Opera NightclubGirls Night Out | Saturday 5.18Girls Night Out | Saturday 5.18 | 21+ Welcome
Saturdays at Opera Nightclub are Girls Night Out, the hottest party in town! This Saturday we will have the sounds of DJ Ko & Rimby in the main room! Grab your girls and come party with Atlanta's hottest people.
Because we love our ladies so much, you all get FREE entry until 11pm if you sign up on the guestlist. And guys, don't worry, you can sign up too and get discounted admission until 11pm. To sign up on the guestlist text 'SATURDAY' to 67372. Come out for the hottest Saturday night in Atlanta, you deserve it!
**Groups of 6 or more ladies get a FREE bottle of champagne. Ask for bottle upon entry.**
This Saturday come out and enjoy the new Latin Quarters in our Venetian Room. Come out and dance the night away to the hottest latin sounds.
Have a bachelorette party coming up? Opera is the Atlanta standard for bachelorette parties! Contact us at VIP@OperaAtlanta.com to find out about our amazing packages!
For more information or for VIP tables, email VIP@OperaAtlanta.com or call us at 404-775-4734.
2 days 12 hours 18 minutes ago
The MasqueradeLauren Mann & The Fairly Odd FolkSaturday, May 18th
Lauren Mann & The Fairly Odd Folk
w/Lauren Jones & The Current and The Clibber Jones Ensemble
in Purgatory at The Masquerade
7:00 PM / $10.00 ADV / All Ages
Lauren Mann & The Fairly Odd Folk -
In a world where the gift of simply appreciating music seems to have been lost, it takes something extraordinary to capture the heart and the attention of listeners. Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk do just that. From captivating folk-pop melodies to an authentic and energetic performance, you’ll get drawn in to the music and won’t be letting go anytime soon.
The band is fronted by songstress Lauren Mann who started playing live in and around Calgary in 2008. Shortly after, she began collaborating with local musicians and formed somewhat of a collective that became affectionately known as “Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk.”
At the end of 2010, Lauren decided to make her home the open road and began to pursue a full-time music career. She released “Stories From Home,” a collection of songs that had been recorded over the past four years, and booked a 65-day tour across Canada with shows in every province. Since then, Lauren and the collective of “Fairly Odd Folk” that have joined her on her journeys have developed a sound unlike anything else. In less than two years they’ve brought this sound and dynamic live show to audiences in every corner of North America, with over 375 tour dates and over 3400 albums sold.
Having just announced a signing to Wanderer Records, the group, now consisting of Lauren Mann (Lead vocals, piano, ukulele), Jay Christman (drums, guitar), Jessica Christman (bass, additional keys, BGV’s), and Zoltan Szoges (additional keys, percussion, glockenspiel), are excited to release their brand new album “Over Land and Sea” on April 9th 2013. “Over Land and Sea” was produced by Aaron Marsh (Copeland, Person L, Joshua Michael Robinson) in Lakeland, FL and illustrates Lauren’s gift of songwriting with a wide array of instrumentation, beautiful harmonies, and lyrics that tell of whimsical adventures.
Look for Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk on tour this spring in support of “Over Land and Sea,” and rediscover your love for music.
Lauren Jones & The Current – https://www.facebook.com/JonesCurrent
Makers of sounds, singers of songs, Lauren Jones and the Current are an Atlanta based music group. The group started when Yanic Small overheard Lauren singing Jill Scott's "He Loves Me". From there they spent countless nights writing, singing, and making music.
Seeing the impact Lauren's voice has on her audiences, Yanic decided to augment her sound with a soulful bass and atmospheric guitar touches. In addition to Yanic, that's where Tim Allen came in respectively. Not only do they compliment Lauren's sound, but if one of them takes the melody, Lauren's voice becomes an instrument itself as it playfully floats around the bass and guitar. Then there's Jim Dykstra on drumset. Jim's playing, is the heartbeat of the group. With each pulse you not only feel more alive, but you can't help but smile as he controls the rhythm of your soul.
Currently we are recording our EP in Atlanta and have recently performed at Eddie's Attic, Smith's Odle Bar, and Tavern 99 to name a few. Our release date is expected Summer 2013. We would love the opportunity to perform at your venue and hope our unique Blues/R&B sound draws you in. We have all studied,written, and performed music locally in Atlanta for over 11 years. We are ASCAP members and writers.
