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INTERVIEWS 06 African Children’s Choir 09 Stomp’s John Angeles 10 American Horror Story 10 Sons of Anarchy 11 Heidi Klum 12 Greg Allman 14 Baggage Claim 19 Get Dead 27 Goodie Mob 28 Blondie’s Chris Stein 28 Joy of Painting
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The High Museum of Art will host Marietta StreetFest returns on its annual College Night Dance Sept. 21 from 9am-8pm at the Party on the Piazza on Sept. 13 from Marietta Museum of History. This 7pm to midnight. Tickets are $7 for year’s event is the 22nd annual college students or $5 for groups of students (10 event mixing family fun, a classic car show and or more). There will be music, access to High the Grassroots Festival. Go to mariettahistory. exhibits and a meal (chicken and Belgian waffles). org for more details. For more info, go to high.org.
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The Improv presents Joe DeRosa from Comedy Central Presents from Sept. 19-21. DeRosa started stand-up comedy by hitting the Wednesday night open mic at the Laff House in Philadelphia, PA. Within a year, he was a regular there and at all the major clubs in the surrounding area and quickly moved into the national spotlight. Go to theimprovatlanta. com for details and tickets.
proceeds benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Colt Foundation. Guests include Darius Rucker, Jake Owen, Chuck Smith and more. Visit coltford.com for details.
The DeKalb Symphony Orchestra kicks off its new season on Sept. 24 at 8pm by performing Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. Visit the Clarkston Campus of Georgia Perimeter College for tickets at the Marvin Cole Auditorium. Call 678-891Georgia Tech hosts its first major 3565 or go onlin to dekalbsymphony.org. game against North Carolina on Sept. 21. The Tar Heels will be one of the Hands on Atlanta will host best teams in the ACC. For tickets “Hands On Atlanta Day” on Oct. and game details, go to ramblinwreck.com. 5. The day will serve as a full day of service at several locations around Colt Ford will host his second the city. Approximately 65 organizations will annual Colt Ford & Friends be served. To participate or get involved, go to Celebrity Golf Classic at Chateau handsonatlanta.org. Elan in Atlanta Sept. 22-23. All
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DRAGON CON PARADE
Every year several hundred costumed Dragon Con members gather in the early Saturday morning hours, ready to take center stage on Peachtree Street in downtown Atlanta for the largest event at Dragon Con - the annual costume parade. Thousands more line the parade route to participate in the fun and to cheer on their favorites. The parade starts promptly at 10:00 am and the route follows Peachtree Street from Woodruff Park (at Auburn Avenue) to the Hyatt, then continues down Baker Street and concludes at the Marriott.Go to dragoncon.org for more details.
Sept. 15: Georgia Dome
FALCONS HOST RAMS
The meaningless preseason games are over, and the Falcons can finally set if they’re Super Bowl material. The St. Louis Rams vist the Georgia Dome Sept. 15 at 1pm for the Falcons home opener. The Rams weren’t a great team in 2012, but they have certainly made strides under head coach Jeff Fisher to be a compelling team in the NFC West. St. Louis will prove to be a good test for the Falcons, who will look different on defense but ready to be explosive on offense with QB Matt Ryan. For tickets, go to atlantafalcons.com.
Sept. 20-21: Piedmont Park
Piedmont Park becomes center stage for the biggest music festival in the city on Sept. 20-21. Entering its third-consecutive year since returning to Atlanta, Music Midtown features some of the brightest star in music as well as a mix of legendary acts. Red Hot Chili Peppers headline the show with Journey, Queens of the Stone Age, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Imagine Dragons, Weezer, Jane’s Addiction, 2 Chainz, Phoenix, Cake, Tegan and Sarah and many more. For a complete list of bands and ticket information, go to musicmidtown.com.
Sept. 27: Aaron’s Amphitheatre
There was a time, long ago, when John Mayer was working the door at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur. Those days are long past, as the rock superstar returns to Atlanta for a show at Aaron’s Amphitheatre. The Grammy winning artist is known for hits like “Your Body Is a Wonderland,” “Waiting on the World to Change” and “Why Georgia.” Tickets start at $46.50 for lawn. Showtime starts at 7:30 with Phillip Phillips performing as opener. For more information on the “Born & Raised Tour,” go to livenation.com.
Sept. 29: Turner Field
BRAVES HOST PHILLIES
The postseason is almost upon us, and the Braves are in prime position to make a run at a penanet. Get in one last trip to Turner Field on the final day of the regular season on Sept. 29. The Braves will host the Phillies for a three-game set. The National Leauge East is already wrapped up, but don’t expect Atlanta to stroll into the postseason. After the single-game elimination a year ago, this team will want to carry momentum into the playoffs. First pitch is scheduled for 1:35pm. For complete details and pitching matchups, go to braves.com
Oct. 5: Georgia Dome
AMERICAN FOOTBALL CLASSIC
Come celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Atlanta Football Classic on Oct. 5. Tickets start at $10 at the Georgia Dome. The Atlanta Football Classic is one of the nation’s largest Black college football games pitting North Carolina A&T University Aggies against South Carolina State University Bulldogs on the gridiron. The event is also 100 Black Men of Atlanta’s largest fundraiser for its mentoring, academic support and scholarship program, Project Success. There will be several other events surrounding the game. For more info, go to atlantafootballclassic.com.
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on ice! the Throughout heated months of Admission tocreated Callaway Gardens is During month of the September, the Atlanta city of Landmarks was in 2003 by The July and August, featured restaurants in the complimentary through the end of this Decatur is offering free toconcert series. Preservation Center two as a way celebrate the Downtown District willrescue be offering month (Price for adults, Concerts on Dining theisSquare will $15 take place every 25th anniversary ofnormally the dramatic of the refreshing signature cocktails, hipAtlanta’s happy $6.50 per child) providing with Saturday night in September at theguests Community Fox Theatre, an event that changed hours and deals that you won’t want to miss. Bandstand on the square in downtown Decatur. the opportunity to enjoy time with their preservation outlook forever. This year, the list Concertgoers are encouraged pack their Participating restaurants Atlanta family reconnecting in Theatre, nature. includesand freefriends guided tours of include ThetoFox picnics, bring the quilts and blankets and enjoy Grill, Azio Downtown, BLT Steak, Max Free admission includes the Virginia Piedmont Park, Historic Oakland Cemetery, an evening ofMas! musical entertainment. The Lager’s, No Cantina and The Sundial Hand Callaway Discovery Center, Day Civil War Atlanta Walking Tour, Tullie Smith September 28th show is the rain date for the July Restaurant. Visit the Sibley website for a complete Butterfly Center, Horticultural Farm House, Margaret Mitchell House, the 4Center, fireworks, so the City of Decatur fireworks list ofBeltline deals. Mr.Park Cason’s Vegetable Garden, new and much more. display willBrothers immediately follow the concert this Callaway Azalea Bowl, Overlook evening. Blue Sky Concerts offers a break from Garden, Discovery Bicycle Trail, Pioneer AMERICAN CRAFT IN ATLANTA the daily grind by COUNCIL offering aSHOW free concert every Log Cabin, Ida Cason Callaway Memorial Wednesday in September. March 10-13,afternoon Regular admission: $13Check the Chapel, nature trails and daily programs. website a complete Childrenfor under 12: free schedule of performers for both series.Center Cobb Galleria THE UNIVERSOUL CIRCUS Two Galleria Parkway, Atlanta ATLANTA BALLET’S LIVING Feb. 10 27, Tickets range from $15 - $35DAY craftcouncil.org/AtlantaHEALTHY Sunday,Field September Turner Green8,LotNoon – 6pm, Free Michael C. Carlos DanceAtlanta Centre, Midtown 521 Avenue, ThisCapitol 3-day event is the largest juried fine craft atlantaballet.com universoulcircus.com Show in the southeast. The show has been
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Centennial Olympic Parkthe Gates open at noon, & walk attendees can drink all5Ktherunbeer theybegin can pawsintheparkatlanta.com at 2 p.m. safely consume. Designated drivers are 10th ANNUAL OAKHURST WINE CRAWL encouraged and can attend for free. No one Saturday, 26, 4 pm-7 PresentedFeb. by Atlanta Pet pm Rescue & Adoption, under the age of 21 will be permitted to $25 in advance forday Tasting Glass A-TOWN this event isDAY a full of activities for you, your consume alcohol. A designated driver $30 day26, ofNoon-8pm, event March $5 Enjoy demonstrations dog and the whole family. service will also be onherding, site for those Oakhurst Business District Lakewood of K-9 nose work, sheep police who dog find themselves in an unsafe condition to oakhurstga.org 2002 Lakewood Ave training. SE, AtlantaVarious rescue work and agility drive home. groups will attend and have available dogs and atownday.com cats for adoption. Other non-profit groups Participants in this year’s event will get will be there to help educate and inform the to sample wines from around the world A-TOWN DAY is a health festival, concert, PIGS & PEACHES BBQcare FESTIVAL public on animal related issues. Visitors can while exploring all the businesses in the and a 26 major of 5pm Awareness August & 27,day Friday - 11pm celebrating also stroll10am through theA-TOWN shopping areawill featuring Oakhurst neighborhood. be 20 all things Atlanta. DAY benefits Saturday – 10pm, FreeThere aBen wide variety of vendors and sponsors. participating establishments and the event the Diabetes of Atlanta andDon’t The RobertsonAssociation Community Center, Kennesaw forget theto kids’ area, where there The will beFur expects sell out quickly. Bus B-Aware Foundation. This event will various feature www.facebook.com/PigsAndPeaches familybefriendly activities sure to get your family will on poetry, hand to transport participants live ofmusic, showaand lots of time. family out the house andcar having wonderful from bar to bar. Ticketsacannon-sanctioned be purchased friendly events. The event features from Steinbeck’s Ale MUSEUM House, Ujoint, Backyard BBQ, Anything Butt and Peach SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE DAY LIVE! and Karvana Coffee Shop, all located in Dessert September Contest, as well Kansas City INMAN PARK RESTAURANT Saturday, 28, Free as a WEEK Oakhurst village. Barbeque Society Various Museums the CityProfessional March 28-April 3,throughout $15sanctioned Contest, is recognized smithsonianmag.com/museumday $25 & $35which for three-course meal as a Georgia State NATIONAL Championship Cookoff. IHOP PANCAKEBarbeque DAY CELEBRATION inmanparkrestaurantweek.com Enjoy general admission for you andbea Over free $14,000 cash and prizes will Tuesday, March 1,in7 am-10 pm, Free Pancakes guest hundreds museums and cultural awarded to House contest winners. food International ofof Pancakes Savor athistoric Inman Park withBesides three-course venues Download Museum for sale,nationwide. and free music from a number of Locations throughout Metro Atlantathe dinners from 11 local restaurants. Proceeds Day card from website to receive local and national acts,thefestival goers will IHOPPancakeday.com will admission benefit Project Open Hand, which helps free admission at participating locations. be treated to a large Kid Zone (with many people prevent or area better manage chronic Venues in the Atlanta include the Museum attractions FREE to families), vendor On thisthrough day, customers willunique receive one disease comprehensive nutrition care. of Designand Atlanta, Center for Puppetry Arts, booths sponsor exhibits. The Silver free short stack (three) ofand IHOP’s famous $1 raffle tickets will be sold will go towards Booth Western Museum (Cartersville), David J. Wings paratrooper aerial exhibition buttermilk pancakes. they askwill is team that the charity. The winner ofmany the raffle win Sencer CDC Museum andAll more! returns thed’ouerves, event,making andbeer willaand jump intoparty the patrons donation to a hostedtoconsider hor wine festival Saturday, August 27. through Crowds support local children’s hospitals at Park’s on Edge Restaurant for thirty of their will be Each treated to Network aPark wonderful display of Children’s Miracle or other friends. Inman restaurant will local bring aerobatics performances in charities. Since beginning tastes from and their patriotic restaurants foritstheNational winner. the There will be ainhuge, fireworks Pancake Day 2006, IHOP The sky. winner willcelebration be also announced at the end of grand finale.more has raised $5.35 millionfortoa the restaurant week.than Check the website support in the communities complete charities list of participating restaurants. in
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Head coach atlantamotorspeedway.com walkers make their way across a tight Johnson inwillthesign autographs fromdowntown 4-5 p.m. Nestledhorse heartperform of historic rope, riders death-defying and will be available for photographs Roswell, Roswell Arts Festival is held onfrom the Visit the the track’s Open House for free. Activities stunts, and contortionists bend into 5-6 p.m. Please limit autographs to ONE Roswell Town Square. Entertainment featuring include championship legends racing on the incredible and beautiful shapes. item per player or companies, coach. be the local singers, dance andwill children’s quarter-mile “Thunder Ring.This ”, free drawings first toyour getatown the 2011 football entertainers noon on days for bigopportunity prizes,begins drivedaily car onboth the track poster as well as schedule cards, ticket CHEERSPORT 2011 NATIONAL of the festival. 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African Children’s Choir Brings Its Message of Joy & Hope to Atlanta BY BRET LOVE
HOUGH YOU MIGHT NOT HEAR much about it on the nightly news, much of the African continent is in turmoil, and has been for quite some time. Few nations have endured more tragedy than Uganda, which suffered at the tyrannical hands of Idi Amin back in the 1970s, and endured a civil war with Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army from the mid-‘80s until a few years ago. Thousands were murdered, millions were displaced, and many children were either orphaned or forced to become soldiers along the way. It was into this war-torn Uganda that Canadian Ray Barnett first ventured on a humanitarian mission in 1984. When he stopped to give a young boy a ride from his destroyed village to a safer one, the lad began singing en route. His uplifting song gave Barnett the idea to start the African Children’s Choir, which (under the umbrella of parent organization, Music For Life Institute) gives impoverished African kids ages 7 to 12 a chance to get an education and, ultimately, give back to their community. Nearly 30 years later, the choir has launched 40 North American tours, released several albums, performed everywhere from London’s Royal Albert Hall to American Idol, and worked with icons ranging from Sir Paul McCartney and Mariah Carey to Josh Groban. More importantly, it has helped thousands of kids from troubled countries like Uganda,
Rwanda and Sudan to live healthy, happy productive lives. One of those children, Dororthy Nabwami (who toured with the choir in 1997), is now a 27-year-old who will be chaperoning the ACC for their performances in Atlanta. Nabwami was gracious enough to answer a few questions about her native Uganda, how the choir changed her life, and why she put her career in social work on hold to be a chaperone.
Can you start off by telling me a little about your childhood, including where you grew up in Uganda and what your childhood there was like before you joined the African Children’s Choir? I am the youngest of 10 children. We all grew up in a small two-room house in a district called Luwero, where the civil war of Idi Amin took place. My father left my mum when I was five years old, so my mum had to look for food to feed the whole family. I was not able to go to school sometimes, because my mum did not have the money to take me. When I was 9 years old, Music For Life came to our local church where I was attending. I was so lucky to be among those children who were selected to join the 12th African Children’s Choir. There and then, I knew I would never go hungry again, and that my education was going to be looked after by the choir. Joseph Kony has obviously been in the
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international news more than ever in the past year. Can you talk about the impact the Lord’s Resistance Army has had on Uganda, and specifically on your life and that of some of the kids currently in the choir? The LRA’s impact is more on the people from the northern part of Uganda where the war is. Most of the children from that region have lost their parents. Some children have been forced to become child soldiers. The children I am traveling with are all from the central part of Uganda, so they have not been affected by that war themselves. But, in previous choirs, we had children from the northern part who lost both or one of their parents because of the war.
What can you tell me about the Music For Life Institute, and specifically its initiatives in Uganda? The Makerere Choir Training Academy is where the choirs train before they come on the road to start touring. It provides shelter for the children while they are in training. The African Children’s Choir Primary School is where the children who have been on the road go for their primary school. It’s a boarding school, with very nice teachers and caretakers who look after the children. Music for Life Centers are in many of the local schools. Through this, children are fed, taught about the Bible, taught music and dance, and provided with scholastic materials.
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Why did you decide to return to I don’t know much about the the choir now, at the age of 27, traditional music of Uganda. as a chaperone? What can you tell me about Because I wanted to give back your culture and the musical FREE to the organization. There was traditions you grew up with? no other way to thank them for We have many different Wieuca Rd. all that was done for me. kinds of songs. We have Baptist Church the fork songs, which are Sept 1 at 11am What has been the most in a different language rewarding aspect of touring depending on the region of Roswell United with the children who are in the country they originated Methodist Church the choir now? Do you have in. We also have songs that Sept 3 at 6:30pm any favorite memories or we sing with traditional experiences you can share? dances, which we normally It is so nice seeing my children with smiles do at weddings or other kinds of parties. on their faces because of the excitement in the Personally, I grew up dancing what we call the hope of a bright future every new day. It’s also Maganda dance. This is a common dance in amazing watching them grow and discovering Uganda, danced by the Baganda tribe of the themselves. The children recently sang at a central part of Uganda. MAC Cosmetics event in Miami, Florida. They How has the African Children’s Choir changed were able to go to the beach for the first time, which was so exciting for them. your life? I am what I am today because of the choir. Uganda has obviously seen a lot of hardship If it wasn’t for the choir, my life would have over the last 30 years. What is your hope for taken a different path. When I traveled in the the future of your country? choir, it opened my eyes. I knew I could live I have hope that one day Uganda will be a a different life. I learned English, which is the better place. Many of the children who were in most important language for someone to know back home. I was exposed to the Western the choir, and are young adults now, are starting life, learning how things are done in America, to bring positive change back home to their which I admired so much. It encouraged communities, which is really promising for the me to work hard in school so that one day I future of Uganda. could change my community in Uganda. After the tour, I went back home, and the For people who want to help the African choir made sure that I could go to school, and Children’s Choir/Music For Life in its mission, afford a college education. I went to Makerere how can they get involved? University, the best university in Uganda, and They can get involved by sponsoring a one of the best in all of Africa. I got a degree in child on a monthly basis, becoming a friend social work, all paid for by the choir. When I of the choir to ensure its continued success, was on tour, we were able to perform with BeBe or becoming a chaperone. We also always and Ce Ce Winans and Ron Kenoly. We also need volunteers. For more information, went to Disney World, which I will never forget. I can also refer them to our website, which is africanchildrenschoir.com.
