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Railbird and The Rex Complex Coming to Wonderroot

Railbird is musically reminiscent of early Ani Difranco, Regina Spektor, Bjork and Dirty Projectors, but front woman Sarah Pedinotti transcends all possible comparisons with her positively unique tone, composition, and style that utilizes jazz, blues, soul, folk, and pop. Railbird melds these sounds into lush, texture-filled music that at times gets creepy, pretty, dreamy, and stays interesting throughout.

Railbird is coming to Wonderroot on Tuesday, March 22 with their New Yorker partners in crime, The Rex Complex. The band self-describes its sound as “Roots Ruckus” with the intent to strike notions of “hip hop-tinged beats, joyous screaming, rock guitar, distortion-laden accordion and the odd crashing metal bucket or beer keg.” They’re sound is endowed with afro beats, experimental rock, and a heightened tribal-like energy.

Railbird and The Rex Complex have been touring extensively from Brooklyn down to Austin and back up the east coast. This is a great chance to see a couple of intriguing NY bands for just $5. Super bonus: Satellite District and Pocket the Moon are playing too.

ATL Yeah! Compilation and SXSW Party

Favorite Gentlemen is gearing up for SXSW with a party and a compilation of Atlanta music that kicks the shit out of any other Atlanta compilation album out there right now. There are 2 reasons for this: 40 great bands are included and Favorite Gentlemen asked many Atlanta music bloggers, promoters, and labels to contribute to the final selections. The result is a sampling of a diverse group of Atlanta artists alongside Favorite Gentlemen’s own roster of talent.

The Moon and Pluto is proud to have been included in the bunch asked for artist suggestions for this exciting compilation. We chose Jungol and Damon Moon and The Whispering Drifters, for all you dying to know.

The compilation is called ATL Yeah! and you can get it at

Tracks included from the following artists:

01. All Night Drug Prowling Wolves
02. Balkans
03. Today The Moon, Tomorrow The Sun
04. Young Orchids
05. Mermaids
06. Sealions
07. Turf War
08. Baby Baby
09. Gobotron
10. Small Reactions
11. Oryx And Crake
12. Alaska Him Nicely
13. Blair Crimmins and The Hookers
14. Luna Versus You
15. The Head
16. Trances Arc
17. Carnivores
18. Jungol
19. Death On Two Wheels
20. The Back Pockets
21. Right Away, Great Captain!
22. Damon Moon and The Whispering Drifters
23. Roman Photos
24. O’Brother
25. Sorry No Ferrari
26. Author’ s Apology
27. Stadiums
28. Asherel
29. Gin House
30. Harken The Hands Askew
31. Mood Rings
32. Highschool Sweetheart
33. Nerdkween
34. Attention System
35. Vonnegutt
36. Ben Trickey
37. This Piano Plays Itself
38. Kyle Lucas
39. Social Studies
40. Bad Books

Download this collection while it’s available! And if you’re heading to Austin, stop by the ATL Yeah! day party on March 18 at Red Fez to hear Mermaids, Turf War, Mood Rings, Death on Two Wheels, Carnivores, Trances Arc, The Head, Sealions, and Oryx and Crake. The party is also a collaborative effort of Favorite Gentlemen’s with a bunch of Atlanta music entities, including 4th Ward Heroes, Purge Atl, and Criminal Records.

Jeffrey Butzer: New line-up, new stage show

Jeffrey Butzer will be performing in Atlanta on March 18 at The Earl for the first time since last September. Early this year, Butzer joined West End Motel and Fiend Without a Face, both side projects of Mastadon’s Brent Hinds, out on a west coast tour. Butzer’s solo act opened up the shows on tour, and he candidly revealed many “little secrets” in his tour journal, which you can read on the Picaflor Studio blog. There is some awesome hilarity in there, like the stuff he shouts out to Patrick Stewart in the bathroom of an L.A. club during an Andrew Bird show. And you can find out why Butzer was given the nickname Bette Midler on tour.

Butzer has also been busy playing with longtime friend and fellow musician, Claire Lodge in her band, The Compartmentalizationalists. Since she moved back to England, Butzer has picked back up with a new line-up for his band, The Bicycle Eaters, and a new stage show planned, complete with props and a projector.