This combination is something you don't want to miss.
Clibber Jones Ensemble - https://www.facebook.com/ClibberJonesEnsemble
2 days 15 hours 18 minutes ago
The MasqueradeMemorial for Steve BarrentineSaturday, May 18th
Memorial For Steve Barrentine
Featuring: Death Of Kings, Order of the Owl, Demonaut, Palaces, Halmos, Crawl, Degradations, and Iron Whip
in Hell at The Masquerade
7:00 PM / All Ages
FREE but donations accepted to benefit the bands and PAWS Atlanta and a special donation will go to WRAS Album 88.5 in Steve's honor.
Memorial for Steve Barrentine
b. Sept. 17, 1972- d. May 11, 2013
Featuring some of Steve's favorite bands in Atlanta
Death Of Kings-https://www.facebook.com/deathofkingsmetal
Order of The Owl-https://www.facebook.com/orderoftheowl
Hosted by dear friend and comedian, Angela Miller
2 days 15 hours 18 minutes ago
Opera NightclubILLUMINATE | Benny Benassi | 5.17ILLUMINATE | Benny Benassi | 5.17
**18 WELCOME, VIP 21 ONLY**
Presented by Opera Nightclub & Liquified: BENNY BENASSI
Milan born Italian DJ/producer stalwart Benny Benassi – real name Marco Benassi – is widely regarded as one of the most charming, down to earth, internationally respected and treasured artists in the music industry. With over a decade to his illustrious career already, the chart-topping megastar has wholly managed to capture the hearts of multiple generations of EDM fans across the world with his flawless trademark tech/electro/house infused sounds and charismatic performance flair. Whether he’s behind the booth or in the studio, there’s never a dull moment when Benny’s around and fortunately for us, he’s showing no signs of slowing down whatsoever.
For Opera's VIP Experience, call 404-775-4734 or email VIP@operaatlanta.com!
10PM-3AM | 18+ WELCOME, VIP 21+ ONLY
Opening set by Danny M followed by BENNY BENASSI!
Our dresscode for Illuminate is more relaxed to allow for concert wear.
3 days 12 hours 18 minutes ago
The MasqueradeFloored w/ Pretty Please, Blackwater Creek, and Eyes Like TwentyFriday, May 17th
w/ Pretty Please, Blackwater Creek, and Eyes Like Twenty
in Hell at The Masquerade
7:00 PM / $7.00 ADV / All Ages
Floored - https://www.facebook.com/flooredatl
We're an up and coming rock band out of Atlanta. Floored consists of four friends who have been creating music together, in some form or another, since 2006. We have a wide range of influences and backgrounds including Metallica, Mozart, Black Label Society, Black Sabbath, Grand Funk Railroad, and Iron Maiden, to name a few. This band and our music is our passion. We take it all very seriously and always have a good time with it, all the while being true to ourselves and being professional.
Pretty Please - http://www.facebook.com/prettypleasemusic
Blackwater Creek – https://www.facebook.com/BlckWaterCrk
Toe-backy stained, slurred word, whiskey music.
Mudd doggin'- moonshinin'- backwoodsin' elbow deep in some rock music
Eyes Like Twenty - https://www.facebook.com/eyeslike20
Inspired by the likes of Tool, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, and Deftones, Birmingham-based Eyes Like 20 showcase their own aggressive brand of metal-infused alternative rock with a heavy groove. Their sound is felt as much as heard. The beats will keep you dancing and the lyrics will move you while your bones rattle.
Jonathan Lucas's voice, an ideal mix of soul and aggression, is the perfect compliment to the hard-riding, grinding, growling guitar work laid down by Brent Martin and Richey Boyd. The rhythm section, made up of Justin Naramore on bass and John Kennedy on drums, will keep you moving for the entire show with their hard, driving, yet funky beats.
Eyes Like 20 started recording their first full-length album in November 2012 at Avondale Sound in Birmingham, AL with producer/engineer Bradley Timko.
3 days 15 hours 18 minutes ago
Tongue & GrooveSouthern Hospitality Thursdays Only At Tongue & GrooveAtlanta's Only Thursday Night Party...
