1. Black Lips new song is an ode to life on the road

    On Willie Nelson’s 80th birthday, the Black Lips had their own anthem about life on the road, “Cruising,” unveiled by Rolling Stone. The song will be part of Adult Swim’s Garage Swim compilation, available May 6 as a free download, along with tracks by several of the Black Lips’ Southern garage contemporaries, including Bass Drum of Death and JEFF the Brotherhood.

    "Cruising" is not quite "Raw Meat," the gold standard for the band’s post Good Bad Not Evil output, but in the spirit of the compilation, it’s a solid lo-fi gargage tune, and a definite improvement over the group’s previous Adult Swim offering.


    Hear the new song at clatl.com

     
  2. California pioneer of the surf guitar, Dick Dale, rolled in to Atlanta with the storm Sunday night to a sold out show at the Earl. (photo by Jon Whittaker)

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  3. Photographer Jason Francisco brings ‘Names’ to Budapest (Photo by Jason Francisco)

    An exhibition of works by Atlanta photographer Jason Francisco opened last week in Budapest. PH21 Gallery will feature These are the Names, 15 images from a collection of 100. The caption for each photograph begins, “These are the names of the people murdered here.” A list follows - sometimes 20 or 30 names long - of victims lost to homicide on one block or a single street corner in Philadelphia, which has the highest per-capita murder rate among major U.S. cities.

    Read on at clatl.com

     
  4. Neo-Nazis rally at the Gold Dome (Photos by Joeff Davis)

    This past Saturday, on what would have been Adolf Hitler’s 124th birthday, members of the National Socialist Movement, considered the largest Neo-Nazi group in the country, held a rally in front of the Georgia State Capitol.

    A predominantly male crowd of about 40 NSM members - some of whom were dressed in solid black with their heads shaved and others dressed in what appeared to be Ku Klux Klan type garb - stood in front of the Gold Dome holding large KKK flags, confederate emblems, and large swastikas.

    "The US Constitution," said speaker Ron Olson," was written by white men for white men."

    Read on at clatl.com

     
  5. Scenes from Ann-Marie Manker’s ‘Under the Rainbow’ (Photos by Heather Hendricks)

    Last Friday, Whitespace Gallery held an opening reception for Ann-Marie Manker’s latest solo exhibition, Under the Rainbow. Composed largely of paintings as well as a few fiber works, Manker’s latest work balances black depths against a rainbow-like palette of bright pink, blue, and yellow hues. As with her previous work, Manker explores contemporary visions of femininity and violence in absurd and fantastical settings. These compositions are her most precise and vivid yet.

    The Good Food Truck served up poodles while people mingled in the courtyard. Performers with Dance Truck brought two choreographed pieces to the gallery’s courtyard. Photographer Heather Hendricks captured a few scenes from late in the night.

    See a slideshow of pictures from Ann-Marie Manker’s Under the Rainbow.

     
  6. Botanical Garden’s summer concert series announced (photo courtesy of Atlanta Botanical Garden)The Atlanta Botanical Garden has announced the lineup for its 2013 Concerts in the Garden summer series, which kicks off Saturday, June 23.

    Check out the full schedule at clatl.com!

     
  7. 'World Pillow Fight Day' lands in Freedom Park (Photos by Heather Hendricks)

    Saturday afternoon found dozens of people congregating at Freedom Park, some dressed in pajamas, most carrying pillows. This same scene happened all over the world as cities and towns joined in to celebrate World Pillow Fight Day. Coming out of the Urban Playground Movement, which focuses on fun, free, all-ages, non-commercial events, friends, families, strangers, the young and the old met at Freedom Park to smash each others’ faces with pillows. War cries, stratagems, and all out battle fury marked the afternoon as participants unleashed their inner warriors and fought each other to the death (of the pillows).

    More pillow fightin’ action here.

     
  8. SXSW Atlanta Artists’ Photos

    Every year, thousands of musicians from around the country descend upon Austin, Texas to play shows, partake in interviews, eat barbecue, and drink beer at the annual SXSW music conference. It can be fun for artists, but it’s also exhausting. More than 30 Atlanta artists, including Trinidad Jame$, Black Lips, Little Tybee, and Speakerfoxxx, made the more than 900-mile trek west to the Lone Star State last week, and sent back a gaggle of Instagram photos capturing their experiences.

    Check out a gallery of the highlights.

    And in case you missed it, check out more scenes from SXSW 2013.

     
  9. GOP state lawmaker blocks resolution honoring LGBT marching band because… well let’s guess (Photo by Joeff Davis)

    So what happens when an openly gay state lawmaker tries to officially congratulate a LGBT ensemble on 20th anniversary and for performing at an international LGBT conference? It gets blocked.

    State Rep. Matt Ramsey, R-Peachtree City, asked yesterday to delay a vote on a resolution sponsored by state Rep. Karla Drenner, D-Avondale Estates, that would recognize the Atlanta Freedom Marching Bands. (Drenner sent CL a copy of the resolution yesterday afternoon, which we’ve posted).

    Anyone care to comment?

     
  10. The ATL Twins are Spring Breakers Forever (Photos by Dustin Chambers)


    Any story about Sidney and Thurman Sewell starts with a party. People are always hanging around their Midtown loft, sipping vodka and soda and staring out the floor-to-ceiling windows 26 stories above Peachtree Street. Sometimes it’s a music video director and a girl they met in the strip club or a guy they used to skateboard with and a few girls they met while, well, they really can’t remember. Maybe Trinidad James is on the stereo. Maybe Gucci Mane. Some pictures that Terry Richardson took for a fashion magazine are framed on the wall. Sidney and Thurman hang out with reporters a lot. One January night, a photographer and I are the journalists at the party. The next weekend it will be a couple of guys with Vice. The month after that, a Page Six spy will report their activities at a club in New York.

    Read on at clatl.com.  And don’t miss the Full Photo Gallery to get a taste of a day in the life of the ATL Twins.