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Bill Doss of Athens’ Olivia Tremor Control dies

Doss in 2004. Photo: AJC archives

Doss in 2004. Photo: AJC archives

Bill Doss, the frontman for Athens’ Olivia Tremor Control, has died. He was 43.

The band announced his passing on its website, saying, “We are at a loss for words.” No cause of death has been released.

The indie-pop band, which includes Doss’ childhood friends W. Cullen Hart and Jeff Mangum, hit its stride in the mid-‘90s with the albums “Music from the Unrealized Film Script: Dusk at Cubist Castle” in 1996 and “Black Foliage: Animation Music Volume One” in 1999.

Several offshoot bands spawned from OTC, including Sunshine Fix and Neutral Milk Hotel.

In the mid-2000s, OTC reunited and played sporadically in recent years. The group last performed in Atlanta in January with a show at The Earl, and on July 26 returned to their hometown for a show at the Georgia Theater.

Last year, the guys released the new single, “The Game You Play Is in Your Head,” and were said to be toying with the idea of a new album.

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Rihanna, Drake lead MTV Video Music Awards noms

Rihanna, in London earlier this month, is up for five VMAs. Photo credit: Joel Ryan/AP

Rihanna, in London earlier this month, is up for five VMAs. Photo credit: Joel Ryan/AP

Rihanna and Drake lead this year’s MTV Video Music Awards nominations, with five nods each. Katy Perry nabbed four.

Rihanna is nominated for Video of the Year for “We Found Love” and her collaboration with Drake, “Take Care.” They’re up against  Perry’s “Wide Awake,” Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” and M.I.A.’s “Bad Girls.”

The only Atlanta-related showings in the nominations appear to be from Usher, nominated for Best Male Video (“Climax”) and Childish Gambino (aka Donald Glover, who grew up in Stone Mountain).

This year’s ceremony will be beamed live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles at 8 p.m. Sept. 6.

Alicia Keys and One Direction – nominated for Best New Arist and Best Pop Video (“What Makes You Beautiful”) – are the first performers announced. Keys plans to debut a song from her upcoming album.

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Tickets: STS9, Primus, Prince Royce, Ga. Music Hall of Fame Awards

66633642Bassist extraordinaire Les Claypool brings his band Primus to the Tabernacle on Halloween. Tickets go on sale Friday, Aug. 3. Photo: Getty Images

ON SALE NOW
Mike Martin. 9 p.m. Aug. 23. Vinyl. $5. TA.
Cody Marlowe and the Dead Flowers, Low Tree Grow Tall. 9 p.m. Aug. 25. Vinyl. $5. TA.
Hoodie Allen, G-Eazy. 9 p.m. Sept. 27. The Loft. $20; $17 in advance. TA.
Green River Ordinance. 8 p.m. Sept. 28. Vinyl. $15; $12 in advance. TA.
YTF Legacy Concert with Ryan Higa & Friends. 7 p.m. Oct. 12. Center Stage. $30; $75-$125 VIP. TM.

ON SALE AUG. 3
Xavier Lewis – The Antidote. Aug. 16. Smith’s Olde Bar – Music Room. $10 in advance. TA.
Copious Jones. Aug. 24. Smith’s Olde Bar – Music Room. $10 in advance. TA.
Lakecia Benjamin. Sept. 17. Smith’s Olde Bar – Atlanta Room. $10 in advance. TA.
Bellwether Station. CD release show. Sept. 19. Smith’s Olde Bar – Music Room. $8 in advance. TA.
Rosco Bandana. Sept. 20. Smith’s Olde Bar – Music Room. $10 in advance. TA.
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Butch Trucks talks Allman Brothers history and future

Butch Trucks (third from left) says this current incarnation of the Allman Brothers will likely be the last. Photo: Courtesy MSO PR

Butch Trucks (third from left) says this current incarnation of the Allman Brothers will likely be the last. Photo: Courtesy MSO PR

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Butch Trucks is rarely at a loss for words.

Whether reminiscing about The Allman Brothers, re-iterating the band’s love for their annual shows at the Beacon Theatre (“It’s like going home every night”) or explaining how the set list is chosen for each concert (that’s guitarist Warren Haynes’ duty), Trucks is happy to expound.

The original drummer for the celebrated Southern rockers (along with fellow sticksman Jaimoe Johanson) is talking from his home in Florida, where an hour-long conversation ping-pongs from the Allman’s then-upcoming dates with Santana to Gregg Allman’s autobiography to politics to literature and back again to the band.

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Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood tops Pollstar ranking

The Dave Matthews Band was one of the sell-outs at Lakewood Amphitheatre this season. Photo credit: Raymond Hagans

The Dave Matthews Band was one of the sell-outs at Lakewood Amphitheatre this season. Photo credit: Raymond Hagans

Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood made an impressive showing in a recent Pollstar ranking.

