Sunday, January 31, 2016

This Week's Shows (2/1 - 2/7)


After the New England Patriots were unceremoniously eliminated from the NFL post-season, it's hard to get too excited about the Superb Owl, but we present here a week's worth of shows leading up to the big game in an attempt to maintain your enthusiasm.  Highlight of the week will be Low's set at The Earl on Wednesday night.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1

Alessia Cara, Kevin Garrett, Craig Stickland (Terminal West)
Just like last week's Jess Glynne show, once again, here's a sold-out set at Terminal West by someone of whom I had never heard. However, 18-year-old Canadian-Italian Alessia Cara is apparently riding the fame of her infectious hit song, Here, which reportedly garnered over 500,000 total streams in its first week.  Now she brings her Know-It-All tour, which had already sold out NYC's Webster Hall, to Atlanta along with Kevin Garrett, a singer/songwriter based in Brooklyn, and Craig Stickland, a singer/songwriter from Toronto.

Cradle of Filth, Butcher Babies, Ne Obliviscaris (Heaven at Masquerade)
Cradle Of Filth have been at the forefront of the extreme music scene for at least two decades now, performing their theatrical combination of music and horror, and in the process earning themselves a formidable reputation.  They headline an all-metal show upstairs at the godforsaken Masquerade with Butcher Babies, whose frontwomen Carla Harvey and Heidi Shepherd juxtapose brutal, aggressive riffs with melodies that wail with anguish and hope for redemption.  Openers Ne Obliviscaris hail from Melbourne, Australia, and include prog rock,  various forms of metal (black, thrash, death and melodic), and even western art music, jazz and flamenco in compositions that often exceed ten minutes in length.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2

show-flyerOrder Of The Owl, Destroyer of Light, Kr'rth, Hot Ram (529)

If you didn't get enough metal on Monday night, Order Of The Owl are Atlanta purveyors of doom, stoner doom, metal, sludge, rock, and dark rock. Destroyer of Light bring doom and sludge from Austin, Texas. Kr'rth bring apocalyptic doom from Atlanta.  Atlanta's Hot Ram opens.


Epica, Moonspell, Starkill (Heaven at Masquerade)
While Order of the Owl et al are pounding it out at 529, there will be a second-in-a-row metal show upstairs at the godforsaken Masquerade. Epica are one of the most symphonic of metal bands,  featuring the soaring vocals of Simone Simons.  Portuguese band Moonspell have released 11 studio albums of their sombre vocals, guitar riffs, blackened melodies, and operatic grandeur. Chicago's Starkill will open the show with melodic death metal, shredded guitars, blasting drums, and powerful Gothenburg-style choruses.

Free Throw, Young and Heartless, Sinai Vessel, Fox Wound (Purgatory at Masquerade)
Downstairs from all the metal, Nashville's Free Throw will headline an emo/punk-pop show on the Purgatory stage at the godforsaken Masquerade, supported by central Pennsylvania's Young and Heartless.  Sinai Vessel are a trio from North Carolina and openers Fox Wound hail from Atlanta.


Yarn (Aisle 5)
Brooklyn-based Americana/alt-country band Yarn’s sound owes as much to Jerry Garcia and Exiles On Main Street Rolling Stones as it does to Gram Parsons and Earl Scruggs, weaving country, rock, blues and more in the tradition of bands like The Flying Burrito Brothers and New Riders of The Purple Sage, 

Paul McDonald (Eddie's Attic)
Paul McDonald is an American singer-songwriter born in Auburn/Opelika and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. McDonald recently appeared on NBC's Parenthood performing original songs and has recorded an EP of Americana/folk duets with his wife Nikki Reed titled The Best Part. Their song All I've Ever Needed appeared as the end title song in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2.  This show will be the Atlanta Release Party for McDonald's Slow Rising EP.

Control Burn (Steve's Live Music)
Control Burn's mandolinist Jay Moore and bassist Tyler Kufta previously played together for several years in the Bluegrass Music Program at East Tennessee State University, and are joined by guitarist Harris Kendrick. 


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 3

Southside Johnny And The Asbury Jukes (Variety Playhouse)

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes first achieved prominence in the mid-1970’s, emerging from the same New Jersey shore music scene as Bruce Springsteen, and Southside’s first three albums featured songs written by The Boss and/or Steve Van Zandt. With their classic blend of hard-core R&B and street-level rock, molten grooves, soulful guitar licks, and a blistering horn section, Johnny and the Jukes continue to put their own stamp on the Jersey shore sound, while recalling the glory years of Otis Redding and Stax Records.


