Wednesday, April 29

The Invaders and the bad guys by Marcos Martin

Art by Marcos Martin from Captain America #50, due on May 20, featuring The Invaders and their enemies from World War II. More preview images at IGN Comics.

Monday, April 27

Sonic Youth announce tour, play ATL on July 13

Word in from Brooklyn Vegan today that Sonic Youth have announced tour dates for the summer. Among them is a July 13 show at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, which seems like a much smaller venue than they could play. I'd get tix early for this one.

Pre-sale tix will be available on May 1, and they'll be available to the general public on May 2. Sonic Youth will release their forthcoming album, The Eternal, on June 9.

Thursday, April 23

C&T ticket giveaway: Untied States, A Fight to the Death, the Selmanaires at Fishmarket on Saturday, April 25

There's a big weekend of music at Atlanta's new venue Fishmarket coming up, and they've provided a pair of tickets to the Saturday show for a C&T reader.

On Friday night they host Athens faves Casper & the Cookies along with This Piano Plays Itself. Saturday night they have personal favorites The Selmanaires along with Untied States and A Fight to the Death. Both shows are $5 and include free booze.

If you want tix to the Saturday show, please e-mail me with "Fishmarket tix" in the subject line. I'll notify a winner on Friday night.

Saturday, April 18

Pay what you want for Paste subscriptions for a limited time

For a very limited time, you can name your price and get a one-year subscription to Paste Magazine. Paste covers music, film, and pop culture, and is based in my old home of Decatur, Georgia.

Have at it.

Tuesday, April 14

St. Vincent adds Atlanta date, will play The EARL on June 14

St. Vincent - Paris is Burning (live DUMBO Session, Brooklyn 2007)

I noted recently that C&T fave St. Vincent will be at the 40 Watt in Athens on June 13. Now Annie has added a second Georgia date at The EARL in Atlanta on the following night, and Pattern is Movement will open the show. I imagine this one will sell out, so get your tickets early. They are available now from Ticket Alternative.

St. Vincent's new record, Actor, is due on Cinco de Mayo.

C&T ticket giveaway: Wilco at Classic Center, April 20

Y'all know that I love Wilco, right? They'll be in Athens at the Classic Center on Monday, April 20, and the band has been kind enough to provide a pair of tickets for a C&T reader. If you would like them, please send me an e-mail with "Athens Wilco" in the subject line. I'll pick a random winner on Friday night, April 17.

Wilco - What Light

Tickets to the show are still available through the Classic Center website. The band's new DVD, Ashes of American Flags, will be released on Saturday (Record Store Day!) everywhere.

Sunday, April 12

Now that's some snappy dialogue

From The Lone Ranger's Famous Horse Hi-Yo Silver #369 (1951):

I guess there's only so much you can have a horse say/do in his own comic. Here's hoping that Marvel's Pet Avengers are a little more compelling.

Download the full issue at

Saturday, April 11

New Allison Weiss video - "Let Me Go"

Athens singer/songwriter Allison Weiss has released a new video for her "Let Me Go"... and there's a brawl in it. See Allison kick ass:

Allison plays at Kavarna in Decatur (Oakhurst) on Sunday night with Bess Rogers and Allie Moss.

Jenny Owen Youngs to tour with Jukebox the Ghost, release limited 7" single

Jenny Owen Youngs recently released her Led To The Sea EP and has a new album, Transmitter Failure, due on May 26. To promote the record she will be go on tour with indie rockers Jukebox the Ghost. The two bands promise that they will collaborate during their shows, trading vocals and banging out a few choice covers. The acts have also created a limited edition split 7" to sell on tour. One song from it, with JOY covering Jukebox the Ghost, is available now as a free download:

Jenny Owen Youngs - Good Day [Jukebox the Ghost cover]

The original, for good measure:

Jukebox the Ghost - Good Day

Jenny Owen Youngs on tour with Jukebox the Ghost:

4/30 Chicago, IL - Subterranean
5/01 Omaha, NE - Slowdown Jr
5/02 Denver, CO - Hi Dive
5/03 Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
5/05 Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern
5/06 Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
5/08 San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
5/09 Los Angeles, CA - The Hotel Café
5/10 San Diego, CA - The Loft- UCSD
5/12 Tucson, AZ - Club Congress
5/14 Austin, TX - Stubb’s BBQ Indoors
5/15 Dallas, TX - The Prophet Bar
5/16 Little Rock, AR - Juanita’s Cantina Ballroom
5/17 Memphis, TN - Hi-Tone Café
5/19 Nashville TN - 3rd and Lindsley
5/20 Charlotte, NC - The Casbah@ Tremont Music Hall
5/21 Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
5/22 Richmond, VA - Canal Club Downstairs Lounge
5/23 Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel
5/26 Philadelphia, PA - Johnny and Brenda’s
5/27 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
5/28 Boston, MA - Café 939
5/29 Portland, ME - Empire Dine and Dance
5/30 Westport, CT - Toquet Hall

Zorro: Lessons for a young Bruce Wayne

DC lore tells us that young Bruce Wayne's parents were murdered after a showing of The Mark of Zorro, and that the title character partly inspired Wayne's vigilantism. It's easy to see what Wayne admired about Zorro. He's ruthless, efficient, and hilarious.

