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NEW: Luscious Jackson Return With First New Song in a Decade

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It’s been thirteen years since New York’s LUSCIOUS JACKSON released their last album Electric Honey and decided to pursue other endeavors (Jill writes with and produces other artists, Kate is an Emmy award winning television producer who’s worked on the Ellen DeGeneres and George Lopez shows, Jill and Gabby released solo albums in 2007, all are mothers).  Now they’re back at work on a new album and Rolling Stone has the premiere of their first single, “Are You Ready?”

Luscious Jackson burst onto the music scene in 1992 after signing to Grand Royal, the Beastie Boys indie label and won Best EP in the Village Voice Pazz and Jop poll for In Search of Manny.  Two years later saw the release of Natural Ingredients on Grand Royal/Capitol Records to critical and commercial acclaim and the band joined label owners Beastie Boys on Lollapalooza and toured across the States gaining a larger following.
Their second full-length album, Fever in Fever Out, was released in 1996, a year after opening for R.E.M. on their “Monster” Tour, culminating at Madison Square Garden.  Luscious Jackson worked with legendary producer Daniel Lanois on the album and together they created the band’s most successful album to date.  The album went gold in the States, selling over 500,000 copies and featured the Top 40 single “Naked Eye.”  After the release of Fever in Fever Out, the band was seen everywhere from Gap commercials to Jeopardy.  They joined the line up on Lilith Fair in 1998 performing with the likes of Sarah McLachlan, Sheryl Crow, the Pretenders and Emmylou Harris.  The band released Electric Honey in 1999 (which contained the well known single “Ladyfingers”) before amicably disbanding in 2000.  The new opportunities of online media have inspired the band to make music again and connect to their fans directly.
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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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