This week’s shows (3/19/12-3/25/12)

Sorry for the recent break in blogging.  It’s been way too long since I’ve posted here.  Real life has been hectic.  I should be back on a more regular posting schedule now.  Here’s what’s going on this week….

A Storm of Light, Mustard Gas and Roses, Demonaut – Monday (3/19), The Earl, $10.

Brooklyn’s A Storm of Light does post-metal that doesn’t skimp on the metal.  Their sound is plenty atmospheric, and expansive enough to include elements drawn from a range of non-heavy genres, but they remain a metal band above all else.  This isn’t just post-rock with a little extra distortion.  I don’t know much about openers Mustard Gas and Roses beyond the fact that it’s the solo project of Mike Gallagher, former guitarist for departed post-sludge titans ISIS, but that’s all I really need to hear.

SwingSet, The Magic Math, High-Water Railers – Wednesday (3/21), The Earl, $7.

Locals SwingSet produce the kind of crunchy power pop that inevitably leads to Superchunk comparisons.  But that’s pretty good company, right?  Lots of words and lots of guitars.  They play The Earl tomorrow night with The Magic Math, a folk-pop unit out of Birmingham that infuses their bright acoustic numbers with a healthy dose of smartass wit.

SBTRKT, Machinedrum – Thursday (3/22), The Masquerade (Heaven), $20.

My interest in dubstep pretty much begins and ends with SBTRKT.  I don’t hold the crimes of the aggressively dumb brosteppers against those who are doing interesting stuff on the fringes, but it’s just not a genre that really appeals to me.  I’m a big fan of SBTRKT’s self-titled debut, however.  It’s packed with airtight songs where the bass supports rather than overwhelms, and you don’t need a PhD in the last 20 years of electronic sub-genres to dig into it.

More shows worth checking out after the jump.

Monday (3/19)

Deleted Scenes, The Mad Flight, The Long Shadows – 529, free.

A Storm of Light, Mustard Gas and Roses (ex-ISIS), Demonaut – The Earl, $10.

Cousin Dan, Secret Music – The Masquerade (Purgatory), $5.

Neon Indian, Purity Ring – The Masqerade (Hell), $15.

Ghost Mice, Kelsi Grammar, Places to Hide, Christian Perez – WonderRoot, $5?

Tuesday (3/20)

Poliça, Sleepy Genes, Dark Room – Drunken Unicorn, $6-$8.

Miniature Tigers, The Chain Gang of 1974, Geographer, Pretty & Nice – The Masquerade (Purgatory), free.

Wednesday (3/21)

Swing Set, The Magic Math, High-Water Railers – The Earl, $7.

Backwoods Payback, Order of the Owl, King Giant – Star Bar, $7.

Thursday (3/22)

Aleon Craft, Gotta Be Karim, Methuzulah, Clan Destined, Blctxt – 529, $5.

Gardens & Villa, PLS PLS, Cloudeater – The Earl, $10.

Youth Lagoon, Dan Buoy (of Akron/Family), Miracles of Modern Science – Drunken Unicorn, $10.

Moonlight Bride, Young Orchids – Star Bar, free.

SBTRKT, Machinedrum – The Masquerade (Heaven), $20.

Justice – The Tabernacle, $27.

The Woodgrains, Backwords, Some Community, Cassandras – WonderRoot, $5.

Friday (3/23)

Alcest, Deafheaven, Uberchriist – 529, $8-$10.

Ponderosa, Thayer Serrano, Abby Go Go – The Earl, $10.

Grandfather, Big Jesus, Moondogs – BeAtlanta House, free.

Saturday (3/24)

The Left Field Experiment:  Teebs, Sonnymoon, Time Wharp, Divine Interface, DJ sets from Dr. Conspiracy, Ty-vishnu, and more – 529, $8.

Mind Spiders, Barreracudas, The Golden Boys, Skin Jobs – The Earl, $8-$10.

Brain, Ponykiller, Cassandras – Drunken Unicorn, $6.

Have Gun Will Travel, 13ghosts, Sodajerk – Star Bar, $8.

The Joy Formidable, A Place to Bury Strangers, Exitmusic – The Masquerade (Heaven), $16.

And That Is Why, 40 Hells, The Kooties, Hungy Hungry Humans – Jack’s Pizza, free.

Sunday (3/25)

Metronomy, Friends – The Masquerade (Hell), $12.

Odd Future – The Taberncale, $25.

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