Is/Ought Gap is among the most irreverent and truly odd bands to emerge from the early ’80s Athens scene. It’s also one of the least known bands of the era. Press play on 2014’s Lucky 7, the only proper release to bear the group’s name, and singer Bryan Cook’s booming drawl demands the full attention of anyone within earshot.
Chad RadfordThe Atlanta Mess-Around turns nine this year. For nearly a decade the annual garage-punk blowout has become an East Atlanta tradition serving the music’s extended community. For many, the two-day musical marathon is a family reunion of sorts; a chance to catch up with some of the friendly faces who’ve come from out of town to hang out at 529 and the Earl.
Back in 2015, Creative Loafing ran a feature story titled “How DJ Kemit altered the fabric of Atlanta's club music.” The headline says it all: The longstanding purveyor of neo soul, Afrobeat, rare funk, jazz, house and Latin music, and former Arrested Development DJ is an Atlanta nightlife fixture. Originally from Milwaukee, Kemit, born Kevin Hyman, has spent much of his life digging through stacks of records, immersing himself on music from around the world.