It’s the first official weekend of 2015 and what better way to celebrate than with some great live music! Check out one of these awesome shows going on in the ATL this weekend and enjoy!
Friday, Jan. 2
Surfer Blood @ The EARL
Surfer Blood have recently performed at Coachella Festival, released a new video and a Record Store Day album of demos. They are also at work on their third album. “The band’s finely nuanced and understated treatment of the [late 80s / early 90s] era works onPythons. Aided by Foo Fighters and Pixies producer Gil Norton, Surfer Blood conjure college rock’s feeling of youthful, nostalgic melancholy without using any of the sub-genre’s gimmicks.” –NME
Tickets are $10 in advance, $13 at the door. Doors open at 9pm.
Umphrey’s McGee @ The Tabernacle
After 16 years of performing over 100 concerts annually, releasing seven studio albums and selling more than 3.3 million tracks online, Umphrey’s McGee might be forgiven if they chose to rest on their laurels and attend to their lives as husbands and fathers. But you’d be wrong. With their eighth studio album, Similar Skin, and first for their own indie label, Nothing Too Fancy (N2F) Music (distributed by RED), the group – which formed on the Notre Dame campus outside of South Bend, Indiana in 1997 – has something to prove. And that’s not just to their ever-loyal fan base, but to those who have never heard a note, or worse – dismiss them as “too sophisticated, too complex” or think they know what Umphrey’s McGee is all about.
Tickets are $35. Doors open at 7pm.
Higher Learning w/ Space Jesus @ Terminal West
Tearing through space and time in a rickety Moog-powered spaceship, Higher Learning is well on their way towards the outer reaches of Jupiter. Armed only with the spirit of exploration and an oversized container of party favors, the four psychonauts from the streets of Atlanta, GA gaze through the haze of the cockpit out into the little-known expanse of our fine universe. Their mission, daunting as it may be, is simple at its core: to distill the cosmos into sound.
Tickets are $10. Doors open at 11pm.
Saturday, January 3
The Glands @ The EARL
The Glands are an indie rock band from Athens, Georgia. Their first CD “Double Thriller,” was released on Bar/None Records in 1998 and their latest self titled album was re-released in August 2001.
Tickets are $10. Doors open at 9pm.
The Heavy Pets @ The Tabernacle
Umphrey’s McGee After-Show
The Heavy Pets are an American rock band that blends rhythm & blues, jazz, funk, disco and reggae with rock & roll. Called “a living, breathing, force of nature” by Relix Magazine, the Pets are known for their soulful songcraft and powerhouse live performances.
Tickets are $10. Showtime immediately following Umphrey’s performance.
Clutch @ Center Stage
Forget whatever you thought about Clutch. Earth Rocker crumples up the bad categories that have miscast them for years — stoner rock, post-hardcore, metal, grunge — and leaves no question about what they are: a damn good rock and roll band.
Tickets are $24 in advance, $27 day of show. Doors open at 7pm.
Sunday, January 4
Lonnie Holley @ Eddie’s Attic
Lonnie Holley, born in 1950 in Birmingham, AL, began working hard at a very young age. Holley did not start making and performing music in a studio nor does his creative process mirror that of the typical musician. His music and lyrics are improvised on the spot and morph and evolve with every event, concert, and recording. In Holley’s original art environment, he would construct and deconstruct his visual works, repurposing their elements for new pieces. This often led to the transfer of individual narratives into the new work creating a cumulative composite image that has depth and purpose beyond its original singular meaning. The layers of sound in Holley’s music, likewise, are the result of decades of evolving experimentation.
Tickets are $10 in advance, $14 at the door. Doors open at 6:30pm.