan Malone. “Everything appeared to be in the clear, and then this global pandemic began to take root. I was hoping to announce then that we’d be opening this coming weekend, but held off in light of news reports which seemed too ominous to ignore. If you had told me on January 2  that we’d still be waiting midway through March I would have thought it quite unlikely,” he adds. “But this virus threatens to delay not only that, but everything else — life in general. Indefinitely.”

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In new releases news, Picture One, the solo recording project of multi-instrumentalist and co-owner of the Deanwell Global Music label Thomas Barnwell unveiled his third full-length LP, titled Across the Depths of Seven Lakes. Over the last decade, Barnwell has played guitar on releases by local acts including the Orphins and Thy Mighty Contract, and in 2016, co-composed the score for director Adam Pinney’s film, The Arbalest. Barnwell has also reissued material by seminal proto-goth and darkwave acts including French post-punk group Asylum Party and Atlanta’s early ’80s synth-punk outfit the Modern Mannequins.

Picture One finds Barnwell delving into a more personal side of his mostly-instrumental songwriting. Across the Depths of Seven Lakes (out April 3), however, is the first Picture One release on which Barnwell shows off his voice and lyrics.

“I started singing on this record because I wanted to process a lot of what I have been going through over the last couple of years,” he says. “Trying to be more creative than I have been — I haven’t done lyrics in maybe 10 years. I just wanted that connection again. When you play stuff live, people really connect with vocals a lot,” he adds. “ And I wanted to make something that I would personally want to listen to multiple times.”

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“Music has always been an informal method of therapy, being noted as an excellent power to expel diseases, as well as a sovereign remedy against despair and melancholy,” 4IZE says in a press release. “For the listener as well as the artist.”

Under the direction of Sarajevo-born guitarist Eddie Beho, Sataraš Quartet has spent the last few years fleshing out a singular repertoire of Southern European jazz and folk music inflections, American blues, and improvisation. In April, the group unveiled its debut album, Errors and Omissions. The album’s arrival was also accompanied by a new two-song EP by the group’s rhythm section of Colin Bragg and Blake Helton, titled Mask Mania.

April 3 also marks the arrival of Nikki & the Phantom Callers’ debut album, titled Everybody’s Going to Hell (But You and Me). The album’s first proper single, “Fallen Angel,” is accompanied by a video directed by Video Rahim and Ashley Simpson, and premiered in March via Wide Open Country. The album finds the countrypolitan rockers reveling in a creative, upbeat blend of modern indie and timeless Southern rock influences in songs with titles such as “Howl With Me,” “Mamas Should Know,” and “They’ve Never Walked Through Shadows.”

“Your first album is always kind of like your first set list,” says singer and guitarist Nikki Speake. “You gather up what you have and see how it all fits together. Some of the songs were written 20 years ago, most were written and recorded within the last year. When I write songs, it’s sort of like a therapy session,” Speake adds. “I’m trying to get through what’s on my mind, and everyone in the group seems to be on the same musical wavelength. We don’t have to think about it much, and we’re just trying to have fun with it.”

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According to a March 13 feature story published by the Atlanta Business Chronicle in January, new owners Luke Lewis, Bruce McLeod, former Trackside Tavern and The Comet Pub & Lanes bartender Dan Meade, and longtime bartender at The Highlander, Christopher Jackson, have taken over business operations and signed a new lease with plans to get The Star Bar back up and running as soon as possible, with most of the previous staff back in place.

The plan has been to not change a thing for the storied music hangout, which has been a pillar of the local scene since 1991. Aside from giving the place a thorough cleaning and a new coat of paint, the stage, the photo booth, and the Elvis Vault will live on. Plans to reopen the Little Vinyl Lounge downstairs are still coming together. Aside from that, the mantra has been to reopen “sometime soon,” but as of press time, social distancing and self-quarantining are keeping everyone locked away at home. The Star Bar’s doors remain shuttered for the time being.

“A proper opening date has changed several times because of licensing issues with the city,” says the Star Bar’s music promoter Bryan Malone. “Everything appeared to be in the clear, and then this global pandemic began to take root. I was hoping to announce then that we’d be opening this coming weekend, but held off in light of news reports which seemed too ominous to ignore. If you had told me on January 2  that we’d still be waiting midway through March I would have thought it quite unlikely,” he adds. “But this virus threatens to delay not only that, but everything else — life in general. Indefinitely.”

Stay tuned for more updates as they become available.

In recent years, Tom Gray has been rocking stages around the world, singing and playing slide guitar with progressive blues outfit Delta Moon. After being sidelined in 2019 to deal with a stage four lung cancer diagnosis, Gray has a little more time on his hands than usual. Since February, he’s been involved in launching a campaign to reissue material that he recorded in the late ’70s and early ’80s with his new wave band the Brains. He’s even talking about offering up some unreleased material as well.

In March, Gray and the Swimming Pool Q’s singer and guitarist Jeff Calder went to Preserve South in Buford, Georgia, to bake the original master tapes for all of the Brains’ recordings to which Gray owns the rights. This includes the group’s 1978 debut 7-inch, featuring the song “Money Changes Everything,” later made famous by pop star Cyndi Lauper with her version as the opening number of her 1983 LP, She’s So Unusual. Gray and Calder are also working on the master tapes containing the Brains’ 1982 EP, Dancing Under Streetlights (Landslide Records), as well as some unreleased material. The group’s 1980 self-titled full-length and 1981’s Electronic Eden LPs were originally released by the now defunct Mercury Records. Those masters are currently owned by the Universal Music Group, but Gray and Calder hope to gain access to them soon. 

“Back in the CD era, several reissue labels were interested in the Brains albums, but Mercury was a stone wall,” says Gray. “Today we will be dealing with Universal. The plan, based on the advice of an LA attorney who knows today’s business, is to create enough online interest to show Universal that this would be worth their trouble.”

This reissue campaign will mark the first time these recordings by the Brains have been made available in any format other than the original, long out-of-print vinyl pressings. Stay tuned for more information, including release dates, as it becomes available over the coming weeks.

In new releases news, Picture One, the solo recording project of multi-instrumentalist and co-owner of the Deanwell Global Music label Thomas Barnwell unveiled his third full-length LP, titled Across the Depths of Seven Lakes. Over the last decade, Barnwell has played guitar on releases by local acts including the Orphins and Thy Mighty Contract, and in 2016, co-composed the score for director Adam Pinney’s film, The Arbalest. Barnwell has also reissued material by seminal proto-goth and darkwave acts including French post-punk group Asylum Party and Atlanta’s early ’80s synth-punk outfit the Modern Mannequins.

Picture One finds Barnwell delving into a more personal side of his mostly-instrumental songwriting. Across the Depths of Seven Lakes (out April 3), however, is the first Picture One release on which Barnwell shows off his voice and lyrics.

“I started singing on this record because I wanted to process a lot of what I have been going through over the last couple of years,” he says. “Trying to be more creative than I have been — I haven’t done lyrics in maybe 10 years. I just wanted that connection again. When you play stuff live, people really connect with vocals a lot,” he adds. “ And I wanted to make something that I would personally want to listen to multiple times.”