Without revealing too much, Butzer describes the new live setup and explains the inspiration behind the chosen visual expression:

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Divine Interface – Chill beats to check out

Divine Interface makes smooth, electronic lounge music that you’ll dig if you were ever a fan of Groove Armada or Portishead. Using ambient noise and laid-back beats to create a chill, yet funk-soaked atmosphere, Divine Interface creates dreamy and captivating trance. Listen to “Ujambe Girl”. There’s a sample in there of an old gospel record from a church in Mississippi.

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Divine Interface is just one project by Drew Briggs, who also releases stuff as Kush Lord, which he describes as “a dream funk project,” as opposed to Divine Interface, which he says is reserved for “darker beat music and post dubstep-influenced stuff.”

Check out both of his SoundCloud pages:

Briggs plans to launch a site for the Ghettlow/Ghetto lo-fi Artist Collective, though an official date has not been established.  The site will be putting out tapes, mp3 packages, and DJ mixes out this summer of Divine Interface and Kush Lord, alongside material from Black Box Disco (E.J. Ogle) and Sucking Face (Ryan Parks).

For updates on Briggs:

March Music Magnificence in Atlanta!

I’m excited about March Shows! Atlanta really has some awesome shows happening all the time, but I’m pretty excited about March this year. Here’s the rundown of the live music I’m most excited about:

Ice Cube is playing at Center Stage on March 5 with Killer Mike and DJ Cash. Is this thing not sold out yet? Ice Cube invokes nostalgia in my heart – Boyz n the Hood, “It Was a Good Day,” “Check Yo Self,” Friday…I love it! I just don’t think about Anaconda.

SXSW Kickoff Party w/ Abby Gogo, Back Pockets, Reptar, Spirits and the Melchizedek Children, Milagres, Transvestites, and Boom Chick @ Star Bar on Thursday, March 10 and it’s Free!

Pretty Ambitious Records and PurgeAtl have a kickass kickoff party for all of us in Atlanta before they take it out to Austin on 3/17 at Clive Bar for SXSW. The SXSW line-up is a little different than the one we’ll get at Star Bar, featuring Chicago-based Light Pollution as the headliner with Atlanta support from Mermaids, Turf War, Abby gogo, Sealions, Little Tybee, Back Pockets, Transvestite. Check out their music sampler for a taste of each of these yum-yums.

OK Productions brings Tennis and Say Hi to The Earl on Friday, March 11. I’ve been looking forward to this since I interviewed Eric Elbogen for Performer Magzine a few months ago. The feature came out last month. If you’re interested in an interesting musician, you can check it out here. I wonder if the band has stuck it through thus far on the Say Hi tour? Anywho, La Sera from L.A. and Blair from Brooklyn will also be performing on this evening. $10 for that much goodness is a total steal.

I know that Saturday, March 12 presents a problem for many live music goers in Atlanta. There’s Toro Y Moi with Cloud Nothings at Drunken Unicorn, Wild Flag with Shannon Wright at The Earl, The Booze and The Biters simultaneous record release party at Star Bar, or Nash Smith & Ganges, Nerdkween, and Night Driving in Small Towns at Wonderroot, but I hold onto tix to Continue reading “March Music Magnificence in Atlanta!” »

The Chosen Ones: March 2-4, 2011

Wednesday, March 2 - Small Reactions, The North Trolls, A.Grimes @ The Earl

Some post-punk indie pop, a smack of punk rock, and a dose of psych-rock sounds good for a Wednesday night, so head to the Earl.

Here’s an interview with the intriguing A. Grimes.


Listen: Sudden Walks by Small Reactions

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Also on Wednesday, something a bit different for live music night at Eastside Lounge – Beautiful Little Fools with Daniel Clay and Little Horn for a night of organic, smooth indie rock. 9:30pm


Thursday, March 3 -

Triple D’s presents: Jacuzzi Boys w/ Predator & Wymyns Prysyn @ The Earl 8:30pm

Young Antiques, Author’s Apology, and Dark Owls @ The Highland Inn Ballroom 9pm

A: The Color, The Woodgrains, The Orkids, Stokeswood @ The Masquerade $8, 18+ Heaven

Dropsonic, The Terror (EP release) and Ghost Party @ The Star Bar FREE SHOW!

