All posts by Jeff Clark
Red Fang are one of the goofiest metal bands around, but make no mistake about it – these Portland dudes (with North Carolina roots) kick serious ass. But if you’re looking for a few laffs and a major challenge, check out their music videos and try to count how many cans of PBR and Tecate they’ve shotgunned in the name of rock ‘n’ roll. Or better yet, just shotgun a few yourself when they play the EARL on Thursday!
There’s only one event this week that Atlanta rock ‘n’ roll devotees need to be concerned with, and that’s the Down South Showdown at the Star Bar Thursday through Saturday, and the EARL on Sunday. Doesn’t matter if you know all the bands or not – you will get your rocks off, baby.
Pun rocker Greg Kihn, who’s playing two “songs and stories” shows in the area this week (The Foundry in Athens on Monday, City Winery in Atlanta on Tuesday), may seem like the nerdiest nerd to ever play music, but here are a few factoids about him you might not be aware of. Signed to indie Beserkley Records in the ’70s and ’80s, he was labelmates with Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers, and sang backup on Richman’s records. Kihn eventually became Beserkley’s biggest selling artist with the hits “The Breakup Song” and “Jeopardy,” the latter of which most of you probably know better from “Weird Al” Yankovic’s parody “I Lost on Jeopardy.” On the cover of Kihn’s first album in 1976’s he’s pictured in front of the Berkeley record store Rather Ripped, where he worked at the time; Sonic Youth named their 2006 album Rather Ripped after the store. And he’s written several horror novels, one of which, Rubber Soul, features The Beatles. See? He’s kind of interesting! And we’re sure he’ll have plenty of fascinating stories to tell while you’re waiting for him to play the two songs you know.