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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.

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This week’s shows (5/2/2011-5/8/2011)

JEFF the Brotherhood

JEFF the Brotherhood, Heavy Cream, The Clap, Chandu’s – Tuesday, 5/3/2011 – The Drunken Unicorn

JEFF the Brotherhood and Heavy Cream (both from Nashville) are easily two of my favorite touring bands at the moment.  JEFF fuses thick stoner rock riffs with krauty rhythmic fluidity, while Heavy Cream plays catchy, aggressive punk, with a frontwoman who completely owns the stage.  Both are totally can’t-miss bands.  Locals The Clap and Chandu’s open.

Dead Rabbits

Dead Rabbits (EP release show), Mountain Lion, The Grenadines – Friday, 5/6/2011 – The Drunken Unicorn

I’ve been a fan of Dead Rabbits for a little while now, but they have always been the kind of band that required a “they’re better live” qualification.  That’s no longer the case after their new A Record to Break EP, six great songs that find them settling into a sound and finally capturing the energy of their live shows.  Help them celebrate its release on Friday along with Mountain Lion and The Grenadines, and look for a proper review in the next few days.

Qurious (credit: Moe Castro)

Little Advances House Party, with Qurious and New Animal – Saturday, 5/7/2011 – 1268 Portland Ave

Come party with us.  There’s no cover, and we’ll have live music in the backyard from two of the city’s best young bands, Qurious and New Animal.  Plus, the music starts early, so you can come hang out, catch both bands, then still have time to make it to The Earl for Today the Moon, Tomorrow the Sun or 529 for Coliseum.  Feel free to wander back over after those shows wrap up, too.  I’ll remind you again later in the week.  RSVP here.

Del the Funky Homosapien

Del the Funky Homosapien, Clan Destined, The Nice Guise, Ethereal – 5/8/2011 – The Five Spot

Underground hip hop stalwart Del the Funky Homosapien is playing an inexplicably free show at The Five Spot on Sunday.  Show up early to make sure you get in, because this one should be incredible.  Locals Clan Destined, The Nice Guise, and Ethereal get things started.

500 Songs for Kids (various bands, check schedule) – 5/2/2011 through 5/6/2011 – Smith’s Olde Bar

The Songs for Kids Foundation is a non-profit that brings music to kids in need.  500 Songs for Kids is their annual benefit that features 500 bands playing 500 songs over the course of 10 days.  It wraps up this week, and there are a bunch of great locals contributing songs.  There’s bound to be someone you like playing on any give night,  so check the nightly schedule here and go support a good cause.

We’re throwing another house party….

We had so much fun at our last party that we decided to make it a semi-regular thing.  This one is going down on May 7th, and we will have live music from two of Atlanta’s best:  Qurious and New Animal.  There’s no cover, but there will be a donation jar for the bands if you feel like throwing a few dollars their way.  I’ll post a reminder with full details the week of the show.  For now, you should go RSVP over at the Facebook event page.  You should also “like” Little Advances while you’re there, because our puny number of likes is starting to give me complex.

Also, thanks to Tim from I’m a Bear, Etc. for making that awesome flyer up there.

This week’s shows (3/28/2011-4/3/2011)

Cut Copy

Cut Copy, Holy Ghost! – Monday, March 28The Masquerade (Heaven)

There’s no way around it – Cut Copy‘s Zonoscope is the most disappointing album I’ve heard this year.  My expectations were really high, though.  I don’t think it’s a bad album, but I do think it’s several steps behind 2008’s fantastic In Ghost Colours.  With that said, tonight’s show at The Masquerade should still be a hell of a lot of fun.  Recent setlists appear to generously mix older tracks and Zonoscope highlights, and it’s not like the Australian electro-poppers make it through Atlanta all that often.  Plus, openers Holy Ghost! are definitely worth showing up early.  They’re on DFA, and they sound like it.

