This week’s shows (10/25/2010-10/31/2010)

Marnie Stern


Monday (10/25/2010): Franz Nicolay headlines a big bill over at 529.  He’s probably most well known for his time on keyboards for The Hold Steady (he’s the guy with the ‘stache), but he’s also played with World/Inferno Friendship Society and, most recently, Against Me!.  In addition to all that, he’s put out a couple of solo albums, and that’s presumably what he’ll play from tonight.  I’ll mostly be there for the cathartic, ramped up folk-punk of O Pioneers!!!.  Have Fun Exploding, Junior Battles, and Trench Party also play.  Check back here for a review of the new Trench Party EP later this afternoon.

Tuesday (10/26/2010): I haven’t heard much of The Growlers‘ music, but their Tuesday show at The Earl is worth going to for openers Heavy Cream alone.  This is what I had to say about them last time I saw them.  Tomorrow’s Tulips and pretty good locals Spirits and the Melchizedek Children play, too.  The other option is Small Black, Class Actress, and Living Rooms at the Drunken Unicorn.

Wednesday (10/27/2010): The Clap headline 529 with Dangerous Ponies, Pure Country Gold, and Chandu.

Thursday (10/28/2010): Tough decisions tonight.  Oryx and Crake play a free set at the Woodruff Arts Center at 6:30, while Torche plays an in-store at Criminal Records at 7:00 (you need to buy Songs for Singles in advance to secure your spot).  Whatever you decide, though, you should wrap the night up with Marnie Stern, Cinemechanica, and Thy Mighty Contract at 529.  If you miss Marnie (which, seriously, you shouldn’t), there’s also the Paste tour over at The Earl with Jason Isbell, Langhorne Slim, Jesse Sykes & Phil Wandscher, and Mimicking Birds[EDIT] I forgot a couple of big ones.  Metric plays The Tabernacle with local openers Sealions (good for them, that’s a nice fit).  And, finally, Crocodiles play The Earl with Golden Triangle (who destroyed at 529 last month), Knaves Grave, and Dirty Beaches.

Friday (10/29/2010): Halloween inevitably brings cover bands.  On Friday, you can catch some at 529: Hand Of Doom (Black Sabbath), Meowhaus (Bauhaus), Ted Kennedys (Dead Kennedys), and Iron Crypt (Motorhead).  There’s also the monthly Laserbeam Kitty party over at Highland Inn Ballroom with Sonen, Le Sexoflex, and Panther God.

Saturday (10/30/2010): Two big ones tonight.  Highland Inn Ballroom is having a Halloween party with a great local lineup that includes Jungol, Today the Moon, Tomorrow the Sun, and This Piano Plays Itself.  There’s also a free Fresh & Onlys show at 529, with support from Royal Baths and Mermaids.  The show is acting as the release party for Mermaids’ very good new album (review will be up tomorrow).

Sunday (10/31/2010): Chunklet’s Halloween show is probably the best bet:  Judi Chicago, Gentleman Jesse, and Mathis Hunter will be up at Whirlyball.  The Earl’s also got a good one, with Fiend Without a Face, West End Motel, Walk from the Gallows, and Daikaiju.

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