6 Bar | 2 Distinct Atmospheres
Sounds By DJ Danny M
VIP Table Reservations Recommended 404-261-2325
Guest List Requests At www.TandGOnline.com
4 days 12 hours 18 minutes ago
Opera NightclubLittle BLACK DRESS Affair | WED.5.15Little BLACK DRESS Affair
Ladies text "DRESS" to Opera (67372)
GUYS text "COLLEGE" to Opera (67372)
All Sales are Final
Ladies pull out your favorite Little Black Dress to receive complimentary VIP this Wednesday! Enjoy your Summer with several other students and graduates who party with us each and every Wednesday. Expect plenty of bottle popping in VIP and an awesome crowd turning up the dance floor!
The entire month we're honoring our Grads by giving complimentary tickets to college students the week of their school's graduation!
RSVP NOW FOR YOUR SCHOOLS FREE GRAD KICKOFF OFFER!
SPELMAN & MOREHOUSE | MAY 15TH
GEORGIA GWINNETT COLLEGE | MAY 22ND
SCAD | MAY 29TH
Come join the Opera Experience!
FINE SOUND SYSTEM | LIGHT SHOW |CO2 SYSTEM | LED DJ BOOTH
**$5 DRINK SPECIALS**
18 to Party- 21 to Drink
For the best VIP Experience in the city, call 404-775-4734
5 days 12 hours 18 minutes ago
The MasqueradeThe Two Man Bill Featuring Adam Faucett & Dillon HodgesWednesday, May 15th
The Two Man Bill Featuring :
Adam Faucett and Dillon Hodges
in Purgatory at The Masquerade
7:00 PM / $10.00 ADV / All Ages
TICKETS ON SALE ON FRIDAY, MARCH 29th AT 10AM
Adam Faucett - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Adam-Faucett-Music/129733490418224
"Hands down, one of the greatest, most thoughtful lyricists the state has to offer certainly one of the most respected songsmiths around. Adam Faucett manages to get under your ribs, effortlessly." - Arkansas Times
"Faucett proceeds to batter your defenses and pull you into a world thats part folk, part blues, part elemental rock stomp, part unidentifiable cosmic holler." - Arkansas Democrat Gazette
On Feb. 25, 2011 Arkansas songwriter and "folk swamp soul brother" Adam Faucett released his third solo LP, More Like A Temple and embarked on a US Tour which continues into 2012.
Drawing comparisons from Townes Van Zandt to Tim Buckley to Otis Redding, Arkansas born and bred Adam Faucett is most known for his powerful, almost operatic voice and intricate finger-picking. The Arkansas native's sound has been described by The Arkansas Times as "somewhere between Otis Redding's soul shout and Cat Power's swampy poeticism".
A true road runner, Adam has been steady criss-crossing the country for five years in support of his two previous releases, 2007's The Great Basking Shark and 2008's Show Me Magic, Show Me Out, sharing the stage with Lucero, Calexico, The Legendary Shack Shakers, Vetiver, Chuck Ragan of Hot Water Music, Damien Jurado, Elf Power and Malcom Holcombe.
Faucett's newest release More Like A Temple pushes out in all directions, simultaneously more folk, more rock, more melodic, more soul, and more sinister than all of his previous work. The Arkansas Times has raved "More Like A Temple is far beyond good. It may just be one of the most vital documents from a young musician to come out of town in years".
Originally from Benton, AR, now residing in Little Rock, Adam has been leading bands and recording for over a decade- first with disbanded Russellville, AR local heroes, Taught The Rabbits, which Adam has called "A Lush, Pink Floyd and Sonic Youth-inspired group; kids who grew up in a gravel pit tipping their hats to their psychedelic heroes from so far away." Taught The Rabbits' One But Just Another and Mallet and Watch were released in 2001 and 2006 and the band established a strong local following, touring regionally and sharing the stage with Calexico and Lucero.
In 2006 Adam relocated to Chicago where he wrote the material that would become his first solo album and began playing solo shows around town. In 2007, he moved back to Arkansas to record The Great Basking Shark with longtime friend and producer Darian Stribling (Bob Goblin). The record displayed a focus on storytelling and roots arrangements, showcasing Faucett's strong vocals, unique finger-picking, and banjo playing. Adam toured extensively throughout the US in support of the album, playing over 100 shows from coast to coast.
