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Thanks to funding from fans, Uncle Green’s “Rycopa” to become a reality 14 years (!) after it was recorded

The irony is not lost on former Uncle Green drummer Peter McDade. "Leave it to us to have an album saved by technology that didn't exist when we recorded it," says McDade. Last week in just 36 hours, the long-disbanded Atlanta rock quartet's fans came together via the fundraising website to raise the necessary $4,000 to finance the mixing, mastering and distribution of the act's last recording "Rycopa." The band originally sent out word via the Uncle Green Facebook fan page. Thanks to those efforts, "Rycopa" will finally be released this fall to fans a full 14 years after its creation. An Uncle Green reunion gig/"Rycopa" album release party is also being planned in Atlanta.

Spielberg-produced “Falling Skies” alien invasion starts Sunday on TNT

It doesn't take long for "Falling Skies" actor Noah Wyle to get cornered by some scary looking space creatures in Sunday night's premiere of TNT's much anticipated sci-fi drama. But the "ER" vet admits there was a lot of imagination used on the set of the two-hour pilot when it was shot nearly two years ago. In the premiere, all of the aliens are CGI and were edited into the show long after the actors wrapped their scenes.

“Beginners” director Mike Mills on the real-life story behind his acclaimed new film and how you talk Captain Von Trapp into playing gay

As he welcomes an interviewer to his table at The Mansion on Peachtree, "Beginners" director-writer Mike Mills has a request: "May I film your handwriting? It's very nice. I'd like to do an entire documentary just on how people write."

Grammy winner Colbie Caillat added to Concerts in the Garden line-up

Given the current heat index in the city, lengthening the Wells Fargo Advisors Concerts in the Garden series at the Atlanta Botanical Garden into the middle of September sounds positively refreshing. The organizers of the popular live concert series have added singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat to their 2011 Summer line-up with a date scheduled for Friday, September 16 on the Great Lawn stage.

Seven years after final gig, Atlanta’s Metroscene gives fans “a proper farewell”

Between 1999 and 2004, Atlanta rock quartet Metroscene played non-stop at the city's best rock venues, including Music Midtown and notably, opening for Interpol at the Cotton Club. At the band's last gig, bassist B.J. Alden proposed on stage to his girlfriend. And then, after five years, one successful EP "Weekenders" and one full-length album "First Light at Last Orders," the quartet of Alden, singer/guitarist John Phillips, guitarist Allen King and drummer Kevin Redd simply vanished from the city's music scene.

The Shelf: Man Martin

Man Martin Man Martin’s second novel proves his first was no fluke. Martin won the 2008 Georgia Author of the Year Award for First Novel with Days of the Endless Corvette. That debut was so solid, a sophomore slump seemed almost inevitable. But

Corbette Jackson

It was weeks before Corbette Jackson heard his own song on the radio, but not because “Heart of a Champion” wasn’t getting plenty of airtime. The nineteen-year-old Newnan native—who still has the bashful Ashton Kutcher smile and linebacker shoulders of a high school athlete—and his manager, Stokes Nielson, have bee

Q&A: Melissa Fay Greene

In her family's longtime home near Emory Village, Melissa Fay Greene, fifty-eight, reflected on her new book, No Biking in the House without a Helmet, and talked about the joys and pitfalls of parenting—and writing about it.

Turtle Activist

Steve Santhuff adopted his first turtle when he was five years old. It had taken up residence in his yard, in a dollhouse that his grandfather had made. As a child, Santhuff collected richly patterned common map turtles, and he grew obsessed with the beautiful, exotic species and their kin. More than thirty years later, his day job is management at a transportation company, but Santhuff’s passion is still turtles. At one point, he had more than 500, kept in some thirty five-foot-wide

Celebrate Design: Modern Atlanta

Now in its fifth year, Modern Atlanta: Design Is Human is a weeklong celebration of contemporary design (June 4–12). The event began as a tour of homes, but response was so immediate, it soon grew into a multifaceted affair that now features lectures, fashion shows, film, performance, exhibitions, design competitions, and the ever-popular home tour. Last year MA drew nearly 4,000 attendees. By turns loopy and infectiously avant-garde, MA mixes things up—like it did with last yea

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