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Choir Boy kicks off the 10th Anniversary season of the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition. It is written by Tarell Alvin McCraney, winner in 2008 for his play In The Red and Brown Water. Choir Boy is a stunning new play with moving gospel music. It tells the story of Pharus, a young gay man struggling through his final year of high school at a prestigious boarding school for African American men. He is the target of bullying and teasing from his peers, but also earns the admiration and respect of fellow members of the school’s celebrated choir. Gospel music is a tradition as old as the school itself, and that tradition is embodied in its vaunted choir. Pharus’s confidence, charisma, clarity of purpose, and talent hide the struggle he endures at school. The choir is where Pharus can stand out and be different without fear – because he’s the best. Choir Boy is co-produced by the Manhattan Theatre Club in New York, where it opened earlier this month to outstanding reviews.
September 26 - 29 The Fox Theatre
A unique combination of percussion, movement and visual comedy, Stomp has created its own inimitable, contemporary form of rhythmic expression. Both household and industrial objects find new life as musical instruments in the hands of an idiosyncratic band of body percussionists. It is a journey through sound, a celebration of the everyday and a comic interplay of characters wordlessly communicating through dance and drum. Synchronized stiff-bristle brooms become a sweeping orchestra, eight Zippo lighters flip open and closed to create a fiery fugue; wooden poles thump and clack in a rhythmic explosion. Stomp uses everything but conventional percussion instruments - dustbins, tea chests, radiator hoses, boots, hub caps to fill the stage with a compelling and unique act that is often imitated but never duplicated. It is safe to say you will never again look at supermarket carts or plumbing fixtures the same way. Over the years Stomp has continued to change by creating new material which is evident in this show.
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With New Numbers, but the Same Beat! BY MARCI MILLER
ROM ITS BEGINNINGS AS A street performance in the UK, STOMP has grown into an international sensation over the past 20 years, having performed in more than 50 countries and in front of more than 24 million people. Created by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas in 1991, STOMP continues its phenomenal run with four global productions: the ongoing sell-out production at New York’s Orpheum Theatre, a permanent London company, and North American and European tours. We recently had the chance to speak with John Angeles, one of STOMP’s veteran performers. Throughout college and thereafter, John has performed with various percussion groups, bands, and has toured the world doing performances and clinics. He first joined the cast of STOMP six years ago as part of their touring company and has spent the last two years performing the show in New York City. We asked John to tell us about some of the new additions to the show and why it remains so popular after all these years.
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Who does comes up with all the amazing routines that you perform? The two original creators of the show, Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas are the ones that come up with everything. But there is room for improv. They say it’s about 75% written and 25% improv. Anytime someone is doing a solo, they get to write that themselves. You are allowed to have so much creativity in what you do and the freedom of movement. They want you to move naturally, how you would normally move. What’s your favorite performance in the show? There is a piece in the show called “Suspension” and that’s when I’m hanging on the wall and we’re swinging hitting these pots and pans and buckets. As a drummer, that’s my favorite thing to do. I don’t have to look at the audience; I don’t have to be nervous. We’re just swinging on the wall and just playing. I don’t have to worry about anything. I’m sitting in my harness. I just sit there and play.
How did you get involved with STOMP? What is your background? My background is drumming. Everyone’s background is something different. I have been playing the drums for 23 years. I auditioned for the show and it was very intimidating because everyone Why has STOMP remained so September 26–29 could move so well. And there popular after all these years? Various Times are people that have been hired There is no talking in the that don’t have either dancing or Fox Theatre show. There are no words. A lot drumming background, they just of our music, the rhythms, the foxtheatre.org have the right vibe or the right patterns derive from genres of fit. There are all these different music from all over the world. props and you have to learn how So whenever we are on the to play them differently. It was annoying at first, tour in different countries, people already felt trying to figure out how to make myself fit in specific attachments to the show. In New York this company but now I fit in it and love it and we get so many tours coming through and you can’t imagine doing anything else. see it there too. There is Japanese influence in the numbers that we do; there is a lot of Is there anything new about this particular Latin American influence in the music that we version of the show? do, South African. So you see all this culture Specifically there are two new numbers that coming together on the instruments that make have been added. One is called “Frogs” and no sense and then there is beautiful movement the other one is called “Trolleys.” A trolley is and a lot of humor in the show. There is no what they call shopping carts at the grocery age limit, it works for all age groups. You have store in the U.K. and that piece is kind of like little kids thinking it’s the greatest thing they’ve a dance. It’s really kind of cool how it works. ever seen, and the parents say, “Oh my god, I We’ll slide across the stage propping ourselves can’t believe how much my kids loved it, we up on the shopping cart and we’ll pass them loved it too!” Grandparents on up. I think the around and we have props inside the trolleys as reason it is so successful is because it’s perfectly well. It’s a really beautiful piece to watch. The written for every type of person. Everyone can music is something different than what we’ve get something out of it. And we use everyday played before. So it’s really fun for us to learn it objects, stuff you probably have in your own because its something new and different from kitchen . When you walk in and see the set you we play musically as well as the props we use. already feel a connection But learning to spin and twirl a shopping cart is hard. Are you excited to be back in Atlanta? I’ve been at the Fox theatre in Atlanta two Tell us about “Frogs”… times. It’s one of my favorite theatres. In fact, For Frogs, we use accordion tubing like one of our guys loves that theatre so much he dryers or types of shearing and when you pull got the marquee of the Fox theatre tattooed on them apart, they look like an accordion and his thigh!
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Angela Bassett & Kathy Bates On American Horror Story’s 3rd Season BY ALEX S. MORRISON
N CASE YOU HAVEN’T NOTICED, FX has risen in recent years to rival AMC among cable’s hottest networks. From the retro-futuristic animated comedy Archer and ‘80s-set spy saga The Americans to gritty motorcycle gang drama Sons of Anarchy, their original series have developed fan bases just as rabid as those for Mad Men and The Walking Dead. But American Horror Story, which was created by Executive Producer Ryan Murphy (Nip/Tuck, Glee), may just be the network’s most original show to date. Tapping into TV’s current obsession with horror and serial killers (see: Dexter, Hannibal, The Killing), American Horror Story is unique because the story, the setting, and even the cast changes from season to season (although the legendary Jessica Lange has been a singular constant presence). The show’s third season switches between modern times and 1830s New Orleans, with big screen icons Angela Bassett and Kathy Bates joining the cast as notorious voodoo practitioner Marie Laveau and serial killer Madame LaLaurie, respectively. The story follows a coven witches that relocated to NOLA from Salem, Massachusetts just before the famous witch trials, and is sure to feature plenty of the psychological terror, supernatural horror, and edge-of-your-seat suspense for which the show is known. Bassett and Bates discuss what convinced them to return to TV, what attracted them to their characters, and what it’s like to work on a critically acclaimed show with so much major star power.
How influential was Jessica Lange’s run with this series on your decision to join the cast? ANGELA BASSETT: It was a tremendous influence for me. I’m a big fan of her work. She’s incredible. Watching the first two seasons– the work of all the actors, in addition to Jessica– you could tell it was just an actor’s dream. KATHY BATES: Same here. Seeing Sarah Paulson’s work last season, you just get like a little kid. You just want to play, too.
What can each of you tell us about your characters this season? BASSETT: Well, I play Marie Laveau. It’s been interesting, being in New Orleans, because there’s such a regard and respect for who she was. She lived to be about 80 years old, and she was a very influential person in the city. My character is based loosely on her. BATES: My Southern accent has come roaring back. Now that that cat is out of the bag, one of the things I enjoyed reading about Madame LaLaurie is that my great-greatgrandfather came from Dublin to New Orleans in the 1830s, and he became the personal physician to Andrew Jackson. I read in the book on LaLaurie that his plantation was right next door to theirs. So I was very curious to know whether my grandfather ever met her, because I think he would have been there just before she left. I thought that was interesting. Angela, did you do any research into Marie Laveau’s life? How close is this incarnation to the real woman?
BASSETT: I read a fictional novel by Tallant, called The Voodoo Queen. I’ve read two books about her- one that’s more historical and one that’s [a fictionalized version of] her life, but put into novel form. It’s just very interesting. We’ve been filming in the French Quarter. But I don’t know exactly where [the story] is going, so I’m remaining open and just picking up little things. Her father was French Creole, and he gave her gold earrings. Spain occupied Louisiana longer than the French did. I’m also talking to folks from there and just getting a take on how they see her, or what they feel about her, to get a sense of who she was and her power in the 1800s, as this black Creole woman. Kathy, your last TV series experience, with Harry’s Law, had its ups and downs. What did it take to make you want to do a series again? BATES: I don’t want to give [NBC] any airtime. They kicked us to the curb and they’re getting what they deserve. On a positive note, I went out for a drink with my friend, Jessica Lange, after seeing the first season of American Horror Story. I said, “You’ve got to get me on that show” but I thought it would be maybe for a couple of episodes. Angela, what convinced you to return to TV again? Was it just this show and this role in particular, or were you actively looking? BASSETT: This was just perfect. I got a call to come in and meet Ryan. I watched every single episode. But, to hear him talk about it, knowing who would be joining the cast, and
knowing that it would be shot in New Orleans, which is one of my favorite cities– for the music, the food, the character and their love of death… People from different strata live within 10 to 15 minutes of each other, so it’s just very unique. There is such a history in that town, with free people of color, slaves, whites and Haitians. How is it to be able to work with such a group of people, at this level of talent? BATES: It really raises your game. It’s something almost unconscious. When you get out there [on set], you know who you’re going to be with, even if you’re not in the same scene with somebody, and you just want to bring your triple-A game and work at the highest level that you can. You want to push yourself. We have a wonderful director, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon who’s got such an amazing eye. He likes high, wide shots. He really has that artist’s eye to create a painting. I can’t wait to see it!
Creator Kurt Sutter & Star Charlie Hunnam of Sons of Anarchy BY ALEX S. MORRISON
HE FIRST TIME WE MET CHARLIE Hunnam in 2002, he was a fresh-faced 22-year-old making his Hollywood film debut opposite Katie Holmes in the mediocre thriller Abandon. There was nothing about his performance in that film (or in period films like Nicholas Nickleby and Cold Mountain) to suggest the sort of alpha male tour-de-force the Newcastle native ultimately delivered in his role as Jax Teller on the FX motorcycle drama Sons Of Anarchy. When the hit series returns on September 10th, Jax continues to balance the muscular brutality of his position as President of the SAMCRO motorcycle gang with his desire to be a loving husband and father. But, in a world where seemingly everyone is against him– from law enforcement and rival gangs to SAMCRO’s Irish affiliations and even his own family– the odds on Jax avoiding karmic retribution for his crimes seem slim at best.
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Hunnam and creator/executive producer/ writer Kurt Sutter recently gave a press conference at the TCA Press Tour to talk about the moral turning point represented by the show’s sixth season, whether season 7 will truly be its last, and how Sons Of Anarchy turned their respective careers around. WARNING: Major spoilers ahead!!!
The implication seems pretty clear, in the premiere episode, that SAMCRO sold the gun that’s used in the school shooting. How much of an impact will that have on this season? KURT SUTTER: I’ve wanted to do that story for three years. Thematically, it’s the right fit, because we have a lead character whose a father trying to figure out if he can raise his sons and avoid this kind of violence. That will continue to play out. There’s a lot of blood and guts in my show. It’s a signature of the show, but nothing is done gratuitously. The events that happen in the premiere are really the catalyst for the third act of this morality play that we’re doing. Have we reached a moral turning point in the show, where it’s clear that you can’t run a porn business and a gun-running business without there being consequences? SUTTER: Absolutely! I think it’s really the conflict that has fueled the entire series, and especially Jax. “Can I really follow this path, and still be a caring husband, and a good and loving father? Can I have all that and still be the leader of a criminal enterprise?” I think we’re on that trajectory, going into Season 6, where we have to
decide if the answer is yes or no.
How mapped out is this season, episode by episode? Are you certain that the end of Season 7 is the end the show? SUTTER: I have a loose structure that I go into every season with for the big mile markers. I have a sense of where I want to begin and end, and I have a great team of writers. Chris Collins runs my room, and has done an extraordinary job of hanging the meat on all those skeletons I come in with. What I’ve learned over time is that the looser I hold onto those ideas, the better the seasons are. That’s why I don’t like to get too far ahead, in terms of production and writing. My sense is that I’ll come into the final season with a sense of where I want it to end. If at some point I go to the studio and say, “I need three more episodes to close out the series,” I’m sure they’ll figure out a way to do it. Clearly, I’m having trouble fitting it in each episode right now, as you’ll see this season. Every episode continues to be super-sized– mostly either 15 minutes or a half-hour longer. As our characters get developed, our stories get thicker and our relationships get more complicated, these episodes just take longer and longer to unfold. Do you know what the final shot of the series is going to be? SUTTER: I have a sense of what it is, but I hold onto it loosely. I need that marker to go towards, and then I’ll be led to the right place. Charlie, what’s it like to play a character with
such conflicted emotions? HUNNAM: It’s a dream come true to be given a character like this. Kurt’s script came along and it just blew me away. I grew up in an area where, if a man wanted to escape the workingclass struggle of making just enough money and being slammed by the man all the time, they had to go out and take some risks. There were always consequences, but it didn’t make them bad men. My father took a lot of risks in his life and paid the consequences, and it corrupted the relationship he had with his family. So these were dynamics that I understood, and I felt really excited about having the opportunity to understand them more deeply through playing them myself. SUTTER: I was doing an awful draft of one of the Punisher movies, and the woman who had directed Green Street Hooligans was directing it. It was during the draft phase of Sons, and I watched Green Street because of the director. I saw Charlie in that, and I immediately wanted Charlie for Jax. I didn’t know who he was, or if he was available. He was living in Los Angeles, but he came in and nailed the role. It was just one of those things where I feel like there was a certain amount of fate and destiny with this connection. We’ve really created this character together, to a large degree. I’ve not had that experience with any other actor, other than my wife (Katey Sagal), with Gemma. So it’s been this really great journey for both of us. because we were both taking this risk, not knowing if anything was going to work, and going, “All right, let’s fucking see what happens.”
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NE OF THE MOST RECOGNIZABLE of the modern wave of supermodels, Heidi Klum has graced the cover of every major magazine and her forays into business, fashion, and acting have gained her a legion of fans. As an ultra-successful model, the Germanborn beauty is perhaps best known for her Sports Illustrated appearances and various high-profile photo shoots across the world. As an international television host, Klum is usually seen in glitzy settings, most recently as the star of the fashion reality tutorial series Project Runway and guesting amid the talent cavalcade of hopefuls on NBC’s popular showcase America’s Got Talent. Klum sat down with INsite to speak about her role on America’s Got Talent, her specific views of fashion and image and how it all works together to form her own personal style. Every week you look fabulous on the show. How do you manage to make it seem so effortless and natural? I always try to change up my look. I have a fantastic stylist and I am definitely someone who plans ahead. I plan my outfits and I do long days of fittings. Once I have the outfit, then I work with my hair and makeup team. So it’s really about having a great team. They make it all work for me, because I surely do not walk in the door looking like this when I come in the morning. As a newcomer to the show, what did you expect going into it, and can you describe your first episode and how you felt? It was better than expected. Being there for the first time you just really see how grueling it is for the talent. There are thousands of people that line up outside and they wait all day. At the end, there’s only a certain amount of talent that then actually gets viewed by the audience at home. It is really so hard for these contestants who want to be on America’s Got Talent to actually be seen on TV. We saw sometimes up to 40, 45 acts in one day, and most of them will get cut out. Are there any particular acts that you’re keeping mental track of for another chance that have already been eliminated? Well, of the 12 acts every week, I do definitely have my favorites. Entertainment is entertainment and it’s good, as long as it keeps my attention. It can be as diverse as watching a ballet dancer, or watching somebody with a bunch of TVs on stage making mad, crazy patterns. It all really depends - is it entertaining? That is my #1 thing. How have your experiences as a supermodel and judging talent on Project Runway helped you become a great judge for America’s Got Talent? I feel like that life has prepared me to judge, from just traveling around the world for the last 20 years, being in the entertainment business and seeing amazing stars perform. You get to see who’s kinda the real deal and who is not. Some will just do things that blow you away, and then there are others that don’t. For me, it’s not so much that I’ve learned from Project Runway or from Germany’s Next Top Model, because it’s very different. This is more about singing and circus acts and juggling and danger acts, so more in the sense that these are acts that I’ve seen along my travels going to theater performances and whatnot all over the world. What kind of differences do you see in doing judging in America – whether it’s audience
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Do you have any sort of parting advice for the participants, as far as their future plans and long-term goals? You just have to keep working. It’s up to you at the end of the day. You make your own destiny. Ultimately it’s definitely up to you to keep it all going and continue to put yourself out there, be professional and just do it. America’s Got Talent airs Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 9pm on NBC. insiteatlanta.com • September 2013 • PG 11
BROTHERS AND SISTERS, IT’S THE LAID BACK GREGG ALLMAN
The Legendary Founder of the Allman Brothers Stays True to His Southern-Rock Roots BY LEE VALENTINE SMITH
ELEBRATING THE 40TH anniversary of the Allman Brothers’ landmark album Brothers And Sisters, Gregg Allman and his extended family band are on the road again this summer. The busy, 65-year-old musician has a full plate these days. The paperback edition of his recent autobiography My Cross To Bear hit the stands earlier this year, and the popular book is currently in pre-production as a theatrical film. Insite caught up with Allman at his home near Savannah as he prepared for a series of summer performances with the Allman Brothers and a major solo tour, currently scheduled for early Fall. He was, as expected, good-humored, easy-going and eager to talk about his healthy lifestyle. You’ve been a Georgia resident for a long time now. Yeah, I’ve been here since ’99.
there. That’s why people have stage freight, because they don’t think they’re gonna be good enough.