In other new releases news, 4-IZE recently dropped a new album, titled Look Into My IZE, which he describes as “the most hip-hop album of 2020.” The album features collaborations with a bevy of heavy-hitters including the late Sean Price, Rapper Big Pooh, Talib Kweli, Señor Kaos, J-Live, Shawnna, and the almighty Ludacris, the latter of whom tears it up on the song “Shit On Deez Niggaz.” Guest producers on the album include Floyd the Locsmif, Swizz Beatz, Illastrate, 9th Wonder, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, D.R.U.G.S. Beats, and Planet Asia.

“Music has always been an informal method of therapy, being noted as an excellent power to expel diseases, as well as a sovereign remedy against despair and melancholy,” 4IZE says in a press release. “For the listener as well as the artist.”

Under the direction of Sarajevo-born guitarist Eddie Beho, Sataraš Quartet has spent the last few years fleshing out a singular repertoire of Southern European jazz and folk music inflections, American blues, and improvisation. In April, the group unveiled its debut album, Errors and Omissions. The album’s arrival was also accompanied by a new two-song EP by the group’s rhythm section of Colin Bragg and Blake Helton, titled Mask Mania.

April 3 also marks the arrival of Nikki & the Phantom Callers’ debut album, titled Everybody’s Going to Hell (But You and Me). The album’s first proper single, “Fallen Angel,” is accompanied by a video directed by Video Rahim and Ashley Simpson, and premiered in March via Wide Open Country. The album finds the countrypolitan rockers reveling in a creative, upbeat blend of modern indie and timeless Southern rock influences in songs with titles such as “Howl With Me,” “Mamas Should Know,” and “They’ve Never Walked Through Shadows.”

“Your first album is always kind of like your first set list,” says singer and guitarist Nikki Speake. “You gather up what you have and see how it all fits together. Some of the songs were written 20 years ago, most were written and recorded within the last year. When I write songs, it’s sort of like a therapy session,” Speake adds. “I’m trying to get through what’s on my mind, and everyone in the group seems to be on the same musical wavelength. We don’t have to think about it much, and we’re just trying to have fun with it.”

For the time being, release shows are being postponed through April and May. Stay tuned for more announcements coming soon.

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“I thought it was more visually pleasing, interesting, and balanced,” Englenz says. “However, I have found that most people are capitalizing it anyways, so I may have to get over that.”

The album is the follow-up to Englenz’s 2015 The Extent of Play EP, and was recorded by Ken Coomer of Wilco and Uncle Tupelo fame at Cartoon Moon Studios in Nashville. As the story goes, Englenz had been enlisted to sing back-up on Decatur-based songwriter Mike Killeen’s album Ghost, which Coomer happened to be recording and producing. When Coomer heard Englenz’s parts, he approached her to produce ingénue. Coomer also plays drums and percussion throughout the album, and one early single, “Pray for Rain,” features the golden voices of the Blind Boys of Alabama singing as well.

But despite the celebrity factor, ingénue arrives as a strong opening salvo for Englenz.

Jon Latham, Mike Killeen, and Total Babe (Emily Backus, Meg Brooks) open the show with short sets as well.

“We really worked on how to craft these songs, and which songs to choose from about 50,” Englenz says. “The whole enchilada. Going down to FAME (Studios in Muscle Shoals) to record with Blind Boys of Alabama was another level of experience as well. I can’t really express how profound it was to have legends like that want to sing on words I wrote in a trying time and just take it to this even more profound historic level. Needless to say there have been a lot of tears in reflection.”

Early singles such as “Got Me With Goodbye” and “Rebound” show off a fleshed-out collection of instrumental arrangements surrounding a voice that sounds more charged and confident than ever.

It’s an impressive step up in production, performance, and overall presence, all of which are a far cry from the one-take cuts that were used for the first EP.

“I’d say the EP was like sketching out an idea, and this album feels like a finished painting,” Englenz says. “I have become more confident in my voice which is likely the biggest difference in life and recording. Voice in the sense of singing,” she adds, “but (also) voice in the sense of a level of confidence in who I am and having self-worth, that (tells me) maybe there is value in sharing that.”

The album hit record store shelves on February 28, and also features contributions from a crew of burgeoning, high-caliber Nashville players including Coomer on drums, Jason “Slim” Gambill and Joe Garcia on electric guitar, bass player Ted Pecchio, Robbie Crowell on keys, and Englenz holding down everything from guitar, piano, and French horn to glockenspiel. For the Eddie’s Attic show, Englenz is backed by a slightly different lineup that includes Jon Latham on electric guitar, Irakli Gabriel on electric guitar, Cory Nichols on bass, and Chris Benelli on drums.

In February, Lesibu Grand unveiled a new video for the song “Mi Sueño,” the closing number from 2019’s mini album, The Legend of Miranda. Based on the songwriting of bass player John Renaud and Tyler-Simone Molton, the group revels in a blend of Pixies-style indie rock, classic new wave, horn flourishes, and classic soul sounds. “Mi Sueño” is a bit of a departure from the group’s typically baroque rock style, but it’s a song no less steeped in heavy layers of quiet Southern surrealism that’s all about a dream within a dream, and the cultural, subliminal, and literal meanings of the word dreams. Directed by W. Addison Wood, the video blends drifting imagery of Molton, mirroring scenes from historic black films such as Commandment Keeper Church, Beaufort, South Carolina, May 1940, and Spencer Williams’ 1941 film The Blood of Jesus (1941), with Zora Neale Hurston’s untitled fieldwork footage from the late 1920s.

Lesibu Grand plays the Atlanta Room at Smith’s Olde Bar on Saturday, April 4, with Howling Star and Awleen.

Also in February, Slow Parade’s Matthew Pendrick released a sophomore LP, titled Hi​-​Fi LowLife. The album features a laundry list of players, including drummer and vibes player Paul Stevens, bass player Will Pass, Chandler Galloway on keys and vocals, Damon Moon playing bass, Luis Steffanel on flute, and Liz Brasher singing on the second song, “Spoonful.” Pendrick handled vocals, guitar, bass, drums, and keys. Moon produced.

Songs from the new album, such as “Waiting on the Smoke to Clear,” “Ebb & Flow,” and “Baggage Claim” find Pendrick and Co. moving away from the more cut-and-dried roots-based songwriting of the group’s 2015 album, Big Plans, to embrace a more creative and heavily stylized sound.

On March 20, Grammy winner and Tedeschi Trucks Band singer Mike Mattison will release his second solo album, titled Afterglow, via Landslide Records. The follow-up to 2014’s You Can’t Fight Love was co-produced by Mattison and drummer Tyler “Falcon” Greenwell, and features an eclectic array of blues, Americana, and rock ‘n’ roll numbers. The album also features contributions from guitarist Dave Yoke, bass player Franher Joseph, keyboard player Rachel Eckworth, guitar player Paul Olsen (Scrapomatic), and keyboards by the late Kofi Burbridge, who died in 2019 due to complications related to an ongoing cardiac condition.

