Sunday, February 28, 2016

This Week's Shows (2/29 - 3/6)

This is a great week for fans of hip-hop, with shows in town by Common, Ty Dolla $ign, Diamond D, and the Beastie Boys' DJ Hurricane, as well as Sunday night's Silentó-headlined nae-nae danceathon, and for fans of contemporary R&B, with smooth crooners like Leon Bridges and King in town and the inimitable CeeLo Green at Terminal West on Thursday night.  But after last Saturday night's bonanza of shows, this is not exactly a stellar week for Atlanta fans of a certain type of indie rock music, and by "stellar" I mean the term literally - there are very few stars next to the sets below and no two-star sets at all, and to be honest, at least one of those stars feels like a mercy rating to me. But fear not, indie fans, for March Madness is right around the corner, and very soon now there will be more stellar shows than you'll be able to attend.

As a reminder, 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.


King (The Loft)
King is a female R&B trio from LA with an eclectic sound which Ebony Magazine described by noting “King bypasses the impulse to categorize musicians into a singular box by falling somewhere in the utopian realm of nostalgic R&B, futuristic soul and folksy-bluesy jazz." 

DJ Jared Swilley (529)
Jared Swilley of The Black Lips has been making the rounds lately, doing DJ sets in support of various shows around town.  This evening, he will be the sole attraction for a set at 529,


Leon Bridges, Son Little (The Tabernacle)
If the retro 70s, sweet soul sound of King appeals to you, you'll want to catch Leon Bridges as well. Leon Bridges is a gospel and soul singer from Fort Worth, Texas best known for his song Coming Home, which received regular airplay and was also a Top 10 Most Viral Track on Spotify.  Opener Son Little is Philadelphia R&B musician Aaron Livingston.

Doro, Madame Mayhem (Variety Playhouse)
Doro Pesch, the self-proclaimed Queen of Rock & Metal, started in 1982 as the lead singer for Warlock. Embarking on a solo career in 1989, Doro toured extensively, building her following and working with Gene Simmons and Lemmy Kilmister.  Manhattan-born Madame Mayhem is an ‘in your face’ hard rocker with an attitude somewhere between metal and glam rock.

Great Good Fine OK, Handsome Ghost (Aisle 5)
Great Good Fine Ok, the Brooklyn synthpop duo of Jon Sandler and Luke Moellman, achieved online popularity with their anthemic blend of dreamy electro flutters, R&B beats and lush, expansive pop, which has been compared to M83, Phoenix and Passion Pit.  Opener Handsome Ghost is a pop and electro band from Boston.

Chelsea Grin, Oceans Ate Alaska, Lorna Shore, Wage War, Desert Flower (Hell at The Masquerade)


Cory McAbee's The Small Star Seminar (The Earl)
Okay, this one looks like it could be different.  Cory McAbee is best known as writer, director, songwriter and composer for the films, The American Astronaut, Stingray Sam, Crazy and Thief, and as singer/songwriter for The Billy Nayer Show. In December of 2014, McAbee began recording and producing Small Star Seminar, his first solo album, which was first performed live in Wroclaw, Poland in March, 2015.  The performance revolves around a singing motivational speaker who urges people to give up their goals, stop reaching for the stars, and to start looking for the stars within their own minds. The set features optimistic songs about quitting, accepting one’s own limitations, and the power of sitting quietly. As an encore, McAbee will address the theory of “Deep Astronomy” and answer questions from the audience. This tour is being documented for use in an upcoming feature film, written and directed by McAbee. Audience participation is welcome.  This is the sort of high-concept stuff that usually only David Byrne comes up with.

William Singe (Terminal West)
A sold-out show by the soulful, Sydney, Australia based singer, songwriter and producer William Singe, best known for his online videos that have amassed hundreds of millions of YouTube and Facebook views.

Future, Ty Dolla $ign, Lil Donald (The Tabernacle)
Future is a popular Atlanta hip-hop artist who, between 2015 and 2016, became the fastest artist to chart three number one albums on the Billboard 20.  Future makes prevalent use of Auto-Tune in his songs, both rapping and singing with the effect. Pitchfork Media wrote that Future "finds a multitude of ways for the software to accentuate and color emotion," noting that he "miraculously shows that it's still possible for Auto-Tune to be an interesting artistic tool."  Ty Dolla $ign is a hip-hop and R&B artist from Los Angeles who both sings and raps, combining elements of hip hop and contemporary R&B. Atlanta rapper Lil Donald opens.

