Sunday, February 14, 2016

This Week's Shows (2/15 - 2/21)

Musicians and night-club proprietors lead complicated lives and I'm prone to errors, mistakes, typos, and fubars; it's advisable to confirm any of the information below on your own before making plans. 


Kid Cudi (The Tabernacle)
Cleveland rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, film composer, and music video director Kid Cudi is also the bandleader/sidekick to host Scott Aukerman on IFC's Comedy Bang Bang, at least until Weird Al Yankovic takes over soon.  In addition to his own recordings, he appears along with rapper Future on Track Two (Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1 • Pt. 2) of the new Kanye West album, The Life of Pablo.  

Spray Paint, Shepherds, Onchi, Death Stuff (529)
Punters On A Barge, last year's album from Austin's gritty post-punk band Spray Paint, "would be perfect dancefloor fodder for your next paranoid post-apocalyptic party in the Forbidden Zone" (Bill Pearis, Brooklyn Vegan).  A trio of Atlanta-area bands, Shepherds, Onchi, and Death Stuff, open.

Bryson Tiller, They (Center Stage)
Second night of the 22-year-old Louisville singer/songwriter/rapper's sold-out two-night stand at Center Stage.  


Hey Marseilles, Bad Bad Hats (The Earl)
Hey Marseilles are a folk-rock sextet but sound almost like a mini-orchestra as they feature a string section (cello and violin), guitars (electric and acoustic), keys, accordion, and drums, giving their full-bodied songs a memorably rich texture. On their most recent, self-titled album, Hey Marseilles go for an even bigger rock sound without losing their characteristic intimacy. Opener Bad Bad Hats are a trio out of Minneapolis featuring the vocals of Kerry Alexander.

Mara, Small Reactions, Newark Wilder (529)
Mara is the solo project of Vera Vera's Jordan Parker, who wrote the songs alone in his bedroom, channeling the dark vibes of Vera Vera into a more intimate and ethereal sound that he describes as "phantom pop” or “garage gaze.”  The music of Atlanta's Small Reactions has tinges of new wave and post punk; it's often angular, sometimes surfy, and generally quick.  Clinton Callahan of Small Reactions (and Hello Ocho) will also be performing as Palm Lines at 529 on Friday night (see below).  Newark Wilder, who just headlined a showcase set at The Mammal Gallery last week, open and if you miss them here, they'll be headlining at The Drunken Unicorn on March 26.

Marty Friedman, Holy Grail, Anger Within (Hell at The Masquerade) 
Marty Friedman began his career as a solo recording artist but is best known for his tenure as the lead guitarist for Megadeth, which spanned nearly all of the 1990s. Friedman has resided in Tokyo since 2003, where he has hosted Japanese television programs, and has continued to record solo records, often embarking on adventurous musical forays far removed from his work with Megadeth, including an album with new-ager Kitaro.  On this tour, he is supported by Holy Grail, a metal band out of San Diego. Atlanta's Anger Within fuses metal, hardcore, and militant, death-like vocals to create a brutal, non-compromising form of heavy thrash.

Beacon, Natasha Kmeto, Group Sound Therapy (Aisle 5)
Brooklyn duo Beacon explore the dark side of melody by fusing the deceptively sweet melodies of R&B with an intoxicating undercurrent of darkness, drawing on influences as disparate as Warp’s back catalogue and Underworld.  Natasha Kmeto is an electronic producer/vocalist dedicated to the art of emotional engagement, combining her sensuous voice with a dancefloor ethic.

Bernie Sanders (Morehouse College)
Vermont's Senator Bernie Sanders is a democratic socialist currently running for President of the United States of America.  His Feel The Bern Tour comes to Atlanta to engage students on his policies and platforms and to explain why he is the best candidate for the presidency.

