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2015 WORLD’S LARGEST YAARAB SHRINE CIRCUS & FAIR The biggest and best Shrine Circus and Fair in North America is back for its 73rd year! Boasting more trills and outstanding performers than ever, this year’s Tarzan Zerbini circus features world-renowned Rick Wallenda of the most famous circus family in history, as well as stunt motorcyclist Shawn Ives, a Big Cat Extravaganza, and Patty Zerbini with her incredible Elephants. Wade Shows will provide affordable entertainment with 35 rides for all ages. Come be entertained and amazed, laugh at the Shriner Clowns, then fill up on all your favorite fair foods-corn dogs, funnel cakes, and cotton candy just to name a few.
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CONTENTS • MAY 2015 • VOLUME 23, NO. 10 Atlanta’s
INTERVIEWS 10 Adrienne Barbeau 14 Marc Maron 15 Daredevil 20 Built to Spill 20 Skinny Lister 21 ZZ Top 21 Royal Thunder
FEATURES 08 09 11 12 13 15 17 22
Spring Festivals Shaky Knees Festival Top Brunch Spots Atlanta Jazz Festival Atlanta’s Best Tapas Continuing Education Mother’s Day Movies NBA Playoffs
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Around Town On Tap On A Dime Events Under The Lights Movie Reviews Track Suits New DVD Releases Album Reviews Road Warriors TV’s Comic Heros World’s Best Coffee
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Events and Performances taking place this Month
NOW THROUGH JUNE 7
MAY 15 - 17
Exit 61 - Peachtree City / Fairburn
Cobb Energy Centre
Georgia Renaissance Festival
Immerse yourself in an old world adventure at the Georgia Renaissance Festival. The Festival grounds transform into a 32acre 16th century kingdom with knights in shining armor, Queen Anne Boleyn and her Court, and a world bazaar full of elaborate treasures created by more than 150 artisans who demonstrate their crafts daily. Enjoy continuous entertainment featuring juggling, music, storytelling, jousting and more. Visit georgiarenaissancefestival.com
Atlanta Ballet MAYhem
"MAYhem" is an explosive program that presents the future directions of dance propelled by the extraordinary talents and artistic vision of Atlanta Ballet. Alexander Ekman is one of today's most surprising choreographers with his work, "Cacti," serving up a large dose of humor and whimsy. The piece, performed with live music, makes light of the sometimes absurd nature of the avant-garde.
Chastain Park Amphitheatre
Taste of Alpharetta
Historic Downtown Alpharetta
Taste of Alpharetta is now in its 25th year and has become an annual tradition for festival-goers, families and food connoisseurs. Sample delicious appetizers, entrees and desserts from over 60 restaurants on one Thursday evening from 5 - 10 pm on May 7. Enjoy culinary demonstrations, activities for all ages and entertainment. Admission is free and restaurants will charge $1 - 3 per food sample. A Music Stage will have harmonic rock, folk, R&B bands. A separate Culinary Competition Stage will pair top area chefs against one another.
Diana Ross may be best known as the lead singer of the Supremes. As a solo artist she is one of the most successful female singers of the rock era. She was on top of the charts for over two decades in the 60’s and 70’s as well as a movie star and American icon. Visit chastainseries.com for tickets.
JUNE 3 - 7
Brew at the Zoo
Avenue Q: PG-13 Edition
Brew at the Zoo features a variety of bands and music including headliners Electric Avenue, joined by Destitute Way, DJ Sky, Little Country Giants and The Georgia Flood. There will also be a video game truck, ping pong, inflatable ski ball, cornhole, giant Jenga, bocce ball and three-hole mini-golf. Visit zooatlanta.org for ticket information.
The summer outdoor movie series begins Thursday evening May 29th with Frozen. Movies take place each Thursday night through July 31st for Movies on the Town. Movies are free and begin at dusk on the green space. Music will be on hand starting two hours prior. Come early, grab dinner and eat on the green space. Visit townbrookhaven.net
The neighbors are nice on Avenue Q, the only address you can afford when you’re fresh out of college, out of a job, or just trying to find your way in life. Princeton, Gary Coleman, Christmas Eve and their newfound friends (played by talented actors and puppets) valiantly seek jobs, dates and their ever-elusive purpose in life. Sesame Street meets The Simpsons in this upbeat musical for grown-ups with special performances in new PG-13 edition. Free general admission and reserved seating section is $15. Guests must bring own low chair or blanket. Visit horizontheatre.com.
Red Brick Brewing Company
Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheatre
Movies on the Town Town Brookhaven
Georgia Craft Beer Festival This celebration of Georgia brewing culture showcases tastes from over 30 top breweries from around the state. It takes place Saturday afternoon on May 30 from 1 - 6 pm. Enjoy beer samples while absorbing the smooth sounds of live music. The outdoor festival will include an afternoon of games, live entertainment, variety of foods from the city’s top food trucks. This supports the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild. Visit georgiacraftbeerfestival.com
Al Jarreau’s unique vocal style and innovative musical expressions have made him one of the most exciting and critically-acclaimed performers of our time with seven Grammy Awards, scores of international music awards and popular accolades worldwide.
32 years of Art, Music and Fun
JUNE 6-7, 2015 Artist Market
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On Tap this Month MAJOR EVENTS COMING TO ATLANTA May 1 - 24: Various Venues
ATLANTA JAZZ FESTIVAL e Atlanta Jazz Festival will present concerts and events around Atlanta during the entire month of May, including Martins and IMAX on May 14, and the new Jazz Crawl on Edgewood on May 21. e festival returns to historic Piedmont Park from May 22-24. e Atlanta Jazz Festival is the perfect way to spend Memorial Day Weekend with family and friends. Visit the oﬃcial website at atlantafestivals.com for performance schedules.
May 8 - 10: Central Park, Midtown
SHAKY KNEES MUSIC FESTIVAL Shaky Knees Music Festival returns May 8 featuring bands across four outdoor stages as well as local food trucks, artisans and vendors. e music lineup includes e Strokes, e Avett Brothers, Wilco, Pixies, Social Distortion, Ryan Adams, Tame Impala, Brand New, Mastodon, Old Crow Medicine Show and many more! Full lineup and ticket info online now at ShakyKneesFest.com.
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May 31: Cobb Energy Centre
Brit Floyd, the world’s greatest Pink Floyd show, returns for its Space & Time World Tour. is is their most ambitious show to date oﬀering a spectacular new light show and bigger stage production. e show includes performances from their creation in 1965 and all Pink Floyd’s biggest selling albums through the release of their brand new album, e Endless River. Visit cobbenergycentre.com for details and ticket info.
June 7: The Fabulous Fox Theatre
FOX THEATRE BLOCK PARTY
e Fox eatre Block Party is taking place on Sunday, June 7 from noon – 6 p.m. e celebration is a thank you to Atlanta for supporting the Save the Fox campaign in 1974-1975 and an opportunity to share the icon with a new generation of fans. e block party will provide guests the opportunity to experience the magic of the Fox through live entertainment on two stages and special tours. Visit foxtheatre.org
The heart-warming true story of BeBe Winans’s journey to fame. Book by Charles Randolph-Wright and BeBe Winans Music and Lyrics by BeBe Winans | Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright PR eM Wo R L D
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SUMMERLAND TOUR 2015
Championed by Rolling Stone as one of the “10 Hottest Summer Package Tours,” the fourth annual Summerland Tour will feature Everclear, Toadies, Fuel and American Hi-Fi. Summerland Tour has featured notable nostalgic bands such as Soul Asylum, Eve 6, Space Hog, Gin Blossoms, Lit, Sugar Ray, Marcy Playground, Live, Filter, and Sponge. For updated line-up and ticket information visit vzwamp.com.
June 13: The Arena at Gwinnett Center
Alliance Stage packages starting as low as $68. Choose from all 12 shows at alliancetheatre.org/nextseason
CHEECH & CHONG w/ WAR
Enjoy a night of music and comedy. is tour promises to be the "smokiest" night of the year. Featuring all of your favorite War hits and all of Cheech & Chong's outrageous and hilarious comedy. e Up In Smoke tour includes such hits as “Why Can’t We Be Friends,” “Low Rider” and “Cisco Kid,” and Cheech & Chong's no authority brand of comedy and music. Tickets available at gwinnettcenter.com
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Under The Lights
The Woodruff Arts Center presents two great family experiences.
world as a movie star. Just as their cleaning woman issues a warning about terrible events in their future, Masha returns for an unannounced visit with her 20-something boy-toy Spike in tow. And so begins this unforgettable family reunion filled with rivalry, regret, and racket. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play.
Experience the thrilling 2013 Tony Award winning musical Pippin for its debut at the Fox Theatre. Pippin is currently back on Broadway for the first time since it thrilled audiences 40 years ago. With a beloved score by Tony nominee Stephen Schwartz (Wicked), Pippin tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence. Will he choose a happy but simple life? Or will he risk everything for a singular flash of glory. Featuring Broadway standards including “Corner of the Sky,” “Magic To Do,” “Glory,” “No Time at All,” “Morning Glow,” and “Love Song.”
VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE
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It sounds so simple – just a quick trip to the Laundromat with Daddy, Trixie, and her beloved Knuffle Bunny. But before you know it things go horribly, hilariously wrong. Chock full of adventure, song, and gigantic dancing laundry, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical tells a tale of firsts: a stuffed animal's first trip in the laundry, a little girl's first words, and a Daddy's first time dealing with his child going "boneless."
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Music by Ryan Whitehead at the Woodruff Park Streetcar Stop Live Entertainment on Streetcars and at Edgewood Venues Attendees can ride the Atlanta Streetcar free while listening to live music from the Woodruff park stop to participating venues on Edgewood. Come early and grab a bite, enjoy delicious libations, and listen to some of Atlanta’s best DJs and live jazz bands. ADMISSION IS FREE.
ATLANTA JAZZ FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT
Central Park, Midtown Shaky Knees Music Festival returns May 8 featuring bands across four outdoor stages as well as local food trucks, artisans and vendors. The music lineup includes The Strokes, The Avett Brothers, Wilco, Pixies, Social Distortion, Ryan Adams, Tame Impala, Brand New, Mastodon, Old Crow Medicine Show and many more! Full lineup and ticket info online now at ShakyKneesFest.com, with single day and 3-day passes available.
CHASTAIN ARTS FESTIVAL May 9 & 10 Chastain Park, Buckhead The award-winning, two-day festival, (formerly called Buckhead Spring Arts & Crafts Festival) will be held in Atlanta’s beautiful Chastain Park. An estimated 40,000 visitors will attend this event with up to 185 displays of art and crafts, including many local and regional artists and artisans. In addition to the abundance of unique art, there will be a children’s area in the adjacent greenspace, local gourmet food, beverages and a small stage for acoustic musical performances. This free event showcases painters, photographers, sculptors, leather and metal craft persons, glass blowers, jewelers and more. Visit chastainparkartsfestival.com.
YARAB SHRINE CIRCUS & FAIR May 15–25
MAY 22, 2015 FRIDAY PIEDMONT PARK MAIN STAGE 7PM MAD SATTA 9PM THUNDERCAT
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Jim R Miller Park, Marietta, Ga. The largest Shrine Circus and Fair in North America is back for its 73rd year! Packed with more excitement than ever, this year’s Tarzan Zerbini Circus features several new acts including Brian Miser, the Human Fuse, the Flying Cavallini Act and Daniel Weeks, Free Style Motocross. Back again this year for laughs and gasps will be Ringmaster Richard Curtis, Patricia Zerbini with her incredible Elephants and the always hilarious Red Devil Clowns. Wade Shows always provide fun affordable family entertainment with 35 amusement rides for all ages. Come be entertained while enjoying your favorite carnival foods. Visit 2015shrinecircus.com for more on performances, rides, food vendors, hours and ticket information.
KIRKWOOD SPRING FLING AND TOUR OF HOMES May 16 Bessie Branham Park
Don’t miss being part of the 13th Annual Kirkwood Spring Fling & Tour of Homes on Saturday, May 16. Celebrating the historic and eclectic in-town neighborhood of Kirkwood, this family-friendly Festival offers a fun-filled opportunity to enjoy the warmth of spring. Start the day off with their 5K, stroll through our Artist Market, catch some live music with a bite to eat from local vendors or the BBQ competition, and let the kids go wild in the Kids Area. Best of all, admission is free. The one ticketed event is the ever-popular Tour of Homes. Visit kirkwoodfling.com.
SHAKY BOOTS MUSIC FESTIVAL May 16 & 17 KSU Sports and Entertainment Park The Inaugural Shaky Boots Festival kicks off at the KSU Sports & Entertainment Park May 16 & 17 with Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Rascal Flatts, The Band Perry, Dwight Yoakam & many more! There will be a huge variety of food trucks plus beer, wine and liquor stations inside the festival. Find out more along with ticket info online at ShakyBoots.com.
EAST ATLANTA BEER FESTIVAL May 16
East Atlanta Village, Brownwood Park
The 12th Annual East Atlanta Beer Festival will be held in East Atlanta’s Brownwood Park. From a great beer selection to early access VIP entry to rocking local music, the EABF is an event not to be missed. Sample over 175 craft beers from across the globe and visit shops and restaurants in East Atlanta Village. Enjoy live local music on the festival’s main stage and a wide array of food. Proceeds benefit the community. Visit Eabfonline.com.
ATLANTA JAZZ FESTIVAL May 22–24 Piedmont Park The Atlanta Jazz Festival will present concerts and events around Atlanta during the entire month of May, including Martins and IMAX on May 14, and the new Jazz Crawl on Edgewood on May 21. The festival returns to historic Piedmont Park from May 22 - 24. The Atlanta Jazz Festival is the perfect way to spend Memorial Day Weekend with family and friends. Audiences will enjoy a wide spectrum of styles from traditional straight-ahead jazz, Latin jazz and swing to jazz flavored with neosoul, hip-hop and R&B. Come hear the music of jazz innovators Thundercat, The Rad Trads and Marcus Strickland, and legendary artists Pharoah Sanders and Diane Schuur. Admission to the festival at Piedmont Park is free. Festival
hours over Memorial Day Weekend are Friday, May 22 from 6 pm - 11 pm; Saturday, May 23 from 11 am – 11 pm and Sunday, May 24 from 11 am - 11 pm. Visit atlantafestivals.com.
