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Do we need another Nirvana tribute album? Do we need to hear the ubiquitous songs of Nevermind ever again? The answer to both is a resounding “yes” when the bands covering the tunes are the quality of local metal heroes Kylesa, Savannah favorites Torche, and other genre big names including Young Widows, Cave In, Boris, Nothing, and Thou.

Each cover seems to do the original justice, a rarity in this kind of cover album. The bands put their own noisey/heavy/sludgy/psychedelic stamp on classics like “Breed”, “Lithium”, “Come As You Are”, and “In Bloom”.

Don’t expect carbon copy covers, but if you like a little experimentation and noise, this Robotic Empire release is totally worth checking out. Stream the Record Store Day release, or better yet, purchase it here.

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I have literally never been more excited to write a headline in my life. For those of you who are in the know….HOLY SHIT, YOU GUYS, FUCKED UP IS PLAYING SAVANNAH! SERIOUSLY.

Okay, now with a bit more restraint, and details. Polaris Prize-winning experimental post hardcore outfit Fucked Up is playing an all ages MusicFile Productions show at Southern Pine Company on July 1st, supporting the band’s upcoming EP Year of the Hare, the seventh release in their Chinese Zodiac series.

Fucked Up will expand their live lineup to nine members with friends from DOOMSQUAD, who are also on the bill. Savannah’s own Crazy Bag Lady deservedly opens.

If you’re still a little lost, Fucked Up is a 6 piece rock band out of Toronto. While they started as a hardcore punk band releasing a string of 7″ singles, their first full length album Hidden World showed an experimental side, adding strings and compositional elements not usually associated with the genre. The experimentation continued with the next effort Chemistry of Common Life, which won the Polaris Music Prize, given to the Canadian album with the highest artistic merit. After rumors of a breakup, Fucked Up produced David Comes to Life, a rock opera set in Thatcher era England (for real) that received nearly universal acclaim, was nominated for another Polaris Music Prize, and was named Spin magazine’s #1 album of the year. Glass Boys followed in 2014.

In addition to the full lengths, Fucked Up has put out a series of EPs based on the Chinese Zodiac at a pace of roughly one a year, the upcoming Year of the Hare on Deathwish Inc. being the 7th installment. The EPs indulge the band’s progressive side, often featuring collaborators and tracks running 15 minutes or more.

While they have won accolades for their recordings, the band’s true strength is their live show. Singer Damian Abraham quickly disappears into the crowd, barking vocals and often sharing the mic with fans. Meanwhile, the band is a super tight, riffing juggernaut on the stage behind him. I say without hesitation that they are one of the most powerful live bands I have seen in the last several years.

According to today’s press release from MusicFile, tickets go on sale Friday, April 24th at noon (Savannah time) for $15.00 on Ticketfly. This show is ALL AGES (no alcohol will be sold) and is one of just 10 U.S. dates on this tour.

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In conclusion…. HOLY SHIT, YOU GUYS, FUCKED UP IS PLAYING SAVANNAH! SERIOUSLY.

Here are some pics from All Tomorrow’s Parties New York 2010 and Fun Fun Fun Fest (Austin, TX) 2012.

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Shaky Knees Music Festival has only been around since 2013, but the 3-day event (May 8-10) in Atlanta has a thrilling lineup that, in our opinion, rivals any other 2015 U.S. festival.

Just consider day 1. The Strokes, Pixies, Mastodon, Brand New, TV On The Radio, and James Blake are among the bands at the top of the list, but I’m sure there are some indie music lovers out there who are even more excited about the acts that play earlier on Friday: Surfer Blood kicks things off on the main stage at 12:30 p.m. with afternoon sets across the 5 stages by the likes of The Kooks, Mac DeMarco, Tennis, Manchester Orchestra, and more.

With a lineup this good, there are sure some tough choices for attendees. For example, the 6:15 p.m. Friday time slot has Death From Above 1979, TV On The Radio, and the Mountain Goats. The 8:15 slot has Pixies, Brand New, and James Blake.

The Saturday and Sunday headliners include The Avett Brothers, Wilco, Social Distortion, Tame Impala, Ryan Adams, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Old Crow Medicine Show, and, yes, Neutral Milk Hotel.

Click here for the detailed schedule by day.

