This weekend is shaping up to be one of the better weekends of music in Atlanta in quite some time. Starting tonight there is a plethora of shows all over town. Music lovers far and wide can pick and choose their poison setting up plans or each night. With such a wealth of choices, the only bad choice would be not to partake at all. Here is a rundown of what this weekend has to offer.
Thursday, January 24, 2013 (tonight)
Yarn & Delta Saints @ Smiths Olde Bar 8:00 p.m.
The Brooklyn, NY band brings their original roots Americana music to Atlanta for a night of killer tunes. Falling somewhere between bluegrass and rock & roll, Yarn’s live shows are an experience that must be seen. Joining the bill is the Delta Saints. The New Orleans bands music is an even mix of bluesy rock drenched in Southern soul and bourbon. This show is a great start to the weekend.
Keane @ The Tabernacle 8:00 p.m.
If British rock is your poison of choice then the Tabernacle is the place to be. England’s Keane sets up shop in Atlanta for an evening of melodic pop/rock music. Touring in support of their latest album Strangeland, expect a set list showing off the new tunes with a nice mix of the fan favorites.
The Constellations @ 529 9:00 p.m.
Atlanta’s favorite soul rockers are back in town and are ready to deliver the goods in the East Village. The intimate room at 529 is the place to be as the Constellations roll through a wealth of songs about the people and places of Atlanta. The show will be packed and may be the best choice of the night.
Friday, January 25, 2013
Over the last 20+ years Yo La Tengo have quietly laid down some of the best tunes nobody is listening to. With a multitude of albums full of catchy lyrics & lo fi music they refuse to stray from their modus operandi. Look for a plethora of tunes harvested from their vast back catalog, some selections from their latest record Fade and of course a sweet cover or two. Joining them for the night is an equally talented band Calexico. This should be a GREAT night of music.
G. Love & Special Sauce @ Variety Playhouse 8:30 p.m.
A steady flow of blues infused funky tunes is what G. Love does best. His soulful voice mixed with his sultry guitar licks is what drives his music. As good as his albums are, it doesn’t get much better than when he and his band set up for a live set. Make your way to the Variety Playhouse and get your groove on.
The Interns @ The EARL 9:00 p.m.
The Athens band the Interns will be jamming tunes in the intimate back room at the legendary EARL. Consisting of multiple pieces of some damn fine local bands, this hodgepodge of musicians dishes out some mighty good music. A mix of hypnotic guitars, haunting vocals and melodic rhythms litter their music creating a familiar yet original sound. Playing live is where they are in their natural element and the best way to experience their music. A good time will be had by all at this one.
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Camper Van Beethoven & The District Attorneys @ The EARL 8:00 p.m.
This may be the show of the week. Camper Van Beethoven has a killer new record out that is full of great tunes that will sound even better live. Combine that with classic tunes from some of the best albums of the 80’s and the set list should be legendary. If that is not good enough, local favorites The District Attorneys will be kicking the evening off with some of the best music to come out of Georgia. Get there early because this place is going to be jam packed.
Moontower @ Smith’s Olde Bar 8:00 p.m.
A favorite at venues & festivals around Atlanta, Moontower is the perfect blend of rock, country and folk. Their tunes are easy to listen to and when they get the jam going live it doesn’t get much better. They will be upstairs at Smith’s Olde Bar rolling through tunes from their debut record and maybe a few other treats. If you have yet to partake in their music, this is a good place to start.
Kevin Rowe @ Trackside Live 8:00 p.m.
With Great Britain in the rearview mirror, Kevin has made Atlanta his home and proceeded to deliver some of sweet pop music. His tunes revolve around his piano playing and are written about his life experiences which give them a sincerity many songs lack. He will be playing in Kennesaw at Trackside Live; I suggest you give him a listen.
Yonder Mountain String Band @ The Tabernacle
These dudes know how to jam. Their legend has grown due to the live jam fests their shows become. Equal parts bluegrass, folk and Americana, the Yonder Mountain String Band will have the place grooving to their sweet music. The Tabernacle is just the right place for them to play, not too big and not too small. Check them out if you have never experienced them live.
The Devil Makes Three @ Terminal West
Usually referred to as ‘folk punk’ these dudes know how to put on a show, jamming loud and hard with just a guitar, stand up bass and banjo. Their set list will be filled with tunes from their multiple albums and maybe a few treats. Live is where they are best as the raw power and emotion of their shows leaves the crowd just as worn out as the band members are. They are a band that needs to be seen at least once in your life.
There you go a ton of music to check out this weekend. If you can’t find something to go listen to, then you just are not trying.