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Wednesday April 13, 2005 12:04 am EDT

Swinging Richards?
1400 Northside Drive?
404-352-0532

Let's be honest: We all go to strip clubs for various levels of dirty compensation. In this venue, the songs sometimes grab as much attention as the erratic flailing of cute male strippers. According to DJ Matt, the sexy boys of Swinging Richards shake it to these top five moneymakers:

1) "Some Cut" - Trillville: "It's a really good...

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Wednesday April 13, 2005 12:04 am EDT
Recently I've been called out. I've been told I make excessive references to choking, stroking and other forms of sexploitation. And I guess I must sheepishly concede and recede the point ... just not till next week. Because this week we're talking about fashion, the ultimate form of sexploitation.The Trafik Tradeshow, an independent showcase of contemporary fashion (a seemingly vast majority... | more...

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Wednesday April 6, 2005 12:04 am EDT

When I'm not in Atlanta, I live in Orange County - which, by the way, nobody called "the O.C." until Fox did. I went home for spring break, promptly got sick, and spent most of the week being nursed back to health by my mother and her miracle-cure chicken soup. But I did manage to get out a little bit to soak up the SoCal rays and hear some tunes while shopping.

1) "American Wife" - Rilo...

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Wednesday April 6, 2005 12:04 am EDT
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Wednesday April 6, 2005 12:04 am EDT
One of the most exciting things about Music Midtown (June 10-12) this year is that hometown hip-hop honcho Jermaine Dupri is overseeing the urban music stage. "I think people have always felt like the urban stage wasn't really the shit," Dupri says in a phone interview. "But this year, I just want everybody to have a good time. I want you to either come every day or be mad that you missed the... | more...

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Wednesday April 6, 2005 12:04 am EDT
Even in their mid-'90s heyday, the members of the eclectic Big Fish Ensemble were planning an archival rarities album. "Whenever songs didn't make the cut for an album, we'd say we would put them on Raze the Duds, which would be our outtakes album," says guitarist and songwriter Paul Schwartz.This album comes after a long hiatus. "After we had kids, which we all did about the same time, we... | more...

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Wednesday April 6, 2005 12:04 am EDT

Every week I imagine that readers across the city check this page to find out how I use and abuse my body in pursuit of nightlife. Well, I spent most of last week out of town, so I solicited contributions from other scenesters to let you know what was up while I was away. -Tony Ware

Loves, Both New and OldSometimes when you're signifying to socially conscious hip-hop, you just want to shout,...

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Wednesday March 30, 2005 12:04 am EST

Gardening at Night

Before kicking off their much-hyped reunion tour, the Black Crowes played a few surprise shows as "Mr. Crowe's Garden," their original mid-'80s band name, from back when they were still an Atlanta-based act. No word on whether they returned to the quasi-R.E.M. jangle-rock sound they jettisoned before assuming their better-known bad-boy blues-rock pose.

The Swear's Big...

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Wednesday March 30, 2005 12:04 am EST
March means spring break, motherfuckers! Even for those of us who are no longer students - unless you count yourself, like I do, as a student of life ('cause I get my ass schooled by that bitch Fate quite often) - the recent weather made it feel like spring break. So, on Sat., March 26, with cheap beer and cheaper sex on my mind, I decided to have my own spring break celebration.The day started... | more...

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Wednesday March 30, 2005 12:04 am EST
Nina Simone was an iconoclastic singer with unmatched phrasing and a curious magpie-like voice. Her individuality not only surfaced in the studio and on the stage. It expressed itself as social outrage - courageous railings against racial injustice or globalization's steamroller effect upon indigenous peoples and cultures. These stands - and, to a lesser degree, the difficulty to categorize her... | more...