In 2008, Adam returned to Stribling's Blue Chair Studio to record Show Me Magic, Show Me Out with Stribling, and newly assembled live band "The Tall Grass", comprised of Little Rock musicians Chad Conder (drums) and Jonny D. (bass). Show Me Magic demonstrated the electric folk soul sound that the band had been honing in live shows and marked further evolution in Faucett's songwriting. The Arkansas Times said of Show Me Magic, "Even the greatest American folk singers would be hard-pressed to leave such a vivid account". Faucett continued his rigorous touring schedule, opening for bands including The Legendary Shack Shakers, Vetiver, Chuck Ragan of Hot Water Music, Damien Jurado and Elf Power.
More Like A Temple is the next chapter in Faucett's "southern soul swamp opera". Drawing from 90s rock heroes alongside the great soul singers, "Love" and "Sweet Maureen" come on like Otis Redding sitting in on a Pavement session. "Morphine" is a haunted morning-after reflection with a guitar hook that stays with you into the next day. The swamp rock foreshadowing of "Gator", the space folk of "Saturday", and the Zeppelin vs. White Stripes riffs of "Do What I Say" present Faucett as part folk crooner, part celestial traveler, part Arkie rock hero - all parts in sharp control of their faculties as writer, storyteller, singer, composer, and guitarist. The Arkansas Democrat Gazette review of Temple states "Faucett proceeds to batter your defenses and pull you into a world thats part folk, part blues, part elemental rock stomp, part unidentifiable cosmic holler."
In 2011, Will Boyd (American Princes) joined the Tall Grass, and the band is set to begin recording the follow-up to More Like A Temple in March 2012.
Adam and band will be touring throughout 2012, playing for friends, fans, and strangers alike.
Dillon Hodges – https://www.facebook.com/dillonhodgesmusic
Dillon Hodges translates old-time music to a new audience with his soulful voice and haunting melodies. Growing up near Muscle Shoals, Alabama, he began shaping his sound by immersing himself in bluegrass and traditional music. Considering his age, the music on commercial radio of the time, and the historical significance of soul music in the area, his musical style was unique to say the least. Hodges grew up refining his guitar skills by competing in flat-picking competitions, winning fourteen total in just four years.
As the artist evolved his playing style he started incorporating his songwriting skills to create a mix of traditional music infused into more modern songwriting styles. This combination creates a unique style of Americana that crosses mainstream at times. The wide crossover appeal of Hodges’ music has been proven as he has shared the stage with artist ranging from old-time legend Ralph Stanley to the hushed harmonies with The Civil Wars, and more amped Americana with Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit. Dillon’s master playing abilities add depth to his recordings and unforgettable energy to his live performances.
The release of Dillon’s debut full-length album, Rumspringa (May 14, 2013), will take the singer to new territory. The album will showcase his wide range of musical style and influence. The album’s first single “Bullet For A Broken Heart” has already showcased the songwriter’s ability to tell the tale of a love-gone-wrong witch-hunt. Songs such as “The Proof” and “The Garden and the Moth” feature some of Hodges’ songwriting contemporaries, Jaida Dreyer and Amber Murray (of The Bear) respectively. Rumspringa will showcase great traditional strings arrangements on tracks such as “Mother Praying” and “The Garden and the Moth” which features a mandolin orchestra. The album will put a solid foot on the ground to set the pace for this up-and-coming talent’s march forward into a promising artistic future.
Currently, Dillon resides in Nashville where this singer-songwriter feels at home amongst the numerous singer-songwriters and great musicians that surround him.
5 days 15 hours 18 minutes ago
The MasqueradeThe Light It Up Tour Featuring Collie BuddzWednesday May 15th
The Light It Up Tour
Featuring: Collie Buddz w/ Cris Cab and New Kingston
in Hell at The Masquerade
7:00 PM / $17.50 ADV / All Ages
Collie Buddz - http://www.facebook.com/colliebuddz
Collie Buddz, from the isle of Bermuda, has done something not impossible but something once seemingly very implausible. He's become the most buzz-worthy current Reggae artist over the past few years. In the summer, 2007, Collie Buddz' Columbia Records self-titled debut album stormed the charts entering the Billboard Reggae Chart at first position. The Reggae singjay became an international star when this album went on to debut across the world on every chart from Japan to Germany. With much of the production coming from Collie himself, he delivered a solid effort with contributions from Supa Dups, Shea Taylor, Bang Out, Screwface, Bobby Konders, and Crown N Kah-So-Real.
