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Live music picks: March 4-10

Steep Canyon Rangers bring a bit of bluegrass to town for a show at Variety Playhouse on March 5. Photo courtesy Lotos Nile Media

Steep Canyon Rangers bring a bit of bluegrass to town for a show at Variety Playhouse on March 5. Photo courtesy Lotos Nile Media

FRIDAY
Kid Rock

Before Kid Rock broke big in the late 1990s, did anyone think the music world was in need of a hip-hop/country-influenced Southern rock aficionado from Detroit? Kid Rock filled a void that no one knew existed. He’s probably the only artist who could release either a country album, a rock album or a rap album and no one would find it remarkable. The Waffle House aficionado tops the bill, but the reason to go is Jamey Johnson. The Alabama native’s two-disc, 25-track “The Guitar Song” seems to be the consensus choice for best country album of 2010. It’s a collection of bone-deep country that provides a jarring and welcome contrast to the bloodless, antiseptic stuff that passes for country music these days.
7 p.m. March 4. $25-$92.50. Gwinnett Arena, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 770-813-7500.

FRIDAY
Bright Eyes

Oklahoma wunderkind Conor Oberst and his band are touring behind the recently released “The People’s Key,” which finds Oberst returning to his indie rock roots and moving away from the folk and Americana leanings of his recent work. No matter what the stylistic quirks, the entire Bright Eyes catalog is strewn with gems.
8 p.m. March 4. $28.50; $25 in advance. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022.

FRIDAY
Hamell on Trial

Ed Hamell’s folk-punk generates more musical power with just his voice and guitar than most modern metal outfits can muster with endless stacks of Marshall amps.
8 p.m. March 4. $10 in advance. Smith’s OldeBar — Atlanta Room, 1578 Piedmont Road, Atlanta. 404-875-1522.
FRIDAY
George Winston

This seminal New Age pianist began recording in the early 1970s and hit his peak with the pastoral beauty of an influential seasonal trilogy, “December,” “Autumn” and “Winter Into Spring,” in the early ’80s. His simple, folk-informed style gets its latest airing on “Love Will Come — The Music of Vince Guaraldi, Volume 2,” his second tribute to the pianist and composer best known for scoring the “Peanuts” cartoons, including “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”
8 p.m. March 4. $32.50; $30 in advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

Actor, writer, producer, director and rapper Ice Cube is back in music mode for an appearance at Center Stage March 5. Photo: Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press

Actor, writer, producer, director and rapper Ice Cube is back in music mode for an appearance at Center Stage March 5. Photo: Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press

SATURDAY
Ice Cube

His highest profile project of late is a family sitcom (“Are We There Yet?,” the TBS show based on the 2005 film), so it’s easy to forget that Ice Cube was once a member of one of the most influential and controversial rap outfits ever, N.W.A. He left the group after the release of the landmark 1989 album, “Straight Outta Compton,” and began a long and successful solo career. He’s had an even bigger profile as a writer, producer and actor in film and television. At Center Stage, he’s back in music mode, following the 2010 release of his ninth solo album, “I Am the West.”
9 p.m. March 5. $34; $31.50 in advance. Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-885-1365.

SATURDAY
Steep Canyon Rangers

North Carolina’s Steep Canyon Rangers were the International Bluegrass Music Association’s 2006 emerging artists of the year. In recent years, they’ve been recording and touring with famed comedian and actor (and accomplished banjo picker) Steve Martin. They’ve also collaborated with Martin on a new album, “Rare Bird Alert,” set for release March 15 and including guest appearances by Paul McCartney and the Dixie Chicks.
8 p.m. March 5. $17.50; $15 in advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

SUNDAY
Pierre Bensusan

This French-Algerian musician is an innovative acoustic guitar wizard who blazed new trails in combining his instrument with electronic effects — though these play a much smaller role in his current work — and unusual tunings.
7:30 p.m. March 6. $22. Eddie’s Attic, 515 N. McDonough St., Decatur. 404-377-4976.

MONDAY
Hillsong United

This Australian band combines mainstream rock with heavenly inspiration and began as part of Hillsong Church, the Australian branch of the Assemblies of God. The group is touring behind new album “Aftermath,” which was released in February.
7:30 p.m. March 7. $26-$32. Gwinnett Arena, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 770-813-7500.

THURSDAY AND MARCH 11
Kem, Musiq Soulchild, Ledisi

After more than five years, we finally got another batch of the jazz-inflected soul of Kem. “Intimacy: Album III,” the follow-up to 2005’s “Album II,” hit stores and digital outlets in summer 2010. Philadelphia-based neo-soul man Musiq Soulchild creates an organic yet thoroughly modern meld of R&B and hip-hop that’s more concerned with craft than chart action. Add the jazzy vibe and sultry vocals of Ledisi and you have a night of sweet, soulful and soothing R&B for adults.
8 p.m. March 10-11. $47-$102. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-881-2100.

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Tobias Jarmon

March 3rd, 2011
3:33 pm

Rich Kidz-Straight Like (mix tape)

Rich Kidz are one of the most popular teen hip hop sensations of the year
2010-2011. They have had a rapid rise to fame in this year in which all
teenagers have got hooked to their mix tapes. Rich Kidz are between the
ages 16-18 they are some of the hottest teenage artists out in the hip hop
world. Rich Kidz are made up of 4 teenagers called Yung Pu, Skateboard
Skooly, Cash and BC. Rich Kidz doesn’t have any manager as of right now
but their they’re taking care of business. Their mix tapes are really made
for people at the ages of 12-18. In each of their songs they yell their
name “Rich Kidz” out to the listeners. In this mix tape they have a good
sum of songs for teenagers. The only negative part of this mix tape is
that this mix tape has profanity. In this mix tape I wouldn’t really
change anything but the profanity being used.
You would have thought that Rich Kidz would have a manager but they don’t
as of right now, Most listeners after hearing Rich Kidz for the first time
they will want to hear more and more. Rich Kidz beats and hook is what
enhances the listener to keep listening. Rich Kidz rap about things kids
want to do . Like there song “What’s Up” they say “ Hit the mall and ball
all day”.

Mix Tape songs:
What’s Up (They talk about going to the mall and shopping all day)

100 Dollar Autograph (They say 100,000 dollars in a rubber band a 100
dollar bill for my autograph)

Friends with Benefits (they quote “common sense will tell you leave me
alone friends with benefits can do what they want”)

Balling Everyday (Rich Kidz is talking about Balling everyday)

All the songs that are on the mix tape have good hooks to hook the
listener. My favorite song from the mix tape is “100 dollar autograph”.
Their rap career is no were near over if they keep doing what their doing.

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