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The Last Week of April, Atlanta Live Music Suggestions

It’s the last week in April and bills are due, but are you due for some live music? Here are a few recommendations that will make Monday through Saturday even more enjoyable.

The Emitt Nershi Band plays at Smith's Olde Bar on Wednesday, April 27. Tickets are $12 in advance.
Emmitt Nershi Band

Monday – April 25 – Palez-vous Francais?

Music is a language all its own, so do not worry if you are not fluent in French, the message translates. Yelle is French band centered on electronic-pop turned into dance. Playing at the Masquerade Yelle is supporting their March 2011 release, Safari Disco Club. Fronted by and named after Yelle, née Julie Budet, the band carries over the innocence from their 2007 debut release, Pop Up, into a darker circle with GrandMarnier and Tepr providing the electronic-beats and disco loops. Tickets are $15 and the doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday – April 26 – Indie bands are mainstream too

From Texas comes Eisley, a melodic indie-rock band that’s hitting a strong chord with fans around the U.S. Eisley has played the opening act for most of 2011, but now serve as headliners for their Turning Tides Tour which brings them to Vinyl on Tuesday. It’s a family of talent with Chauntelle DuPree (guitar), Sherri DuPree-Gilbert (vocals/guitar), Weston DuPree (drums), Stacy DuPree (vocals/piano) and Garron DuPree (bass). Tickets are$20 at the door and doors open at 7 p.m.

Wednesday - April 27 – Bluegrass, baby

It’s bluegrass and it’s fantastic. The Emmitt Nershi Band features Drew Emmitt of Leftover Salmon, Bill Nershi of the String Cheese Incident and Johnny Grubb and Andy Thorn. If you can only do one show this week then make this the one. The set starts at 10 p.m. at Smith’s Olde Bar at 10 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.

Thursday – April 28 – Steel drums

Jonathan Scales is a classically-trained composer who has turned into a steel pan maestro. His musical cast of characters known as Jonathan Scales Fourchestra blend jazz and classical sensibility giving birth to a new representation of the steel pan. Don’t expect the tourist music you’d see in a movie, but growth for the steel drummer. Watch the video on the left to get a better idea. Jonathan Scales brings his vision to the Five Spot at 9 p.m. for $7.

Friday – April 29 – Lyrics are words, music is music

Soulive is the funky organ trio featuring Eric Krasno, Alan Evan and Neal Evans that has been jamming since 1999. Most recently, the group released a jammed version of the Beatles with Rubber Soulive. Tickets are $17 and the doors open at the Masquerade at 9 p.m.

Saturday – April 30 – Back to the Masquerade

As much as I agree with the general feeling that the Masquerade is far from the best venue in Atlanta, at least they offer some variety. The Smith Westerns don’t need a flashy stage show or tricks to keep an audience’s attention just their garage/indie rock sensibility. Their sophomore release in 2010, Dye it Blonde, is a promising look for what this young band can accomplish. Tickets are $10 and the doors open at 8 p.m.

Which shows are you going to this week? Leave a comment below or tell me on Twitter @djsarahspin.

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