SHE’S GOT BARS: Athens local and Atlanta native Ta’Sheia Shantel, aka Teezy the Tyrant, has a handful of tracks available for streaming, and once I found this out, that’s exactly what I did. Although the production occasionally leans too heavily on processing her vocals through various effects, these songs are total jams. She spits solidly biting bars on the propulsive “Work” and “Perkiana,” swings through honey-sweet R&B on “My Last” and “Mind Games” and waxes reflective and respectfully on “Mother Superior (Peace of Mind).” This is the best tip to new tunes I got all week, so it’s only fair I tip y’all to these songs, too. Check her out at soundcloud.com/user-54592684, and be a pal at facebook.com/TaSheiaShantel.
RELATED: AthFactor Entertainment has been running First Tuesday at The World Famous for a few years now. For the next edition, happening Tuesday, Aug. 6, they’re opening it up a little to include and recognize some up-and-comers from the Atlanta scene. To this end, attendees will be treated to performances by the aforementioned Shantel, as well as rap collective Visibly Inflight (Marietta), Michael Myerz (Atlanta), Paid in AmeriKKKa (Atlanta emcee J-Koop and producer Last Name Good) and Northeast Atlanta’s john.AVERAGE. Other features of this night’s bill are the ongoing Beat Wars battle series, selector Chief Rocka and a midnight cypher, in which all are invited to join. For more information, see facebook.com/athfactor.
WELCOME HOME: By the time you read this, Georgia Dish Boys will be back from tour and presumably road-tight. They’ll be displaying their might at the 40 Watt Club on Saturday, Aug. 3, so go challenge ’em, or something. Also on the bill are the expanded lineup of Love My Truck, the under-praised but supremely talented Joe Cat and James Aurelio, aka longtime Athens musician Jim Wilson. Honestly, 75% of this whole show is a real tear-in-my-beer situation, so start crying. Doors are at 9 p.m., and the show starts at 10. For Aurelio, you’re gonna have to search Spotify, but for everyone else, you can get up to speed at joecatmusic.bandcamp.com, georgiadishboys.bandcamp.com, and lovemytruck.bandcamp.com.
FOR THE COMMUNITY: Amplify Athens, presented by Amplify My Community, will happen again this year at The Foundry. The event spans two nights—Friday, Aug. 2 and Saturday, Aug. 3—and tickets are available at thefoundryathens.com. The whole thing is a benefit for Family Connection-Communities in Schools of Athens. Featured performers are Muscle Shoals, AL’s Dylan LeBlanc on Friday and Shawn Mullins with Athens native Mike Killeen on Saturday. Mullins, of course, needs zero introduction, and the other two don’t really, either, but to satisfy your curiosity, you can check out mikekilleen.com and dylanleblanc.com.
WHAT WE GOT: For real, y’all, I get pumped when local folks start getting their solid due from out-of-town people and event organizers. So, even though this one is still about six weeks away, let me tell you about Asheville, NC’s RADFest. This all-ages event takes place at The Grey Eagle Sept. 14–15. If you look on the festival website, you’ll not only see a mind-boggling list of rules concerning prohibited items you’d never think could be an issue—Wagons? Stuffed animals? Inflatable couches?—you’ll also see that Athens’ own WesdaRuler, Monsoon and Seline Haze are on the lineup. Headliners for the fest are Philadelphia’s Ivy Sole and Boston’s Palehound. And, of course, there are loads of cool acts filling this whole thing out. Dig around at radfestavl.com, and check it out.