Hudson Falcons, The Aggravated, The Sideburners (The Drunken Unicorn) 
New Jersey's working class rock 'n' rollers Hudson Falcons headline a show featuring The Aggravated, punk rockers from the south side of Atlanta, and The Sideburners, 





Quincy Mumford & The Reason Why, Little Stranger (Atlanta Room at Smith's Olde Bar)
It's apparently Jersey night here in Atlanta: in addition to Southside Johnny at Variety Playhouse and Hudson Falcons at the Unicorn, Smith's Olde Bar will be presenting New Jersey's 23-year-old singer/songwriter Quincy Mumford, who brings raw 70′s style rock and funk highlighted with the voice of an old soul.  Headliners Little Stranger are a Charleston alternative hip hop duo; their debut album is called Buddha The Beast

Ben Miller Band, Girls Guns & Glory, Time Sawyer (Music Room at Smith's Olde Bar)
Upstairs at Smith's from Quincy Mumford and Little Stranger, the Ben Miller Band will combine elements of folk, blues, bluegrass, and country into a music they self-described as "Ozark Stomp" and as "Mudstomp." The music of Boston's Girls Guns & Glory's is a mix of old school country, early rock 'n' roll, and blues, inspired by Hank Williams, Johnny Cash & Johnny Horton. North Carolina folk rockers Time Sawyer blend a grassroots feel with heart-felt lyrics to put on a high-energy show.

Bain Mattox, The Sunset District, Marshall Seese (The Earl)
Bain Mattox plays Americana folk/rock ala Violent Femmes, Tom Petty, and Beck, flogging his accordion, oddly tuned guitars, banjo and mandolin to provide a colorful backdrop for his melodic, poetic lyrics.  Atlanta's The Sunset District are an indie-rock collective.  Marshall Seese will open with a set of Americana music.

Josh Garrels, John Mark McMillan (Center Stage)
Those who feel challenged by all the satanic themes in this week's earlier Cradle of Filth and Order of the Owl sets might appreciate these two Christian singer-songwriters who are on what they're calling The Revelators Tour. 



The Expendables, Zach Deputy, The Hip Abduction (Hell at Masquerade)
The Expendables have staked their claim in the California surf/rock genre by blending reggae, punk, and 80s-style dueling guitar solos.  Savannah's Zach Deputy leds a jam band that plays funky soul, while openers The Hip Abduction from Saint Pete play afropop and tropical-influenced indie rock.

Parker Gispert, Slow Parade (Eddie's Attic)
Parker Gispert is the 25-year-old songwriter, vocalist and guitarist of Athens trio The Whigs.  Slow Parade is a new project from songwriter Matthew Pendrick, bassist Andrea Demarcus (Cicada Rhythm) and multi instrumentalist Paul Stevens (Grand Vapids). 

DJ Jared Swilley (529)
Jared Swilley of The Black Lips, who just provided a DJ set in place of bandmate Cole Alexander at the January 18 Subsonics set at 529, will do it again without any live band support.   Just Jared.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4

★★An Evening With Low (The Earl)
Duluth, Minnesota's veteran slow-core legends Low will be the lone band at The Earl, but even without supporting acts this show has the potential to transcend time and space.  Although we saw Low at Bumbershoot back in 2012, it's been a while since they played Atlanta and this set may well be the best show so far this year.


DJ Paypal, No Eyes, Byron the Aquarius, Double Nil, Charolastra (Aisle 5)
According to Brooklyn Vegan, "DJ Paypal may have a name and image that screams 'irony' but his music really is sincere. His recent Sold Out album incorporates jazz, soul, funk, tribal polyrhythms and ethereal psychedelia."   Atlanta's No Eyes (Seanny Georgie) plays around town a good bit; we've seen him open for oOoOO at 529 and, more recently, for EMA at The Drunken Unicorn. Birmingham's Byron the Aquarius experiments with hip-hop, EDM, jazz and house elements and has worked with Flying Lotus, among others.  Double Nil is Atlanta's Josh Powell, and Charolastra is the experimental/juke/electronic music brain child of Peter Roglin.  

Tab Benoit (Variety Playhouse)
Growing up in Houma, Louisiana, Benoit learned the blues first-hand from a faculty of living blues legends.  His band is a stripped down bass-and-drums unit propelled by his solid guitar skills and leathery, Cajun-spiced vocal attack. 

Bear Girl, The Fire Tonight, Swank Sinatra, Plague of Pilgrims (529)
Bear Girl is an Atlanta trio with musical roots sprouting from indie, metal, math rock, jazz and pop. The Fire Tonight have a vision that all kinds of music should work together to make life better, especially when that music is supported by a solid foundation of rock.  Swank Sinatra is an Atlanta band known for its high energy shows and unrelenting sound.   Openers Plague of Pilgrims play progressive indie rock.