Ides of June, Ghosts of the Kodiak, Paradigm, Elonzo Wesley (Atlanta Room at Smith's Olde Bar)
Atlanta's Ides of June have been influenced by many different styles of rock music and try to deliver as much soul, emotion, and all out rock 'n' roll energy as possible.  Ghosts of the Kodiak play indie-style rock, and Paradigm are a metal band from Kennesaw.  Singer-songwriter Jeremy Davis formed indie-rock band Elonzo Wesley after moving from Atlanta to Charlotte, naming the band after his father, and has released three LPs and two EP’s.

Bad Ash Allstar Team (Red Light Cafe)
Bad Ash Allstar Team is a community of Atlanta musicians that play frequent tribute jams, this time another tribute to the late David Bowie.


Grizfolk, Knox Hamilton, The Well Reds (Vinyl)
LA's Grizfolk are an alternative rock quintet with a distinctive sound that forges sharp, raw vocals with edgy electronic textures and heavy guitar and drums.  Their video for song Troublemaker merges themes from Thelma and Louise and The Walking Dead, and if I'm not mistaken, features the Walking Dead's Josh McDermitt (Eugene) as the character driving the car.  Little Rock's Knox Hamilton and Atlanta's Well Reds open.

Ballyhoo! (Terminal West)
Baltimore's Ballyhoo! are a rock band with punk energy and pop reggae grooves.

Digigost, Grand Prize Winners From Last Year, Meek Freaks, Erv Lockett (The Earl)
Digigost is the alternative/soul/industrial project of singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Jericko Digigost.  The sound of Atlanta's Grand Prize Winners From Last Year has been compared to Outkast-meets-Green Day; the band played a benefit show here at The Earl back on January 14.  Meek Freaks and Erv Lockett open.

Billy Joe Shaver (Eddie's Attic)
Texas troubadour and legendary outlaw Billy Joe Shaver's finest songs prowl and punch with welterweight fury, and his Long in the Tooth LP was voted best country album by Rolling Stone. This show has sold out, so if you're planning to go and don't have tickets, well . . .

Foxtrot & The Get Down, The Instructors, Bearing Torches, The Young & The Elder (Atlanta Room at Smith's Olde Bar)
As demonstrated on their debut EP Sold the Soul, Foxtrot & The Get Down has crafted a sound comprised of rock, blues, soul, and Americana.   The Instructors are an Atlanta collective spanning jazz, funk and reggae genres. Lead singer Jon Ellison of Kansas City's Bearing Torches pushes his powerful, jagged-edged vocals to soaring heights with Bon Jovi-like swagger, aided by driving guitar riffs and tribute chords.  The Young and the Elder compose songs with strong melodic lines, densely packed rhythms, and introspective lyrics about life's twists and turns, dead ends and successes.

The Gordon Vernick Quartet (Red Light Cafe)
Every Wednesday, The Gordon Vernick Quartet perform a few numbers then invite other musicians and singers to join them on stage for a jam session. The quartet features Kevin Bales on keyboard, Marlon Patton on drums, Craig Shaw on bass, and Dr. Gordon Vernick on trumpet.  There's no cover charge and plenty of free parking. Whether you're a professional or amateur musician, you're welcome to sit in; everyone who wants to perform will be given a chance to play.


Nikki Hill, Southern Ska Syndicate (The Earl)
Nikki Hill’s unique voice mixes raw rock and soul dynamics with the strength, passion, and honesty of blues shouters of the past, creating a breath of fresh air with her authentic approach to American roots music.  Openers Southern Ska Syndicate just headlined the Hollyfest VIII at the Star Bar back on February 6.

Breaking Benjamin, Starset (The Tabernacle)
Wilkes-Barre's Breaking Benjamin was founded in 1999 and after several successful LPs, the band entered an extended hiatus in early 2010 due to the recurring illnesses of frontman Benjamin Burnley, who remained the sole member of the band until late 2014, when the band's current lineup was announced. Despite the lineup changes, Breaking Benjamin's formulaic hard rock style and angst-heavy lyrics, swelling choruses, and crunching guitars has remained remarkably consistent. Starset's musical style blends the progressive aspirations of Muse with the open-hearted approach of emo and muscular power of tourmates Breaking Benjamin; their style is described by founder Dustin Bates as "blending symphonics with electronics with riff-driven, baritone guitar hard rock." 

