Here’s a quick look at the best shows and events happening in Atlanta this weekend Thursday, September 19th through Sunday, September 22nd!
Zero Mile presents: Seratones at The EARL
Thursday, September 19th at 8:00pm
Seratones have been chasing those kinds of deep connections since 2016, when they first rocketed into the national spotlight with their breakout debut, ‘Get Gone.’ Rolling Stone called the album a “fitful collision of punk, soul and jazz echoing out of a shed strewn with whiskey bottles,” while Pitchfork praised the collection’s “soulful grease and punky grit,” and NPR hailed it as “lean and compact, with an impressive assortment of anthemic stompers.” The music earned the band dates on the road with artists as varied as St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, The Dandy Warhols, and Drive-By Truckers, along with festival slots from Hangout to Newport Folk and invitations to perform on national television and at NPR’s Tiny Desk.
The Noise & Ones To Watch Present The Faim & Stand Atlantic at The Loft
Friday, September 20th at 6:00pm
The Faim‘s songs have resonated with fans all over the world. The band has already accumulated over 11 million total streams globally, and by the end of 2018, The Faim will have toured extensively, performing at festivals like Download, Slam Dunk, and Reading & Leeds, and sharing the stage with the likes of PVRIS, Against The Current, Sleeping With Sirens, Hands Like Houses, Lower Than Atlantis, The Dangerous Summer, and PVMNTS. Each evening onstage, the musicians aim to connect with every single person in the room to build a deeply personal fanbase.
Melodic Australian pop punk outfit Stand Atlantic rode a wave of well-crafted indie releases and years of hard touring to a pair of prominent label deals, the latter of which resulted in the 2018 release of their debut album, Skinny Dipping, on Hopeless Records. With the strength of a label behind them, they landed the opening slot on New Found Glory’s sold-out Australian tour in the summer of 2017 and released their label debut, the Sidewinder EP, in September, earning positive reviews and support from Triple J radio. A European tour supporting Britain’s ROAM rounded out their calendar for the year and they kicked off 2018 touring Australia with American band Knuckle Puck. The September release of their next single, “Lavender Bones,” was coupled with the announcement that they had signed with high-profile U.S. label Hopeless Records. A month later, Stand Atlantic delivered their full-length debut, Skinny Dipping.
Future Thieves w/ Hardcastle at Vinyl Atlanta
Friday, September 20th at 7:00pm
Future Thieves was formed in late 2013 after a timely split between former bands. Elliot Collett (vocals, guitars, keys) enlisted band members Gianni Gibson (drums) and Nick Goss (bass, keys, bgvs) to play along with recordings done in Los Angeles in the months prior. Austin McCool (guitars) quickly joined rank, after playing with Collett and Goss in various projects. Future Thieves began writing, recording, and touring the United States in 2014.
The band quickly formed a distinct sound, blending alternative pop vocal melodies with driving guitars and intricate rhythms. Their debut LP Horizon Line was released independently on October 23, 2015, and the song “Horizon Line” landed at #26 on Spotify’s US Viral 50 chart. Future Thieves spent the next year and change spreading their music in venues all across the States and Europe, hitting major festivals including Loufest, Bonnaroo, Summerfest, SXSW, Forecastle, Live on the Green, and WAM along the way. Live At Blue Rock was recorded in Wimberley, TX and released on January 13, 2017. From these live recordings, “Ghosts” was exclusively showcased on TeamCOCO.com. The band quickly released the stand-alone single and video for “Sucker” as an indication of what was to come. Featuring smooth synths and guitar-driven pop, Collett’s vocal melody demanded center stage. The song was premiered on Billboard.com and AltPress.com, and the video was exclusively streamed with Jimmy Fallon.
Irrelevant Music Presents: Sequoyah Murray, Gesserit, Pure Joy & Jsport at Food Court
Friday, September 20th at 9:00pm
At just 22 years old, Sequoyah Murray is crafting the kind of concise, singular musical statements that many artists strive for their whole careers. His mutant brand of modern soul is as deeply eclectic as it is instantly arresting, a quality that drew early comparisons to Arthur Russell. Like Russell, Murray has a boundless, playful approach to composition; an incredible breadth of vision balanced by concise editing. Futuristic electronics, West and North African influenced polyrhythms, gospel vocals and psychedelic Tropicália textures blend seamlessly, anchored by his astounding three-octave baritone. Before You Begin, Murray’s debut album, demonstrates the immense scope of his artistry. Composed, played and produced almost entirely by Murray himself, the album takes the listener on a deeply personal journey through youth.
Susi French Connection at The Vista Room ATL
Saturday, September 21st at 9:00pm
From Dolly to disco, the best of the 1970’s
“Three of us used to be in a band called the Gentle Readers and after several albums of original music, we decided to do a show of covers we liked and we called in friends to help us and now we are only the Susi French Connection and it is fifteen years later.
Our repertoire is near 200 songs now, and consists of some classic soul (ala Stevie Wonder), some singer/songwriter nuggets (ala Carly Simon), and a lot of disco and dance music (ala Bee Gees, KC, Abba). Whenever possible, we make sure the tables are moved and the dance floor is open. No one ever danced when we played our own songs way back when, and the novelty still has not worn off. It’s intoxicating.”
Masquerade presents: Strung Out w/ The Casualties at The EARL
Sunday, September 22nd at 7:00pm
If you listened to Songs of Armor and Devotion with no prior knowledge of Strung Out, you probably wouldn’t guess that the California band has been together for almost 30 years – such is the intensity and fresh energy of this new album. Don’t miss this one!