Gosh, it sure is beginning to look more and more like fall in the ATL! What else can make this amazing time of year better than music?? October is easily one of the most popular months for concerts and festivals, so we understand your dilemma when it comes to picking and choosing how to spend your free time. Unfortunately, this weekend is no exception and there’s a lot to go out and see! Here are our weekend picks and places. Share yours with us on Twitter at @Atlantamusic !
Friday, October 19- The Temper Trap at Center Stage
Australian indie-rockers are taking over Center Stage. They’ll be playing a private acoustic performance to a few fans and then rocking out later in the evening! Tickets are still available and purchasing through Ticket Alternative gets you into both for the price of one!
Friday, October 19- The Lighthouse & the Whaler at the Drunken Unicorn
The amazingly upbeat indie-folk group returns to support their newest release “This is an Adventure!” Check em’ out on the last bit of their nation wide tour with Ewert and the Two Dragons!
Friday, October 19- SWANS at Terminal West
Friday, October 19- R. Kelly at the Fox Theatre
R. Kelly is back with a new album, proving he’s not going anywhere. After a nearly sold out show on Thursday, he’s closing out his time in Atlanta with one more night of his “North American Single Ladies” tour!
Friday, October 19 – John Prine at The Classic Center in Athens
John Prine is an American country/folk singer-songwriter. He has been active as a composer, recording artist and live performer since the early 1970s.
Friday, October 19 – Eliot Bronson & Yonder Orphans at Eddie’s Attic
On his new album, Milwaukee, ELIOT BRONSON sings, “My odds are just no good / Even my evens don’t add up the way they should.” The song is “Longshot,” one of eleven superbly crafted gems that are at turns dark and witty, weary and tuneful. After a decade of songwriting, accolades, almost “big breaks” and shoestrings tours, the Atlanta songwriter is clearly at the top of his game.
Friday, October 19- TOMBS w/ 16 at the Earl
Tombs is an experimental metal band from Brooklyn, New York, best known for their sound which combines a mix of multiple metal styles which includes elements of black metal, hardcore, and sludge metal.
Friday, October 19- Micky and the Motorcars at Peachtree Tavern
Micky and the Motorcars have certainly racked up their share of miles on the road and they have no intentions of slowing down. Their music is proof that theyll be around for years to come and their energy and ambition will keep the fans coming to them. MMC as they are sometimes known are now fixtures on the Lonestar scene joining their brothers in Reckless Kelly as a nationally known, tirelessly touring band.
Friday, October 19- Packway Handle Band at Smith’s Olde Bar
Packway Handle Band has emerged at the national forefront of bands that use a gather-around-the-mic style. Theirs is not a mission to preserve historical styles– it’s just how they do what they do the best. And what they do best is rooted in thought provoking songwriting, clever choice and arrangement of bluegrass traditionals, and totally unexpected (even totally inappropriate) covers, all delivered with a crackling energy. If you get an idea of what Packway Handle is early in a show, you’ll probably change your mind several times before they’re done.
Saturday, October 20- The Lumineers at the Masquerade Music Park
Hopefully you were able to snag some tickets because this show is SOLD OUT! After their amazing performance with Olde Crow Medicine show at the Fox, these American Folk rockers will not disappoint!
Saturday, October 20- Charlie Mars CD Release Show at Smith’s Olde Bar
Over 11 songs, Mars hits a groove that does not signify any specific genre but instead is hardwired to hearts and hips. This is an album that writhes through the headphones, which will ultimately be tossed in favor of a living room dance floor. Mars has sewn together tightly crafted songs with moods and melodies that pulse with sex, wonderment, and personal destruction – all themes that may clash on paper but in music suggest mysteries that are organic to us all.
Saturday, October 20- Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs at the Earl
With a decent sound that doesn’t quite fall into any specific genre Holly Golightly and The Brokeoffs have released five albums and one EP between 2007 and 2012. Their first album, You Can’t Buy A Gun When You’re Crying, is a reference to comedian Lord Carrett’s joke “I learned a lot from my second marriage… I learned they won’t sell you a hand gun if you’re crying…” Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs were winners of the 9th Annual Independent Music Awards for the best Americana album, Dirt Don’t Hurt. In 2003, she sang with The White Stripes on the track “It’s True That We Love One Another” on their fourth album, Elephant. Time Out New York described her as an “English garage rock doyenne”.
Saturday, October 20- Busdriver W/ Nocando
Inarguably one of the premiere risk takers in modern indie rap, Busdriver has been a fixture in the scene for ten years, releasing compelling left-field rap albums on taste-maker labels like Mush, Big Dada, Alphapup, Polyvinyl and Anti-. Performing and collaborating regularly with acts likes The Roots, CocoRosie, Aesop Rock, The Glitch Mob, Deerhoof, the beatmakers of Low End Theory and more, his place in the network of left-leaning musicians is as unique as it’s ever been.
Saturday, October 20- Rufus Wainwright at the Tabernacle
Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter, Wainwright is a jack of all trade. In addition to his tenor singing voice, he plays piano and guitar, often switching between the two instruments when performing live. While some songs feature just Wainwright and his piano, his later work is often accompanied by rock instrumentation or a symphony orchestra, displaying complex layering and harmonies with an operatic feel. Wainwright is an opera fanand likes Franz Schubert’s Lieder. Some of Wainwright’s songs are described as “popera” (pop opera) or “baroque pop”. Many of his compositions are densely packed amalgams of strings, horns, operatic choruses, ragtime rhythms, with a warm vocal timbre.
Saturday, October 20- Die Antwoord at Center Stage
These innovative South African rappers have been making waves in the music scene, lately! Hopefully you were able to grab tickets because this is yet another sold out show this Saturday!
Saturday, October 20- Ron Pope at Vinyl
Bringing a sound that is rich in Americana and country influences but also informed by Pope’s love of a wide range of artists from Clapton to Arcade Fire, Atlanta will bring an even wider audience to an artist who already has millions of sales and page views to his name.
Saturday, October 20- The Black Lillies at Eddie’s Attic
As good as it is … as great as it is … it’s a drop in the bucket, because 100 Miles of Wreckage is here. The sophomore record takes what Cruz built in Whiskey Angel and fortifies it, a rustic sound without name and place, unbeholden to geographic region or easy classification. It’s an album crafted with precision and care by musicians who are masters of their trade, who believe in The Black Lillies’ vision and who hold fast to the notion that good music – music with heart and purpose and purity of spirit — is still a valued commodity.
Sunday, October 21- Kelly McFarling at Eddie’s Attic
Homegrown and haunting, Kelly McFarling’s voice spirals powerfully, and progressively over a bed of oldtimey instrumentation. She is from Atlanta, GA, where she learned to sing in church choirs and baseball stadiums, and learned to write through the stories of Flannery O’ Connor and Toni Morrison. She has since wandered out West, where she can be found in the back rooms of San Francisco bars plucking her Banjo and singing siren songs. Dubbed ‘original rhythm and Bluegrass,’ her songs are inspired by hard truths and transitions, with bold honest lyrics and authentic melodies that stay with you long after the song is over.