And last, but not least, on Sunday, March 22, Soul Food Cypher returns for its regularly scheduled gathering from 6-9 p.m. at The Annex Bookstore (748 Marietta Street N.W.), this time with a celebration of women in hip-hop. Tiye hosts. More details will be announced here as they become available.

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Lesibu Grand plays the Atlanta Room at Smith’s Olde Bar on Saturday, __April 4__, with Howling Star and Awleen.

Also in February, __Slow Parade__’s Matthew Pendrick released a sophomore LP, titled ''Hi​-​Fi LowLife''. The album features a laundry list of players, including drummer and vibes player Paul Stevens, bass player Will Pass, Chandler Galloway on keys and vocals, Damon Moon playing bass, Luis Steffanel on flute, and Liz Brasher singing on the second song, “Spoonful.” Pendrick handled vocals, guitar, bass, drums, and keys. Moon produced.

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“I thought it was more visually pleasing, interesting, and balanced,” Englenz says. “However, I have found that most people are capitalizing it anyways, so I may have to get over that.”

The album is the follow-up to Englenz’s 2015 The Extent of Play EP, and was recorded by Ken Coomer of Wilco and Uncle Tupelo fame at Cartoon Moon Studios in Nashville. As the story goes, Englenz had been enlisted to sing back-up on Decatur-based songwriter Mike Killeen’s album Ghost, which Coomer happened to be recording and producing. When Coomer heard Englenz’s parts, he approached her to produce ingénue. Coomer also plays drums and percussion throughout the album, and one early single, “Pray for Rain,” features the golden voices of the Blind Boys of Alabama singing as well.

But despite the celebrity factor, ingénue arrives as a strong opening salvo for Englenz.

Jon Latham, Mike Killeen, and Total Babe (Emily Backus, Meg Brooks) open the show with short sets as well.

“We really worked on how to craft these songs, and which songs to choose from about 50,” Englenz says. “The whole enchilada. Going down to FAME (Studios in Muscle Shoals) to record with Blind Boys of Alabama was another level of experience as well. I can’t really express how profound it was to have legends like that want to sing on words I wrote in a trying time and just take it to this even more profound historic level. Needless to say there have been a lot of tears in reflection.”

Early singles such as “Got Me With Goodbye” and “Rebound” show off a fleshed-out collection of instrumental arrangements surrounding a voice that sounds more charged and confident than ever.

It’s an impressive step up in production, performance, and overall presence, all of which are a far cry from the one-take cuts that were used for the first EP.

“I’d say the EP was like sketching out an idea, and this album feels like a finished painting,” Englenz says. “I have become more confident in my voice which is likely the biggest difference in life and recording. Voice in the sense of singing,” she adds, “but (also) voice in the sense of a level of confidence in who I am and having self-worth, that (tells me) maybe there is value in sharing that.”

The album hit record store shelves on February 28, and also features contributions from a crew of burgeoning, high-caliber Nashville players including Coomer on drums, Jason “Slim” Gambill and Joe Garcia on electric guitar, bass player Ted Pecchio, Robbie Crowell on keys, and Englenz holding down everything from guitar, piano, and French horn to glockenspiel. For the Eddie’s Attic show, Englenz is backed by a slightly different lineup that includes Jon Latham on electric guitar, Irakli Gabriel on electric guitar, Cory Nichols on bass, and Chris Benelli on drums.

In February, Lesibu Grand unveiled a new video for the song “Mi Sueño,” the closing number from 2019’s mini album, The Legend of Miranda. Based on the songwriting of bass player John Renaud and Tyler-Simone Molton, the group revels in a blend of Pixies-style indie rock, classic new wave, horn flourishes, and classic soul sounds. “Mi Sueño” is a bit of a departure from the group’s typically baroque rock style, but it’s a song no less steeped in heavy layers of quiet Southern surrealism that’s all about a dream within a dream, and the cultural, subliminal, and literal meanings of the word dreams. Directed by W. Addison Wood, the video blends drifting imagery of Molton, mirroring scenes from historic black films such as Commandment Keeper Church, Beaufort, South Carolina, May 1940, and Spencer Williams’ 1941 film The Blood of Jesus (1941), with Zora Neale Hurston’s untitled fieldwork footage from the late 1920s.

Lesibu Grand plays the Atlanta Room at Smith’s Olde Bar on Saturday, April 4, with Howling Star and Awleen.

Also in February, Slow Parade’s Matthew Pendrick released a sophomore LP, titled Hi​-​Fi LowLife. The album features a laundry list of players, including drummer and vibes player Paul Stevens, bass player Will Pass, Chandler Galloway on keys and vocals, Damon Moon playing bass, Luis Steffanel on flute, and Liz Brasher singing on the second song, “Spoonful.” Pendrick handled vocals, guitar, bass, drums, and keys. Moon produced.

Songs from the new album, such as “Waiting on the Smoke to Clear,” “Ebb & Flow,” and “Baggage Claim” find Pendrick and Co. moving away from the more cut-and-dried roots-based songwriting of the group’s 2015 album, Big Plans, to embrace a more creative and heavily stylized sound.

On March 20, Grammy winner and Tedeschi Trucks Band singer Mike Mattison will release his second solo album, titled Afterglow, via Landslide Records. The follow-up to 2014’s You Can’t Fight Love was co-produced by Mattison and drummer Tyler “Falcon” Greenwell, and features an eclectic array of blues, Americana, and rock ‘n’ roll numbers. The album also features contributions from guitarist Dave Yoke, bass player Franher Joseph, keyboard player Rachel Eckworth, guitar player Paul Olsen (Scrapomatic), and keyboards by the late Kofi Burbridge, who died in 2019 due to complications related to an ongoing cardiac condition.

And last, but not least, on Sunday, March 22, Soul Food Cypher returns for its regularly scheduled gathering from 6-9 p.m. at The Annex Bookstore (748 Marietta Street N.W.), this time with a celebration of women in hip-hop. Tiye hosts. More details will be announced here as they become available.

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  string(7379) "Since 2012, Soul Food Cypher has convened on the fourth Sunday of each month to showcase the positive and constructive role that rap music can play in shaping daily life. By concentrating on expanding consciousness through the craft and ingenuity of freestyle rap and spoken language, SFC builds structure by facilitating regular cyphers (a group of freestyle rappers rhyming in a cyclical motion, following each other’s lead) that foster creativity and a sense of camaraderie within the city’s underground hip-hop scene.

“Our aim is to provide Atlanta’s lyricist community with a safe and nurturing environment where their voices and artistry can grow,” says SFC’s executive director Alexander Acosta. “We look to solidify the art of freestyling as a genuine aesthetic to the wider artistic community and carry this rich tradition to the next generation.”

Acosta heads up SFC’s board of directors which includes fellow co-founders Zano Bathroom and Mark Montgomery, along with several other board members, including event manager and Savage Fam Entertainment co-founder MICxSIC.