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Wednesday March 30, 2005 12:04 am EST
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Wednesday March 30, 2005 12:04 am EST

March 21, 7:30 p.m. Arena at Gwinnett CenterIt must be spring break judging by the number of swooning teenage girls out on a school night for the Maroon 5 concert . Audience conversations and overpriced beer drinking made a hopeful but unsuccessful attempt to drown out the pre-show videos and opening act, the Donnas, but I managed to make out these songs:

1) "All Because of You" - U2: It's...

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Wednesday March 23, 2005 12:04 am EST
Jill and Rhett McAllister of Decatur folk duo Arlington Priest have known each other for 10 years, but have been married for a year-and-a-half. "The stage is what drew us to each other when we were both music majors together in college" Jill says, "and the thing we love to do most together is perform. It's just the best feeling to look over next to you and see someone who you not only are in... | more...

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Wednesday March 23, 2005 12:04 am EST
In Irish Gaelic, the word "craic" (pronounced "crack") means "good fun." And Thurs., March 17, commonly known as St. Patrick's Day, that's what people were looking for. And while the good fun and craic are often one and the same, they don't necessarily have to share a meaning.Imagine yourself, say, at Decatur's Brick Store Pub (doing research for a roundup on Belgian beer, I might add, found in... | more...

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Wednesday March 23, 2005 12:04 am EST

758 Ponce De Leon Ave.The Local is like the Elks Lodge for neighborly urbanites, grad students, local indie rockers and Tortillas ex-pats (the last two are usually one and the same). Whether there for karaoke, trivia or to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, locals love how they'll always run into someone they know at the Local.

1) "Mad World" - Tears For Fears: For a minute there I thought it was...

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Wednesday March 23, 2005 12:04 am EST
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Wednesday March 16, 2005 12:04 am EST
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Wednesday March 16, 2005 12:04 am EST
So, not to toot the Loaf's horn too much, but we've been running this "Eats" double-your-value restaurant certificate promotion, and it's worth it. Most featured restaurants include food and drinks, so I've had good nights soaking it up at establishments including Dish (great wine list), Pura Vida (sangria or rum, pick your poison) and the Inman Park Patio (pomegranate mojitos and, on Mondays,... | more...

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Wednesday March 16, 2005 12:04 am EST
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Wednesday March 16, 2005 12:04 am EST

Coming Attractions

Music Midtown will be a lil' bit country and a lil' bit rock 'n' roll this year with such acts as Keith Urban, Alan Jackson, Loretta Lynn, the White Stripes, the Pixies, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Kid Rock, Keane, the Killers, Louis XIV, Bloc Party and a host of others coming to town to perform. A hip-hop stage will be booked by local impresario (and Janet Jackson's main...

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Wednesday March 16, 2005 12:04 am EST

As a member of Atlanta's eternally struggling roots scene for the past five years, Donna Hopkins has gradually perfected her mix of sassy Southern soul and gospel-tinged rock and blues. Yet, despite a well-received, independently recorded 2003 studio album, Free to Go, she remains a fringe artist nationally.

All that might change in 2005, as the hard-working singer/guitarist edges further into...

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Wednesday March 9, 2005 12:04 am EST
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Wednesday March 9, 2005 12:04 am EST
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Wednesday March 9, 2005 12:04 am EST

Sister Act

Toni Braxton's younger sis is facing criminal charges in Gwinnett County. Last week, Duluth resident Towanda Braxton-Carter was charged with forgery and theft-by-receiving. She recently appeared on the TV series "Starting Over" and was a member of singing group the Braxtons.

Big Mable

The Blind Boys of Alabama, Patty Loveless, and Boyz II Men are among the acts scheduled to play...

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Wednesday March 9, 2005 12:04 am EST
Such a major point is made about becoming more of an adult as you approach the legal drinking age of 21. But let me tell you, I've rarely had more fun drinking than when I'm regressing completely into childish behavior. So that you understand what I mean, first let's set the scene:Imagine a round wooden table at Manuel's Tavern. There are three empty beer pitchers and three PEZ dispensers on... | more...