We Done

After 25 years and (including the online-only ones) exactly 300 issues, the powers that be at S&S Central concluded that our job here was complete. Our final issue was published in February 2021. So in case you’ve been checking the website wondering when we’re ever going to update the damn thing, that’s the reason why… Continue reading We Done

Haunted Shed, Faltering Light. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Etienne de Rocher moved to Athens, Georgia from the Bay Area in 2008 but took his sweet time assembling his current group Haunted Shed. As the story goes, Etienne (on guitar, keyboards and vocals) needed a group to provide musical ambiance for a neighborhood haunted house he’d set up in his backyard shed a number… Continue reading Haunted Shed, Faltering Light. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Lo Talker Make Themselves Heard

Florida’s Roadkill Ghost Choir were a late entry into the brief “ethereal Southern alt-rock” trend sparked by the emergence of Band of Horses, My Morning Jacket and the like. From that kaput quintet, singer Andrew Shepard has retained his bass playing brother Zach Shepard and traded in the other three for fresh recruits Rhett Fuller,… Continue reading Lo Talker Make Themselves Heard

Dead Register Come Alive on New EP

Dead Register make a mighty racket that commands a realm somewhere between boomy goth-rock and doomy sludge. The Atlanta trio conjures an avalanche of imposing commotion from somewhat unconventional instrumentation: thundering drums (R. Garcia), atmospheric distorted keyboards (Avril Che) and crushing bass guitar (M. Chvasta) that’s lower than a Martian crater bed and amped up… Continue reading Dead Register Come Alive on New EP

De Niro Thriller Shoots Scenes in South Georgia

A handful of scenes for the upcoming film Wash Me in the River were shot in Waycross and Douglas, Georgia during February. Jack Huston (Ben-Hur, Boardwalk Empire, pictured), Robert De Niro, John Malkovich, Willa Fitzgerald (The Goldfinch) and rapper Quavo (of Migos, making his feature film debut) star in the movie, but of those only… Continue reading De Niro Thriller Shoots Scenes in South Georgia

The Black Crowes Make More Money

One positive result of the Wu-Tang Flu shutting down the entire concert industry is that we were spared a Black Crowes reunion tour. However, that’s not keeping their products off of record store shelves. Shake Your Money Maker, the 1990 debut album from the Crowes, will be re-released in an assortment of “30th Anniversary” expanded… Continue reading The Black Crowes Make More Money

I Want You Back in Atlanta By Early March

The Amazon Studios feature film I Want You Back is set to begin production in Atlanta the first week of March. Charlie Day (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, pictured) will star in the comedy about a pair of twenty-somethings – one male, one female – who team up to sabotage their exes’ new relationships in… Continue reading I Want You Back in Atlanta By Early March

Games People Play Shoots Season 2 in Atlanta

After production for the first season took place in Los Angeles, filming for the second season of the BET series Games People Play will dribble over to Atlanta, taking place from March through May. The drama, which stars Lauren London (The Game), Karen Obilom (Doom Patrol), Sarunas Jackson (Freeform’s Good Trouble), Parker McKenna Posey (My… Continue reading Games People Play Shoots Season 2 in Atlanta

Shudder’s Black Horror Anthology to Produce in Atlanta

Atlanta-based Swirl Films will produce a currently untitled anthology series for the Shudder horror/supernatural-themed streaming service focusing entirely on the work of black writers and directors. Attempting to make obvious racial discrimination and segregation sound wonderful, Shudder General Manager Craig Engler said, “We realized there was a huge untapped reservoir of great black horror stories… Continue reading Shudder’s Black Horror Anthology to Produce in Atlanta

Snake Preacher: Etowah River Mud

Martha’s Vineyard elitist Barack Obama notoriously put down denizens of rural middle America when he called ’em bitter clingers to guns and religion. He left out hooch. Snake Preacher’s here to remind him. The North Georgia Southern Rock band named their new album after the holy trinity, and with songs like “Buzzards,” “Cocaine Shoes,” “Shotgun… Continue reading Snake Preacher: Etowah River Mud

Early Richard Pryor Records Restored, Expanded

Richard Pryor’s first two albums, individually out of print for years, were at least included in full on a pair of archival collections released in the early-to-mid aughts: the first disc of 2000’s …And It’s Deep Too! 9-CD box set from Rhino was Pryor’s self-titled 1968 debut album for Dove/Reprise, and the entirety of his… Continue reading Early Richard Pryor Records Restored, Expanded

