This week’s shows (2/27/12-3/4/12)

Radiohead, Other Lives – Thursday (3/1), Philips Arena, $69.00. Sold Out.

Everything Radiohead does feels like an event.  Album announcements, release strategies, tour dates….they do nothing the conventional way, and it generates an extra layer of excitement around everything they do.  It’s been over a year since Radiohead quickly announced and released the polarizing The King of Limbs, but the band is just now getting around to touring behind the damn thing.  Thursday’s show at Philips Arena is one of only a handful of Southeastern tour dates, and they probably won’t make it back this way for at least a few more years, so seize the chance to catch the most acclaimed rock band of the last 15 years do their thing.

Heartless Bastards, The Fling, Tiger! Tiger! – Friday (3/2), The Earl, $15.

Heartless Bastards frontwoman and sole constant member Erika Wennerstrom is constantly tweaking, expanding, and redefining the basic blues rock sound established back in 2005 on the Bastards first full length album.  Each new record has found the band branching out into previously unexplored territory, with Wennerstrom’s staggering voice as the only constant.  The recently released Arrow sounds like her classic rock album, foregoing the combination of classic country and dense wall of guitars that marked 2009’s The Mountain in favor of something a little more streamlined.  They’re one of my favorite active live bands, so I strongly recommend catching them on Friday at The Earl.


Dr. Dog, Purling Hiss – Sunday (3/4), Buckhead Theatre, $19/$22.

Philadelphia road warriors Dr. Dog just released Be the Void, their seventh and possibly most representative album.  The production finds a middle ground between the lo-fi experimentation of their earlier releases and the sleeker, more modern sound they’ve presented on their last couple of records.  It’s a good fit, and probably the closest approximation of their live show the band has ever delivered.  But these guys still need to be seen live to be fully appreciated.  The albums are fine and all, but none of them capture the energy that has made them such a powerhouse live act.

More shows worth checking out after the jump.

Monday (2/27)

Stallone, WYMYNS PRYSYN, Nigredo – 529, free.

Agent Orange, Burns Like Fire, El Caminos, Bullets Are Good Food – The Masquerade (Hell), $10.

Tuesday (2/28)

Better Than Something (Jay Reatard documentary) – The Earl, $8.

Slowriter, Winter Sounds, Sleepy Eye Giant, Brother Hawk – The Masquerade (Purgtory), $8.

Wednesday (2/29)

The Left Field Experiment:  10th Letter, Unda, t8er(tot), Somatoad, DJ sets from Divine Interface and Psych Army DJs – 529, free.

Shearwater, Lily and the Tigers – The Earl, $12.

W.I.C., Clan Destined, Joe Stu – The Drunken Unicorn, $7.

Thursday (3/1)

Twin Tigers, Abby Gogo, Grass Giraffes – 529, $?.

Dexter Romweber Duo, Obro and the Longshots, Andrew and the Disapyramids – The Earl, $10.

Wild Child, Faithless Town, We All – The Drunken Unicorn, $6.

DRI, Homicidal, Death of Kings, Sadistic Ritual – The Masquerade (Hell), $14.

Friday (3/2)

The Contraverse, Fischer Price’s My First Hip Hop Show (Britt from A. Grimes), Ryan Rulon, The Kill Fist – 529, free.

The Life & Times, Pls Pls, Silent & Listen – The Drunken Unicorn, $6/$8.

The Electric Hearts, Pillage & Plunder, The Claymores – The Masquerade (Purgatory), $6.

Ben Trickey, Christopher Paul Stelling – WonderRoot, $5(?).

James Leg, Dead Rabbits – Star Bar, $8.

Saturday (3/3)

Hawks, Man Handle – 529, free.

Th’ Legendary Shack*Shakers, The Compartmentalizationalists, The Dirt Daubers – The Earl, $12.

Jack of Hearts, New Terminus, Ex Norwegian – The Drunken Unicorn, $6.

Sunday (3/4)

Dinosaur Feathers, Grandchildren – 529, $5/$7.

Bare Wires, Predator, Factory – The Earl, $7.

Dr. Dog, Purling Hiss – Buckhead Theatre, $19/$22.

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