DECATUR ARTS FESTIVAL May 22–24 Decatur Square Decatur’s biggest arts event takes place over Memorial Day Weekend. Get started Friday evening, May 22, with the ArtWalk all around Decatur. The fun continues with the new dance festival, literary arts performances, musicians all day long on Decatur’s community bandstand, a juried artists market, the fine arts exhibition, a special Kids and Teens Arts Festival and more. For additional info visit DecaturArtsFestival.com.
RHYTHM AND BREWS May 28 Heritage Green, Sandy Springs Rhythm & Brews is an open-air happy hour concert series that embraces regional roots, presenting four acts in a variety of musical genres. Each month features an unforgettable performance of both up-and-coming and established artists whose origins are deeply rooted in the region. Thursday, May 28 features Atlanta-based indie-alternative-folk group von Grey. Admission is $5 for ages 21 and up, $2 for ages 13-20, free for ages 12 and under. For more information visit heritagesandysprings.org.
CANDLER PARK MUSIC & FOOD FEST May 29 & 30 Candler Park, Atlanta
This popular neighborhood festival formerly known as the Midsummer Music and Food Festival is back this month on Friday, May 29 and Saturday, May 30. The Gallop & Groove 5K will be held Saturday at 10:00 am. Friday features musical performances by Leftover Salmon, The Infamous Stringdusters and Cosmic Charlie performing “Workingman’s Dead”. Headlining Saturday are Drive-By Truckers and Shovels & Rope. Alcohol and food are available for purchase. For full line-up and ticket information visit candlerparkmusicfestival.com.
Atlanta Jazz Festival
ATLANTA FRINGE FESTIVAL June 4–7 Downtown and East Atlanta The 3rd annual Atlanta Fringe Festival brings adventurous local and national artists together for a four-day celebration of live performances from across the theatrical spectrum. Expect a wide variety of performances with everything from dance theatre, spoken word, circus performance, puppetry, comedic monologues, to traditional ensemble theatre. For more information visit atlantafringe.org.
SHAKIEST TOWN IN THE SOUTH Shaky Knees & Shaky Boots Offer a Diverse Selection of Rock & Country
VIRGINIA-HIGHLAND SUMMERFEST June 6 & 7 Virginia-Highland Neighborhood Taking place the first weekend in June along tree-lined Virginia Avenue, the VirginiaHighland Summerfest offers an Artist Market featuring works of over 200 artists and craftsmen from all over the Southeast. The Kidsfest offers games, crafts and activities for children of all ages. Live music will be held on stage and will feature a variety of local musicians along with nationally acclaimed singer songwriters. Over a 1,000 runners will compete in the Summerfest 5K on Saturday through the neighborhood streets of Virginia-Highland. Visit vahisummerfest.org for more info.
ATLANTA SUMMER BEER FEST June 20 Masquerade Music Park The Atlanta Summer Beer Fest features over 200 beers featuring the local Atlanta Breweries and other great breweries from all over the country. A full list of beers will be posted the week of the festival. There will be live music on the main stage outside, as well as several side stages and a DJ Dance Party. There will also be plenty of fun attractions including the return of the Bud Light Game Zone. Be sure to check out their Facebook page to get all of the updates. Tickets are $40 in advance, $45 after June 11 and $55 the day of the event. Tickets may be purchased at atlantasummerbeerfest.com
BY LEE VALENTINE SMITH
take on the happening kind of band on radio that year, or the big, gigantic names and swing for the fences. I love Music Midtown and we went to it, growing up as kids and into our twenties. I think it’s a great festival. We’re on one side of the fence and they’re on the other side of the fence, which is what allows [us] to work in the same city, within the same year.
TLANTA MUSIC TASTEMAKER Tim Sweetwood, is busier than usual this month. In addition to working for Bowery Presents, producing shows and festivals in Atlanta, Birmingham, New Orleans and across the southeast, he’s also continuing to helm the Shaky Knees fest. The event has grown with incredible speed since the debut The first one, obviously you had a skeleton crew in May of 2013 at the Old Fourth Ward Park at that point. and the Masquerade. Named from a lyric in a Yeah, year one, we did most of it ourselves My Morning Jacket song, and now for year three, we have the festival has outgrown full-time employees and when last year’s Atlantic Station it comes to the week of the location and will be presented event, we’ll have between 400 to May 8 – 10 on five stages 500 people. downtown, located between North Avenue and Ralph And this year, you’ve added a McGill. The Strokes, Wilco stage. Give us the rundown of and The Avett Brothers how that works for the acts. Tim Sweetwood headline the festival with There’s a main stage that’s a a solid rock-centric linelittle bigger than the rest, but the up that also includes Ryan stages don’t decrease way down. MAY 8–10 Adams, Pixies and Social It’ s just a gradual slope. There’s shakykneesfestival.com Distortion. Also new to this just as big of a band playing the year is Shaky Boots, a separate main stage, as stage three or four, country music fest starring depending on the time. So you MAY 16 & 17 Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley can pick and choose the acts you shakyboots.com and many others on May 16 want to see, and that’ s the fun of -17, at the KSU Sports and going to a festival. Entertainment Park. INsite caught up with Mr. Sweetwood as he tended to Who are your favorites on the bill? last-minute prep for the events. We’re proud of the headliners we’ve achieved, like Wilco, Avett Brothers, Stokes and Tame Obviously you’ve been a part of the music scene Impala, but I’m also excited when I get new for a long time. How did it lead up to the whole bands that seem to grow just as fast as the Shaky empire? festival has, but I’m just as excited about the old It all evolves over time. I worked at the school bands, too. Masquerade and managed bands for a long
time. That increased the capacities and abilities to do larger events. So the timing was right when they’d established the new Old Fourth Ward and the North Avenue Park. We used the infrastructure of that in year one.
And it’s expanded organically instead of suddenly. The Shaky Music model is a natural growth, and not to try to go for the fences on year one. I think that background of managing bands and booking shows has allowed us to do that in a smarter, more strategic manner. How did you create the original concept of the first Shaky Knees? In observing all the festivals to come about over the last 15 to 18 years, they seem to relate to a lot of people and create a positive arena for music, more so than individual shows. And it’s definitely not a copy of Music Midtown. Not at all. I feel like the bands that play Shaky Knees are influential and the genres have a past with the audience. Where with Music Midtown, it’s kind of the opposite of that, where they kinda
And a lot of these acts have a huge crossover appeal. There’s no doubt about that. No one is so particular that they only listen to one genre of music. And Old Crow Medicine Show, Whisky Gentry, Devil Makes Three and Songs For Kids are at both festivals this year. You’ve expanded into country and all of its genres with Shaky Boots. How’d that happen? There’s just a gap in the city and the state for a country music festival, so it just seemed like a logical progression. And the KSU location made a lot of sense. A lot of folks into this genre come from up north or down south, so we wanted to make it accessible to them, as well. How do these events fit into the melting pot of the overall Atlanta music scene? Everything goes in cycles and maybe this will help some younger kids to be influenced, and get the juices flowing and rekindle the scene. In general there’s a really good scene, with as many good venues as we have, and national bands that come through here, so hopefully it’s a help.
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FROM SEX SYMBOL TO PIPPIN’S GRANNY
Actress-singer-author Adrienne Barbeau Finds Her Corner of the Sky BY LEE VALENTINE SMITH
T DRAGONCON 2006, ADRIENNE Barbeau was approached by fans who were mainly familiar with her work in Swamp Thing, The Fog and Escape From New York. Many of them had no context of her distinguished career on Broadway (Fiddler On The Roof, Grease), her early 70’s sex-symbol status, as a certified television icon due to her role on Norman Lear’s groundbreaking series Maude (1972-1978) or even her successful series of books. Barbeau returns to town this month in the national touring company of the revived, Tony Award-winning Pippin, co-starring actormusician John Rubenstein from the original Broadway production and the sensational Sasha Allen. She spoke with INsite recently about the play, her career and her philosophy of life. You are following Andrea Martin, Lucy Arnaz, and Pricilla Lopez as Pippin’s high-flying granny Berthe. When they called to offer me the role, I’d never seen the original production. I think I was starting Maude about that time, and I just missed it. When they asked if I’d be interested, I went online and saw Andrea’s entire scene and her trapeze work, and I said, “Oh yes!” It’s an incredible re-conception of the original production. I know how much everyone loved it, but I don’t have that frame of reference.
And that obviously allows for your own unique interpretation of the role.
So much of Pippin is like that. The way Diane Paulus has directed it, each one of the players in the in the, you can’t really call it a circus, it’s a performing “loop,” has their own life-history and their own personality they bring to the character that they created from scratch. It’s not on the page. All of us who’ve played Pippin’s granny, we’ve all brought our own take on it. And the role is physically demanding. Well, I am singing upside down, hanging from a trapeze. So yes! (laughs). But once I learned how to do it, it doesn’t seem demanding now. It’s great fun and the audience response is so wonderful, I can’t wait to get on stage and just do it.
When everything is live, obviously there’ll be a few gaffs here and there, but that makes the show even better. We’re not working with a net or anything, so I’m up in the air, on this trapeze, hanging upside down! But if you look closely, the acrobats in the show are seated on the floor. I think the thought is, if anything were to happen, they’d be able to catch us! I have great trust in all of them, and great respect. I watch these acrobats do what they’re doing and it’s just remarkable. They’re just constantly standing on one hand and flipping over and doing these just incredible things. You’ll be amazed!
But live theater is nothing new to you. You’ve done over twenty different productions over the years. Yes. I’d done Fiddler and the revivals and I’d said, “They don’t make musicals like that anymore.” But then I saw this! The music is so fantastic and it’s all so energizing.
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Unlike a lot of pop stars who include theatrics in their shows, you’re actually singing live. Many artists just mime to a track these days. Funny you should say that. Just the other day, the spotlight operator came up to me and said, “Are you really singing that?!” I looked at him and thought, “What a strange question, well of course I am.” I didn’t realize that, you know, a lot of people don’t. But yes, we’re all singing live in this!
This play is from a great renaissance of Broadway, the whole early ‘70s youth movement of Jesus Christ Superstar, Godspell and this one. It still has an effect on people. At a recent event someone had the original soundtrack and was
just crying. Here we are talking about themes of government and religion and war, and really, nothing has changed. You definitely represent different eras to different people. When we were sitting at the table at Dragoncon, I saw people come up and gush about your films who’d probably never seen you on TV. Depending on how old they are, yes! And since then, especially the last few years. I’ve been all over the map. Last year, I went from one film to another. I did six films!
I know one is going to be huge this fall, “Tales Of Halloween.” Oh, yes. I think so, too. It’s an anthology of ten short stories, written and directed by ten of the top horror directors in the Los Angeles area, like Neil Marshall and Mike Mendez. They already had distribution and opening nights before we even started filming, I think, because it’s such a great idea. The power of television has changed so much since the early ‘70s. It was very limiting back then, right? Yes. When I was doing Maude, it actually prevented me from doing films at the time. The prevailing thought in the industry was, if people could see you for free on television they wouldn’t pay to see you in a movie. Now there are a lot of great shows on commercial and cable TV. And the lines are totally blurred between stage and film and TV.
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The Flying Biscuit serves great breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, seven days a week starting at 7 AM. They are known for their mouth-watering biscuits and delicious menu items. Their signature dish is The Flying Biscuit Breakfast. It is served with two large farm-fresh eggs, signature chicken breakfast sausage, and a side of creamy dreamy grits. If you are in the mood for an omelete, The Flying Biscuit has several options to select from, including the health-conscious Hollywood Omelete made from egg whites, spinach, mushrooms & mozzarella cheese topped with a warm tomato coulis. Enjoy Weekend Sweet Specials on a variety of pancakes - chocolate chip, blueberry, gingerbread and more! The Flying Biscuit offers an organic-friendly menu and bakery and is a great choice for catering.
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WHAT IS JAZZ?
The 2015 Atlanta Jazz Festival Features Great Innovators & Legends
BY LEE VALENTINE SMITH
HAT’S A LOADED question!” says legendary artist Diane Schuur when asked to define the genre of jazz. And of course she’s right, the category continues to be a total melting pot of concepts and styles. “I believe it really evolved from Louis Armstrong and Ragtime,” she continues. “And then before that, the Spiritual.” Atlanta once again celebrates the incredible diversity of the venerable jazz field with the 2015 edition of the Atlanta Jazz Festival, an appreciation of music from the avant-garde to traditional. Septuagenarian saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, best-known for his work with pioneer John Coltrane, celebrated vocalist Diane Schuur and New York Citybased Marcus Strickland and The Rad Trads highlight the festival, which will be held May 22 to 24 in Piedmont Park. Schuur previously performed at the festival in 2010, and Sanders was last here in 2003. INsite recently spoke with two of the busiest and most respected participants in the festival, the fabulous pianist and vocalist Ms. Schuur (reached by phone while on a tour stop in Helsinki) and one of the hottest new faces of jazz, Revive/Blue Note artistwoodwind master-songwriter-producer Marcus Strickland. He anchors the coveted Saturday evening slot of the event, with a special showcase performance at 5 p.m., while Schuur headlines Sunday’s festivities, at 7 pm, arriving just before closing act Pharaoh Sanders sends the whole event into space at sunset. Both of you play intimate, influential clubs around the world. Diane, you just played Ronnie Scott’s famous jazz club last night in London, and Marcus, you often play the coolest spots in New York. Is there a different mindset when it comes to playing the big festivals, such as the Atlanta Jazz Fest? Schuur: It’s definitely different than a club, because the adrenalin, the energy, it all comes at you from every direction. I try to get into a mindset of being able to focus and I try to be able to sing to each one of the audience, as if they were the only person in the room. It’s a zone for sure, and it’s so different than the intimate setting. Last night in London, I was able to branch out into more of a monologue and just talk about whatever came to mind. But in the festival set, you play to so many types of listeners at once.