Karen is the New White in the World of Coke

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“Karens” come in all colors and affiliations, but in the race-obsessed mind of Atlanta filmmaker Coke Daniels, the pejorative term only applies to white suburban racist Republican women, a stereotype that exists predominantly in the rotting imaginations of the American Left. I mean, I see loads of Karens on the Nextdoor page in my liberal… Continue reading Karen is the New White in the World of Coke

Machine Gun Kelly Films Movie in South Georgia

Singer/rapper Machine Gun Kelly (Colson Baker), Kevin Bacon and Travis Fimmel (HBO Max’s Raised by Wolves) are starring in the thriller One Way, currently filming in Thomasville, Georgia. Baker (who played Tommy Lee in the Motley Crüe biopic The Dirt) plays a guy whose robbery of his former crime boss goes south, leaving him wounded… Continue reading Machine Gun Kelly Films Movie in South Georgia

Bruce Willis Goes Nuclear in Southwest Georgia

Bruce Willis sure spends a lot of time shooting low budget action thrillers down in south Georgia. He been doing another one called Reactor, filming scenes on Lake Blackshear as well as the southwest Georgia towns of Valdosta, Cordele and Fitzgerald, where the story is set. Jared Cohn (Street Survivors: The True Story of the… Continue reading Bruce Willis Goes Nuclear in Southwest Georgia

PLS! PLS! CRNK THT NW NRCSSST LP!

It might not be a prerequisite that Stephanie Luke has to form a new band with whatever Atlanta musician she’s dating at the time, but it tends to happen more often than not, regardless. And NRCSSST – her partnership with musician/songwriter/producer Dan Dixon of electro-rock group PLS PLS and clearly a man with a vendetta… Continue reading PLS! PLS! CRNK THT NW NRCSSST LP!

Jane Birkin Gives Us a Wakeup Call

Translated as “Oh! Sorry you were sleeping…” the forthcoming album from Jane Birkin, Oh! Pardon tu dormais… was initially inspired by a theatrical play Birkin had written, but “gradually, we moved away from this and more pressing, urgent themes emerged,” the 74-year-old singer, actress and fashion icon says. “Little by little, we drifted towards other… Continue reading Jane Birkin Gives Us a Wakeup Call

Another Reissue? Oh-OK

Oh-OK, NYC, 1983 (?) © Laura Levine

Steered by Linda Hopper and Lynda Stipe, Oh-OK’s simple swirl of minimalist post-punk and danceable dream-pop was a cool and refreshing addition to the early Athens new wave club scene at a time before such genre descriptors had yet to develop palpable meaning. They existed all of three years, releasing only a four-song 7-inch (Wow… Continue reading Another Reissue? Oh-OK

Antagonizers ATL: Street Punk Kings March On

Maybe it’s just because everything else has become so watered down and meaningless, but the “street punk” pumped out by bands such as Antagonizers ATL just sounds like rock ‘n’ roll music to me, or at least regular old meat ‘n’ potatoes punk rock. But maybe that’s the point. There’s no dickin’ around involved, no… Continue reading Antagonizers ATL: Street Punk Kings March On

February Georgia-Filmed Release/Premiere Dates

Willy's Wonderland Nicolas Cage CR: Kyle Kaplan

Nicolas Cage battles animatronic characters running amuck in an abandoned theme park in Willy’s Wonderland, available on demand beginning Feb. 12th… As of now, the sci-fi movie Chaos Walking, starring Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley, is scheduled to be released in theaters and IMAX on March 5th… Coming 2 America will arrive on Amazon Prime… Continue reading February Georgia-Filmed Release/Premiere Dates

February Georgia Film/TV Quick Cuts

The fourth season of everyone’s new favorite show Cobra Kai is filming in Atlanta now through mid-April… The second season of Starz’ P-Valley will shoot in Atlanta from February though April… Marilyn Manson, Denise Crosby (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Ali Larter (the Resident Evil movies) and Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator, Chopping Mall) are among those… Continue reading February Georgia Film/TV Quick Cuts