Morgan Heritage, Blackalicious (Terminal West)
Morgan Heritage, who have been called the "Royal Family of Reggae" and the "Rolling Stones of Reggae" (in large part due to their electric stage shows), have established themselves as one of the premiere live groups on the reggae circuit. Blackalicious is an American hip-hop duo from Sacramento made up of rapper Gift of Gab and DJ/producer Chief Xcel, noted for Gift of Gab's tongue-twisting, multisyllabic, complex rhymes and Chief Xcel's classic beats.

Ron Pope & The Nighthawks, Truett (Variety Playhouse)
Nashville-based artist Ron Pope crafts indie pop rock songs.  Opener Truett is a blues guitar virtuoso with a powerful singing voice.

Frosted Orange, The 200s, Samadha (529)
A funk/jazz show headlined by Frosted Orange, featuring ex-members of Atlanta's former Noot D'Noot. The 200 is a quartet featuring Atlanta Funk Society's Ian Newberry. Samadha, the jazz/improv vehicle for Little Tybee/Adron keyboardist Chris Case, opens.

Chris Case with Samadha at Smith's Olde Bar, January 20, 2012
denitia and sene, Keithcharles Spacebar, Haunted, Command (Aisle 5)
The chilled-out, futuristic, electro-soul vibes of Brooklyn duo denitia and sene moves seamlessly between pure pop, subdued electronica, and slinky R&B with a sound that brings to mind everything from Massive Attack and The Fugees to the shadowy late-night atmospherics of The XX.  Their LP His & Hers may have been one of the comfiest albums of 2013. Atlanta's Keithcharles Spacebar plays experimental hip-hop and soul.  Haunted and Command open.

Enforcer, Warbringer, Cauldron, Exmortus (Hell at The Masquerade)
Enforcer, a metal band from Stockholm, are supported on this tour by Ventura, California thrash metal band Warbringer.  Toronto's Cauldron and Whittier, California's Exmortus open.

Til Someone Loses An Eye, James Leg, The Bohannons (Star Community Bar)
Aileen Loy and her band, Til Someone Loses An Eye, just headlined the Bloody Valentines show at The Earl, and will play the Star Bar with Port Arthur, Texas' psychedelic punk-ass rock 'n' soul Fender Rhodes maniac James Leg. Openers The Bohannons are from Chattanooga and make heavy rock ’n’ roll that is equal parts Motörhead and Neil Young, with lead guitar chops that rival both.

Piper Lou-Renee, Hunger Valley String Band, Scott Low & The Southern Bouillon (Atlanta Room at Smith's Olde Bar)
The music of Kansas' Piper Lou-Renee, who has appeared on America's Got Talent, is a fusion of folk and country. The Hunger Valley String Quartet is a bluegrass quartet from Smyrna.  Athens' Scott Low has been writing and playing songs for a long time and has dabbled in punk, jazz, bluegrass, rock, blues, folk, Americana, and country.

Patrick Sweany, Rod Hamdallah, DC Rail (Music Room at Smith's Olde Bar)
On any given night, musical omnivore Patrick Sweany might swing through blues, folk, soul, bluegrass, maybe some classic 50s rock, or a punk speedball.  Atlanta's Rod Hamdallah has been tearing up southeast music halls with his delta blues and garage-rock sounds since he was 17. Openers DC Rail are a blues-rock band.

The Georgia Crackers & Rev. Jeff Mosier (Red Light Cafe)
The Frank Hamilton Folk School kicks off its inaugural concert series with a journey back to 1920s old-time and country music with The Georgia Crackers and a performance by Jeff Mosier, one of the more eclectic musicians Atlanta has to offer. A portion of the proceeds will benefit FHFS and its continuing development and community involvement.

Kristy Lee (Eddie's Attic)
Kristy Lee is an Alabama-based singer-songwriter known for her powerhouse vocals. Lee calls the pure, raw emotion of her sound dirt road soul.