Strickland: Yes, it’s very definitely a different experience, no doubt about it. I feel that in festival situations, for me, there’s all these other distractions that people can have. So you’d better be exciting! In the clubs, you can do more subtle things, sure. It’s something you’ve got to be sensitive to. I think Miles Davis was one of the greatest artists about doing that. He was very sensitive to what was going on around him. So he’d change up the set or do something different, according to how he felt the audience was reacting.
So you’re actually listening to the audience as well as the band. Schuur: I really like to be able to flexible. I train the band to really put on their listening ears as we play, so they don’t have to rely on a piece of paper to know where to go next. Sometimes, when I call an audible [selection], I can feel them looking at me, like, “Ok Deeds, what’ve you got in mind?” I can’t see them, but I know they get that look on their faces, and I think that’s what’s so cool about jazz, is the spontaneity of it. Strickland: Oh yeah. There are a whole lot of things going on in every situation. The more you are in tune, and able to clearly navigate things, the better the show is. Basically, you have to be engaged, that’s what it all goes down to. For the Jazz fest set, what are you planning? Some stuff from your whole catalog? Diane, are you planning to showcase I Remember You? Schuur: Yes, and it’s a tribute to two of my musical heroes, Stan Getz and Frank Sinatra. I met Stan Getz at the Monterey Jazz Festival, and he invited me to join him for a concert he was planning at the White House. And for Frank, his wife Barbara asked me to do a benefit with him in Palm Springs. I was replacing Liza Minnelli, and it was quite an event. Later, we talked for a long time and he gave me a gift of a painting that he had done. It’s hanging in my kitchen now. Strickland: I’m definitely gonna concentrate on the new stuff. Twi-Life is a huge project I’ve been working on for quite a while and I’ll finally have the platform to present it. It’s not even released yet. It showcases a lot of organ and keyboard and it’s a very electric thing. It’s almost like a playground for us, playing with all these toys and showing you what we’ve cooked up! You’ve both played all over the world. Are European audiences, for example, different
THE MORE YOU ARE IN TUNE, AND ABLE TO CLEARLY NAVIGATE THINGS, THE BETTER THE SHOW IS. BASICALLY, YOU HAVE TO BE ENGAGED, THAT’S WHAT IT ALL GOES DOWN TO. MARCUS STRICKLAND
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I REALLY LIKE TO BE ABLE TO FLEXIBLE. I TRAIN THE BAND TO REALLY PUT ON THEIR LISTENING EARS AS WE PLAY, SO THEY DON’T HAVE TO RELY ON A PIECE OF PAPER TO KNOW WHERE TO GO NEXT. DIANE SCHUUR
than audiences in the States? Schuur: There’s a saying that a prophet is never known in his own country. I do think in Europe and Japan and places around the world, they really do appreciate jazz, in a very special way. Not that the US doesn’t, it’s just a different vibe altogether. In East Berlin, and this is before the wall came tumblin’ down, they were so hungry for good music and good jazz, when I played there. They were just hungry, it was like, “We gotta get more,” it was that kinda vibe. Is the US spoiled because we have access to so much music? Or is that what makes it the perfect place to play? Schuur: We’re flooded with it. Jazz and all the different genres. With the advent of the internet, people can just download a tune instead of going out and buying a cd. It’s totally different than when I grew up. The stacks and stacks of records in stores, and there’s that wonderful experience, that ritual of playing a record. You take the plastic off of it, and the record out the jacket and put it on the turntable. It was a real effort. Things are very different now. But I’m in my sixth decade now, and I’ll just keep on doing what I do. What do you think about the melting pot of styles that merge to define today’s jazz experience? Is there such a thing as a “pure jazz” platform anymore? Schuur: I think outside influences are just fine. My first single was country music, and we had [Elvis Presley’s guitarist] James Burton on it. So it all works together, and then the end result is great music. I’m sure that what I’ve done in the past has pissed off many a jazz critic! I do think that it’s very sad that jazz isn’t recognized in the mainstream such as network TV. I remember appearing on the Tonight Show eleven times with Johnny Carson and once with Jay Leno - and also once on Letterman. A lot of us are unsung heroes of this wonderful American art form. Strickland: It’s basically about approaching it as just music and not even trying to stay in one genre. And, for me, it’s about being as fulfilling to who I am as possible. The best way to do that is not to be limited by genre, and that’s a much more interesting avenue. I think anybody’s who trying to keep everything pure, are kinda going against the natures of life, you know? Everything is mixed. I can’t think of anything that’s pure, except maybe the nucleus of an atom, or something! It’s only natural to grow up and explore what’s around you. We have five senses and they were put there for a reason!
The complete 2015 Atlanta Jazz Festival schedule: FRIDAY, MAY 22 MAIN STAGE: 7pm: Mad Satta 9pm: Thundercat SATURDAY, MAY 23 MAIN STAGE: 1pm: Contemporary Violinist Daniel D. 3pm: The Rad Trads 5pm: Marcus Strickland’s Twi-Life 7pm: Otis Brown III 9pm: Derrick Hodge INTERNATIONAL STAGE: 1:30pm: North Atlanta School for the Arts Jazz Band 3:30pm: Dida Pelled 5:30pm: Banda Magda 7:30pm: Alfredo Rodríguez Trio LOCALS STAGE: 12:30pm: Tri-Cities High School Jazz Band 2:30pm: Jessie Davis and the Nebraska Jones Experiment 4:30pm: Kenosha Kid 6:30pm: Wolfpack ATL. SUNDAY, MAY 24 MAIN STAGE: 1pm: Navy Band Southeast V.I.P. Protocol Combo 3pm: Four Women: A Tribute to Nina Simone Featuring Kathleen Bertrand, Julie Dexter, Rhonda Thomas and Terry Harper 5pm: Nettwork Trio: Charnett Moffett, Stanley Jordan, and Jeff “Tain” Watts 7pm: Diane Schuur 9pm: Pharoah Sanders Quartet featuring Kurt Rosenwinkel INTERNATIONAL STAGE: 1:30pm: Fernanda Noronha 3:30pm: Strings 5:30pm: Emrah Kotan 7:30pm: Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra LOCALS STAGE: 12:30pm: Joe Gransden and His Big Band 2:30pm: Mastery 4:30pm: Jeff Sparks 6:30pm: Tony Hightower
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Upon entering Eclipse di Luna you feel like you’ve been transported into an exotic locale. Take in the festive, high-energy dining experience with an artsy setting as a backdrop. With over two dozen tapas to choose from there is something to please any taste. Their cheese based tapas are great choice to start with. Try the Quesos Espanoles, a tasting of Spanish cheeses with assorted accompaniments. Eclipse di Luna features a variety of meat dishes like the Pollo a la Parilla, a chicken breast grilled and marinated with red pepper salad and avocado. On the beef side, The Brocheta de Bistee is a red wine marinated skirt steak skewered with chimichurri. There are also several seafood dishes to choose from including the Gambas al Ajillo which is sautéed shrimp & garlic with calabes pepper. Eclipse di Luna has been voted Best Tapas by INsite readers several years running. Both locations offer patio dining.
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Bhojanic serves authentic Indian fare, fusion and tapas. Bhojanic is a family owned and has been serving Atlanta for over twenty years in food service and catering. The menu is predominantly North Indian with some fusion additions and an assortment of tapas. Try the Samosa which is potato and peas with mint leaves and spices stuffed into a triangular pastry. The Roti Canai Chicken Tikka Masala is served with Malaysian layered paratha or flat bread. Seafood lovers should try their Bhojanic Shrimp. Jumbo shrimp are sautéed with garlic, curry leaves, mustard seeds, in a tangy tomato and onion masala. Bhojanic offers full service catering for gatherings large and small. Make reservations now for Mother’s Day Brunch and graduations.
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Mediterranean Grill has consistently been voted "Best Mediterranean" in Atlanta. They serve authentic regional dishes like gyros, falafel, Greek salad, kabob and lamb shank. You will find great Mediterranean tapas on the menu including Hummus, Baba Ganouj, Calamari, Dolmas and Greek Potatoes. Find other
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WTF? LOL! WTF? LOL! Comedian Marc Maron Makes Stand-up Comedy Rock Comedian Marc Maron Comedy Rock Good. I’mMakes having a great timeStand-up and it’s been BY LEE VALENTINE SMITH
a Good. really exciting toura so far.time We had 600 I’m having great andabout it’s been people in Dallas last night in a big ol’ place and a really exciting tour so far. We had about 600 Maron is like a visit with an MARC old friend. CONVERSATION WITH Houston was a big rock club. The hour is strong in Dallas last night in a big ol’ place and There’s isanlike instant talkfriend. ranges people Maron a visitbond, withthe an old and I’ve got fans coming, who’ve Houston wasnew a big rock club. The hournever is strong across aThere’s variety an of topics, hethe frequently instantand bond, talk ranges and seenI’ve mygot stand-up, so coming, it’s been who’ve really rewarding new fans never asks asamany questions he answers. His across variety of topics,asand he frequently for me. seen my stand-up, so it’s been really rewarding easy-going demeanor his stream-ofasks as many questionshas as made he answers. His for me. contentiousness banterhas themade popular centerpiece And the tour is heading toward Atlanta. easy-going demeanor his stream-ofof his stand-up comedy, hispopular WTF podcast contentiousness banter the centerpiece And I can’t drivingtoward aroundAtlanta. in Atlanta thewait. tour Iislike heading andhishisstand-up semi-autobiographical of comedy, his WTF podcast anddriving eating food there. I usually I can’t wait. I like around in Atlanta television show on IFC, and his semi-autobiographical play eating that little and foodplace, there.theI usually appropriately Maron. His television showcalled on IFC, Laughing Skull,place, but now play that little the I’m rapid-fire riffing andMaron. caustic His appropriately called gonna be at this but theater Laughing Skull, nowthere I’m rapid-fire riffing and caustic ruminations continue this gonna at this and it’sbe gonna betheater fun. there ruminations month on hiscontinue podcast,this on the and it’s gonna be fun. MAY 16 • 8PM month histhird podcast, onofthe debut ofonthe season Do you change the set to fit the MAY 16 • 8PM debut the third seasonatofthe his TVofseries and locally Variety Playhouse Do change the set to fit the sizeyou of the room? his TV series and locally Variety Playhouse, a stopatonthe his Variety Playhouse size of the room? I make room for improvising, varietyplayhouse.com Variety Playhouse, a stop on his Maronation Tour. As he worked I make room improvising, everywhere I go.forI’ve been varietyplayhouse.com Maronation Tour.ofAshis hepodcast worked on a new episode everywhere I go. bits I’ve been rotating in some and out on a newinepisode of his podcast at home Los Angeles, he took some time out some bits, and there’s rotating in some bits and out about an hour a half at LosINsite. Angeles, he took some time out some bits, and there’s about an hour and a half to home speak in with of stuff that I move around and then it all sort to speak with INsite. of stuff I moveataround and it all sort comesthat together the end. It’sthen pretty solid, Hey Marc, who are you interviewing today? of comes together at the end. It’s pretty solid, but I always leave plenty of room to be carried Hey you interviewing today? MyMarc, buddywho Nateare Bargatze, he’s a comic. A but I always leave plenty of room carried by the moment and be carried by to thebecity I’m in My buddy Nate Bargatze, he’s a comic. A Nashville guy. by the moment and be carried by the city I’m and indulge myself. I think the core of the act in Nashville guy. and indulge myself. I think the core of the act will remain the same, but there’s always gonna Oh, the Yelled At By A Clown guy. He was will remain the same, but there’s always gonna some engagement with the town I’m in and Oh, Yelled By A at Clown guy. HeHe’s wasbeen be downthehere lastAt month the Improv. be some I’mme, in and I like thatengagement a lot. It’s sortwith of athe bigtown deal to to down here last month at the Improv. He’s been on your TV show, as well. Ibelike that atolot. It’ssize sortofofana big deal toand me,totobe playing this audience, onYeah! yourThat’s TV show, well. right.asWe were just doing a be toIthis size of an andsame to be ableplaying to do it. don’t have so audience, many of the Yeah! That’s right. We were just doing a short interview. able to do it. I don’t have so many of the same insecurities I used to have about performing. I short interview. insecurities I used have about performing. think I’m doing thetobest comedy I’ve ever doneI How’s the Maronation tour going so far? think I’m doing the best comedy I’ve ever done How’s the Maronation tour going so far?
BY LEECONVERSATION VALENTINE SMITH WITH MARC
THIS IS NOT SCREW-AROUND TIME, THIS NOT TO SCREW-AROUND TIME, THIS IS IS “TIME DO THE SHOW” TIME. THIS IS “TIME TO DO THE SHOW” TIME.
