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Bad Religion – Atlanta, Masquerade 10/31!

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Bad Religion Culminate 30th Anniversary With 15th Studio Album & Fall US Tour

Celebrating three decades of influential, thought provoking and groundbreaking punk rock, Bad Religion released their fifteenth studio album, The Dissent of Man, on September 28. The album’s first single “The Devil in Stitches” made its debut on the world famous KROQ 106.7 in Los Angeles and can be heard now on MYSPACE . Fans can order The Dissent of Man now. Additionally, Bad Religion will kick off a North American tour in October with support from Bouncing Souls and Off With Their Heads. Dates are listed below.

Produced by Joe Barresi (Queens of the Stone Age, Tool), The Dissent of Man finds Bad Religion pushing the boundaries of their music as much today as they did in their formative years as a genre defining punk band. Over the course of making the album, primary songwriters Greg Graffin and Brett Gurewitz’s songwriting was informed by life changing events, with Graffin writing his forthcoming book “Anarchy Evolution” and Gurewitz embarking on parenthood again.

“These are some of my favorite songs I’ve ever written,” says Gurewitz. “A few of them took me way outside my comfort zone as a writer to a place I haven’t gone since Recipe or Stranger than Fiction.”

The result is one of the band’s most forward thinking and musically varied albums ever. The Dissent of Man is not only a snapshot of the band’s personal experiences of the past years but also of their continued maturity in songwriting, capturing an array of styles ranging from blazing punk rock songs like the opener “The Day That the Earth Stalled” and “Meeting of the Minds” and classic rock-tinged cuts like “Cyanide” and “Turn Your Back on Me” to radio rock ready hits like the first single “The Devil in Stitches.”

“I feel like the last couple of records have been amongst our most conservative, never straying too far from a Bad Religion sound,” adds Gurewitz. “Whereas on this one we’re taking the songs to a lot of different places, exploring our influences and trying out some new things in a way we haven’t done in years.”

The Dissent of Man is a testament to why Bad Religion has remained relevant for the better part of three decades. Already having cemented their place in history as a groundbreaking band who helped create a movement in Los Angeles with classic releases like How Could Hell Be Any Worse?, Suffer, Recipe for Hate, Stranger Than Fiction and Process of Belief, Bad Religion continue to inspire and create with a unique style that continues to cross boundaries and transcends genres.

As Bad Religion wraps up their 30th anniversary, they open the next chapter of their storied career with The Dissent of Man.

The Dissent of Man Track Listing:
1. The Day That the Earth Stalled – 1:23
2. Only Rain – 2:43
3. The Resist Stance – 2:32
4. Won’t Somebody – 2:42
5. The Devil in Stitches – 3:28
6. Pride and the Pallor – 2:56
7. Wrong Way Kids – 2:43
8. Meeting of the Minds – 2:06
9. Someone to Believe – 2:38
10. Avalon – 3:28
11. Cyanide – 3:55
12. Turn Your Back On Me – 2:24
13. Ad Hominem – 3:27
14. Where The Fun Is – 3:04
15. I Won’t Say Anything – 3:22

Upcoming Tour Dates:

10/31 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade (w/Off With Their Heads & The Aggrolites)
11/5 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live (w/Off With Their Heads & The Aggrolites)
11/6 – Austin, TX – Waterloo Park (w/Off With Their Heads)
11/8 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre (w/Bouncing Souls & Off With Their Heads) 
11/9 – Tempe, AZ – The Marquee (w/Bouncing Souls & Off With Their Heads) 
11/11 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theatre (w/Bouncing Souls & Off With Their Heads) 
11/12 – Denver, CO – The Fillmore Auditorium (w/Bouncing Souls & Off With Their Heads) 
11/13 – Salt Lake City, UT – In the Venue (w/Bouncing Souls & Off With Their Heads) 
11/15 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre (w/Bouncing Souls & Off With Their Heads) 
11/17 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo (w/Bouncing Souls & Off With Their Heads) 
11/18 – Eugene, OR – McDonald Theatre (w/Bouncing Souls & Off With Their Heads)
11/19 – San Francisco, CA – Regency Center – Grand Ballroom (w/Bouncing Souls & Off With Their Heads) 
11/20 – San Francisco, CA – Regency Center – Grand Ballroom (w/Off With Their Heads)

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Cry With Us! Puddles Pity Party in Orlando

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Ange Alex

I owe him a poem:

Here’s a story of a sad clown who one night in February was traveling through O-town. 

He brought a suitcase and a lot of gum, he brought music and videos and tons of fun.

He sang high but mostly he sang low, and he put of one hell of a good show.

He gave a bearded guy a cupcake and danced with a lady, a wolf he would make

There is no doubt he is a boss sir, he even got love from Kevin Costner.

Fans filled the plaza for a night of delight as the 7 foot clown gave us some real insight.

He sang Bowie and Queen and even some Who, also Cash, Lorde and “Let it go” too

Videos played of pets and babies crying, also beautiful artwork and people smiling.

Last night Orlando was anything but mad as we showed much love for a clown that is sad.

Ok, I’d cry too after that poem. Here’s some more info:

If you haven’t been to see a Puddles Pity Party show, you are missing out. 

The show had me smiling and laughing so hard my stomach hurt, but I was also moved so many times by the range of Puddles voice. True entertainment never gets old and I have a feeling he is going to last forever.

I loved the interaction he had with the crowd. He pulled numerous people up to help him on stage and all of them were good sports, one man even singing the entire song, “All by myself” karaoke style! The show was so well thought out and planned but with room for some hilarious improv. Especially at the end when he pulled the 3 fans from the audience dressed like clowns. At the end of them performing together, Puddles suddenly remembers that he is scared of clowns! Genius! 

Hands down one of the best performances I’ve seen in years.

 

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Kingsized Holiday Fun! Big Mike is Back at the Variety Playhouse!

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Big Mike Geier and his Kingsized Rock ‘n Roll Orchestra, along with the Dames Aflame Dancers, Lil’ Santa and other special guests, bring tidings of comfort and joy with their signature glitz and glamour in what has become a tinsel-time tradition at the Variety Playhouse. The all-ages 90-minute show features your Holiday favorites by the likes of Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Andy Williams, Heat Miser, The Grinch and more!

Photo: Emily Butler

We caught up with Big Mike to ask a few questions.

TBB: Big Mike! It’s been a couple years since we had the pleasure of seeing you perform live. We are so excited to be back in Atlanta and we are ready for this show. What can you tell us about this years event?

Big Mike: Welcome back to Atlanta, Ange! We’re also excited to be in town for another wild and wonderful Holiday Jubilee. We like to honor the tradition that the Jubilee has become and don’t mess too much with the format. You can expect the always magnificent sounds of the 12-piece Kingsized Rock ‘n Roll orchestra performing your favorite holiday classics and the dazzling Dames Aflame dancers providing the glamour. The show is all about holiday nostalgia, whatever that means to you: Bing Crosby, Andy Williams, Donnie Hathaway, The Grinch, Rankin Bass, Peanuts, the Dreidel Song? It’s all in there.

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Turkuaz at Aisle 5

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Brooklyn based funk band Turkuaz played at Aisle Five in Atlanta last week and here are some shots from the show!

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