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You Shock It, Break It, Baby—Janelle Monae Drops “Electric Lady” Video

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The title track from Janelle Monae’s 2013 release The Electric Lady finally—FINALLY—has a music video. Almost a year into her remarkable tour, Monae hits the singles circuit once more with “Electric Lady,” her groovy jam featuring the vocals of Solange. Ms. Knowles does not make an appearance in the Greek life themed video, though a star roster of amazing women appear as emeritus Electro Phi Betas singing along in futuristic photo screens on the wall—T-Boz, Erykah Badu, Esperanza Spalding, Monica, and future tour-mate Kimbra. Estelle and T.I. also make an appearance at the exuberant sorority party.

“Electric Lady” is the fourth single from the album, coming after “PrimeTime” way back last August.  The Electric Lady debuted at 5 on the Hot 200, but singles didn’t gain much traction despite Monae’s appearances on SNL and Letterman. 2013 was rough in general when it came to charting for black artists, but Monae still came out on top by being lauded as the year’s rising star.

Still, Janelle has been a busy electric lady, releasing a cover of “Heroes” for the World Cup, voicing in Rio 2, and planning the Golden Electric Tour with Kimbra in Australia (the May dates were cancelled due to an illness for Monae).

Check out the video below! Janelle Monae makes stops in Europe this month and returns stateside in October at the Treasure Island Music Festival in San Francisco.

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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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