Get Out! February 16 – February 28

It doesn’t surprise me anymore that young people often gravitate toward the music of their parents’ record collections, especially when their parents are musicians or huge music fanatics. It rubs off. It didn’t used to. If I’d been as fascinated with what my mom and pop liked when I was a teenager as so many current kids seem to be with the tunes of their elders, I’d have been snappin’ my fingers along to Bing Crosby and Perry Como at a time when The Ramones, The Sex Pistols, Van Halen and AC/DC were blasting out of the cars in my high school parking lot, and that just would not have flown, my friend. Things are different now, anything goes, and 17-year-olds plunk down bucks for “vinyls” of old ’60s and ’70s classic rock bands at record stores on a constant basis. The members of Atlanta area quintet Rae and the Ragdolls are barely into their twenties yet they embrace the sounds and styles of hippie-dippie ’60s/’70s rock as if it’s the most natural development imaginable. They go way overboard with the Haight-Ashbury peace signs ‘n’ bellbottoms cosplay routine, risking the whole thing coming off like a big dress-up party, but they write original songs, and some of those songs are pretty good, a few could even be called exceptionally catchy in that same way “No Rain” by Blind Melon was the second most annoying song of 1993 (after “What’s Up”) yet you still couldn’t pry that damn melody out of your head. They’re dopey but enthusiastic, and while they missed out on twirling along with Janis and Jimi at Max Yasgur’s dairy farm, they can still play Woodstock, Georgia, where they’ll be on Feb. 24th at Madlife Stage & Studios.

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Black Adam Strikes Down in Atlanta

After much COVID-related delay, the DC Comics adaptation Black Adam is finally set to begin filming in Atlanta in March. In the spinoff of 2019’s successful Shazam!, Dwayne Johnson stars as the titular villain/anti-hero who faces off against the Justice Society of America: Hawkman (Aldis Hodge), Atom Smasher (Noah Centineo), Cyclone (Quintessa Swindell) and Doctor… Continue reading Black Adam Strikes Down in Atlanta

Fox Pilot It’s Our Time Shines in Atlanta

Production is currently underway in Atlanta on the Fox pilot It’s Our Time. Created by a laughably, stereotypically insufferable feminist named Sarah Watson (pictured), it’s inspired by and pays homage to The Goonies, the beloved 1985 movie directed by Richard Donner based on a story by Steven Spielberg. Apparently the three kids in the drama… Continue reading Fox Pilot It’s Our Time Shines in Atlanta

Teen Cast Commences Work on Counting Stars

OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder and Spice Girls manager Simon Fuller are behind the forthcoming music-themed series for Nickelodeon, Counting Stars. Sort of in the vein of Fame, and featuring original music in every episode, the scripted series follows a group of talented freshmen at an elite music performance school who compete to take part in… Continue reading Teen Cast Commences Work on Counting Stars

Ben Trickey Blesses Us with a New Album

Ben Trickey doesn’t wanna dance if he can’t dance slow, and that goes for his music too. The Atlanta-based songman’s material invariably finds him weary, lonesome, lost and/or depressed. Darkness abounds. Darkness is the situation for nearly all of his songs, and when it’s not, the sun, as a general rule, is blinding. Hey, it’s… Continue reading Ben Trickey Blesses Us with a New Album

Bryan Ferry Releases Royal Albert Hall Bookends

A little over a year ago, a CD was released of a Bryan Ferry concert from the Royal Albert Hall in 1974, on which he was backed up by members of Roxy Music on live renditions of primarily cover songs from his first two solo albums, These Foolish Things (1973) and Another Time, Another Place… Continue reading Bryan Ferry Releases Royal Albert Hall Bookends

The Gun Club, Part 4 (Mark Lanegan Interview)

Mark Lanegan Gun Club Fan; Friend and Collaborator with Jeffrey Lee Pierce “I would talk about Jeffrey 24 hours a day,” Mark Lanegan confessed to me during a phone conversation some twenty-odd years ago. “And I still do.” Such is but one example of the colossal impact Jeffrey Lee Pierce and The Gun Club made,… Continue reading The Gun Club, Part 4 (Mark Lanegan Interview)

1970 Rollin’ in Sight for Dylan Fans

Columbia Records already put out an album cobbled together from outtakes from the sessions for Bob Dylan’s Self Portrait and New Morning LPs – released without Dylan’s involvement to near-universal derision in 1973, during the very brief period Bob had left Columbia for Asylum Records, Dylan consisted solely of covers of other people’s material. The… Continue reading 1970 Rollin’ in Sight for Dylan Fans