Steve Baskin (Steve's Live Music)
Steve Baskin writes, records and plays a unique blend of smart, energetic pop and Americana rock 'n' roll. In 2015, Baskin released his third full-length release, Dead Rock Star.


Pylon Reenactment Society, Dressy Bessy (The Earl)
I first discovered Athens' Pylon after moving to Atlanta back in 1981, and immediately fell in love with the band's new wave sound.  Pylon had everything: the propulsive, Sara Lee-style bass of Michael Lachowski, the post-punk guitar of Randall Bewley, but most especially and notably, the fiery vocals of Vanessa Briscoe. As much as fellow Athenians REM and the B-52s, Pylon's role as elder statesmen of alternative rock is unassailable.  Legend has it the band practiced in a studio in downtown Athens which they called the "40 Watt Club" as it was lit by a single 40-watt light bulb; the Athens nightclub takes its name from this legend.  Sadly, guitarist Randall Bewley passed away in 2009, but The Pylon Reenactment Society features their original vocalist, now Vanessa Briscoe Hay.  Opener Dressy Bessy is an indie band from Denver associated with the Elephant Six Collective (guitarist John Hill also plays with The Apples in Stereo). This year's Kingsized LP is their first in eight years.

Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam (Variety Playhouse)
Dave Mason was a founding member of the classic rock band Traffic along with Steve Winwood, although Mason's subsequent participation in the band was disjointed; he left the band following the recording of their 1967 debut album, Mr. Fantasy, only to rejoin halfway through the sessions for their next album, Traffic, after which he left again. Traffic later re-formed without Mason, although he went on and played and recorded with Paul McCartney, George Harrison, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Michael Jackson, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Fleetwood Mac, Delaney Bramlett, and Mama Cass Elliot.  Feelin' Alright, one of Mason's best known songs, was recorded by Traffic in 1968 and later became a huge hit for Joe Cocker in 1969.  Mason also wrote the song Hole in My Shoe for Traffic, which was disliked by the other three members of the group, who felt that it did not represent the band's musical or lyrical style, and it sounds today almost like a parody of 60s psychedelic pop.  To my mind, Dave Mason was the more pop-oriented songwriter for Traffic, the Paul McCartney of the band if you will, while the rest of the band were more adventurous, experimental and jam-oriented. While Dave Mason is unquestionably rock royalty, it's ironic that he calls his band "Traffic Jam" considering his contentious  relationship with both Traffic and with jam sessions.

Excision, Figure (The Tabernacle)
Excision (Jeff Abel) is a Canadian dubstep producer and DJ.  Opener Figure is Evansville, Illinois' Joshua Gard's bass-heavy music project.

Larry League, Danny Wolf, Pollari, Lil Yachty (Heaven at The Masquerade)
Atlanta's Larry League is an alternative hip-hop/rap band consisting of Larry LoudPack, DJ Dolphin Tits, Bert Sausage, and Randy Provolone.  Atlanta's Danny Wolf opens, along with Pollari and Lil Yachty.  I'm no authority on alternative hip-hop, but do these guys really have a big enough following to warrant the big Heaven stage at the godforsaken Masquerade?

Archer, Dead Reckoning, Inviolate (Purgatory at The Masquerade) 
Santa Cruz's Archer delivers uncompromising and unrelenting ass-kicking hard rock and heavy metal music.   Dead Reckoning mixes old and new metal elements with the goal of creating something powerful, lasting and unique. Atlanta's Inviolate opens.

Chris Hunt, Deku, Palm Lines, Transcend All Identities (529)
Chris Hunt is an Atlanta-based producer who, following the dissolution of his band Cloudeater, began focusing on a new personal and intense sonic project, his Tomb and Tomb II EPs. This show will be the release party for Tomb.  Deku is Brett Leggitt, an Atlanta producer who makes loop-based experimental electronic music,and Palm Lines is Clinton Callahan of Hello Ocho and Small Reactions (see Tuesday night),  Transcend All Identities opens.

