Featured Show – Big Medicine Festival – March 7, 2015

Featured Show – Brother Hawk’s Big Medicine Festival – March 7th

This week’s featured show is a good one!  The second annual Big Medicine Festival hosted and headlined by Atlanta’s own Brother Hawk is back at the Basement in east Atlanta this Saturday. The other bands that are playing this year include Stonerider, Big Jesus, Tedo Stone, Trae Vedder of Death on Two Wheels, Radio Birds, Bear Fight, Madre Padre, and Moonbase. The music ranges from blues to 60’s/70’s influenced rock to heavier rock. Usually you would see Brother Hawk headline a show, pack the venue out, and play an unforgettable set. Easily Big Jesus or Stonerider or Radio Birds are capable of the exact same thing so seeing all of these bands in one night is a huge treat. Local vendors will be set up with a lot of fantastic goods including Oakleaf & Acorn, Warhorse Workshop, Crooked Creek.  Get to the Basement early and stay late to make sure you see all of the incredible bands.  I highly advise buying your ticket in advance, which you can do so right HERE.

Big Medicine Fest: Brother Hawk & Company – 5:00 PM – The Basement EAV

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What’s been happening in 2015?

2015 has already been incredible for me and for local music of course. I thought I would fill you in since I’m starting this blog back up in March.


Torche – Masquerade – Jan. 2, 2015

Live Music
I started off the year seeing Torche play at Center Stage. They are currently on tour promoting their new insanely good album Restarter which was just released late February.  One of my favorite bands from Texas, Boyfrndz played at 529 and I loved every minute of it.  I saw locals Hello Cobra play a couple of times and they are always great.  I saw Blood on the Harp a couple of times as well. They are with out a doubt one of my favorite local bluegrass bands and I know they will be doing great things this year.  Whores played an incredible show at the Earl earlier this month.  I’ll be updating the Atlanta Music Calendar soon so you can keep track of who is playing around town and which shows I’ll be at!

The bands/musicians I have seen this year: Koskee, Torche, Lionize, Caleb Warren and the Perfect Gentlemen, Blood on the Harp, Rye Baby, Gunpowder Gray, Deku, Dark Room, Phossy Jaw, Michael Tolcher, Copious Jones, Kayo Dot, Hello Cobra, Universe Divide, Zruda, Ben Howard, Hiss Golden Messenger, Karma to Burn, Nones, Motherfucker, Yamin Semali, DT, Dropout, Get Damned, Waste Layer, Jonny Craig, Kyle Lucas, Maggie Schneider, Dams, Hank & Cupcakes, Little Tybee, Stonerider, Skybison, Boyfrndz, Caddywhompus, Whores, Lazer/Wulf, Mtn Isl, Retox, Cinemechanica, Big Jesus, The Powder Room.  23 shows – 43 bands – YUP!

New Music
Royal Thunder announced the release of their sophomore album Crooked Doors through Relapse Records.  Dropout finally released their 2014 debut album Turn Away from the Light on vinyl which I’ll be featuring on my site this month. Book Club released their sophomore album One-Way Moon which I’ll also be featuring in my vinyl spotlight series.  Strange Planet released a new album in February called Life in Parallel.  Minor Miracles released their second EP called Völksen and I love it! Völksen didn’t get a vinyl release but the CD hand made packaging is nothing short of amazing.  I know there was more released the past couple of months but I just can not think right now. I’m excited to hear what other albums are released this year!

Now that we are all caught up what other shows should I go to? What else should I be listening to?  Let’s go to a show!

Boyfrndz - 529 - Feb. 12, 2015

Boyfrndz – 529 – Feb. 12, 2015


Whores – The Earl – Feb. 17, 2015

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A few words.


I think it is so important to support local/regional bands because the local music community is the main factor in getting a band more recognition and really just showing them that their efforts aren’t going unnoticed.  The Atlanta music scene is missing voices that can help get artists more exposure.
Supporting music is my passion. I pay attention. I listen when I go to shows. I am not an expert or a professional musician.  I do however love live music and listening to music in any capacity. I hope by getting back into writing on Promising Chord I can bring good music to your ears. Maybe you will hear something you like or have never heard before.  Keep in mind that I listen to a lot of different types of music.  From metal to folk music.  I will mainly be showcasing local/regional bands with the occasional feature on a national band.  Because we all know I have a lot of love to give.  I will not only be featuring bands but all aspects of the business that make up this music scene.  From promoters to venue owners to bands that have come and gone but still left their mark on the scene.  I want to start more conversations.  The music scene only thrives when people are actively supporting and helping each other grow.  Let’s go to a show!

