THE VINYL WARHOL: Werqing the world

RuPaul's Drag Race, Fun Isn't Fair and more this month

Is This Good?: Find Out for Yourself when Babytron comes to Purgatory at The Masquerade. Courtesy Babytron
Photo credit: Courtesy of Babytron
Is This Good?: Find Out for Yourself when Babytron comes to Purgatory at The Masquerade.

Wed., Jul. 6

Babytron, Vinyl — Babytron is one of hottest up-and-coming rappers right now. Fresh off a spot on the 2022 XXL Freshman Class, he’s taking his unique voice off the internet and around the country. Hailing from Ypsilanti, Michigan, a town with a population of 20,000, Babytron hit began his climb with “Jesus Shuttlesworth,” a meme song that went viral for Tron’s offbeat flow reminiscent Blueface. Since then, that joke has become a serious career, and Babytron is now applauded for his outlandish rap style. His most popular songs are 5 minute compilations of other hit beats. No beat is too sacred. “California Love,” “6 Foot 7 Foot,” “Forever,” and “Juicy” all get the Babytron treatment. He takes his turn for 15-30 seconds, before jumping to a new secont. This short attention span music might make Babytron the most 2022 rapper ever. — Matthew Warhol

$31 Wed., Jul. 6, 8:00 p.m. Purgatory at The Masquerade, 1374 W Peachtree St NW centerstage-atlanta.com @centerstageatl

Sun., Jul. 10


What’s Love Got To Do With It?: Horse Jumper Of Love bring their Courtesy: @ccoquelicot_ on Instagram

Horse Jumper Of Love, Purgatory at The Masquerade — The relaxed sounds of Horse Jumper Of Love evoke the hottest day of year, one where you sit around quietly melting into a cold drink. The Boston-based trio—it get’s hot in Beantown right(?)—remind this listener of cruising through an old beach town. The guitars and bass invite you to sway like a palm tree in the breeze. Even when they turn up the BPMs a bit, the band sounds more sarcastically annoyed than angrily violent. Float away with me to Horse Jumper Of Love. — Matthew Warhol

$15. Sun., Jul. 10, 7:00 p.m., Purgatory at The Masquerade, 75 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. S.W. masqueradeatlanta.com The Masquerade

Wed., Jul. 13 

The Queen of Queens: Drag Race, off the screen and on the stage. Courtesy RuPaul’s Drag Race

Ru Paul’s Drag Race: Werq The World, The Eastern — What do you say about Drag Race? The iconic reality competition show has become the Olympics of drag, launching the art form to unimaginable heights and creating a multiverse of characters and content factories that makes Marvel seem subtle. Chances are, the most boring, straight man you know has at least heard of Drag Race or Ru Paul. Everyone knows Momma Ru! On this bill you can expect drag icons Kameron Michaels, Rose, Vanessa Vanjie, Yvie Oddly, and many others. And I can confirm that drag is to be best experience, so get your ass down to The Eastern and bow down to the queens. — Matthew Warhol

$59.50 - $309.00. Wed., Jul. 12, 8:00 p.m. The Eastern, 777 Memorial Dr. S.E. easternatl.com @easternatl

Fri., Jul. 15


Garage Fun: Fun Isn’t Fair Album Release Party is July 15 at 529 Bar. Courtesy: @technicolorsound on Instagram.

Fun Isn’t Fair, 529 Bar — Rock n’ Roll will survive. No matter the decade, the amount of time that has past since a rock band broke Top 10 on Billboard, or the countless genres that pop up in the musical conscious, loud guitars and pounding drums will hold a place in the world. There will always be a garage somewhere in the United States where musicians are banging it out at the behest of their neighbors. At this moment, Fun Isn’t Fair are Atlanta’s garage rock torch bearers. They are bare bones, drum and guitar only, like 00s’ rock revivalists The Black Keys and The White Stripes before them. Their second album, Mock Surreal, is to be birthed at this show, a bastard child of the 70+ years of the garage rock before them. I mean this in the best way possible, that’s going to be one ugly baby. — Matthew Warhol

$12-$15. Fr., Jul. 15, 9:00 p.m. 529 Bar, 529 Flat Shoals Ave SE 529atlanta.com @529_eav

Sat., Jul. 16


Talk It Out: grouptherapy. are rap/R&B threesome on a mission. Courtesy: Lance Williams (@lance.i on Instagram)

grouptherapy., Vinyl — I haven’t figured out if grouptherapy. is a music group, record label, or brand yet—it may be all three. But, I don’t care much for these useless signifiers. I just want to hear good music. And grouptherapy. satisfies that desire, so I’m happy. This—we’ll say—group is three artists who work both in tandem and solo on a variety of hip hop and R&B songs. For my money, I prefer their songs were all three members get a chance to shine. Where many rap groups, or even songs with a lot of rappers on it, give us different voices on the same beat, grouptherapy. often swap instrumental for each member, resulting in exciting adventure where nothing sounds stale. — Matthew Warhol
$13-$16. Sat., Jul. 16, 7:00 p.m. Vinyl, 1374 W Peachtree St NW centerstage-atlanta.com @centerstageatl

Fri., Jul. 15


JAZZ & ART: Monthly Jazz Night at the High Museum Of Art. PHOTO CREDIT: @matthewwarhol on Instagram

July Friday Jazz Night, High Museum of Art — Hands down, jazz nights are the best way to experience the High Museum. I love museums. But, my biggest complaint about them is that visiting a museum is too similar to going to the library. On jazz night, however, The High is alive. People are drinking and laughing and clapping. Everyone gets dressed up. The main corridor is buzzing from the energy produced by world-class musicians giving their all. And you’re free to walk through the exhibits as usual, but even that feels electrified. Somehow, Atlanta’s biggest arts institution gets even more creative. — Matthew Warhol

$25. Fri. Jul. 15, 6:00 p.m. High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E. high.org @ highmuseumofart

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