MARC MARC MARON MARON
in my life right now. So I feel good about it, in life right Soit.I feel good about it, andmyhappy to benow. doing I think this is really and happy to in bemy doing is really the first time life it. I’veI think reallythis accepted the the first time inofmy lifean I’ve“entertainer” really accepted responsibility being andthe responsibility of being an working “entertainer” and his not just a guy who’s sorta through not just a guy who’s sorta working through his own struggle. I feel the responsibility of having own struggle. I feel the responsibility of having fans who are expecting to see a good show, fans who are expecting to see a good and sometimes they’re bringing alongshow, friends and sometimes they’re bringingwork along friends who’ve never seen me. People hard, and who’ve never seen me. People and they’re buyin’ the tickets. This work is nothard, screwthey’re buyin’ the tickets. This is not screwaround time, this is “time to do the show” time. around time, this is “time to do the show” time. You’ve riffed a lot about self-doubt and You’ve riffed a lot self-doubt worrying about theabout live show in the and past. worrying showa in theand past.what Well, it’sabout hard tothesaylive what’s habit Well, say what’s a habit and what isn’t. Butit’sathard sometopoint, a couple of years ago isn’t. Butitatsort some point, a couple of years agoI I guess, of happened later for me, but Ijust guess, it sort of happened later for me, but I started to look forward to getting on stage. just started to look forward to getting on stage. I get excited about it. Certainly, at this point Iinget Certainly, at thisnow, pointat theexcited game, about most ofit.these audiences in the game, most of these audiences now, this level, are coming out specifically to seeat this coming outolder specifically to see me. level, I thinkare a lot of those assumptions me. I think a lot of those older assumptions about whether something was gonna go well, about whether wasgoing gonna well, or it wasn’t, wassomething really about ongo stage or it wasn’t, was really about going on stage in a club, where there was a good chance that in a club, where there was a good chance that half the audience – if not more – wasn’t gonna half the audience – if not more – wasn’t gonna know who I was. So, being a guy like me, I’m know who I was. So, being a guy like me, I’m not your average Joe, and sometimes I would not your average Joe, and sometimes I would assume assume that that people people weren’t weren’t gonna gonna dig dig what what II was doing. Sometimes I still assume that. was doing. Sometimes I still assume that. How How do do you you fight fight that that mindset? mindset? Well, I’ve been working Well, I’ve been working pretty pretty hard, hard, once once II knew the tour was coming up, and after knew the tour was coming up, and after II was was done done with with my my last last special. special. II set set my my brain brain and and made made the the time time to to build build aa new new hour hour and and do do aa bunch of new stuff and be as funny as I bunch of new stuff and be as funny as I possibly possibly can. can. So So II feel feel aa little little more more confident confident about about the the situation, situation, now now that that things things are are going going aa little little better better for for me. me. II don’t don’t have have to to make make myself myself too too crazy now. now. crazy Will Will there there be be aa new new special special based based on on the the current tour? current tour? Yeah. Yeah. II am am gonna gonna do do that. that. II think think the the plan plan is we’re doing a special with Epix and is we’re doing a special with Epix and it’ll it’ll be be probably the the hour hour I’m I’m working working on on now. now. But But I’ll I’ll probably always do do aa few few new new things things here here and there. and there. always You’re known for interviewing comics, but you are also a massive music fan. Yeah! Oh yeah, and I’m really in the process of listening to a lot of vinyl. Somebody, the other day, gave me an old Jerry Jeff Walker record in Texas and then somebody else gave me a Firesign Theater record. I’m enjoying buying vinyl and yeah, I’m really enjoying talking
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to musicians. I just interviewed Mike Watt to musicians. IFirehose, just interviewed Mikethe Watt [Minutemen, The Stooges] other [Minutemen, Firehose, the other day and that one is goingThe upStooges] soon. I think Boz day andisthat onecome is going up soon. I think BozI Scaggs gonna by pretty soon to talk. Scaggs is gonna comewith by pretty soon to talk. I love talking to dudes some history. love talking to dudes with some history. It’s a great way to document these people. It’sIt aisgreat way to document these people. and it’s thrilling to me. There’s just is andcoming it’s thrilling to me. There’s soItmuch at everybody, from just every so much coming every So direction, there’s at noeverybody, real contextfrom anymore. direction, there’s no real context anymore. I agree, it’s good to introduce people to a lotSoof Ithese agree, it’s good introduce people to a lot of artists theytomay have never heard of. these artists they may have never heard of. Like Mike Watt, for example. Like Mike Watt, for example. Yeah, man. I know a lot of people aren’t gonna Yeah,who man. know a lotMinutemen of people aren’t gonna know heIis, but the was one know who he is, but the Minutemen was one of the great punk rock bands. And a couple of of therecords great punk rock bands. Andrecords a coupleever of their are some of the best their records are some of the best records ever made. I like being part of that. made. I like being part of that. One of the great things about your podcast is One of thethe great things your podcast is you treat guests withabout respect and you ask you treat the guests with respect and you ask the questions that a hardcore fan would ask. the questions that Oh a hardcore fan would With musicians? yeah, absolutely. I’veask. With musicians? Oh yeah, absolutely. always been fascinated with musicians. I’ve I think always been fascinated with musicians. I think my secret fantasy is to be a musician and to my secret fantasy is to be a musician and to play in a band. play in a band. II know know you you play play the the guitar, guitar, but but are are you you gonna gonna follow up on that and play out? follow up on that and play out? I’ve I’ve been been playing playing aa little, little, more more recently. recently. Sometimes Brendon Small Sometimes Brendon Small [Metalocalypse] [Metalocalypse] puts puts aa show show together together out out here here where where comics comics can tell some jokes and then play can tell some jokes and then play with with this this amazing amazing band, band, ifif they they feel feel like like it. it. II like like doing doing it; it; I’I’dd like like to to do do more, more, actually. actually. We’ll We’ll see. see. You You know, maybe if this comedy thing doesn’t know, maybe if this comedy thing doesn’t pan pan out, out, II can can always always go go into into rock rock and roll. and roll.
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INCE DEBUTING ON NETFLIX A few weeks ago, Marvel’s Daredevil has emerged as one of the most criticallyacclaimed shows of the year, widely regarded as the best comic book adaptation ever made for television. For those who haven’t seen it (or read the classic comic on which it’s based), the show tells the story of Matt Murdock, who developed extraordinary sensory perception as a result of being blinded as a boy. Now he’s a New York City lawyer who fights for justice by day, then dons a costume to protect the streets as Daredevil by night. The show’s success can largely be attributed to Drew Goddard’s masterful scripts and gritty performances from Charlie Cox (as Matt Murdock/Daredevil) and Rosario Dawson (as his love interest, Claire Temple). Both actors sat down with INsite to discuss their familiarity with the comic books, views into their characters, and the joys and challenges of creating a show based on the beloved Marvel Universe. What were the major challenges of getting into this character? CHARLIE COX: There were so many aspects to it. The obvious one that jumps to mind is the blindness, and everything that comes with that. It was important that there was a consistency around how Matt and Daredevil operate. When Matt’s in public, he has to maintain the illusion
that he operates like a regular blind person. But when he’s on his own or with people who know about him, he doesn’t need his cane or to feel for things on the table. Finding out what that felt like and what that looked like was a challenge.
Were you a fan of the comics before this? COX: No, I didn’t grow up on comics. But in some ways it served me well because the first Daredevil I was subjected to were the scripts by Drew Goddard. I didn’t have preconceived ideas about who the character should be, or what the show should be like. I was able to isolate the comics that best suited the show that I read, and focus in on those. Rosario, was Daredevil something you were always a fan of? ROSARIO DAWSON: Yeah, I like the street-level comic book characters. I like that idea of someone who pushes themselves to greatness. That’s the world that we live in right now. We have police officers and firemen, so we tend to be like, “I’m not going to run into that burning building. I’m not even going to call 911. Someone else will.” So I’ve always been fascinated with Daredevil-type characters who say, “I can do something to help. I’m going to make my whole world vulnerable for it, but I can do something here.” Charlie, Matt Murdock carries a great confidence. Whenever he enters the room, he lets everyone know he’s in charge. Did you
enjoy that aspect of the character? COX: I think [his confidence is] evident in the panels of the comics. There’s a lot of motion to Foggy and other characters, but Matt’s often very still. There’s a sensory overload going on with him. He’s receiving so much information, which keeps him very centered and still as he takes it all in.
Rosario, your character doesn’t come with a lot of comic book baggage, as this is a fresh reinvention. What was the appeal of Claire Temple, for you? DAWSON: People know that Marvel is doing something fun, and they have a whole universe they can play with. We can change things and develop things. That gets me really excited because I love the question mark that’s on there. Claire and Matt seem to trust each other right away. Where do you think that trust comes from for these two people who don’t trust many people? COX: Well, Matt knows she’s telling the truth from the questions he asks her. She tells him who she is, and she’s not lying. He can tell, by the nature in which she talks to him, that her intentions are good. So, for him, it’s easy to trust her. DAWSON: He also has to trust her. Meeting under normal circumstances, they would’ve behaved very differently. But the circumstances dictated that they would be their inner selves, which showed their values. At the end of the day, despite Claire’s own risk, she’s going to
put caring for someone else first. She knows that this choice could potentially be dangerous down the line. But, in this moment, what’s most important is that if she doesn’t step in right now, someone is going to die. These fight scenes are pretty incredible, and some of them are relentlessly intense. Was there one in particular that was really complicated for you? COX: I worked very closely with the stunt coordinator and my stunt double, and I’d break up the fight sequences into about 6-10 moves at a time that I could learn. It really depended on how complicated those movements were and, of course, the other actor. You start doing it in slow motion, and then you get quicker and quicker and quicker. It’s a collaborative process, because you’re not actually hitting people and it’s looking like you are. DAWSON: It’s really complicated as they move around. If they fight and move, the camera has got to move. Everybody is part of that choreography and dance. It’s really remarkable when you see it happen. insiteatlanta.com • May 2015 • PG 15
Movie Reviews INTO THE WILD
Bear Grylls On Celebrities, Survival & Running Wild
from keeping myself alive. It’s definitely more challenging when somebody with a divorce, theyou’re deathtaking of an old friend, 1/2 who’s done nothing like this before. You’ve the advances of an actor she despises, and got of the outdoors as a boy. My parents and to think for them a lot of the time. But it’s been meeting a young actress (Chloe Grace Rodeo action helped male viewers get grandparents took some me backpacking in the exciting towho’s be able to take these guys away. Moretz) something of a trainwreck. through The Longest Ride, but the elements Appalachian mountains and to our rustic cabin IThough love seeing them come alive whenlovely they’re well-acted and featuring usually added to love stories to make on Lake Hartwell, where I learned to setthem up facing difficult terrain and big challenges, both Alpine scenery, Clouds of Sils Maria is like dude-friendly are raunchy humor – which camp, fish, start a fire (and cook on it), forage emotionally and physically. It’s great helping watching lesser scenes from All About spoils romance for women – or sciencefor wildthe berries and, most importantly, respect people overcome that, whether it’s a fear of fiction, which can work forMother all genders if it’s the beauty and bounty that Nature has Eve interspersed with long excerpts from heights or snake whatever it is. something muchorworse. todone offer.well. It’s done very well in The Age of –Steve Warren Adaline, which has some minor flaws but a On Running Wild With Bear Grylls, the Were they given any kind of training lot of major virtues. Adaline (Blake Lively, British adventurer does the same thing beforehand to prepare them? THE D TRAIN (R) proving carry a biggest feature)celebrities. was born in with someshe of can the world’s 1/2it comes to training, we said, When 1908 and died almost 30 yearsBen later.Stiller A freak It’s thrilling to watch a nervous “You’ve bring two things– a bigthe Time is just the got greattoleveler. After 20 years lightning down flash revived her and halted herIsle rappelling a mountain on Scotland’s bag of fortitude and a big backpack full process. then five-his coolest guy in high school and the leastofcool ofbody’s Skye, aging a terrified Tom While Arnoldher conquering enthusiasm– we’ll the best when guy are both and losers – ordomaybe not, because year-old daughter has agedainto fear of heights by traversing treeEllen over Burstyn a 50we’re out there. ” The fun thing about it is when they get together, each envies the (a variation on her role Interstellar), foot drop in Oregon, andina boyish Zac Efron that they’re not too prepared, you know? We life the other has. Dan (Jack Black) stayed stoked to looks see a wild beaver in the Catskills. Adaline exactly the same. Some But wing it together, and you see them on camera home, got married (to Kathryn Hahn) and what makes showaeven interesting women are the seeking manmore to grow old with,is learning and making that’s the does mediocre work mistakes, (for Jeffreyand Tambor) at the rare, honest glimpse it offers of these stars but Adaline can’t grow old, so she avoids fun real part of it. The only training with a mediocre job. Nobody liked DanIindid school emotionally overwhelmed by thethe challenges attachments. Then she meets persistentof any of them was with Zac, because I wanted and nobody likes him now, for obvious pushing themselves to the who limitwears in some of the Ellis (Michiel Huisman), down at to skydive with him. So I gave him some world’s mostofbeautiful wilderness reasons. Oliver (James Marsden) went to least some her resistance. Sheareas. even agrees training for a couple of hours the day before. a former reservist in the British L.A.beyond to be athat, star. everyone His careerelse highlight to date toGrylls– meet his parents (Harrison Ford and Kathy But just arrived Special (SAS) whotwist latertoclimbed is a national commercial. Dan sees the Baker),Forces bringing a new the narrative. with that fortitude and enthusiasm, and Iadsaid, Everest and crossed the North Atlantic and and figures the Class ”of ’94 reunion will be a Snippets from the past provide terrific visuals “We’ll do it altogether. the an inflatable boat– success if he can get Oliver to attend. Dan’s andNorthwest