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Isness makes double-album, Gun Party jams

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Over the last nine months, Atlanta's rising dub/electro/trip-hop monster Isness has been focused on finishing its forthcoming album, Slums. But things have changed a bit. After releasing a small sampler of material via Bandcamp, Slums has been broken into a two-part album.

Slum I is largely the brainchild of Isness producer/guitarist Jacob Franklin and focuses on an aggressive, quasi-industrial side of the group's persona. Slums II, on the other hand, is more the product of bassist/producer Spencer Ussery's design. The second record hones in on a darker, trip-hop and U.K. garage-inspired sound. Although no release dates have been set for either installment, the group is aiming for a mid-August release.

Art-rock six-piece Gun Party has spent the last several months fleshing out a sound that covers everything from prog and punk jams to precious indie rock balladry. After saving its pennies, the group has spent the summer holed up in Living Room Studio working with producer Ed Rawls on a debut album titled Special TV Microwave Computer. The group will have physical copies just in time for a release party at Star Bar on Aug. 11.

Buckhead Theatre celebrates its one-year anniversary on Fri., July 29, with a show featuring performances from Drivin N Cryin, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Futurebirds and Jonny Corndawg. The following day (Sat., July 30), the venue hosts the Buckhead Music Festival with a day-long schedule of shows by the likes of Little Tybee, Abby Gogo and a dozen more, including a headlining performance from Athens' long-defunct swamp-rock duo Chickasaw Mudd Puppies.

Ultra Beast, the pairing of Atlanta MCs 4-IZE and Señor Kaos, recently put the finishing touches on a new video for the song, "Hard to Quit the Rhyme." The new joint was produced by the incomparable Floyd the Locsmif and should be hitting the Internet very soon.

Biters and the Booze are set to drop their "Hold On" and "Wild One" videos, respectively, this week. Both of which were directed by Video Rahim, who also recently directed Megan Thomas' video for the song "Stay Tight" (featuring Go Dreamer of Hollyweerd).

Lo-fi pop wiz kid Jake Cook returns with another offering from his band Trench Party. The new eight-song EP, Punk, is available via Bandcamp. Many of the songs, recorded at least a year ago, show off a more rocking stride from the group than the preceding keyboard-driven pop tunes of Cook's most recent EP, Vacation.

Brass Knuckle Surfer guitar player Mike Morris and drummer Sjon of Low-Z have formed a new group called Obulus and are currently finishing up a debut album.

And last but not least, the Georgia Theatre, destroyed by a fire on June 19, 2009, is back on track after extensive fundraising campaigns and reconstruction. To celebrate its grand reopening (Aug. 1-14), it has booked two solid weeks of acts including Big Boi, the Whigs, Drive-By Truckers, Of Montreal and many more.

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