AMG Weekend Picks: Prom of the Living Dead, STS9, Sharon Van Etten, Lagwagon, and Jason Boland & The Stragglers

With the recent premiere of The Walking Dead, all we’ve been hearing lately is zombie-this and zombie-that. But what better of a time for the apocalypse than Halloween week!  The last week of October is sure to be one for the ages with so many great musicians coming to Atlanta ready to play into the wee-witching hours.  So grab your candy and costumes (and of course your dancing shoes) while we break down our favorites for this Halloweekend.  Share yours with us on Twitter at @Atlantamusic !

Friday, October 26- Prom of the Living Dead at Center Stage & Vinyl
The legendary Halloween party will feature DJ Swivel and South City Allstars as they will keep the dance alive and kicking all night long in Center Stage while several live bands wake the dead in Vinyl.

Friday & Saturday, October 26 & 27- STS9 at The Fox Theatre
Since forming in Atlanta over a decade ago, instrumental electronic rock band STS9 has experienced a meteoric rise to the forefront of the international music scene. STS9 will be at The Fox Theatre for 2 nights: Friday and Saturday!

Friday, October 26- Copious Jones at Smiths Olde Bar
With a style that fuses country, bluegrass, soul, reggae, and rock, Copious Jones brings all that and more to Smiths Olde Bar on Friday as they celebrate a Halloween themed CD release party!

Friday, October 26- Damon Moon & The Whispering Drifters at The Basement, Graveyard Tavern
It appears Damon Moon & The Whispering Drifters has found their home, on the road, spreading their brand of noisy and experimental Americana, one city and one show at a time.  With their new LP set to release later this year, expect some new tracks mixed in with the classics.

Friday, October 26- Georgia-Florida Pre-Game Beach Jam at Jekyll w/ Drivin N Cryin at The Jekyll Island Convention Center
Bands, beaches and football….we take the party to the coast and kick off the WORLD’S LARGEST OUTDOOR COCKTAIL PARTY WEEEKEND with one the South’s best known bands… Drivin N Cryin.

Friday, October 26 – Lagwagon at The Loft
Playing a unique brand of speedy, highly technical pop-punk, Lagwagon became one of the most influential punk bands of the 90’s.  With their speedy drums, guitar virtuosity and undeniable melodies Lagwagon is sure to entertain.

Friday, October 26 – Levek at The Drunken Unicorn
Levek is an easy-to-listen-to indie band based out of Gainesville, Florida.  Headed by David Levesque, the band will transport you to musical bliss with their soothing sounds.

Friday, October 26- Maserati w/ Majeure at The EARL
Friday is a celebration party for their new album, Maserati VII, as it perfectly captures the essence and evolution of the band as face-melting, bone-rattling, ass-shaking Moroder Metal.

Friday, October 26- Michael Tolcher at Red Light Cafe
Michael Tolcher is an American singer-songwriter who blends pop, blues, and urban grooves. 8PM and 10PM show.

Friday, October 26- Bart Crow -Acoustic Show Peachtree Tavern

Bart Crow’s new record, “Dandelion” is out now!

Friday, October 26- The Hackensaw Boys at Smiths Olde Bar
The Hackensaw Boys are a string band based in central Virginia, first formed in 1999. The band has drawn on many musical influences, but are best known as a secular gospel collective of east coast musicians known best for rowdy, energetic live shows.

Saturday, October 27- Dirt Nap 2012 – Atlanta’s Halloween Bash at Graveyard & The Basement
The Basement is packing 2 floors of music mayhem! Graveyard Level 1 will host Kastle, Spin Styles, and Ira G, while Level 2, The Basement, will offer up Gentleman Jesse and His Men, Brother Hawk, and DJ Wolf! The event will also feature Burlesques of Death.

Saturday, October 27- Dum Dum Girls at the Earl
Touring in promotion of their second album, Only in Dreams.

Saturday, October 26- Lucy Kaplansky’s CD Release Show at Eddie’s Attic
Lucy temporarily left the musical fast track to pursue a doctorate in Psychology and open her own private practice, although she continued to sing. Lucy was often pulled back into the studio by her friends (who now had contracts with record labels), wanting her to sing on their albums.

Saturday, October 27- Inman Park Beer Chase & 5K at Inman Park
We know this isn’t music related, but we love a good beer festival. Burn some calories and then spend them on beers!

Saturday, October 27- Mama’s Love at Peachtree Tavern
Mama’s Love is an American Rock band formed in Athens, Ga. in 2007. Like the town where the band resides, the sound is progressive with hints of classic tones.

Saturday, October 27- Propaghandi at The Loft
Join this Canadian Punk Band for a rockin show Saturday night!

Saturday, October 26- Sharon Van Etten w/ Damien Jurado at Terminal West
The shimmering sound of Sharon Van Etten’s Jagjaguwar debut album, Tramp, both defies and illuminates the unsteadiness of a life in flux.

Saturday, October 27-Jason Boland & The Stragglers at Smith’s Olde Bar
“It used to be that a country artist would sing about the farmer that lost his land. Now they glorify that party at the lake. For those of you who love country music, but hate what it’s become, Jason Boland will sing you back home.”

Saturday, October 27-Smoke on the Mountain at Mill Town Music Hall
The ensemble cast is accompanied by three bluegrass virtuoso “cousins” on fiddle, bass, guitar, and mandolin as they perform over twenty of the best gospel tunes ever written

Sunday, October 28-Freelance Whales w/ Geographer at The Loft
“Its songs sound worked-over and impeccable, yet ultimately land in a place of unfettered joy,” NPR on Freelance Whales

Sunday, October 28- A.C. Newman (of the New Pornographers) w/ The Mynabirds at The Earl
You might know A.C. Newman as Carl Newman, the spry redheaded leader of The New Pornographers.

Sunday, October 28- Davin McCoy – Live CD Recording at Eddie’s Attic
At 21, Davin teamed up with Clay Cook (John Mayer, Shawn Mullins, Zack Brown, Marshall Tucker) to record his first full length musical effort 40 Days From Friday. Unyielding to fear and eager for experience, Davin quickly shipped off to London where he would take up a publishing deal and continue to write and perform. As the intensity and efficacy of his writing grew, the urge to live and feel and the apparent need to travel and encounter became clearer. Davin’s music would take him over oceans and across continents, from London to L.A., and to Florida via New York. Perhaps in the realization of his roots, Davin returned to Georgia, where parallel destinies converged and a long overdue meeting took place with music legend Davis Causey (Sea Level, Allman Bros.).


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