sometimesPassage hints ofinthings to come, recently spoke to us about the show via cell hero of Oliver storythedown with more attention to detail than the film’s Of allworship the places you’ve leads been,the what’s place phone from a little cove offtothe south coastSan unexpected paths, but the reunion geographical references modern-day that you connect with the most? leaves of England. both men(Laughs) – if not Abetter, at least morethis selfFrancisco. There is some really clever and/ Home! lifetime of doing has aware.me Outrageous blend or funny dialogue and if the pace sometimes taught two things.elements One is that I dosmoothly love the Where forthe Running come with the ordinary in theout screenplay firstslows adid bitthe tooidea much, name’sWild Adaline, adventure. I love being there. It’s by where from? I know you did popular episodes time directors Andrew Mogel and Jarrad not Adrenaline. I come alive, and it’s where I perform at my of Man Vs Wild with Will Ferrell and Paul.I Ilove lookthe forward to reuniting –Steve Warren best. wildernesses we’ve with gone them to Jake Gyllenhaal. Has this concept been on theirthe next movie. around world, and it’s such a privilege. But germinating yourMARIA mind ever Warren CLOUDS OFinSILS (R) since? going away a lot has also taught me–Steve the value Yes. Those Man Vs Wild shows [with guest 1/2 of home. You know, I’ve got a lovely family, stars] haveofbeen veryshowbiz” successful all around 5 TOthree 7 (R)young boys. It’s the greatest driving As a fan “inside stories from the with 1/2 world. we were withI was that very show, when SunsetOnce Boulevard to done Empire, force I’m up a mountain or in a jungle– a we wanted to revisit this format. We knew it If America to stop beinghard prudish about disappointed by French writer-director shining lightwere making me work to get out was a format that worked and, for me, it’s just extramarital Olivier Assayas’ contribution to the genre. of there in oneaffairs piece.we would have an annual really fun because you get to know people and Affair Day and sell greeting cards to mark The script is initially exposition-heavy to it’s such a good dynamic. So it was exciting the occasion. French work affairs People look upThe to you as a simply survival expert. acquaint you with the background of Maria getting through all the health and safety hoops. into their daily schedules, reserving the hours Is there a particular teacher that you would Enders (Juliette Binoche), a stage and screen Not a lot of it is planned, so that was quite from five to seven forthe a quickie between credit for giving you most survival who doesn’t the roles she’s astar mountain for us like to climb before webeing even work and dinner. At least they used to. But knowledge? offered at 40. (Binoche has had more than a started. But NBC helped us through that, and Well,Bloom to be honest, don’t feel24, likemeets I’m a an (AntonIYelchin), decadea to this.) The latest is a revival Brian fought fewponder of those battles. survival expert. When I started off doing Man old-fashioned French girl – married woman, of the play that launched her career, but now Vs Wild, IArielle felt like(Bérénice more of aMarlohe), survival expert actually: 33 on she’ll play the older woman who has an affair You have a lot of experience dealing with because I’d just left the military. That’s where the streets of Manhattan. They exchange a I with her young personal assistant. Maria these harsh climates and wild places. But is learned all of romcom my survival skills. But the more lot of cutesy dialogue and Brian has rehearses with her own assistant, Val (Kristen it a lot of responsibility to take someone who of done, the more I realize I’m tothis workI’ve through some Jewish guiltthat before Stewart), who is also a BFF/confidante doesn’t have experience in dealing with these a jack of a lot of things, but a master of very they start having sex. Everyone is happy for until they have differing interpretations of conditions? little. Every day I meet better climbers, better a time, including Arielle’s husband (Lambert the intellectualizing andonMaria Yes,play, it’s aVal nightmare! When I’m my skydivers, better The thing about Wilson), who hassurvivalists. a mistress (Olivia Thirlby) emotionalizing it. Parallels life own I’ve got nothing to worrybetween about apart me is that always work love damnmust hard, I’ll its of his own.I’llEven perfect have and art are fuzzy and inconsistent, and the imperfections in a movie, so some details long readings make the play sound dreadful. have to work themselves out. The narration Dozens of cigarettes are smoked, casually makes it pretty clear that writer-director or for dramatic punctuation, as Maria deals Victor Levin (the ‘90s Mad about You series) is writing about himself, and like most writers writing about writers he’s a bit too wordy; but a lot of the words are good and the story doesn’t always go where you expect. In its better moments 5 to 7 is reminiscent of Richard Linklater’s “Before” trilogy, and French-haters will appreciate the ammunition it gives them to feel superior to “the enemy.” –Steve Warren
BY BRET LOVE
THE AGE OF ADALINE (PG-13) LOVE DEVELOPED MY LIFELONG
GOOD KILL (R)
5 TO 7 PG 16 • May 2015 • insiteatlanta.com
The success of American Sniper probably triggered the release of this smaller-scale drama that begins similarly, with an American targeting people on a street – in Afghanistan, not Iraq. This time the death blow comes not from a rifle but a bomb dropped from a drone flying overhead; and
THE WILD IS VERY REVEALING. YOU GET TO KNOW PEOPLE IN A WAY THAT YOU NEVER DO OTHERWISE, BECAUSE THEY’RE UNCOVERED AND VULNERABLE. YOU GET TO KNOW THEIR STRUGGLES, THEIR DOUBTS, THEIR TRIUMPHS, THEIR HIGHS AND THEIR LOWS. the shooter isn’t down the street but watching a screen on an Air Force base in Las Vegas. A veteran of actual combat, Maj. Tommy Egan Hawke) isn’t well with always(Ethan keep cheerful evendealing when it’s miserable, the different stresses of post-modern warfare. and I always go for it. But as for the training, It99% sounds ideal:the He’s in no danger and goes was from military and I learned a home night to my his wife Jones) buncheach as a kid with dad, (January who’d been a and children;and butathe safetyand makes him commander climber loved allfeel this cowardly (it’s a guy thing), and because he stuff. He’ll be turning in his grave if I only has a conscience rather He’s be upabout where he credit him with 1he’d percent… 50%! doesn’t see theme faces theofpeople he kills. But he taught theoflove it, which actually Tommy drinks too much and considers counts for everything. retiring if he can’t fly again. His wife doesn’t understand him; his commanding officer Have you had a chance to take your boys on (Bruce Greenwood) does, to an extent, but any of these adventures? doesn’t question orders, when he dslikes Yes, I get to do that theeven rest of the year, when the CIA selecting targets. Theus.only one we don’t have TV their cameras around They who shares newoff team love it! RightTommy’s now I’m feelings in a littleiscove the member Vera (Zoë Kravitz), south coast of Suarez England, looking at allwhich three boys,upstark naked in tension. the sea inHawks the pouring sets some sexual and rain. I’mdoves sheltered a fallen to tree, trying to relative bothunder get a chance express keep views. out of the to you. their Therain filmwhile sidestalking with the dovesBut theyinduces love it. They live with it. It’saerial in their DNA, for but paranoia shots of the sure. homefront that could be taken by enemy drones. Hawke impresses with a bottled-up You’ve visitedthat so many places. performance recallsinhospitable the middle-aged How do you nailMaybe down it’s thebecause places you want to Harrison Ford. I didn’t film in? have to watch it at the height of Award Well, we and pickpreferred diverse terrains. Theto Season, buttry I actually Good Kill Isle of SkyeSniper. in Scotland is just barren and American windswept, cold and rainy. So we –Steve contrasted Warren
100-YEAR-OLD MAN THE MAFIA KILLS ONLY IN SUMMER (NR)
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But really, it’s all –Steveguys Warren said one of the best bits was having space and about diversity and the challenging terrain. The late Albert Maysles is revered among time100-YEAR-OLD to think about lifeMAN and how lucky they documentarians but most widely known for THE WHO CLIMBED have been. The outdoors does that. It creates Has there been a place you’ve traveled that Grey Gardens, the 1975 film about Edith OUT THE WINDOW AND bonds between people andDISAPPEARED it gives us space(R) was Little so incredibly difficult that youbeen have no and Edie Bouvier Beale that’s to breathe. At the end of it, all of them had a desire to go and back? dramatized Broadway musicalized. What Youand wouldn’t much smile aondelight! their face a light raise in their eyes that Probably the black swamps of Sumatra, He profiles another eccentric lady in this, financing by pitching a film as ado cross money can’t buy. Fame doesn’t it. Drugs where the tsunami hit in 2001 and decimated his penultimate film, and again turns between & Tonto your don’t do Harry it. Booze doesn’tand doZelig, it. It’s but the power a big potential part of theflaws island. It’s just thisand stinking, such as casualness concept might yield something pretty great. of the wild, and I’ve seen it a ton in people. black, rotting swamp, with all of these disorganization into virtues. Iris Apfel is crocodiles feeding off the 6500 human corpses. It has for Felix Herngren. His picaresque, seen turning 90 early in the film. That’s often dark comedy is reminiscent of the bookended by her husband Carl celebrating midcentury English classics that let America his 100th at the end. Iris apparently made her discover Alec Guinness and Peter Sellers, fortune as an interior designer – if you want but on a grander scale, spanning 91 years details, go to Wikipedia; Maysles doesn’t bore and three continents. Introduced with a you with facts – but turned from decorating cat (Molotov, not Tonto), Allan (Robert houses to decorating bodies and became Gustafsson) escapes from a retirement what she calls “an octogenarian starlet” in home on his 100th birthday and hits the her 80s. Drawing on her extensive collection road. He makes new friends and acquires of clothing and costume jewelry (she must dirty money that sets a biker gang on his have enough beads to reach to the moon and trail. His new adventures are punctuated back, and sometimes seems to wear them with flashbacks to earlier ones, including all at once), she started doing exhibitions for Zelig- (or Forrest Gump-)like encounters museums and shows, and became a beloved with historical figures: Franco, Oppenheimer, fashion icon. You may not like her style but Truman, Stalin, Reagan, Gorbachev, and she doesn’t judge so why should you? I fell Albert Einstein’s idiot brother Herbert. That in love with her when she says, “It’s better Allan has always enjoyed blowing things up (to be) happy than well-dressed,” which gives suggests this might be The Michael Bay Story. me hope that my t-shirt and jeans style will With English narration and mostly Swedish catch on in a few decades. She’s still active in dialogue, the film has a bit of the whimsical her 90s. Her nephew says, “When she’s not tone of The Grand Budapest Hotel, making its busy she gets depressed.” I think I’ve found a list of influences longer than its title. soulmate! –Steve Warren –Steve Warren
Top 10 Memorable Movie Moms BY CHRISTIAN PEREZ
T’S MAY, AND THEREFORE TIME to recognize and appreciate the women in our lives who have nurtured us and helped mold us into the people that we are today. Mothers, whether biological or otherwise, play a vital role in how we develop, guiding us to become the best we can be. I got to thinking about some of the more impactful mothers that exist in the realm of cinema. These individuals aren’t often conventional, but they are memorable, for better or worse...
Anjelica Huston in 50/50
Joesph Gordon-Levitt’s overbearing, but deeply caring mother in 50/50 is not the easiest woman to deal with. But she loves her son so much that, when she learns of his cancer diagnosis, she does what she can to help him get well. He resents this, bickering with her until an extremely powerful scene in which he breaks down and admits he needs her. This one will make you tear up and call your mom to tell her you love her.
Meryl Streep in AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY
The dysfunctional family depicted in this film is the farthest thing from happy, and Streep’s portrayal of the pill-addicted matriarch is at the center of the chaos. She loves her children, but it comes out in harsh ways due to a life of hardships, abuse, and disapproval. Though she’s hardened by the cards that life has dealt her, she thrives when all of her children are reunited under her roof after their father goes missing.
Maya Rudolph in AWAY WE GO
Sam Mende’s funny, endearing film makes the list because the audience watches the unborn child’s parents as they travel around searching for a good life in which to raise their child. The love they have for each other overflows, and it’s clear that their child will be the pride and joy of their lives. Rudolph delivers a perfect portrayal of a burgeoning matriarch willing to do whatever it takes to be the best possible mom.
Piper Laurie in CARRIE
On the opposite end of the spectrum, there is Piper Laurie’s terrifying, bible-thumping mother. She may have the best of intentions for her daughter, but her overzealous religious views are the farthest thing from healthy for the child. Her constant abuse and misguided attempts at religious brainwashing ultimately proves fatal for nearly all involved.
Melinda Dillon in A CHRISTMAS STORY
Here is a mother who loves her family to the fullest, yet doesn’t get the recognition she truly deserves. She loves being a mother to two boys, regardless of the constant headaches and adolescent mishaps, laughing through it all and focusing on the joy rather than the discomfort. This woman truly deserves a hot meal.
Bjork in DANCER IN THE DARK
If there ever was a mother who’d do anything for their child, it’s Bjork’s character in this moving Lars von Trier musical. Selma moved to
America to work and save enough money to give her son a life-changing operation that would stop the hereditary blindness she is slowly succumbing to. The film is incredibly tragic, with an ending that ensures there won’t be a dry eye in the house.
Lana Turner and Juanita Moore in IMITATION OF LIFE
In this classic melodrama, the audience is given two mothers who do what they can to ensure good lives for their daughters. Lana Turner’s Lora is a struggling actress who finally catches a big break. Though she provides an extravagant life, what her daughter really desires is to have more time with her mom. Juanita Moore’s Annie is essentially the housekeeper, but seems more like a friend/family member. She only wants her child to accept herself for who she is, but her daughter shuns her mother and refuses to come to terms with being black. Through it all, Annie loves her daughter and takes every opportunity tell her so.
Holly Hunter in THE INCREDIBLES
This is a great representation of how most children view their mothers¬. The Incredibles showcases a family of superheroes, and the mother fits the bill both literally and in how she cares for her family. Everything she does is for the betterment of the family. She’s willing to do whatever it takes, at times sacrificing herself to ensure the safety of the ones most dear to her.
Belén Rueda in THE ORPHANAGE
Another tragic tale about a mother’s desperate search for her son, who goes missing after they move into the renovated orphanage she grew up in. The film is creepy and sad, but shows a determined mother who will stop at nothing to find her son. At the conclusion, the conflict is resolved and brief relief is offered just before sadness kicks it right out. This film will really get you emotionally if you let it.
Elizabeth Taylor in WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?
This one may be a stretch, due the child not actually existing. Taylor’s Martha and her husband George have fabricated a story about having a son to their dinner guests as a way to keep things lively and interesting, creating tales that keep the audience and the guests on their toes. If she actually were a mother, she’d likely not be a very good one… but she sure would be memorable!