Rachel Platten, Eric Hutchinson, Christina Grimmie (Center Stage)
Rachel Platten is a pop singer and songwriter from Boston whose Fight Song peaked at number six on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the UK Singles Chart.  Eric Hutchinson plays soulful pop music and is also known for the sharp, often colorful suits he wears on stage and on his album covers. Christina Grimmie is known on YouTube as "zeldaxlove64" and finished third in Season 6 of The Voice.

Parker Gispert, Brian Revels (Eddie's Attic)
Parker Gispert is the songwriter, vocalist and guitarist of Athens trio, The Whigs.  Brian Revels is a 25 year-old singer/songwriter also from Athens.

Common Kings, Tomorrow's Bad Seeds (Vinyl)
Common Kings are Pacific Islanders who produce pop songs with rock, reggae, R&B and classic soul influences.   Their Hits & Mrs. Tour includes Tomorrow's Bad Seeds. a reggae-rock band made up of five musicians from Hermosa Beach, California.

Shmu, Skull Buddha, Basketball Movie (The Mammal Gallery)
Shmu is Sam Chown, an experimental, glitchadelic, shoegaze musician from either Austin or Toronto, depending on whether you believe Bandcamp or Facebook (why not drop in and ask him yourself?).   Skull Buddha is Atlanta electronic musicians Gage Gilmore and  Eric Grantham. Basketball Movie opened for Warehouse and Red Sea at 529 on February 8 and will open here.

Old Salt Union, I Want Whiskey, Front Porch Session Players (Music Room at Smith's Olde Bar)
Old Salt Union are influenced by the bluegrass of The Del McCoury Band and Sam Bush, but also by Bill Evans, Danny Elfman, Punch Brothers, and many others.  Atlanta's I Want Whisky transforms punk into southern roots music by incorporating traditional styles and instrumentation, a wide range of influences (including Lead Belly, Bill Monroe, The Pogues, The Flying Burrito Brothers, and Woody Guthrie), and what some may call "subversive" subject matter.  Front Porch Session Players started out as a group of neighbors and friends that gathered on a porch in Grant Park to play music and entertain themselves.

The Gordon Vernick Quartet (Red Light Cafe)
Every Wednesday night, The Gordon Vernick Quartet performs a few numbers and then invites 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.

Star & Micey, Ben Trickey (Atlanta Room at Smith's Olde Bar)
The core members of Memphis indie folk-rock band Star & Micey are two brothers without the same last name, Geoff Smith and Joshua Cosby.  Their video for I Can't Wait is fun to watch if you like seeing people getting slapped across the face as much as I do.  Atlanta folk singer Ben Trickey began writing songs in 2001 and has shared the stage with Damien Jurado, Richard Buckner, and Horse Feathers, among others. The Blue Indian’s Cameron Barham wrote that he was intrigued by "the seemingly effortless vibrato in [Trickey’s] voice which was a perfect complement for the content of his songs.”

Taake, Young and In The Way, Vattnet Viskar, Cloak (Hell at The Masquerade)

Crawl, Long Live the Goat, Pagan (529)
Part of 529's free Wednesdays of Mass Destruction series of metal bands and DJs playing their heaviest tunes, this time featuring Atlanta's southern sludge/whiskey doom band Crawl and instrumental doom band Pagan, and Chicago's Long Live the Goat. Be sure to bring some donation money to this no-cover show for the touring bands.  Why do I provide details on metal bands at 529 but not for the godforsaken Masquerade?  Well, because, that's why.

CeeLo Green
CeeLo Green, Escort (Terminal West)
Atlanta polymath CeeLo Green is among many other things, a singer, rapper, songwriter, record producer, actor, and businessman who came to initial prominence as a member of the Southern hip-hop group Goodie Mob and later as part of the soul duo Gnarls Barkley with producer Danger Mouse. Subsequently, he embarked on a solo career.  Opener Escort is a contemporary disco band based out of Brooklyn and fronted by Adeline Michèle; their live performances feature a 17-piece band.