Finish Ticket, Vinyl Theatre, Irontom (Terminal West)
Finish Ticket is an alternative/indie pop band from the Bay Area. Vinyl Theatre are a Milwaukee-based quartet with a buoyant synth-based alternative-pop sound. Malibu's Irontom opens.

Zoogma, Turbo Suit (Terminal West)
A late-night EDM set at Terminal West.  Oxford, Mississippi's Zoogma's sound is an eclectic fusion of electronica, rock, jazz, world, and hip-hop.  Turbo Suit is a versatile Indianapolis trio that includes a live tenor sax in their electronic music.

Salsa Chest, White Lion Shim Sung and the Lightning Orchestra, The Hecks, Vision Kaushik, Tan Korean (The Mammal Gallery) 
According to the good folks at The Mammal Gallery, Salsa Chest "gives your grandma the excuse she wanted to kick her slippers off and slide across the linoleum."  White Lion Shim Sung is a new Atlanta funk/afrobeat/pop super group led by Travis Murphy and backed by the deeply grooving Lightning Orchestra. The Hecks are "Chicago's finest weirdo best rock band" and have a tense, stripped down sonic sound that manages to be beautiful, distressing, and unique all within three to four minute spans.  Vision Kaushik allegedly always wants to be in a slow dance and Tan Korean is Giriami Deleuze.  If you want to know what any of all of this means, watch the video below or, better yet, go on down to South Broad Street and check it out for yourself.

Carrie Newcomer (Eddie's Attic)
Carrie Newcomer is an American singer, songwriter and author who has produced 15 solo CDs and has received numerous awards for her music and related charitable activities. She has collaborated with authors, academics, philosophers and musicians and in 2009 and 2011, she traveled to India as a cultural ambassador, including musical performances organized by the US State Department, and in 2012, she made a similar trip to Kenya on behalf of the Interfaith Hunger Initiative. Her range of causes, activities, collaborations and philosophies significantly influences her music.

Eliot Bronson, Caleb Caudle (Eddie's Attic)
Atlanta-by-way-of-Baltimore singer-songwriter Eliot Bronson will headline the late show at Eddie's. Winston-Salem's Caleb Caudle will open.

Wrenn, Zale, Kara Claudy (Music Room at Smith's Olde Bar)
Athens' Wrenn is armed with a voice that can be sultry, lilting, playful, or bold; her music can be B-52 quirky or Beatle melodic, but always fresh to the ear.  Zale is a young singer who combines her classical training with love of the blues narrative and rock 'n’ roll attitude.  Kara Claudy is an Atlanta-based singer-songwriter whose dynamic lyrics are informed by a multicultural identity and international upbringing.

Saturn Valley, Musical Mindz, Professor John (Atlanta Room at Smith's Olde Bar)
Athens' Saturn Valley has a distinct, improvisatory style with jazz, funk, synth-pop and heavy prog influences.  Musical Mindz are instrumentalists who play as an ensemble and occasionally back up vocalists. Atlanta bassist/producer Professor John combines electronic instrumentation and live bass guitar in hip-hop and R&B settings.

Barry Richman & Friends (Steve's Live Music)
Barry Richman, an Atlanta transplant from the Big Apple, has been performing his psychedelic blend of original music all over the Southeast.

Cissy, Robot Party, heY! ALLigator, Spines (Star Community Bar)
Headliners Cissy are a noise/grunge band from Atlanta who will be opening for Illegal Drugs at The Drunken Unicorn on March 4.  Robot Party (formerly the Rotating Point Source) is a five-piece rock/dance/pop band originally from Statesboro and now settled in Atlanta whose music draws on everything from Nirvana to Lady Gaga. heY! ALLigator is a variety/crunk/hip-hop/punk-rock duo from Auburn. Atlanta's Spines had to drop out of last week's showcase at the Mammal Gallery featuring Newark Wilder, but they plan to open this show.

