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[LIVE REVIEW] Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall, Mermaids at The Earl

Thee Oh Sees

My live review of this past weekend’s Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall, and Mermaids show at The Earl went up yesterday over at Dead Journalist.  It was a pretty great time.  You can read my review here.

[VIDEO] Mermaids – Make Believe (live at Star Bar 2/11/11)

The quality isn’t the greatest, but I thought there might be some interest in seeing the new lineup in action.  Honestly, it doesn’t seem like they’ve totally figured out the transition from a 5 piece to a 4 piece yet.  Josh Hughes’ guitar is definitely missed, and so are the vocal harmonies.  That much-discussed Creative Loafing feature indicates they’re working on new material, though, so that’s a good thing – I think it’s fair to assume they will sound more comfortable playing songs written for four people than they do playing songs written for five.

I’m glad they didn’t decide to disband after the lineup changes.  They’re one of my favorite bands in town, and it would have been a shame to see them call it quits after really hitting their stride last year.  Hopefully the new lineup will give them some stability.  I’m definitely pulling for them.

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

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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More details about this weekend’s Wells St Warehouse Beach Party…

Looks fun.  More details and the full lineup here.

Live review: The Goat Farm festival

Hawks

Mermaids

The N.E.C.

Saturday’s festival at The Goat Farm was a great time and a nice representation of the Atlanta music scene I’ve come to know and love in the 13 months since I moved to this city.  The festival itself was also one of the most well run DIY events I’ve ever been to.  It’s hard to find anything wrong with a free event that features 15 bands, free beer, cheap food, and a generous BYOB policy.

As for the music, I’m glad I finally caught All the Saints.  They gave probably my favorite performance of the festival.  I’m also glad I stuck around for Atlas Sound.  I respect Bradford Cox and see why his music appeals to so many people, but I’d never really connected with either Deerhunter or Atlas Sound until Saturday night.  He blew me away.  It was the “eureka!” moment I’ve looked for both times I’ve seen Deerhunter live and every time either of his projects puts out a new record.  I think it’s time to give his body of work another shot.

I’ve written about most of the other bands that played before, and I’m sure I’ll write about many of them again in the future, so I don’t feel the need to go into too much detail.  Most of my favorites delivered:  Lyonnais, Mermaids, Hawks, This Piano Plays Itself.  The Coathangers might have drunkenly whiffed it, but they were down a member anyway.  If Saturday was the only time you’ve seen them, give them another chance.  Sole out-of-towners TV Torso played solid tunes that sounded like classic ’90s indie rock.  Abby Go Go has sounded better and better lately.

That’s pretty much it.  More pictures after the jump.

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Creative Loafing Music Issue + Party @ Star Bar

Mermaids

Last week, Creative Loafing put out their first ever all-music issue. It was mostly good. The Cabbagetown oral history and making of Aquemini pieces were both very well done, and the photo essay was nice. But some of the interviews/conversations went nowhere. The Bradford Cox interview was probably the most egregious example – Cox spent most of the time resisting the subject he was ostensibly being interviewed about and trying to distance himself from both the current and former Atlanta music scenes. He’s always an interesting subject, but the packaging seemed disingenuous. It didn’t mesh with the themes of the rest of the issue, but it was dressed up like it did anyway. At least it was more substantial than the Gentleman Jesse/Coco conversation, which was amusing but slight, and the Frobos/Lopez one, which didn’t even manage to be amusing.

Those minor quibbles aside, I think it was a solid issue and a good effort, and the show they threw to celebrate was a blast. Star Bar’s a great place for a party, and the lineup was a strong representation of the local indie scene.

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