AMG Weekend Picks: Taking Back Sunday, Jackopierce, Life in Color, Regina Spektor, Kreayshawn & More!

It’s beginning to look a whole lot like winter. The weather is getting colder and the wind is biting. Leaves are covering the streets, cars, and pretty much everything else. The trees are turning red and so are our chilled little noses! But, believe it or not, this is honestly my favorite part of the year. Nothing makes me happier then walking out of the not so forgiving weather and into an energetic and crowded concert!  This weekend is literally filled with a wonderful variety of  shows and concerts. Check out our Weekend Picks and spend your time off watching some great music with friends! Share your choices with us on Twitter at @Atlantamusic!

Friday, November 9- Taking Back Sunday at Center Stage

After multiple line up changes and Billboard topping albums, Taking Back Sunday is back with their original starting lineup and a 10 year anniversary tour of their first full length “Tell All Your Friends.” They’ll be playing the 2002 album in it’s entirety, as well as other hits along with Bayside and Transit as their support. Hopefully you grabbed tickets for this wild show, because it is completely SOLD OUT!

Friday, November 9- Sixpense None the Richer at Smith’s Olde Bar/strong>

As an album title, Lost in Transition seems apt. For Sixpence None the Richer, it’s a reminder of the struggles and uncertainty the band endured over the past few years, before ultimately finding their way again. “The title definitely has a double meaning,” says Sixpence guitarist/co-founder Matt Slocum. “It’s about things that have happened in our lives recently, really big events on a personal and musical level that we had to transition through. And now we have.” Check out the band at Smith’s as they perform their newest release since reuniting!

Friday, November 9 – Glen Washington at The Loft

The musical career of Glenroy Washington, singer, songwriter and drummer, personifies the cliché; ”The race is not for the swift, but for those who can endure.” The triumph of Glen Washington’s endurance has been 25 years in the making. In 1997, he released his debut album ‘Brother To Brother’ and, to date, has released 10 albums. Fans and critics alike say there is not one bad song in his catalog.

Friday, November 9 – Cult of Youth at 529

Love Will Prevail expands on the psychedelic neofolk foundation of the early work and adds lush atmospheres not dissimilar from Austrian post-industrial futurists Novi Svet (or even the more haunting side of late-60s Miles Davis). The first single, “Man and Man’s Ruin” finally realizes the majestic beauty that has always been bubbling under the surface of Ragon’s work. Love Will Prevail is by far and away Cult of Youth’s crowning achievement and it is the true embodiment of DIY idealism.

Friday, November 9 – Darwin Deez at the Earl

Singularly a brilliant, hilarious, complex, entertaining individual, Darwin Deez writes songs that will make you want to bust out your dancing shoes while also cutting to that raw, emotional nerve. He’s been known to break into spontaneous bouts of synchronised dancing which can erupt anytime, almost out of nowhere. Describing his strain of pop as “a little bit Thriller, a little bit Dismemberment Plan” and with a fondness for D.I.Y aesthetics and twisted wordplay, his sound calls to mind everyone from The Strokes and Beck to Arthur Russell and The Flaming Lips.

Friday, November 9- Jackopierce at Eddie’s Attic
Breaking up is hard to do. But staying together is nearly impossible. The average marriage lasts about six years, and 95% of new businesses fail within five years. Twenty two years of anything, especially Jackopierce, an acoustic duo that got its start playing frat-parties in the late 80’s, is hard to believe. Add-in the fact that Jack O’Neill and Cary Pierce did not speak for nearly five years before reuniting in 2002 makes twenty years a downright miracle. They are now touring in support of their new release, “Everywhere All The Time.”

Friday, November 9- Peelander-Z! at the Drunken Unicorn

Japanese punk band based in New York City. They bill themselves as a “Japanese Action Comic Punk band hailing from the Z area of Planet Peelander”.

Friday, November 9 – 2012 Georgia Country Awards at the 120 Tavern & Music Hall

The Georgia Country Awards recognizes the best in Georgia through online fan voting. Also, each nominee is judged by the staff of and other state industry leaders, in radio, management, etc., on their originality, showmanship, vocals, style, stage presence, how often booked, promotional skills, songwriting and general overall progress of their career.

Friday, November 9 – Citizen Cope at the Tabernacle
An American songwriter and producer known for a mix of blues, soul, folk, and rock. He has been touring professionally for ten years. Citizen Cope’s compositions have been recorded by artists as varied as Carlos Santana, Dido, Pharoahe Monch and Richie Havens. He currently records and produces for his own record label, Rainwater Recordings, which he founded in 2010 after deciding not to work with major labels any longer.

Saturday, November 10 – Jucifer at the Earl

Founded in 1993, Jucifer consists of the married couple of Gazelle Amber Valentine (guitar, vocals) and Edgar Livengood (drums). They are known to have pioneered the two piece sludge/doom metal band, the single-instrument wall of sound, and the combination of melodic hooks with monolithic down-tuned guitars recently popularized by newer bands. Valentine was featured in Guitar Player magazine twice as a result of her ground breaking style.

Saturday, November 10 – Pat McGee at Eddie’s Attic

An intimate evening with one of the most seasoned touring singer songwriters in our country! Check out McGee as he supports his 9th studio album!

