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Adele leads crop of Oscar song nominees, will perform at ceremony

Perhaps the elusive Adele -- shown here in February 2012 - will return for an Oscars performance. Photo: Getty Images
Perhaps the elusive Adele — shown here in February 2012 – will return for an Oscars performance. Photo: Getty Images

[Update: On Jan. 23, Academy Awards producers confirmed that Adele will sing the nominated "Skyfall" live at the Feb. 24 ceremony. The other nominees weren't mentioned in the announcement, reported by Entertainment Weekly, but, as the magazine pointed out, it would be odd not to have the other hopefuls perform - especially since they include Hugh Jackman and Oscar host Seth MacFarlane.

"Skyfall" is the first James Bond theme nominated for an Oscar since 1981's "For Your Eyes Only." Adele's Oscar appearance will be the first time she's performed the song live.] 

That Adele’s lush “Skyfall”is nominated for an Oscar pretty much means the category is a wrap. Remember last year’s Grammys? If Adele’s voice touches a piece of music, a golden trophy will follow.

And no argument here. “Skyfall” was one of my favorites of 2012, and given its …

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‘Ghost Brothers’ to receive reworking for summer tour

Shuler Hensley (far left) led the cast of the Atlanta debut of "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County." Photo: Greg Mooney.

Shuler Hensley (far left) led the cast of the Atlanta debut of "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County." Photo: Greg Mooney.

Since its spring 2012 debut at the Alliance Theatre, “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County” has gone through significant rewriting and restructuring, including a fall workshop in New York with actors Bruce Greenwood, Joe Morton, Emily Skinner and the original quartet of brothers from the Atlanta production.

Susan V. Booth, artistic director at the Alliance who continues to work with show creators John Mellencamp and Stephen King and show musical director T Bone Burnett, said that, “What we learned and have leaned into is that this work only succeeds if it commits to being something unique unto itself — that its strength lies in being purposefully contrarian.”

Up next for the dark-themed musical will be a soundtrack release this spring and then a summer tour of the piece staged as a live radio play and produced in a concert tour model.

“I continue to be …

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Widespread Panic returns for tour, Atlanta shows

Photo: Courtesy All Eyes Media

Photo: Courtesy All Eyes Media

Widespread Panic will return to their favorite spot – the stage – this spring, after taking a hiatus in 2012.

 The handful of dates that the band will play includes 7:30 p.m. shows April 26-27 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park in Alpharetta.

Tickets for the local dates will go on sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 18 through Ticketmaster outlets.

 Though the Athens-based band played a set of acoustic shows last year, as well as a New Year’s Eve gig in Charlotte, this marks the first time they will unpack their full electric setup for a tour since 2011.

Panic’s tour launches in St. Louis April 9-10 and will also hit Chicago, Minneapolis, Columbia, S.C., Louisville, Ky., and wrap with a pair of shows in Nashville May 3-4.

In October, the band – John Bell, Dave Schools, Todd Nance, John “Jojo” Hermann, Domingo “Sunny” Ortiz and Jimmy Herring – released
“Wood,” a double-live CD recorded during the 11-date acoustic “Wood …

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Tickets: Black Keys, Flaming Lips, Black Crowes, Steven Wilson

092411MUSICMIDTOWNBLACKKEYSThe Black Keys, one of the headliners at Music Midtown in 2011, returns to Atlanta for a a show at Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood in May. Photo: Max Blau / Special

ON SALE NOW

Parker Smith and the Bandwith. 9 p.m. Jan. 11. Vinyl. $10; $5 in advance. TA.

Jessta James. 8:30 p.m. Jan. 15, 22 and 29. Vinyl. $10. TA.

RUG. 9 p.m. Jan. 18. Vinyl. $10; $6 in advance. TA.

Arc & Stones, HBGJ, Dana Swimmer. 9 p.m. Jan. 25. Vinyl. $10; $6 in advance. TA.

Steamhouse Oysterfest. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Feb. 23; noon-6 p.m. Feb. 24. Steamhouse Lounge. $20 for two-day ticket. TA.

The Rocketboys, Mike Mains and the Branches, Dinner and a Suit. 8:30 p.m. March 6. Vinyl. $12; $10 in advance. TA.

ON SALE JAN. 11

Here Come The Mummies. 8:30 p.m. March 7. Variety Playhouse. $18; $15 in advance. TM.

John Scofield Hollowbody Band. 8:30 p.m. April 12. Variety Playhouse. $27.50; $25 in advance. TM.

Bill Burr. 7:30 p.m. April 12. The Tabernacle. $29.50-$35.50. LN.