Reverend Hylton, Blood on the Harp, Cold Heart Canyon (The Earl)
This is an album release show for Atlanta's Reverend Hylton, an Americana outlaw singer-songwriter who blends rowdy country songs with heartfelt ballads.  After three and a half years of playing in a jam band, the Reverend went back to his roots with songs about traveling, heartache, and addiction.  Blood On The Harp is an Americana/bluegrass band from Atlanta; they played The Star Bar back on February 20 along with bluegrass band Cold Heart Canyon, who will open this show as well.

Quantic, Xenia Rubinos, Byron the Aquarius (Aisle 5)
Quantic is the recording alias of British-born musician, Will Holland. Holland's travels have lead him to record, collaborate and perform all over the world, and his skills as a guitarist, accordionist, DJ, studio engineer and music compiler have earned him an international fanbase. He cut his teeth with downtempo and instrumental-beats releases, then developed a fresh and original take on the renaissance of funk, soul and Afrobeat with the Quantic Soul Orchestra, and in 2005, he collaborated on the salsa hit Mi Swing Es Tropical. Xenia Rubinos uses her powerful voice to create beats and melodies from scratch. Her sound grows from a wide palette of influences ranging from Caribbean rhythms and beat music to minimalism and indie rock, all delivered with a soulful punk aura. Xenia’s ecstatic songs feature layered beats, crunchy keyboards, and driving syncopated rhythms.  Opener Byron the Aquarius experiments with hip-hop, EDM, jazz and house elements and has worked with Flying Lotus, among others.  The Birmingham-based musician played here at Aisle 5 back on February 4.

Quantic DJing at The Earl, March 12, 2015

Kayla Steen, Yancey, Dux (529)
A fundraiser show for Ladyfest Atlanta 2016, an annual feminist arts and music festival by and for women and gender-nonconforming people, celebrates and encourages community while also precipitating critical action, especially as it relates to gender-centered oppression.  The line-up includes Kayla Steen, a rising singer featured on Mvstermind's ADD (Artistic Day Dreaming) and has recorded with NecRomancer.  Yancey is from the band Man Up, Yancey, who've been playing around town quite a bit as of late.  Dux is the experiment in improvised cello and analog synthesizers of Chelsea Dunn and Casey Battaglino.  

Guttermouth, The Cryptics, Antagonizers ATL (Star Community Bar)
Guttermouth is a punk band formed in 1988 in Huntington Beach and infamous for their outrageous lyrics and behavior, which are deliberately explicit, offensive and intended to shock, though usually in a humorous and sarcastic manner. They were banned from performing in Canada for eighteen months and had to leave the 2004 Warped Tour due to controversy over their political views and attitudes towards other performers.  The Cryptics are a punk band from Dover, New Hampshire.  Antagonizers ATL are a working-class street rock 'n' roll band from, as their name implies, Atlanta.

Aqueous, Broccoli Samurai, Jack's River (Music Room at Smith's Olde Bar)
Aqueous is a Buffalo, NY, rock/groove powerhouse,  Broccoli Samurai is a Cleveland jamtronica and EDM project.   Georgia's Jack's River plays blues rock with a raw funkadelic twist.

ROAR! (Music Room at Smith's Olde Bar)
A midnight show at Smith's featuring Roar!, consisting of Carly Meyers (trombone, vocals, Moog, Taurus bass pedals) and Adam Gertner (drums, sampler, SPDS, OP-1).

Jesse & The Great Perhaps (Atlanta Room at Smith's Olde Bar)
Jesse & The Great Perhaps features quirky instrumentation, heavy vocal arrangements, and always a surprise or two. The band started in early 2011, when Woodstock, Georgia's Jesse Nighswonger started playing ukulele shows around the Atlanta area.  Nighwsonger performed a solo acoustic set at The Drunken Unicorn back on February 26.

The Vinyl Suns, Misslefish, Highly Trusted Men (Purgatory at The Masquerade)
Athens' Vinyl Suns call themselves a blues-rock band but also dabble in soul, southern rock, funk, latin, and progressive rock.   Misslefish are an Atlanta-based post-hardcore band.  Opener Highly Trusted Men is a four-piece rock band from Dawsonville, Georgia.

Hair of the Dog (Red Light Cafe)
Cajun band Hair of the Dog plays a high-energy mix of zydeco, blues, and honky tonk.

