Artist: Hotel Eden Song: "Tell Me Where You've Been"

The hop-skipping piano, the slow-building synth bass, the irresistible groove "Tell Me Where You've Been" is, simply put, a superb opening track. That's why Kelly Warner used it to kick off his debut EP as Hotel Eden, A Way Back Home, and it's why we at Alive are using it to lead off our Alive Amplified local music compilation this year. You'll have to wait until next month to pick up one of our comps (which I'm super excited about this year), but you can get Hotel Eden's disc Saturday at Carabar, 115 Parsons Ave., where Warner will bust out his one-man show between sets from power-pop combo Paper Airplane and Athens garage marauders the Makebelieves. For more on the ex-Lab Rat, read my feature in this week's paper.