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23 June 2017

New Monster Movie Filming in Atlanta Pits Godzilla Against Mothra, Rodan and King Ghidorah

(Godzilla returns to theaters in 2019.)
Don't be alarmed if you see a 355-foot tall, dinosaur-like creature that breathes fire bounding around town soon. It's all part of the latest blockbuster movie being filmed in Atlanta.

2014's Godzilla, produced by Legendary pictures, earned $529 million against a budget of $160 million. The film's financial and critical success prompted Warner Brothers to sign off on a sequel called Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

The latest installment in the Godzilla franchise follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.

Principal photography began earlier this week on the Michael Dougherty-directed motion picture starring Academy Award nominees Vera Farmiga, Ken Watanabe and Sally Hawkins.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters is currently scheduled for release in March 2019, and will be distributed in 3D and 2D and in select IMAX theaters by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, except in Japan, where it will be distributed by Toho Co., Ltd.

Bonnie X Clyde Rises Above the Rest with Unique Vocal Bass Sound

Rarely does bass sit in the backseat while vocals take the lead on a single.

It's usually the exact opposite. Bass is the star, and vocals are the supporting actor. The rapid ascent of Bonnie X Clyde (BXC) proves, though, that there's a niche for their "vocal bass" music where bass plays second fiddle.

(Vocalist Paige "Bonnie" Lopynski and DJ Daniel "Clyde" Litman form the duo Bonnie X Clyde. The pair returns to Atlanta July 14th. Image courtesy Bonnie X Clyde.)
Bonnie X Clyde, the duo comprised of DJ Daniel Litman and vocalist Paige Lopynski, explained in a recent interview with Views from the Pit that their rise above an always crowded landscape can be credited to bucking the established way of doing things.

"In an industry where everyone is making music, you need to find that certain quality that makes you unique, something that sets you apart from everyone," Paige "Bonnie" Lopynski stated.

The Miami-based team's distinctive sound, which can be heard on their 2015 release "Rise Above," contributed to the pair quickly becoming a mainstay of the festival and club circuit.

Bonnie X Clyde entertained audiences with performances at EDC Orlando, Okeechobee Music Festival, Nocturnal Wonderland, LIC Fresno as well as three sets at this year's Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas. Following an impressive February show at Bass Continuum, BXC has another trip to Atlanta planned for next month at Opera Nightclub.

Tickets are available for purchase now on

A six-track EP, "Wanted" is now available for download on iTunes and features the popular single, "Bass Jam."

"Bass Jam by Bonnie X Clyde

"Bass Jam" currently rides high on the Sirius XM BPM Beats of the Week chart, claiming the top spot for four weeks.

"We weren’t expecting this at all," Bonnie X Clyde told Sirius XM. "We make a lot of goals for ourselves and we really feel like we achieved them.”

19 June 2017

For #MusicMonday, "The Hardest Part" by Ørjan Nilsen featuring Rykka

" . . . great art is about conflict and pain and guilt and longing and love disguised as sex, and sex disguised as love . . . "

-Lester Bangs from the 2000 motion picture "Almost Famous"

Ørjan Nilsen, the DJ from Norway behind popular trance tracks like "Violetta" and "The Late Anthem," released a new single that explores the conflict between happiness and sadness.

"The Hardest Part" opens with sixteen words.

"I love it when you're right here with me . . . Your hands will start my heart beating . . . "

These sixteen words are quickly countered by Canadian-born vocalist Rykka declaring, "When you fade on my heart, that's the hardest part."

It's so simple. Love is so simple. Yet, it is so conflicting and complicated too. "The Hardest Part" combines a steady beat and melody with good vocals to illustrate that conflict through sound. Nilsen's new track premiered on A State of Trance, the weekly radio show hosted by Dutch DJ Armin van Buuren, as the Tune of the Week.

"The Hardest Part" by Ørjan Nilsen featuring Rykka

Ørjan Nilsen just turned 35 in June. He's celebrating another trip around the sun with new tunes and performances on the world's biggest stages.

The Norwegian DJ is set to release his third artist album later this year. "Iconic," the first single from Nilsen's new LP, placed in the top 25 Tunes of The Year by Armin van Buuren in 2016. Nilsen is also slated to appear at Ultra Europe and, for the eight consecutive year, Tomorrowland.

18 June 2017

Ferry Corsten Brings His Storytelling Talents to Atlanta for a Night of Sci-Fi Sounds

Truly great music tells a story.

Truly great music should tell a story. It should capture both the imagination and emotion of the listener as each melody springs forth from the loud speakers.

(Dutch DJ Ferry Corsten mixes tracks behind the decks at Atlanta's Opera nightclub. Image courtesy Ferry Corsten.)
Friday night, at Atlanta's Opera nightclub, Dutch DJ Ferry Corsten provided an energized crowd with a blueprint of how trance albums ought to be done. He told a story.