Released just a day before US Independence Day, Collie's album could be heard blasting out of car windows from Brooklyn to Kingston all summer long. Critically speaking, Collie's debut was a monster, his first single, an undeniable summer anthem titled, "Come Around". Source Magazine proclaimed, "This 24 year old shotta has got an anthem spreading across the seas." Hip Hop Weekly said, "Collie Buddz is one of the most firmly grounded voices you may ever encounter." The industry excitement about this new voice in music manifested in many ways namely by inspiring Collie's musical peers to either create their own remixes of "Come Around" or join Collie on the official remix of the single. Busta Rhymes, G-Unit, Shaggy, and Cypress Hill, all contributed to the anthem.
Incorporating influences from Hip-Hop to Soca, Collie's music nevertheless has a rock-solid foundation in Reggae - and its power to connect ghetto reality with the highest heights of human aspiration - that is a rarity even in Jamaica. But, to say he's connected to the Caribbean community would be an understatement. Collie Buddz, born Colin Harper, has become the Caribbean culture's resident ambassador.
Touring extensively, Collie's passport stamps are a relative reflection of the worldwide love for Reggae and Caribbean culture. From Madison Square Garden to Dubai, Collie Buddz is the definition of an international recording artist. It was crazy performing in the Middle East. "Who would have guessed how big reggae music is there? They knew all my songs" a jubilant Buddz explains. He has toured throughout Germany, France, England, Japan, North and South America and the Caribbean.
His unique blend of Hip-Hop, Soca and Dancehall underlined with his ever-present passion for the modern Roots Reggae sound has attracted tastemaker supporters all over the world. Reggae pioneer David Rodigan [London] and New York Reggae stalwarts, Massive B are just some of his most ardent supporters. Now on the verge of Collie's sophomore album release, the anticipation is palpable.
In spite of a heavy touring schedule since 2007, Collie is prepared to release a sophomore album that promises an even greater insight into the multi-talented, singer/producer. "We don't have a title for the new album just yet but whatever we call it, the album will be mad, Collie excitedly explains. With production by Supa Dups, Massive B, and Seani B among other contributors, Collie's fans can anticipate Collie's unique twist on popular music.
After ending his affiliation with Columbia Records/Sony Music Entertainment, Inc in 2008, he found fewer restrictions on the indy scene and has since founded his own independent record label, Harper Digital alongside his brother [Smokey] and DJ [Genie] while working with his longtime management group, Mojiza Management.
Humble as always, Collie simply says, "I'm just excited to be putting out another album. I love to make music and the satisfaction is in having other people from all over the world enjoy it. I live out of a suitcase and I wouldn't have it any other way."
Chris Cab – http://www.facebook.com/CrisCabMusic
Cris Cab leaps off a couch, playfully taunting a friend during a game of FIFA. It‟s a familiar scene for many his age, though not for the 19-year-old whose resume reads like this: mentored by Pharrell Williams; recording partner of Wyclef Jean; support act to O.A.R., Matisyahu, T-Pain and Gym Class Heroes; and proud owner of over 7 million YouTube views. He doesn‟t take much time off.
Still, Cris‟ success is not defined by his age. These accolades would be impressive for any artist. Cris Cab‟s musical promise is framed by the sponge-like enthusiasm with which he approaches recording, the texture of his voice echoing through concert halls and headsets, and his fresh fusion of pop, reggae, and soul.
Cris Cab was born to Cuban parents in Miami, Florida. By the age of five he begged his parents for a guitar, wanting both to best a friend at the school talent show, and learn the James Bond theme song. As he practiced and grew older, he dug through old records: The Police, Beatles, and Stones. He spent summers in the Bahamas with his family. His musical palate widened: Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, and Gregory Isaacs.
At 14, Cris‟ father bought him his first studio sessions. He became a musician with his feet in multiple words: old and new, the States and the Caribbean. By chance meeting, Cris played his early demos for Pharrell Williams. Pharrell was impressed, but Cris„ talents were raw and unpolished. Heeding the super-producer‟s advice, Cris practiced relentlessly, focused on songwriting, and played any gig he was allowed into. Three years later, Cris and Pharrell met again. This time, Pharrell was sold, citing “He‟s just getting warmed up, but this kid is the future.”
