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This Week In Atlanta: Live music options for your listening pleasure

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This week there seems to be a heck of a lot more music going on than usual. So once again here are five of your best bets for this week. (With so much going on I am throwing in a few extras)

ONE

Drivin’ ‘n’ Cryin’ @ Smith’s Olde Bar
Friday July 25th & Saturday July 26th

Two nights of ear damaging rock and roll is on the docket at Smith’s Olde Bar this Friday AND Saturday night as Atlanta’s favorite sons Drivin’ ‘n’ Cryin’ take the stage. The veteran band will offer up a bad ass mix of classic and new tunes for everyone to enjoy. Driving rock, punk speed and a taste of folk is what makes DNC’s signature and you can bet there will be plenty of that at Smith’s. Whenever they return to Atlanta you can never be sure who all will show up to jam with the band but you can guarantee it will be one hell of a party. I suggest you make it a two night event.

TWO

Parker Milsap & John Moreland @ Eddie’s Attic
Tuesday July 22nd

Two of the better songwriters out there today will be in town at Eddie’s Attic Saturday night. On his debut album Parker Milsap tells tales about life, love and loss. Armed with his voice and trusty guitar it is all about his words. He will have the crowd at Eddie’s Attic on the edge of their seats all night long. John Moreland had one of, if not the best album of 2013. His songs are loaded with heartbreak and despair and will most definitely tough you emotionally. His live shows are so powerful he has reduced grown men to tears. This is a show you will not want to miss.

THREE

O’Brother @ Drunken Unicorn
Friday July 25th

Things are going to get loud at the Drunken Unicorn Friday night. Sludgy guitars and thunderous rhythms lead the way as Atlanta’s O’Brother brings their original metal infused rock to the stage. Out supporting their latest record Disillusion, these dudes explode in the live arena with shows that will leave you mentally and physically drained. Joining them for the night of debauchery will be Royal Thunder and Big Jesus. Get there early and catch all the bands, oh yeah, bring your ear plugs.

FOUR

Bob Schneider @ Terminal West
Saturday July 26th

Bob Schneider’s music manifests itself into many different images. Whether with Joe Rockhead, the Ugly Americans the Scabs or his solo work you get the same great music from a talented musician. Mostly straight forward rock and roll, Schneider does mix it up on occasion. While receiving a plethora of praise from critics and peers he always seems to lie just underneath the spotlight which is fine by me. With a devout fan base due to nonstop touring and a mountain of albums Terminal West should be rocking Saturday night. This is going to be a good one and if I were in town I would definitely be there jamming.

FIVE

Angie Aparo & Levi Lowery @ The Red Clay Theatre
Friday July 25th

Angie Aparo is one of the finest singers and songwriters that you have never heard of. Folks in the Southeast have known him for years as he tours and releases albums loaded with songs dealing with the human element. His shows are intimae and personal as he invite’s listeners into his musical world. Levi Lowery is the master of the sad country song. Singing about love, death, loss and wanting it is in the live arena that his music shines the brightest. His music will leave folks emotional invested when the night is through. This Friday both will be playing music at the Red Clay Theatre, it should be a good night for all who attend.

There is an overload of great live music this week so here are a few other options:

Tuesday July 22nd
Beck @ The Fox Theater
Mudcat @ Blind Willie’s
Stokeswood @ Tin Roof Cantina
Little G Weevil @ Darwin’s
King Buzzo @ The Basement

Wednesday July 23rd
The Antlers @ The Masquerade

Thursday July 24th
Vans Warped Tour @ Aaron’s Amphitheatre
311 @ The Tabernacle
House of Cash with John Carter Cash @ The Red Clay Theatre
Von Grey @ Eddie’s Attic

Friday July 25th
The Avett Brothers with Emmy Lou Harris @ Verison Wireless Amphitheatre
Black Label Society @ Center Stage
Beverly “Guitar” Watkins @ Blond Willie’s
Mudcat @ Northside Tavern

Saturday July 26th
Rod Hamdallah @ Bone Lick BBQ
Art Garfunkel @ Atlanta Symphony Hall
Buck-O-Nine @ Smith’s Olde Bar
I Want Whisky @ Star Bar
Supersuckers @ The EARL
House Rocker Johnson @ Blind Willie’s
Mudcat @ Northside Tavern
The Avett Brothers with Gov’t Mule @ Verison Wireless Amphitheatre

Sunday July 27th
Rod Hamdallah @ The EARL

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