At what point in the show does it go away? After about four bars of music. Since this is the anniversary of Brothers And Sisters, will the summer shows feature most of the tracks from that album? Oh yeah, we’ll be playing all of ‘em. Did you work on the recent reissue project? It was something [the record label] wanted to do, so I looked at the mix and all. We went back and remastered it. What did you learn about the album in the process? It was very nostalgic and heartwarming because I heard [engineer-producer] Tom Dowd’s voice a lot. That was very nice.
What about the Richmond Hill/Savannah are lured you to stay? Well, I tell ya. I’ve moved from Nashville to Daytona Beach. But I came here a long time ago, before I-75 or 85 or even 81 had been That album anchored such a great period built. This was 1959, and I was nine years for music. old. The same year I started Yes it was. 1973. Yeah. playin’ music. So my way led us through this town called What one thing stands out the Savannah. And I remember most from that busy, creative going down the street and the time? oak trees were lined up on Well, that was the year I either side of the road. They wrote a song for the Brothers were lined up like a tube. I September 2 and Sisters record. It took me thought, ‘What a beautiful 7:30pm a year and a half, and it was place. One day I’ll come back called “Queen Of Hearts.” I Verizon Wireless here.’ took it to the band. But for the Amphitheater at first time, they turned it down. Encore Park But you had to put in some time on the West Coast for How did you react to that? VZWAMP.COM a while. Pissed me off! And it was the Yeah. I lived in Marin best thing they could have ever Country, San Francisco, about done. I got on the first thing smokin’ and went 11 years and it was such a hassle. You got a to Miami and started recording the album freeway with seven lanes on each side. You called Laid Back. My first solo record, and it’s have to pack your bike up in the trailer, and now platinum. ride all the way to Sonoma. Ok, so you unpack your bike, get on it, ride around the wine So that initial rejection pushed you to do country, which is a beautiful, beautiful ride. more of your own thing. But at the end of the day, your tired ass has I’m really glad it did because I’ve really to load the bike back up in the damn trailer. I gotten into it now. Matter of fact, I’m writing was thinkin’, ‘This is just too much like work, for two different new solo records. man. I’m gonna go back down South, where I can get some grits and collard greens and Your most recent album [2011’s Low Country go back to where I belong. I think I’m goin’ to Blues] was a great return to your early roots. Savannah!’ So here I am. What will the new ones sound like? One of them will be a continuation of that. And you have a little time off before this tour And the other one’s been on the top of my with the Brothers. bucket list for a long time, and it will probably Yeah, and I’m headin’ for the Bahamas. take a bit longer. I’ve always wanted to do a record, simply titled “All Compositions By.” What can we expect once the tour begins? I’ve always wanted to do it. It’s something How do you keep it fresh from year to year? Dylan’s done all his life but I’m not that It’s the next tour, and they always get better prolific. No covers, just my songs. and better. You have to better your last thing, you know? Like someone once said, you’re Your autobiography is getting the movie only as good as your last record, your last treatment. performance. I mean, I’ve never really liked Yeah, and it’s being cast as we speak. the word ‘audition,’ but let’s face it, you have to prove yourself every time you get up Who do you think should play
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ATLANTA PEOPLE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN SUCH A GRACIOUS CROWD, JUST GOOD OL’ SOUTHERN PEOPLE.
But you are way past the stage freight part of your career. I have it every night! Every single night. A lot of guys, most of ‘em, have it, but very few of ‘em admit it.
Gregg Allman? I haven’t the foggiest, man. Whoever can do it right. They’ll have to be able to sing and play, because we won’t have no lip-syncing. How do you feel about your life coming to the screen? Scared to death! (laughs) Well, how would you feel if your life was there, and somebody else was gonna portray it, and show the whole world how you’ve lived your life? Wouldn’t you be a little edgy about that? I want ‘em to walk out of the theater, goin’ ‘That was a bad motherfucker, or a righteous dude, a kind dude, a talented dude.’ I don’t want ‘em walkiin’ out, thinkin’ I’m some kinda dork, you know? So it’s a lot of mixed emotions. Were you surprised they wanted to make a film of the book? Obviously it was a pretty successful publication. I was surprised they wanted to make a damn book out of it! So I’m really surprised about all of this stuff. At one time, I was thinking it was going a little too fast for me, but I’m in as executive producer, so I have full rights to x anything. It was the only way I could do it, really. Will you be there for the casting sessions? I was supposed to be, but I’ve been called away this week. I’ve got to go to the Mayo and get my liver checked. How’s everything going with that? So far, so good. It’s perfect. My cholesterol is perfect, and all my numbers are good. They’re really thorough there. I had cancer and they wanted to make sure it didn’t spread. So I have to go for these MRIs and CAT Scans all the time. How do you stay healthy on tour? As we both know, the road offers a lot of temptations for an unhealthy lifestyle. Life has become so precious to me, man. I’m very careful about anything that I consume, which is very difficult on the road. You find yourself going a little hungry every now
and then. But it’s better than that processed bullshit. I take my own Vitamix on the road and sometimes you just have to drink your dinner. It’s the only way I can consume things like beets. They are so good for you but I tell ya, I can’t get ‘em past my back teeth. But you can disguise them, you can throw a bunch of bananas in there and make a big ol’ smoothie. I got this thing, it was a gift from a fan, it’s about a five hundred dollar affair called The Vitamix. It’s like an industrial strength mixer. I mean, this sumbitch will grind up a Coke bottle! You can put anything in there. Any damn thing. You throw some food in there, disguise it and slug it down, man. God, it makes you feel so good. Do you drink that just before the show, or earlier? I eat a big breakfast, not much throughout the day and then after we play I eat a substantial meal. But I try not to overeat. We’ve gotten our riders down to a science. We have it where they deliver so much fresh fruit, so much fresh vegetables, for the Vitamix thing, in case all that’s left is Toxic Hell, I mean, Taco Bell or McDonald’s. They need to put a law on that shit and just destroy it. People would live a lot longer if they did. Whew, and the kids! The fat kids. It’s ridiculous. Somebody, somewhere, somehow needs to get a fucking clue. You could lead that charge. People would listen to you. (Laughs) Man, I got fish to fry! I got musical things to do, I can’t be politicking. What goes through your mind at an Atlanta show? Is there a different mindset when it comes to the Georgia fans? I always think of back in the Piedmont Park days. We didn’t make any money, but we had so much fun and learned so much. It was such an experience. Atlanta people have always been such a gracious crowd, just good ol’ Southern people.
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I happened to watch Adore and Sharknado the same week. Adore has infinitely better acting and production values, but their screenplays are equally incredible. The premise is titillating – two longtime besties have affairs with each other’s sons – but stretched over two hours it becomes laughable. Lil (Naomi Watts) and Roz (Robin Wright) are entering cougarhood as their respective sons, hot surfers Ian (Xavier Samuel) and Tom (James Frecheville), reach manhood. Lil is widowed and Roz’s husband conveniently moves to Sydney. Ian hits on Roz first. By B. When Love Tom finds out and tells Lil, they may try it for revenge but they quickly become s one of AmericA’s most serious. My first big laugh came when the successful and high profile businessmothers,men, in a 30-second heart-to-heart, decide Donald trump was well known there’s nothing wrong with what they’re doing. long before survivor producer mark Burnett No snakes enter their Eden for a couple tapped him to star in the Apprentice. But of years, no during whichthat time rest ofshow their small there’s denying thethe reality town either doesn’t know or doesn’t care. We turned trump from a cartoonish curiosity were better off with flying sharks. into a bona fide phenomenon, with his signaWarren ture catchphrase– “You’re fired!”––Steve inextrica-
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AFTERNOON Although theDELIGHT Apprentice(R) initially floun dered a bit in the ratings, Burnett and trump Here’s estrogen-challenged me bytrying stumbled upon a winning formula recruit-to appreciate Jill Soloway’s femme-centric ing second- and third-tier actors, athletes, tale of a bored, pampered models and musicians for Silverlake a celebrityhousewife edition (Kathryn Hahn) who tries “help” a young of the show. now in its thirdtoincarnation, stripper (JunoApprentice Temple) by moving her into the celebrity tosses disparate her such homeasand passing off to her friends stars rocker Brether michaels, wrestler as a live-in nanny.legend TheDarryl language had me Goldberg, baseball strawberry, anticipating a “Women can be asand raunchy former governor ron Blagojevich sharonas men” comedy; thenforthe womenofbonded osbourne together a variety team- and Hahn’s sex life withand herchallenges husband (Josh Radnor) building exercises designed to improved, and it seemed test their business mettle. like a cross-cultural as real people, making you appreciate scripted “the Donald, the crazy-coiffed buddy comedy” as where everyone’s lifereal changes What are your favorite challenges to watch movies, even those with bad scripts. estate magnate often known, for the better. ifAbout the timerecently things held take a the celebrities tackle? –Steve Warren court with reporters discuss the show’s darker turn in Act to Three I realized I hadn’t Well, we do have a lot of different challengcurrent actuallyseason. laughed in the first hour or so, so it’s es, whether we go back to the selling of the ELYSIUM or(R) not a comedy. 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With Joan [rivers] andlayers with than Piersan [morgan], room after a little hiatus? –Steve Warren it was really nasty people really hating each i just get a(PG-13) great kick out of it. i really like GETAWAY other. these people hate each other, but it’s it a lot. they want to renew it for another BAGGAGE CLAIM (PG-13) also funny. i think that might be the biggest two or Hawke three seasons, we’re thinking Ethan is Brent and Magna, a former racecar differentiation in terms of the three casts. about that. i like having a little bit of a wife breakis driver and reformed criminal whose There’s a part in this safe-but-satisfying rombetween shows, where it goes on once a year. kidnapped from their house in Bulgaria. 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Strap amazing in the world of television. –Kalena Smith That “You’re that fired, ” became a pop in for line, an obsession will knock you off culyour There’s been lots of news surrounding NBC ture you talk about the KICK-ASS 2 (R) feet. phenomenon. This film is anCan all-around crowd-pleaser, lately, and your show does well for them. origin of it?expectations and making you exceeding What you think NBC(Wanted) needs to brings do to get it turned out toand be yearn a goodfor phrase, it Writer Mark Millar us back the laugh, cry, snort more.but Writing, in the ratings game? was a fluke. the Bell veryplays first show i was second installment in the story of a teenage boy directing andDuring starring, a voiceover Well, i know Jeff Gaspin (chairman ofbuzz nBc aactress little exasperated with one ofinthe decides to become a superhero. The climbing the ladder anconindustry who Universal television entertainment) and, as testants andbyi used line, “You’re fired!” surrounding Dave Lizewski’s news coverage dominated malesthe (including her legendary youlured know,dozens he’s new to the into role.following i think he’s When mark Burnettremain and i agreed of others suit. father, [producer] who believes it should male- has going to do aHit spectacular nBc.fighting they to do the show have that. We story His sidekick, Girl, has job leftatcrime dominated). It’swea didn’t genuinely heartfelt need more the Apprentice. not thought we’d say, hell out of here” or behind in anshows attemptlike to be a normal high school about people you“Get can the believe actually exist. necessarily from a reality standpoint, but something. And all of a sudden America went It’s a quirky love story, a subtle but deliberate kid. When former hero Red Mist decides to they need capture the imaginacrazy overand thean show. it happens to be theshows area’s that first super-villain and amass comedy, overall uplifting talea great about become tion. catchphrase. Guide orPersonally, one of the major army to hunt and kill Kick-Ass, the city’s chasing yourtVdreams. it’s my an frankly, shows are on should entertainment a poll and, after heroes bandcertain together for athat massive showdown. favorite movie magazines of the year.did Don’t be surprised be changed because, while they get some “Here’s Johnny!” and one other great, it was when it’s listed on the Oscar Ballot, perhaps in This is a fun, fast-paced movie, but don’t be pretty by good they don’t get people #3 on thecategories. top 100 phrases in television hisfooled thereviews, comic book style into thinking multiple watching. tory! so that was a pretty big honor. it’s been it’s nice to get both. We’ve hadtons that it’s for kids: It earns its R rating with Jennifer Smith Williams an amazing thing and an amazing phrase that of emmy nominations lot of goodviolence. acswearing, nudity, and anda pervasive just seems to work. it really caught on, and colades passed our way, and that’s always JOBS (PG-13) Fans of the original will not be disappointed, it’s been an amazing thing to watch. nice. But ultimately have to have peopleis but newcomers shouldyou steel themselves. This watch. nBc is going to really do well. i know Apple mastermind Steve Jobs was a technology NOT Spider-Man! What do you think is your biggest accomtheir leadership and i think they’re winners, legend. Sadly, this biopic of one of the greatest –Justin Patterson plishment, your business success or the
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A SOARING SUCCESS
Talking comedy at 30,000 feet with Paula Patton and the cast of Baggage Claim BY DEMARCO WILLIAMS
ILEY CYRUS CAN’T EVEN get Paula Patton off the high she’s currently on. Though the tonguewaggin’ 20-year-old was grindin’ all up and down on Paula’s husband, R&B titan Robin Thicke, during the MTV Video Music Awards last month, Patton is in such a good space right now that Cyrus’ antics would have to be twice as raunchy to get her attention. Paula’s on the eve of her first true leading role as Montana Moore, the hopelessly romantic leading lady in Baggage Claim (Sept. 27), a film based on director David E. Talbert’s best-selling 2003 book of the same name. And while the romantic comedy centering around the airline industry doesn’t venture into any new cinematic territory, the flick is undeniably cute. We recently had a chance to sit down with Patton and the colorful cast —Taye Diggs, Derek Luke and Jill Scott, oh my— to talk about everything from finding work to finding love. Thankfully though, “twerking” never comes up in the conversation. Tell me about bringing this project to the screen. David E. Talbert: Well, I’ve been in love with a beautiful woman for 15 years. I don’t just write from fantasy. Fortunately, it’s been a reality and that’s a beautiful thing. I wrote the book in 2003. Zola Mashariki is a senior exec over the project over at [Fox] Searchlight. She was at the first book signing and she said,
LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER (PG-13)
As if it weren’t dramatic enough, the history of the U.S. civil rights movement is given a dramatic context to put it on a relatable, personal level. The fictional story is based on a true one about a man who served as a White House butler under seven presidents, from Eisenhower through Reagan. Forest Whitaker is predictably perfect as Cecil Gaines, but Oprah Winfrey is a surprising revelation in the more complex role of his wife. While Cecil, who picked cotton as a boy, maintains a conservative, apolitical exterior, his older son (David Oyelowo) becomes a Freedom Rider and later a Black Panther. A parade of star cameos is an amiable distraction. If this is the only way to bring history to the masses, be grateful Lee Daniels has done it as well as he has. –Steve Warren
THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES (PG-13)
You might be fooled by a cast that includes Lena Headey (Game of Thrones), Jared Harris (Mad Men) and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers (The Tudors) into thinking this an arty, more adult-friendly take on the teen-oriented supernatural thriller. Instead, it’s like the worst elements of Harry Potter, Twilight and Percy Jackson all mashed up in a blender of bad. The story centers on Clary Fray (Lily Collins), a rebellious teen who learns, after her mother (Headey) disappears, that she descends from a long line of warriors who protect our world from demons. She joins forces with a small group of similarly comely super-teens to do battle in an “alternate” New York City called Downworld, and the plot only gets more presposterous from there. The script is laughably bad, the story borrows liberally from other fantasy touchstones, and even the
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“David Talbert, I like this book. We gotta make it into a movie.” That was in 2003. Then, I had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Patton. She came when I finished shooting First Sunday. She said she wanted to do [Baggage Claim]. She said she was coming to the office. Everybody in the office was like, “Oh my God! Paula Patton is coming to the office.” The dudes, the girls, everybody wanted to see Paula Patton. She came and she was so bubbly. And I said, “This is Montana Moore.” That was ’08. That’s how long these things take. But when Paula said she wanted to do it, that’s when everybody [got on board]. She was the magnet. [Actors were saying,] “Sign me up!” Montana Moore is my favorite character I’ve ever created. She’s a mix of Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston and Julia Roberts all mixed into one. I thank God that we were able to [do this movie].
keep the original script because I think that’s so precious. It’s always the director’s first real instinct, everything he wanted to tell.