FrazierBand, Kristina Murray, Battlefield Collective (Red Light Cafe)
FrazierBand inventively mix rock and newgrass via infectious hook-driven pop tunes, adding textures from a variety of influences, including jazz and psychedelic jam rock. Kristina Murray’s music is steeped in troubadour storytelling, southern rock grit, and the audible legacies of country queens of yesteryear. Battlefield Collective is high-energy, in yo' face mix of bluegrass, Americana, punk rock, and roots.

Cosmic Charlie (Aisle 5)
Athens' Cosmic Charlie claim to be a Grateful Dead cover band for folks that are ambivalent about Dead cover bands. Rather than mimicking the Dead exactly, Cosmic Charlie taps into the Dead's energy and style as a foundation on which to build.


Big Head Todd & The Monsters, Mike Doughty (Variety Playhouse)
Colorado's Big Head Todd & The Monsters will bring their good-time, jam-band sound to Variety Playhouse, supported by Mike Doughty, formerly of Soul Coughing.

Soul Coughing at Criminal Records, 1994
Corey Smith, Lanco (The Tabernacle)
Georgia's Corey Smith is an Americana singer and guitarist.  Nashville's Lanco were described by Rolling Stone as "country's Imagine Dragons, full of arena-ready pop hooks and chant-along choruses."

Andrew Ripp, Swear & Shake, Act As If (Vinyl)
Andrew Ripp is a singer/songwriter from Chicago.  Nashville's Swear & Shake play postcard-perfect indie folk with an undercurrent of sly humor.  LA's Act As If open.

Daley (Center Stage)
24-year-old UK singer-songwriter is redefining the way R&B and soul not only looks but sounds and feels. This is a re-scheduled show from October 5, 2015.  

Agent Orange, In The Whale, El Capitan and the Band With No Name (The Earl)
Agent Orange, the original SoCal punk/surf power trio, is one of only a handful of bands who have been continually active since the earliest days of the West Coast punk scene. In the Whale is a high energy, two-piece rock band from Denver.  El Capitan and the Band With No Name will open with their strange mixture of spaghetti western trumpets, surf-rock drums and reverb drenched electric guitars.

Yamin Semali, Boog Brown, Melaphyre Etheoryall, Dirty Rotten, Willi Dudat, DJ Rock Most (529)
Yamin Semali is a member of hip-hop collective Clan Destined, as well as a solo performer.  Boog Brown is Atlanta-by-way-of-Detroit artist and musician Elsie Swann.  Atlanta's Melaphyre Etheoryall make soulful revolutionary hip hop.  Dirty Rotten are New York City's Joe Stu and Atlanta's Shred TVT fusing together the raw grittiness of the dirty south with the rugged realness of the hip hop’s birthplace.  Atlanta's Willi Dudat opens and DJ Rock Most will provide a DJ set.
This is your brain on EDM

ScottyATL, Spodee, QuickTrip (Hell at The Masquerade)
A showcase featuring three rising, up-and-coming, Atlanta rappers.

G Jones, Bleep Bloop, Yheti (Terminal West)
An EDM bass show headlined by Santa Cruz's G Jones.  Support act Bleep Bloop is a bass music producer out of Northern California and the founder and head of 710 Records.  Yheti is the bass fusion project of Ohio's Tyler Holler.

Studio Le Bradshaw, Lady of the Lake (Atlanta Room at Smith's Olde Bar)
Studio le Bradshaw is the pet project of Alex Bradshaw. His upcoming debut album draws influence from 60's British  folk and psychedelia like Davey Graham and The Moody Blues, as well as modern artist such as Johnny Flynn and Fleet Foxes. Lady of the Lake front woman Emily Stilwell's gentle jazz chords and crooning, yet powerful voice are fortified with an impressive lead guitar and string instruments.

