Happy Fall Atlanta! Autumn in the ATL is, in my opinion, the best time of the year here. The weather is beyond amazing, I get to bust out my boots, pumpkin everything happens, and some of the best live music arrives!
We’ve lined up some the best shows coming to Atlanta this Fall below so you know what not to miss. Trust us, these are going to be good ones!
Meiko @ Eddie’s Attic, Thurs. Oct. 2
Meiko’s songs find common ground between indie pop and coffeehouse folk, with her distinctive alto vocals sharing the spotlight alongside acoustic guitars, pianos, and unique arrangements. A longtime songwriter, Meiko was raised in the small town of Roberta, Georgia, where she discovered her love for public performance after singing at a Southern Baptist church. She then took up the guitar, playing her father’s Gibson before receiving her own instrument as a birthday present.
Tickets are $12 in advance, $16 day of show. Doors open at 6:30pm.
SBTRKT @ Masquerade, Tues. Oct. 7
SBTRKT (pronounced as “subtract”) is the stage name of Aaron Jerome, a musician and producer from London, United Kingdom. SBTRKT began his career as a DJ in the east London club “Plastic People”. SBTRKT has remixed songs by artists such as M.I.A, Radiohead, Modeselektor, Basement Jaxx, Mark Ronson, Underworld and Goldie, and has released singles, EPs, and a self-titled album. SBTRKT’s music is a mixture of two-step, UK funky, dubstep, US RnB and Chicago house.
Tickets are $23. Doors open at 8pm.
Flying Lotus @ The Tabernacle, Sat. Oct. 11
Experimental electronic music producer Flying Lotus, born Steven Ellison, is a grandson of songwriter Marilyn McLeod (the co-writer of Diana Ross’ “Love Hangover”), as well as a great-nephew of pianist Alice Coltrane, and therefore a cousin of saxophonist Ravi Coltrane. Ellison made beats for the Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim network before releasing his debut full-length, 1983, which resembled the work of fellow avant-garde hip-hop producers Madlib, J Dilla, and Ammoncontact on Plug Research in 2006. With support from Thundercat, this will be quite the show – one you definitely won’t want to miss.
Tickets are $25. Doors open at 8pm.
Bass Drum of Death @ 529, Mon. Oct. 13
Hailing from Oxford, Mississippi, the lo-fi duo Bass Drum of Death make bluesy garage rock. On record, the band is singer/guitarist/bassist/drummer John Barrett, who began recording his rambunctious D.I.Y. rock in 2007. Live, the band also features drummer Colin Sneed. These guys are so rock-and-roll their website has a burning cigarette for the mouse cursor.
Tickets are $10. Doors open at 9pm.
Phantogram @ The Tabernacle, Tues. Oct. 14
Phantogram is the electronic rock duo comprised of Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel of Saratoga Springs, NY. Their music is a mix of hazy dream pop, dark atmospheres, and head-knocking rhythms melded into a compelling, original sound. Their music incorporates psychedelic pop vocals, J Dilla-style hip-hop beats, and shoegazing sensibility. This is one that’s been on my personal list of must-see shows for a while.
Tickets are $25. Doors open at 7pm.
Lettuce @ The Egyptian Ballroom at The Fox, Wed. Oct. 15
After celebrating their 20th anniversary as modern day rulers of old school funk, the Brooklyn-based juggernaut Lettuce is not showing any signs of slowing. Having blown up stages from coast to coast last year, ranging from The Fillmore in San Francisco to Terminal 5 in NYC, Bonnaroo to Pemberton and all points in-between, Lettuce is poised to continue their rapid growth throughout 2014. This will be one funky good time, and at the beautiful Egyptian Ballroom, you can’t go wrong.
Tickets are $27.50. Doors open at 8PM.
Ben Sollee @ Eddie’s Attic, Tues. Oct. 21
Known for his thrilling cello-playing that incorporates new techniques to create a unique mix of folk, bluegrass, jazz and R&B, Sollee possesses rough-smooth-smoky vocal stylings and a knack for intricate arrangements that has brought about comparisons to Sufjan Stevens. Sollee shares himself completely with his audience, whether it be by personal lyrics, or his commitment to the environment. Sollee can often be found riding a bicycle to his concerts (cello strapped to the back), which have become legendary for their intimacy. This can be seen when he does an impromptu performance at the Lincoln Memorial for tourists. Performing at Eddie’s Attic, this will definitely be a fantastically intimate show.
General Admission Tickets are $16 advance, $20 day of show. Table seats are $20 each and must be purchased in multiples of 4. Doors open at 6pm.
GIVERS @ Vinyl, Wed. Oct. 22
Lafayette, Louisiana-based indie rockers the Givers formed in the late 2000s around the talents of Kirby Campbell (drums/samples/vocals), Taylor Guarisco (guitar/vocals), Tif Lamson (vocals/percussion/ukulele), Josh Leblanc (bass), and William Henderson (synths/samples/vocals). Steeped in the culture and traditions of their native Louisiana, the band’s self-described “Afro-beat, dancey pants, indie pop love music,” which relies heavily on the spirited back-and-forth vocals of Lamson and Guarisco, has been compared to bands like Vampire Weekend, Dirty Projectors, and Mates of State. Sure to be a fun, upbeat show.
Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 day of show. Doors open at 7pm.
Mansions On The Moon @ The Loft, Sat. Nov. 1
Specializing in electronic down-tempo and ambient rock, Mansions On The Moon has been winning over music fans and fellow artists with their mesmerizing arrangements, creative remixes and wide range of musical capabilities. Formed only a little over a year ago, this exciting Los Angeles trio of songwriters and producers have already collaborated with N*E*R*D, toured with Mac Miller and Wiz Khalifa, had a Mixtape produced and presented by DIPLO and BENZI entitled Paradise Falls, and produced the track “PA Nights” on Mac Miller’s new album Blue Slide Park.
Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 day of show. Doors open at 7pm.
Reverend Horton Heat @ The Earl, Sun. Nov. 9
Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 day of show. Doors open at 8pm.
The Muffs @ The Earl, Sat. Nov. 22
Fusing big guitar riffs, pop hooks, fast tempos, and an attitude that sways between sweet and snarky, The Muffs are a rock band based in Southern California, formed in 1991. They are led by guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Kim Shattuck.
Tickets are $12. Doors open at 9pm.