Paula, had you read the book? Patton: I read the screenplay when I was making this film called Just Wright with Queen Latifah. I brought my husband and my best friend in and we read it. We all laughed out loud. I knew I wanted it. It’s a rare thing for a black woman to be the lead in a romantic comedy. And I just love, love romantic comedies. But the movie went away. I had a son and did these other films and then they called me and said, “Baggage Claim is back. They’re gonna make it and David wants you.” I was so thrilled. This has been a labor of love, a complete passion project. I’m just happy to be a part of it. David created that world. I always
And Derek, this is one of your first comedic roles, right? Talbert: Derek has never smiled in a movie before. This is the first movie he has smiled in in his career. Don’t you love Derek Luke’s smile? I told him, “When you smile, it lights up the world.” They’re gonna put it in your contract now that you have to have at least 10 smiles [per movie]. Affion Crockett (plays a TSA operator in the film): He was so mad in Antwone Fisher. [In Fisher’s voice] I’m still here! Derek Luke: First of all, I was sent a different role, one of the other guys. When I read William’s [lines], I just connected ‘cuz I felt his whole thing about commitment. I didn’t really understand it, but as a married man, that’s one of the things that binds you together is commitment. I loved, when I read the script, that William got to kiss Montana. Patton: It’s called “legal cheating.” Luke: Legal cheating…. But I loved what David’s nephew said when I was visiting David in the editing room. And you asked your nephew—what was the question? Talbert: I asked him which one of the guys [in the movie] is your favorite. He said William. And I said, “But he’s this 21-year-old guy. Why William?” [His nephew responded] “Oh, he’s most like me.” Luke: I think I related to William because
excellent supporting cast seems ridiculously out of place. Worst movie I’ve seen this year –Bret Love
MOTHER OF GEORGE (R)
BY BRET LOVE AND JOHN MOORE
Danai Gurira will always be Michonne to Walking Dead fans, but Mother of George proves she’s no one-sword pony. As Adenike, she’s brought over from Nigeria to marry Ayodale (Isaach De Bankolé) in a traditional African wedding in Brooklyn. When her mother-inlaw pledges, “We’ll always be there for you,” it sounds like a blessing but may turn out to be a curse. The pressure on Adenike to bear a son makes what English princesses endure seem like subtle hinting by comparison. Adenike is forced to drink a fertility potion but Ayodale refuses to see a specialist with her. His mother’s proposed solutions suggest the “It takes a village” concept originated in Nigeria. Once the real drama is set in motion director Andrew Dosunmu’s slow pacing becomes a handicap, but this is one of the best-photographed films of the year and the tradition vs. assimilation plot is always timely. –Steve Warren
WE’RE THE MILLERS (R)
The trailer for We’re the Millers is probably the year’s funniest and the movie itself isn’t far behind. The previews don’t leave many surprises but there are a lot of additional laughs as the story goes exactly where you want it to, upholding traditional values within its uberraunchy context. Jason Sudeikis is a small-time drug dealer who assembles a fake family (stripper Jennifer Aniston, virginal geek Will Poulter and teen runaway Emma Roberts) to help him cross the border from Mexico in an RV full of weed. Only Ed Helms strikes a false note as an absurd American druglord who couldn’t possibly function in this milieu. –Steve Warren
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The Sopranos may never be topped as far as TV gangster dramas go, but creator Terence Winter (a writer on The Sopranos) comes close. This season, anti-hero Nucky Thompson is screwed, in love with a showgirl he can’t control and up against a rival (Bobby Cannavale) he can’t stop. The supporting cast– especially Kelly Macdonald, Michael Kenneth Williams, Michael Shannon, and Stephen Root– has never been better, and the stakes for Nucky have never been higher. This was by far the show’s best season, with incredible plot twists and a stunning turn from Cannavale as one of the small screen’s greatest raving sociopath. Bring on season 4!
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Much of the charm of Lena Dunham’s “Millennials in the City” series started to wear off by season two. This show about kids trying to make it in NYC (thanks to handouts from parents) is as much about self-absorption as it is about finding one’s path in life. Much of this season focuses on Dunham’s character, Hannah, publishing an eBook about her life. Starker and sadder, the second season veers into more interesting territory in the last few episodes, when Hannah battles a debilitating OCD flare up, which forces the characters to deal with actual problems rather than self-made ones. With a weak beginning and strong finish,
THIS HAS BEEN A LABOR OF LOVE, A COMPLETE PASSION PROJECT. every day you get to meet [different] people [in this industry]. Men have become my platform. I get to talk to men on every level, from every hood, from every suburb. Men of color and Latin men are very vulnerable, what they think, how they feel. Looking at, and inspiring to be like, the Sidney [Poitiers] and Harry [Belafontes] who left a mark. What they did was controversial. But [being] a man of color, I just always want to sow a good seed on film. When you come from broken homes and broken relationships, and you’ve heard your mom and her girlfriends talk about relationships. My mom groomed me as William, so I had to play him. What’s the craziest thing you’ve done in the name of love? Jill Scott: The only thing I can remember doing is that I caught a flight, and it was pretty far —maybe a good six hours— to apologize. It was big. He said he accepted my apology, but he really didn’t. I thought that was major. (She laughs) I’m busy.
it’ll be interesting to see what the third season brings.
HELL ON WHEELS: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON
This Western drama may not garner the attention of Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead, but the second season shows a series getting more comfortable with itself. Set during the post-Civil War construction of the Transcontinental Railroad, the show centers on Confederate officer-turned-railroad chief Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount), who deals with corrupt politicians, dangerous misfits, and pissed off Native Americans that live in and around the temporary town. The writing and acting are solid (including Common as sheriff and Colm Meaney as former railroad boss), but the impressive scenery takes almost as much credit for helping to make this show so entertaining.
THE OFFICE: SEASON NINE
Say what you will about the inconsistent seasons that came in the wake of Steve Carell’s departure or the doldrums that set in after Jim (John Krasinksi) and Pam (Jenn Fischer) settled down and had kids. But few sitcoms in the history of TV have lasted so long, featured so many colorful characters, or created such a strong bond with their audience as did The Office. Season 9 brings the series to its conclusion by tying up all the loose ends: Will Andy remain or pursue a career in showbiz? Will Jim and Pam move to Philly? Will Dwight EVER move up the corporate ladder? The answers will prove satisfying for longtime fans, with almost all of the show’s beloved characters returning for the emotional finale.
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f you thought the spring was a busy time for festivals in Atlanta, wait until you see INsite's Fall Festival Guide. It is chock full of events happening throughout the metro area. And boy, do we love our festivals!! Stop by any of the ones listed below and you are sure to see packed crowds filled with people of all ages and backgrounds. Many of these festivals have a similar theme: food, music, kid's area, local performers, arts and crafts, vendors and more. Many have free admission or a small admission fee. Check the individual websites for more details.
SEPTEMBER FESTIVALS GREAT ATLANTA BEER FEST SAT. SEPT 7 at 3 - 8pm Turner Field greatatlantabeerfest.com
The Great Atlanta Beer Fest returns to Turner Field on Saturday, September 7th . There will be over 150 beers to sample from across the country. Enjoy live music from The Geeks Band, watch college football on the BIG TV’s, plus fun and games at the Turner Grand Entry Plaza where the event is being held.
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ATLANTA BAR-B-Q FESTIVAL SEPT. 13 & 14 Atlantic Station atlbbqfest.com
The 5th Annual Atlanta BAR-B-Q Festival will be held on Friday, September 13 at 4pm - 10pm and Saturday, September 14 from noon - 8pm. It takes place in Atlantic Station at 20th and Fowler Street. Atlanta’s largest BBQ Cook Off inside the city limits offers more food, live entertainment and activities. With the picturesque Midtown skyline as a backdrop, this 2-day celebration of America’s biggest backyard pastime will showcase the world of BBQ with its many flavors, styles and cooking techniques. More than 50 BBQ teams from across the country will gather to cook up their best “Q”. The Atlanta BAR-B-Q Festival is fun for the whole family with live music, a cooking demo stage, an interactive Kids Area More than 50 BBQ teams from across the country will be on hand.
REYNOLDSTOWN WHEELBARROW FESTIVAL SAT. SEPT 14 wheelbarrowfestival.com
The 18th annual Wheelbarrow Festival
takes place in the heart of Atlanta’s h i s t o r i c R e y n o l d s to w n n e i g h b o rh o o d on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 11a.m - 7p.m. The event is free! Food will be provided from several area vendors and food trucks. Music will be offered on two stages. This year's lineup includes Space Trucks, Frets on Fire, Beverly "Guitar" Watkins, Midnight Revival and more. Before the event they will be holding an exciting 5K race through the historic streets of Reynoldstown and Cabbagetown. Registration is $25 to race.
TASTE OF SMYRNA Sat. SEPT. 14 Downtown Smyrna smyrnacity.com
The Taste of Smyrna is food, fun and music all day long! Nibble and nosh your way around the Village Green on Sat., Sept. 14 from 11:00 a.m. 8:00 p.m. Admission is free and samples can be purchased from $1 up to $4. Plan to sample all Smyrna’s finest restaurants and
listen to acoustic music on the beautiful Village Green and the Market Village. At 7 p.m. there will be a live concert at the City Hall Stage. The kids will have a blast at the Kids Zone on the Quad Bungee, 24’ Rockwall, inflatable slides, bounces, 120’ rollar coaster obstacle course and more!
ATLANTA ARTS FESTIVAL SEPT. 14 & 15 Piedmont Park atlantaartsfestival.com
The Atlanta Arts Festival is a multi-day, outdoor festival with an emphasis on the visual arts. Set in historic Piedmont Park, the event brings together outstanding artists from all over the country with the large and enthusiastic art buying community of the Atlanta area. The Festival will feature 200 of the country's finest painters, photographers, sculptors, leather and metal craftsmen, glass blowers and more. Live music food and beverages will be on hand.
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features live music, free attractions and shows, farm animals, flower shows, blue ribbon competitions, local entertainment, and delicious fair foods. Enjoy free concerts by great country and contemporary Christian artists including: Loretta Lynn, Colt Ford, Lauren Alaina, Lee Brice & more! There are also games and rides on the Great James H. Drew Exposition midway– one of the largest carnival midways in the United States, featuring the Wildcat Rollercoaster and new in 2013 the Georgia Mountain Lift, the longest lift in the state of Georgia, more than 2,000 feet. Admission is $7.00; Children 10 and under are free. Discounted fair tickets are available thru Sept. 20 at Walgreens stores.
SANDY SPRINGS FESTIVAL SAT. SEPT 21 and SUN. SEPT 22 sandyspringsfestival.com
Since it’s humble beginning in 1984, the Festival has grown from a small picnic to a major event drawing over 20,000 attendees. Features of the festival include the Sandy Springs Lightning 5K / 10K race, a juried Artist’s Market, Business and Civic Expo, a Children’s Park and Teen Territory, Kiwanis Pet Parade, H e r i t a g e Education Area, Live Entertainment, Food Court, and more. Festival hours are 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday and 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Adult (age 18+) single day passes are $5 and two-day passes are $7. Youth (ages 6-17) may attend a single day for $2 and two days for $3. The Sandy Springs Festival is the primary fundraiser for Heritage Sandy Springs, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the historic and cultural identity of Sandy Springs.
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The East Atlanta Strut is a free, volunteer run neighborhood festival that celebrates and promotes the diversity of art, music, food, drink, funkiness and family that is East Atlanta. The festival provides a day of fun for all ages. All festival proceeds are put back into the neighborhood and its community outreach. Live music will appear on five stages plus a Comedy Stage, Artists Market, Carnival Stalls, Community Booths, Kid’s Village and the Strut Parade kicking off this year at 2 pm.
On Saturday, September 28th the Atlanta History Center celebrates all things Southern with an assortment of events occurring throughout the museum and onto the History Center's Smith Family Farm. The event takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Observe the craftsmanship of traditional folk art practices throughout the farm including blacksmithing, woodworking, and much more. Enjoy the sounds of folk and bluegrass music. Explore Southern foodways with local chefs and farmers. Listen to folk tales from storytellers. A variety of animals are on hand at the petting zoo, while food trucks and draft beer are available.
CANDLER PARK FALL FEST October 28 & 29 Candler Park candlerparkfallfest.com
OCTOBER FESTIVALS ATLANTA GREEK FESTIVAL October 3 - 6 Greek Orthodox
Atlanta’s best family-friendly arts and music festival turns 13 this September! With a challenging 5K, live music, local food, fun-filled KidZone, and over 150+ artist booths this FREE festival is not to be missed. The 5K kicks things off on Saturday before gates open at 12 noon. Be sure to check out the tasty offerings of local restaurants and Atlanta Food Trucks while enjoying 8 bands before Blair Crimmins and the Hookers take the stage Saturday night. On Sunday the food, fun, and music culminates with Atlanta’s Queens of the Blues (Francine Reed, Sandra Hall, & Lola) revving up the audience for KINGSIZED to close the festival. Come on down and have some fun!
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AVONDALE AUTUMNFEST October 5 - 6 Avondale Estates avondalearts.org
AutumnFest Arts & Music Festival takes place across from the historic Tudor Village on the beautiful residential streets of Avondale Estates. Now in its 11th year, AutumnFest has grown from a smalltown folk art festival at Lake Avondale to an event drawing patrons from all over the Metro-Atlanta area. This family-friendly festival features over 100 local and regional artists and highlights quality entertainment on its main stage. Enjoy their artist market, live music and entertainment, and recreational activities for the kids in the KidsZone.
MILLER LITE CHILI COOK-OFF October 5 Georgia Intl. Horse Park theatlantachilicookoff.com
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The Bay Area’s Get Dead Releases One of 2013’s Most Remarkable Records BY JOHN B. MOORE
HE PUNK BAND GET DEAD HAD been knocking around the Bay Area for years, building up a reputation for stellar punk rock anthems delivered via acoustic guitars. It seems inevitable that the band would eventually find their way to local punk rock kingpin Fat Mike and his Fat Wreck Chords label. Bad News is a dozen absolutely remarkable takes of self-confessional punk rock that calls to mind everyone from Against Me and Billy Bragg to Joe Strummer and Rancid. Bassist Timmy Mehew spoke with us recently about finally finding a home at Fat, playing acoustic instruments and the pros and cons of going the DIY route. How did you guys first get the attention of Mike and the folks at Fat Wreck Chords? We’ve spent the last six years playing in San Francisco and the greater Bay area and earned our tenure booking our own tours on the West coast and overseas. We’d only sent out maybe three or four demos over the years to labels we could see ourselves being a part of, but we networked what we considered a pretty decent niche for ourselves and just let our desire to make good music keep us afloat. Last summer Mike happened to see our video, “This One’s for Johnny,” and hit us up via e-mail. Have you guys always played with acoustic instruments? The first few songs we ever wrote, which were acoustic-ish, were the ones that would ultimately define our sound, but it took a long
time for us to realize that. As a band, we were initially aiming for something a bit harder so we wrote a slew of punk, ska-esque, and rock and roll songs and intended to record them but couldn’t afford to make that record. With an impending tour on the horizon we took those first few songs and wrote about seven other similar sounding ones in about week and recorded “Letters Home.” We finally made that hardcore record but we eventually returned to our folky-punk roots and compiled the songs that made up “Tall Cans and Loose Ends,” some of which are on the new record. From a writing standpoint, the hardcore songs have always felt a bit forced while the acoustic folky-punk songs have always just come much more naturally to us. After all, they’re the ones you can write while inebriated at four in the morning and then get your derelict friends to sing along with. What can you tell me about the new record? I’ve never felt that we ever sounded like anyone else but I also never thought that we had our own discernible sound until I listened to the test pressing of this record. It’s gritty and raw, but dynamic without taking away from the songs. Our tendency in the past has been to increase the production on our consecutive acoustic efforts but Mike made the decision to keep it stripped down and a bit more bare bones than “Tall Cans.” The result is something that, I think, lets all of our best qualities come through and allows the songs take their natural shape. We’re really excited to share it with those that will listen.
You had some guests on this one didn’t you? We did. A couple of the songs from Tall Cans made the cut and those feature some instrumentation from our friend Miles Peck of The Swingin’ Utters. He did some mandolin, accordion, and - I shit you not - glockenspiel. Then, our long-time friend Stacey Dee, of Angry Amputees fame, did some backups on a song called “Bartender.” And we also had our friends Adam Theis, of The Jazz Mafia, and Keith Douglas, of The Mad Caddies, come in to do horns for “Welcome to Hell”. Lyrically, the songs come off as pretty personal. Have you ever thought you might have shared too much in some of your songs? We’re pretty candid dudes. To be in a band, or even in a van with us, is to be constantly heckled and razzed. We really don’t give each other an inch. While this has certainly been problematic in the past as it causes people to get irritable, it’s also kept us incredibly honest with one another. I think Sammy wrote a lot of those lyrics knowing that we wouldn’t let him get away with anything less than the brutal truth; we’re too good of friends to expect less.
and Fat, or course, has AMAZING contacts so we’ll have to see what materializes. As far as merchandise goes, I can’t imagine a band being without the resources to pull together a merch order. I’m sure if we asked the label for help they’d give it us but not before casting us a sideways glance; they’re incredibly helpful down there and not without a sense of self-respect. In general, we just want to be as in control of our destiny as possible, even if it means being selective about the minor details of a shirt. So much of being in a band, especially a punk band, relies on networking and keeping your artistic integrity aligned with those you’re working with. So far, we don’t feel we’ve had to compromise that at all.
So despite being on Fat, you guys are still going to do your own booking and t-shirts? It’s a little too early to tell. I imagine we’ll take the best of both worlds. As previously stated, we’ve carved what we consider to be a pretty respectable niche in the punk rock community and we’ve got some good contacts
What’s next for the band? Record. Tour. Rinse. Repeat. But mostly tour. There’s a lot of anticipation from our camp surrounding the release of the record and to see how it’s received, and we’re excited to see how our song writing evolves for the next record, as well.
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Latest Project: Youth (Run For Cover) For Fans of: The Wonder Years, The Story So Far and Brand New Why You Should Care: Barely out of high school, Michigan band is carrying on the strong emo/punk tradition
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T’S ALMOST CLICHÉ AT THIS POINT TO cite a band’s maturity from one record to the next, but for Michigan’s Citizen, in looking at the time between their debut and the just released Youth, it’s hard to deny the amount of growing up that went into that gap. Still high schoolers when they wrote that first record, the five-song Young States EP, they spent most of the next year in a van crossing the country and banking experiences many take decades to collect. Playing their songs day after day brought a tighter sound and their musical influences expanded as well. So when it was time to hit the studio for the follow up record, Citizen was almost an entirely different band.
of groups like Taking Back Sunday and Brand New.
