AA MEETING: I feel weird that I haven’t mentioned the digital releases of Antlered Aunt Lord’s Ostensibly Formerly Stunted, One Mouth to Live and Stolen From the Narrator. So, I’m mentioning them now. Each has been previously released in physical form, but through the secret magic of technology, heretofore non-antlered explorers can try them out before plunking down the bucks. The band, which has always had a shambolic tendency—and been dismissed by some simply because of its admittedly aesthetically unpleasing and uncomfortable mouthful of a name—is in actuality a lo-fi pop force on par with the most revered recordings by, say, Guided By Voices. My favorite of these is Ostensibly Formerly Stunted, but try them all on for size and see which fits you best. Head to antleredauntlord1.bandcamp.com to try ’em on.
NOSEBLEED SECTION: Hard rockers Maximum Busy Muscle released their new self-titled album last week, the first recordings the band has offered up in two years. It’s riff-heavy, as you’d expect, but pretty damn melodic and grooving, too. For the uninitiated, Maximum Busy Muscle’s most spectacular live element is its two-drummer approach. And there’s no denying that both drummers, Mary-Eleanor Joyce and Erika Rickson, deliver the solid one-two (and often solidly dual) punches exactly where they need to go. I can’t really discern this dynamic from the group’s recordings, though, and maybe that’s intentional, but in a live setting it’s certainly something to see. Based on my personal experience, this new record is great for daytime and nighttime driving, depending on whether you’re in the mood to punch other drivers in the face or simply punch yourself. Check it out at maximumbusymuscle.bandcamp.com, and be a pal at facebook.com/MaximumBusyMuscle.
I DON’T WANNA FIGHT TONIGHT: As detailed here, the Georgia Conflict Center’s Pickin’ for Peace benefit concert happens Sunday, Oct. 15 at The Foundry. Headlining this year’s event is legendary Georgia artist Glenn Phillips (Hampton Grease Band, Henry Kaiser) and his band. Maggie Mason Hunter, Tommy Jordan, and Klezmer Local 42 will round out the bill. Tickets are $25, but college students with ID may pay $10 at the door. A silent auction will be held at the Graduate hotel’s ballroom featuring over 100 items (including some fairly high-end, couples-type things) and a rare Widespread Panic poster from that band’s 2010 New Year’s Eve show at Red Rocks. The evening begins at 6 p.m. The Georgia Conflict Center is in its eighth year of operation, and its purpose is “to promote peacemaking by teaching non-violent communication skills and restorative justice practices.” For advance tickets, see thefoundryathens.com, and for more information, see gaconflict.org.
GOOD PEOPLE DOING GOOD THINGS: On Thursday, Oct. 19, The Cottage Sexual Assault Center & Children’s Advocacy Center has its benefit show, Unplugged for the Cottage, happening at Little Kings Shuffle Club. The show runs from 6–9 p.m., and featured acts include Diet Dangfly, Betsy Franck, Ty Manning and the Slawdog Biscuits, members of Broken String Band and the Tiny Jazz Arkestra. Ticket holders will be treated to food from The National, Taziki’s Mediterranean Café, Mama’s Boy, Marti’s at Midday, Big City Bread, Hi-Lo Lounge, Trappeze Pub and Sweetie Pie by Savie. There’s also a “themed basket” silent auction, a cork pull, door prizes and a raffle drawing for a weeklong stay at a four-bedroom lake house in North Carolina. Tickets for this raffle are $10 each or three for $25. Tickets for the show are $20, and you can pay at the door or buy in advance from northgeorgiacottage.org.
I LOVE THIS TOWN: The second annual Boo-Le-Bark dog costume parade will happen Sunday, Oct. 15 down Boulevard in the Boulevard Historic District. Last year it was kind of hard to discern where it began, so people pretty much stood all along the length of the street from Chase to Barber, and things worked out fine. Just like last year, the event will wind up at the Jittery Joe’s Roaster on Barber Street, and live music is to be performed by Miss Cathy & Friends of the Allegro for Children program, Rev. Conner Tribble and others. All are welcome, and the whole thing runs from 3–6 p.m. For more information, see facebook.com/allegroathens.
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