Steven Wilson. 8 p.m. April 17. Variety …

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David Bowie releases first new music in a decade

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Ten years have elapsed since David Bowie’s last album. But in the wee hours of Tuesday – his 66th birthday – the ever-elegant Bowie announced his musical return with the single, “Where Are We Now?”, a haunting, heartbreaking piece of work.

The song, out today on iTunes, is from his upcoming 30th studio album, “The Next Day,” due in March (and available as a pre-order). Produced by longtime collaborator Tony Visconti and recorded in New York, “Where Are We Now?” finds Bowie in an introspective mood and the accompanying video is equally poignant: In it, Bowie is overlooking footage of the auto repair shop beneath the apartment he lived in during his time in Berlin.

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Celebrating 45 years of Otis Redding’s (’Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay’

Let’s all take a moment today to recognize the 45th anniversary of Otis Redding’s “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay,” one of the most memorable (and covered) songs in the revered soul man’s career – and his only No. 1 hit.

“Dock” was released on Jan. 8, 1968, less than a month after the Macon-bred Redding died in a plane crash in Madison, Wis. The song, the first to posthumously top the charts in the U.S., has since sold more than 4 million copies, won two Grammys and in 1999 was named by BMI as the sixth most-performed song of the 20th century, with about 6 million performances.

The Wall Street Journal earlier this week explored “Dock” in its “Anatomy of a Song” series (check it out here).

Here’s a reminder of Redding’s creamy groove, as well as some of the more popular cover versions of the classic song.

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Tuesday Tunes: Spotlight on Chris Tomlin

178696Austin-turned-Atlanta worship leader Chris Tomlin has steadily evolved into one of the strongest writer-performers in the contemporary Christian music genre.

With a voice that blends the gentle rasp of Michael W. Smith and the sweet tenor of Jason Mraz and an arsenal of soaring songs that never stray from their purpose of worship, Tomlin is currently at his peak.

“Burning Lights,” his eighth studio album, shares a few tracks previously released on last year’s live “Passion 2012,” recorded at the massive gathering of young Christians in Atlanta (the annual “Passion” event took place again last week, drawing more than 60,000 to downtown).

“Lay Me Down,” “White Flag” and “Jesus, Son of God,” a duet with the angelic-voiced Christy Nockels, a fellow worship leader at Passion City Church in Atlanta, pull double duty here – and they’re good enough to deserve the dual appearance (the version of “White Flag” from the “Passion” album is up for a …

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KISS, American Idol slots entice music-minded gamblers

In case you thought there was one industry that KISS hadn’t cornered, well, keep looking.

Last fall, the band’s new slot machines debuted at the Borgata in New Jersey and have now made their way into the Las Vegas casinos.

This isn’t the first time the quartet has been immortalized with their own row of reels, but the visuals and multimedia elements that accompany this latest incarnation are impressive – and no doubt the timing of their release was to coincide with the band’s robust new album, “Monster.”

Since I had zero luck when I first played the game in Jersey in November, never experiencing the all-important bonus round that truly shows a slot’s entertainment value, I was wary of feeding the beast more money at the Venetian in Las Vegas last week.

But, I’m glad I did, as this machine was much more accommodating, frequently rolling into bonus rounds where players pick a “Backstage Pass” bonus that awards free spins and other incentives. A …

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The Black Keys set Atlanta date

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The Black Keys played Music Midtown in 2011. Photo: Max Blau

The Black Keys – possibly the Grammy darlings of 2013 – are the first announced show for Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood this season.

The band, along with the Flaming Lips, will perform at 8 p.m. May 2. Tickets, on sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 11, are $55 (general admission pit), $35-$55 (reserved seats) and $32 (lawn).

The duo of singer-guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney last played Atlanta at the 2011 back-from-hiatus Music Midtown. Next month, the guys will vie for five Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year and Best Rock album for “El Camino” and Record of the Year for “Lonely Boy.”

This isn’t their first shower of Grammy affection – the band won three Grammys in 2011.

For ticket information, visit www.livenation.com or call 1-800-745-3000.

Also, the folks at the Fan Freedom Project are sending a reminder that paperless tickets will be in use for some seating at the Lakewood show, …

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An Outkast reunion (sort of)

Together again -- in a way.

Together again — in a way.

Just when the hope of seeing Andre 3000 and Big Boi in the same recording studio seemed to be slipping away, the Atlanta pair has announced a reunion, or sorts.

Big Boi recently wrote on his Tumblr that he’ll be adding a verse to a new version of the Frank Ocean song “Pink Matter,” which first appeared on Ocean’s smash debut “Channel Orange,” and on which Andre 3000 appears. The song, set to be released next week, is the first time in nearly six years the two will appear on a song together. Read the full story here.

Is it too much of a stretch to think this could signal the possibility of a new Outkast album? We can dream, right?

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