Guitarist Nick Hamm spoke recently about the differences between those two albums. You guys hit the road for months when your first EP came out and you hadn’t been out of school for that long at the time. What was the hardest thing to get used to about being a touring band? The hardest thing was obviously learning to be away from home for long periods of time. Being in high school and seeing the same people every day and then immediately leaving for tour and being in a different city or state every day is a huge change for some 18 year old boys. Did you have much time on tour to work on new songs or did that happen after you got back home? We booked studio time before we had the record written which caused a decent amount of stress. We didn’t have a lot of time to write but we ended up making it happen, alongside Will Yip. He made the process very smooth and fun. Speaking of Will how was the recording process different than the first go round? The first time we went to Studio 4 (Yip’s studio in PA); it was for the split we put out with Turnover. We were only there for two days. This time, we were there for over three weeks and we were living in a house in Norristown. That was really cool and made the process even more enjoyable. The main difference this time around was time. We had a bit more time to make sure every tone was good and every song was well constructed. We also got to hang with Will for longer and eat Thai food with him all the time. That was the best part.
Did you change anything about the writing process from Young States to Youth? We were like 16 and 17 when we were writing the songs on Young States. We sort of had no clue what we were doing. Even now when I listen to those songs, it just sort of sounds like parts glued together. I’d like to think the songs on Youth are a bit more structured. We’ve expanded our influences quite a bit since Young States was written, also. We became a little less concerned with certain aspects of our music and decided to focus on just writing good rock songs. How did you guys first connect with Run For Cover? In 2010, I think, we put out a split with a band called The Fragile Season. We recorded that with Vince Ratti. He showed Jeff (Casazza, owner) our songs and Jeff liked them but it obviously wasn’t the time to bring us onto the roster. We were pretty clueless. Tim (Landers) from Transit talked to Jeff quite a bit about us and kept him updated on our releases and whatnot. When we were looking for a label to put out the Turnover split, Jeff said he would sign us and we were obviously excited about that. Run For Cover is a great label with an insane roster. What’s next for you? We’re going to give Youth a proper tour in the fall but I can’t mention more about that quite yet. In October, people will be able to hear a new Citizen song on a compilation called Off The Board. Will Yip put it together in order to raise funds to become an owner and partner at Studio 4. Luckily, I had the chance to hear some of the other songs on the compilation and people are going to love it. Check that out! insiteatlanta.com • September 2013 • PG 19
CONCERT CALENDAR FRIDAY AUGUST 30 529 Shook Foil BLIND WILLIES Sandra Hall CENTER STAGE Jazz & Soul for the Cure EARL Rolling Nowhere EDDIE’S ATTIC Kelly McFarling FATT MATT’S Timo Arthur Trio NORTHSIDE TAVERN Western Sizzlin’ PEACHTREE TAVERN Cole Swindell SMITH’S The Mad Violinist STAR BAR Drive-Invasion Pre-Party SATURDAY AUGUST 31 529 The Difference Machine BLIND WILLIES Houserocker Johnson CENTER STAGE Omid Soltani EARL Sovus Radio EDDIE’S ATTIC Coley FATT MATT’S Ron Cooley MASQUERADE The Planet Smasher SMITH’S Cigar Store Indians STAR BAR Drive-Invasion Pre-Party SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 1 EDDIE’S ATTIC Young Artists Showcase FAT MATT’S Snake Legs MASQUERADE The Dangerous Summer MONDAY SEPTEMBER 2 529 Sharps EDDIE’S ATTIC Open Mic FAT MATT’S Pead Boy & The Pork Bellys MASQUERADE Iration STAR BAR Monday Night Comedy TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 3 529 High Wolf EDDIE’S ATTIC Justin Evans FAT MATT’S Burning Time MASQUERADE Antikythera Mechanism TABERNACLE Zedd WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 4 529 MTN ISL EARL Majical Cloudz EDDIE’S ATTIC Connor & Spirko FAT MATT’S Georgia Flood LOFT Mindcrime PEACHTREE TAVERN Velcro Pygmies STAR BAR Ami Saraiya VERIZON John Mayer WILD BILL’S FAQ Alliance THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 5 529 Walk from the Gallows CENTER STAGE Progpower USA EARL Mood Rings EDDIE’S ATTIC Underhill Rose FAT MATT’S Chickenshack MASQUERADE Black Flag SMITH’S Rick Brantley VARIETY Butch Walker FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 6 529 Scout Niblett CENTER STAGE Progpower USA EARL Jungol EDDIE’S ATTIC Jared & Amber FAT MATT’S John Sosobe MASQUERADE The Movement SMITH’S David Mayfield Parade STAR BAR Nuci Space Benefit Show SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 7 529 Hell CENTER STAGE Progpower USA EARL Pere Ubu EDDIE’S ATTIC Delta Moon FAT MATT’S Johnny Scales MASQUERADE Avenue of the Giants SMITH’S Last Waltz Emsemble STAR BAR Gagged VARIETY Paul Thorn Band SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 8 CENTER STAGE Blue October EARL Cold Cave FAT MATT’S Snake Legs MASQUERADE Steel Bearing Hand VARIETY Hanson PG 20 • September 2013 • insiteatlanta.com
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 9 529 TV Dinner COBB ENERGY The National EARL Chelsea Wolfe EDDIE’S ATTIC Open Mic FAT MATT’S Pead Boy & The Pork Bellys STAR BAR Monday Night Comedy TABERNACLE Rancid TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 10 529 The Funky Knuckles EARL An English Place EDDIE’S ATTIC Striking Matches FAT MATT’S Burning Time STAR BAR Shut Up & Dance VERIZON Kid Rock WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 11 529 Hello Cobra EARL Grails EDDIE’S ATTIC Open Mic FAT MATT’S Georgia Flood LOFT Spencer Day MASQUERADE Christian Death PEACHTREE TAVERN Plato Jones SMITH’S Roseland, Caleb Caudle STAR BAR Resurrection Dance Party VERIZON Maroon 5 VINYL Jessta James THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 12 529 Nude Beach AARON’S Depeche Mode EARL Tyler Ramsey EDDIE’S ATTIC Lera Lynn FAT MATT’S Chickenshack MASQUERADE Dorydrive SMITH’S Wild Child STAR BAR Little Five Fest VERIZON Jason Aldean FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 13 529 Homeboy Sandman CENTER STAGE Pepper CHASTAIN Charlie Wilson EARL Smithsonian EDDIE’S ATTIC Carolina FAT MATT’S Billy George FRED Hotel California MASQUERADE Sick/Sea PEACHTREE TAVERN Ty Bates SMITH’S The Block People STAR BAR Little Five Fest TABERNACLE Ben Harper VINYL Tesla Rossa WILD BILL’S Mother’s Finest SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 14 529 4:20 Comedy Hour AARON’S Kid Rock CENTER STAGE Next Big Laugh EARL Quadilacha EDDIE’S ATTIC Aoife FAT MATT’S Mr. Chapman’s Quarterly Revue MASQUERADE One Music Fest PEACHTREE TAVERN Jordan Rager SMITH’S Nathan Angelo STAR BAR Little Five Fest TABERNACLE Rebelution & Matisyahu VINYL The Weeks SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 15 EARL Jeff Evans EDDIE’S ATTIC Adam Zwig FAT MATT’S Snake Legs MASQUERADE Title Fight MONDAY SEPTEMBER 16 529 Memes AARON’S Maroon 5 EDDIE’S ATTIC Open Mic FAT MATT’S Pead Boy & The Pork Bellys STAR BAR Monday Night Comedy VINYL Tom Odell TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 17 529 Goth Danse Party EARL Austra EDDIE’S ATTIC Black Prairie FAT MATT’S Burning Time
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WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 18 529 Dexateens EARL Alkaholiks EDDIE’S ATTIC Cas Haley FAT MATT’S Georgia Flood SMITH’S Glenn Tilbrook TABERNACLE Empire of the Sun THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 19 529 Pop. 1280 AARON’S Miranda Lambert EARL Marc Scibilia FAT MATT’S Chickenshack MASQUERADE Twin Forks SMITH’S New Orleans Suspects STAR BAR Dogbite FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 20 529 Swank Sinatra CHASTAIN Atlanta Symphony EARL Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys EDDIE’S ATTIC Brian Collins Band FAT MATT’S Sana Blues MASQUERADE Big Boi PEACHTREE TAVERN Chase Rice SMITH’S Dan Baird & Homemade Sin STAR BAR Attention System VARIETY Daughter VINYL Icon For Hire SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 21 529 In It For the Chicks EDDIE’S ATTIC Bitteroots FAT MATT’S Beverly Watkins FRED Warriors Concert II MASQUERADE Said the Whale PEACHTREE TAVERN Kevin Fowler SMITH’S Silent Disco VARIETY Okkervil River VINYL Heston WILD BILL’S Chris Cagle SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 22 CENTER STAGE I Am Cre8tive EARL Christ, Lord EDDIE’S ATTIC Seth Glier FAT MATT’S Snake Legs MASQUERADE Vader TABERNACLE Volbeat, HIM VARIETY Billy Cobham Spectrum MONDAY SEPTEMBER 23 529 Red Bull Sound Select EDDIE’S ATTIC Open Mic FAT MATT’S Pead Boy & The Pork Bellys MASQUERADE The Pretty Reckless SMITH’S Gold Fields STAR BAR Monday Night Comedy TABERNACLE Alt-J w/ Lord Huron TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 24 529 Molly Nilsson EARL Cuntz EDDIE’S ATTIC Ernie Halter FAT MATT’S Burning Time MASQUERADE Dope
SMITH’S Corb Lund STAR BAR Shut Up & Dance WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 25 529 Nameless Nameless EARL Dent May EDDIE’S ATTIC Howie Day FAT MATT’S Georgia Flood MASQUERADE Twin Peaks VARIETY Ani DiFranco VINYL Charli XCX THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 26 529 Weekend EARL Cosmic Psychos EDDIE’S ATTIC Howie Day FAT MATT’S Chickenshack MASQUERADE Corner Boy P SMITH’S Reynolds & Williams STAR BAR Free Fogout Thursdays TABERNACLE Gov’t Mule VARIETY The Wood Brothers VINYL Zane Carney FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 27 AARON’S John Mayer CENTER STAGE Geto Boys EARL Houndmouth EDDIE’S ATTIC Antigone Rising FAT MATT’S Willy Jackson FRED Departure & Desire LOFT SoMo MASQUERADE Ghost Town SMITH’S Davis Rogan STAR BAR The Head TABERNACLE 30 Seconds to Mars VARIETY Colin Hay SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 28 529 Vera Vera CENTER STAGE Yam Baral CHASTAIN Martina McBride EARL Beat Beat Beat FAT MATT’S The Stooge Brothers MASQUERADE O’Brother SMITH’S Escape Vehicle STAR BAR Cash Bash TABERNACLE Russell Brand VERIZON Weenie Roast 2013 VINYL Loners Society SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 29 EARL West End Motel EDDIE’S ATTIC Grant-Lee Phillips FAT MATT’S Snake Legs VARIETY KT Tunstall VINYL Justin Hines MONDAY SEPTEMBER 30 529 Freezerburn EARL Legendary Pink Dots EDDIE’S ATTIC Open Mic FAT MATT’S Pead Boy & The Pork Bellys MASQUERADE Local Natives STAR BAR Monday Night Comedy TABERNACLE Local Natives
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$10 for adults; children 12 and under get in for free. Tickets can only be purchased the day of the event on site and the event will not sell out. 100% of the proceeds from the event goes to Camp Twin Lakes which provide life-changing experiences to thousands of Georgia children.
NORCROSS ART FEST October 5 & 6 Downtown Norcross
The popular Art Fest is celebrating it’s 10th year making its home on the charming streets of historic downtown Norcross. Whimsical and wildly colorful artisans from across the country exhibit their imaginative artwork amidst the enchanting shops, eateries and boutiques in the City of Norcross. In addition to the artist market, the lively Kidz Zone awaits children of all ages with the famous, free children’s art pavilion, face painting, inflatables and energetic rides. Continuous entertainment on Thrasher Park’s intimate stage welcomes listeners each year with oldies, blues, jazz and musical surprises. The fantastic food row always draws hungry shoppers with its large variety of tasty treats.
trucks and grab a beer before the tasting starts. Check in early and enjoy the park. Gate opens at 12:00; VIP Tasting starts at 1:00; General Admission Tasting starts at 2:00 p.m. General admission tickets gain access to 175+ different styles from over 75 of the nation’s craftiest breweries. General Admission Tickets for the Beer Tasting Tents are $40 in advance and $50 at the gate. VIP Tickets are $75 in advance.
ATLANTA PRIDE FESTIVAL October 12 - 13 Piedmont Park atlantapride.org
The 43rd Annual Atlanta Pride Festival is currently the largest event in the United States to coincide with National Coming Out Day, which is observed on October 11. The Parade begins at 1 p.m. on Sunday from the Civic Center and enters the Piedmont Park through the Charles Allen entrance. Taylor Dayne will headline Saturday’s CocaCola Stage line-up and Sonia Leigh will headline Sunday’s line-up.
FESTIVAL ON PONCE Oct. 19 - 20 Olmsted Linear Park
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HOToberFest is the nation's largest consumer-judged beer competition and sustainability festival. They continue to expand their unique combination of craft beer, live music, arts and crafts, and eclectic food. The event takes place from noon until 6 pm. Come by at noon and check out the food
The Festival on Ponce is a local arts and crafts event held at the Olmsted Linear Park in Atlanta. There is something for everyone: Artist's Market featuring arts and handmade crafts, a Children's Park, local food and beverage concessions and live acoustic entertainment. Attendance is free and visitors are encouraged to stroll the event to enjoy the art on display and the historic gardens. This is a unique and wonderful opportunity for locals and visitors to
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appreciate the vision and legacy of one of America's most celebrated landscape architects, Fredrick Olmsted, Sr. This year, the Fall Festival on Ponce will also support fundraising for the Greater Atlanta Hadassah Chapter and their extensive medical research efforts.
DECATUR CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL Saturday October 19, Noon - 5PM
Downtown Decatur Square decaturbeerfestival.com
Come and enjoy an afternoon of beer tasting on the Decatur square. More than 100 of the local, finest American and international beers are showcased at this annual event sponsored by area distributors and Decatur's restaurants and pubs. Enjoy live music on the Community Bandstand and food from local restaurants available for sale. Admission is $40 per person and includes a commemorative tasting glass. The festival is limited to the first 4,000 ticket holders. All tickets are sold online through Ticket Alternative. No tickets are available for purchase at the gate. Tickets go on sale Monday, September 16th at noon and typically sell out in about an hour. You must be 21 or older to attend and no animals allowed at the festival. Points North Ad Chili 2013.indd 1
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BROOKHAVEN ARTS FESTIVAL October 19 & 20 Apple Valley Road
Celebrating thier 10th Anniversary, the Brookhaven Arts Festival offers something for ever yone. Highlights include live entertainment featuring classic rock, blues, jazz and soul music. At the Children's Market, kids can create an heirloom bART, paint rocks, or contribute to the Community Mural Project. There will also be traditional fest food and beverages and lots of fine art. Blazing new talents and established artists alike from around the Southeast have helped make the Brookhaven Arts Festival (BAF) one of Atlanta's most popular fall events. The BAF is held on Apple Valley Road, directly behind the Brookhaven MARTA Station. There is convenient access to Peachtree Road, I-85, GA400, and MARTA plus ample free parking.
JOHNS CREEK ARTS FESTIVAL October 19 & 20 Medlock Bridge Rd. johnscreekartsfestival.com
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Ready, set and shop at the all-new Johns Creek Arts Festival which will be held on the luscious green space across from the Atlanta Athletic Club. The celebration of the arts will take place on October 19 and 20 on these beautiful grounds owned by the prestigious club which overlook Medlock Bridge Road. Shoppers
can expect to find clay, folk art, glass, jewelry, fiber, metal, mixed media, paintings, photography, woodwork and lots more. Johns Creek Arts Festival will also have continuous live entertainment from local groups and organizations. A special treat for festival-goers will be a fantastic free concert by the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra on Saturday evening at 7:00 pm. Following this wonderful performance, fireworks will light up the skies and make Johns Creek sparkle. Neighbors and visitors are urged to stay late and enjoy the colorful night show. No great festival would be complete without an energizing Kidz Zone, yummy eats and a few surprises. For Georgia/Florida fans, large screen televisions will be available at the Food Pavilion for avid watchers to view the Big Game. For more information on this exciting new festival, please visit JohnsCreekArtsFestival.com.
TASTE OF ATLANTA October 25 - 27 Tech Square, Midtown
Celebrating their 12th year, Taste of Atlanta is the city's premier food festival. Where else can you sample amazing food from around the city and around the world all in one place? Experience delicious tastes from more than 80 of Atlanta's favorite restaurants, exceptional food, wine, beer, and cocktail tastings, seminars and food pairings and relaxing music cafes. Feast on Taste of Atlanta's fantastic programming in five different live demo areas. Watch chefs go head to head on the Home Plate Main Cooking stage or go Inside the Food Studio where Atlanta's top foodies will teach you about Atlanta's food history and current trends. Tickets are available for purchase online or by phone from Ticket Alternative, at numerous retail outlets, and at the event.
