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October 20th,  IAMDYNAMITE will be playing The Buckhead Theater with Blue October.

Red hot indie-rock duo IAMDYNAMITE has announced plans to release their impressive debut album, SUPERMEGAFANTASTIC, on September 13 via Brando Records.  The high energy duo featuring Chris Martin and Chris Phillips had been cutting their teeth in the Detroit indie rock scene for a short time before making the move to Raleigh, NC with their own unique sound that some have described as “2 guys that sound like 5.” On SUPERMEGAFANTASTIC, armed with only a simple electric guitar and drum kit, C-Mart and C² whip their way through thirty-three minutes of raucous indie rock that’s chock full of clever harmonies, 70’s psychedelic guitar riffs, bombastic drums and undeniable dance hooks for one of the most infectious groove laden debuts in years.Produced by Matt Noveskey (bassist for Blue October) and mixed by Jay Ruston (Cold War Kids, Polyphonic Spree, Leonard Cohen) SUPERMEGAFANTASTIC is a relentless sing-a-long album that features ten unforgettable tracks like the contagious anthems “Stereo,”  “Carolina,”  “Hey Girl” and “Ms. Jones.”After years on the road in the indie rock trenches, IAMDYNAMITE have built a strong following of fans throughout US and Europe. The band will be hitting the road with Houston’s platinum selling rock band Blue October in September/October.

The Backstage Beat’s Bradley Stier caught up with Chris Phillips and ask him a few questions:

Bradley:  Being a two man operation, what are your biggest challenges when it comes to creating such a raucous, expansive sound?

     Chris: Covering the frequency spectrum with glory! All we do is play as intense as we can…then the sound comes out. It’s not really a challenge as it is a clean  fist  pumping mega push of rock!

Bradley:  Your music seems very inspired by dance music, though there are very few actual electronic elements. Do you have any plans for remixes or new tracks that would further expand this sound?

Chris: Yes, we have been in cahoots with a few different guys for a few different remixes, sorry I am being vague but I cannot guarantee they will be awesome. If they are not awesome, they will not be heard. 

Bradley: Obviously, “Annie” stands out of the pack as the only slower song on the album. Who is Annie?

Chris: Easy…Who do you need Annie to be?  Annie is just a name. 

Bradley: I love the video for “Turn off the Lights…”, any plans for another video soon?

Chris: Yep, the old stereo video by Marty “laser”   is  retired for the moment. There will be new videos for songs on the album. Maybe all of them. 

Bradley:  Obviously, you guys like to party, your album is tailor made to be played full length at one! What are some of your favorite cities to perform in? What crowds have you found embrace the spirit of the album fully?

   Chris: Playing all around the US has been awesome. Every city so far has embraced us. Vegas was really the show where we got into our groove. But everyone has  been great! 

Bradley: . What can we expect from your show October 20th at Buckhead Theater?

Chris:  Dancing, screaming, yelling, bouncing, sweating, smiling, singing, laughing, and generally a great time.




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Cry With Us! Puddles Pity Party in Orlando



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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



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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