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QUICK BITES: HOBNOB’s new location, White Bull brings on brunch, and more

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The White Bull Brunch Pastry Basket
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HOW ’BOUT THEM BUNS: Rejoice, the White Bull now offers brunch.

Decatur’s  The White Bull  will serve a new weekend brunch menu this Saturday and Sunday, serving its take on classic brunch dishes with farm-forward ingredients. Featured items include a sweet potato hash with sausage, togarashi aioli and duck egg, and an egg-in-a-hole croissant with sausage gravy, honey, and tomatoes. Each table will also receive a complimentary basket of housemade pastries. 

Second Self Beer Co.  teased the release of Junipa, a new seasonal IPA infused with the flavors of gin, juniper berries and rosemary, for a smooth and aromatic beer at a sneaky 6.4 percent ABV. Junipa will be available in cans and on draft November through February. 

Pop-up alert! On Nov. 1  El Super Pan  is whipping out the El Burro Pollo pop-up for Dia de los Muertos. Dishes on the menu include Pozole Rojo, Mexican Tuna Escabeche, Barbacoa Tacos, and more. To keep the excitement going, Mexican beers and craft cocktails will be flowin’ all night long, including: Paloma made with tequila blanco and grapefruit soda; a Michelada with lager, spicy tomato, and chipotle soy; and Santa Muerte, made with mezcal and Campari. 

The alcoholic triforce of UrbanTree Cidery, ASW Distillery, and 18.21 Bitters is officially landing, y’all. On Thurs., Nov. 8, guests are invited to  Tire Fire Wants You , a celebration of the right to vote featuring election-themed cocktails and more. I mean, what’s more American than voting and booze? 

Butcher & Brew Fest  returns for a second year on Nov. 10. The festival celebrates the good things in life: craft beer, quality food, music, and games. Also available are pretzel necklaces, which alone are pretty cool. Tickets are $45, and a portion of the proceeds are donated to the Atlanta Humane Society. 

New  HOBNOB  coming soon! The beloved neighborhood tavern owned by husband and wife duo Sean and Becky Yeremyan currently resides in Midtown and Brookhaven and is happily expanding to Dunwoody Perimeter Place (1221 Ashford Crossing), set to open doors in December — just in time for the holidays. 



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Little Tybee frontman Brock Scott has a solid grasp on harnessing a variety of talents under one name. Since founding an independent production company to self-produce multimedia content in 2016, the group continues to move forward with a D.I.Y self-sufficiency.

The Savannah-born sextet, consisting of Scott with his iconic falsetto and acoustic guitar, Nirvana Kelly (violin/ viola), finger-tapping guitar aficionado Josh Martin, Chris Case (keyboard/ synths), Ryan Donald (bass) and newest member, drummer Dallas Dawson, have taken to the internet to expand music and multimedia content in what Scott refers to as their “niche” market. By corralling all the band’s innovative excursions including videos, sheet music, recordings, art projects, computer aided designs and more under one name, On the Grid Creative, he is given the freedom to experiment with different tactics to market nationally.

“The main hardship is doing it the way the industry wants you to follow their formula,” Scott says. “It’s not the same anymore, and it won't ever be again.”

For Little Tybee, On the Grid Creative is a way to yield two accomplishments: organically move away fromPaper Garden Records in an effort to move toward self-production and to create a parasol for all of Scott’s multifaceted works.

Originally formed in 2009, seven years and three albums later the group is moving in a “weirder” direction, as Scott puts it, with use of D.I.Y marketing. The group self-released 2016’s Little Tybee, a successful early project for the creative company, and more recently released single Lost in the Field,” earlier this year, which was filmed and produced by Scott while sailing the Greek Cyclades.

“How you judge success is hard to determine,” Scott said. “Is it bodies in the room? Is it financial? Is it a step-ladder of continual growth? We weren’t an overnight success band, it’s been a slow build. We’ve always been a band that has tried to create high quality product in everything we’ve done.”

It’s difficult for a group of six to make enough money to support themselves financially, but each member is an important additive to the stylistic manipulations of texture, tone and mood that create Little Tybee’s sound.

“If you know how to use the tools, you can market yourself,” Scott said. “That power is going back into the hands of the people who make art.”

In an effort to continue with self-promoting on social media, members of the group make short but highly-produced videos of themselves playing branded instruments, strategically tagging the videos to bring symbiotic national attention to Little Tybee as well as the companies.

“One recent video,” features Martin’s hand dressed as Michael Jackson, moonwalking across the neck of his eight-string Ibanez guitar while finger-tapping a cover of Jackson’s “Black or White.” The video was circulated by Little Tybee’s social media and quickly went viral among the Ibanez electric guitar community when the company shared the video to their own following.

“The people who are making the instruments now have more clout in the industry, and some of them even behave like labels now,” Martin says. “They’re in the same industry we are, and I don’t mind being endorsed by the people who make the same equipment that we use to be creative every day.”