Netsky, Legion & Logam (Terminal West)
EDM.  Netsky provides heavy dance-floor drum 'n' bass beats.  Legion & Logam merge classic drum 'n' bass with futuristic minimal experimentation.

Ice Nine Kills, Affiance, More To Monroe, Come and Rest, Cover Your Tracks (Hell at Masquerade)
Boston's Ice Nine Kills utilizes multi-textured guitar hooks, a dual vocal attack, and a pummeling rhythm section to weave soaring melodies with the raw emotion and aggression of post-hardcore and metal.  Affiance is a Cleveland metal band.  Maryland's More To Monroe consider themselves post-hardcore.  Atlanta's Come and Rest just played a hardcore show at The Masquerade last month. Cover Your Tracks open.

The Legendary Shack Shakers, Pine Hill Haints, The Gartrells (Star Community Bar)
The Legendary Shack Shakers’ provide a unique brand of Southern Gothic that is irreverent, revisionist, dangerous, and fun. Led by their charismatic, rail-thin frontman and blues-harpist JD Wilkes, the Shack Shakers are a four-man wrecking crew from the South with explosive interpretations of the blues, punk, rock and country.  Pine Hills Haints perform gospel, rockabilly, rock and roll, celtic music, blues, and bluegrass. The Gartrells open.

Circle of The Song (Eddie's Attic)
Circle of The Song is a showcase for singer/songwriters Ed Jurdi of Band of Heathens, Austin, Texas troubadour Seth Walker (why are all troubadours from Texas?), and Edward David Anderson of Backyard Tire Fire.

Stone Tribute Pilots, Rusty Cage (Soundgarden Tribute) (Music Room at Smith's Olde Bar)
I didn't realize how many of these tribute bands play in and around Atlanta until I started compiling these lists!

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5

Colin Hay (Variety Playhouse)
Colin Hay is best known as the frontman, songwriter, and vocalist of Men at Work (Down Under, Who Can It Be Now?), but since moving to Los Angeles in 1989, he’s made 11 solo albums and has recently announced the release of a new album, Next Year People.

Graham Nash (The Buckhead Theater) 
If Colin Hay is too "new wave" for you, old people, there's always Graham Nash at The Buckhead Theater.

Graveyard, Spiders (Terminal West)
When Swedish doom/stoner outfit Norrsken split up in 2000, it gave birth to two new bands. One band, the retro-riffers Graveyard, merges classic rock, blues, jazz, and folk into something sounding like Black Sabbath meets Rolling Stones meets Led Zeppelin meets Janis Joplin.



The other band, Witchcraft, ultimately provided members of the band Spiders, who, along with Graveyard drummer Axel Sj√∂berg and singer Ann-Sofie Hoyles. hearken back to the stoner riffage of '70s hard rock, for which the howling Hoyles has the perfect voice. 


Despite the personnel changes, the two bands have run parallel paths and on Friday they both come to Terminal West.  Does anybody else remember The James Gang?


Waking Astronomer,  RBTS Win, Ancestor, TheyungMathew, Divine Interface (The Earl)
An album release show at The Earl for Waking Astronomer, the group venture of solo artists Afua Richardson (vocals/flute/effects), Alexa Lima (keys/synthesizers/sounds), and Deku (production/drums/bass). Amongst other influences, the band combines experimental beats with electronic and jazz instrumentation.  The music of Asheville's RBTS WIN combines electronic, pop, rock, chillwave and soul.  TheyungMatthew is a producer/turntablist from Atlanta who utilizes experimental hip-hop and ambient electronica to construct "metaphysical journeys of the mind."  Opener Divine Interface will provide a DJ set.

Copious Jones, The Applebutter Express, Battlefield Collective (Aisle 5)
Copious Jones is an original rock band from Atlanta whose sound can be described as something akin to Dave Matthews meets Pink Floyd and The Grateful Dead.  The Applebutter Express employ traditional bluegrass instruments to create their sound; their song Hey My Brotha was featured in Ron Howard' 2014 film The Good Lie.  Battlefield Collective is Stephanie Caron and Evan Hart's high-energy mix of bluegrass, Americana, punk rock, and roots.

