in case you are wondering who all those bands on the krog street graffiti bridge are

so i know that you are often sitting around your house thinking “damn, i wish i knew a little more about atlanta’s local music scene.”

seriously, you all are probably aware that atlanta is one of the epicenters of hip-hop music and culture with stars who are household names, like jermaine dupri, outkast and ludacris. what you may not be aware of is that atlanta has a pretty good loca rock scene as well, with great venues and some awesome bands.

have no fear about having to navigate this by yourself, because, like anything these days, the scene is covered by some pretty good blogs, which i would like to introduce you to.

my favorite local music blogs after the jump –

first up, kiss atlanta ( – preston craig knows his music as well as anyone and was voted critic’s choice for best georgia music blog in the creative loafing best of atlanta awards. he is also a denizen of the (warning, myspace link in case you are morally opposed to that or something) decatur social club, which, although i have yet to frequent it, sounds like a frolicking good time (yes, i said frolicking.)

next, cable and tweed ( rich knows his music. he frequently find the absolute best of atlanta music and puts it on display with top tracks on mp3. his local music mix tapes, which i wrote about awhile ago*, are a great place to start. cable and tweed was voted reader’s choice for best georgia music blog in the creative loafing best of atlanta awards.

confessions of a music addict ( is the place to go to find out about absolutely every gig going on in the city. original author leah recently added a second contributor, allie, in order to maintain the volume of posts readers were expecting. these girls know about EVERY gig going on in the city and serve as the best guide to finding something to go listen to. leah’s ultimate guide to atlanta venues is a great primer on where to go to see shows in the city.

drive a faster car ( is another great music resource. tessa and luis, who write for it, have heard of every band on the planet and share them all. tessa is also one of the helpful staff members at criminal records in little 5, so she is up-to-date on all the albums about to be released.

so add those to the feed reader and before you know it, you to will know all the cool local bands. seriously, these blogs have introduced me to some bands that my ipod now spins with regular frequency, including cassavetes and manchester orchestra who are worth checking out now.

oh and if you know of other great music blogs people should read or you write one, drop ’em in the comments and i’ll make sure to get them into the blog roll.

7 Comments so far

  1. Annie (unregistered) on November 19th, 2006 @ 9:43 am

    Great post! I have to say, though, that I checked out the Decatur Social Club one night with the girls, and I was a little disappointed. I mean, i had fun, stayed out till 5 a.m., etc., but it just wasn’t what I imagined it would be. They play good stuff, though.

  2. Uptown Ruler (unregistered) on November 20th, 2006 @ 8:17 am

    If you’re into Athens based bands, my friend Sloan’s blog at is a fantastic resource. He’s always out taping bands in Athens and posting his recordings to the blog.

  3. james (unregistered) on November 20th, 2006 @ 9:43 am

    thanks, utr. looks good, i’ll add it to the blog roll.

  4. chad (unregistered) on November 20th, 2006 @ 1:26 pm

    uh, there is so much good music in the ATL it is sick. just check out: deerhunter, snowden, tenement halls, the close, the orphins, the liverhearts, the preakness, the selmanaires, luigi, jupiter watts, long knives, silent kids, a-fir-ju well (gringo star), divided like a saint’s, anna kramer, slushco, the hiss, hot young priest, electrosleep international, prefuse 73,
    untied states, brass castle

    there are more…

    of course I also have to plug my own bands, Magnapop (Dec. 2nd at the Earl) and Bad Magic Number (new band alert!)

  5. phoebe (unregistered) on November 20th, 2006 @ 3:25 pm

    Atlanta’s fourth most popular comedy-rock band, Attractive Eighties Women, sure is getting a lot of buzz amongst members of the liberal media.

  6. Leah (unregistered) on November 20th, 2006 @ 9:38 pm

    Thanks for the shout out. I try to keep up…I’m glad others are reading. Preesh!

  7. james (unregistered) on November 20th, 2006 @ 10:35 pm

    happy to :-)

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