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Featured Shows: April 28-May 03, 2014

Featured Shows

I didn’t have too much time to update my show calendar last week so this isn’t a complete list but it will do for now.  I am most excited about seeing the lovely and talented Jessica Lea Mayfield on Saturday but there are great shows happening all week long.  Let’s go to a show!

Ron Mexico

04.28 – Sons of Tonatiuh, Lions of Tsavo, Get Damned, Lost Hours – 529 – More Info
04.28 – White Hills, Irreversible, Hot Fudge – The Earl – More Info

04.30 – Aqua Nebula Oscillator, Hot Victory, Abby GoGo – 529 – More Info
04.30 – The Men, Nude Beach, Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires, Shaved Christ – The Earl – More Info

05.01 – Ron Mexico, Palaces, Holy Quit, Halfgod – 529 – More Info
05.01 – DIP, Fine Peduncle, Bees and Enormous Tigers, DAMS -The Clermont Lounge – More Info

05.02 – Lazer/Wulf , Iron Whip, Waking The Bates, Loraine – Star Bar – More Info

05.03 – Hermits of Suburbia, Waking The Bates, Crazy Bag Lady, Phossy Jaw – Drunken Unicorn – More Info
05.03 – Jessica Lea Mayfield, Dylan Leblanc – The Earl – More Info

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Week in Review: Angel Olsen, Today the Moon Tomorrow the Sun, Tikka, and more.

Week In Review: April 22-27, 2014


Angel Olsen – The Earl – April 24

It’s about time that the Week in Review posts emerged again.  2014 has been a great year in music and it can only get better.  Last week started out with a free show at 529 and the Great American Noise Jihad.  They brought an impressive crowd and got everyone super hyped.  I had never heard of them until that day and I was very impressed with their live show.  They reminded me a lot of another great Atlanta band Winston Audio that parted ways several years ago.  I sure do miss them.

Tuesday I went to the Earl for the always great Weedeater and local openers Dropout.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Dropout gets better every time I see them and I am so excited that they have finished recording their new album which should be released later on this year.

As if I don’t go the Earl enough I went back on Thursday for Angel Olsen.  Angel Olsen and her band were incredible.  She had everyone in the room mesmerized by her soft vocals and relaxed presence.

Today The Moon, Tomorrow The Sun - Terminal West - April 25

Today The Moon, Tomorrow The Sun – Terminal West – April 25

By Friday it was back to supporting local music by being at Terminal West for a Today the Moon, Tomorrow the Sun Quads album release show.  Other local favorites Fox Grin and Small Reactions opened up the show.  The room was packed and it was so nice to see everyone there supporting and enjoying the music.  Today the Moon, Tomorrow the Sun gave the crowd an exceptional performance that was really their best and most cohesive to date.  I am so happy for TTMTTS and I know 2014 will be a great year for them.  I dropped by 529 after to catch another great Atlanta band Radio Birds playing to a packed room.

Saturday was a more chill day but I did manage to see a few bands on the ATL punk fest known as the Mess-Around roster at 529.  The Coathangers were headlining but I was there for Dinos Boys, Shantih Shantih, and Brain F≠.

Last but not least I was at Smith’s Olde Bar on Sunday for the third installment of Promising Chord presents and it was SO much fun.  I am so thankful for anyone who supports local music and it was so great to see so many people there for the show.  All four of the acts were incredible from Sydney Eloise serenading the crowd to Dark Room’s mellow electronic sounds.  Tikka put everyone in a psychedelic trance and the night ended with a fun, high energy set from Lightnin’ Ray & the Mystics.  I loved everything about it and I hope that I get the opportunity to present more great local lineups!

Me being super happy about the turn out at Smith’s yesterday.

Complete List of who I saw last week:
Great American Noise Jihad, Exwhy, Weedeater, Dropout, Wolves and Jackals, Angel Olsen, Promised Land Sound, Ruination, Bird City Revolutionaries, Today the Moon, Tomorrow the Sun, Small Reactions, Fox Grin, Radio Birds, Dinos Boys, Brain F≠, Shantih Shantih, Lightnin Ray & the Mystics, Tikka, Dark Room, Sydney Eloise

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Featured Shows – April 14-20, 2014

Featured Shows

Shows are sparse this week but it still is the most wonderful time of the year because of Record Store Day on Saturday!!! Not only are there great local bands playing all day at Atlanta’s best record store, Criminal Records, but Gunpowder Gray and Muuy Bien are throwing a special dual album release show down the street at Star Bar.  This week is going to rule.  Let’s go to a show!