NOVEMBER FESTIVALS CHASTAIN PARK ARTS FESTIVAL November 2nd & 3rd Chastain Park chastainparkartsfestival.com
The Chastain Park Arts Festival is a two-day outdoor event with an emphasis on visual arts. Admission is free so come enjoy as the park is transformed into an outdoor gallery of spectacular fine arts and crafts. The Chastain Park area is rich with one of the largest and most enthusiastic art buying communities in the Atlanta area. This event will feature up to 185 fine painters, photographers, sculptors, leather and metal craft persons, glass blowers, jewelers and more! The Festival will also offer visitors the opportunity to view artist demonstrations, enjoy live entertainment, participate in hands-on arts activities, and enjoy festival foods and beverages. The Festival benefits a scholarship fund for local artists administered by the Georgia Foundation for Public Spaces.
Album Reviews Reviews by B. Love, John B. Moore, & Lee Valentine Smith
The Dean’s List THE CLASH – Sound System (Legacy/Epic) A fitting tribute to one of the greatest bands in rock ‘n’ roll’s history JM: Like manna from heaven, the gods at Legacy have parted the clouds and offered a bonanza of music from one of the world’s greatest bands ever to plug in guitars and rail against injustice. In the form of 11 CDs and a DVD, a majority of the band’s music is finally collected in one place. This collection houses the band’s five pivotal studio albums in their original format, newly re-mastered by the remaining band members. It starts with their 1977 self-titled debut, which, with amazing songs like “White Riot,” “London’s Burning” and “Janie Jones,” should’ve merited the band’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame all by its damn self. Their sophomore album, Give ‘Em Enough Rope, didn’t have nearly the impact of that first record. But 1979’s London Calling cemented their reputation as the best thing going in rock music at the time, showing off snatches of reggae, funk, jazz, ska and rockabilly. The three-LP set Sandinista continued the band’s expansion into new sounds, most notably world music and rap. Though still beloved by diehard fans, it wasn’t as widely embraced by the record-buying public. The last great Clash album was 1982’s Combat Rock. Though “Rock the Casbah” is the best-known track, songs like “Know Your Rights” and “Ghetto Defiant” hold up better now, 30-plus years later. The Sound System collection, thankfully, does not include the band’s much-maligned sixth studio album Cut the Crap, which was recorded after Mick Jones left the group. Along with those five seminal albums, this stellar box set also includes three CDs of demos, non-album singles, rarities and B-sides. The set also comes with a DVD of hard-to-find footage by Don Letts and Julien Temple. Among the material included here are original promo videos and live sets, though the quality varies greatly. The boom box packaging that houses all of this was designed by Clash bassist Paul Simonon, and comes with badges, dog tags, stickers, a Clash poster, an owner’s manual, reprints of the band’s original Armagideon Times fanzine, and a new edition curated/ designed by Simonon. All in all, it’s simply sublime! O’BROTHER – Disillusion (Triple Crown) Strecthing creative boundaries BL: Though the band was born and bred on the Atlanta music scene, performing with most of its current lineup intact since frontman Tanner Merritt joined in 2008, O’Brother has never enjoyed the hipster “buzz band” status bestowed on groups like the Black Lips and Deerhunter. Perhaps that explains why
O’Brother’s sound– a mixture of metal, prog and psychedelic rock– seems so unique to Georgia. Without the burden of expectation, they were allowed to evolve at their own pace, and in their own way. Manchester Orchestra’s Andy Hull and Robert McDowell produced the band’s stunning 2011 debut, Garden Window. Mike Sapone (who mixed their breakthrough) takes the helm for their sophomore album, which broadens their sonic palette via artful experimentation. Thankfully, stretching their creative boundaries does nothing to dull the edges of their potent 3-guitar attack. Frontman Tanner Merritt seems particularly intent on exploring his range here: On the hallucinogenic opening track, “Come Into The Divide,” the vocals veer from Jeff Buckleystyle falsetto melodies to whisper/moaned mantras in a lower register. The end result sounds like an angel on one shoulder and a devil on the other, each of them tempting you to enter an otherworldly dimension from which you may or may not be able to depart. Not all the tracks here are quite so esoteric: “Parasitical” is a throbbing rocker that wouldn’t sound out of place on an Alice In Chains album, while “Context” could be the perfect soundtrack to the climactic scene of a Jerry Bruckheimer action epic. But O’Brother is at its most interesting when it spreads its compositional wings and takes dynamic flight, as it does on “Oblivion,” “Absence” and the title track, which range in length from 6:43 to over 9 minutes. They may not be one of Atlanta’s buzziest bands. But Disillusion proves beyond the shadow of a doubt that O’Brother is well on its way to being one of Georgia’s best. HUGH LAURIE – Didn’t It Rain (Warner Bros) New Orleans blues/ragtime stomp in the House LVS: Albums by television personalities have long been a vanity sub-genre of the record industr y, u s u a l l y relegated to the novelty section and later optioned for snickering “Golden Throats” compilations. But in the case of actor/musician Hugh Laurie, the novelty tag isn’t quite applicable. Naturally, the reason it’ll get any attention in today’s market is due to his long-running role as wisecracking Dr. Gregory House on the excellent House. But, with his second recording in recent years, the naysaying snickers have vanished and the music can stand on its own merits. 2011’s excellent Let Them Talk was a
great introduction to his style– a brusque hybrid of bar-rattling New Orleans stomp, with nods to raucous ragtime ditties. Didn’t It Rain, which was produced by Joe Henry, finds Laurie navigating the same territory, but delving deeper into the blues groove of a more somber Dr. John and the mysteries of the Mississippi Delta. Tracks such as “Wild Honey” and Alan Price’s “Changes” easily blend with the inspiring gospel feel of the title track and the remorse of the bluesy “Send Me to the ‘Lectric Chair.” The album is rounded out by standards like “One For My Baby” and “St. Louis Blues,” and presented with the bluster of old time barrelhouse piano and an impressive roster of guests. Guests like Tom Jones and Allen Toussaint are featured, and the whole party atmosphere is gelled by the witty musical repartee of Laurie’s band of pals, The Copper Bottom Band. Looking forward to his show at the Buckhead Theatre.
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TRANSPLANTS– In A Warzone (Epitaph) Punk-rock supergroup disappoints with third outing JM: It took seven years for the Transplants– the side project for Rancid’s Tim Armstrong, Blink 182’s Travis Barker and Rob Aston on vocals– to follow up their last album. The result is… well, not exactly worth the wait. Yes, there are some good, even great songs on this record (specifically “Back to You” and “Come Around”). But, for every solid track, there’s a mediocre one following it up that makes you wonder if they were just looking to fill up space on the album. In A Warzone is a departure of sorts, with less of a hip-hop and drum ‘n’ bass vibe (“Something’s Different” being among the few exceptions). Without the x factor that made the Transplants so appealing in the beginning– punks embracing their love for hip-hop– the band seems like just another group of inked-up guys playing punk-rock. Seeing as how Armstrong’s main band does that style better than most, why not just save your money for the next Rancid record? (C-) RUN THE JEWELS – Self-Titled (Fool’s Gold) Two hip-hop titans formalize their partnership BL: Jaime Meline (a.k.a. r a p p e r / producer El-P) and Michael Render (a.k.a. r a p p e r / actor Killer Mike) are like peanut butter and bananas– two great tastes that taste surprisingly great together. After collaborating on 2012 solo albums, R.A.P. Music and Cancer 4 Cure, Run The Jewels finds them officially joined as a duo. It’s an oddly intoxicating blend, with El’s metaphor-drenched wordplay complemented by Mike’s more streetwise flow. Musically, El’s beats trod an accessible
middle ground between his cacophonous inclinations and grimy boom-bap simplicity. The title track blends reggae and dubstep influences with triple-time rhymes that slice like a ninja blade. “Banana Clipper” brings Big Boi into the mix for a braggadocious slammer destined to bang in clubs and car stereos, while “Twin Hype Back” features the legendary Prince Paul guiding listeners on an oddball psychedelic rap journey. Not every aural experiment here works. But killer tracks like “36-inch Chain,” “Sea Legs,” and “Get It” still make it one of 2013’s best hip-hop albums. (B+) CARLY RITTER – Self-titled (Vanguard) Born with stardom in her genes LVS: What year is this? Carly Ritter’s delightful selftitled debut has all the best qualities of a very cool ‘70s album. You’d swear this disc was from the Ronstadt/Muldaur/Waldman school of winningly winsome California folkrock. Her folky delivery, at once accomplished and simplistic, has a yearning edge to it that propels the collection of tunes into a timeless yet evocative tales of cinematic beauty. It’s probably in her blood, since her grandfather was singing cowboy Tex Ritter and her dad was the late comic actor John Ritter (Three’s Company). Ry Cooder’s son helps out on a few tracks as well, pushing the pedigree level to even higher standards. Yet Ritter has carved out her own path between gritty country and urbane pop. The result is one of the best albums of this year so far, with standout tracks that include the incredible reality of “It Is Love,” the only song this reviewer has heard that is openly influenced by famed philosopher Soren Kierkegaard. (A-) KUT U Up – Worse Than Wolves (Aggronautix) Long-anticipated sophomore effort from indie punks doesn’t disappoint JM: After taking more than a decade to assemble new material, Kut U Up has finally released their second studio album. The time away has done wonders for the San Diego-based punk-rock band. Worse Than Wolves is frustratingly short, with only six tracks. But, as a result, there is very little fat on this one, with each song just as solid as the next. There is also a little more melody here, but the rawness that makes up the core of the band’s sound is still there. It was that rawness that originally made them stick out on the Pop Disaster Tour with Green Day and Blink 182, giving it a shot of badly-needed punk rock credibility. The band, last seen in the documentary film Riding in Vans With Boys (which chronicled that tour), never actually called it quits. In fact, they spent the last 10 years playing shows here and there. Apparently, it just took them a very, very long time to find their way back into the studio. It was well worth the wait. (B) insiteatlanta.com • September 2013 • PG 23
HITS & MISSES
INsite Presents the Best of Fall Television
BY LEE VALENTINE SMITH
LONG WITH THE CRISP WINDS OF FALL, comes the anticipation of the 2013 TV season. TV fans across the country are gearing up to watch, record, and discuss the new batch of shows. The major networks are pulling out all the stops as the hyped-up roll-out of the series begin. As usual, some of the hopefuls probably won’t make it past the next holiday season, but the fascinating challenge for the viewer is to find the SLEEPY HOLLOW (FOX) true hits in the middle of the mass medium of misses. This season is highlighted by the presence of beloved stars Michael J. Fox (The Michael J. Fox Show), Robin Williams (Crazy Ones), James Spader (The Blacklist), and even Monk’s Tony Shalhoub (We Are Men) being groomed for their new adventures. Sarah Michelle Gellar (Crazy Ones), Josh Holloway (Intelligence) and Sean Hayes (Sean Saves The World) are also all on the schedule. But one of the mostanticipated entries in the current race is a sci-fi action fest. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., developed by busy executive producer Joss Whedon, features Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, his character from The Avengers. Will it be a blockbuster series? The viewers will decide as they sort through the myriad of comedies and dramas offering a number of other fan favorites. Of course, no new programming slate would be complete without the often-maligned, but still-popular reality series. The hybrids continue to meld competition, often-forced spectacle and, occasionally, inspiration. On that front, the delightful kids of Junior MasterChef and the construction drama of American Dream Builders seem to anchor the genre. No matter what your taste, the unfolding 2013 Fall TV season offers something for every age and interest. You may not have time to sort through all the shows, so Insite presents a daily guide of some of the most talked-about (and advertised) fare, detailed for your viewing enjoyment. So sit back and check out some of our highlights of the 2013 autumn fare.
DEBUTS SEPTEMBER 29 AT 10 PM ON ABC.
The Stars: Hannah Ware, Henry Thomas, James Cromwell. The Shill: Hannah Ware stars as Sara Heyward, an attractive photographer who begins an on-again and off-again relationship with a lawyer. Pathos and complications arise when the two dabble in BETRAYAL (ABC) murder and intrigue. A nighttime soap that is loosely based on the Dutch TV drama Overspel. The Skinny: A great casting move with British-born model and actress Hannah Ware in the central role. The soaper has a lot of potential with its sizzling yet subdued situations and storylines.
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MONDAY WE ARE MEN
DEBUTS SEPTEMBER 30 AT 8:30 PM ON CBS.
The Stars: Tony Shalhoub, Chris Smith, Jerry O’Connell, Kal Penn. The Shill: A single-camera sitcom that follows three divorced men as they offer their advice to a younger, freshly divorced pal. As expected, forced humor and wiener jokes abound in the gritty comedy that is considerably aided by the presence of the usually excellent Tony Shalhoub. The Skinny: For those who think Two And A Half Men is funny, the same level of coarse, broad humor predominates this wacky roommate yuckfest. If Two Broke Girls made it, this sitcom could also be around for at least a couple of seasons.
to classy retelling and co-star Orlando Jones as Captain Frank Irving is a superior casting coup.
DEBUTS SEPTEMBER 23 AT 10 PM ON NBC.
The Stars: James Spader, Megan Boone, Harry Lennix. The Shill: James Spader stars as Red Reddington, known as the “Concierge of Crime,” and one of the FBI’s Most Wanted fugitives. He’ll only speak to FBI profiler Elizabeth Keen, played by Megan Boone. The Skinny: Often-creepy Spader (“Sex, Lies, and Videotape,” Boston Legal) carries the show with an uneasy energy and the dynamic interplay between his fugitive character and Boone’s FBI analyst is undeniably appealing.
DEBUTS NOVEMBER 4, TIME TBA, ON FOX.
The Stars: Karl Urban, Lili Taylor, Mackenzie Crook. The Shill: Set 35 years from now in downtown Los Angeles, the police department are paired with Almost Human androids. The conflicts begin when the veteran cops clash with the robotic stoicism of the new recruits. The Skinny: With J.H. Wyman, the executive producer/ director of Fringe on hand, the show could rise from predictable cop drama to entertaining sci-fi adventure.
TUESDAY MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD
DEBUTS SEPTEMBER 23 AT 9:30 PM ON CBS.
The Stars: Anna Farris, Allison Janney, French Stewart, Matt Jones. The Shill: A single mother (Anna Farris) on her newly sober journey as a waitress has to deal with raising her kids and enduring her meddling mom, who just happens to be a recovering alcoholic. The Skinny: Sober but often amusing look at the daily struggles of temptation and temperance.
DEBUTS SEPTEMBER 24 AT 8 PM ON ABC.
The Stars: Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennett. The Shill: Based on SHIELD by Stan Lee, the series is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a magical fantasyland of superheroes, villains and all sorts of Marvel-ous happenings. In this franchise, the Agents work together to solve unusual new cases of superhuman phenomena. The Skinny: In the wake of The Avengers’ success, the show could easily become one of the sleeper hits of the seaon.
DEBUTS SEPTEMBER 23 AT 10 PM ON CBS.
The Stars: Toni Collette, Dylan McDermott, Tate Donovan, James Naughton. The Shill: A rogue FBI agent takes a family hostage. Toni Collette stars as Ellen Sanders, a tough but vulnerable surgeon. McDermott is a wild-card FBI agent who intends to kill the President. Not your average crime drama, and the delicious tension in the screener episodes offer hope of a winning season of 15 episodes. The Skinny: Star-power and theatrical-level performances highlight this thriller with hit written all over it.
DEBUTS SEPTEMBER 16 AT 9 PM ON FOX.
The Stars: Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, Orlando Jones, John Cho. The Shill: A modern take on the Legend Of Sleepy Hollow, this new FOX product takes Washington Irving’s Ichabod Crane and moves him from the Sleepy Hollow of 1790 to the same modern-day
location in 2014. The Skinny: Will quaint, retro Crane and his killer nemesis the Headless Horseman play in modern times? Mison’s performance carries the show from schlocky retread
DEBUTS SEPTEMBER 24 AT 9 PM ON ABC.
The Stars: Wendi McLendon-Covey, Jeff Garlin, Troy Gentile, George Segal. The Shill: A sitcom set in the now-distant ‘80s, and centered around the antics of the Goldberg family. Wendi McLendonCovey is featured as the antsy matriarch of the clan and veteran actor George Segal (Just Shoot Me) in a pivotal comedic role as Pops Goldberg. The Skinny: From Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions, and fairly consistent writing and performances, the good-natured comedy could earn a decent audience.
DEBUTS SEPTEMBER 24 AT 9:30 ON ABC.
The Stars: Bradley Whittford, Marcia Gay Harden, Natalie Morales, Ryan Lee, Malin Ackerman. The Shill: A reformed party girl settles down with a calm guy, but in the process she has to deal with his two ex-wives, children, and previous life. The Skinny: High on irony and character study, this sitcom could attract smart viewers who miss the witty ‘90s interplay of Friends or Seinfield.
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DEBUTS SEPTEMBER 24 AT 10 PM ON ABC.
The Stars: Summer Bishill, Lorraine Bruce, Alexandra Castillo, Isiah Whitlock, Jr. The Shill: Based on the Britdrama The Syndicate, this version details the trials and travails of a motley group of gas station employees who play the lottery every week. Wait, come back, it gets better. When they finally do win, they realize that winning brings a batch of new problems. The Skinny: A great ensemble piece, the cast, led by the delightful Summer Bishil, take the Cheers route and offer a nice slice-of-life comedy about the dangers of actually winning the lottery.
DEBUTS SEPTEMBER 17 AT 8:30 PM ON FOX.
The Stars: Andy Samberg, Andre Braugher, Chelsea Peretti, Melissa Fumero. The Shill: A vehicle for Saturday Night Live’s Andy Samberg, finds the limited thespian as a detective who must straighten up and fly right when he’s partnered with a straight-laced and dedicated partner (Melissa Fumero) The Skinny: Samberg is an acquired taste, but his popularity could salvage this new take on the cop comedy genre. Previews show that it’s no Barney Miller, but it is mildly amusing.
stellar cast carries this cautionary, futuristic tale to pleasing and often-thought-provoking results. One of the best new series of the season on any network.