Mammabear, Weary Heads, Twin Criminal, Heavy Eyes (Star Community Bar)
Mammabear is the Brit-pop-influenced project of Atlanta's Kyle Gordon, who we saw play the Star Bar at 2013's L5Fest.  This will be their record release party. Weary Heads, Twin Criminal (who just played Purgatory at The Masquerade last week) and Heavy Eyes (who just played their garage punk at 529 back on January 14) will provide support.
Mammabeat at The Star Bar, L5Fest 2013
James Hall, Motor Earth, Geri X, Killmama (Music Room at Smith's Olde Bar)
James Hall (Pleasure Club, Futura Bold, The Aristocrats) is an Atlanta singer and guitarist best known for his gothic-style lyrics, distinctive voice, eccentric behavior and eclectic compositions.  Atlanta's Motor Earth are a straight-ahead, high-energy rock band that straddles the line between indie rock and old school, riff-heavy rock 'n' roll. Bulgarian-born Geri X is a composer, musician and singer now living for some reason in Tampa Bay.  South Florida's Killmama is a garage blues duo in the tradition of the White Stripes.

MyFever, Macy Todd, Youth Model, Dustin Price (Atlanta Room at Smith's Olde Bar)
MyFever is a rock band originally from Panama City Beach that now resides in Atlanta.  18-year-old Macy Todd creates lushly folk-tinged pop music. Youth Model is a duo from Charleston, South Carolina producing gritty pop-rock songs.  Opener Dustin Price is an indie folk artist from Birmingham.

Mansell, Kick The Robot, Forje (Vinyl)
Mansell is a three-piece band who make music that blends their alternative and indie roots with various art expressions.  Atlanta trio Kick the Robot perform original melodic rock along the lines of The Beatles and Foo Fighters.  Atlanta's Forje formed in early 2013 with influences from The Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, and Sublime to My Morning Jacket and Wilco.

Sam Burchfield and Jacob Deaton (Eddie's Attic)
Sam Burchfield's sound ranges from lyrical ballads to upbeat funky compositions with the occasional banjo driven folk song. Jacob Deaton is a versatile guitarist, buoyed by new compositions and live performances showcasing his skills across multiple styles.  Both artists have been showcased on reality TV: Burchfield appeared on Season 13 of American Idol and Deaton made a semifinal appearance on America's Got Talent.

Jordy Searcy (Steve's Live Music)
Jordy Searcy is a 22-year-old singer-songwriter from Alabama who was featured on Season 7 of The Voice as a part of the first-ever Team Pharrell.

Hawthorne Heights, The Ataris, Mest, Handguns, London Falling, Everybody Run (Hell at Masquerade)
Dayton, Ohio's Hawthorne Heights play a post-punk/punk-pop fusion.  The Ataris are currently celebrating the 15th anniversary of their record Blue Skies Broken Hearts by playing the album in its entirety for the first time on their current tour.  Chicago's Mest have been tearing up the punk rock scene since 1995 and have been a part of the Warped Tour.  The bands are supported on this tour by punk pop bands Handguns (who've played The Masquerade before) and London Falling.  And as if five bands weren't already enough, Atlanta's Everybody Run opens.

 

The Buggs (Steve's Live Music)
Beatles tribute band in the late show at Steve's.

Led Zeppelin 2 – The Live Experience (Heaven at Masquerade)
If you didn't get enough simulated Led Zeppelin with the three nights of Zoso - The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Tribute at Variety Playhouse last week, here's another fix for your jones.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6

Europe (Heaven at Masquerade)
You know you've lost all credibility and relevance as a band when this happens to you:



Radiolucent (The Earl)
Second album release show in a row at the Earl.  Radiolucent formed in early 2007 and calls themselves a "hard-hitting, heart-felt, full-on group of Georgia boys" influenced by 60's rock 'n' roll, soul and R&B, gospel, country, and pop.

The Queers, Antagonizers ATL, DDC, The Kick Flips (The Drunken Unicorn)
The Queers are a Portsmouth, New Hampshire punk rock band featuring Joe Queer on guitar and vocals,  Dangerous Dave on bass and vocals, and Lurch Nobody on drums.  Antagonizers ATL play working-class street rock 'n' roll.  DDC stands for "Drink & Destroy Crew" and  list their genre as Oi!/Street Punk on their Facebook page.  The Kick Flips open, 

The Producers, Indianapolis Jones (Variety Playhouse)
The Producers were a new wave and power pop band from Atlanta in the 1980s originally formed as a Beatles cover band before they changed musical directions and began performing their own material in nightclubs, becoming a regional favorite in the southeastern US.  Openers Indianapolis Jones are a psychedelic pop supergroup.

