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Live Review: Sleepy Sun, Balmorhea @ The Earl, 9/12/2010

My review of Sunday’s Sleepy Sun/Balmorhea show is up over at Dead Journalist.  You can read it here.

I really can’t recommend Balmorhea enough, and I think the rest of the crowd would agree.  You might have read me (and Dead Journalist and Latest Disgrace) complaining about crowd noise at last month’s Oryx and Crake show at The Earl.  That wasn’t a problem on Sunday.  The circumstances probably had something to do with that:  showgoers are typically drinking less on a Sunday than they are on a Saturday, and there were significantly less people there.  But it still seemed like the crowd was keeping silent out of respectful awe.  During some of their quietest moments, the only noises you could hear from the audience were the clicks of digital cameras.

That video above doesn’t totally reflect that, as you can hear the crowd at a few points.  I kind of like the effect it has on the audio, though.  The crowd noise is mostly unobtrusive, and when it does pop up it makes them sound like they’re using found sound a la The Books.

There’s a few more pictures after the jump.

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This week’s shows (9/7/2010-9/12/2010)

Those Darlins

I ended up taking it fairly easy last week and only managed to catch Sons of Tonatiuh and Dead Rabbits. That’s less likely to be the case this week. There’s a lot going on.

Tuesday (9/9/2010) – Tonight’s the slowest of the week.  There’s free funk and soul at 529 with “members of Georgia Soul Council, Entropy, Cadillac Jones, Collective Efforts, and many more.”

Wednesday (9/8/2010) – Harvey Milk and Hawks will be at 529. That one’s bound to sell out, if it hasn’t already. Eyedrum’s got The Runaway Five, which is a new side project from Deerhunter’s Lockett Pundt and Abby Go Go’s Dan Wakefield, not to be confused with the Canadian band of the same name that does jazz covers of video game soundtracks. Warning Light and Seth Bolton will also be there (at least I think they will be, Eyedrum’s site appears conflicted). There’s also big time indie stars Crystal Castles at The Masquerade, with support from the excellent Bear in Heaven.

Thursday (9/9/2010) – This is night one of Those Darlins’ two night stand at The Earl. The Strange Boys and local favorites Gentleman Jesse and His Men open both nights. If you haven’t seen Those Darlins live, you really ought to correct that, especially if you have a weakness for the punkier side of No Depression alt-country. Their debut album is pretty good, but it doesn’t really reflect what an amazing live band they are. They sold out The Earl last time they came through Atlanta, so advance tickets might be a good idea.

Friday (9/10/2010) – You could either catch Those Darlins again, or you could head to 529 for Lyonnais, Sin Ropas, and Father Murphy. The latter bill has some intriguing out-of towners: Sin Ropas are ex-Red Red Meat (a band that also spawned Califone), and Father Murphy are from Italy. There’s also divisive buzz-band Best Coast at The Drunken Unicorn with Cults and Carnivores, a show that sold out well in advance. If you didn’t get tickets, you can still get blazed and catch her at Criminal Records earlier in the day for free. Or you could listen to Marnie.

Saturday (9/11/2010) – Atlanta music blog darlings Oryx and Crake play a free in-store at Decatur CD at 4PM. If you missed their album release two weeks earlier, here’s your chance to play catch up. Later that evening, the best bet is probably hardcore crossovers Fucked Up with The Coathangers at the Drunken Unicorn. Tealights, Jeffery Butzer and the Bicycle Eaters, and Night Driving in Small Towns at The Earl is a much less aggressive local alternative.

Sunday (9/12/2010) – Sleepy Sun with Balmorhea will be a great way to close out the weekend. I like the latest Sleepy Sun album a lot, and I’m anxious to hear what it sounds like live.

New Music Reviews: Sleepy Sun and Ratatat

Reviews of the new Sleepy Sun and Ratatat albums below.  Back on schedule next week, I promise.

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