February is a banner month for SFC, as the organization celebrates its eight-year anniversary. On Friday, February 7, the SFC team heads up Georgia 400 to Roswell, for the Roswell Roots festival, which is among the largest black history celebrations in the country. For one night of this month-long arts, literature, music, film, and culinary, celebration, SFC curates a live, Roswell-themed cypher at Barefoot Warehouse-Atlanta Workshop Players (8560 Holcomb Bridge Road, Suite 111, Roswell). It’s an all-ages event that kicks off at 7 p.m. Space is limited so advance RSVPs are encouraged.

On Sunday, February 23, SFC returns for its regularly-scheduled fourth Sunday gathering by hosting the 100 Cypher Event from 6-9 p.m. at Annex Bookstore (748 Marietta Street N.W.). For this event, the organization is launching its 100 Emcees campaign, calling on 100 emcees to join SFC’s membership of freestyle lyricists to uphold the craft of freestyle rhyming, and to push the art to a higher level.

“Recently, the craft of freestyle rap has all but fallen off the radar in hip-hop,” Acosta says. “This is a major loss for the culture because freestyling is the ultimate display of authenticity, individuality, ingenuity, and knowledge of an emcee. More simply, freestyling is simultaneously a true testament of an emcee’s skill and soul.”

And while SFC events are currently based in Atlanta, the organization’s ultimate goal is to foster 100 emcees in every major city across the country, who will use their talents to keep pushing the culture forward.

Expect an evening of cyphers and other freestyle rhyming events such as tournaments and more lyrical challenges to be announced soon.

Diamond Street Studios producer, guitar player, and singer Matt Greenia has a new project in the works called Rishathra, which is breathing new life into a batch of older songs that date all the way back to his high school years spent in Northern Michigan. “I wrote too many songs in 1995,” Greenia says. “They lived on alarm-clock cassette tapes until last year, when I found them and hired some musicians to finish them.”

With a new lineup in place that finds Greenia performing alongside drummer Jake Cook, bass player Aidan Burns, guitarist Alex Teich, and vocalist Nick Nickerson, Rishathra puts a modern spin on what Greenia calls “northern Michigan goth grunge from ’95,” which is finally seeing the light of day on a brand-new 10-song LP, titled Sex with Aliens. The band’s name is a term created by sci-fi author Larry Niven that describes exactly what the album’s title is all about.

“Last year, we recorded a legendary amount of music,” Greenia says. “This is the first album we’re releasing. These players showed up the most persistently, and that’s how Rishathra became a priority. They basically won my reality TV show!”

This debut offering bears the mark of Dude Hugs, a musical collective and talent house that Greenia created to act as a label and publisher for the artists with whom he’s working.

Dude Hugs’ current roster of artists includes The Strange Truth of It All, Seal Pup, Rishathra, Cat Autopsy Expo, The Falcon Lords, Little Miss Cupcake, and Greenia’s solo material.

“For Sex with Aliens, Dude Hugs helped me pay day rates to the musicians,” Greenia says. “In exchange I traded tracking, mixing, and mastering. Nick got me to do Strange Truth, Jake got me to master I Bleed Pop by Seal Pup, and Alex got my help recording and co-mixing the as-yet untitled and unreleased Post Hunk record. … Everyone gets their projects done with lower budgets and less cash exchange by adapting to an egalitarian, neo artistic barter system instead of old-guard gatekeeping,” he adds. “Collective bargaining. Literally.”

Rishathra’s live debut and Sex with Aliens LP release party takes place at the Drunken Unicorn on Saturday, February 15. Satisfiers of Alpha Blue and In Sonitus Lux also perform.

On January 17, high-energy punk outfit Upchuck unveiled a new self-titled EP via the group’s Bandcamp page. This latest round of six bedroom recordings were captured by the group’s friend, Daniel Lane. Songs such as “FREEDOOM,” “Cross Fire,” and “Reaper” capture Upchuck’s live fury with much greater intensity than the group’s previously released 2018 demos. A full-length album was also recorded last year at Grey Cat Studios with Patrick Phillips, and is due out early next year. In the meantime, catch Upchuck on February 18 at 529 with Warish and Playytime.

On January 24, Clone Suspect, the long-awaited collaboration between electronic music producers Charolastra and Harvey Waters, released a self-titled debut EP via VLSC Records.

Arbor Labor Union is back with its latest full-length, New Petal Instants, out February 7. After signing on with Sub Pop Records to release 2016’s I Hear You LP, the group brings it all back home to release this latest batch of songs via Athens-based Arrowhawk Records. The independent label, which is owned and operated by Riot Act Media publicist Alyssa DeHayes, also recently released Insignificant Whip, by Atlanta’s soulful indie rock outfit Shepherds.

DKA Records’ Tape Programme Vol. III, is also out February 7. The third installment of the label’s industrial, IDM, and darkwave community builder features songs by Plack Blague, DIN, Krystal V, and more. To celebrate the new compilation’s arrival, DKA is also hosting a tape release party at Mother Bar + Kitchen on Wednesday, March 11 featuring performances by Ghilliam, Krystal V, USGS, DKA DJs, and more.

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“Our aim is to provide Atlanta’s lyricist community with a safe and nurturing environment where their voices and artistry can grow,” says SFC’s executive director Alexander Acosta. “We look to solidify the art of freestyling as a genuine aesthetic to the wider artistic community and carry this rich tradition to the next generation.”

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“Recently, the craft of freestyle rap has all but fallen off the radar in hip-hop,” Acosta says. “This is a major loss for the culture because freestyling is the ultimate display of authenticity, individuality, ingenuity, and knowledge of an emcee. More simply, freestyling is simultaneously a true testament of an emcee’s skill and soul.”

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With a new lineup in place that finds Greenia performing alongside drummer Jake Cook, bass player Aidan Burns, guitarist Alex Teich, and vocalist Nick Nickerson, Rishathra puts a modern spin on what Greenia calls “northern Michigan goth grunge from ’95,” which is finally seeing the light of day on a brand-new 10-song LP, titled Sex with Aliens. The band’s name is a term created by sci-fi author Larry Niven that describes exactly what the album’s title is all about.

“Last year, we recorded a legendary amount of music,” Greenia says. “This is the first album we’re releasing. These players showed up the most persistently, and that’s how Rishathra became a priority. They basically won my reality TV show!”

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Rishathra’s live debut and Sex with Aliens LP release party takes place at the Drunken Unicorn on Saturday, __February 15__. Satisfiers of Alpha Blue and In Sonitus Lux also perform.

On __January__ 17, high-energy punk outfit __Upchuck__ unveiled a new self-titled EP via the group’s Bandcamp page. This latest round of six bedroom recordings were captured by the group’s friend, Daniel Lane. Songs such as “FREEDOOM,” “Cross Fire,” and “Reaper” capture Upchuck’s live fury with much greater intensity than the group’s previously released 2018 demos. A full-length album was also recorded last year at Grey Cat Studios with Patrick Phillips, and is due out early next year. In the meantime, catch Upchuck on __February 18__ at 529 with Warish and Playytime.

