Modern English and Entertainment play the Earl on Wednesday, March 16

Modern English. Photo courtesy Courtesy Paradise Artists

Modern English and Entertainment play The Earl on on Wed., March 16. $25. $28. 8 p.m.

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Terror, Kublai Khan TX, and Pain of Truth play The Earl on Wed., May 25

Terror

Los Angeles’ straightedge-hardcore luminaries Terror are on the road again, this time celebrating 20 years of paint-peeling guitars, lightning-fast rhythms, and fierce and empowering vocal assaults. For this round of shows the group will pull out a few of their brutal classics while showcasing a set of newer numbers from their eighth album, Pain Into Power (Pure Noise Records), which was produced by the Terror’s co-founder member and former guitar player, Todd Jones.

Sherman, TX metalcore outfit Kublai Khan TX plays the middle slot supporting a new release of their own, titled Lowest Form of Animal (Rise Records).

Long Island hardcore outfit Pain of Truth, fronted by vocalist Michael Smith (Hangman, Victory Garden), sets the night in motion.

$27 (adv). $30 (Doors). Wed., May 25 at The Earl.

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Record Plug: Warm Red

When you’re out and about this weekend, hitting up records stores, coffee shops, or just grabbing a beer somewhere, be sure to pick up a copy of the September issue of Record Plug Magazine.

For this issue, I had the chance to catch up with Warm Red before their show at the Earl a little earlier this month, and to talk about their debut album, Decades of Breakfast (State Laughter). Press play below.

Also, this issues features cool write ups on AthFest (Sept. 24-26), Skin Jobs, Entertainment, the upcoming Southern Surf Stompfest (Oct. 2), and a whole lot more.

The website is here, but print is where all of the stories live, and copies are strategically placed all around metro Atlanta and Athens. … I grabbed my copy at Drip Coffee in Hapeville, but I saw it at Wax-n-Facts and Wuxtry as well.

Keeping scrolling downward to read my Warm Red feature story, and check out those killer live shots courtesy of Mike White at Dead Designs photography.


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Miles Seaton of Akron/Family R.I.P.

Akron/Family at the Earl on February 20, 2007. Photo by Chad Radford


Sad news made the rounds over the weekend, as word spread that Miles Seaton of Akron/Family has died. He was 41 years old.

I was lucky enough to see Akron/Family play The Earl a few times over the years—in 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2012. The group’s members also made up Michael Gira of Swans group Angels of Light when they played The Earl in 2005.

Akron/Family was the quintessential experimental folk outfit, an offshoot of the “new weird America” scene, blending a cosmic strum and wail over a bed of noisy and psychedelic pleasantries. The group’s sound was a warm and far-out acoustic dirge that was inspired more by the back roads of rural Georgia than the mean streets of their hometown of Brooklyn.

I took these photos at The Earl on February 20, 2007, when Akron/Family was on the road playing songs from the album Love Is Simple (Young God Records). They shared the stage that night with Untied States.

Rest in peace.

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T.T. Mahony & Jeffrey Butzer’s ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ live stream Saturday, December 19

T.T. Mahony (left) and Jeffrey Butzer. Photo by Samantha Shal.

T.T. Mahony and Jeffrey Butzer return for their annual performance of A Charlie Brown Christmas.

This year’s show is a live stream from The EARL stage on Saturday, December 19. Pianist Mahony and drummer Butzer lead an ensemble featuring bass player Mike Beshara and vocalist Kelly Sirmans Winn through composer Vince Guaraldi’s A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Chad Shivers & the Frigidaires (feat. Nick Bazemore, Brad Mattocks, Matt Steadman, Sonny Harding, and Sean Zearfoss) celebrate the group’s 10th anniversary playing the A Charlie Brown Christmas show by performing the Beach Boys and the Ventures’ Christmas albums in their entirety.

Tickets are available for $10-$100 donations. Music starts at 7 p.m.

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Warm Red ‘Comes Out’ fighting!

Y’all are in the mood for a fight, right? “Comes Out” is the third single released from Warm Red’s stellar debut, Decades of Breakfast (State Laughter Records). Stephen Lewis, Toni Gary, Bryan Sherer, and Jacob Armando … come out swinging all manic and muscular … kind of.

The video was shot and edited by Joshua Gary of Funguh Productions, and captures a brutal backyard mashup of wrestling, boxing, and biting, rendered in VHS fidelity—in SLP mode, of course.

With its gloriously grimy rhythm section and frontman Gary’s clipped caterwaul, Warm Red pushes the influence of the Jesus Lizard, the Birthday Party, early Public Image, Ltd., and Pere Ubu to new highs of confrontation.

Check them out on Saturday, October 10 , when they join Thousandaire to play The EARL’s Live Stream #1, a benefit to support the bar, venue, and restaurants staff who’ve been affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Stoic Clown, aka Josh Feigert of State Laughter, will be DJing before, between and after the band’s live sets.

Donation packages range from $5-$50. The virtual doors open at 8:30 p.m. No ticketing fees and all buyers will receive a private link to watch the show on October 10

In the meantime, pick up Decades of Breakfast below. The band is donating its portions of the album’s sales to Solutions Not Punishment.