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Strange Daze Music and Arts Festival is this weekend

Strange Daze Music and Arts Festival is back for it’s third year, and this time it’s taking place at both Noni’s and The Music Room in the Old Fourth Ward.  Festival organizer Nadia Lelutiu (of The Moon and Pluto and sometimes Creative Loafing’s Crib Notes) has put together an eclectic lineup with an emphasis on community, and she’s brought together a selection bands and genres that don’t typically share local stages.  Among the noteworthy inclusions are the live debut of Corner Kid and a collaboration between Spirits and the Melchizedek Children and Order of the Owl.  The full schedule and a streamable playlist of the performing artists can be found here.


This week’s shows (2/21/2011-2/27/2011)


Monday (2/21/2011): Local blues-rock duo Dead Rabbits headline this week’s free 529 show.  Gun Party, Young Circles (from Miami), and She Came From Above open.

Wednesday (2/23/2011): Baby Baby, StoneRider, and Killing Floor play Eastside Lounge.

Thursday (2/24/2011): Local garage-punks Balkans have never been a personal favorite, but it’s been nice seeing their “Edita V” 7″ make some waves outside of Atlanta via positive blog notices and a strong showing on the Hype Machine.  It’s always cool seeing locals get national attention.  They celebrate the physical release of that 7″ with a free show at Star Bar, with excellent support from Hawks, The N.E.C., and Soft Opening.  Elsewhere, A Fight to the Death do their cinematic western-gypsy-rock thing at The Earl with Damion Suomi and the Minor Prophets and The Compartmentalizationalists.  Also, the Five Spot has a solid lineup of local metal, hosting Lazer/Wulf, From Exile, Aes Sedai, Shaitan, and Bury Me Breathing.

Friday (2/25/2011): Toronto’s Diamond Rings brings his glammy synth-pop to 529, with the like-minded PS I Love You in tow.  Local dream-poppers Mood Rings open.  Soulphonics & Ruby Velle are an incredibly tight and entertaining live act, and it has made them one of the biggest draws in town.  They headline the Highland Inn Ballroom on Friday with George Hughley.  Get there early, this one will probably hit capacity.  Finally, the Old 97s play the Buckhead Theatre.  That’s not a show that would typically be on my radar, but Those Darlins are opening, making it immediately worth consideration.  [EDIT] I failed to mention the Tweezer, Go-Devils, and Aku You show at The Earl.  Check the comments for more info.

Saturday (2/26/2011): Jungol are having a 7″ release party at The Earl.  Their forward-thinking prog-pop has earned them a huge local following, so it’s probably best to get there early for this one, too.  Sun Domingo and The Influence open.  New Terminus headline the Highland Inn Ballroom, right on the heels of their recently released EP (follow that link to check it out).  Liars & Lovers and Gray Young open.  Finally, Speakeasy Promotions is putting on another Free Acid show at 529.  It’s a triple bill of psychedelia with no cover.  HeRobust, Bambara, and Glue will be performing.

Sunday (2/27/2011): Secret Cities (lo-fi psych-pop from North Dakota) headline The Masquerade.  Atlanta singer-songwriter Richard Parsons and Athens’ Tin Cup Prophette open.

Review: New Terminus – Vol. 1 EP

New Terminus don’t give off the impression that they’re trying to reinvent guitar-driven indie rock, they just sound like they want play it really well. Their guitar tone is clean, the choruses crunch, those choruses follow verses. There’s nothing on their debut EP that you haven’t heard before, but that’s actually part of the appeal. These three unassuming songs provide the same kind of kicks you get from watching a well-made genre film: you might know where the plot’s headed from the outset, but it goes through all the familiar motions so well that it’s hard to complain.

Of the three songs here, “Ancient Photograph” is probably the standout. It knows when to lean on the accelerator and hits a nice peak somewhere around the bridge. On “It Seems Obscene” the band resembles a mellower Dismemberment Plan, but that could just be because singer Jonathan Sleep sounds like a dead ringer for Travis Morrison. “Girl Like Her” starts off pretty textbook, but the instrumental midsection is a satisfying approximation of Superchunk.

You can sample the songs and buy it here.