Nathan Angelo, Elenowen (Eddie's Attic)
Nathan Angelo plays soulful piano-pop; opener Elenowen are husband-and-wife singer/songwriters who appeared on the inaugural season of The Voice.

The Mersey Beatles (Variety Playhouse)
This Beatles tribute act are actually from Liverpool and got their start at the same Cavern Club in Hamburg, Germany where the Beatles got started.  Author Julia Baird, John Lennon's sister, will be in attendance to "sign" (i.e., sell) her book Imagine This: Growing Up with My Brother John Lennon.


The Main Squeeze (Terminal West)
The Main Squeeze is a funk band from Bloomington, Indiana, and currently residing in Chicago. Since coming together in late 2009, they've have managed to establish a unique sound and identity in a short period of time. 

Great Peacock, Quaildogs, Motel Radio (The Earl)
Nashville folk band Great Peacock's harmony-heavy, guitar-driven debut album Making Ghosts occupies the middle ground between rootsy, down-home Americana and super-sized arena pop-rock. Atlanta's Quaildogs set sad lyrics to happy music and played Terminal West back on February 6. Opener Motel Radio are a folk-rock band out of New Orleans.

Illegal Drugs, Tongue Party, Vincas, Cissy (Drunken Unicorn)
Atlanta's Illegal Drugs include members of Turf War and Hawks and deal in punk, rock, goth, and grunge; they opened for Ty Segall bandmate CFM at The Earl on February 22.  Minneapolis' Tongue Party play smoked-out fuzz punk.  Georgia's Vincas deal in scuzzed-out psychedelic punk and art-damaged frenzied space rock.   Openers Cissy are a noise/grunge band from Atlanta who headlined a show at The Star Bar back on February 19.

Bag Raiders, Plastic Plates (Vinyl)
Bag Raiders are an Australian electro-pop band founded in 2006 by mainstays Jack Glass and Chris Stracey.  Sydney's Plastic Plates is DJ and producer Felix Bloxsom, who is best known for his drumming and percussion and was the 2004 Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year.

Wuki, Niko the Kid (Aisle 5)
Wuki is the genre-blending solo project of Denver-based producer Kris Barman. Influenced by the sounds of the Detroit ghettotech and Chicago footwork scenes, Barman’s ability to seamlessly mix booty, breaks, electro, and house into hard-hitting club-shakers has become a trademark of the Wuki sound. Opener Niko The Kid is a German/American producer based out of LA with a refreshing approach to soul-house music.

Lebo & the Rattler, Loudermilk + Moon, Jeremiah Percival, Beast (The Mammal Gallery)
Lebo & the Rattler is the folk project of Atlanta musicians Suzanne Baker and Dylan Valvo, who focus on traditional and old-time mountain music, covering everything from murder ballads and Deep South blues to fiddle songs from the Appalachians.  Loudermilk + Moon call themselves a "buttery" five-piece folk band from Atlanta that strives to sound like no one else, with soft voices wading in a milky sea of samba grooves to deep brash floor toms carrying fiery yells and animal chants. Jeremiah Percival and Beast open, and while I don't know anything about them, it's a mistake to just assume they're folk bands as well, given The Mammal Gallery's proclivity toward mixing things up.

Diamond D, DJ Hurricane (529)
An all-45s DJ set of hip hop, funk, soul, and breaks featuring Diamond D, a Grammy-winning hip-hop producer, MC, and DJ from The Bronx and one of the founding members of legendary NY crew DITC.  Guest DJ Hurricane is a hip-hop DJ, producer and rapper who was the Beastie Boys' DJ from 1986-1997.

Thelma & the Sleaze, Dinos Boys, spec guestsThelma & The Sleaze, Dinos Boys, DJ Poppin' Pietro (Star Community Bar)
Thelma & The Sleaze are a Nashville-based power-trio sludge fest.  Dinos Boys are a punk/garage band from Atlanta.  DJ Poppin' Pietro opens.

Repeat Repeat, Grand, American Roommates (Atlanta Room at Smith's Olde Bar)
East Nashville trio Repeat Repeat call themselves an urban surf adventure in candyland flower pop. Grand is an alternative/pop band from Athens.  American Roommates is a five-piece indie-rock band from Nashville by way of Columbus, Georgia, that draws inspiration from Modest Mouse to Talking Heads.

