Every Monday we bring you the SL Hot List, a round up of the five latest and greatest things to hit the South. Consider it your weekly update on our region’s most buzzworthy food, culture, and style news.
1. New music from Amanda Shires. Down Fell the Doves, the latest album by Amanda Shires is an instant classic. I heard the track “A Song for Leonard Cohen” on our local indie radio station while driving around yesterday and had to immediately download the whole record—and of course, tell you about it.
2. Inaugural Birmingham music festival. We are hoping Amanda will make a surprise appearance at Revival Music Festival in Birmingham this Saturday, August 24, where her hubby, Jason Isbell, will be playing along with The Dirty Guv’nahs, Leagues, and The Apache Relay. It’s the first big indie music fest to make use of our great city green space, Railroad Park.
3. The must-have sunnies. We’re thanking Stirling Barrett, a New Orleans-based artist and the mastermind behind sunglass company KREWE du optic for introducing us to our new signature shades. The line, which launched this month, comes in timeless shapes and go-with-anything hues like tortoiseshell and champagne—each pair named after a famous New Orleans street.
4. Austin’s new hot table. Book a seat; the cutie Next Food Network Star alum Brad Sorenson is opening NO VA Kitchen & Bar in Austin tomorrow, and we’re betting it’s going to be good. Expect upscale dishes humbled with a down-home spin like a country paté of pork, beef, and pistachios wrapped in bacon; corn gnocchi with brown butter and fava beans; and fried-to-order blueberry donut holes with lavender dipping sauce for dessert.
5. Atlanta’s punny art gallery. Even the art-adverse will be intrigued by Atlanta’s newest art gallery—The Low Museum, a 20th-century, social-media friendly riff on the city’s art icon, The High Museum. Run out of a student’s apartment in the Old Fourth Ward, the gallery features works like The Last Supper, an image of hipsters breaking bread while snapping Instagram photos, and a Girl With a Pearl Earring reinterpreted using hashtags of the High exhibit going on now. The next opening, August 26, titled “Videogramme No. 1” celebrates funny web videos and memes. #Awesome