#NewMusic This Week: Iceland’s Ásgeir

Ásgeir – In The Silence:  Ásgeir, a melodic folk singer and instrumentalist from Reykjavík, Iceland, recently released his sophomore album, In The Silence. Like me, you’ve probably never heard of him until now, since his record-breaking debut album, Dýrð í dauðaþögn, was only available in his native language, Icelandic. Apparently, 10% of Iceland’s population own his debut album, more than Björk, Sigur Rós and Of Monsters And Men! In the Silence, however, is available in English. The pleasant, airy sounds with soulful lyrics written almost entirely by Ásgeir’s 72-year-old father, are sure to make this album an international hit. Get it now and don’t miss him live when he comes to your town!

Tour | iTunes | Vinyl | Sounds like: Bon Iver, James Blake

Watch “King And Cross” and listen to an acoustic version of “Going Home” below…

The Toe Rag Acoustic Sessions…

 

#NewMusic This Week: St. Paul and the Broken Bones

St. Paul & the Broken Bones – Half the City:  Alabama has been on fire lately, producing acts in country, folk, rock, blues, funk and soul! The latest act to bring back vintage soul is St. Paul & the Broken Bones. This Birmingham sextet, led by Paul Janeway, just released their debut album, Half the City, and it’s surely bringing a smile to the faces of Otis, Sam and JB. Buy it on vinyl and catch the band at one of their upcoming shows in Georgia!

2/22 in Atlanta | The Earl

3/6 in Savannah | Savannah Stopover Music Festival

3/7 in Columbus | The Loft

3/20 in Athens | Georgia Theatre

Tour | iTunes | Vinyl | Sound like: 60’s Soul

#NewMusic This Week: Tinariwen, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Sam Roberts Band

Tinariwen at Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, 2011

Tinariwen – Emmaar:  Tinariwen is a nomadic band of Tuareg blues musicians from the Saharan Desert in Northern Africa. Since forming in 1979, political chaos and violence have escalated in Mali, where Islamist extremists have gone as far as kidnapping a band member and banning music entirely. But this has not stopped Tinariwen (translated “deserts”) from sharing their story through music. Last year, the band escaped to Joshua Tree National Park in California to record their 7th studio album, Emmaar. I’ll never forget their inspiring show at Variety Playhouse in Atlanta (11/12/2011) and I highly recommend making the trip to Georgia Theatre in Athens on March 19th.

Tour | iTunes | Vinyl

Sounds like: Terakaft, Bombino, Toubab Krewe

Hurray for the Riff Raff – Small Town Heroes:  After making our list of top 9 shows last April, Hurray for the Riff Raff are back with their new album, Small Town Heroes. Take a listen, buy the album and go see them live at Variety Playhouse on March 1st (opening for Shovels and Rope)!

Tour | iTunes | Vinyl | Sound like: The Carter Family, Shovels and Rope

Sam Roberts Band – Lo-Fantasy:  One thing I love about discovering new music is that there is something to discover every week! Before Tuesday, I had never heard of Sam Roberts, but this Montreal-based rocker has just released his 6th studio album, Lo-Fantasy, and it is worth your listen. No upcoming Atlanta shows, but we’ll keep you posted…

Tour | iTunes | Vinyl | Sounds like: Leagues

December Shows in Atlanta, #1-9 (with a Spotify Playlist)

It’s that time of year again… the month of lists! With everyone making 2013 lists for top album, song, video, etc., I thought it would be a good time to bring back the top Nine Local shows to see this month in Atlanta. Several bands local to Atlanta and Athens are on the list, including repeat appearances on Nine Local by Quiet Hounds, Ruby Velle & the Soulphonics, Gringo Star, Turf War and Futurebirds. See the complete list below and go support live music!

#1:  Brazos at 529 with Ski Lodge and  Minor Miracles – 12/13 | 9PM | $8 – Get Tickets

With so many repeats making the list this month, I decided to go with some recent discoveries at the #1 spot. Listen to “How the Ranks was Won” from Brazos’ latest album, Saltwater, and “Just to be like You” from Ski Lodge’s debut album, Big Heart. Good sounds coming out of New York!

#2: Jason Isbell at Buckhead Theatre with St. Paul & the Broken Bones – 12/6 | 9PM – SOLD OUT

Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit made our list in November of 2012. Jason returns with a solo set while fellow Birmingham natives, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, open the show. Listen to the soulful sounds of SPBB here:

#3: Washed Out at Terminal West with Mood Rings – 12/31 | 10PM | $15-35 – Get Tickets

Spend New Year’s Eve with Athens resident and UGA grad, Ernest Greene, a.k.a. Washed Out. Maybe you recognize the song below from his 2010 EP, Life of Leisure?

