This week’s shows (1/23/12-1/29/12)

Order of the Owl, Mind Powers, And That Is Why – Friday (1/27), The Cottage, $5.

I’m presenting this show, so my recommendation is admittedly biased. Honestly, though, this lineup would have drawn my attention anyway. Order of the Owl is one of my favorite live bands in town right now. They deliver thunderous doom metal through a cloud of heavy psychedelia, and it’s best heard live and loud as hell. The support is awesome, too, Mind Powers (from Columbus, GA) play frenzied noise-punk reminiscent of Mclusky and anything Steve Albini’s ever been in, and locals And That Is Why effectively nail the back-to-basics punk thing. Plus, it’s hard to have a bad time at The Cottage. Come on out.

The Ruination, Nigredo, Samadha, Dark Room, Knowsis (DJ sets) – Saturday (1/28), The Earl, $5/$7.

Probably the strongest all-local lineup of the week. The Ruination is an experimental dub band capable of throwing up some seriously tripped-out soundscapes. It can occasionally be meandering and tough to get your head around, but the sounds coming from the stage are compellingly strange enough to command your attention. Nigredo move between gorgeous ambient passages and dense walls of heavy release with an ease thats put most post-rock bands to shame. Jungol electronic side project Dark Room is worth showing up early for, too, especially since cover’s only $5 if you get there before the music starts.

Wowser Bowser, Qurious, Madeline – Saturday (1/28), The Drunken Unicorn, $8 (includes CD).

Wowser Bowser‘s debut album To the Pleasant Life! is out tomorrow, and they’re playing a release show on Saturday at the Drunken Unicorn to celebrate. Being the generous souls that they are, they will be giving a CD copy of the album to everyone who shows up. I recently posted a track from the album here, so check that out if you still need convincing. Get there early for Qurious and Madeline.

More shows worth checking out after the jump.

Monday (1/23)

Slow Southern Steel film screening w/ Zoroaster and Hail!Hornet – The Earl, $10.

Wednesday (1/25)

The Left Field Experiment: HeRobust, Ethereal, Yamin Semali, The Kill Fist, Burnt Bridges, Ty-vishnu, Dr. Conspiracy, Creashun, JDKNS, DJ Grizzly, Hosted by DT – 529, free.

Twin Sister, Ava Luna, Kid Pyramid  – The Earl, $10.

Memes, The Clap, The Gazelles – The Drunken Unicorn, $6.

Thursday (1/26)

The Back Pockets, Ghost Bikini, Lily and the Tigers – The Earl, $5.

Friday (1/27)

Kid Stuff (reunion), Tasty Beverage (last show), Collosal Head, This House – 529, $7.

The Dirty Guv’nahs, The District Attorneys, The Longshot Saints – Smith’s Olde Bar, $12/$15.

Saturday (1/28)

The Mountain Goats, Nurses  – The Earl, $20 (but very sold out)

Trinity: Art, Music, Poetry (music from Netherfriends, Tokyo Disco Kid, Cassandras, Grand Prize Winners From Last Year, The Back Pockets) – Raw Space Gallery, $10.

Dyess, Halmos, Uncle Touchy – The Music Room, $5(?).

Sunday (1/29)

Demonaut, Hollow Leg, Hawks – 529, $5.

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