Posts Tagged ‘ Soulphonics & Ruby Velle ’

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

Jungol

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.

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This week’s shows (1/24/2011-1/30/2011)

Sorry No Ferrari

Monday (1/24/2011): Small Reactions released their first 7″ back in November.  I liked it. Unfortunately, they haven’t played live since the accompanying release show, which is a shame because their jangly post-punk goes over really well live.  Make sure to catch them at 529 tonight (it’s a free show, too).  Also on the bill are Cute Boots, The Compartmentalizationalists (Jeffrey Bützer and Claire Lodge), and Curio Museum.

Tuesday (1/25/2011): Tokyo Police Club and Two Door Cinema Club bring their co-headlining tour through Atlanta, and there’s two chances to catch them on Tuesday.  They play a free in-store at Criminal Records at 6:00PM, then again at the Masquerade later that night with the addition of openers Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin.

Thursday (1/27/2011): Two solid bets for Thursday.  The quiet one:  Adron, Little Tybee, and Justin Evans’ Normaltime Ramblers at The Earl.  The loud one:  The Vaginas, Young Antiques, and Charges at 529.

Friday (1/28/2011): Yo La Tengo (along with Sonic Youth and the reformed Mission of Burma and Dinosaur Jr) exemplify the ideal route for aging indie rockers.  They have an undeniable place in the indie canon, but they continue to release and tour behind new music instead of just coasting through greatest hits sets.  They play Variety Playhouse on Friday with William Tyler.  There’s a strong local metal lineup at 529 featuring Sons of Tonatiuh, Wolves & Jackals, Demonaut, and Black Pussy.

Saturday (1/29/2011): Fans of heavy, technical math rock are going to be very happy this Saturday:  locals Sorry No Ferrari play a free in-store at Criminal Records at 4:00PM, and Athens’ Cinemechanica headline at 529 later that night (Manray and Lazer/Wulf open).  Local mainstays Soulphonics & Ruby Velle headline The Earl with support from Chattanooga’s The DistributionStoneRider, Damon Moon & the Whispering Drifters, and A: the Color play the Drunken Unicorn.  And finally, Imagination Head plays an album release show at Highland Inn Ballroom with Misfortune 500.

[EDIT] – Also on Saturday is the first ever show for Marietta’s Places, who I wrote about a few weeks ago (see that here).  The show will be at MINT Gallery, and Curio Museum and Vocabulary will also perform.

Christmas music that doesn’t suck (and for a good cause!)

I don’t typically like Christmas music.  Never have, really.  That’s not an opinion you can just casually drop in public, either – you will be judged.  For whatever reason, there’s a lot of people out there who think there’s something seriously wrong with someone who doesn’t like Christmas music, like it’s a sign that you’re a joyless sociopath or something.

My biggest hurdle with Christmas music is that it’s usually performed by performers I don’t much care for.  The holiday season isn’t going to make me suddenly tolerant of Harry Connick Jr. or Amy Grant.  So, it’s good news to see that Wag-a-Lot’s All Creatures Great and Small compilation features performers I actually do like, including Oryx and Crake, Gringo Star, Soulphonics & Ruby Velle, and Blair Crimmins & the Hookers.  What’s even cooler is that the compilation raises money for the Atlanta Humane Society.

Oryx and Crake will also be playing a holiday benefit show at 529 on December 10th, along with Venice is Sinking and Redharp.  Portions of the money from the door and merch sales will go to the Atlanta Humane Society, too.  You can stream O&C’s take on “Little Drummer Boy” below.  See the full track list and stream the rest of the songs here.