DEBUTS OCTOBER 2 AT 10 PM ON NBC.
The Stars: Blair Underwood, Kenneth Choi, Pablo Schreiber. The Shill: Blair Underwood stars as paraplegic detective Robert Ironside. Yes, it’s a remake of NBC’s classic crime show that featured Raymond Burr in the titular role. The Skinny: Underwood is a great actor, and the challenging role for the small screen should offer a number of intriguing possibilities. The strong supporting cast should also provide a solid bed of unique character development.
THURSDAY ONCE UPON A TIME IN WONDERLAND DEBUTS OCTOBER 10 AT 8 PM ON ABC.
The Stars: Sophie Lowe, Michael Socha, John Lithgow. The Shill: Another classic story with a modern twist? Yep, this time Lewis Carroll’s Alice tale is placed in a modernday Wonderland and is a spin-off of the popular Once Upon A Time. THE TOMORROW PEOPLE (CW) The Skinny: With the considerable fire-power and promo-machine of the Disney empire, this series also set near Storybrooke, Maine, shouldn’t disappear down the rabbit hole anytime soon.
DEBUTS OCTOBER 3 AT 8:30 PM ON CBS.
The Stars: Maggie Lawson, James Caan, Lenora Crinchlow. The Shill: A former All-Star softball player (Maggie Lawson) and her estranged, former athlete father (James Caan) are back in the game, in change of a rag-tag Little League team of assorted misfits. Yes, it does sound a lot like Bad News Bears. The Skinny: This one may not last long, so catch it while you can. The main reason to watch is just to see James Caan, back in action. Always entertaining and creative, even in the worst circumstances, Caan manages to bring his A-game to a D-grade sitcom.
The Stars: Will Arnett, Beau Bridges, Margo Martindale, J.B. Smoove. The Shill: Will Arnett stars as a recently divorced news reporter (where do they get these ideas?) whose newfound freedom is shattered by the divorce of his dad (Beau Bridges). Loopy family comedy-drama with neat social commentary on aging and family structures. The Skinny: Arnett and Bridges are a winning combo and the show is buoyed by the magic touch of James Burrows in the director’s chair.
SUPER FUN NIGHT
THE CRAZY ONES
The Stars: Rebel Wilson, Lauren Ash, Liza Lapira. The Shill: Executive producer Conan O’Brien and starwriter Rebel Wilson (“Pitch Perfect”) helm this edgy sitcom that features the Australian character actress as a freethinking, wise-cracking American who leads a few nerdy and, of course, wacky and quirky friends in search of a Super Fun Night. The Skinny: In a cushy spot after Modern Family, and with the creative team of Conan O’Brien and Jeff Ross behind it, the show could have a shot at success. Wilson’s wobbly accent, however, could kill its chances.
The Stars: Robin Williams, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Hamish Linklater. The Shill: TV powerhouse David E. Kelley teams Robin Williams (Mork And Mindy, Goodnight Vietnam,) with Sarah Michelle Gellar for a sitcom set in an ad agency. Hilarity ensues?
BACK IN THE GAME
DEBUTS SEPTEMBER 25 AT 8:30 PM ON ABC.
DEBUTS OCTOBER 2 AT 9:30 PM ON ABC.
THE TOMORROW PEOPLE
DEBUTS OCTOBER 6 AT 9 PM ON THE CW.
The Stars: Robbie Arnell, Luke Mitchell, Peyton List, Aaron Yoo. The Shill: Based on the UK show of the same name, the Americanized version of the cult-fave sci-fi drama features a group of young people, suddenly gifted with a number of superhuman powers as a result of human evolution. The Skinny: Improbable but engrossing, the
DEBUTS SEPTEMBER 26 AT 9 PM ON CBS.
The Skinny: The early episodes have a smart, Bob Newhart Show feel, so the results could be quite enjoyable. Both Williams and Gellar have strong and very different fan bases, so the show could be around for a while.
DEBUTS OCTOBER 17 AT 9 PM ON THE CW.
The Stars: Adelaide Kane, Toby Regbo, Megan Follows, Anna Popplewell. The Shill: A period drama detailing the early years of Mary, Queen Of Scotts in 1557 France. The lovely Adelaide Kane stars as a modern television version of the storied Royal, surrounded by an able cast. Gorgeous scenery and lush locations help make the show a gossamer treat. The Skinny: Beautifully shot and acted, if not always 100 per cent historically correct, Reign could very well reign o’er fans and curious onlookers, alike.
WELCOME TO THE FAMILY
DEBUTS OCTOBER 3 AT 8:30 PM ON NBC.
The Stars: Mike O’Malley, Mary McCormack, Ella Rae Peck, Joey Haro, Eva Longoria. The Shill: Culture clash alert! Junior (Joey Haro), from a Latino family marries Molly (Ella Rae Peck), a Caucasian. The families unite and bond, of course. The Skinny: You’ve seen it many times before. But Haro and Peck are definitely worth watching, even when the stories are creaky and stilted.
SEAN SAVES THE WORLD
DEBUTS OCTOBER 3 AT 9 PM ON NBC.
The Stars: Sean Hayes, Linda Lavin, Megan Hilty, Echo Kellum. The Shill: Charismatic Sean Hayes’s new vehicle finds the gregarious actor in a new sitcom, surrounded by a cast of coworkers, friends, a precocious teenage daughter and a lifestyle change. How will he juggle it all? Hilariously. The Skinny: A proven star in his own right, Sean Hayes has the clout and placement to take his Will And Grace success to a whole new level with this manic and sweet new comedy.
THE MICHAEL J. FOX SHOW DEBUTS SEPTEMBER
26 AT 9:30 ON NBC.
The Stars: Michael J. Fox, Betsy Brandt, Juliette Goglia. The Shill: Obviously the focal point is Fox, and the storyline revolves around his character’s diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease. Five years into the struggle, the show focuses on his realistic determination to get back into the workplace, coupled with the usual family dramas and comedic confusions. The Skinny: With singer Linda Ronstadt’s recent revelation of Parkinson’s in the news, will a sitcom with the debilitating disease as a story hook be a laugh riot? Early episodes treat the illness with respect, but will audiences laugh along at the uneasy premise? Fox, who battles the disease in real life, makes the struggle believable and personifies an oftenmisunderstood malady.
DEBUTS OCTOBER 25 AT 10 PM ON NBC.
The Stars: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jessica DeGouw, Katie McGrath. The Shill: In this umpteenth retelling of Bram Stoker’s mythological miscreant, creator Cole Haddon takes Drac to London, masquerading as an American entrepreneur, intending to introduce modern science to the suppressed Victorians. The Skinny: With zombies, vampires and generally dark mysteries all the rage, this take on the ol’ bloodsucker should produce a ratings surge, as it pulses with the bloodygood sensuality of star/heartthrob Ryes Myers. The screening episode didn’t suck. insiteatlanta.com • September 2013 • PG 25
THE ART OF ENVIRONMENT
Artist Jason deCaires Taylor On His Stunning Cancun Underwater Museum BY BRET LOVE; PHOTOS BY JASON DECAIRES TAYLOR
FIRST SEE HER FROM A DISTANCE, ON HER knees in the sand. Her back is arched, her face and hands lifted towards the heavens as if in divine reverence. Rays of light dance across her face and nude body. She appears to me as an angel, seemingly emerging from beneath the ocean floor rather than floating on clouds. Her name is “The Phoenix,” and, like many of the statues at the Cancun Underwater Museum, she holds me transfixed with her beauty… It’s difficult to explain your reaction to a work of art to someone who hasn’t seen it. So suffice it to say that, unless you’ve been to Cancun and actually experienced the otherworldly sculptures of the Museo Subacuático de Arte (a.k.a. MUSA) for yourself, it will be impossible for my words to do the wondrous work of Artistic Director Jason deCaires Taylor justice. his sofa, with what appears to be a fast food hamburger in The project, which includes two sections off the coast his lap, offers a sharp socio-political critique of those who of Cancun and Isla Mujeres, began in 2009. Taylor, a blithely ignore environmental causes. 39-year-old artist born to a British father and Guyanese “I’ve always been drawn to the sea,” Taylor says when mother, had recently finished work on the world’s first asked about his chosen artistic medium. “I was fortunate underwater sculpture park in Molinere Bay, Grenada. The to see some really spectacular, pristine reefs that are no Cancun Marine Park was having problems caused by over longer there. I’ve witnessed reefs deteriorating dramatically, 150,000 people coming to swim on the MesoAmerican Reef and I feel strongly enough to want to do something about every year. it. Reefs are sort of a canary in a coal mine, in that they are “When they closed off sections of the reef,” he recalls at the forefront of climate change. They’re one of the first from his studio in Puerto Morelos, “it was actually starting ecosystems we could lose. I think it’s a critical problem, and a to thrive and regenerate. But when they suggested that they problem that needs to be addressed right now.” should close more reefs, there was an outcry because it I’m not sure many of the 50+ travelers on the Aquaworld affects people’s livelihoods. If you close the reefs, then you tour I went on had any clue that Taylor’s work was a have to offer an alternative. They came across my work, and sociopolitical statement about widespread environmental invited me to come down. We started from there.” apathy and a need to address climate change. They were too Taylor’s work was uniquely suited to solve Cancun’s busy drinking copious alcoholic beverages, listening to salsa problem. While his art is music cranked at top volume, and undoubtedly striking on an EVERYTHING ON THE PLANET crowding each other to get in line for aesthetic level, it also serves a the optional submarine tour (which we IS CONSTANTLY EVOLVING utilitarian purpose: Over time, his declined). But the beauty of Taylor’s sculptures evolve into artificial reefs, work is that it functions effectively on AND CHANGING, WE’RE ALL encouraging the growth of corals and levels– as a meaningful art SUBJECT TO TIME. I LIKE THE multiple marine life. And Taylor, a passionate exhibit for those who “get it,” and as a FACT THAT THE WORKS ARE marine conservationist and avid simple distraction that keeps tourists Scuba diver, acknowledges that the away from the main reef system for NEVER REALLY FINISHED. I evolutionary aspect of his art drives those who don’t. PUT THEM IN THE OCEAN, his creativity. Four years into the project, Taylor WHICH IS THE BEGINNING “Everything on the planet is seems to be just getting started. As of constantly evolving and changing,” our visit in late June there were 486 OF THE WORK, AND THEN he says. “We’re all subject to time. I statues in total, most of which are THE COLLABORATION WITH like the fact that the works are never located off the coast of Isla Mujeres. NATURE BEGINS. really finished. I put them in the But the artist’s vision for the future of ocean, which is the beginning of the the Cancun Underwater Museum are work, and then the collaboration with nature begins.” much, MUCH bigger. Of course, the project isn’t quite so simple. First, Taylor “Obviously, a lot depends on financing, which is constantly casts molds of people in the community to provide the basis fluctuating,” he confesses. “But the end goal? We’ve always for his life-like statues. Then, to encourage coral growth, he wanted to do more than the Terra Cotta Army in China, pours a mixture of marine grade cement, sand and microand I think that stands at 8,000. We hope to go beyond that silica to produce a pH neutral concrete which is reinforced at some point. We have a permit for 10,000 sculptures. We with fibreglass rebar. After the finished product is lowered want to make it like a traditional museum, where there are into the ocean at depths ranging from 15-30 feet, Taylor different rooms that will be developed over time.” grafts coral nubbins onto them, reinforcing his central theme Comparing the photos above with the video we shot of how human interaction with nature can be positive, during our visit, it’s easy to see how the passage of time sustainable and symbiotic. gradually changes Taylor’s art. The visage of “Holy Man” The results, as you’ll see in the Cancun Underwater is completely covered by staghorn coral. “The Gardener” Museum video below, are remarkable. Set in sandy areas seems to glow green with a thin layer of algae that obscures away from the main Nizuc Reef, the statues take on a largerthe porcelain tiles. Even the smooth skin of “The Phoenix” is than-life, three-dimensional mystique thanks to the interplay looking a bit more weathered now. But for Taylor, who visits between water and refracted light. I was mesmerized by his sculptures regularly, watching his work evolve is part of the contrast between the organic and synthetic forms, not the process. to mention the colorful array of staghorn coral, fire coral “I’m fastidious about collecting data,” he says, “seeing how and sea fans that were gradually claiming the statues as they change and monitoring what species are doing. We’ve their home. had big algae blooms that start to make everything look Each of Taylor’s sculptures tells a different story. “The the same, which can be disappointing. Sometimes tourists Gardener of Hope” portrays a young lady laying on a tiled break things. But sometimes I go down and it’s fantastic, patio, surrounded by concrete flower pots from which coral with millions of fish, lobsters, pink barrel sponges, and snails nubbins of all shapes and sizes grow. “Reclamation,” whose eating things. It’s absolutely amazing! I see something I’ve vibrant purple sea fans Taylor grafted after they broke off the never seen before every time I go.” reef during a storm, offers a message of rebirth and renewal. And that, he hopes, is what will keep travelers coming “Inertia,” which features an obese man watching TV on back over and over again.
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The Garifuna Collective Returns, 5 Years After Frontman Andy Palacio’s Death BY BRET LOVE
HE GARIFUNA IS LOCATED SOUTH of Belize City in the small fishing community of Hopkins Village which has preserved this remarkably rich culture for hundreds of years. The Garinagu people, whose language and culture is called Garifuna, descend from shipwrecked Africans whose ancestry can be traced back to the Yoruba, Ibo, and Ashanti tribes of Ghana, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone. After making their way to Central America, they intermarried with Carib and Arawak Amerindians, and came to be known by the British as “Black Caribs.” Their music, dance, food and clothing offers a mixture of African, Amerindian and Spanish influences that is unique to Central America. Proclaimed a “Masterpiece of the Oral & Intangible Heritage of Humanity” by UNESCO in 2001, Garifuna culture went unknown outside the region until 2007, when Andy Palacio & the Garifuna Collective released Wátina. The album, which earned favorable comparisons to Paul Simon’s Graceland, put the culture of Belize on the map, eventually earning the title of Best World Music Album of All Time by Amazon. Unfortunately, Palacio– a prominent Belizean cultural ambassador and outspoken advocate for the preservation of Garifuna culture– died from a stroke at the untimely age of 48, just months before the band’s scheduled world tour. The loss was devastating to Belize, but even moreso to Ivan Duran, who produced Wátina and released all of Andy’s albums on his Stonetree Records label. It was Duran who was left to pick up the pieces after Palacio’s passing. Now, five years later, he and The Garifuna Collective are back with two new albums. I was recently honored to get a chance to speak with Duran about Garifuna music, Andy’s death, and the rich cultural traditions of Belize. How would you describe the Garifuna culture for people who don’t know it? It’s unique because it’s a blend of West African traditions with indigenous Caribbean traditions. It’s predominately an Arawak language, but it has many words that come from Africa, English, Spanish and French. But perhaps the most interesting aspect is the music. Garifuna music is a rich blend of African-derived rhythms mixed with soulful melodies, which are predominately from Arawak and Carib Indians. It’s very unique in the world. Can you talk about Punta and Paranda, and what makes them unique among Caribbean musical forms? In Garifuna culture, Punta and Paranda are the most popular rhythms. They’re very different. Punta is fast and danceable: It’s a fertility dance, so it’s a very sensual movement between a man and woman. It’s sung in a West African call-and-response form, with pulsating drums. Paranda is the more soulful side of Garifuna music, composed on guitar. They’re much more melodic, and there’s a bit of Latin flavor to the rhythm. The guitar was introduced when the Garifuna were exiled to Spanish colonies in Central America, and they assimilated it into the culture. It sounds very romantic, but it’s also about storytelling. Each town would have a couple of Parandaros, who’d write songs for the village. The songs would range from a love story to a tragedy, like a hurricane or someone’s house burnt down.
So they’re like the griots of West Africa? Yes, absolutely! The songs of the village traveled to other villages, and were adapted. Some songs from Honduras ended up in Belize, and vice versa. They exist in both countries, but they’re completely different. How did the Garifuna Collective originally come together? It started in the mid ‘90s, when I launched Stonetree Records. I kept working with the same musicians and composers, so it became obvious that we had chemistry. When we started recording Wátina with Andy and the rest of the guys, we had to decide what to we call it. That’s when we came up with “The Garifuna Collective.” It was the most accurate way to name the band, because it was a collective effort. Everyone contributed to the songs. When Wátina was received well, Andy took the bull by the horns, and we were very lucky for that. He was by far the biggest contributor, and also the most eloquent and charismatic.
How did Andy’s untimely passing affect you and the group? Losing Andy was a huge blow, both professionally and personally. Our whole world was shattered. Belize became a different country the next day. Andy was that big. It felt like we lost part of ourselves. There was a tour scheduled to happen after he died– a tour that had been booked many months in advance. The first thing we had to decide was whether we were going to cancel it. Everybody said, “Absolutely not! We’re going to make it the Andy Palacio Tribute tour,” which became our biggest tour ever. Andy opened up the doors for us, and there was no way we were going to let that door shut in our faces. We needed to make sure we left at least a crack open: If the world were to forget what happened, it would be extremely difficult for the next generation of Garifuna artists to take advantage of what Andy had accomplished. Amazon named Wátina “Best World Music Album of All Time.” Do you feel like the album’s success opened the world up to the culture of Belize? I take awards and lists with a grain of salt. But I can understand why there was all the publicity and willingness to acknowledge the work. Central America has never been known for positive things. When you think of the region, you think about civil wars, hurricanes, and the drug trade. You don’t think about great music. Wátina is an extremely inspiring story when you think of it in a historical perspective. In the time of St. Vincent, the Garifuna were all exiled and left on an island to die of disease and hunger. Now, not only is Garifuna culture surviving, but they’re showing the world that celebrating these traditions actually pays off. It’s remarkable what’s been accomplished with a few dedicated people.
took us 5 years to finish this album. One of the biggest accomplishments of this record, at least for me, is that now it sounds like a band. We’ve found our sound. One of the decisions we had to make is that we’ll never have a frontman again. That’s Andy’s spot, and he will never be replaced. We’re kind of like The Wailers without Bob Marley. In order to do that, we had to learn, grow and transform. Now, it feels like the whole village is singing. That’s beautiful, because it’s a true reflection of what music means in the Garifuna community and how songs are made. It’s always a collective effort.