GunpowderGray04.14 – Nile, Disfigurement, VadimVon – Masquerade – More Info
04.14 – The Sounds, Blondfire, Ghost Beach – Terminal West – More Info
04.14 – Pet Cobra, Bodyfather, The Hotels – 529 – FREE – More info

04.17 – Reverends, Weary Heads, MammaBear, Fox Grin – Star Bar – More Info
04.17 – Sealions, Ne-hi, 100 Watt Horse – 529 – More info
04.17 – Wild Child, Them Wagoneers, The Good Graces – The Vinyl – More Info

04.19 - RECORD STORE DAY (See Schedule below)
04.19 – Gunpowder Gray, Muuy Biien,  Odonis Odonis, The Selfish Lovers – Star Bar – More Info
04.19 – Cloud Nothings, Ryley Walker – The Masquerade – More Info
04.19 – Bear Girl, Cinema Novo, Capital Arms – The Masquerade – More Info
04.19 – The Love Language, Antique Firearms, Casper & the Cookies – 529 – More Info

04.20 – Midnight, Shitfucker, Mangled – The Earl – More Info


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Featured Show – April 8-13, 2014

Featured Shows

April is off to a great start and I couldn’t be more excited about this week’s batch of shows.  Two local college radio stations WRAS and WREK are throwing shows at Mammal Gallery, which just successfully raised a lot of money to revamp their new artist/music space.  HAWKS, Big Jesus, Athen’s own The Powder Room and more are playing the Earl on Saturday.  I couldn’t have asked for a better line-up.  OH and on Sunday, Promising Chord is hosting another show at Smith’s Olde Bar featuring Rrest, Starfigher and Minor Miracles.  Now get out there and enjoy local music!!!


04.08 – The Greens, Spines, Launch Party – 529 – More Info
04.08 – Daniel Rossen, Department of Eagles, William Tyler – Terminal West – More Info

04.09 – Swank Sinatra, R. Garcia Band, Cinema Novo – Star Bar – More Info
04.09 - I Want Whisky, Lily and the Tigers, Avi Jacob – The Earl – More Info

04.10 – WRASFest: Ringo Deathstarr, Order of the Owl, Dasher, Twin Studies, Makeup – Mammal Gallery – More Info
04.10 – White Fang, Denny & The Jets, A. Grimes – 529 – More info

04.11 – Mac DeMarco, Juan Wauters, Mood Rings – Goat Farm – More Info
04.11 – Turf War, Concord America, Ranch Ghost, Majestico – The Earl – More Info
04.11 – The Left Field Experiment: Deku, Wake, Double Cypher – 529 – More info413Flyer

04.12 – HAWKS, Big Jesus, Powder Room, Cheap Art, Uniform – The Earl – More Info
04.12 – WREKtacular: Warehouse, Blunt Fang, Sonic Generator, In Sonitus Lux – Mammal Gallery – More Info
04.12 – Zoners, Onchi, Dinos Boys, GHB – Star Bar – More Info

04.13 – Promising Chord Presents: Rrest, Minor Miracles, Starfighter – Smith’s Olde Bar – More Info

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Featured Shows: March 31-April 6, 2014

Featured Shows

I’m really excited to announce a new series of shows happening every Sunday at Smith’s Olde Bar hosted by Promising Chord and Thirsty Ear Productions.  The shows are FREE and feature some of Atlanta’s best up and coming local bands.  This Sunday’s show features a super secret headliner and I would love to see local music supporters there!  The rest of the week is packed with good shows at venues all around including Real Estate at Terminal West on Monday, Tesseract at Drunken Unicorn on Tuesday, and Cinemechanica at the Earl on Friday.  Let’s go to a show!

dropout03.31 – Real Estate, Pure X – Terminal West – More Info
03.31 – Death of Kings, Voyage of Slaves, DROPOUT, Sybaritic – The Basement – More Info

04.01 – Pokey LaFarge – Eddie’s Attic – More Info
04.01 – TesseracT, Intronaut, Cloudkicker – Drunken Unicorn – More Info
04.01 – Cute Boots, Pinebox Boys, Battlefield Collective, Blood On The Harp – 529 – FREE – More Info