On __January 24__, __Clone Suspect__, the long-awaited collaboration between electronic music producers __Charolastra__ and __Harvey Waters__, released a self-titled debut EP via VLSC Records.

__Arbor Labor Union__ is back with its latest full-length, New Petal Instants, out __February 7__. After signing on with Sub Pop Records to release 2016’s I Hear You LP, the group brings it all back home to release this latest batch of songs via Athens-based Arrowhawk Records. The independent label, which is owned and operated by Riot Act Media publicist Alyssa DeHayes, also recently released Insignificant Whip, by Atlanta’s soulful indie rock outfit Shepherds.

__DKA Records__’ Tape Programme Vol. III, is also out __February 7__. The third installment of the label’s industrial, IDM, and darkwave community builder features songs by Plack Blague, DIN, Krystal V, and more. To celebrate the new compilation’s arrival, DKA is also hosting a tape release party at Mother Bar + Kitchen on Wednesday, __March 11__ featuring performances by Ghilliam, Krystal V, USGS, DKA DJs, and more.

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“Our aim is to provide Atlanta’s lyricist community with a safe and nurturing environment where their voices and artistry can grow,” says SFC’s executive director Alexander Acosta. “We look to solidify the art of freestyling as a genuine aesthetic to the wider artistic community and carry this rich tradition to the next generation.”

Acosta heads up SFC’s board of directors which includes fellow co-founders Zano Bathroom and Mark Montgomery, along with several other board members, including event manager and Savage Fam Entertainment co-founder MICxSIC.

February is a banner month for SFC, as the organization celebrates its eight-year anniversary. On Friday, February 7, the SFC team heads up Georgia 400 to Roswell, for the Roswell Roots festival, which is among the largest black history celebrations in the country. For one night of this month-long arts, literature, music, film, and culinary, celebration, SFC curates a live, Roswell-themed cypher at Barefoot Warehouse-Atlanta Workshop Players (8560 Holcomb Bridge Road, Suite 111, Roswell). It’s an all-ages event that kicks off at 7 p.m. Space is limited so advance RSVPs are encouraged.

On Sunday, February 23, SFC returns for its regularly-scheduled fourth Sunday gathering by hosting the 100 Cypher Event from 6-9 p.m. at Annex Bookstore (748 Marietta Street N.W.). For this event, the organization is launching its 100 Emcees campaign, calling on 100 emcees to join SFC’s membership of freestyle lyricists to uphold the craft of freestyle rhyming, and to push the art to a higher level.

“Recently, the craft of freestyle rap has all but fallen off the radar in hip-hop,” Acosta says. “This is a major loss for the culture because freestyling is the ultimate display of authenticity, individuality, ingenuity, and knowledge of an emcee. More simply, freestyling is simultaneously a true testament of an emcee’s skill and soul.”

And while SFC events are currently based in Atlanta, the organization’s ultimate goal is to foster 100 emcees in every major city across the country, who will use their talents to keep pushing the culture forward.

Expect an evening of cyphers and other freestyle rhyming events such as tournaments and more lyrical challenges to be announced soon.

Diamond Street Studios producer, guitar player, and singer Matt Greenia has a new project in the works called Rishathra, which is breathing new life into a batch of older songs that date all the way back to his high school years spent in Northern Michigan. “I wrote too many songs in 1995,” Greenia says. “They lived on alarm-clock cassette tapes until last year, when I found them and hired some musicians to finish them.”

With a new lineup in place that finds Greenia performing alongside drummer Jake Cook, bass player Aidan Burns, guitarist Alex Teich, and vocalist Nick Nickerson, Rishathra puts a modern spin on what Greenia calls “northern Michigan goth grunge from ’95,” which is finally seeing the light of day on a brand-new 10-song LP, titled Sex with Aliens. The band’s name is a term created by sci-fi author Larry Niven that describes exactly what the album’s title is all about.

“Last year, we recorded a legendary amount of music,” Greenia says. “This is the first album we’re releasing. These players showed up the most persistently, and that’s how Rishathra became a priority. They basically won my reality TV show!”

This debut offering bears the mark of Dude Hugs, a musical collective and talent house that Greenia created to act as a label and publisher for the artists with whom he’s working.

Dude Hugs’ current roster of artists includes The Strange Truth of It All, Seal Pup, Rishathra, Cat Autopsy Expo, The Falcon Lords, Little Miss Cupcake, and Greenia’s solo material.

“For Sex with Aliens, Dude Hugs helped me pay day rates to the musicians,” Greenia says. “In exchange I traded tracking, mixing, and mastering. Nick got me to do Strange Truth, Jake got me to master I Bleed Pop by Seal Pup, and Alex got my help recording and co-mixing the as-yet untitled and unreleased Post Hunk record. … Everyone gets their projects done with lower budgets and less cash exchange by adapting to an egalitarian, neo artistic barter system instead of old-guard gatekeeping,” he adds. “Collective bargaining. Literally.”

Rishathra’s live debut and Sex with Aliens LP release party takes place at the Drunken Unicorn on Saturday, February 15. Satisfiers of Alpha Blue and In Sonitus Lux also perform.

On January 17, high-energy punk outfit Upchuck unveiled a new self-titled EP via the group’s Bandcamp page. This latest round of six bedroom recordings were captured by the group’s friend, Daniel Lane. Songs such as “FREEDOOM,” “Cross Fire,” and “Reaper” capture Upchuck’s live fury with much greater intensity than the group’s previously released 2018 demos. A full-length album was also recorded last year at Grey Cat Studios with Patrick Phillips, and is due out early next year. In the meantime, catch Upchuck on February 18 at 529 with Warish and Playytime.

On January 24, Clone Suspect, the long-awaited collaboration between electronic music producers Charolastra and Harvey Waters, released a self-titled debut EP via VLSC Records.

Arbor Labor Union is back with its latest full-length, New Petal Instants, out February 7. After signing on with Sub Pop Records to release 2016’s I Hear You LP, the group brings it all back home to release this latest batch of songs via Athens-based Arrowhawk Records. The independent label, which is owned and operated by Riot Act Media publicist Alyssa DeHayes, also recently released Insignificant Whip, by Atlanta’s soulful indie rock outfit Shepherds.

DKA Records’ Tape Programme Vol. III, is also out February 7. The third installment of the label’s industrial, IDM, and darkwave community builder features songs by Plack Blague, DIN, Krystal V, and more. To celebrate the new compilation’s arrival, DKA is also hosting a tape release party at Mother Bar + Kitchen on Wednesday, March 11 featuring performances by Ghilliam, Krystal V, USGS, DKA DJs, and more.

Last month, CL’s Music News column noted that saxophonist Jeff Crompton (alto), Ben Davis (tenor), and Bill Nittler (baritone) of the Edgewood Sax Trio will be performing with avant-garde absurdist Reverend Fred Lane and his Disheveled Monkeybiters at this year’s Big Ears Festival March 26-29 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Fellow ATLien’s W8ing4UFOs will be a part of this year’s activities as well. The group is playing two shows at the Pilot Light — Friday night, March 27, and Saturday afternoon, March 28. Times will be announced soon.

