It seems like a no-brainer, but as the fetishization of smart-phone technology continues, Ticket Alternative has kicked things up a notch by creating the first iPhone application dedicated to an Atlanta music venue. The Earl is the first of what Ticket Alternative hopes will be many coveted indie music haunts to try out the app. Four more venues — including the Loft in Atlanta, and the Black Cat and the Rock and Roll Hotel in Washington, D.C. — are next in line to have their own apps rolled out later this year. The program allows users to browse events, share events via Facebook and Twitter, listen to songs, watch videos and buy tickets.
Version Two is already in the works and will include reminders about upcoming shows that you've favored, as well as a streamlined interface that will integrate with Ticket Alternative's updated mobile ticketing platform, which will be unveiled this summer. "Mobile space is where it's at," says Ticket Alternative President Iain Bluett.
After returning from a trip to Austin, Texas' SXSW festival last month, Atlanta psych-rock foursome Abby Gogo has announced that the group has signed with Pretty Ambitious Records to release the follow-up to last year's self-titled debut for Double Phantom. The first order of business with the new label is to get a 7-inch released this fall, followed by the next album.
NEW RELEASES: In just one day, DT from Clan Destined uploaded so many new beats to his SoundCloud account that he maxed out the two hours of space available. Mr. Enok recently released a song he recorded last year, featuring contributions from the Nice Guise and Señor Kaos called "No Breaks." The Ruination recently finished its second album, titled Oh Dang!, and vinyl and downloads of the album should materialize by April 22. Noot D' Noot's Time Release mixtape is due April 22 as well. A. Grimes has a new/old song called "M.I.L.F." posted on its Bandcamp page. Corner Kid (aka Chad Yochum of Lions and Scissors) has half of his new album, Atlas, At Last!, posted on the group's website. The full album is due out this month. Punk/hardcore trio Predator released its debut album via Douchemaster Records this month. Exuberant metal foursome MonstrO landed a deal with Vagrant to release its debut album this summer. The group is currently in the studio with Alice in Chains vocalist William DuVall, who's producing the record.
Speaking of DuVall, All Alone Together: Neon Christ and Atlanta Hardcore is a documentary film that looks at the Atlanta hardcore punk scene of the early '80s, and uses DuVall's former band Neon Christ as a focal point. The film is currently in production, and the producers have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $6,500 to fund the project.
Mississippi native and Atlanta resident Big K.R.I.T. has a new mixtape out, dubbed Return of 4eva. Check the video for "Dreamin'" filmed in part at Grady High School and Wax n' Facts. Pink House Tapes released a four-cassette box set that features recordings by Shepherds, Red Sea, Mood Rings and the Clap. Apparently, it only made 100 of them, so get one before they all get got.