Free Moral Agents

Free Moral Agents DJ Set, DT performing The Yes Project, A: the Color, Roommate – Monday, March 28 – 529

If you’re not up for Cut Copy, this is a good alternative that will cost you a full $22 less (meaning it’s free).  Free Moral Agents is the side project of Mars Volta keyboardist Ikey Owens, and they’ve apparently stuck around town since their headlining show at The Drunken Unicorn on Saturday.  They head out tomorrow for a string of dates with locals Odist, and this show will act as a send-off party.  Before FMA starts spinning some records, DT of Clan Destined will perform material from his ambitious release The Yes Project, A: the Color will play some shifty prog-pop, and Chicago’s Roommate will occupy the space between glitchy electronica and live rock.  This is an early show – it starts at 8.

what Gobble Gobble sounds like

Gobble Gobble, Wowser Bowser, Qurious – Wednesday, March 30 – Drunken Unicorn

Canada’s Gobble Gobble built some strong buzz last year after a string of hyperactive electro-pop singles that sound like Dan Deacon with less music theory degrees.  The live show is supposed to appropriately crazy.  They’ll also have great support on Wednesday from locals Wowser Bowser and Qurious.

The Clap

The Clap, Mood Rings, Red Sea, Shepherds – Friday, April 1 – Noni’s

This show is a 4-way release party – all the performing bands are putting out cassettes on Pink House TapesMood Rings and Red Sea will be releasing their respective debut EPs on cassette (both of which I highly recommend), noise-poppers The Clap are putting out their new Juvenile Cassingle, and Shepherds are unveiling their Holy Stain EP.  Holy Stain was previewed in the form of a free 4 track teaser put out by Double Phantom Digital last week (get it here).  There will be box sets of all 4 cassettes available at the show.

Little Tybee

Little Tybee (album release), Venice is Sinking,  Do It Julia – Saturday, April 2 – The Earl

Little Tybee’s second album is easily one of the most anticipated local releases of the year.  It seems like everybody in town loves this band, and for good reason.  Their layered orchestral-pop is distinctive and undeniably well-crafted.  Athens’ Venice is Sinking and Asheville’s Do It Julia open.

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This week’s shows (3/14/2011-3/20/2011)

A. Grimes

 

Monday (3/14/2011): Two great options tonight.  The most exciting one is probably Brooklyn’s Fang Island at 529, with locals Vegan Coke and Curio Museum.  Fang Island’s live show pushes for “epic” from start to finish, all soaring guitars and group-chant vocals.  This show is inexplicably free, too, so even more reason to make it out.  There’s also Telekinesis, The Love Language and Richard Parsons at The Earl.

Tuesday (3/15/2011): Supercluster plays Highland Inn Ballroom.  They’re an Athens indie-pop supergroup that features Vanessa Briscoe from Pylon and a bunch of other Athens types, including Jason NeSmith (ex-of Montreal) and Kay Stanton, both of whom are also in openers Casper and the Cookies.  Canada’s The Rural Alberta Advantage will be at The Earl with local openers Night Driving in Small Towns and Book Club.  Brent Hinds of Mastodon has two side projects at 529, with Fiend Without a Face and West End Motel sharing a bill (as they often do).

Wednesday (3/16/2011): Miami’s Torche play sludge metal with pop concision.  They can get anthemic, even ebullient, without ever sacrificing their heaviness.  They are going to pack out 529 on Wednesday and it’s going to be awesome.  Post Teens and The Sunglasses open.

Thursday (3/17/2011): St. Patrick’s Day.  Here are 3 alternatives to drinking overpriced Guinness at shitty “Irish” bars, in increasing order of craziness.  The Drunken Unicorn has Vegan Coke, Des Ark, Thy Mighty Contract, and Pygmy Lush.  At 529, you can catch Mi Ami, which features a couple former members of D.C.’s dearly departed Black Eyes, one of the most underrated bands of the last decade.  While Mi Ami isn’t quite Black Eyes’ equal, their fusion of tribal rhythms, shrieking guitar, and nails-on-chalkboard vocals is excellent if you’ve got the stomach for this sort of thing.  Locals Roman Photos and Brainworlds open.  Finally, Rafael Toral at WonderRoot should be even crazier.  The last time I saw the experimental music vet he was doing something like this