04.02 – Alexandria, Ethereal, Sounds by Dexter – 529 – More Info

04.04 – Lazer/Wulf, Cinemechanica, Hello Cobra – The Earl – More Info
04.04 – Bipolaroid, Tiger! Tiger!, Andrew & the Dispyramids – 529 – More Info

04.05 – The Whiskey Gentry, Radiolucent, The Defibulators – Terminal West – More Info
04.05 – BABY BABY, Biters, Machines Are People Too – Drunken Unicorn – More Info
04.05 – Gringo Star, Tedo Stone, Shook Foil – The Earl – More Info
04.05 – Wolves and Jackals, Prime Mover, HellBent – The Basement – More Info
04.05 – deadCAT, Boyfrndz, Clothes, Suffer Dragon – 529 – FREE – More Info

04.06 – Promising Chord Presents: Randy Michael, Illiterates, Leotards – Smith’s Olde Bar – More Info
04.06 – Authority Zero, Donald Spence, Burns Like Fire, In Tents – The Masquerade – More Info

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Featured Shows – March 24-30, 2014

Featured Shows

March is coming to an end but music never sleeps.  If I could recommend any shows in particular it would be the Ancient River, Reverends show at 529 on Monday and the Blue Sky Black Death, RBTS Win show at the Basement on Saturday.  Let’s go to a show!

bsbd flyer rbts03.24 – Ancient River, Soundtrack, Reverends, Dear Woodland Creatures – 529 – FREE – More Info

03.25 – Outer Spaces, Pinecones, MTN ISL, Netherfriends – 529 – More Info
03.25 – Sheeba Darwin, Faith In Anchors, Get Damned, Koskee – Mammal Gallery – More Info

03.26 – Madre Padre, The Dirty Magazines, The Johnny Rebs – Star Bar – More Info

03.27 – The Bohannons, Blue Blood, Tracer Metula  – The Earl – More Info

03.28 – Opposite Box, Todd Mcqueen – Elliott Street Pub – More Info
03.28 – Abby Gogo, Georges Bataille Battle Cry, Shepherds, Sheeba Darwin – Star Bar – More Info
03.28 – Swank Sinatra, Hungry Ears, BearKnuckle. Hot Wives – Drunken Unicorn – More Info

03.29 – Holly Hunt, Hollow Leg, Dasher, Motherfucker – 529 – More Info
03.29 – Blue Sky Black Death, RBTS Win, Hybrabadd, Quicktemper – The Basement – More Info
03.29 – Cousin Dan, PLS PLS, Twin Tigers – The Earl – More Info

03.30 – Bayside, Four Year Strong, Daylight, Mixtapes – The Masquerade – More Info

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Featured Shows – March 17-23, 2014

Featured Shows

Bands from all over are visiting Atlanta this week mainly due to touring around South by South West last week.  Red Bull and Tight Bros are at it again with another killer show on Saturday featuring Power Trip, Mangled and more.  Make sure to RSVP to get in for FREE! See you out at a show!

Power Trip

03.17 – Ava Luna, Hello Ocho, Krill, Warehouse – Mammal Gallery – More Info

03.18 – Reuben and the Dark, NO, The Darcys – The Masquerade – More Info
03.18 – Great Good Fine OK, The Love Agenda, Dendera Bloodbath – The Earl – More Info
03.18 – Cerebral Ballzy, Iron Reagan  Death Of Kings – 529 – More Info

03.19 – Shearwater, Death Vessel, Jesca Hoop – The Earl – More Info
03.19 – The Pizza Underground, La Femme, TV Dinner – Mammal Gallery – More Info

03.20 – Dum Dum Girls, Blouse, Vertical Scratchers – The Earl – More Info

03.21 – The Ocean, Scale The Summit, The Atlas Moth, Silver Snakes – The Masquerade – More Info
03.21 – Marquee Mayfield – Elliott Street Pub – More Info
03.21 – Dark Room, Dendera Bloodbath – Mammal Gallery – More Info
03.21 – Heavy Chevy, Synthesiz, Waking Astronomer – 529 – More Info

03.22 – Power Trip, Sadistic Ritual, Hellgoat, Criminal Instinct – The Earl – More Info
03.22 – Classixx, Technicult – Terminal West – More Info

03.23 – Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Eternal Summers  – The Earl – More Info

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