The concert industry magazine has ranked the Atlanta amphitheater No. 1 in the Southeast and No. 11 in the world based on ticket sales between Jan. 1 and June 30 of this year. On the worldwide chart, Lakewood moved more than 82,000 tickets in that period; the No. 1 venue was Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado, with 147, 797 tickets.

The venue, which has spruced up its exterior this season with the addition of a new VIP area, better signage and food trucks on site, benefited from some big-selling shows.

Macon’s Jason Aldean celebrated his first-ever double sell-out with shows in May, while Dave Matthews Band and Jimmy Buffett also sold out the 19,000-capacity amphitheater (7,000 covered, 12,000 on the lawn). Other near-capacity concerts included the Zac Brown Band, Iron …

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Seal commands the stage with charisma

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Seal plays to the crowd at Chastain Saturday night. Photos: Jamila Robinson

Seal plays to the crowd at Chastain Saturday night. Photos: Jamila Robinson

Few performers are as charismatic as Seal, who commands the stage with verve and power, but still managed to make Chastain Park Amphitheatre feel like as intimate as a living room.

And few singers can perform renditions of soul songs such as Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” and Teddy Pendergrass’ “Love TKO,”  like Seal, with that grinding, old-school, throw-panties-on-the-stage sex appeal.

Combining his gravelly baritone with well-placed falsetto, Seal, the Grammy award-winning British singer-songwriter knows how to switch up his sound, buttery for the ballads, and growling when he wants to grab your attention. His voice never fails him.

Joining Seal on this tour to promote his “Soul 2″ album is a backing band that drives those R&B covers, like Rose Royce’s “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore.” The band was fierce on guitars, keyboards, drums – with background singers who …

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Barry Manilow canceled at Chastain

Tonight’s Barry Manilow concert at Chastain Park Amphitheatre has been canceled.

Refunds available at point of purchase. Venue sources have .confirmed that ‘production issues’ are the reason for the cancellation. There is talk of rescheduling at another venue soon.

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Sugarland, Robert Spano among Georgia Music Hall of Fame inductees

Sugarland's Kristian Bush and Jennifer Nettles, shown in Atlanta in 2011, will receive the "Performer" award. Photo credit: Robb Cohen/www.robbsphotos.com

Sugarland's Kristian Bush and Jennifer Nettles, shown in Atlanta in 2011, will receive the "Performer" award. Photo credit: Robb Cohen/www.robbsphotos.com

Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles

and Kristian Bush, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Music Director Robert Spano and Southern rockers .38 Special are among the upcoming inductees to the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.

The 34th annual awards show will take place at 5 p.m. Oct.14 at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre and broadcast live on Georgia Public Broadcasting.

In addition to the aforementioned newbies, who will receive, respectively, the “Performer,” “Chairman Award” and  “Group” distinction, the other inductees are:

  • Alex Hodges (“Non-Performer), CEO of Nederlander concerts.
  • Gary Rossington (“Songwriter”), founding member/guitarist of Lynyrd Skynyrd.
  • Riley Biederer (“Horizon Award”), 15-year-old singer-songwriter from Atlanta.

Posthumous awards will also be bestowed upon blues guitarist Johnny …

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What are your favorite songs about London?

clash-london-callingThe opening ceremonies for the London Olympics are happening today, and that got us thinking about songs that reference the “Big Black Smoke” (as the Kinks once called it).

London is the birthplace of so many great bands, singers and musicians– the Who, the Rolling Stones and Adele, for starters — that it should come as no surprise that there are tons of songs about the city. But a quick online search turns up a massive Wikipedia list that seems to go on forever.  It’s so large that they had to put the list of songs beginning with “L” on a separate page.

The classic 1979 album you see above has several great songs about the city, including “Guns of Brixton” and the title track. The Clash — along with bands such as Saint Etienne, the Jam, Small Faces, Blur and the Kinks — tend to pop up on that list again and again. There’s a real sense of place in the music of those bands, and that place is usually London.

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Aerosmith, Cheap Trick smoke Philips Arena

Steven Tyler, shown this month in Quebec, is a bonafide rock star. Photo: Canadian Press Image via AP Images

Steven Tyler, shown this month in Quebec, is a bonafide rock star. Photo: Canadian Press Image via AP Images

We can agree that Steven Tyler was a pleasantly sweet – if mostly ineffective – judge on “American Idol” the past two years.

 But we also know where he really belongs, and it isn’t on a TV talent show.

 No, Tyler is a rip-roaring, butt-shaking, sexy-skanky, wake-the-dead-yowling, rock star supreme.

 And what a pleasure to have him back on stage.

 At Aerosmith’s packed Philips Arena concert on Thursday – the band’s first show here since a 2009 gig at Lakewood Amphitheatre – the quintet displayed its limberness, both musically and physically, with a set that proved that they simply don’t make rock stars the way they used to.

 Taking the stage to “Draw the Line,” with Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry arriving at the end of a catwalk while drummer Joey Kramer, bassist Tom Hamilton and guitarist Brad Whitford held down the groove behind them, …

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