Friday (3/18/2011): Picaflor Studio is hosting and Rock Science Revival is presenting a night of local music curated by local bloggers.  The bands were selected by Latest Disgrace, The Moon and Pluto, Shot From Guns, and BeATLanta, all of whom should be read regularly by followers of local music.  They put together a great lineup that includes Qurious, Imagination Head, and Shathouse Rats.  Also on Friday is Jeffrey Bützer & the Bicycle Eaters, Lille, and Places at The Earl.

Saturday (3/19/2011): If you only go to one show this week, it should obviously be the Little Advances One Year Anniversary Party.  Come out and see Red Sea, A. Grimes, and Places in my backyard.  We will be taking donations for the bands and there will be beer for those over 21 (although bringing your own isn’t a bad idea, either).  Don’t worry, I’ll remind you about this show again later in the week.

This week’s shows (2/14/2011-2/20/2011)

Monday (2/14/2011): Valentine’s Day.  If your date is a fan of electronic music, head over to 529:  Hijacking Music is throwing a free Valentine’s Day party with music from B4N533, Tricil, Labels Are Limits, Graham Yoder, and Ghost Party.  There will be a “Cupid’s Cutest Couple Contest,” too.  Single people and couples who don’t give a shit about the holiday will probably be welcome, too. [UPDATE] – Apparently The Black Lips are playing the Clermont Lounge, too.  Not a lot of details yet, but it doesn’t appear to be a private show or anything.

Wednesday (2/16/2011): The night’s best bet is probably at The Earl for math-rockers Sorry No Ferrari, with the like-minded Humboldt Trio and Mog Rocket opening, but there’s also a good option across the street, too.  Eastside Lounge has been putting on some really solid local shows lately, and they’ve got another one lined up for Wednesday, with Glen Iris, Spirit Hair, and The King Congregation.  I hope they keep this up, it’s always nice to have another option (even if the space is kind of strange).  Elsewhere, The Drunken Unicorn has a triple bill of cool electronic pop from locals Wowser Bowser and Qurious, plus South Carolina’s Backseat Dreamer.

Thursday (2/17/2011): The theme of this month’s free Thursday Deluxe at Star Bar is apparently “they’re better live.”  Headliners Little Tybee already have some really good recorded music to their name, but nothing you can stream or download online will truly give you an idea of how much energy Hello Ocho and Reptar put into their respective live shows.  A Fight to the Death side project The Future of Airports will be playing downstairs between sets.  That one is going to be epic.  Howlies, Brass Bed, and Trench Party at The Earl should to be a good time, too.

Friday (2/18/2011): Red Sea, A. Grimes, Soft Powers, and The Leotards play Picaflor Studio on Friday.  Jonathan Richman (with Tommy Larkins) begins a 2 night stand at the Highland Inn Ballroom, but if you’re going to that, you probably don’t need me to remind you.  Dude has some serious fans.  Jesco White was supposed to do his thing at Star Bar, but he canceled.  Pretty surprising, the guy seems like such a professional.

Saturday (2/19/2011): If you haven’t seen The Back Pockets live yet, you really should fix that.  Their live shows are theatrical and participatory, but the songs and performances would be worth your attention regardless.  They celebrate an album release this Saturday at the Big House (368 Ponce de Leon).  Carnivores, Buffalo Bangers, and Bubbly Mommy Gun open.  There’s also Richman night 2 at Highland Inn Ballroom.  More Wowser Bowser, too, this time at 529 with So So Death, Mountain Lion, and Night Moves GoldCousin Dan headlines Star Bar, with Wolves, Machines Are People Too, and Anomine.  Local hardcore throwbacks Predator headline Drunken Unicorn, with Balkans side-project WIFE and Transvestite, which features members of The Coathangers and Thy Mighty Contract.  Finally, there’s Futurebirds, Anna Kramer & the Lost Cause, and Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires at 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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