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  string(7835) "Musicians and friends of Milton Jones recently gathered at The First Existentialist Congregation of Atlanta in Candler Park to celebrate Jones’ impact on the local music scene. Jones, the driving force behind Atlanta’s Euphonics Productions, a non-profit, world-music promotion company, passed away on November 11 at the age of 62. And while his activity with the local music scene had slowed down over the last several years, his influence and legacy was felt on December 14, when a stable of artists, including Roger Ruzow, Ana Balka, Scott Burland, Jamie Shepherd, Chris White, Jeff Crompton, and more played in his honor.

From January of 1998 through December of 2007, Jones and his Euphonics Productions partners Karen Murphy and Victoria and Greg Nicholson began booking a steady flow of traveling world, avant-garde, jazz, noise, post-rock, and otherwise outsider musical acts that Atlanta may have never seen or heard otherwise. It all started with Najoum Eddiwan, an Algerian Gnawan ensemble that Euphonics booked to play at the First Existentialist Congregation — a group they learned about while talking to a server at an Indian restaurant in Virginia-Highland.

From there, Euphonics grew to become a key player in the city’s underground cultural landscape. In addition to a variety of world music ensembles, Euphonics brought artists such as German free jazz saxophonist and clarinetist Peter Brötzmann’s Chicago Tentet + 1, saxophonist Ken Vandermark, Takoma revivalist and folk guitarist Jack Rose to town. Euphonics even booked Japanese psych rock outfit Acid Mothers Temple’s first Atlanta appearance at Eyedrum’s long-gone Memorial Drive location, which yielded a massive spectacle in terms of both the music and turnout.



With shows taking place in such disparate venues as Earth Shaking Music (when it was still in the East Atlanta Village), Variety Playhouse, and the now defunct Echo Lounge, Euphonics handled the business of booking challenging music with a punk rock ethos. Money was tight — jazz, noise, and the avant-garde aren’t generally known for selling a lot of beer at the bar, so inventive booking policies were in order. Still, the group stuck to its vision and taste, and developed a singular identity within the music scene.

“Milton did everything,” Victoria Nicholson says. “He wrote the emails, promoted on WREK, found the bands, and talked to everyone. We were D.I.Y, we learned as we went. We paid the bands as much as we could, we were super strict about that,” she adds. “It’s why I ran the door at the shows. My job was to say ‘no,’ and there was no guest list, as we had no other money coming in. Grants were great when we got them, as they paid for airfare and hotels. But it was the people in the community who really helped: Variety Playhouse helped with costs, Eyedrum provided a space, helped get grants and taught us stuff, and Richard Devine even played for free one time, just to help promote a show.”

In time, Greg Nicholson parted ways with Euphonics, and was replaced by Jeff Bradley. Both Bradley and Jones played together in the improv rock outfit GFE, whose name has been said to stand for everything from Granola Free Explosion and Girlfriend Experience to Gruppe Freie Elektronische. The group’s name was an inside joke that started between Jones and his Wax ’n’ Facts Records co-worker, guitarist, drummer, DJ, and songwriter Mathis Hunter.

“At the time, I was playing in a band called Good Friday Experiment, and Milton found out there was a band in Asheville called Granola Funk Express, so he asked ‘What is it with these three letters?’ He ran with it, and wanted the group’s name to change every time they played,” Hunter says. “Milton was certainly an influence on me,” he adds. “Working with him at Wax’ n’ Facts was like going to school. I was learning all of the classic records that I needed to know to DJ. He guided me toward good music in a time before you could go online and find everything, and people like that are really important in life, especially for people who are deeply affected by music.”

In recent years, Jones worked at Second Life Upscale Resale in Avondale Estates, a thrift and consignment shop that donates profits to benefit animal rescue organizations and adoption, spay, and neuter programs.

In other music news, alto sax man, composer, and former public school music teacher Jeff Crompton announced that he, along with the rest of the Edgewood Sax Trio — Ben Davis (tenor) and Bill Nittler (baritone) — will perform with avant-garde absurdist Reverend Fred Lane and his Disheveled Monkeybiters at this year’s Big Ears Festival March 26-29 in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Lane is the Tuscaloosa-bred, Chattanooga-based Southern provocateur, who is the subject of a documentary film titled Icepick To The Moon. The film, which premiered at the Chattanooga Film Festival in 2018, takes its name from Lane’s recently released album, which was 31 years in the making.

For a preview for what’s in store for Big Ears, on January 31, Crompton is traveling to Birmingham, Alabama, to play with Reverend Fred Lane and His Disheveled Monkeybiters at Saturn. It’s Lane’s first publicized performance since 1976.



Still reeling from the release of his latest, and perhaps most world-weary and politically-charged song suite, titled Shooter, Crompton recently stopped by CL’s Short Notice Studio. In a podcast interview, Crompton revealed that in June he will also lead a concert performance of his first opera, titled Buddy Bolden, at the First Existentialist Congregation. It won’t be a full-costumed staging, but a run through the music.

Crompton also talked about finishing up work on a new Sataraš Quartet album, titled Errors and Omissions, which is slated for a February release. And last but not least, he has a new album in the works with the Edgewood Saxophone Trio. Songs for the follow-up to 2014’s Snake Nation are well underway, although, as he says, the album is less than half finished at this point.

Until then, keep an eye and an ear out for some duet shows with cellist Ben Shirley to be announced soon.

In December, The Bakery announced that it was expanding into a new temporary space in Downtown Atlanta. The New Square building is a 10,000-square-foot former retail space that Bakery co-founder Willow Goldstein and a team of artists are transforming into an immersive art experience that brings Atlanta's diverse cultural underground aesthetics — music, art, workshops, and community initiatives — to a new audience. The New Square location is slated to open in February 2020, and activations are already underway.

On Monday, January 6, budding noise rock foursome Vangas celebrate the arrival of the “Dog Walker” b/w “Waltz in E Minor” 7-inch via Chunklet World Industries.

Goth-glam five-piece Material Girls recently sent off their next album to be mastered, with hopes for an April release date. No title has been announced yet. In the meantime, the group has a new non-album single in the works, which will be released as a split 7-inch with Montreal’s dance-punk trio Victime. The Material Girls song is titled “Patience.”

In December, A Rippin’ Production unveiled the lineup for Mass Destruction Metal Fest IV, which is set to take over the Loft at Center Stage November 6-7, 2020. This year boasts a seriously supernatural lineup as Flint, Michigan’s grindcore pioneer Repulsion is joined by thrash-punk heavy hitters Nuclear Assault, along with Monstrosity, Massacre, Cenotaph, Malignancy, Thornspawn, Estuary, and Atlanta's almighty black metal firebrand Vimur. Early Bird tickets are on sale now.