In 2011, Cris signed a management deal. He released a series of videos, soon becoming popular on blogs from PerezHilton to Billboard. The most successful of these was a cover of Wiz Khalifa‟s “Black and Yellow,” amassing 100,000 views in its first week. The dialogue between Cris and his fans grew exponentially, resulting in the well-received EP, Foreword, and its original single, “Good Girls.”
“Good Girls” brought Cris a broader audience, including Wyclef Jean. The two met while Cris was on tour in New York supporting his release. Wyclef quickly became a second mentor, saying, “Playing with Cris is like drinking water. It just flows.”
2012 saw the release of Cris Cab‟s full-length mixtape, Echo Boom (currently downloaded over 300,000 times). Named for the multi-cultural, wired generation born between 1982 and 1995, Echo Boom featured production from Cris, longtime collaborator PJ McGinnis, Wyclef, Pharrell, Supa Dupes, and 88 Keys.
With this continued momentum, Cris signed with Mercury Records. He released his debut single, “Good Girls (Don‟t Grow On Trees).” The track, a re-imagined version of his earlier release, was written by Pharrell, produced by Wyclef, and features Big Sean.
On a day like today, Cris Cab‟s friends are in school, and as are his fans. These days the line between the two is increasingly blurred. His generation only knows a world where the relationship between artist and fan is one of transparency and celebrated, mutual interest. Fine by Cris. He was born to be approachable. “My music,” he says, “is about shared experience.”
New Kingston - http://www.facebook.com/NewKingston
Hailing from Brooklyn New York, 3 brothers led by their father Courtney Panton Sr, who also plays bass on stage with the group call themselves "NEW KINGSTON". Together they incorporate R&B, Hip-Hop and Jazz with their heritage genre Reggae to form their sound.
5 days 15 hours 18 minutes ago
The MasqueradePaper Route at The MasqueradeTuesday, May 14th
w/ Satellite and Pillage and Plunder
in Purgatory at The Masquerade
7:00 PM / $12.00 ADV / All Ages
Paper Route - https://www.facebook.com/paperroute
“Paper Route’s Experiment with Sincerity”
Here’s the situation. In Nashville, there’s an old, decrepit plantation house where three bedraggled but refined, white gentlemen drop beats, craft wordplay, design artwork, and arrange orchestral maneuvers in the dark. The structure is called Joy Mansion, and the men who dwell there staring each other down and exercising their creative rivalry for all it’s worth collaborate under the moniker of Paper Route. Having toured relentlessly with the likes of Passion Pit and mewithoutyou, won hearts and minds with their debut album Absence (2009), paid musical tribute to Lou Reed to the man’s imperturbable face at South by Southwest, and insinuated themselves into pop culture consciousness when their song, “The Music,” appeared in the film (500) Days of Summer, Paper Route have now seen fit to go for broke on the possibility that epic earnestness, lyrical depth, and poetic heft can all coincide within one ridiculously catchy song collection primarily preoccupied with—wait for it–tragedy, disappointment, and loss. Behold The Peace of Wild Things.
“Everyone can relate to hurt,” observes J.T. Daly, Paper Route’s chief lyricist, singer, and artwork conjurer. For Daly and bandmate Chad Howat, The Peace of Wild Things banks on the hope that popular art can be made to arise out of horrible situations. Whereas the timing of the album’s production schedule coincided with a dire cancer diagnosis within Howat’s immediate family, the lyrics Daly brought to the table largely document the dissolution of his marriage. As Daly sees it, the risk of raw candor and vulnerability is the whole point, “If I’m not terrified by what I’m doing, I’d prefer to move back to Ohio and work on my art. I’m drawn to the fact that it makes me feel uncomfortable.”
With songs like “Letting You Let Go” and “Glass Heart Hymn” he’s determined to show his hand at every turn. Irony and cool detachment be damned.