The group took time to gain popularity, but their focused approach to D.I.Y marketing is slowly building up a national reputation for high-quality content. The way Scott puts it, it’s a lot easier for an independent artist to fail when they follow the established “rules” of the music business. Through the establishment of On the Grid Creative and wise collaborations within their own community, Little Tybee is putting in the work to make their own success.

The band embarks on an East Coast tour this spring with Buffalo, New York-based jazz rock ensemble the Reign of Kindo, who have released one song per month to fans since late 2016 via “Patreon,” a website that uses a membership platform to provide business tools for creators to run a subscription content service. In an effort to mutually benefit each other, the two bands will co-headline all shows.

With Reign of Kindo. Fri., March 9. $18. 8 p.m. (doors) 887 West Marietta St. N.W., 404-876-5566, terminalwestatl.com.

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Hello Ocho has a weird way of showing love. One year after taking an unexpected hiatus, the group returns to defy indie-pop norms once again, this time on Valentine’s Day. What better day to show some weird love than the most awkward holiday of the year? “We always had a lot of fun playing Valentine’s Day shows,” frontman Chris Yonker says. “We always did them up real big.”

Hello Ocho became a favorite of Atlanta's underground music and arts scene circa 2010, when the group released its self-titled debut EP. With a lineup featuring Yonker (vocals/guitar), Christian Shepherd (synths/vocals), Clinton Callahan (bass), Chris Childs (vibraphone), and John Gregg (drums), the group crafted manic rock songs steeped in thrashing pop and dreamlike serenity. Look to the stylistic and emotional roller coaster ride of 2017’s “Tear Wagon” for just a taste of the group’s balanced rhythms and mental divergence in the name of art and rock. While Yonker slaps the guitar with a bassist’s demeanor and Gregg’s multifaceted percussion is evident, an eccentric passion is displayed in every move the group makes. Part of the Hello Ocho concert experience is hearing raw versions of songs that never appeared on an album, making each show an exclusive and intimate experience.

Since taking a break, Gregg has moved on to live in Cleveland, Ohio, and will soon be a married man. Gregg met his fiancé at a Hello Ocho show, and the group is playing the Valentine’s Day reunion show as a nod to their marriage.

The rest of Hello Ocho’s personnel continue playing in other groups around town. In addition to being co-owner of Mammal Gallery, Yonker now plays bass for experimental pop quartet Karaoke. Childs has embarked on a burgeoning career composing modern classical music. Still, Hello Ocho left a lot of unfinished material behind. In 2016, the group’s sound engineer, Ben Price of Studilaroche, was severely injured in a bicycling accident, holding up the release of an album that was almost complete. The album is still untitled, but the group hopes to see it released in 2018.

Yonker says that since the band ceased playing together, it lacks the funds needed to release what’s recorded. Now that Price is back on his feet, Yonker hopes to use money from the reunion show to help cover the costs of releasing the material postmortem. “It’s just sitting there not doing anything, and it would be nice to get it out there,” Yonker says. “A lot of people know some of those songs already, since we’ve been playing them live for a little bit.”

The return of Hello Ocho will feature cameo appearances by fellow Atlanta artists Adron and Mick Mayer of Red Sea. The show also doubles as the return of another long-defunct Atlanta act, Christ, Lord. While the original Hello Ocho lineup was touring behind its self-titled debut album, the group cultivated a deep and shared infatuation with Christ, Lord. Led by Christian Shepherd’s soaring voice and accordion, Christ, Lord developed a highly stylized blend of vaudevillian gypsy-folk songs that came to a peak with the arrival of the 2010 album, Magnalia Christi, and a live LP recorded at Criminal Records in 2012.

 

When Hello Ocho and Christ, Lord toured together, they would often form one large ensemble dubbed Ocho Lord, reaching deeper into the experimental nuances of Hello Ocho’s subtle chaos and Christ, Lord’s dark undertones. Both groups complement each other well, pushing the boundaries of art pop and psychedelic folk music. “When I found out that Christ, Lord might be doing a reunion with us, it made me really excited about doing the show,” Yonker says. “It’s the full original Christ, Lord lineup together.”

After Christ, Lord played its final show in 2014, Shepherd began playing synths for Hello Ocho as a full-time member, along with frequent collaborator Childs on vibraphone. This final lineup of Hello Ocho released both In Portuguese and The Slippery Hand EP in 2016.

Like most breakups, Hello Ocho’s separation was complicated, motivated by the struggle of time management with others’ projects. Gregg and Childs also play in Faun and a Pan Flute, which, at the time, was hard at work releasing its sophomore album, 2014-2016. Yonker adds that this will probably be the last show they play together, or at least until another special occasion prompts a reunion.

In the meantime, Hello Ocho and Christ, Lord are once again rekindling the flames, all of the spirituality, atmosphere, and weird love they’ve always fostered, and it feels more poignant than ever before.

Hello Ocho (ft. Adron, Mick Mayer, and more) plays the Earl on Wed., Feb. 14. With Christ, Lord and 10th Letter. $15. 8:30 p.m. (doors). 488 Flat Shoals Ave. S.E., 404-522-3950, www.badearl.com.

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