Archive for June, 2009

Dead Confederates: Coming to life

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009


It’s been an eventful year for Dead Confederate. Since last September’s release of the debut LP Wrecking Ball, they’ve appeared on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and recently finished a tour with childhood heroes Dinosaur Jr. This weekend, the Athens quintet pulls double-duty closer to home, performing at both AthFest and Corndogorama.

Dead Confederate’s sultry psych rumble evokes a range of acts including Pink Floyd’s spacey atmospherics, the Black Angels’ primal drone, and My Morning Jacket’s Southern-fried guitar rawk. They came into existence in the late ’90s as the jam-oriented act Red Belly Band. After graduating from college, they set about pursuing music in earnest, embarking on a new sound, name and outlook.

“We fell in love with creating music all over again,” says singer/guitarist Hardy Morris. “We were floundering as a college band that didn’t take themselves too seriously. Then we started writing some songs that really mattered to us and it took on a whole ’nother level.”

By Chris Parker     Creative Loafing 

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Tattoo artist shows his skills in the music business

Thursday, June 18th, 2009


By day, Corey Davis tattoos images on clients at Atlanta’s City of Ink. In his spare time, he tailors his own image as a member of Mach 5 and reimagines Atlanta’s underground hip-hop scene as co-founder of the second annual Atlanta Indie Music and Arts Festival.

In Davis’ lexicon, “indie” is more than a musical genre; it’s a blueprint for success. “You can’t really depend on people to handle stuff like you really want to,” he says regarding his leap from performer to promoter.  “Nobody puts as much care into it as you would yourself.”

Davis’ own hustle developed as a result of promoting Mach 5, the duo he started six years ago with festival co-founder A. Ware when they were still North Springs High School juniors. “I studied advertising and design,” says the Savannah College of Art and Design senior, “so it helped me learn how to branch out and market myself as well as be an artist.”

By Grant Britt, Creative Loafing

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R & B with a Retro Twist

Saturday, June 6th, 2009

Take some classic R&B, retool it with a Motor City makeover, and the resulting retro-fitted vehicle that comes roaring out of the garage will bear the emblem of the Detroit Cobras.
Though the band has only put out one original tune (“Hot Dog” from 2005’s Baby) in its 15-year career, the Cobras don’t like being called a cover band. “We’ve never said this is like a Rolling Stones project where we start with covers with hopes of being an originals band one day,” says vocalist Rachael Nagy. “We do what we do because we love doing it.”  

Call them rearrangers, presenting garage and soul with a gritty punk edge. The duo blends the raw energy of Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels with Irma Thomas and ’50s R&B crossover legends the Five Royales.
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Article written by Grant Britt Creative Loafing

Younger Musicians Performing for Woodruff Concert Series

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009


 The Woodruff Arts Center is booking younger local musicians to perform in Sifly Piazza every Thursday night throughout the month of June. These free “Nights on the Piazza” shows will kick off at 5 p.m. and three young local acts will play until around 8 p.m.

The first of the series starts tomorrow night (Thurs., June 4) with performances by Nerdkween (5:30 p.m.), Tealights (6:30 p.m.) and Hope For Agoldensummer (7:30 p.m.).

“This is something I’ve wanted to see happen for a long time because I feel like there are a lot of people my age (28) who are very interested in art/music, but don’t see the Arts Center as some place they want to go,” says WAC’s Strategic Communications Manager, Kathleen Covington. “We hope by giving them an introduction with the free concerts, they will see that there really is a lot here that they would enjoy.”

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