The same goes for in-house, music-making competition and the angst Daly felt as he stood on the staircase listening to everything Howat was working on. “I’m going to have to come up with something better than that,” he’d note with dread as he leaned into their collective commitment to try to out-interesting each other. In this sense, Daly and Howat are joined together in a pact of escalating catchiness, a refusal to “throw in the towel on this whole idea of instant melody.” Daly explains, “I have so much respect for artists who continue to infiltrate pop culture” with “ideas executed so brilliantly that they’ve kind of Trojan-horsed malls across America.” The trajectory he has in mind is evident with The Peace of Wild Things’ lead single, “Better Life,” which is carefully calibrated to colonize the public imagination in under five minutes.
Given such standards, it’s no surprise that names like Kate Bush and Peter Gabriel are spoken with awe and reverence around Joy Mansion. Howat notes the way Peter Gabriel’s So is comprised of one undeniably infectious track after another even as it’s clearly a creative labor in which he’s “trying to please himself” at every turn in “a perfect juxtaposition of pop culture and artistic endeavor.” With mixing and recording responsibilities falling in Howat’s lap (“The computer is my first instrument”), the work of sorting through two to three albums’ worth of material and narrowing it all down to something worthy eventually became a question of serving the band’s obsession with block-rocking beats: “Everyone in the band loves beats, and the beats we gravitate toward are hip-hop-esque beats.” For Howat, the love affair began at 14 when a Yamaha V-50 was vouchsafed upon him (”My dad bought it for me as an 8th grade graduation present.”) an artifact Paper Route won’t get caught touring without. Incidentally, it’s the move from studio to live performance that wouldn’t be possible without the energies of drummer Gavin McDonald (Howat: “We wouldn’t be a band without Gavin.”) who landed with Paper Route through his work with fellow Joy Mansion occupant Canon Blue (AKA Daniel James).
While The Peace of Wild Things lyrically chronicles specific experiences of soul- crushing disillusionment and a fractured sense of faith and wonder down to the minute particulars, its creators presume—very much in the traditions of Romantic poetry and 80’s New Wave (Tears for Fears, A-ha)–that creatively fixating on the local, the achingly personal even, is probably the surest path to the universal. And it is here that the concluding track, “Calm My Soul,” offers a determined hopefulness well-earned by the preceding sad songs which have said so much. In this way, Paper Route shoots for a continuum with Daly’s go-to writers, Wendell Berry and Douglas Coupland, whose presence as an influence is as a-typical and unexpected as the band’s guiding presumption that pop songs, making them and hearing them, might occasionally render pained life more livable.
Satellite – https://www.facebook.com/satellitemusic
The emotive atmospherics of Nashville’s Satellite have resonated deeply with fans and critics alike. The alternative rock quartet blends boldly vulnerable lyrics with anthemic but finely textured pop. The group’s debut EP, Ring The Bells, has been critically acclaimed by Radar Online, Alternative Press, Kings of A&R, and The LA Examiner, garnering favorable descriptions such as “Snow Patrol meets Kings of Leon” and “Springsteen meets UK.” Satellite recently completed its forthcoming debut album, Calling Birds, set to be released February 2013 on Descendant Records/Sony Music Entertainment.
“Calling Birds is meant to reference the one sound in the night that reminds you the sun's coming up. Like maybe the songs point out something making life a little easier, and, that in more ways than not, we aren't facing it alone,” main songwriter, lead singer, Steven McMorran explains. Satellite was formed in 2010 around songs written by McMorran and the production aesthetic of esteemed songwriter Mitch Allan with input from band mate Josh Dunahoo. Through crafting and recording Calling Birds, the trio deepened its intuitive creative interplay and honed its lushly introspective aesthetic. “I remember Josh and I nodding to each other when we first heard the chorus to ‘Say The Words’ with drums,” McMorran recalls. “That was first time we'd heard the idea of a band in our music.”
Reflecting back on crafting the sincere and transformative pop rock on Calling Birds, McMorran says: “We put ourselves through hell to make something we'd be proud of. Ultimately, we were searching for something that makes us feel honest when we play it and feels good to hear.”
"There is no substitute for honesty in music. Every once in a while a song speaks to you; reminds you of how you really feel. We truly hope SATELLITE becomes a voice for the joy, heartache, beauty and truth of life." -Steven
Pillage and Plunder - https://www.facebook.com/pillageandplunder
6 days 15 hours 18 minutes ago
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