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This weekend’s non-Animal Collective shows

This weekend’s big indie ticket is Animal Collective out in Alpharetta, but there are some great local options happening ITP as well.  Behold…

The Sour Notes, Venice is Sinking, Lille, Elaine Greer – Friday, July 8th – Highland Inn Ballroom

Austin’s The Sour Notes will be in town to support Last Looks, their recently released fourth full length. The self-released album is packed with expressive pop songs built on male/female vocals, bright keyboards, and nervy DIY energy. Sometimes the guitars swoon; at others they chug along with a tense folk-punk momentum. The dependably wonderful Venice is Sinking opens, along with Lille and Elaine Greer.

[MP3] The Sour Notes – Hot Pink Flares

Hip to Death, Mind Powers, Monitors, Swank Sinatra – Friday, July 8th – The Drunken Unicorn

Hip to Death‘s recently released Punk Will Never Die But You Will is a 25-minute throat-punch of filthy, distorted post-punk. The songs blast out at you obliquely, with the band preferring to kick up a cloud of noise around each tune rather than just playing it straight. The result is a satisfyingly visceral album that ranks among the most enjoyable local releases I’ve heard this year. Openers Mind Powers opt for a more straightforward noise-rock stomp. I called them “generic Mclusky worship” after catching their set at Secret Stages, but I might revise that opinion a bit after hearing their Ampeaters EP (get it free here). I still think they sound quite a bit like Mclusky (it’s all in the bass), but they attack the noise-punk blueprint with an enthusiasm that shows a lot of potential. And like I said before, there are worse things than sounding like Mclusky. Monitors and Swank Sinatra also open.

[MP3] Hip to Death – No Wave

BeATLanta House Show Fest – Saturday, July 9th – BeATLanta House (197 Howell Drive)

Local music blog BeATLanta is celebrating their two year anniversary with an epic day-and-night-long house show featuring 15 bands on 2 stages. They’ve put together an impressive list of bands that includes Small Reactions, Hip to DeathWhat Happened to Your Fire Tiger?, and Charges, among others. Jungol will close out the night. Admission is $5, and that also gets you unlimited beer from the kegs. More details (including a tentative schedule) can be found here.

Noot d’ Noot, Mathis Hunter and the Rinse, Carnivores – Saturday, July 9th – The Earl

I probably don’t even need to push this one – it’s going to be packed.  Your $5 cover also gets you the third entry in the Live at The Earl 7″ series.  Noot d’ Noot puts on one of the best shows in town, so it’s definitely worth it.


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).

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Double Phantom releases free Carnivores EP

How awesome has Double Phantom Digital been so far this year?  In the last three months, they have released three great EPs from Mood Rings, The Back Pockets, and Carnivores, all of them for free.  The new one from Carnivores came out today.  The name of the EP is Chandelier, and it’s 4 tracks are some of the moodiest material the band has released to date.  I like their blown-out punk tunes just fine, but this is definitely the side of the band I prefer.  If you found yourself gravitating towards If I’m Ancient tracks like “Georgia Power Company” or “Salts to Mine,” you’ll probably be pretty happy with what you get here.

Get the EP here and stream a track below.

Catching up with local releases

Here are four reviews that should have been up here a long time ago.  I’m still not caught up, but I should hopefully have a few more done by the end of the weekend.  Albums reviewed below:

Qurious – Planet Plant

Trench Party – Kitchen EP

Carnivores – If I’m Ancient

Mermaids – Tropsicle

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Plenty of good shows this week

No more monthly show calendars. Too many changes and omissions that I don’t notice until it’s too late. I might start doing weekly previews, or I might just put up a preview when there’s something I’m particularly excited about. There’s a lot going on this week, so I figured it was worth a post.

-529 has an promising bill tomorrow night. Popular locals Carnivores headline, with intriguing support in the form of Brooklyn’s Dinosaur Feathers and Raleigh’s Lonnie Walker. I had mixed feelings about the last Carnivores set I saw, but I generally like the band and know they’re capable of better. And the openers sweeten the deal considerably.

-There’s a couple of solid options on Thursday. King Congregation plays a free show at Star Bar, while Young Orchids play The Earl with support from Chattanooga’s Moonlight Bride. King Congregation is pretty raw, Moonlight Bride is polished.  Young Orchids are somewhere in between.  Make your decision accordingly.

-Friday’s best option is Thomas Function at Star Bar. They’re exactly the kind of punky, hooky, bullshit-free garage rock that sounds right at home on Star Bar’s stage.

-Saturday has the unbeatable lineup of JEFF the Brotherhood, The Coathangers, and Heavy Cream at 529 (WYMYNS PRYSYN plays, too, but I can’t vouch for them as I haven’t heard ’em). Batusis, featuring punk/proto-punk lifers Sylvain Sylvain (New York Dolls) and Cheetah Chrome (Dead Boys, Rocket From the Tombs), should be great at The Earl, too, but you can catch them at Criminal Records for free earlier that afternoon. Attention System plays a free in-store at Criminal on Saturday as well – they play at 4, Batusis at 5.

Boris plays the Masquerade on Sunday. Russian Circles open. Boris is probably one of my 2 or 3 favorite active bands, so I’m kind of cranky that I’ll be out of town for this one. If you’re in town and have even a passing interest in either heavy or experimental music, you have no excuse for missing this.

live review: Artlantis (Carnivores, Abby Go Go, Mermaids, El Fossil), 6/5/2010



Artlantis was fun. There were good local bands and plenty of cool art that I couldn’t afford to buy.  More pics and a brief review after the jump.

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