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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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[STREAM] Wowser Bowser – “E Dialeda Ho”

Wowser Bowser traffics in fun. There’s a high level of craftmanship in everything they do, but the end result is a distilled shot of dance-pop bliss. It’s not something that should really be overanalyzed. “E Dialeda Ho” is the fourth single to surface from upcoming debut To the Pleasant Life!, which is looking like it might be the first great local record of the year. The oddball sweetness of George Pettis’ lyrics is lifted by the headphone candy of the electronic programming, and the hooks sink in on the first listen. It’s mostly just a lot of fun.

Check out a stream of “E Diadela Ho” below. To the Pleasant Life! will be released on Tuesday, and they’ll be giving a CD to everyone who comes out to their album release at the Drunken Uncorn on Friday.

The Real Benefit for Criminal Records, this Saturday at The Cottage

It would be a shame to see Criminal Records disappear from the local music landscape.  In addition to having the best selection of new vinyl in town, they are really unmatched when it comes to putting on free in-store events.  Criminal is just a great place, one of my favorites in Atlanta, and I’m ecstatic to be co-presenting this Saturday’s benefit show at The Cottage.  Come and see some awesome bands in the name of alleviating Criminal’s financial woes.

The show is also being presented by Wholly Roller, Industrial Strength Promotions, WREK’s Goldsoundz, and Earthshaking Music.  You can RSVP for the event here.  Schedule below.

6:30 A Smart

7:15 Mediocre Machine

7:45 Nomen Novum

8:15 Places

8:45 New Animal

9:30 Small Reactions

10:15 Christ, Lord

11:00 Wowser Bowser (stepping in for Qurious, who’s listed on the flyer but unable to play)

11:45 Reptar

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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 (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.