Pink Talking Fish, The Orange Constant (Music Room at Smith's Olde Bar)
Pink Talking Fish is a Pink Floyd, Talking Heads and Phish tribute band.  The Orange Constant is an alternative jam rock band originally from Statesboro, Georgia.

Sean McConnell, Joseph Lemay (Eddie's Attic)
Sean McConnell is a Boston singer/songwriter performing a style of music that he describes as "lyric driven roots rock with soul."   Joseph Lemay is a Tennessee rock and Americana singer-songwriter.

Antsy McClain and the Trailer Park Troubadours (Red Light Cafe)
The first of a two-night stand by Nashville's Antsy McClain & the Trailer Park Troubadours, "a revolving cadre of top-notch pickers who can play cowboy jazz, Tex-Mex waltzes, country ballads, and soulful R&B dance tunes without breaking a sweat" (All Music).

State Champs, Neck Deep, Knuckle Puck, Like Pacific (Heaven at The Masquerade)
State Champs is a pop-punk band from Albany, NY.  Neck Deep is a pop-punk band from Wrexham, UK.  Knuckle Puck is a pop-punk band from Chicago, IL.  Like Pacific is a pop-punk band from Toronto, CA.  Unfortunately, this show is sold out, kids.

Tribute - A Celebration of The Allman Brothers Band (Steve's Live Music)
Self-explanatory, I believe.


Dropkick Murphys, Tiger Army, Darkbuster (The Tabernacle)
The Dropkick Murphys are a Celtic punk band from Quincy, Massachusetts known for their loud, energetic live shows. The band initially made a name for themselves through constant touring and yearly St. Patrick's Day shows held in and around Boston. The song I'm Shipping Up to Boston was featured in the 2006 movie The Departed, and remains one of their best-known songs ("I lost my leg!!!").  Dropkick Murphys played Shaky Knees in 2014 when the festival was held at Atlantic Station, but we missed most of their set because we were at another stage watching Man Man.  At The Tabernacle, they will be supported by LA psychobilly band Tiger Army and Boston punks Darkbuster,who are known largely for their songs about the joys of heavy drinking.

Mothers, Warehouse, Red Sea (The Earl)
Mothers began as the solo project of Athens visual artist Kristine Leschper, who is also a self-taught songwriter and multi-instrumentalist influenced by acts such as Sufjan Stevens, Joanna Newsom, The Microphones, and Neutral Milk Hotel; she later developed a love for experimental music, math rock, and noise artists. As a result, her music contains non-traditional song structures and flirts between strength and vulnerability. The full band formed about eighteen months ago and the addition of three superb musicians and has elevated Mothers to an entirely new level. Atlanta's Warehouse finds its inspirations in Brazil’s bossa nova and tropicalia movements; their debut album Tesseract is a departure from some of their earlier new-wave material, and highlights more classic rock elements, matched by Elaine Edenfield’s guttural vocals. Red Sea opened for Warehouse at The Earl on February 8, and will be opening again here - Red Sea's sound has been called noise/drone pop, progressive noise rock, and dream pop.

The Floozies, SunSquabi, Flamingosis (Buckhead Theater)
The Floozies are Lawrence, Kansas producer/guitarist Matt Hill and drummer Mark Hill.  The duo's combination of cutting-edge electronic production and party-rocking funk energizes crowds and turns venues into epic dance parties. Colorado trio Sunsquabi is a live electronic/jam band breaking down expectations of what a “live-electronic” band should sound like. Opener Flamingosis is an electronic music producer, beatboxer and entertainer.

Haywyre, Skymatic (Terminal West)
Haywyre consists of multi-instrumentalist Martin Vogt, who performs progressive electronic music with memorable melodies and jazz/classically influenced chord progressions.  Atlanta's Skymatic serves up a fresh melodic electronic music experience with live violin, guitar and synth/piano.

Starbenders, Kudzu Kids, Brooklynn (Drunken Unicorn)
Starbenders are a punk-art pop-bubbleglam band from Atlanta,  They will be supported by Kudzu Kids, a rock band from Jasper, Georgia fronted by the vocals and guitar of Krista Williamson. Opener Brooklynn call themselves a  "soul pop 'n' roll" band.

