after playing 40+ festival dates without hitting atlanta, outkast finally announced a homecoming show at centennial olympic park this fall! they’ve been touring to “celebrate the 20th anniversary of their unique and influential sound.” we were lucky enough to get tickets this morning and are totally pumped.
not only did the show sell out in under an hour, outkast also added a second show and sold that out immediately. quite crazy! centennial olympic park can hold 40,000 people for concerts, so its impressive they sold out two shows so quickly.
- ryan & gub
belle & sebastian just announced an atlanta date at the tabernacle on october 1st! wahoo!!! we are big fans and it’s been 11 years since they played atlanta, so we are thrilled. tickets went on sale this morning. check out the rest of their tour dates.
- ryan & gub
gub and i had so much fun at the atlanta recording of wait wait…don’t tell me at the fabulous fox theater last fall! we are huge fans of the npr program, so it was interesting to see how they pull everything off recording the show live.
our panelists were mo rocca, faith salie and roy blount, jr. it turned out both faith and roy grew up in the atlanta/decatur area, which seemed random. cdc director thomas frieden was the ‘not my job’ special guest and we were fortunate to have carl kasell announce the performance, he had been taking time off from the show. and of course, peter sagal was the host.
the entire performance was about two and a half hours, which they edited down to a one hour program. they finished the actual show in roughly two hours. at that point they re-recorded a few lines from the show that were stepped on or didn’t sound well. the audience had the option to leave or hang out for a q&a after they finished. we stuck around and were treated with 20 minutes worth of q&a with peter, carl and the panelists.
i have to admit it was pretty cool going to a show on a thursday and hearing the polished version on the radio 36 hours later. we had an amazing night and, as expected, the fabulous fox theater was a perfect venue for wait wait…don’t tell me!!!
you can download a podcast of the atlanta performance here.
- ryan & gub
here’s a list of my favorite concerts from last year. i have grand notions of putting up a list of my favorite albums as well, but i’ve had those goals before! as with recent years, there was a heavy mix of reunion concerts on the list. i guess that’s just what happens when you get older.
afghan whigs – sat, oct 20th – the masquerade
david byrne & st vincent – wed, oct 3rd – cobb energy center
chairlift – thu, apr 19th – the earl
frankie rose – tue, apr 10th – 529
grimes – mon, mar 5th – drunken unicorn
jeff mangum – wed, feb 1st – variety playhouse
the jesus & mary chain – thu, sep 6th – variety playhouse
perfume genius – thu, mar 29th – the earl
radiohead – thu, mar 1st – phillips arena
tame impala – thu, mar 8th – drunken unicorn
youth lagoon – thu, mar 22nd – drunken unicorn
my brother and i headed up to the cobb energy center last week to catch david byrne & st vincent. the show was really awesome, i’m glad i was able to attend. it wasn’t quite the life changing concert that songs of david byrne & brian eno was in 2008, however it still held its own.
the concert was the end result of a pretty ambitious collaborative project between the two artists called love this giant. the concert entailed david byrne & st vincent playing a few talking heads & david byrne songs (naive melody, burning down the house, road to nowhere, strange overtones, lazy, like humans do), a few st vincent songs (save me from what i want, marrow, cheerleader, northern lights, cruel, the party) and then songs from their collaborative album.
all in all it was a cool concept and a great show. hearing them sing backup on one another’s songs was pretty special. in particular, st vincent’s backing on stranger overtones was amazing! it actually sounded better than the album version, which is saying a lot. here is the full setlist.
my brother and i recently attended the jesus & mary chain at the variety playhouse. after all these years, the reid brothers can still put on a great rock show! they weren’t touring for a new album or even new material, so they just played the hits, which was perfect. they covered classics from psychocandy though honey’s dead, while passing on their 90s material besides snakedriver from the crow soundtrack. check out the full setlist!
the jesus & mary chain were actually the first small concert my brother and i attended some 18 years ago. they played at the ritz theater in ybor city (tampa) on october 13, 1994. they were touring for stoned & dethroned and had mazzy star & velvet crush opening up! it was also the last show at the ritz before it became known as masquerade for 10+ years.
- ryan & gub
there is a new venue in atlanta called terminal west. i haven’t been yet, but the photos look pretty cool. it’s in the king plow art center over on the west side. both black lips and washed out are on their schedule, so it definitely has potential.
with the upcoming radiohead concert fast approaching, i decided it was time to finally go through and post some photos from their last show in atlanta. we had these amazing general-admission pit tickets, so we were right up front and center. in all my years of concert going i’ve never been so close for such a big rock show, so it was a blast! as you can tell from the photos, their live show is quite impressive!
you can check out the full set list here.
jeff mangum recently played the variety playhouse and we were fortunate enough to attend. to say the least, the show was remarkable! mangum’s voice sounded like it was 1998, probably since he hasn’t toured since then, and he played all of the songs you could ask for. scotty spillane and co. played horns on select tracks as well, which was unexpected and great!
highlights were ghost, two headed boy part one & two, the fool (with horns) and in the aeroplane over the sea. you can check out the full set list here.
- ryan & gub