Hopefully you read my post about Slang playing at the Music Room last Thursday with Behold The Brave and Laurasia. If you didn’t, maybe we can still be friends. I want to start off by saying that I like where Slang is going in terms of performance art. It’s rock, but it’s not as much as about the music as it is about the lyrics and how lead singer Hayes emotes to ‘em. But, I hate to say that my expectations in the actual live performance weren’t quite met. I’m just going to say it- I think Hayes was holding back. I wanted to see everyone in some kind of costume. I wanted to see him so invested in the music that he rivaled James Brown’s cape act. When you title a song: Herr Doktor Schwein and His Wife, there is just a certain level of (good) weirdness that listeners expect to see live. And, I’m pointing all of this out to say that I think Slang has the potential to pull off the kind of performance art I think they’re longing to be. Of Montreal is a good example to follow. Evvvveryone in this band is just a little off when they’re on stage. See their outfits? That’s a regular thing. And people are crazy about them because their live set matches the mood you feel from listening to their music. Not to mention, you’ll never forget them. Hey, branding is more important than you think. It’s all about commitment. People will buy it (and love it) if you buy it. And, if not all of your band members wanna sacrifice that kind of convention for the band’s vision, dump them. Everybody and their brother plays an instrument these days.
I’ve been using Tixie for a few months now, but I’ve been running into way too many people who are completely in the dark… so, I’ll open the blinds for ya.
Tixie is a giant raffle bowl for concert tickets. The great thing is it costs $0 to enter. Download the app on your phone or use it online . Every day, you’re given 10 points that you can spend on different contests. Yep, there’s a section specifically for Athens! The contests last like, a few weeks long. And, if you win, you’re given one FREEEE ticket for you and one for a friend (if you don’t have any, this is your chance to make some). It’s basically the greatest thing ever. I’ve won tickets for shows I was already planning on going to, so I saved myself at least $40 by downloading a free app. Seriously, what is better than that? The Portland-based company isn’t brand new, but I’m guessing the lack of awareness about it may stem from the fact that it caters to only 5 cities. Thank goodness Athens is one of them.
Currently, you can places bids for many of the New Years festivities including: Reptar (40Watt), Seven Handle Circus (New Earth), and The Revivalists (Ga Theatre).
You don’t even have to put your phone under your pillow to get a visit from the Ticket Fairy.
What do David Bowie and The Band have in common? They don’t/didn’t take themselves too seriously. And, Atlanta rockers Slang are following their great predecessors’ lead which lends them to produce dance rock with a performance spin that creeps right into your ears and stays there. They could cover the Monster Mash at Christmastime and you’d add it to your holiday collection. I can’t say much in lieu of what their actual live performance is like, yet. I can only say that with music so audibly vivid, I am expecting a BIG live show… and I’m not expecting to be let down.
Slang is: Hayes Hoey (vocals, guitar), Grant Taylor (bass guitar, vocals), Jordan Williams (lead guitar), Ryan York (drums)
Sample their stuff on Bandcamp- “Herr Doktor Schwein and His Wife” & “Hands” are available for download.
If you’re in Atlanta this Thursday (12/18), come by the Music Room at 9PM. Laurasia will open the show and the Chattanooga dudes of Behold the Brave will close the night. If you like to have fun, you should come on out!
*Not in town? Look for my review of the show on 12/19, yo.*
Check out the latest from SATURN VALLEY under the interview tab! I had a great time hanging out with Chris, Nick, and Christian. Be sure to like their Facebook page to catch their next show in Athens.
In other news, I’m happy to announce that tomorrow I’ll be talking to Critter of OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW! Look forward to seeing Tweets about that. If you weren’t aware, Old Crow is stopping in Athens for the night on Thursday November 20th at the Classic Center.
You can buy tickets here.
Make sure you like their Facebook page as well- just posted a contest for free tickets to the show!
And, check out their latest album Remedy.
My all-time favorite OCMS tune…
Alright, only a few more days until the big AthHalf (half marathon)! I’ve made a list of just a bunch of fun tunes to get myself motivated to keep running. Hope you like ‘em! No particular order, just for funzies. I go about picking songs to exercise to that inspire in a positive way. Well, I throw one or two angry songs in there to mix things up. But, generally I’m looking for a feeling in my gut that tells me today is a fantastic day. Also, a random side note, I used to sometimes refer to Spotify’s Running Mid Tempo playlist for pace-keeping purposes. They added ‘What Are You Waiting For?’ by Nickelback. *Unfollow*… Be careful, kids.
CARRY ME BACK TO VIRGINIA
old crow medicine show
SHAKE IT OFF
UP UP UP
WE WILL ALL BE CHANGED
SEND ME ON MY WAY
THAT’S NOT MY NAME
NIGHT LIKE THIS
REALLY DON’T CARE
ODE TO A BUTTERFLY
A SKY FULL OF STARS
WAIT SO LONG
trampled by turtles
Second installment of Nuci’s Space Jam this time featuring: The Woodgrains, Oak House, and The Dalmations. Doors at 7 amd music at 8. THERE WILL BE FREE PIZZA AND CUPCAKES. I dare you to eat one of each at the same time.
But, if you’re into things that come from Muscle Shoals you need to The Secret Sisters at the Melting Point! I saw them open for Nickel Creek last April and was blown away by this duo.
Too bad Shovels & Rope with John Fullbright at the Theatre is completely sold out… your automatic backup should be Superchunk with Crooked Fingers at dat 40Watt!
Yay a Saturday where you can watch the Dawgs from the comfort of your own home and still have energy to do things after! I’m very interested in this duo that’ll be at New Earth called Mandolin Orange. I’ve watched their Audiotree session and was diggin’ it!
It has been a year and nine months since the release of The Lone Bellow’s self-titled album. If I owned the physical CD of this album, I would be on my third or fourth copy by now. So, for a while I’ve been lovingly drowning in the sorrow and pain that seeps from every pore of (lead singer and songwriter) Zach Williams into every nook and cranny of The Lone Bellow. I lose track of time in ‘Teach Me to Know’. I am a starving artist, walking the streets on an empty stomach in ‘Green Eyes’. I walk through the frigid hell with the widower in ‘Two Sides of Lonely’.
Then Came The Morning
The first taste of what’s to come from the upcoming Lone Bellow album. We have not crawled out of the despair that beautifully plagued the last album. We have been catapulted out of it. I can feel an explosion of light with every repetition of the song’s title. Williams, like always, is a vocal powerhouse. But this time, he cries out because he knows the ‘you’ is no longer a fair match for him. He will not stand down. And, then comes the morning.
Download the newbie from iTunes!
Catch The Lone Bellow when they tear down the house at the Georgia Theatre on November 6th!
*Photos from TLB official site.