Here’s a quick look at the best shows and events happening in Atlanta this weekend Thursday, January 16th through Sunday, January 19th!
Zero Mile Presents: Illiterate Light w/ Camp Howard & Desert Noises at The Earl
Thursday, January 23rd at 9:00pm
Small-town organic farmers turned major-label rock stars, Illiterate Light revel in stretching boundaries and upending expectations on their self-titled Atlantic Records debut, mixing soaring indie rock, swirling psychedelia, and atmospheric folk into a captivating blend that at once calls to mind everything from Neil Young and My Morning Jacket to Fleet Foxes and Band of Horses. Recorded with producers Adrian Olsen (Foxygen, Natalie Prass) and Vance Powell (Jack White, Kings Of Leon, Chris Stapleton), the record is blissful and ecstatic, with raw electric guitars, propulsive drums, and shimmering harmonies capturing the power of the band’s remarkable live shows, which find Jeff Gorman simultaneously playing guitar with his hands and synth bass with his feet while his musical partner, Jake Cochran, plays a standup drum kit. Hailed as “a perfect addition to your summertime playlist” by NPR, the band honed in on their distinctive sound and identity over years of relentless touring, earning dates along the way with the likes of Shakey Graves, Rayland Baxter, Mt. Joy, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, and The Head and The Heart in addition to high-profile festival slots at Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Newport Folk, and more.
True Blossom, Moloq, Lobby Boy & Suede Cassidy at Food Court
Friday, January 24th at 9:00pm
True Blossom demonstrate a love for nearly every era of dance pop. From the clean Italo-disco synth lines to the ‘70s funk basslines, it’s almost impossible to reduce the song to any era of influence. Despite bleeding pop orthodoxy, “Baby” shows a range of emotion that belies the traditional subject matter of the track. Still, the underlying complexity and diversity are wrapped up in a bold, crystalline sound that clarifies the layers of the group’s lush aesthetic and keeps the track from wandering into the realm of esoteric pop.
Shadow Of Intent / Inferi / Signs of the Swarm / SIX at Vinyl
Saturday, January 25th at 6:00pm
Shadow of Intent was formed in 2014 as an internet-based project between vocalist Ben Duerr and instrumentalist Chris Wiseman. The band released their first EP called “Inferi Sententia” on July 18, 2014 and continued writing more music for the album that would be called “Primordial”. The second studio album “Reclaimer” was released independently in 2017, selling 1,300 copies in its first week, and to this day has amassed over a million streams. In October the band announced its debut performance in December which would sell out the Webster Underground in Hartford, CT. Shortly after, the band was recruited by JJ Cassiere of the booking agency 33 and West. He started putting the band on national tours with metal acts such as The Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel, Carnifex, Oceano and Fleshgod Apocalypse.
9th Annual Atkins Park Oysterfest in Smyrna
Friday, January 24th – Sunday, January 26th
Back by popular demand – the 9th Annual Smyrna Oysterfest is returning with an extra day and extra space serve you more delicious cajun flavor, live music and shuckin’ good times than ever before in a Mardi Gras-inspired party like no other in Atlanta.
FRIDAY, January 24
7:00 – 10:00 pm Funkcake
Saturday, January 25
12:00 – 3:00 pm Brown Sock
3:30 – 6:30 pm Eddie 9V
7:00 – 10:00 pm Wasted Potential Brass Band
Sunday, January 26
11:30 – 3:00 pm Trombone Jesus + his disciples
3:30 – 6:30 pm Slaw Dog