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''Send local music news to [mailto:chad.radford@creativeloafing.com|chad.radford@creativeloafing.com]''
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From January of 1998 through December of 2007, Jones and his Euphonics Productions partners Karen Murphy and Victoria and Greg Nicholson began booking a steady flow of traveling world, avant-garde, jazz, noise, post-rock, and otherwise outsider musical acts that Atlanta may have never seen or heard otherwise. It all started with Najoum Eddiwan, an Algerian Gnawan ensemble that Euphonics booked to play at the First Existentialist Congregation — a group they learned about while talking to a server at an Indian restaurant in Virginia-Highland.

From there, Euphonics grew to become a key player in the city’s underground cultural landscape. In addition to a variety of world music ensembles, Euphonics brought artists such as German free jazz saxophonist and clarinetist Peter Brötzmann’s Chicago Tentet + 1, saxophonist Ken Vandermark, Takoma revivalist and folk guitarist Jack Rose to town. Euphonics even booked Japanese psych rock outfit Acid Mothers Temple’s first Atlanta appearance at Eyedrum’s long-gone Memorial Drive location, which yielded a massive spectacle in terms of both the music and turnout.



With shows taking place in such disparate venues as Earth Shaking Music (when it was still in the East Atlanta Village), Variety Playhouse, and the now defunct Echo Lounge, Euphonics handled the business of booking challenging music with a punk rock ethos. Money was tight — jazz, noise, and the avant-garde aren’t generally known for selling a lot of beer at the bar, so inventive booking policies were in order. Still, the group stuck to its vision and taste, and developed a singular identity within the music scene.

“Milton did everything,” Victoria Nicholson says. “He wrote the emails, promoted on WREK, found the bands, and talked to everyone. We were D.I.Y, we learned as we went. We paid the bands as much as we could, we were super strict about that,” she adds. “It’s why I ran the door at the shows. My job was to say ‘no,’ and there was no guest list, as we had no other money coming in. Grants were great when we got them, as they paid for airfare and hotels. But it was the people in the community who really helped: Variety Playhouse helped with costs, Eyedrum provided a space, helped get grants and taught us stuff, and Richard Devine even played for free one time, just to help promote a show.”

In time, Greg Nicholson parted ways with Euphonics, and was replaced by Jeff Bradley. Both Bradley and Jones played together in the improv rock outfit GFE, whose name has been said to stand for everything from Granola Free Explosion and Girlfriend Experience to Gruppe Freie Elektronische. The group’s name was an inside joke that started between Jones and his Wax ’n’ Facts Records co-worker, guitarist, drummer, DJ, and songwriter Mathis Hunter.

“At the time, I was playing in a band called Good Friday Experiment, and Milton found out there was a band in Asheville called Granola Funk Express, so he asked ‘What is it with these three letters?’ He ran with it, and wanted the group’s name to change every time they played,” Hunter says. “Milton was certainly an influence on me,” he adds. “Working with him at Wax’ n’ Facts was like going to school. I was learning all of the classic records that I needed to know to DJ. He guided me toward good music in a time before you could go online and find everything, and people like that are really important in life, especially for people who are deeply affected by music.”

In recent years, Jones worked at Second Life Upscale Resale in Avondale Estates, a thrift and consignment shop that donates profits to benefit animal rescue organizations and adoption, spay, and neuter programs.

In other music news, alto sax man, composer, and former public school music teacher Jeff Crompton announced that he, along with the rest of the Edgewood Sax Trio — Ben Davis (tenor) and Bill Nittler (baritone) — will perform with avant-garde absurdist Reverend Fred Lane and his Disheveled Monkeybiters at this year’s Big Ears Festival March 26-29 in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Lane is the Tuscaloosa-bred, Chattanooga-based Southern provocateur, who is the subject of a documentary film titled Icepick To The Moon. The film, which premiered at the Chattanooga Film Festival in 2018, takes its name from Lane’s recently released album, which was 31 years in the making.

For a preview for what’s in store for Big Ears, on January 31, Crompton is traveling to Birmingham, Alabama, to play with Reverend Fred Lane and His Disheveled Monkeybiters at Saturn. It’s Lane’s first publicized performance since 1976.



Still reeling from the release of his latest, and perhaps most world-weary and politically-charged song suite, titled Shooter, Crompton recently stopped by CL’s Short Notice Studio. In a podcast interview, Crompton revealed that in June he will also lead a concert performance of his first opera, titled Buddy Bolden, at the First Existentialist Congregation. It won’t be a full-costumed staging, but a run through the music.

Crompton also talked about finishing up work on a new Sataraš Quartet album, titled Errors and Omissions, which is slated for a February release. And last but not least, he has a new album in the works with the Edgewood Saxophone Trio. Songs for the follow-up to 2014’s Snake Nation are well underway, although, as he says, the album is less than half finished at this point.

Until then, keep an eye and an ear out for some duet shows with cellist Ben Shirley to be announced soon.

In December, The Bakery announced that it was expanding into a new temporary space in Downtown Atlanta. The New Square building is a 10,000-square-foot former retail space that Bakery co-founder Willow Goldstein and a team of artists are transforming into an immersive art experience that brings Atlanta's diverse cultural underground aesthetics — music, art, workshops, and community initiatives — to a new audience. The New Square location is slated to open in February 2020, and activations are already underway.

On Monday, January 6, budding noise rock foursome Vangas celebrate the arrival of the “Dog Walker” b/w “Waltz in E Minor” 7-inch via Chunklet World Industries.

Goth-glam five-piece Material Girls recently sent off their next album to be mastered, with hopes for an April release date. No title has been announced yet. In the meantime, the group has a new non-album single in the works, which will be released as a split 7-inch with Montreal’s dance-punk trio Victime. The Material Girls song is titled “Patience.”

In December, A Rippin’ Production unveiled the lineup for Mass Destruction Metal Fest IV, which is set to take over the Loft at Center Stage November 6-7, 2020. This year boasts a seriously supernatural lineup as Flint, Michigan’s grindcore pioneer Repulsion is joined by thrash-punk heavy hitters Nuclear Assault, along with Monstrosity, Massacre, Cenotaph, Malignancy, Thornspawn, Estuary, and Atlanta's almighty black metal firebrand Vimur. Early Bird tickets are on sale now.

Send local music news to chad.radford@creativeloafing.com
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Metal ruled in 2019, and that’s no embellishment. Paladin’s white-hot shred fests, Vimur’s cosmic journeys into haunted dimensions of the mind, and Sadistic Ritual’s confrontational dirges took shape with supernatural force. On the flipside, more reflective songwriters such as Rose Hotel’s Jordan Reynolds, and Drivin N’ Cryin’s Kevn Kinney respectively unleashed rich new chapters in their catalogs. During many a midday Zen walk through Woodruff Park, I lingered in the distance while the sounds of Allen Thomas of the Family Orchestra busking with an MPC filled the air — expanding on the beats, rhythms, and grooves of his most recent release. Shepherds also looked deep within the psyche to flesh out a different perception of art and the male ego, while Lobsterdamus commanded us all to raise our claws up and dive headlong into the future while having a bit of fun.

On a personal note, I cannot recall a year in recent history that was teeming with so much good music. These are the albums that define the year in Atlanta music.


