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Kickstart Your Heart and Libido The Eve Before NYE With The Sexual Side Effects!




Leave your medications, beer goggles, and baggage at home because this Friday, December 30, it’s time to get down and rock out at the Drunken Unicorn. The Eve Before The Eve party will feature a musical triple threat comprised of two Atlanta bands, The Sexual Side Effects (SSE) and The Swear, along with Nashville’s Foxiest Band, The Worsties. With a theme of “Do Something Bad Before you Do Something Bad on New Year’s Eve” how could you go wrong attending this show?

The Sexual Side Effects are one of Atlanta’s most talked about bands right now because of their combination of a unique sound, a unique lead singer, and a unique approach to grass roots marketing which has proved this band not only as a local rock ‘n’ roll staple, but also as an up and comer on the national music scene. Their first single, “Aurora,” garnered the attention from an award winning music video director, Michael Simon (VH-1 Storytellers). Simon agreed to help with their music video pro-bono if they could raise the funds to cover the basic costs of the video. Within 10 days of a month long fundraiser, the band’s project had met its initial goal of $2,000. The Sexual Side Effects put on a high-octane show with an eclectic, electric dreamy 70’s glam rock sound full of rich chords, hypnotic vocal melodies, and ethereal guitars. (If you are interested in helping fund SSE’s first music video and receiving a few perks in return, you have until 6 a.m. EST on January 1st to contribute to the band’s Kickstarter fundraiser.)

Opening for The Sexual Side Effects, the other two bands are female-fronted rock bands. The Worsties are a high energy group from Nashville that mix ‘70’s era punk with ‘80’s glam pop and new wave beats. Formed in 2005, The Worsties have been constantly touring since 2008, sharing the stage with big name nationally recognized acts. Their music has been featured in TV programs, Journeys (shoe and clothing) stores, and Fuse on Demand. The band received the 2010 Nashville Independent Music Award for “Best Pop/Indie Band.”

The Swear will also share the stage with SSE and The Worsties. Fronted by award-winning songwriter Elizabeth Elkins, The Swear have also been featured in TV programs and movie soundtracks and listed for best albums of the year in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Creative Loafing, and Georgia Music Magazine. Their music has been described as dark power-pop with an edgy rawness.

AND on top of all that – it’s only $5 for three bands, which is a complete steal for less than $2 per band! (Or less than $3 per band if you get there after 10 p.m., but who would want to be late to NYE’s pre-eve, pre-gaming at the Drunken Unicorn?)

21 and up only. Doors open at 9 p.m. $5 cover charge before 10 p.m. and $8 afterwards. CASH ONLY (cover charge and cash bar inside). (FYI – There’s an ATM in the parking lot in case you forget to bring cash with you.)

The Sexual Side Effects

The Swear

The Worsties
The Drunken Unicorn
736 Ponce De Leon
Atlanta, GA 30306

featured image of SSE courtesy of Brook Hewitt for The Backstage Beat

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Cry With Us! Puddles Pity Party in Orlando



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



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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