Saturday, November 10 – King Kill 33 at 529

Combining disorienting visuals, conspiracy mumbo-jumbo, and tautly-wound electric/eccentric rock, King-Kill/33* was absolutely one of the most exciting and intriguing groups of the Atlanta indie rock scene peak of the early ’90s.

Saturday, November 10 – Life in Color at Wild Bill’s

With The E.N.D. Tour, we will have unprecedented production and never-before-seen live performances. We are taking a unified stance & upholding our beliefs, that love, expression, music, creativity & most of all paint will be the only forces that will survive into the next generation of Life in Color. Electronic Never Dies, so embrace it like it’s your last opportunity to celebrate!

Saturday, November 10 – Pathfinder MetalFest V Featuring Raven at the Loft

According to the pages of the various metal media, the labels “LEGENDARY,” “INNOVATIVE,” “TRUE ORIGINALS,” as well as “LUNATICS!” have been rightfully pinned upon RAVEN over the years. In a music scene filled by clones nurtured with a cookie-cutter mentality, the unique personality, power and humor of the three band members has always shone through. The crazed vocals & bass playing of John Gallagher, the full frontal guitar assault of brother, Mark Gallagher, and the punishing polyrhythmic pounding of drummer, Joe Hasselvander, all combine to form a sonic battering ram unique in rock!

Saturday, November 10 -Pocket Full of Shells at Locos Grill & Pub
Newly formed Rage Against the Machine cover band that’ll be taking over Buckhead to rock off faces!

Saturday, November 10 – Saul Willaims at The Basement at Graveyard Tavern

Acclaimed poet and musician, Saul Williams’ open-mic escapades with the Nuyorican Poets peaked at Sundance when Slam won the Grand Jury Prize, and the art world celebrated the arrival of a whole new kind of talent. He defied his genre’s precious reputation and tore voraciously into the guts of life, groping after the exalted and transcendent sex sensations that make it all worth living. His early success led to collaborations with the likes of Erykah Badu, Nas, The Roots and Zack De La Rocha, and descended as much from KRS One and Public Enemy as Allen Ginsberg and Amiri Baraka, he was a new kind of poet.

Saturday, November 10 – Snowmine at the Drunken Unicorn
The Brooklyn five-piece embraces an indie pop sound rich with echo pedals, tribal beats, electro-acoustic soundscapes and… more. “If Jurassic Park had a houseband, it would sound like SNOWMINE” – Pop Wreckoning

Saturday, November 10 – Soup at Smith’s Olde Bar

Soup Reunion 2012 marks a three year hiatus for Atlanta band Soup. The evening promises many Soup classics, something new and tons of great special guests. be sure to arrive early to check out Nashville singer songwriter Jessica Cayne. This show will sell out, get your tickets now.

Saturday, November 10 – Regina Spektor at the Tabernacle

Spektor has a broad vocal range and uses the full extent of it. She also explores a variety of different and somewhat unorthodox vocal techniques, such as verses composed entirely of buzzing noises made with the lips and beatbox-style flourishes in the middle of ballads, and also makes use of such unusual musical techniques as using a drum stick to tap rhythms on the body of the piano or chair.

Saturday, November 10 – United States of Atlanta With Jon Rice at Vinyl

A hip-hop/rock band from the Atlanta area. The band members include, Droid on drums, Mix Mike on guitar and backup vocals and singer/rapper/frontman B jus B. They strive to make creative new music without limitations and to send out a fun message to the youth in today’s society.

Sunday, November 11 – Cold Specks at the Earl
Cold Specks is 23-year-old Al Spx from Etobicoke, Canada, who now lives in London. Describing her sound as ‘Doom Soul’, Cold Specks’ music is steeped in the musical traditions of the Deep South. No wonder then that Al cites the Lomax Field Recordings and James Carr as influences along with Bill Callahan and Tom Waits. With a voice that evokes the ‘spirit feel’ of Mahalia Jackson and the visceral tones of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Cold Specks’ sparse arrangements and chaingang rhythms stop you dead
in your tracks.

Sunday, November 11 – Social Distortion at the Tabernacle

These Punk Rockers have had their fair share of trials and tribulations including a temporary hiatus due to addiction. Since then, they’ve been touring and kicking butt for the past almost 25 years!

Sunday, November 11 – Kreayshawn Presents: Group Hug Tour at the Loft

Internet sensation and up and coming rapper, Kreayshawn hits the Loft with Rye Rye, Honey Cocaine and Chippy Nonstop!

Sunday, November 11 – March Forth Marching Band at Smith’s Olde Bar

MarchFourth inspires dancing… when the audience can tear its eyes from the kaleidoscope of visual energy (and maybe even a crowd-surfing stilter) pouring from the stage. “Part New Orleans brass ensemble, part groove-heavy rock group, and part vaudevillian circus, this group unleashes such a technicolor experience that using the word ‘concert’ to describe their performance falls flat” (5820 Magazine). M4 provides the opportunity to come together in joyous union with a band whose mission is to seize the moment, bring communities together, and leave everyone feeling as if the world is a better place.


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