HYPEWORTHY: Red Bull Sound Select at The Variety Playhouse
Written by Alexa Lima
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Red Bull has been making it’s mark on the Atlanta music scene as of late with their Sound Select Series, a long-term initiative that invests in local music scenes, and connects artists and fans with one another to be part of the stories that break music. Last night at the historic Variety Playhouse in the neighborhood of Little 5 Points, the stage was graced with local bands that have made a prominent dent in the underground scene for a while.
Playing to a sold out show, synth-pop electronic artist Cousin Dan opened the evening with his pulsating rhythms as a backdrop for his 80’s nostalgic vocals. With the occasional grab of his electric guitar to lay some rock riffs over new wave sounds, he literally got everyone doing the two step and fist jab by the end of his set.
The overall ambience rapidly changed once Mood Rings strummed their first chord. The 5-piece synth rock group emerged from backstage with a burning sage stick and psychedelic tie-dye fabric wrapped around their mic stands. Their shoe gaze, dream pop sound toned down the whole venue, and put a trance on the audience as they played.
After 45-minutes of floating in a soundscape, Little Tybee woke everyone up with their folk rock jams that did not leave one person sitting in their seat. The 6-piece group consisting of acoustic and electric guitar, violin, keyboard, drums and bass brought a unique sound to the overwhelming synth dream pop atmosphere of the night.
To conclude with their surf rock sounds, Reptar came to the stage and upheld the high level energy to close out the night. Hailing from Athens, Ga, this band is known for their crazy and packed out house shows filled with college students looking for the next exciting band. They definitely brought that vibe to this set, and had everyone feeling like they were crammed into their living room.
All in all, East Atlanta/Tight Bros. and Red Bull certainly showcased a side of Atlanta’s music scene that deserves rightful attention.
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Alexa Lima is an Atlanta-based musician. To keep up with her latest songs and projects, follow her here: a_muzika