SUITS 12 HOME RELEASES TRACK When You Feel Deserted THE LATEST DVD, BLU RAY & VOD RELEASES
BY BRET LOVE AND JOHN MOORE
THE BEST OF THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW Ed Sullivan has been dead for 41 years, but his variety show (which ran from 1948 to 1971) remains one of the most influential pop culture phenomenons in TV history. This 6-DVD set showcases Sullivan’s exceptional eye for talent, with performances by legends from the rock (Elvis, Beatles, Rolling Stones), pop (Barbra Streisand, Sammy Davis Jr) and comedy (Carol Burnett, George Carlin, Richard Pryor) worlds. Extras include interviews with iconic celebrities, and an ultra-rare Q&A with Ed and his wife Sylvia. THE BOOK OF NEGROES A co-production of Canada’s CBC and BET, this historical drama follows the extraordinary journey of Aminata Diallo (Aunjanue Ellis), who is kidnapped by slave traders in West Africa, sold into slavery in South Carolina, and ultimately makes her way to Nova Scotia and the jungles of Sierra Leone before securing her freedom in England. Based on Lawrence Hill’s novel Somebody Knows My Name, the miniseries was unfairly compared to the classic Roots, for obvious reasons. But Aminata’s story is one of resilience and perseverance, and Ellis’ performance is a strong statement of feminine, African-American pride. ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK COLLECTOR’S EDITION Growing up in Atlanta in the ‘70s/‘80s, I imagined NYC to be some combination of The Warriors and this John Carpenter cult classic. For those who haven’t seen it, Kurt Russell stars as war hero-turned-outlaw Snake Plissken, sent into the walled prison that is Manhattan to rescue the US President (Donald Pleasance) after he crash-lands inside. The Blu-Ray, a HD scan from the original negative, looks better than ever. Extras include new interviews, new audio commentary from Adrienne Barbeau, onset photos, making-of docs and more. LIFE PARTNERS This unassuming relationship comedy from writer/director Susanna Fogel succeeds thanks to a perfectly cast Gillian Jacobs (Community) and Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl). The film offers a charming-but-fluffy story of best friends navigating relationships in their late 20s. Meester plays a struggling musician/receptionist who falls in and out of relationships. Jacobs plays her best friend, a thriving environmental lawyer who falls in love. The romance challenges their friendship, but– thanks to some fun writing– Life Partners manages to turn the cliché set-up into a rather enjoyable comedy. MANHATTAN: SEASON ONE WGN America is behind this impressive period drama, constructing a compelling series loosely about the building of the Atom bomb. The semi-true story takes place in New Mexico, where scientists have assembled with their families in a makeshift town guarded by the military as they work on the Manhattan Project. It’s a great setup that plays out fantastically thanks to thrilling plots and a great cast that includes a nearly unrecognizable Daniel Stern, Rachel Brosnahan (House of Cards) and Michael Chernus (Orange is the New Black).
BY BLUE SULLIVAN
“Sometimes I Feel So Deserted” Very basic, but excellent new single from the Greatest Electronic Artist of My Lifetime (which is much longer than I’d like to admit), “Sometimes” heralds a new album coming July 17th! And as much as this song may be reminiscent of a slightly noisier “Hey Boy, Hey Girl”, let’s focus on the important bit: holy f*cking shit, a new Chemical Brothers album is coming!
“Black Rock City” (Robert Babicz Spaced Out Cosmic Remix)
“Can’t Do Without You” (Nick Muir Remix) Rolling bass, spooky keys, bouncing beats and omnipresent hand claps/hi-hats are all the foundation necessary to create two glossy house jams custom made for riding the freeways late on a hot summer night, hand out the window, wishing that the season would never end.
“I Had This Thing” (Joris Voorn Remix) Another in the slinky night moves department is this unbelievably good remix of the already-unbelievably good Royksopp. An early pole position candidate for this upcoming December’s “Best of 2015”, so hold their spot.
“Everybody” This house track could easily have come out anywhere in the last two decades and not been out of place. Some would call this “retro”, but I choose a different word: timeless. Sitting in the sweet spot between the frisky funk of Basement Jaxx and the gloomy bass attack of Metalheadz, “Everybody” is a time traveler worth owning. If you would like to hear this month’s tracks and a few more great ones we didn’t have room to write about check our “Track Suits Mix” at: mixcloud.com/tracksuits. Special thanks to TJDJ and my brilliant sib Jody for their help in curating this. Please also check out my new book on Dating Advice entitled “Your Ex-Boyfriend Will Hate This” out now via Amazon. insiteatlanta.com • May 2015 • PG 17
REVIEWS BY BRET LOVE, LEE VALENTINE SMITH AND JOHN B. MOORE
FAITH NO MORE
tales are anchored by the edgy growl of “How’m I Gonna Find You Now.” The album is a song cycle of struggle: internal, external and universal. The characters in “Copper Canteen,” “South Dakota,” and “Carlisle’s Haul” radiate a shared familiarity that few artists this side of Dylan or Kristofferson can ever hope to match. –LVS
Sol Invictus (Reclamation/Ipecac)
Adventures in Real Time (Warner Bros.)
again that they are one of the best modern shoegaze outfits out right now. With only one or two weak tracks on the record, the songs are drenched in reverb, but with a nice pop core that only improves with repeat listens. Songs like “One Too Many Things,” “Thumps Up” and “What They Need” are screaming for an audience outside of indie record stores. If this band had been around two decades ago, Surf City would be spoken in the same sentence as bands like Pavement and Sonic Youth. –JM
Love Axe It’s been 18 years since Faith No More’s last album (the multi-platinum Album of the Year) was released. Therefore the reaction to their comeback attempt among most active music listeners will likely be a collective shrug of disinterested apathy. Despite the remarkable breakthrough of their 1989 album, Epic, Faith No More was always something of an acquired taste. The rap-metal fusion of their debut single “We Care a Lot” back in 1987, when the band was fronted by Chuck Mosely, earned them a following among fans of the Beastie Boys and Red Hot Chili Peppers. But when Mr. Bungle’s Mike Patton was hired to replace him as frontman, he brought a decidedly more experimental sound to the San Francisco-based band. Exploring eclectic influences ranging from punk and thrash to jazz, bossa nova and country seemingly at random, Patton led Faith No More both to the top of the charts and to the outer limits of what can rightly be considered rock ’n’ roll. So perhaps it’s no surprise that Sol Invictus is as complex and confounding as anything they’ve ever recorded. The album opens with the ominous title track, a throbbing, piano-driven dirge that finds Patton grumbling in a lower-register chant before opening up on a chorus that ponders the question fans have been asking for 17 years, “Where’s my faith?” The current single, “Superhero,” is more what you’d expect from FNM, veering from pummeling riffs and throat-shredding vocals to an epic, melodic sing-along anthem that asks “Leader of men, will you be one of them?” Patton’s remains the defining characteristic that sets the band apart from all the other quiet/ loud rockers that have arisen in their absence. On “Sunny Side Up,” he goes from Leonard Cohen groan to soulful croon to explosive Kurt Cobain screech in a matter of moments. “Cone of Shame” finds him doing his best Jim Morrison impression, with dramatic spoken word passages and bluesy howl giving way to a scream death metal singers would kill for. It’s doubtful any of these songs catapult Faith No More back to the top of the charts, but Sol Invictus is a solid, creative effort from one of alt-rock’s most relentless, restless experimenters. And that’s more than good enough. –BL
(Chop Shop/Republic Records) By now, you’ve heard Odessa’s almost inescapable “I Will Be There.” Released last fall on her debut ep, it remains a graceful statement of beauty. It was snapped up by advertisers and fans alike, with the captivating PG 18 • May 2015 • insiteatlanta.com
lyrics and arrangement earning comparisons to the hip, hushed ascetic of Ellie Goulding and Lana Del Rey. And now, just in time for spring greenery, the California singersongwriter, originally known for her work as a backing vocalist and violinist, presents her first full-length album Grow. While still retaining the independent feel of her contemporaries, Grow glows with a deliberately gentle, relaxed delivery. Using the “I Will Be There” template, she floats through an entire collection of similar explorations. Diffused, gauzy scrims of tuneful elegance, very much in a dream-like swirl, prevail here. Standout tracks include the kaleidoscopic soul vibe of “Gather Round” and “My Match.” She dips into a bit of a trip-hop journey on the winsomely dynamic “Shallow Heart.” Overall, Grow is a harmonious convergence of intricate vocals on a strikingly bare, yet utterly fascinating landscape. –LVS
(Complicated Game Records)
Based on the photo on the cover of his debut, I’d peg Dylan Gardner’s age as late teens. It’s surprising then to hear his album, as his influences are clearly deeply rooted in great classic pop, from the Beatles to Squeeze. It’s also refreshing to hear someone so unabashedly embracing hooks and harmonies, forgoing sullen, manufactured indie cred in favor of just writing a great pop song (like “I’m Nothing Without You” or “Let’s Get Started”). Not every song here is perfect, lyrically, a few come across as too cliché, but the album as a whole is inspiring in its openness to embrace a fun vibe. Over the past couple of decades pop music has been shorthand for over-produced, inane songs written by committee. Gardner, like Ben Folds, Harry Nilsson and others before him, has proven that pop music is much more than Boy Bands and Disney stars grasping for a second act. –JM
(New Granada) Love Axe, you’re late! What took you so long? With Material Issue, Jellyfish and Superdrag all relegated to the gone, but not forgotten pile, the world was growing impatient waiting for the next great thinking person’s pop band to show up. With their sophomore effort, the wildly impressive South Dakota, Love Axe has finally arrived to fill the void. The Los Angeles, by way of San Francisco, four piece blends elements of power pop, jangle rock and psych pop in a surprisingly unforced manner. You can easily tire yourself coming up with superlatives to describe songs like the album opener “Baby to Bed,” “Such a Waste of a Good Thing” (speaking of Jellyfish) or the immediately infectious “Irresponsible”. The next time you hear someone complain that no one is making good music anymore, shut ‘em up by handing over a copy of South Dakota. –JM
Should the Light Go Out
(Light Organ Records)
(Fire Records) Bred in Texas, Virginia and Arizona, roughhewn James McMurtry is a man’s man, and the ultimate Americana storyteller. He sings in a deep-dish drawl, and his prickly writing and musicianship is as sharp and observant as novelist dad, Larry, at his most insightful. Aided by nearly three decades of touring, and a canon of beloved recordings, his almost fanatical fan base has elevated him to an enviable position of poet, prophet and overall wise sage. One good listen to his newest collection will win a number of new converts, as well. For his first studio album in seven years, the Austin-based singer-songwriter presides over a slab of his best work since his much-lauded debut. Produced by Louisiana swamp-pop champion C.C. Adcock, in New Orleans, the marshy set takes on a deliberate, solemn pace for most of the material. Proving one doesn’t have to rock-out to be subversive, the record luxuriates in rich, delicate acoustic flourishes and world-wise vocal depth. The sepia-toned
With a name like Surf City, the surf rock guitars are a given, but this New Zealand band also adds in plenty of ‘80s and ‘90s college rock influences on their third full length, calling to mind everyone from the Psychedelic Furs to a slightly less abrasive Jesus and Mary Chain. Jekyll Island is the band’s most consistently solid album to date and the band proves yet
Somehow managing to mix pop, garage rock and folk and make it sound like something you’d want to listen to, Canada’s Twin River full length debut is ambitiously impressive. Through 10 tracks, the band sounds more like an orchestra rather than a five piece, with swirling guitars, pounding drums and layer upon layer of sound. The experiment could have easily sounded like a band using studio gimmicks to cover up weak songs, but Twin River is a band that clearly has the chops to deliver an infectiously good song, and they manage to do so throughout the album. Proof is in songs like “It Won’t Be Long,” and “Laugh It Off” that mage to cross several genres; the result is eclectically enjoyable. This full length is a pretty big departure from their mellower 2012 EP, Rough Gold, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction. –JM
This Month’s Hottest Shows BY SACHA DZUBA
MAY 7 – VOLTAIRE / EGO LIKENESS
The Masquerade Aurelio Voltaire, also known simply as Voltaire, is a modern everyman; a jack-ofall-trades rogue with an ever-ready wit and snappy one-liners. Sometimes lewd and crude, he is always clever and fun; a gothic music hall entertainer of style with a ringmaster’s panache. The man has 11 dark gypsy folk and rock albums under his belt, is a stopanimation wizard of skill this side of Harryhausen, has written tongue-in-fanged-cheek gothic home improvement books, comics and more. There is no limit to this man’s dark and sarcastic genius. The flip-side of this gothic coin is darkwave rocksters, Ego Likness. In true Janus fashion, they’re throwing the gates open to a world of electronic landscapes, dancey and filled with Siouxsie meets Tori Amos vocals. Created by Steven Archer and Donna Lynch, this artist and writer pairing, along with live drummers Mike K. Johnson and Mindcage Rick, create an industro-dance maelstrom. A evening of darkitty-dark-dark fun followed by melodies to stomp and dance until the dawn.
MAY 8TH & 9TH – ZAC BROWN BAND
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Zac Brown Band is far from an overnight sensation. This country rock powerhouse band has been honing their popularity one night at a time, city to city; but Atlanta is certainly a home for the Georgia native Zac. The Zac Brown Band has swept country music award events for years now and have countless awards to their name, including numerous Grammys. Their latest release Jekyll + Hyde showcases new and diverse musical directions while maintaining their countrified roots; and includes some fantastic collaborations with Sara Bareilles and Chris Cornell. Radio hits “Toes” and “Chicken Fried” will hit your sweet spot like a hot plate of down home southern cookin’. Don’t miss the ever soulful and satisfying Zac Brown Band!
MAY 11 – ANI DIFRANCO
Variety Playhouse The feminist icon, singer-songwriter, is well known for her autobiographical and political lyrics. She’s unafraid to broadcast her socialpolitical views, ranging from poverty and war to gender/sexuality issues; a girl-power pin up and rightfully so. This musical artist is creative and imaginative; she’s been classified as both folk as well as alternative rock and has collaborated with a wide range of artists. Her recent album, Allergic to Water, is a call to spiritual revolution and evolution. Songs of digital over-stimulation, marital challenges, motherhood, and the greater spiritual search are all in focus. Ani always connects directly with her audiences, no matter how large the venue. With her messages more relevant than ever, let Ani charge you with self-empowerment, global perspective, and give you the motivation for change.
MAY 20 – APOCALYPTICA
The Masquerade Three classically trained cellists from the Sibelius Academy, Eicca Toppinen, Paavo Lötjönen, and Perttu Kivilaakso formed a Me-
tallica cover band; little did they know where this would lead them. Encompassing classical, neoclassical metal, alternative, speed, hard rock, progressive, thrash, symphonic, Middle Eastern, world and folk music; these peerless musicians have created a style and image that brings the cello out of the more traditional orchestral setting to rock stage front and center. Their releases comprise a disparate group of metal and rock covers along with smoldering originals; musical collaborators include Nina Hagen, Till Lindemann (Rammstein), Ville Valo (HIM), Gavin Rossdale (Bush), and Dave Lombardo (Slayer) who played drums for several of their albums. Don’t miss metal music at its finest and most symphonic; and you’ve never heard a blistering guitar solo until you’ve heard it on the cello! Metal hornsrequired!