This 3rd installment of Shaky Knees takes place in Atlanta’s Central Park, which many folks don’t seem to know about even though it occupies about 17 acres at the southeast edge of Midtown:

Central Park was the home of Music Midtown for at least one year, and the festival map shows that Shaky Knees’ smaller stages will be across Pine Street in parking lots near the Atlanta Civic Center, leaving ample room for the five stages, food trucks, vendors, and various services.

The 3-day early bird passes were only $125, but the current price of $215 seems like a bargain given the sheer quality of the acts. Click here for ticket info. There are late night shows that are ticketed separately.

We covered Shaky Knees in 2014 and are thrilled to be providing some coverage again this year. We put together a Shaky Knees day 1 Spotify playlist, and we’ll soon post a single playlist with days 2 and 3. We made a few random choices here, although for the most part we chose songs that were especially popular on Spotify.

We’ll have more about Shaky Knees soon.

Garrett previewed Kittenfest — one of the most ambitious new developments we’ve seen in a while for the Savannah music scene — back in February, and there are obviously lots more details available about it now.

In Do Savannah, Cory Chambers writes:

The festival has already become a highly anticipated annual event in New Jersey, starting when its founder, Sarah Florio, turned 15 years old. She had bands play in her father’s backyard to celebrate her birthday, and the party was so positive, attendees demanded another.

Now taking place at the home for Jersey’s minor league baseball Cardinals, the fest has grown into a force in the Northeast, hosting 135 bands and 3,500 attendees.

In Connect Savannah, Anna Chandler writes:

Kittenfest Savannah is conveniently located right across the Talmadge Memorial Bridge (324 Speedway Boulevard is the proper address; locals will know it as the area behind the old fireworks stand). It’ll take place on a tucked-away, marsh side piece of land owned by a local businessman; the Florios have helped him clean up the property in the past and knew it’d be just right for the festivities.

“He spent the last four years clearing the place out—he’s actually got goats there to keep the area clear for him,” says Florio. “There’s a viewing area as soon as you pull into the property. There will be parking on the right…and once you go through the gate and past the stage, there’s a gigantic camping area.”

There is a variety of logistical info on the KiTTENFEST Facebook event page, but it looks like you’ll have to go to Do to see the detailed schedule. Music starts at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, and at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. There are latenight EDM sets on Friday and Saturday, and things will be rocking all the way till midnight on Sunday.

Check out the lineup by day:

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Hey guys,
It looks things are picking up again lately downtown. There are several good shows every day, several choices to make. Here is a quick look at some of the shows.

Thursday 16th
A Fragile TomorrowWormhole
On the Cinder, Jeff Two Names and the Born AgainsJinx ($6)
SyndicateBarrelhouse South
Cape Fear w/ Party Dad, Mummbls, House of Gunt, C. Powers and PlazafilesHang Fire

Friday 17th
Bread And ButterRail Pub
Concord America, Wet Socks, DJ MP3WAY - Hang Fire
Dank SinatraCongress Street Social Club
Eight-Ohm ResistanceJazz’d
Jon Lee’s ApparitionsDub’s
Little Bird, SeawaterBarrelhouse South
Magic RocksMolly MacPherson’s
Niche, IrataJinx
Silver Screen Orchestra, BlackruneSentient Bean

Saturday 18th
Hypnotics - City Market (4p, Savannah Parrothead Club Benefit)
Accomplices, New Country Rehab - Congress Street Social Club
Bushfire Stank GrassTybee Social Club
Driverside, Them Dirty Roses – World Of Club
Hellzapoppin Sideshow Circus with Savannah Sweet Tease and A.M. Rodriguez - Jinx
Royal Noise - Barrelhouse South
Sarah PooleMolly MacPherson’s
Skiplesbar.food
This Frontier Needs HeroesSentient Bean
The Last Waltz EnsembleMars Theater
Movers & Shakers, Kaleb CraftPaddy O’Shea’s

Monday 20th
AccomplicesTybee Social Club
Sunglow, Iska Dhaaf, Generation Pill, The Clambake ZineHang Fire

Tuesday 21st
Host, Twin FoxesGraveface Records (7p)
City Hotel Solo SessionsFoxy Loxy (7p)

Wednesday 22nd
Shroud Eater w/ R&R BingoJinx

Savannah’s own City Hotel recorded three songs at ArtLab Sessions, in anticipation of their recent CD release Dogged Days. ArtLab has a full schedule for the next few months, and some surprising acts will be making an appearance. We’ll be sure to keep everyone aware of their ‘doings’ as the recordings and imagery become available. In the meantime check out these videos from one of Savannah’s newest DIY musical platforms.