Friday, March 4 –

Six Shot Revival, Stonerider, Part Of The Problem @529

Team Luis Presents: Sealions, Lera Lynn (record release), Natalie Prass @ The Star Bar

Bright Eyes @ Variety Playhouse is sold out, so go to Picaflor Studio instead for:

Siberia My Sweet, Misfortune500,Tendaberry 9pm

“Who’s in Bed” Single From Jungol

Moon Mix: Efren, DMR, Trench Party, and more

One of my favorite new acts from last year has a new single out. Efren is working on their third album, and “Moonshine in the Gutter” is the first track off the upcoming release, Rise Up and Melt, due out in June 2011. Grab a malt beverage or your favorite downer, and get lost in this:

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Now that you’ve melted from Scott Low’s voice, listen to a new track from Detroit Mutant Radio to perk you up. They’ve released a new single, “In the Rain” where Mr.Creech raps about getting wet on top of some menacing bass lines. There’s some fierce guitar work toward the end of the track, too. DMR will be playing at Eastside Lounge on March 9. Get the single here.

Trench Party put their latest lo-fi indie album, Decadence on Bandcamp, so read a review here and then head over for a $5 download. Or you can stream the album (for free) while you read the lyrics. That’s fun, especially for a record like Decadence.

And if saucy soul and funk makes you happy, head out tomorrow night, February 25, to catch Soulphonics & Ruby Velle at The Highland Inn Ballroom with George Hughley and DJ Tanner before and after.

Finally, get the winter issue of Target Audience Magazine now! It’s got a great editorial on pirating music, an expert article on breaking the rules if you’re a drummer, awesome photos from Rose Riot Photography, art, film, literature, and poetry.

It’s a Jungol Out There!

If you could harness the energy of a star, and let it explode through sound – well, then you’ve got Jungol.

Jungol is releasing a single on Saturday, February 26, the same day that they play The Earl with Sun Domingo and Virginia’s The Influence. They released Over the Sun and Under the Radar just last year and are already working on a new album. The first single, “Who’s in bed?” will be available for free download on the band’s website. What!? Who’s in bed? This might be one of those Usher confessional things. Juicy!

They are also releasing a DVD of their sold out performance at The Earl last April. No details yet on the release, but here’s a snippet to get your blood pumping.

Jonathan Merenivitch on Tendaberry, Shepherds, and Janelle Monae

It’s fun to eat tacos and talk with someone like Jonathan Merenivitch, who is involved in so many Atlanta-based music projects. As the front man of the soul-tinged, post-punk band, Tendaberry, he incorporates his ideals as a “21st century black man” into the concept of the band, using “Death of ignorance in black culture as we know it…is here” as the group’s axiom. Merenivitch also started another band, Shepherds, to satisfy his penchant for loud, abrasive rock that leaves out the jazz and funk with which Tendaberry plays. As if two bands weren’t enough, Merenivitch also jumped on rhythm guitar for Janelle Monae, which put him on stage at Madison Square Garden just before Prince. Yes, Jonathan Merenivitch is a musical renaissance man and a down to earth and thoughtful one to top it off. Here is a closer look at a few of his projects and experiences.


Tendaberry set out to write music equally influenced by Public Image Limited and Stevie Wonder, then the group solidified their M.O., as Merenivitch explains, “We finalized this idea that we want to break past the boundaries of what is seen as blackness, both musically and lyrically and philosophically. I wrote all these lyrics that poke fun at certain ridiculous aspects of black culture.”

Their newest album, Hit It!, recorded and co-produced by Drew Vandenberg (The Whigs, Deerhunter, Drive-By Truckers), is set for release April 21, 2011. Described by Merenivitch as “inspired by The Dream, Grizzly Bear, Smokey Robinson, Minor Threat and ignorance in black culture,” the album rides smooth on impressive vocal harmonies, while the guitars and bass get wild. I often wonder what bands are thinking when they state their genre, but Tendaberry Continue reading “Jonathan Merenivitch on Tendaberry, Shepherds, and Janelle Monae” »