MAY 26 – THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS
Variety Playhouse The Psychedelic Furs are revered through wide-ranging music circles as progenitors of alt-rock, this is an evening of reflection and discovery. You’re sure to know the song “Pretty in Pink”, which inspired and was featured in the well-known John Hughes movie of the same name. Richard Butler’s raspy nicotine stained voice is dramatic and emotional, characterizing his lyrical stories of eccentrics, abusers, and romance. Expect to hear some new songs as well as some obscurities. Other instantly recognizable songs will take root in your ears, “Love My Way”, “Heaven”, “The Ghost in You”, and “Heartbreak Beat”; a series of 80’s staples from almost any club night where you’ve grooved and gotten down on the dance floor.
MAY 26 - BILLY IDOL
The Tabernacle His musical career now spanning over three decades, Billy Idol is a Rock ‘n’ Roll survivor. He’s battled drugs, alcohol, and a crippling motorcycle accident; and he’s come through it all and never stopped swinging. Certainly known for 80’s mainstays such as “Rebel Yell” and “White Wedding”, these Idol hits are still popular on radio and in clubs. Touring in support of his recently released album King & Queens of the Underground; a sound that recalls his 80’s rock/punk sensibilities. Now reunited with original guitarist Steve Stevens, this will be a fantastic night of stage prowling, strutting, and sneering with the one and only original punk, Billy Idol.
MAY 26 – RUSH
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre With a back catalog spanning 40 years, the uneducated music fan might think the band Rush would be long past their sell by date… and you’d be entirely wrong! Respected and celebrated worldwide, these rockers are just hitting their prime and celebrating their 40th Anniversary. All three performers are fantastic musicians, certainly musician’s musicians, if you will. Prog-rockers, genius instrumentalists, and artists who have influenced numerous well-known bands and fellow music stars; these consummate performers bring frenetic energy and quirky humor to their live shows. With 20 gold and platinum studio albums to their name, Rush will be spoiled for song choice. You’re sure to hear cuts from their latest, Clockwork Angels, along with plenty of rock radio staples. Slap your air bass along with Rush, today’s musical Tom Sawyer. insiteatlanta.com • May 2015 • PG 19
BUILT TO SPILL
New Rhythm Section and New Music BY JOHN B. MOORE
T MAY HAVE TAKEN SIX YEARS and an entirely new rhythm section, but Built to Spill are finally back with the follow up to 2009’s critical favorite, There is No Enemy. The wait was clearly worth it though as Untethered Moon, coming in at a tight 10 songs, is a nearly flawless indie rock masterpiece. The recording of the new record had already begun in 2012 when the band’s bassist and drummer quit on tour, leaving band founder Doug Martsch, Brett Netson and Jim Roth with a major hole in the lineup. They took some time off, regrouped and pulled in two longtime friends of the band, Steve Gere and Jason Albertini and went back to work on the follow up record. Martsch, the band’s one constant for the past 20-plus years, vocalist and one of the guitar players, spoke recently about starting over, whittling down the album’s song count and the perks of being the old guys on the festival circuit. I know that Steve and Jason joined the band a few years ago, but this is their first time recording with Built to Spill. How did you end up connecting with both of them? Jason’s been traveling around with us for years. He got his start roadie-ing for us for about 10 years doing monitors and selling merch for us. And Steve is a Boise guy I met a few times doing music. He’s a lot younger, well, so is Jason, but Steve ended up going on tour with us for a bunch of different reasons; one time to record us, one time as the bass player for Jason’s band that was opening for us. That was the tour when (drummer Scott Plouf and bassist Brett Nelson) just quit and so Jason and Steve just joined is. I don’t think I even remember formally inviting them into the band, I think they just sort of knew they were in the band. Obviously you and Brett and Jim have a long history together and have recorded before. Were Steve and Jason intimidated at all in the studio? The process changed a little with them in the band. We kind of brought things in and let everyone jam on it a bit and do what they want with it and if I have something specific in mind, we talk about it. We did a lot of rehearsing and recording jams to kind of work things out. It’s been about six years since the last record. Did you purposely want to put so much time between this record and There is
A Blend of British Infectious Sound
No Enemy? We actually started recording this record in the summer of 2012 with the old rhythm section. So we recorded basic tracks and I did at least half of the overdubs and then we went on tour and those guys quit the band. So we decided to sack it and start over. And I assume you’re happy with the way it turned out? Oh yeah, absolutely. The old rhythm section did a great job, but we didn’t really rehearse a lot beforehand. It was a lot simpler, a little less complex than the way they are now. And when I was doing overdubs (in 2012), I just wasn’t that inspired at the time, maybe I just didn’t know where I wanted to go with them. So when those guys quit, I was a little relieved that I didn’t have to immediately finish up the record. It was nice to go away and then revisit it. We recorded something like 16 songs and 10 ended up on the record. And of those 10, I think five were from that old session and five were newer songs. This album is actually coming out on vinyl first, before it’s even available for download. Obviously with a record, you have to listen to each song in the original order. How important is the sequencing of the songs to you? I didn’t think of (sequencing) when we were recording this one until we were finished. It’s hard to see ahead of time what these songs are going to sound like. But the way one song goes into another is pretty important to me. Originally I wanted to have all 16 songs on there and to make it a double record. I was pretty excited about that and confident about all the songs, but then when I started sequencing it and playing it back, I couldn’t make it all the way through it. So I took out the stuff that I thought was too similar to what was already on there. You guys are already slated to play a few festivals this summer and there seem to be more and more each years. How do you guys like playing festivals? Is it a necessary evil nowadays or do you enjoy them? We enjoy them. We didn’t when we first started playing because they’re kind of weird; it takes a while to understand how to make the stage sound good. It can also be kind of awkward playing to people that didn’t come to see you. A few years ago we played some shows with the Kings of Leon and we were playing for thousands of people who do not give a shit. That’s kind of how I feel about festivals.
BY JOHN B. MOORE
HE BRITISH BAND SKINNY Lister play a genre of music that’s pretty hard to pin down. It’s definitely got some Celtic elements; there’s traditional folk; a very obvious punk rock vibe; there’s a lot of acoustic instruments, mandolins a stomp box and the occasional tin whistle. It’s infectiously fun music and every show involves a jug of communal rum, so definitions be damned. Recently signed to Xtra Mile Recordings and with a few lineup changes since their last outing, the band is account to release their sophomore record here in the U.S., Down on Deptford Broadway. Singer Lorna Thomas, bassist/singer Michael Camino and singer/guitarist Dan Heptinstall were kind enough to answer some e-mails recently to talk about the new record, the new members and explain what a flagon is. Explain to me what the flagon is and how it fits into your shows. Lorna Thomas: The flagon is the seventh member of the band, and just like everyone else has equal importance! He’s a sturdy little ceramic guy. We fill him with rum and pass him around to the crowd at shows; and not the cheap rum either. The good stuff! Can you talk about the line-up changes since the last record? Thomas: Ahhh, there’s been a bit of jiggery pokery, that’s for sure! Dan Gray, our original bass player bowed out shortly after Vans Warped Tour 2012, which is why we now have the unlikely candidate of a Hawaiian wielding double bassist in the group now. We met him on Warped Tour and a beautiful, crazy, lasting friendship with him emerged. Michael Camino: We also added a drummer! Thom [Mills] is great. He adds a new level of depth to the band that we didn’t have before. Some of us were reluctant to add drums to Skinny Lister but none of us can see a band without him now. Can you talk a bit about the tone of the new album? Did you set out to do some things differently than the first record? Dan Heptinstall: The essence of Skinny Lister is there on both Forge & Flagon and Down on Deptford Broadway but there’s a definite sense of evolving. Big experiences in between the two albums, such as playing seven weeks on the US Vans Warped Tour, doing a US tour with Flogging Molly and shows with Dropkick Murphys, helped to shape our live show, which in turn influenced the sound of the second album. Camino: The album definitely captures the vibe of what Skinny Lister is all about. I think our live show is one of the strongest aspects
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of our band and our producer Ted Hutt (who’s worked with both Flogging Molly and Dropkick Murphys) caught the live energy, bottled it up and threw it into the mix. Ted really pushed our songwriting and playing, but at the same time, it was very organic. You play music that is hard to categorize: folk, Celtic, pop... You’ve also been adopted by the punk community. Does it make it difficult to get noticed when people have a hard time describing your music? Camino: When I’ve been in other bands and someone asked me what kind of music we played, I always just said “Rock’n’Roll.” Now it’s not so easy. Skinny Lister is more of an amalgamation of genres. I think our love of folk music has always been at the core of Skinny Lister and I would say, first and foremost, we’ll always be a folk band. However, I think what we fuse with traditional folk music is what defines us. Heptinstall: Skinny Lister is essentially a folk band, and I think this is the first term people reach for when describing us. We started off doing traditional English polkas and sea shantys down our local pub, and everything has grown from this. Having said that, we don’t like to pigeon-hole ourselves, and there’s a definite pop sensibility goes into the mix! Because of that, I’m sure you’ve had some odd tour or show pairings before. What has been the oddest? Thomas: It is, without doubt, Boy George. He started to come to some of our showcase gigs around the release of our first album and said he’d fallen for the band. It wasn’t until a couple of years later he took us out on the road with him around the UK. Opening for him was like one of the scariest things I’ve done. Avid fans all standing at the front staring at you like they want to kill you as you’re basically standing in the way of them and their idol. They follow him all over the world. It’s just so crazy. Anyway, by the end I reckon we won a lot of new fans – not our usual crew but nevertheless beautiful in their own right! What’s next for the band? Any US tours planned? Thomas: We’re in the process of getting that together. We’re so excited to release Down on Deptford Broadway on Xtra Mile Recordings through INgrooves in the States at the end of April. We’ve had an amazing time in the US supporting the likes of the fantastic Flogging Molly and Dropkick Murphys and hitting the road with Vans Warped Tour, opening the main stage at Coachella – the list goes on. We really don’t take it for granted that we now have our own bass of supporters, so we can’t wait to party with them again!
“SAME THREE GUYS, SAME THREE CHORDS.” Z.Z. Top is Back, Healthy and Rockin’ the Blues
BY LEE VALENTINE SMITH
.Z. TOP REMAINS ONE OF THE longest-lasting bands to retain their original, complete lineup. Vocalistguitarist Billy Gibbons, bassist Dusty Hill and drummer Frank Beard have fueled the Houston-bred, Memphis-fed roots-rock machine since 1969, born of the ashes of the legendary psychedelic band Moving Sidewalks. Along the way, they’ve sold over 50 million records and stormed the world with their blues-rock message. Their recent greatest hits album, The Very Baddest was released last year. They are currently on tour with kindred spirit co-headliner Jeff Beck. No longer granting many interviews, INsite was fortunate enough to sit down with Billy Gibbons, affectionately known as The Reverend Willie G. You tour often and have been on the road consistently since the late ‘60s. How do you personally, and the band in general, stay healthy
on tour? Do you have any special diets or routines to follow? High quality catering and hydration. Running around that stage every night is truly an aerobic workout so we’ve checked the diet and exercise box. The days of cheeseburgers might be behind us, yet the taco hunt is definitely on.
How do you describe the band dynamic now vs. the days of the first three albums, vs. the peak of the “MTV era” era? Did it change over the years - and if so, how? If this is possible, we’ve become “more ZZ Top.” That’s saying the band enjoys having the chance to see what we did back then and embraced it as part of the ZZ modern day gestalt. Concentrated funk, if you will. But hey, the bottom line is “same three guys, same three chords.” The 13th Floor Elevators were a huge influence on you, just prior to and during the formation of ZZ Top. Which artists continue to influence you now? Still thinking about the resonance of the Rolling Stones, B.B. King, Jeff Beck, Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed. As far as new artists are conceded, there’s a cat down in the delta who calls himself “Mr. Sipp” who’s killin’ it. We’re big fans of Gary Clark, Jr. and Ana Popovic who hails from Serbia by way of Memphis and plays as good as she looks. There is, literally, a world of talent out there.
You’re back on the road
with Jeff Beck, which is a beautiful thing in itself, As you were growing up, the blues was a sadly a great double bill. Your career has paralleled underappreciated art form in America. As I his, since the late ‘60s Jeff Beck Group days. was growing up, it was enjoying an incredible How did you first meet him and how has your renaissance with the rise of blues-worshipping personal friendship and working British musicians, like Jeff Beck. In relationship evolved over the your opinion, what is The State of years? WITH JEFF BECK Blues Music, circa 2015, nationwide Jeff and I were introduced about and worldwide? Sunday, May 10 1968 with The Moving Sidewalks Right on, Brother. Guys like Jeff, Eric, joining the Jeff Beck Group tour. Verizon Wireless and, of course, Keith Richards and We’ve remained pals ever since. the lot. They turned us onto our own Ampitheatre Splendid fellow and a genuine killerstuff and, we in turn, discovered and vzwamp.com diller of a guitarist. rediscovered those same roots. The blues is alive and ok and continues to Do you enjoy acting and how did you get into be cultivated and curated as it continues. We the thespian business in the first place? How maintain a position as interpreters. much do the directors allow you add touches of your own unique self into the scripted characters Does everything in Memphis have that inherent you portray? Like the “Pearly Gates” reference spirit? It was your second home for a long time, on Bones, for example. Was that in the script, or is it still semi-home base? did you add that? I’m a firm believer that the mojo of Memphis The fact is the “Bones’ creator Hart Hanson was is the cosmic vortex, probably because looking for a bearded guitar player for the role I of the river and, of course, its proximity play because he wrote it with me in mind. There to the Mississippi Delta, whence cometh was little “adaptation” needed on my part. Hart some powerful juju. Our love for Memphis made it easy and allowed throwing in some added is mutual. We enjoyed an induction into details to make the character come to life. the Memphis Music Hall of Fame with the inaugural group including Elvis Presley, Otis “Modern” country music continues to embrace Redding and Bobby Bland. We’re on Cloud 9! a ton of blues and rock elements, especially ‘70s rock. What is your take on the massive crossover You’ve played Atlanta many times over the of country into rock and pop? years. Do you have a favorite Atlanta story to Maybe it’s a generational thing. People who share with us? grew up on rock and are open-minded about My sister, Pam, has lived in Atlanta for a long country tend to bring that attitude aboard. while so it’s always a homecoming when we hit One might say it’s all “country music” ‘cause it’s town. It’s a place where we got to hang out with happening in the country. Piano Red and our baby niece within the space of a few hours. Hot’lanta is special.
