Recently in Atlanta: Assorted Newsbits

Book Club released their latest LP, One-Way Moon, via Cottage Recording Co. & Bear Kids Recordings. 

Atlanta's first incarnation of Ladyfest, a grassroots festival where women and gender non-conforming artists of all types can share their work and speak out on local issues, announced their 2015 lineup. Ladyfest Atlanta takes place March 20 - 22 at the Mammal Gallery, Eyedrum, and the Big House on Ponce.


CommonCreativ ATL interviewed writer Laura Relyea about her new book, All Glitter, Everything

"There are 19 new stories total, each an homage to a different lady–some who had stories about them in the original collection. There’s definitely a change in tone between the old stories and the new ones. They’re a little grittier and focused, determined. When I took on the project Kesha was exemplary of the things that intimidated me about womanhood–her stage persona is really aggressive and outspoken, sometimes defiant and definitely carnivorous. The first portion is overcoming that fear. The second is embracing it."

Write Club is releasing its first book, Bare-Knuckled Lit: The Best of Write Club, February 28. 

"The anthology's Atlanta-based writers include Jason Mallory (host of Scene Missing), Bobbin Wages (A Measly Growl and Randy Osborne (producer of Carapace), actor and comedian Dani Herd, and WRITE CLUB Atlanta’s Consigliere Myke Johns..."

The 2015 Atlanta Mess-Around announced its schedule. 

"A few weeks after revealing surprise headliners Pissed Jeans and Flamin' Groovies, the Atlanta Mess-Around announced a two-day, four-show schedule built around its main attractions. In addition, it was announced yesterday that local hardcore mainstay Uniform, debuting Atlanta rockers Easy Magick, and a rare appearance by Black Lips and Gentleman Jesse offshoot Gaye Blades round out the day shows at 529."

Burnaway interviewed curator Mildred Thompson.

"Thompson was an influential figure on the Atlanta art scene as an educator and exhibiting artist, teaching at Spelman, Agnes Scott, and the Atlanta College of Art, and working as associate editor at Art Papers. She lived in Atlanta from 1986 until her death in 2003. A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Thompson spent much of her adult life in Europe, where many African American artists found more acceptance and success than they did in the white art establishment in the U.S. Thompson moved to Germany shortly after graduating from Howard University in Washington, D.C., spending three years at the Art Academy of Hamburg. In 1961, she moved to New York with the anticipation of starting her art career but, discouraged and discriminated against, returned to Germany two years later. Following a more successful sojourn to the U.S. in 1975, she spent five years in Paris before moving to Atlanta in 1986."


Feast of Violet released a new album, MISC I


gloATL's Lauri Stallings received a commission for Creative Time's exhibition in NYC.

"gloATL doesn’t like to wait for the public to come to them. With the help of founder and choreographer Lauri Stallings, the contemporary art company, gloATL, has made a reputation in the city of Atlanta for its nontraditional use of human interaction and collaboration in its performances since 2009. This incorporation of the public makes them, and Stallings, the perfect choice for a Creative Time’s newly commissioned work."


ArtsATL interviewed new Curator of the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center Daniel Fuller.

"I keep telling my friends who live in other cities about Atlanta. In cities like New York or Philadelphia, you know what’s cool and it’s supereasy to find. Atlanta has all this cool stuff happening, but you have to dig a little deeper, and once you get into it, you realize there’s a lot of really cool stuff happening. You feel rewarded for digging and coming across something really spectacular."


Latest Disgrace released its "Top 50 ATL Songs of 2014."

"If ever there was a year that refused tidy summations, it was 2014. Certainly it was a year of some contradiction—the kind of year when civic pride swelled and demanded its own #weloveATL hashtag, while at the same time our beloved WRAS was swallowed up by corporate interests. It was also a year of transitional flux that—from a musical perspective, anyway—refused to yield a leading narrative. On the global and national level, hip hop continued its undisputed reign of cultural dominance, although the rapid rise of new stars like iLoveMakonnen and the Awful Records crew proved that artists could break through to audiences in new and unique ways. (To be fair, established groups like Mastodon and Black Lips had solid years, but I don’t see any major media outlets putting together a 10-part series on the Atlanta rock scene.)"

OG Maco released his new album, 15


Art dealer Marcia Wood is opening a second gallery location

“It’s also inspiring to me that while Midtown and Castleberry Hill are physically very near each other, each neighborhood has its distinct personality. This is one of the most stimulating things about living here. I like the idea of two locations creating the opportunity for interchange.”


Kory Oliver discussed the Atlanta literature scene for Real Pants.

"For over half a decade I’ve watched the literary scene in Atlanta grow and flourish. I’ve been lucky enough to have been involved as both an organizer and an enthused audience member in various happenings around town, and I’ve had the opportunity to not only be exposed to diverse bodies of work from local writers and out-of-towners, but also to develop some deep, enduring friendships along the way."

Ellis Jones became the first female Editor-In-Chief of Vice Magazine. 

"Under my leadership, the magazine will continue to do what it's always done best -- publish cutting-edge cultural coverage, sharp humor, and hard-hitting news investigations -- and also increase its seriousness and ambition by enlisting the best writers, photographers, and artists in the industry and sending them across the globe," Jones said in a statement. "Expect writing by even more female correspondents; expect new fiction and photojournalism and columns by big-name writers; and expect even more in-depth reports from global hot spots.”

The High Museum of Art named Katherine Jentleson Curator of Folk & Self-Taught Art.

"Jentleson will have the task of revitalizing programming for the over 800-piece collection. The High’s well-regarded collection of folk and self-taught art has been in limbo since the departure of longtime curator Susan Mitchell Crawley in 2013."

Royal Thunder released the first single from their forthcoming album, Crooked Doors, out April 8 on Relapse. 


Ethereal released a music video for "Trip."


The Good Graces released a video for "State of Atlanta."