From Zorro #7 (September 1967) by Gold Key, with art by the great Alex Toth. Available at

Heads up, Seth Rogen: The 'Green Hornet' short film

There have rumblings for quite a while about Seth Rogen's work to adapt the classic comics and TV hero The Green Hornet to film, but today I heard for the first time about a short film that may give Rogen a run for his money. French amateur filmmaker Aurenlien Poitrimoult created it in collaboration with several of his friends and colleagues including star Manu Lanzi. It's not a masterpiece, but it's a pretty entertaining take on the Green Hornet and Kato. The credits sequence to close the piece is pretty rad as well. Watch it online.

Hat tip to Splash Page.

Friday, April 10

Criminal Records announces Record Store Day lineup, April 18

The annual Record Store Day is next Saturday, April 18. To celebrate the event Atlanta's Criminal Records will host music throughout the day. All the acts will be free and open to all ages. The lineup:

11AM – Death on Two Wheels
12PM – Thy Mighty Contract
1PM – Carolina Chocolate Drops
2PM – Mike Farris & the Roseland Rhythm Revue
3PM – Ocha La Rocha
4PM – Noot d’Noot
5PM – Player/Kommander
6PM – Carnivores
7PM – Selmanaires
8PM – Manchester Orchestra
9PM – Judi Chicago

Some damn good bands there and well worth checking out.

The store will also be having a big sale all day as well as running giveaways and selling special Record Store Day releases (mostly comprehensive list here). I've found some great deals there at prior Record Store Day events and am really looking forward to this year's festivities.

Bon Iver and Elvis Perkins at Variety Playhouse, June 7

Bon Iver - "Flume" (on 89.3 The Current)

A pair of excellent acts will visit Atlanta on June 7, when Bon Iver and Elvis Perkins play the Variety Playhouse. I believe this is Bon Iver's first visit to the Atlanta area since blowing up, and this time he'll bring his new EP Blood Bank released in January. Elvis and his bandmates released Elvis Perkins in Dearland back in March, and it's a worthy to follow-up to its excellent predecessor Ash Wednesday.

Bon Iver - Blood Bank [via Spinner]
Elvis Perkins in Dearland - Shampoo

Tickets to the show are now available.

Jenny Lewis and Heartless Bastards in Athens 7/1, tix on sale Saturday

An indie staple and a new personal favorite will be in Athens on July 1, when Jenny Lewis and Heartless Bastards share the stage at the Georgia Theatre. Jenny's most recent release is last fall's Acid Tongue, but the Heartless Bastards released their excellent record The Mountain in late February.

Jenny Lewis - Acid Tongue
Heartless Bastards - The Mountain

Tickets to the July 1 show go on sale Saturday. Spin has the complete tour itinerary.

St. Vincent at 40 Watt on June 13

St. Vincent goes on an American tour next month, and its tail end brings her to the 40 Watt in Athens. She plays here in the classic city on June 13. Annie will be promoting her new album, Actor, on May 5. Tickets are already on sale.

St. Vincent - The Strangers

Actor is now available for pre-order.

Madeline 'White Flag' release show at 40 Watt, April 16

Athens singer/songwriter Madeline Adams has already received much praise for he new record White Flag, and next week she'll host a release party for the album at the 40 Watt. The show will also serve as a fundraiser for the Camp Amped summer day camp at Nuci's Space. Thayer Sarrano and Stereo Campbell (with Page and Claire from Hope for Agoldensummer) will open the show.

Madeline - White Flag

White Flag is available now from Orange Twin.

Thursday, April 2

Making of the FLUKE 2009 anthology

This year's FLUKE Mini-Comics Explosion is on Saturday, April 4, at Tasty World in Athens (11AM-6PM, $5 admission). It's a very fun event, and you can both browse the comics available and chat with their creators. Each year a comics anthology is made to celebrate the festival. This year it is produced by Wide Awake Press, and you can see some of the process in this nifty video:

I recognize J. Chris Campbell, Brad McGinty, and Josh Latta in the video. Nice work, guys!

Thanks to Joey Weiser for the link.