Royal Thunder Mlny Parsonz On Religion, Divorce & Crooked Doors
BY BRET LOVE
F ROBERT PLANT AND TINA TURNER had spawned an offspring who grew up worshipping at the altar of Janis Joplin, she might sound a lot like Mlny (pronounced Melanie) Parsonz, the front woman for Atlanta’s Royal Thunder. When the band emerged with their debut album, CVI, in 2012, they were raved about on the metal scene for their hard-hitting blend of swampy, soulful psychedelic rock and Parsonz’ primal, bluesy wail. But their new album, Crooked Doors, ups the ante considerably, powered by the emotion of the Parsonz’s break from a Christian cult, her painful divorce from Royal Thunder guitarist Josh Weaver, and a general desire to change her life for the better. I recently spoke to the singer/bassist at length about her bitter breakup, her emotionally vulnerable lyrics, and the making of what I consider to be 2015’s finest rock album. Tell me about when and why you fell in love with music? I was just a kid. It was me and a piano to the right of a mirrored wall in Tom’s River, New Jersey. I sat on the piano bench every day and found my own little island, so to speak. It was a place where I could duck my head and find melodies. Who were the artists who inspired your early interest in being a singer/songwriter?
When I heard Nirvana, it resonated with my soul. I was a rebellious, weird, pissed-off troublemaker. There was something about Nirvana that I could relate to. Of course I had to bleach my hair, dye it bright red, buy a fuzzy green cardigan, and start a band. It was an awful band, Conniption Fit.
I’ve read about your experience with the Christian cult. Is that something you’re willing to discuss? I’d like to talk more about how I feel about organized religion. With organized religion, I believe people get lost in the smoke, groping the walls blindly.
What originally brought you to Atlanta from New Jersey? My father was a computer engineer. He had a better opportunity within his career, and he took it. Now I’m a southern yankee. They say ya can’t take the Jersey out of a Jersey woman. ‘Tis true!
CVI established you guys as major players on the hard rock/ metal scene. Were you surprised by the warm reception to the band, the album and your vocals in particular? Surprised, indeed! I never expected anyone to care as much as they did, and I’m thankful for all of the love and support. The metal scene was very accepting of us when we first started out. When no one else gave a shit, the metal scene was championing our band.
Can you talk a bit about how the band came together, and what attracted you to Josh in a musical sense? Josh and I have always had a sacred, special musical connection. We’ve been making music together since 1999. Josh and I have evolved so much over the years as musicians and, luckily, we evolved together. We were always on the same page, and we always shared the same vision. It’s a dream that never died. He started this band without me, but he always knew I’d be standing in that empty space where he was missing a bass player and a singer.
Since CVI was released, half the lineup has changed and you and Josh ended your marriage. Was there ever any question of whether you would continue on with Royal Thunder? I won’t ever again talk about Josh and I (no offense) but I must say, it blows my mind to see people write about your life as if they know about your life. We will always be in each other’s lives. We will always make music.
Crooked Doors seems more emotionally charged, less cryptic than CVI. Can you talk about the difficulty of co-writing a breakup album with the guy you’re breaking up with? For the record, we didn’t write a breakup album. We weren’t even in the studio together at the same time for most of the album-writing process. Josh read the lyrics after sent them over to our label during the layout process for the album art. I didn’t have a concept in mind. I wanted to share my heart, and my only intention was to be more flagrant and less cryptic. Your voice shows the usual strength and dynamic power, but also a newfound sense of vulnerability. Was it hard to allow yourself to go to these intensely personal places? It was hard to not beat myself up and enjoy my voice. Regarding vulnerability, it was difficult because I didn’t wanna give away my heart. And I didn’t. I always keep a little to myself and never tell anyone everything. It seems like you’ve been through a hell of a lot in the last few years, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. How would you say you’re different from the woman you were when you started Royal Thunder? I’m stronger. More sure of myself. Less focused on the static. And determined as hell to be true to myself and to those around me. I think I get “it” now. How to live. How to be happy. And that’s what I’m after.
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2015 NBA PLAYOFFS GUIDE BEST COFFEES IN THE WORLD BY DEMARCO WILLIAMS
ON’T LET THE LOPSIDED FIRST round of the NBA Playoffs fool you. Match-ups tighten up in the second round. Conference semis and finals separate the men from the maybes. These six squads are best equipped for the physical (and psychological) ride ahead.
1. GOLDEN STATE
The words haven’t been created yet to describe the things that Warriors guard Stephen Curry (33.7 point and 7.2 assist average in the first-round sweep of New Orleans), but when it comes to summarizing the team’s overall play thus far, “scary as hell” is about as articulate as you can get.
Our top pick in the super tight MVP race, James Harden, has made us look like geniuses thus far, averaging a robust 28.5 points in the first four games. And now that Dwight Howard and Josh Smith have also eased into comfortable supporting roles this postseason, there may be just enough fuel in the Rockets’ tank to work their way around the Warriors.
Some pundits are suggesting that a Bulls/ Cavaliers semifinals match-up is actually what the East Finals should look like. While we can’t fully support that assertion, from watching Derrick Rose strut about with a 2010 bounce
over the past month, we certainly understand where the excitement is coming from.
At press time, Kevin Love had just gone down with the kind of shoulder injury that typically takes weeks to heal. The cruel irony of the news is that the gifted power forward was just finally getting used to putting some of the team’s offensive weight on his back. Now, more than any other time this season, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving will need to score 55 combined points a night.
You know how the old saying goes, “You live by the three and you die by the three.” When Kyle Korver, DeMarre Carroll and the others are lights out from deep, we’re confident that Washington, Cleveland and Chicago would be dead in the water in a six- or seven-game tilt. But if the long ball is off like it has been at times lately for the Hawks, their fairytale season will end in the East Semis.
6. L.A. CLIPPERS
Even though the Clippers have certified all-stars (Chris Paul, Blake Griffin), a defensive maestro (DeAndre Jordan) and spot-on marksmen (J.J. Redick, Jamal Crawford), there’s something missing for an NBA Championship run. Yes, L.A. is capable of scaring the hell out of the Warriors in the West Finals, but should they face the Cavs or Hawks for all the marbles, they’ll come up just short.
COMIC HEROES INVADE The Big & Small Screen BY BENJAMIN CARR
ITH AVENGERS: AGE OF Ultron hitting theaters this month, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is in full swing, impossible to avoid in this culture. Its arms stretch farther than Hydra with tie-in products and promotional interviews. And DC Comics is about to invade theaters in their own way with Batman vs. Superman, which will also feature Wonder Woman and Aquaman and maybe dozens of other heroes and villains. Because a blockbuster is the first thing a studio or network will look to for inspiration, viewers are in the midst of a glut of superheroes on the small screen as well, and the roster of shows just keeps growing - though they vary in the quality of their execution. Marvel’s TV shows are all tied in some way to the company’s cinema efforts. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is now in its second season, and it shares characters with the Avengers movies primarily. The plot of the show gets a bit complicated in its ties to the movies, as well, as the entire premise of the show once changed after opening weekend of the last Captain America movie. Fans of S.H.I.E.L.D. should expect the latest movies to have a similar impact. Earlier this year, Agent Carter - featuring Hayley Atwell in her Captain America role - was a whizbang, period throwback that nonetheless had roots in the current movies. It was a pretty cool show.
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Avengers: Age Of Ultron
BY BRET LOVE
VER THE PAST 5 YEARS, I’VE become much more conscious of where my coffee is grown and how the farmers who grow it are treated. Sustainable, organic Fair Trade coffee is all the rage. After our recent visit to the Atlanta Coffee Festival, we found lots of great companies and varietals to share:
EXOTIC ORIGINS (exoticoriginscoffee.com)
This direct-to-farmer line offers rare singleorigin coffees from around the world, most rated 88 points and above. The two we sampled– Panama Geisha 1DRIP COFFEE Reserve Natural and Ethiopia Koke Honey– are rated 92 and 93, respectively. The sweetly acidic flavor of Geisha (indigenous to Ethiopia and discovered in Panama in 2004) is perfected by the nutrient-rich volcanic soil of the Ojo de Agua farm. The A&E COFFEE ROASTERY Koke Honey is grown at a similar elevation (around 5000-6000 feet) in Ethiopia’s Yirgacheffe region, with an almost tea-like flavor that balances sweetness and tanginess. Both are incredibly enjoyable cups.
(1dripcoffee.com) When Tafari Belfield and his Ethiopian wife Rahel, owners of Grant Park Coffeehouse, went to Ethiopia in search of the country’s best coffee beans, her family told them about the intensely flavorful Tomoca. This family-owned brand had been passing down roasting techniques since 1953, and is widely considered the best coffee in the world. After trying it in their shop, the Belfields became the American distributor for Tomoca. They later worked out a similar deal for their espresso, a CAFÉ CAMPESINO Brazilian bean from Taguatinga Norte’s family-owned Cafe Export. Both exceptional brands are now exclusively available in the U.S. through the Belfields’ company, 1Drip.
A&E COFFEE ROASTERY
(aeroastery.com) A&E promotes environmental stewardship and economic fairness, and their shade-grown coffees have ranked among our favorites for years. Their Norma Lara Micro-Lot from Honduras is exceptional, both for its complex chocolate-berry flavor and its backstory: Norma, whose husband died in 2010, started a farm on a one-acre plot her father gave her. This year she produced 20 bags of amazing coffee. A&E also offers Special Reserve Coffees from Costa Rica (a sweet, creamy varietal grown in the Tarazzu region by Carlos Alvarado García) and a microlot from Indonesia (an intensely zesty Sulawesi Peaberry grown in the Toro Tojara region).
In its first episodes, the latest Marvel project, the series Daredevil on Netflix (see article on Page 15), feels like a competent, case-of-the-week show, an old-fashioned hero story that nonetheless has some of the best fight choreography ever staged on television. It stars Charlie Cox as a blind attorney who moonlights as a masked vigilante with heightened senses. The show is far-from-perfect in its dialogue or its plot, but fans of the character, disappointed by the previous movie, should be dazzled. Netflix and Marvel are just beginning their partnership. Two other shows, A.K.A., Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, are expected within the year. DC Comics’ success with their CW shows Arrow and The Flash is admirable. Both shows are well-plotted and heavy on charm. A third show, The Atom, is expected next year. Also, there is a pilot for Supergirl in development at CBS.
Indonesian varietals we’ve tried, with potent notes ranging from sweet chocolate and strawberry to smoky spiced rum. We also enjoyed the citrusy zing of their Rwanda Misozi and the sweet vanilla and cherry hints of their Colombia Sierra Nevada.
COOL BEANS COFFEE ROASTERS
GRACE HIGHTOWER & COFFEES OF RWANDA (coffeeofgrace.com) Founded in 2013 by Grace Hightower DeNiro (Robert DeNiro’s wife), this philanthropic brand focuses on improving the lives of Rwandans by offering locally-sourced coffees to the international market. The line features a full range of roasts as well as their Signature Series, all hand-picked and sorted and repeatedly cupped to ensure maximum flavor. The result is a sustainably grown coffee you can feel good about. Our favorite, the smooth Buf Café, was lightly roasted and boasted a hint of floral and citrus notes.
PT’S COFFEE ROASTING CO
GRACE HIGHTOWER & COFFEES OF RWANDA
PT’S COFFEE ROASTING CO
(ptscoffee.com) Roast magazine’s 2009 Roaster of the Year, PT’s is committed to working with true artisans of coffee cultivation. We fell in love with the line in 2012, and were delighted to sample three new varietals. Sidama Guji is an Heirloom from the Guji Cooperative of Ethiopia, with a honeyed sweetness balanced by citrusy acidity. Tana Toraja AA is similar to A&E’s Sulawesi Peaberry, with an earthy flavor and vanilla and toffee notes. But my favorite is the Grand Cru Mokka grown in Colombia by Rigoberto Herrera: Typically farmed in Hawaii, Mokka has a strong, sweet denseness with notes of chocolate, cherry and macadamia nut. I’d drink it every day if I could afford it!
(cafecampesino.com) Based in Americus, Georgia, Café Campesino was created after a trip to Guatemala in 1997 with Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village program opened the co-founders’ eyes to how THRIVE FARMERS COFFEE little coffee farmers made. Now, this Fair Trade, organic company is linked to small-scale coffee cooperatives in a dozen countries around the world. Their most THRIVE FARMERS COFFEE popular varietals include a light, (thrivefarmers.com) citrusy Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Based in Roswell, Thrive grown by the YCFCU co-op; a connects coffee farmers directly smooth, sweet Colombia French with consumers to ensure growers Roast grown by the Fondo Paez co-op; and a make more money. This “farm-to-table” approach fruity, nutty, well-balanced Guatemala Full City is best represented by the small-batch varietals of Roast grown by the APECAFORM co-op. their Bloom line, which offer a robust freshness that makes their flavors pop. The San Isidro (from COOL BEANS COFFEE ROASTERS Costa Rica) boasts exotic, sweet fruity tones (coolbeanscoffeeroasters.com) A Marietta Square staple since 2001, Cool Beans thanks to the natural cherry-drying process, while the Concepción (from Guatemala) has a citrusy owners Kevin and Jennifer Langill import green acidity. But my favorite was their Hamilton 349 beans from all around the world and microReserve (from Brazil): Its Bourbon bean, grown roast them in-house. Their ever-popular Bali in the Magian Mountains, has a darker-roasted Kintamani Natural, grown in the volcanic soil chocolate flavor with subtle tropical notes. of Bali’s highlands, is one of the most distinctive
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Atlanta's Entertainment Monthly featuring the city's annual Jazz Festival. And as always, the best in movies, music, comedy, sports and more...
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Atlanta's Entertainment Monthly featuring the city's annual Jazz Festival. And as always, the best in movies, music, comedy, sports and more...