Blood on the Harp, Ex-Wives, Cold Heart Canyon, Revenge Beach (Star Community Bar)
Blood On The Harp is an Americana/bluegrass band from Atlanta.  Ex-Wives call their sound "outlaw shoegaze;" this will be an EP release show for  the Atlanta quartet. Fold Heart Canyon are a bluegrass/pop band, and Athens' Revenge Beach will open with some surf rock, desert rock, and spaghetti-western and Italian-horror soundtracks. On a related note, don't you agree that the Star Bar consistently produces the best show posters?

Sonia Leigh, Carl Anderson (Eddie's Attic)
Singer-songwriter Sonia Leigh relocated to Nashville in 2012 from her longtime home of Atlanta, and quickly won over the approval of audiences there with her gritty vocal delivery and bold, disarmingly honest approach to songwriting. Carl Anderson melds classic Nashville instrumentation, Muscle Shoals flourishes, and West Texas poeticism into "a perfectly balanced musical pastiche."

John Hammond, Amy Black (Eddie's Attic)
Blues legend John Hammond remains one of the world's premier acoustic blues artists. A Blues Hall Of Fame inductee with 33+ albums to date, he is one of a handful of artists who can say they have been steadily working and recording for over 50 years.  Muscle Shoals' Amy Black will open this late show at Eddie's.

Escape Vehicle, The By Gods (Red Light Cafe)
Escape Vehicle play gritty, down-home, whiskey-drenched rock 'n' roll with a touch of outlaw country. Nashville-based band The By Gods breed hook-laden, roll-your-windows-down rock, respectfully reminiscent of their early- to mid-90’s alternative predecessors.

Scarlett Hill, Jimmy T (Steve's Live Music)
Scarlett Hill is a country band built on modern folk and Americana roots, and driven by tight harmonies and twangy guitars and banjos. Jimmy T has been performing Americana decades before the genre even had a name and blends the core elements of Americana - rock, country, R&B, and folk.

Yuppie Scum Band (Steve's Live Music)
Frustrated bankers, techies and lawyers by day, the Yuppie Scum Band will entertain a late-night audience at Steve's with a collection of favorite classic rock, dance, and party tunes.


Voivod, Vector, Eight Bells, Death of Kings (Heaven at The Masquerade)
The musical style of band's band Voivod has changed several times since their origin in Quebec back in the early 1980s, and there's still no one else quite like them.  Starting out as a speed metal band, Voivod have subsequently added a mix of progressive metal and thrash metal to create their own unique metal style.  For this show, they will be supported by Philadelphia progressive thrash metal outfit Vector, and Portland.'s Eight Bells, who explore the dark sonic realms with ethereal, haunting female vocals. Openers Death of Kings are an Atlanta-based metal band.

Mother's Finest, Von Grey (Terminal West)
Mother's Finest;s sound has been described as a fusion of funk, rock, gospel, R&B, metal, and jazz, and as "Afro-Euro mosaic soul electric."  Von Grey, Alpharetta's indie-folk quartet of young sisters, have appeared on David Letterman, but still deserve greater recognition.

Von Grey at Oakland Cemetery, May 20, 2012
Native Suns, Auspice, Capillaries. No Way Out, Fuiste (Purgatory at The Masquerade)
A showcase featuring five rising, up-and-coming Atlanta rock bands. Native Suns play alternative rock and will be headlining this show, and Auspice list their genres as "alternative, punk, indie, emo, whatever."  Capillaries are an instrumental quartet.  Our Way Out is an alternative rock band from Acworth that formed in 2013.  Fuiste will open with loud collage rock.

Johnny A (Eddie's Attic)
Massachusetts-based guitarist and bandleader Johnny A has been captivating serious students of the six-string guitar from working-class bars to international amphitheaters and his virtuosity has earned him the rare honor of having his name placed on a signature Gibson guitar.

Malcolm Holcombe, Nine Years Apart (Red Light Cafe)
Malcolm Holcombe, a folk/Americana performer of national stature, celebrates the release of his new album Another Black Hole.  Nine Years Apart are a duo out of Decatur consisting of Justin Hylton on guitar and vocals and Jessica Almand on fiddle and vocals.

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