What’s your dream for the future of the Garifuna Collective? This album gives me confidence that we have a very unique sound. Whether you like it or not is another question. My dream is that we infect other artists with our musical vibe. I think Belize’s contribution to the music world is that we can apply what we do to almost any style of music and make it better. From the way we record albums, to the instruments we use, to the way we create and arrange music, it’s totally unique. I hope that Belize can become a major tourist destination in the future, just like Jamaica was after Bob Marley. I think Belize is an ideal place, and I think we have all of the elements for that to happen.
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NEW YORK COOL MEETS LA PUNK Guitarist/songwriter/artist Chris Stein on Blondie and Beyond BY LEE VALENTINE SMITH
few things and go from there. HE ARCHETYPE OF CHIC NEW Back in the day, did the scenes influence each York reserve, Chris Stein is the cool, calm other or were both sides sort of working in their and seemingly detached co-founder of own space? Was there any type of good-natured Blondie. His iconic presence has anchored the competition? popular New Wave band for nearly 40 years. It was a kind of simultaneous thing. We first In the process, the busy entertainer has found went to LA in 1976, maybe. First times we time to write songs, create art and compile an went there, it was the end of the glam rock impressive collection of photographs. Recently, ear, you know? And everything was about to Stein presented a few of his favorite images in an change, rapidly. exhibit at the Morrison Hotel Gallery in trendy West Hollywood. Yet “Hell In The City Of Angels” hasn’t taken up all of his time, Stein has also been How was Blondie accepted in the gritty Sunset Strip/Hollywood club scenes? diligently working on new material, some of Well, it went great. I really remember when which will be premiered later this summer on the we first got there, everybody was still doing road and on the new Blondie album Ghosts Of the whole scarves and bellDownload. Mirroring his L.A.bottoms and stuff. But within a centric exhibit, New York-based THE NO couple of weeks, the kids in the Blondie we on tour with west audience were wearing ties and PRINCIPLES coast punk legends X on a trip white shirts. It changed almost that brings the two influential TOUR, FEAT. bands to Atlanta next month. BLONDIE AND X overnight. Stein spoke with INsite from At this point in history, what is Oct. 1 • 8pm his studio in Manhattan and he “punk” and what is “new wave” was just as reserved and quietly Buckhead Theatre and where do they meet? intense as one might expect. At this point in time, all the labelling and genres and Let’s talk about your photo exhibit. It’s a pretty limited engagement, correct. subgenres has become even more meaningless. I mean, what’s the difference between Swedish Yeah, well it was only up for two weeks, and it’s only in L.A. But they say they may have it in New House and Mumbai House? It’s hard to define a lot of this stuff. York. It’s not a huge exhibit, right? It’s only 23 or 24 images. Looking back, what do those terms mean to you, personally? Then and now. Is there a certain theme to the show? The punk thing? Well, it has a lot to do with I tried to put more things kind of related to Los fashion and style as well as music. Like that Angeles. We spent a lot of time out there in the thing at the Met, where it was all made into high ‘70s and early ‘80s. So I had to go through quite a
fashion, which was kind of interesting.
As an artist, what was your opinion of [the recent Metropolitan exhibit, Chaos To Couture]? It was ok. It could have been bigger and there was a lot of really expensive stuff in it. They did have some street-level stuff, but some of it, I mean it’s a little conflicting to see a $100,000 Couture gown called “punk,” you know? Every scene gets tainted in some sort of way, usually quickly. Yeah, sure. All that stuff. Well, it was the same with the Beatles’ and the Stones,’ and all those guys’ styles. It was quickly mass-produced.
September. So ya gotta give or take a few years here and there. But yeah, I’ll guess we’ll do a tour thing. I guess it’ll be nice if my photo book gets out by then. And we do have new music coming out pretty soon, hopefully. So we’ll see.
Speaking of mass-produced, what do you think about the upcoming CBGB’s Movie? I think everyone involved with it is a little apprehensive. I wanna like it but I’m also sort of horrified by it. If they make it humorous and tongue in cheek, maybe. But I think it’s gonna be glossed over and Hollywoodized. At the same time, I don’t know, the trailer doesn’t look too bad. I like the kid who’s doing the Joey Ramone character. We’ll have to see what happens.
How is the Blondie band dynamic today, compared to the first few years? It’s a lot more professional and less crazy than it was. At first, everybody was just trying to figure out what the hell was going on. It’s the whole music scene and the whole touring situation, it’s all much more professional. Touring, you know, is an industry now; a whole industry surrounds it. It’s not anywhere near as crazy and haphazard as it was back then.
It seems to be getting a lot of advance, negative feedback. Well, I think people would like to see something darker and gritty. Because that’s what it was like, dark and gritty. It could be very glossy. I’m afraid it’s just gonna be like “Rock Of Ages,” with punk.
How are you planning the show with so much history to choose from? How do you please yourself and the fans as well with the set? We’ve been putting a lot of new songs in the show now and they seem to be integrating well. The fans seem to be liking them. In the UK, they worked well. You know, there’s a connection with the audience, when we’re playing some of those old songs we’ve played for the 80 millionth time, it still has an emotional content and the audience produces the response.
Next year is billed as the 40th anniversary of Blondie. Actually, I met Debbie 40 years ago this year, in
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T CAN BE PRETTY LONELY BEING THE SOLE NON-punk band on a punk rock label. But the guys in The Joy of Painting have no complaints. And for South Division Records– the growing Michigan-based punk label that put out the band’s latest, Tender Age– you can’t argue with great music, regardless of classification. The Nashville-based boys in Joy of Painting play a deeply infectious mix of Replacements- and Weezer-inspired pop rock that has hooks sharp enough to pierce even the most cynical music fan. And Tender Age is easily the band’s best collection of songs to date. Joy of Painting singer Garreth Spinn spoke with us recently about the band’s afro-blessed namesake, the power of Elvis Costello, and how a local reporter prompted the band to throw together their last record. Let’s start out with how the band actually first came together. Did you guys all know each other pretty well before you decide to put a band together? Yeah, pretty much all of us went to Middle Tennessee State and we were just all in the same circle of musician friends. We talked about making a record, which turned into another record and more shows and we’re all just really close friends. We’re a tight crew and are always creating. It’s a great relationship between the five of us. Let’s talk about the band name. Is it in honor of Bob Ross? (Laughs) We are really into band names, and when the time came to come up with a name we made lists upon lists of potential names. I don’t remember having a crazy revelation or anything. Kyle actually came up with it. I don’t even remember being super excited about it, but it was something we all liked and we all have varying opinions in the band, so it was a surprise that more than two people liked it. We sat on it for a couple of days and I watched the show (The Joy of Painting) for 4 or 5 hours one day… Kyle re-discovered The Joy of Painting with Bob Ross, and he started coming up with PG 28 • September 2013 • insiteatlanta.com
a list of Bob Ross-related band names. I think the nod to the TV show is pretty subtle, at least in the energy and spirit with which Bob had for his TV show. We sort of made it fit for a rambunctious rock band… The bad thing about being a band in this era is that good band names are few and far between. You gotta take what you can get. I was reading somewhere, and it may have been in your bio, that you actually didn’t record this one in a proper studio. No, it was done at home. We are lucky in a sense that we have a lot of resources within the band. We all studied music business or audio engineering, so we have a lot of resources in that sense. Mark is an incredibly talented engineer, and he’s been working on stuff for a while. We demoed to see what it would sound like, and we really liked those. It certainly sounds professional. Mark did an incredibly good job. We also had some help from a friend who is a pop and country music engineer in town. We brought him in because we were really going for a more radiofriendly sound. We wanted something fun and catchy, so we brought in someone who has done mixes for radio and we tried our best to make something major label sounding with the heart of an indie band. How do you approach writing songs? Do you guys write together as a band, or do you come up with the lyrics first? Well, there are a few songs, like the track “I’m Reelin,” that we all wrote together. That’s one of those songs that just came out of a jam essentially. Most of the other songs I wrote at home. Songs Like “Dontchu Wanna” and “Back to Romance” were all songs that I sat down and wrote, but there were others that we actually wrote in the studio… One thing that goes along with all of the songs is they’ve gotta be hooky, they’ve gotta be catchy and memorable. That’s mostly my contribution to the band. I love pop music. I don’t like anything longer than four minutes.
That’s one thing that stood out for me about this record. Pop is such a taboo word nowadays, but Elvis Costello was ultimately a pop musician. He wrote phenomenal songs, but they were essentially pop songs. The cool thing about Elvis Costello is that he redefined pop music in a lot of ways. He wrote some really poppy songs, but they were only ones that he could sing. He’s a big inspiration to me as a writer. I want to write things that are unique, but accessible. People like Elvis Costello or Harry Nilsson, who I adore, are guys I idolize. They’re writing very memorable pop tunes, but a little left of center. So South Division put out this record, and they are a great indie punk label. But you guys don’t really sound like much of the other groups on their roster. I’ll give you the real story of how it happened, and it’s pretty lame on my part. For a while there, anyone who “liked” the Joy of Painting Facebook page, I would creep on them to see where they were from. I saw a guy who liked our Facebook page, did some digging and saw that he was from South Division. We were trying to put out a 7”, so I sent him some songs and asked him what he thought. He got back to me and said, “Let’s do it.” Having a resource like South Division has made our lives easier in so many ways. I couldn’t be more grateful.
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11. NEW YORK GIANTS
HE YEAR WAS 1999. THE ATLANTA FALCONS played the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXXIII. The sides probably remember the 34-19 game in two very different ways. The Birds want to forget all about Eugene Robinson’s off-the-field nightmare. The Broncos still daydream about John Elway’s on-the-field heroics. Nearly 15 years later, these same two teams are on a collision course for another encounter, this time at Super Bowl XLVIII in New York City on February 2, 2014. And while the names on the back of the jerseys have changed, the outcome won’t— Denver will once again trump Atlanta on the biggest of stages.
The three things the Giants are most thankful for: 1) QB Eli Manning; 2) The WR tandem of Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks; 3) The fact they don’t have a single road game in the month of November.
It’s only fitting that the Cowboys’ home will be called AT&T Stadium for the first time this year because if Tony Romo, Dez Bryant and the rest don’t make a serious playoff run, fans around Big D will be calling for some major changes.
While the Birds’ stellar offense gets all of the headlines —With Ryan, Jones, White and new workhorse RB Steven Jackson, we see why— it’s the something-to-prove D (rookie corners Robert Alford and Desmond Trufant will be household names in two years) that will guide the A to NYC.
2. SAN FRANCISCO
We understand the S.I. covers and Madden commercials for 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick. The guy has all the makings of Steve Young 2.0. But with that battered WR group, it would take Joe Montana ’89 to keep things looking halfway decent out there.
3. GREEN BAY
Though Greg Jennings is gone and Jordy Nelson is on a gimpy knee, we still think Aaron Rodgers is the best overall signal caller in the game. He, tight end monster Jermichael Finley and rookie RB Eddie Lacy will keep the Pack at the peak of the NFC North.
12. TAMPA BAY
Because the Bucs are near the bottom of this conference ranking does not mean we don’t see some potential. It’s just that we still see QB Josh Freeman’s ugly numbers (17 INTs and more defensive misreads than we can count) from a year ago, too.
Contrary to what this lowly placement insinuates, we like the kind of thinking (signing QB Carson Palmer, picking Tyrann Mathieu) coming out of Glendale these days. They’ll be a playoff contender in a year.
15. ST. LOUIS
We love the draft picks (WR Tavon Austin, LB Alec Ogletree) and still like the quarterback (Sam Bradford), but we loathe the Rams’ early schedule (Atlanta, Dallas and San Francisco before October).
The Panthers are a sketchy 2-12 over the last two years in contests decided by seven points or less. That’s a leadership issue. If QB Cam Newton can get his heart and head to hum along to the same beat, that will no longer be a problem.
Reggie Bush was drafted at just the 40th slot in most ESPN fantasy drafts this year, a sign that folks don’t really think he’ll shine alongside the stat-stuffing Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson. We’re not one of those folks.
5. NEW ORLEANS
We’ve seen Sean Payton and Drew Brees work wonders together, so we’re not putting anything outside the realm of possibility in the Crescent City. But if the Saints are to snatch the NFC South crown from the Falcons, they’ll have to survive a brutal four-game stretch vs. Dallas, San Francisco, Atlanta and Seattle.
Even with all the regular-season flash and playoff pizzazz, the do-everything Russell Wilson still only averaged 182 passing yards per game a year ago. Translation: He’s nowhere near his peak. NFC West, be very, very scared.
Everyone was so enamored with Adrian Peterson’s MVP rushing numbers (12 TDs, 2,097 yards) that the team’s pitiful passing stats (31st in passing yards) were largely overlooked. Our calculations suggest that the signing of Greg Jennings should correct that.
8. WASHINGTON D.C
In case you were wondering, Vincent Gray’s tenure as D.C. mayor is up in 2015. If Redskins sensation Robert Griffin III keeps stirring excitement around the city like he has thus far, he’d win the election in a landslide. ‘Til then, he gets our vote for Most Fascinating Young QB in the NFL.
We’re still a bit unclear as to how effective the usually explosive Brandon Marshall will be after hip surgery. If he’s anywhere close to where his 2012 numbers were (11 TDs, 1,508 yards), the Bears could blow forecasts of mediocrity out of the water.
Coach Chip Kelly displayed a brilliant offensive mind at the University of Oregon. But seeing a 4-3 defense from the Fresno State Bulldogs ain’t the same as one from the New York Giants. We’ll give him a year to get his feet wet.
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Seeing other sports outlets echo our Super Bowl prediction for this team should have us pause, but we’re just so enamored by Peyton Manning, Wes Welker and Demaryius Thomas on offense and the respectable chaps on D —Sucks that the suspended Von Miller won’t suit up until Week 7 though— that we’re sticking with our gut here.
To shift from last year’s Jekyll-and-Hyde ways —The Texans started the season 11-1 but lost three of their last four matchups— they need for Arian Foster to stay healthy and the steady defense to keep bringing the pain.
3. NEW ENGLAND
Danny Amendola fills in perfectly for Wes Welker in the slot. Tom Brady throws for 4,500 yards. The Patriots win the AFC East. The world is round. Blah, blah, blah.
So much attention has been given to the names (Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Anquan Boldin) lost by the defending Super Bowl champs that people are forgetting about the more-than-capable studs (Joe Flacco, Ray Rice, Torrey Smith) still donning the black and purple.
Not sure if we’re more excited to see the Andy Dalton-to-A.J. Green aerial show in its third full year, or the debut acts of TE Tyler Eifert and RB Giovani Bernard.
Ben Roethlisberger last hoisted the Lombardi trophy on February 2009. Seems like ages ago, right? What with Big Ben’s growing list of injuries, an aging defense and the loss of WR Mike Wallace, look for even more wrinkles to show in Steel City.
We’re still a bit shocked that the Colts were able to pull 10 wins out of last year’s hat. For any chance at more magic, wunderkind Andrew Luck needs guys like Darrius Heyward-Bey, T.Y. Hilton and Vick Ballard to have wonderful years.
8. KANSAS CITY
How bad was the Chiefs’ QB play a year ago? The squad’s 169 yards per game was the lowest in the league. Enter: Alex Smith. While far from the flashiest name, putting him alongside new coach Andy Reid and superstar-in-the-making RB Jamaal Charles can only help that number improve.
9. NEW YORK JETS
Sorry, but we’re not sold on Geno Smith being the guy behind center after Mark Sanchez’s inevitable final hiccup. We’re also not buying the idea that Rex Ryan still has control over the circus better known as the Jets’ locker room.
Like Ryan Reynolds’ movie career or Apple TV, we’re just waiting for Jake Locker to finally live up to the hype. If there’s any time for the talented QB to do it, it’s right now, especially with Chris Johnson focused, Kenny Britt avoiding trouble with the law and Shonn Greene on the roster.
Much like the Indians in MLB and what the Cavaliers appear to be doing in the NBA, the Browns are on the cusp of becoming relevant again. Exciting young backs (Trent Richardson), new offensive coordinators (Norv Turner) and big-name adds to the defense (Paul Kruger) tend to have that effect.
Mike Wallace’s addition to the wideout crew shows that the Dolphins want to compete. We’re just not so sure that Miami as a whole has the first-team talent and second-line support to really put up much of a fight.
Though there’s a new head coach (Doug Marrone), new QB (rookie E.J. Manuel) and new mindset for the Bills, we’re still expecting the same old outcome— another postseason-less season.
14. SAN DIEGO
After a nine-win year in ’10, an eight-win one in ’11 and a seven-win campaign in ’12, the front office elected to start over, replacing head coach Norv Turner with Mike McCoy. The so-so squad will be lucky to have a six-win season in ’13.
You may not hear it immediately over all the booos coming from the Bay, but there’s a steady cry from fans to see what Terrelle Pryor could do as the team’s No. 1 signal caller. After a likely 2-4 start, he’ll deserve his shot.
The city’s Jaxtoberfest, a loose interpretation of Germany’s Oktoberfest, takes place October 11-12. We mention this because, by early fall, this Jags team will be playing so badly, any tortured fans will need a stiff drink. insiteatlanta.com • September 2013 • PG 29
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