This week’s shows (4/4/2011-4/10/2011)

J Mascis

J Mascis, Kurt Vile and the Violators – Thursday, April 7 – The Earl

Dinosaur Jr. frontman J Mascis earned his place in the indie rock canon through years of blasting his distinctive guitar work through loud as hell Marshall stacks, but his recent solo album (Several Shades of Why) is a completely acoustic affair.  The music has the same slacker charm, though, mostly because of the presence of Mascis’ instantly recognizable drawl.  His solo show at The Earl on Thursday is great chance to see an indie icon in an unfamiliar context.  Kurt Vile and the Violators open.


New Animal

The Compartmentalizationalists, Medals, New Animal, Places – Thursday, April 7 – WonderRoot

This show will be the live debut of local psych-pop duo New Animal, who generated a bunch of buzz (both locally and nationally) after releasing their excellent first album in January.  It’s good to see them finally taking the stage.  The Compartmentalizationalists headline the night, and Medals (from Brooklyn) and Places are also on the bill.  I’ll have a review of the new Places album up tomorrow.



Destroyer, The War on Drugs – Friday, April 8 – The Earl

Dan Bejar’s contributions to The New Pornographers have always been album highlights for me, but I never really cared for Destroyer until Kaputt.  That recently released album definitely clicked with me, though, and I’m interested to hear the songs recreated live at The Earl on Friday.  The War on Drugs opens, which is cool, too.


This Piano Plays Itself, Prussia, Child Bite – Saturday, April 9 – Highland Inn Ballroom

As much as I loved last year’s As the House…, the new material that This Piano Plays Itself has been playing live blows the old stuff out of the water.  It sounds bigger and more psychedelic, with less of the familiar post-rock moves found on last year’s album.  It’s the sound of a good band getting even better.  See them on Saturday with Prussia and Child Bite, both of whom are on tour from Michigan.


Savage Republic, Lyonnais, Aku You – Saturday, April 9 – The Earl

I’m not going to lie and pretend like I know a lot about Savage Republic, whom Wikipedia describes as “a Los Angeles Tribal-Industrial-Art-Punk band from the 1980s, that reformed as of 2004 and is active with a different line-up.”  That definitely sounds interesting, though.  I think this show is also worth highlighting because of its unique circumstances.  It’s the first time the band has come to the Southeast, and the show was apparently set up by an Atlanta superfan that really wanted to bring them out here.  It’s going to be filmed, too.  Local experimental rockers Lyonnais and Aku You open.

More listings after the jump.

Monday (4/4/2011)

Anal Cunt, Strong Intention, Wolves & Jackals – Drunken Unicorn

The Residents – Variety Playhouse

Tuesday (4/5/2011)

Damon Moon, Cute Boots, Curious Mystery, Sydney Eloise – 529

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Twin Shadow, Gold-Bears – The Earl

Pineapple Explode, Faun and a Pan Flute, Beau Victoria – WonderRoot

Wednesday (4/6/2011)

The Bums, Sunglasses, Three Man Band, Apache Dropout – 529

Warpaint, PVT – The Earl

The Sunglasses, Street Violence, Shepherds, Tam-Tam – Eastside Lounge

Thursday (4/7/2011)

The Forty Fives, Alcohol Stunt Band, The Mattoid, The Pink – Star Bar

Low Five in the Lounge, feat. members of The Back Pockets, Abby Go Go, Walk from the Gallows, more – Star Bar (downstairs)

Lyrics Born, Skins and Needles – The Masquerade (Hell)

The Mountain Goats, Megafaun – Variety Playhouse

Friday (4/8/2011)

Sealions, The North Trolls, Cousin Dan – 529

Goldilocks, Lucy Dreams, Phantom Dog and Carp – WonderRoot

Hail the Titans, New Terminus – Highland Inn Ballroom

Nerdkween, The Viking Progress, Pocket the Moon – Picaflor Studio

Saturday (4/9/2011)

Bunnybrains, Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel, Social Studies, 4th Ward Afro Klezmer Orchestra – Drunken Unicorn

Mermaids, Pinche Gringo, Mad Tea Party, The Husseins, Wet Cadillac – Star Bar

Sunday (4/10/2011)

Snarky Puppy, Kebbi Williams – 529

Floor, Hawks, Wizard Smoke – The Earl

The Husseins, Red Sea, A. Grimes, The Sunglasses, The Clap – WonderRoot

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