Hoodoo Moon, Electric Codpiece, Taylor Martin, Jules and the Gents, The Madman Brass Band (Aisle 5)
Billed as the Fare Thee Well Foundation 8th Annual Mardi Gras Ball, this musical Mardi Gras party is headlined by Hoodoo Moon, featuring members of Deep Blue Sun and The Squirrelheads.  Electric Codpiece will contribute their own brand of rock 'n' roll hijinks. Taylor Martin's songs are born of genuine experience and presented with raw and uncommon sincerity. Jules and the Gents offer jazz standards and swing with soulful vocals, flute, and saxophone. The Madman Brass Band will be sitting in throughout the night to glorify, electrify, amplify and demystify the sounds coming from the Aisle 5 stage,

Family and Friends, Koa, Quaildogs (Terminal West)
Family and Friends are feel-good purveyors of earnest folk rock and will headline a set with Koa, a Nashville band that mashes soul, rock & roll and funk into an eclectic, danceable sound, and openers Quaildogs. 

Sadistic Ritual, Suppressive Fire, Death of Kings, All Hell, Homicidal (529)
Sadistic Ritual is an Atlanta thrash metal band for those fans of old school thrash and death metal who were probably at the January 19 Deafheaven/Anthrax/Lamb of God show.  Raleigh's Suppressive Fire takes their influence from bands such as Sodom, Toxic Holocaust, Kreator, and Exodus. Death of Kings play "epic-power death thrash metal." All Hell is a horror-influenced black-thrash/metal-punk band from Asheville, and opener Homicidal are a thrash metal band from Atlanta 

Turkuaz, Ghost Note (Vinyl)
Turkuaz are a nine-person power-funk band of Berklee grads now living in Brooklyn.  Ghost Note is the Dallas-based rhythm section of Snarky Puppy with their own jazz, hip-hop, funk, and world sound.

Lumbercat, Todd Prusin Experience (Atlanta Room at Smith's Olde Bar)
Chattanooga's Lumbercat headlines an early show at Smith's, employing a mix of different instruments to produce Americana, blues, jazz, indie rock, and other good-vibration styles.  Todd Prusin says he's been thrilling BBQ and pizza eaters with his guitar for years.

Mike Fiorello, John Higgins, New Schematics (Atlanta Room at Smith's Olde Bar)
Atlanta singer-songwriter Mike Fiorello headlines a late show at Smith's, blending folk, pop, Americana, and soul.  Nashville's John Higgins and rockers New Schematics will open.  

Uncle Van & The Buzzards of Fury, The Organ Machines, All of Roxy (Music Room at Smith's Olde Bar) 
Uncle Van and the Buzzards of Fuzz is an Atlanta rock band known for their energetic live shows featuring their fuzzed-out psychedelic tunes and a gritty, lo-fi aesthetic.  The Organ Machines is a three-person band from Atlanta that plays a mix of ambient, progressive, and surf rock. All of Roxy brings a mixture of  The Temper Trap and Santana,  delivering an ambient vibe to audiences while rocking steady, and singing about the ventures of loss and love.


HollyFest VIII (Star Community Bar)
A tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper starring Southern Ska Syndicate, Rodeo Twister, Dusty Booze & the Baby Haters, Caroline & the Ramblers, The Mystery Men, Skye Paige, Superpill, The Honey Lungs, Burning Truck, and more.

Rebecca Loebe (Eddie's Attic)
Rebecca Loebe is a young singer-songwriter who grew up in Atlanta and has done time in DC, Boston and New York, now making her home in Austin, Texas, so we can probably call her a "troubadour," too.

Michael Tolcher (Eddie's Attic)
The late show at Eddie's will feature singer/songwriter Michael Tolcher, whose music has been featured in several TV shows and movies (Scrubs, One Tree Hill, The Sopranos, Life As We Know It, and more) on HBO, and for several Hilton commercials, including Voila and Speed Feels Better, which was use for Hilton's 2008 Olympics campaign.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7

Okay, it's Superb Owl night and admit it - you're not going out to hear music tonight.   You're going to find a sports bar somewhere and watch the Carolina Panthers beat the Broncos while bemoaning the fact that the Patriots aren't in the game.



But if you're not a sports fan and have to go out tonight, there are a couple of shows going on Sunday.

Francine Reed (Eddie's Attic)
Who cares if it's Superb Owl Sunday?  Atlanta blues, R&B, and soul legend Francine Reed still managed to sell out a 5:00 pm show at Eddie's Attic.

Havok, Articulator, Proliferation (Purgatory at The Masquerade)
Havok are a thrash metal powerhouse from Colorado incorporating blisteringly fast guitar riffs, machine-like drumming, groovy bass lines, searing leads, and hard-hitting vocals.  Atlanta's Articulator play grinding death doom.  Atlanta's Proliferation play progressive death metal. 

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