This week’s shows (5/9/2011-5/15/2011)

Ted Leo

Ted Leo (solo), Gentleman Jesse (solo), Carnivores – Wednesday, 5/11/2011 – The Drunken Unicorn

Some of the best shows I’ve ever seen have been Ted Leo and the Pharmacists shows.  I don’t think Ted’s capable of phoning it in, which shouldn’t surprise anyone who’s followed his career.  He’s a relentlessly principled lifer that clearly loves what he does for a living, and the idea that he might sleepwalk through a set just doesn’t gel with the rest of his personality.  I was lucky enough to catch a Ted Leo solo show several years ago, and it was almost as good as the best Pharamacists sets I’ve seen.  There was more banter, more covers, and more energy than you might expect from just one guy with an electric guitar.  Ted can create rhythm and urgency with his guitar in a way that brings to mind Billy Bragg, one of his most obvious influences.  This show should be a great one.

The Love Language

The Love Language, Little Tybee – Wednesday, 5/11/2011 – The Earl

It was a bummer when The Love Language had to cancel their mid-March appearance at The Earl, but luckily fans of the Durham, NC’s band cathartic pop didn’t have to wait long for a make-up date.  Stuart McLamb and company will be back on Wednesday to run through a set of heart-on-sleeve vocals and equally emotive arrangements.  Atlanta’s Little Tybee open.  Their progressive, orchestral folk-pop is one of the best things in town right now, so get there early.

Jacuzzi Boys

Jacuzzi Boys, Turf War, Skin Jobs – Thursday, 5/12/2011 – 529

Florida’s Jacuzzi Boys manage to distinguish themselves from the ever-growing pack of garage-punk bands through grimy psychedelic touches and a knack for burrowing into catchy, primal hooks.  Seeing them at 529 on Thursday will also settle my toughest conflict at this weekend’s Secret Stages festival in Birmingham, where they’re scheduled to play a late night set at the exact same time as Hunstville’s G-Side.  Locals Turf War and Skin Jobs open.


Gold-Bears, Small Reactions, New Animal – Friday, 5/13/2011 – 529

Local dreamy twee-punks Gold-Bears are celebrating the release of their debut full length on the seminal Slumberland Records, which has been the ideal home for a dreamy twee-punk albums for over 20 years.  That’s a pretty big deal, so go celebrate the occasion with them.  The openers are excellent, too.  Small Reactions deliver good-time post-punk jams, and New Animal (who just recently rocked my backyard) will drop slabs of epic psych-pop.

From Exile

From Exile, The Humboldt Trio, Tricil – Saturday, 5/14/2011 – The Earl

This is a release show for local prog-metal combo From Exile‘s new Nine Inch Nails cover EP (listen to it here).  I’ve never been all that fond of NIN, but From Exile could melt faces in their sleep, so it balances out.  They’ll give a you a free copy on CD with the cover charge, which is a nice bonus.  The openers are The Humboldt Trio (pure, uncut math-rock) and Tricil (veteran local electronic dude).

More shows after the jump.

Monday (5/9/2011)

Cute Boots, Agrestic, DJ Pattycakes – 529

Wintersleep, Gift Horse – The Earl

Tuesday (5/10/2011)

Two Man Gentleman Band, Uncle Daddy – 529

Guitar Wolf – The Masquerade (Hell)

Danzig, Two Cents, DevilDriver – Center Stage

Wednesday (5/11/2011)

The N.E.C., Mermaids, Filmstrip, Company – 529

The Smoking Popes, Girl in a Coma – The Masquerade (Hell)

Gun Party, A. Grimes, My Other Friend – Star Bar

Thursday (5/12/2011)

Dax Riggs, The Meeks Family – The Earl

All Get Out, Machines Are People Too, Baby Baby – Star Bar

Dope Body, Bone Black, Legend – WonderRoot

Barton Carroll, Book Club – Highland Inn Ballroom

Friday (5/13/2011)

The Coathangers, Tiger! Tiger!, The Husseins – The Earl

Primate, Javelina, Sons of Tonatiuh – Drunken Unicorn

Jack Oblivian and the Tennessee Tearjerkers, John Paul Keith and the 1,4,5’s, Cops, Dead Rabbits – Star Bar

Miles from Pangaea, RIBS, The Sneaky Hand – The Music Room

Richard Parsons, Little Horn, Poco Vestita – Picaflor

Royal Thunder, Barreracudas, Cousin Dan, Black Sunshine – The Basement

Night Driving in Small Towns, Molly Parden, Allison Weiss, Dad Party, Places to Hide – WonderRoot

Saturday (5/14/2011)

The Winter Sounds, Misfortune 500, Gold Party – Star Bar

Balkans, Predator, Mood Rings – Drunken Unicorn

Fleet Foxes – The Tabernacle

Sunday (5/15/2011)

Pocket the Moon, Efren, Easter Island, Androcles and the Lions – The Masquerade (Purgatory)

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