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This week’s shows (2/7/2011-2/13/2011)

The Features

Just lists and links this week.  I’m kind of sick and there’s too much stuff to get wordy.  Best bets are probably Free Energy, The Features, and the Boat Party at Star Bar on Friday.

Monday (2/7/2011)

Siamese Twins, Vegan Coke, The Bums – 529

Baths, Braids, Star Slinger – The Masquerade

Nerdkween, Clint Bussey – Carroll Street Cafe

Tuesday (2/8/2011)

Wild Nothing, Abe Vigoda, Roman Photos – The Drunken Unicorn

The Sunglasses, Wiggins – 529

Wednesday (2/9/2011)

Free Energy, The Postelles, Turf War – The Earl

Hollow Stars, Ignitor (mem. Rock*a*Teens, Smoke) – 529

Knaves Grave, The Clap, Ghost Bikini, The Husseins – Star Bar

Mice in Cars, New Terminus, Waking the Bates – Eastside Lounge

Thursday (2/10/2011)

Broken Social Scene, Zeus – Buckhead Theatre

How I Became the Bomb, Young Orchids, A: the Color, Skin Jobs, Tickle Switch – Star Bar

Trench Party, Gary Eddy, Captain Number 1, Grey Milk – WonderRoot

Washed Out, ANR, Soft Powers – Drunken Unicorn

Twin Tigers, Cinemechanica, Thy Mighty Contract – The Earl

Friday (2/11/2011)

Mermaids, abby gogo, Ghost Bikini, Lucy Dreams – Star Bar

Yann Tiersen (in-store) – Criminal Records

Yann Tiersen, Jeffrey Bützer, Shannon Wright – The Masquerade

Modern Paranoia, Gun Party, Ricer – 529

Tapes ‘n Tapes, Oberhofer, The Preakness – The Earl

Wale, Waka Flocka Flame – The Tabernacle

Oh Fortuna, The Leotards, Christ, Lord, Wowser Bowser – WonderRoot

Trench Party, The Acorns, The Congress – Highland Inn Ballroom

Darwin Deez, Friends, Nomen Novum – Drunken Unicorn

Saturday (2/12/2011)

The Features, The Polar Dunes, The Kingston Springs – The Earl

Today the Moon, Tomorrow the Sun, Cusses, Baby Baby – Drunken Unicorn

Charles Walker and the Dynamites, Noot d’Noot – Star Bar

Sunday (2/13/2011)

Young Antiques (dunch) – The Earl

[Pictures] Titus Andronicus, Free Energy, Turf War at The Earl, 9/20/2010

Titus Andronicus

Free Energy

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INTERVIEW: Free Energy – “We love this shit.”

Free Energy at Pitchfork Music Festival 2010

Free Energy is unquestionably one of the breakout indie acts of 2010, and for good reason.  Their debut album, Stuck on Nothing, is full of note-perfect pop songs that unabashedly reference every great song you’ve ever heard on classic rock radio.  The live show’s killer, too.

They’re genuinely enthusiastic about what they’re doing as well.  Few bands seem to be having as much fun on-stage.  Honestly, hating this band would be like hating a puppy.

Frontman Paul Sprangers answered some of my questions in advance of the band’s show on Monday, September 20th, at The Earl in Atlanta.  They’re currently on tour with Titus Andronicus, with whom they recorded a tour-only split 7″.  We talked about that 7″, Philadelphia, indie vs. classic rock, and the band’s plans for the future.

Full interview after the jump.

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Pitchfork Festival 2010 (review and pictures)

Lightning Bolt

Big Boi

Titus Andronicus

General thoughts on the festival and more pictures below.

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live review: Free Energy, Jukebox the Ghost, Miniature Tigers @ Star Bar, 6/3/2010 (pics + setlists)

Free Energy

Jukebox the Ghost

Review, pictures, and setlists for Jukebox the Ghost and Free Energy below.

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Free Energy and the problem of uncomplicated fun in indie rock

For a young band that hasn’t publicly stepped on any toes or gotten big enough to become a target, Free Energy have an awful lot of people already apologizing for them. It seems like hyperaware critics and bloggers can’t write about their music without getting defensive. Here are a few quotes from some heavy hitters:

“[Frontman Paul Sprangers] breezes through a few volumes’ worth of conversational, inspirational poesy that’s bound to send a few of you into fits of cringe. But, the fact that it’s all delivered so un self-consciously is very refreshing. Much the same way kids shoot hoops pretending to be Michael or Kobe or LeBron, these dudes are doing the same with classic rock. And the posing and pastiche sound great.” – Pitchfork’s 8.1 review of their debut album, Stuck on Nothing (they were also added to Pitchfork’s summer festival)

“I think they get a lot of flack for being too X and not enough Y (which are different things depending on who you talk to), I’ve heard from some that they sound like someone’s little brother’s band playing REO Speedwagon covers at a basement party in high school, and I’ve heard from others that they are the best live band to hit this year. And both are true. The best thing about Free Energy is their complete lack of pretension, their simple glam rock influenced hooks and just how infectiously happy they are to get up on stage and play.” – Brooklyn Vegan (live review by Gabi Porter, who I’ll admit isn’t a very regular contributor as far as I can tell)

“French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre once wrote that “existence precedes essence,” and Free Energy seem to be musing along the same philosophical lines. These songs are, without exception, engaged in a discussion about the nature of existence. Take “Bang Pop” as an example: although the obvious Def Leppard homage makes the primary impression, the oft-repeated lyric, “Bang bang, pop pop/ When will the searching stop?” evinces a subtextual reading of pop music tropes.” – Tiny Mix Tapes review (4/5)

And, finally, a voice of reason:

“It’s a sign of the cold times that a witty, sardonic, effortlessly hooky power-pop record such as this one needs so much help to attract the least notice.” – Dusted’s positive review (worth an 80 according to Metacritic)

Overall, the album has an 80 average on Metacritic, indicating a stronger reception than less obviously divisive albums from established indie artists like Ted Leo, Love Is All, and Liars. It’s also a better aggregated score than the ones earned by the Morning Benders and Dum Dum Girls, fellow buzzy upstarts from the Class of 2010. The two lowest (but still positive) scores are from Billboard and Rolling Stone, and nobody gives a shit about what they have to say anyway. So why all the defensiveness? It’s not like any of these reviewers is breaking with consensus and going out an a limb to defend a Nickelback album or something.

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