#4: Jamey Johnson at Wild Bill’s – 12/7 | 9:30PM | $20+ – More Info

#5: Quiet Hounds at Southern Tracks – 12/21 | 9PM | $40 – Get Tickets

#6: Ruby Velle & the Soulphonics at The Earl – 12/28 | 9PM | $10-12 – Get Tickets

#7: Gringo Star at The Earl with Turf War – 12/31 | 9PM | $7-10 – Get Tickets

#8: Earphunk, Reptar & more at Buckhead Ball, NYE 2014 – 12/31 | 8PM – RSVP

#9: Futurebirds at Buckhead Theatre with Roadkill Ghost Choir and New Madrid – 12/27 | 9PM | $21 – Get Tickets

Listen on Spotify:

Timbre is the Best Live Music Discovery App… But the Best is Yet to Come

Timbre: “The simple way to find live music”

eric lindell in atlanta

Eric Lindell at Vinyl? Hmm…

When I started Nine Local, my goal was to become a place where all live music fans could go to find local shows in their city. At the time, I struggled to find a blog, online magazine or mobile app that gave me exactly what I was looking for: accurate and up-to-date information on all the live music events in my city, including my favorite local venues and local artists. But I wanted this blog and/or mobile app to also offer quality and excellence in regards to design and marketing. With a little experience blogging and zero experience developing anything outside of basic HTML, I figured I would just start writing. Read the first blog post for an introduction to Nine LocalAs I shared new music and recommended shows in Atlanta, I continued using mobile apps that just didn’t cut it. Then came Timbre…

TIMBRE SAYS:

“Timbre is a location-based live music discovery app that enables users to find live shows in their area… Timbre also offers the ability to play music samples (and full tracks for Spotify Premium users) from the artists, purchase tickets, and share with friends – all directly from the app, within three taps.” – timbreapp.com

OTHERS SAY:

“Nothing we’ve seen makes it this easy to use your ears to find music to see live, wherever you happen to be on the globe… it’s a play button with a purpose.” – Eliot Van Buskirk, Evolver.fm

“I have a feeling Timbre is going to live on my iPhone for a long time, if only because it’s such a delight to use.” – Matt Peckham, TIME

“Music services often try to pack a lot of features into tiny apps… By comparison, Timbre feels shockingly spartan.” – Christina Chaey, Fast Company

I SAY:

Timbre, a Cambridge, Massachusetts startup, is the best live music discovery app out there. The design is clean and simple and the features are spot on, especially the iOS Calendar integration, the music samples from iTunes and the full tracks from Spotify. Other perks include the Timbre blog which features recommended shows by local bloggers from other cities and occasional ticket giveaways! It was also nice to see Timbre add Twitter handles for social engagement in Boston and New York.

However, Timbre is not perfect…

What Timbre lacks are the same things ALL live music discovery apps lack: updated data on cancelled shows, sold out shows, venue changes, lineup changes, time changes, broken ticket links, etc. And while local artists who may not be included on the app are allowed to submit their show schedules, they either do not take the time to do it or they simply do not know Timbre exists. In my opinion, bad data = bad user experience.

Timbre in Atlanta

Two shows listed above never happened. Is this a good user experience?

Unlike Natalie Robehmed who praised the mobile app in Forbes, “figuring out Friday night…” was not “…so much easier.” Last Friday, I checked to see who was playing in Atlanta but the first and third shows listed were artists that had cancelled weeks before. I’m assuming they were still listed because the information on SeatGeek (the data provider used by Timbre) had not been updated. These errors can send excited fans on a wild goose chase searching for tickets that don’t exist. Unfortunately, inaccurate data can be found on Timbre on a daily basis. The app (data) should be current because most of the time the venues and artists don’t take the time to update their concert calendars and/or notify “ticket search engines” like SeatGeek.

It seems the only solution is for Timbre to become its own data provider or to have someone local in every major city who can manage and update this information (i.e. a Timbre “street team”). When a live music discovery app figures out how to scale this process and eliminate errors, concert goes will surely notice the difference.

Disclaimer: The intent of this blog post is to encourage Timbre to continue being awesome. I’m excited for the future of this company and I’m in no way affiliated with any of its competitors.

Image source: Timbre | Featured artist: Eric Lindell (ranked #1 on Nine Local’s blog last February!)

Tonight at Masquerade: Pick a Room, Any Room… You Can’t Go Wrong

ATLANTA: Tonight at The Masquerade in the Old Fourth Ward are three shows you don’t want to miss. Unfortunately, you probably can’t be in three places at once. But whichever you choose, you will not be disappointed…

Upstairs in Heaven: After landing on our top 9 list last November and a spot on the Shaky Knees lineup in May, Dr. Dog returns to The Masquerade with Tedo Stone and You Me & Apollo.

Downstairs in Hell: The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band with Levi Lowrey and Lex Romweber Duo

In Purgatory: Leopold and His Fiction with Tyler Talks to Doors!

Atlanta, We’re Back… and We Invited Our Friends

Hello live music fans!

In August of 2012, Nine Local began as a resource for live music fans in Atlanta. This concept was not an original idea, but as a fan, I just couldn’t find a blog, magazine, mobile app or local source of information that satisfied my hunger for relevant and accurate live music discovery. So I decided to become that source. Read the first blog post for an introduction to Nine Local. After 9 months of recommending shows and a 5 month hiatus, I’m back to continue my pursuit of finding or becoming every fan’s source for live music discovery.

As far as existing mobile apps go, I’ve moved away from JamBase and started using Timbre on a daily basis. Both are good for finding shows in your city, but both could use some improvements (blog post to follow regarding my thoughts on that).

During my time away from active blogging, I decided to incorporate more than just live music. With the help of guest bloggers and a community of local influencers, Nine Local will begin sharing other exciting things going on in the Atlanta area (details to follow).

I hope you’ll join us in sharing what you enjoy about our great city. But most of all, I hope you’ll continue supporting live music!

See you at the show,

Reagan (@reaganhines)