20. Moon Diagrams: Trappy Bats (Geographic North)


19. Paladin: Ascension (Prosthetic Records)


18. Shepherds: Insignificant Whip (Arrowhawk Records)


17. Lobsterdamus: The Tails of Lobsterdamus (Full Plate)


16. Greenscreen: Self-titled (self-released)


15. Visitors: Nature Documentary (Early Future Records)


14. Reverends: The Disappearing Dreams of Yesterday (Little Cloud Records)


13. BASrelief: Self-titled (Past Now Tomorrow)


12. Sister Sai: Broad Street Sessions (Sahiba Records)


11. All the Saints: Look Like You’re Going Somewhere (Chunklet Industries)


10. Allen Thomas: Void Scrolls III: (The King of Wands) (Self-released)


9. Shantih Shantih: Someone, Anyone? (Wild Honey Records)


8. Cloak: The Burning Dawn (Season Of Mist)


7. Drivin N’ Cryin: Live the Love Beautiful (Drivin N’ Cryin Records)


6. Vimur: Triumphant Master of Fates (Boris Records)

 

5. Rose Hotel: I Will Only Come When It’s a Yes (Rose Hotel Music)

 

4. Sadistic Ritual: Visionaire of Death (Boris/Unspeakable Axe Records) 


3. Purkinje Shift: Threads (Chunklet Industries)


2. OMNI: Networker (Sub Pop Records)


1. The Royal Krunk Jazz Orkestra: Pyramids (Ropeadope)

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Stay tuned for more information regarding an album release party to be announced later this year.

On Tuesday, October 9, sad news spread throughout the East Atlanta Village when word of Atlanta rocker Rick Dang’s death made its way to the Earl — Dang’s longtime home away from home.

Dang was a well-known local music fixture who performed and recorded rousing and reflective rock ‘n’ roll as a solo act backed by a band performing under the name Dang Dang Dang. His most recent full-length, titled Chemical Illusion, arrived in September 2018, and features Dang (vocals, guitar, and piano) playing alongside drummer Eric Young and bass player Stiff Penalty.

Upon learning of Dang’s passing, friend and fellow Atlanta musician Matt McCalvin (Paralyzer) recorded and released a song in his honor, titled “Endless Light.” McCalvin wrote, recorded, and played drums on the song with Nic Pugh playing acoustic guitar, Rod Hamdallah on lead guitar, and Josh Johnson (Paint Fumes) on percussion.


 

“Endless Light” is available via Soundcloud.



In October, Southern rock outfit Brother Hawk unveiled a video for a new song, titled "Like Water." The video was filmed by the WombatFire production team, and captures singer and guitarist J.B.Brisendine, drummer Evan Diprima, bass player James Fedigan, and keyboard player Nick Johns-Cooper performing live in Big Trouble Recording Studio. The song will appear on a new live EP, titled The Big Trouble Sessions, due out November 8. The EP includes one new song (“Like Water), an older song revisited (“Black Dog”), and covers of Alice in Chains’ “Nutshell” and Soundgarden’s “Fell on Black Days.”



Also in October, Lesibu Grand released its five-song debut EP, titled The Story of Miranda. Vocalist Tyler-Simone Molton, bass player John Renaud, guitarist Brian Turner, drummer Lee Wiggins, and keyboard player Chris Case bring a night of soul-infused indie rock to the Buteco patio on November 7.

… And speaking of Chris Case, the lauded keyboard player and longtime Atlanta Music fixture brings his Samadha back to the stage for the Buried Alive Film Festival. On Friday, November 15, Samadha will perform a live, original score to director Andrew Leman’s 2005 silent film, The Call of Cthulhu. The film puts a post-modern spin on the ancient horror of H.P. Lovecraft’s 1928 story of the same title.

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It has been a while since Soloriens Native Unity Quartet made any noise around these parts. The free improv jazz and avant-garde rock outfit led by Atlanta-based tenor sax man and filmmaker James Harrar and Sun Ra Arkestra leader and alto saxophonist Marshall Allen left a cosmic impression on the city with a string of appearances between 2016 and 2018 at Mammal Gallery and the Drunken Unicorn. The downtime, however, has been quite productive. While Allen is out leading the Arkestra on stages around the world, Harrar recently put the final touches on a new LP, titled Aerials and Antennas, due out November 22 via Ornesco and Feeding Tube Records.

Aerials and Antennas, released in a limited quantity of 500 copies, captures a mystical evening of raising spirits with a swirling mass of interdimensional fugues in a fog of sound at Nashville’s American Legion Outpost 82, on September 4, 2016. The record stamps in time an early phase for this lineup — an expanded version of Harrar’s Cinema Soloriens — that includes bass player Max Boecker and percussionist Kenito Murray. Throughout the show, Harrar and Allen wield an arsenal of reed-based and electronic wind instruments, including the otherworldly EVI (electronic voice instrument), capable of producing harmonic sci-fi delights and a piercing atmosphere — and it does just that in the grooves captured on the LP.

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Stay tuned for more information regarding an album release party to be announced later this year.

On Tuesday, October 9, sad news spread throughout the East Atlanta Village when word of Atlanta rocker Rick Dang’s death made its way to the Earl — Dang’s longtime home away from home.

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Upon learning of Dang’s passing, friend and fellow Atlanta musician Matt McCalvin (Paralyzer) recorded and released a song in his honor, titled “Endless Light.” McCalvin wrote, recorded, and played drums on the song with Nic Pugh playing acoustic guitar, Rod Hamdallah on lead guitar, and Josh Johnson (Paint Fumes) on percussion.


 

“Endless Light” is available via Soundcloud.



In October, Southern rock outfit Brother Hawk unveiled a video for a new song, titled "Like Water." The video was filmed by the WombatFire production team, and captures singer and guitarist J.B.Brisendine, drummer Evan Diprima, bass player James Fedigan, and keyboard player Nick Johns-Cooper performing live in Big Trouble Recording Studio. The song will appear on a new live EP, titled The Big Trouble Sessions, due out November 8. The EP includes one new song (“Like Water), an older song revisited (“Black Dog”), and covers of Alice in Chains’ “Nutshell” and Soundgarden’s “Fell on Black Days.”



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Tom Cheshire and Casey Yarbrough stopped by Creative Loafing's Short Notice Studio to talk about playing in a Ramones cover band on Halloween night, and coming of age amid Atlanta's music scene.

The Raymonds play the songs of the Ramones at 529 on Thursday, October 31. With Slack Sabbath (performing the songs of Black Sabbath), Black To Comm (performing the songs of the MC5), and For Sale (performing the songs of the Replacements). $10. 8 p.m. 529. 529 Flat Shoals Ave. SE. 404-228-6769. www.529atlanta.com.    Courtesy the Raymonds CRETIN HOP: The Raymonds play Halloween night at 529.  0,0,10    Halloween "the Raymonds" "the Ramones" "Tom Cheshire" "Casey Yarbrough" Atlanta Music                             Podcast: The Raymonds "
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