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TONIGHT: Atlanta Music Roundtable presents Nigredo, Lucy Dreams, and The Electric Nature at The Earl

Tonight is the second ever Atlanta Music Roundtable showcase, and I’m really excited about this lineup.  Our goal with AMR has always been to celebrate local music, and I think the 3 acts on tonight’s bill are among the area’s best emerging bands.  The night will begin with some left field weirdness courtesy of drone enthusiast The Electric Nature.  He doesn’t play locally often, so show up early.  Next up is shoegaze upstarts Lucy Dreams, who pair their dreamy washes of sound with an underlying current of propulsion.  Closing it all out is Nigredo, the mercurial post-metal outfit that might still be Atlanta’s best kept secret.  We’re happy to have all three contribute to what we feel is a pretty diverse and exciting lineup.  Plus, it’s only $5, and what else are you going to be doing on a Tuesday anyway?

Go here for the relevant Facebook page, and go here to read Promising Chord’s excellent interview with Nigredo from earlier this week.

See you at The Earl.  Doors are at 8:30, show at 9:00.

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Atlanta Music Roundtable presents….Nigredo, Lucy Dreams, and The Electric Nature at The Earl, 3/27/12

Our December show went so well that we couldn’t wait 12 months to do another one, so here we are.  The second ever AMR show and the first of 2012. We chose three acts that we feel are among the area’s most promising up-and-comers.  Come out and hear tension and release from post-rock pummelers Nigredo, dreamy waves of shoegaze from Lucy Dreams, and expansive psychedelic soundscapes from The Electric Nature.   This is a group that might not typically share a stage, but there’s a sonic adventurousness to all three that we feel ties the bill together.  Cover is $5.

If you are unfamiliar with the Atlanta Music Roundtable, go here to catch up.  Then check out samples from all three acts below.

Tickets here.  RSVP here.

Nigredo

Lucy Dreams

The Electric Nature

This week’s shows (1/23/12-1/29/12)

Order of the Owl, Mind Powers, And That Is Why – Friday (1/27), The Cottage, $5.

I’m presenting this show, so my recommendation is admittedly biased. Honestly, though, this lineup would have drawn my attention anyway. Order of the Owl is one of my favorite live bands in town right now. They deliver thunderous doom metal through a cloud of heavy psychedelia, and it’s best heard live and loud as hell. The support is awesome, too, Mind Powers (from Columbus, GA) play frenzied noise-punk reminiscent of Mclusky and anything Steve Albini’s ever been in, and locals And That Is Why effectively nail the back-to-basics punk thing. Plus, it’s hard to have a bad time at The Cottage. Come on out.

The Ruination, Nigredo, Samadha, Dark Room, Knowsis (DJ sets) – Saturday (1/28), The Earl, $5/$7.

Probably the strongest all-local lineup of the week. The Ruination is an experimental dub band capable of throwing up some seriously tripped-out soundscapes. It can occasionally be meandering and tough to get your head around, but the sounds coming from the stage are compellingly strange enough to command your attention. Nigredo move between gorgeous ambient passages and dense walls of heavy release with an ease thats put most post-rock bands to shame. Jungol electronic side project Dark Room is worth showing up early for, too, especially since cover’s only $5 if you get there before the music starts.

Wowser Bowser, Qurious, Madeline – Saturday (1/28), The Drunken Unicorn, $8 (includes CD).

Wowser Bowser‘s debut album To the Pleasant Life! is out tomorrow, and they’re playing a release show on Saturday at the Drunken Unicorn to celebrate. Being the generous souls that they are, they will be giving a CD copy of the album to everyone who shows up. I recently posted a track from the album here, so check that out if you still need convincing. Get there early for Qurious and Madeline.

More shows worth checking out after the jump.

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[LIVE REVIEW] O’Brother at The Masquerade, 1/6/12

O'Brother

I’ve got to come clean here and admit that I slept on O’Brother for way too long. They just didn’t seem like something I would be interested in. I had them pegged as an Alternative Press kind of a band, if that makes any sense at all. The kind of outlets that were covering them and last year’s tour with Thrice and La Dispute reinforced that totally unfounded perception. I didn’t even get around to listening to Garden Window (their full length debut) until my AMR compatriots Moe and Christina sang its praises in the roundtable. They were right, Garden Window is an incredible album, and nothing like what I had unfairly assumed their sound to be like.

The chugging sludge of Isis is probably the most obvious touchstone here, but the band changes gears constantly.  They can move from moody instrumental passages to stretches of aggressive, melodic rock without ever sounding indulgent or pandering. Everything makes sense. The album shoots for epic and gets there, the band’s ambition matched by their good taste (they borrow from the best) and a finely honed sense of build-and-release dynamics.

Garden Window‘s running time is even epic at 64 minutes, so it’s impressive that the band decided to play the album in its entirety at Friday night’s show at the Masquerade, which was scheduled to celebrate the album’s physical release. They managed to maintain the record’s intensity, with the album’s pacing translating well enough to the stage. Their strength as both a live and studio band is their ability to build deliberately toward cathartic peaks, and that was in full effect on set highlights like “Poison!” and “Cleanse Me,” both of which deliver heavy, anthemic climaxes after minutes of patiently sculpted atmosphere. The nuance of the record exists on-stage.

O’Brother chose excellent support for their hometown release show, too. Athens’ Manray got things started at 8:00 with their breakneck math-rock moves, which sounded a little more Drive Like Jehu-ish than usual (always a good thing). I don’t think I could ever get sick of seeing these guys play. Big Jesus was next, with a Weezer cover, a couple of new songs, and most of their self-released EP. The non-EP cuts were a little rough, but the arena-sludge riffs on “Ribs” and “Hairteeth” are pretty undeniable live. Nigredo was the final opener of the night, and they honestly threatened to steal the show. Their heavy take on post-rock can leap instantly from pin drop silence to a full-on blast, the kind of thing that leaves an audience with its collective jaw on the floor. They could seriously blow up once they get a record out there.

The night belonged to O’Brother, though. I’m glad to be disabused of my perceptions and now consider myself a fan. I hope they can cross further into more metal and indie circles, because they can definitely find an audience there.