Michelle Malone (Eddie's Attic)
Malone is a frequent performer at Eddie's; one can say that Michelle Malone is to Eddie's Attic what Cannibal Corpse is to The Masquerade.  Over the course of Malone's career, she's collaborated with artists from Gregg Allman to Indigo Girls, released more than a dozen records and went indie when it still took guts. Equal parts bad-ass guitar slinger and sweet songstress, Malone artfully balances her penchant for ripping it through the roof with masterful lyrical introspection with vocals that range from sublime to raucous.

Michelle Malone at Music Midtown, 1994
Big Brutus, Chelsea Shag, Band & the Beat (529)
Big Brutus is Atlanta singer-songwriter Sean Bryant.  Chelsea Shag plays pop, jazz, blues, R&B, and soul in the manner of James Brown, Amy Winehouse, and Erykah Badu; if you missed her at Eddie's Attic on February 10, this is your chance to catch up.  Band & The Beat is Tracy and James Tritten, a husband-wife dream pop duo from Raleigh NC.

King Guru, Terror Pigeon, Meth Dad, EVE (Maggie Schneider + Absolutely), Ian and the Ekonomy (The Mammal Gallery)
East Wave Asian Fusion presents Alpha Epsilon Pi's 7th Annual Battle of the Bands and Art Show for charity. The audience gets to choose who wins the Audience Choice award. All proceeds go to the Gift of Life, Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research, and Heroes to Heroes charities.

Kentucky Bridgeburners, Rocket 350, Bigfoot, Dusty Booze & the Baby Haters, Trash HatsThe Kentucky Bridgeburners, Rocket 350, Bigfoot, Dusty Booze & the Baby Haters, Trash Hats (Star Community Bar)
A mixed-bag show of redneck underground bands.  The Kentucky Bridgeburners are not from Kentucky but are an incendiary rock 'n' roll gospel band from Atlanta featuring members of Nashville Pussy (who are not from Nashville), Nine Pound Hammer and the 45's. Not since John the Baptist screamed his words of inspiration and motivation has there been gospel music performed with this much passion and conviction.  Meanwhile, Rocket 350 is an Atlanta rockabilly institution,  Bigfoot is a 70's stoner rock band,  Dusty Booze & the Baby Haters play garage rock,  and Trash Hats is a garage/punk band from Elon, NC.

The Muckers, Battlefield Collective (Atlanta Room at Smith's Olde Bar)
The Muckers are a brand-new Atlanta folk-rock band blending punk, Irish, gypsy, sea shanties, country, bluegrass and everything else under the sun.  Battlefield Collective blend bluegrass, Americana, roots, and rockabilly to create their band's unique sound.

Pat Cooper, Sam Grayson, Whiskey Dixie (Music Room at Smith's Olde Bar)
Pat Cooper is an up-and-coming Nashville country singer/songwriter, and Sam Grayson is a rising singer/songwriter from John's Creek, Georgia.  Whiskey Dixie is a southern soul rock band from Calhoun, Georgia.

Darcy Malone & The Tangle, Joanna Duff, Southern Bred Co, (Music Room at Smith's Olde Bar)
So this is a thing now?  Three shows a night at Smith's?  Sure, I've got nothing better to do that to look up nine to fifteen performers a night (sad thing is that's true).  Anyhow, Darcy Malone & The Tangle headline this late show at Smith's with their merger of Darcy’s background in soul and pop with her husband Christopher Boye’s love of indie/underground rock 'n' roll. Joanna Duff's set includes music, jokes, and audience participation with Duff's vocals and guitar backed by cello and drums. Athens band Southern Bred Co. play  classic-, alternative-, and blues-rock and funk.

Antsy McClain and the Trailer Park Troubadours (Red Light Cafe)
The second of the two-night stand by Nashville's Antsy McClain & the Trailer Park Troubadours.

Ben Caplan (Purgatory at The Masquerade)
Ben Caplan is a Canadian folk musician from Halifax, Nova Scotia, whose huge beard and unruly mane is as visually striking as he is aurally compelling.

Pierce Pettis (Steve's Live Music) 
Nashville singer-songwriter Pierce Pettis has had his songs covered by artists ranging from Garth Brooks and Dion to Joan Baez and Art Garfunkel.

