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Archive for November, 2010

T.I. drops new album Dec. 7


Just because T.I. is in federal prison doesn’t mean his music career will be neglected.

“No Mercy,” his first new album since 2008’s “Paper Trail,” will arrive Dec.7. It’s the rapper’s seventh studio release and features guest appearances from Kanye West, Chris Brown and Christina Aguilera.

T.I. shot the video for the single, “Get Back Up” last month in Atlanta.

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Live music picks: Nov. 5-11

Atlanta's Janelle Monae opens for Athens band Of Montreal at the Variety Playhouse Saturday and Sunday. Photo: Andrew Zaeh

Atlanta's Janelle Monáe opens for Athens band Of Montreal at the Variety Playhouse Saturday and Sunday. Photo: Andrew Zaeh

La Roux

Young British singer and songwriter Elly Jackson and her co-captain Ben Langmaid craft the hookiest synth-pop since the genre’s early-’80s heyday. In most hands, this stuff sounds dated, but Jackson’s piercing vocals give La Roux’s memorable tunes a modern edge. The duo even managed to land in the Billboard Top 10 earlier this year with “Bulletproof.”
8:30 p.m. Nov. 5. $22.50; $20 advance. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022.

Branford Marsalis

He’s collaborated with Sting, the Grateful Dead, Bruce Hornsby and Harry Connick Jr. He’s been a soloist with orchestras all over the country and served as leader of the house band on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.” The three-time Grammy winner’s latest album is “Music Redeems,” credited to the Marsalis Family and taken from a live concert at the …

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Color Purple Star in Atlanta

EW Album CoverElisabeth Withers, who was nominated for a Tony award for her role as Shug Avery in Broadway’s “The Color Purple,” will visit Atlanta this week for three appearances.

On Thursday, Withers will speak at a community event at The Hammond House Museum where she will talk about arts education. Withers’ Too Beautiful Program is being done in partnership with the Atlanta Public Schools Fine Art Department. The singer will also perform songs from her new album, “No Regrets.”

Withers founded The Too Beautiful Program to mentor and inspire young girls, and improve their self-awareness and self-esteem. Her talk on Thursday will focus on getting an education even if you’re considering a career in the arts.

On Saturday, Withers will hold a meet-and-greet at Mood Music to promote her new CD. She will also perform later Saturday at Pal’s Lounge.

Here are the details on her appearances:

Thursday: 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Hammond House, 503 Peeples St., Atlanta

Saturday: 3 to 5 p.m. at Mood Music, …

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Sunshine Anderson releases new album

TheSunShinesAgainIn 2001, Sunshine Anderson made her debut on the music charts with a song that became an anthem of sorts for women fed up with lies and infidelity. “Heard It All Before” from the album “Your Woman” offered a solid beginning for a would-be singer who got her big break in a chance meeting while a college student at North Carolina Central University.

Since then, she’s worked with Macy Gray, toured with R. Kelly, battled depression, alcohol and drugs, experienced the heartbreak of a failed marriage and the joy of motherhood. Anderson, who has called Atlanta home for the last seven years, releases her third album, “The Sun Shines Again” in stores today.

Anderson talked with us this week about the new album, recent hardships and life in Atlanta.

Your first single “Heard It All Before” was an anthem for many women, does this album have a song that might resonate with female listeners the same way?  

My first single “Lie to Kick It” has the same message. It’s a …

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Hot tickets, Nov. 2

Comedian and talk show host George Lopez comes to the Fox Theatre in February. Photo: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press

Comedian and talk show host George Lopez comes to the Fox Theatre in February. Photo: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press

“Holly Happy Days” with Indigo Girls, Shawn Mullins and Chely Wright. 8 p.m. Dec. 10. The Tabernacle. $35. LN.
Abbey Road Live. Beatles tribute with horns & strings. 8 p.m. Dec. 18. Variety Playhouse. $17.50; $15 in advance. TM.
JJ Grey & Mofro. 8:30 p.m. Jan. 22. Variety Playhouse. $22.50; $20 in advance. TM.
Tokyo Police Club, Two Door Cinema Club. 7 p.m. Jan. 25. Masquerade. $17. TM.
Yo La Tengo, William Tyler. 8:30 p.m. Jan. 28. Variety Playhouse. $22.50; $20 in advance. TM.
Galactic. 8:30 p.m. Feb. 12. Variety Playhouse. $25; $22.50 advance. TM.
John Prine, Old Crow Medicine Show. 8 p.m. Feb. 25. Fox Theatre. $39.50-$59.50. TM.
George Lopez. 8 p.m. Feb. 26. Fox Theatre. $39.50-$59.50. TM.
Bryan Adams. 8 p.m. March 18.  Symphony Hall. $35-$95. TM.

Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour. 8 p.m. …

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Caroline Herring launches a children’s show at Eddie’s Attic

By Howard Pousner


While some great music has come out of the explosion in children’s entertainment of the the last decade or so, any parent of young children can reel off several kids’ CDs that set their teeth absolutely on edge.

So it came as good news that Decatur singer-songwriter Caroline Herring — she of the critically acclaimed 2009 CD “Golden Apples of the Sun” and the recent appearance with Garrison Keillor on “A Prairie Home Companion” — had created a “children’s musical” based on the 1943 book “The Little House.”

Herring debuted her song cycle based on Virginia Lee Burton’s Caldecott Medal-winning book on Saturday afternoon at Eddie’s Attic to an enthusiasitc crowd of little ones and their parents.

“The Little House” tells the story of a pink home on a hill built way out in the country and surrounded by apple trees that little by little gets encroached upon by the nearby city. The pink house eventually gets swallowed up by that natsy big city and …

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