The evening’s 3-hour soundtrack was backed by an LED lightshow that illustrated the adventures of Lukas and Vee, the protagonists of Ferry’s new album, “Blueprint;” released just in time for his Atlanta fans to experience quite a good deal of new tracks.

“Blueprint” chronicles the voyage of Lukas and Vee as the two embark on an interstellar journey wrapped in wonder, love and the unknown through the far reaches of science, space and time.

Corsten’s set was an eclectic blend of past and present.

It was not uncommon to hear people singing along to “A Thing Called Love” or “Live Forever” interspersed with their chants of Ferry! Ferry! Ferry! The DJ even incorporated a tribute to another Trance legend, Robert Miles, into the night’s mix. Miles, who died earlier this year, was a Swiss-born music producer best known for his 1995 hit, “Children.”

Ferry ended the night as he began it, drawing from his new LP. “Venera (Vee's Theme),” played throughout the club as confetti rained down from the ornate ceilings of Opera onto outstretched hands on the dance floor.

Ferry Corsten presents Gouryella - Venera (Vee's Theme) [Taken from BLUEPRINT]

The crowd shouted their approval. The continued chanting of, Ferry! Ferry! Ferry!, long after the music stopped lead to an impromptu meet and greet from the artist.

Ferry Corsten’s performance in Atlanta was part of a multi-city tour, promoting his fifth studio album, “Blueprint.”

Ferry collaborated with Fox television writer D. Harrington Miller on the album's storyboard, featuring heavy references to the sci-fi genre; especially the works of authors Hugo Gernsback and H.G. Wells.

“Blueprint” is available for download on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon.

14 June 2017

Opinion: College Park Residents Tell Responsible Gun Owners You're Not Welcome Here

About a month ago, members of the public protested a planned development at the former Target on Old National Highway in College Park.

(The former Target on Old National Highway in College Park sits abandoned since its closure in the early 90s.)
A gun range and superstore was proposed for the location, which has slowly been deteriorating since its closure in the early 90s.

Comments in opposition at the May 15, 2017 College Park City Council meeting featured people claiming "gun ranges are retail killers," and "that particular development would be detrimental to the future development of everything on Old National."

Those of you who've never been to Old National Highway should know that high-end retail along that corridor died years ago. There was once a time when Sizzler, Longhorn Steakhouse, Steak & Ale, Red Lobster and many other establishments lined the four-lane street. Gradually those businesses made way for a hodgepodge of dollar stores, barber shops and chicken shacks.

Old National Highway, once the jewel of the southside, is now frequently derided as Old Nasty.

William "Bill" Edwards, newly elected Mayor of South Fulton, lamented Old National's decline at a 2014 town hall meeting.

"We can keep a chicken shack, nail shop and liquor store in business, but we can't keep a Ross," Edwards said. "Ross didn't have the sales to stay open."

Residents of the area often plead for economic development. Well, guns are not cheap.

A Glock 9mm runs around $600 at Academy Outdoors and Sports. A Remington Versa Max Sportsman Semi-Automatic Shotgun at Dick's Sporting Goods costs $1,049.99. A gun range and a gun store is not dollar store. An entirely different kind of clientele frequents gun ranges and gun stores; and the best example of this is the gun club located at 8040 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs.

Still, the people of College Park and Old National said no to this new clientele.

So the old Target remains empty on Old Nasty Highway, while responsible black gun owners continue to patronize Autry's Armory, Stoddard's Gun Range and the Sandy Springs Gun Club.

08 June 2017

Newton County Schools Hit with Wrongful Death Lawsuit Following Child's Death on Playground

The parents of a 5-year-old who died, last year, while playing on the monkey bars say Newton County Schools are at fault for the accident.

Attorney Matthew Harman filed a 380-page wrongful death lawsuit against the metro Atlanta school system, claiming that unsafe playground equipment and staff negligence led to Andrea Tyrah DeBruhl's unfortunate demise.

“Nothing can bring Tyrah back," Harman said, "but we’re hopeful that in seeking justice for her family we can make our community safer for all of our children."

WSB-TV reported the Covington kindergartener was playing during recess at Newton County Theme School, when she slipped on the monkey bars and strangled after her head got stuck between the bars. According to the WSB report, "ten teachers and paraprofessionals were on the playground supervising at the time of the incident."

Court documents say the playground monkey bars at the school did not meet equipment safety standards. The legal pleadings also allege numerous violations in internal safety rules that occurred from Newton County Theme School staff on the day of Andrea's death.

Newton County Schools Director of Public Relations Sherri Davis-Viniard says the lawsuit has been referred to school board attorneys, who will be providing a response in Court in a timely manner.

When asked if any actions to improve playground safety at Newton County Schools were taken following the five-year-old's death, David-Viniard replied, "The District is constantly reviewing issues of safety for all students including on the playground."

Lee Andree and Latanya DeBruhl, Andrea's parents, have since founded a non-profit called; an organization dedicated to increasing awareness in the prevention of needless childhood playground injuries.