The Sledgehammers - A Peter Gabriel Tribute (Steve's Live Music)
Late show at Steve's doing exactly what their name implies.

A Legacy Unwritten, Awaken the Ancient, Call Me Ishmael, Dead Morals. WitchKing, Deadblo (Hell at the Masquerade)


Silentó, iLoveMemphis, DLOW, We Are Toonz, 99 Percent, Team NueEra, DJ Double J (The Tabernacle)
With a line-up of seven bands, this looks like it should be a show at the godforsaken Masquerade, but it's actually a stop in something called Let's Dance - The Tour 2016, a celebration of hip-hop dance headlined by Silentó, the young Atlanta rapper behind the viral video and dance sensation Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae).

Okay, let's break this down for us old people.  Nae Nae is a popular hip-hop dance move that involves planting your feet and swaying, one hand up in the air and the other hand down low.  You've probably seen NFL and NBA athletes perform the move after scoring, if you don't already have sick nae nae moves down of your own.   Atlanta's We Are Toonz, who are also on the bill, are credited with inventing the dance with their 2013 song Drop That NaeNae, and say the move is based on the humorous dancing of the character Shanae'nae played by Martin Lawrence in the 90s sitcom Martin. Urban Dictionary advises that this dance should only be done by females between the ages of 7-17, but do a simple Google search and you'll find celebrities from Jeremy Lin, Stephen Curry, and Dwight Howard to Pharrell Williams and Miley Cyrus (of course) to even Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton doing the dance.

Also on the bill is iLoveMemphis, the rapper known for the single Hit the Quan, a dance move where you "get down low and swing your arms" that was made popular by Atlanta's Rich Homie Quan. Chicago's DLOW ("Determined, Loyal, Optimistic, and Willing to Learn") is Daryon Simmons, a hip-hop dancer, rapper, and choreographer known for his bop dance moves (see the 1:22 mark on the Silentó video for a bop demo).  99 Percent are rappers Camoflage and JayB from Vallejo, California. Team NueEra got on the nae nae/whip bandwagon with the King Imprint video So Turnt Up featuring rapper Yung Lucky. DJ Double D is from Luxemburg, so I guess the dance is popular in Europe, too.  Note the early (4:00 pm) starting time - there's a lot of performers to squeeze into this show.

Creepoid, The Powder Room, Motherfucker (The Earl)
Philadelphia's Creepoid play with the grunge-filled chaos of Sonic Youth but also the finesse of shoegaze acts like Swervedriver or Slowdive, but this is no mere genre exercise - Creepoid is for real, and the dual vocals of guitarist Sean Miller and bassist Anna Troxell soar like an airy wave that envelope the listener. The Powder Room is a powerhouse trio made up of rock veterans playing hardcore punk, hard rock and shoegaze.  Opener Motherfucker is an all-female hardcore trio from Athens.


Denny Laine (Eddie's Attic)
Denny Laine is an original member of the Moody Blues and a co-founder of the band Wings along with Paul and Linda McCartney, and will feature hits from his time in both the Moody Blues and Wings.  He'll also include songs from his solo catalog, but do you really think anyone's there to hear those?

Mark Farner (Variety Playhouse)
Another nostalgia set: the former lead guitarist for Grand Funk Railroad will cover and revisit the hard-rock trio's music.

Alex Wong, Korby Lenker, Megan Slankard (Red Light Cafe)
Three singer-songwriters on the Doers And Dreamers Tour celebrating the spirit of the modern independent artist.  "The musician of today is a part of a rapidly growing movement of artists who are making a living on a grass roots, fan-forward, DIY level. Our mission at Doers And Dreamers is to embody the spirit of independent creativity."

Bogues, Smallville, Light The Avenue, Cap (Purgatory at The Masquerade)
Bogues is a member of Murfreesboro, Tennessee pop-punk band Left Home, who is touring with Smallville.  Light the Avenue is a pop-punk band from Atlanta, GA.  Cap is a pop-punk band from Atlanta, GA.

Sam Lewis (Eddie's Attic)
A late set at Eddie's featuring Sam Lewis, a Nashville singer-songwriter.

Back in the Saddle (Steve's Live Music)
Western swing.

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