AMG’s Weekend Guide: Holly Golightly, MC Chris, The New Pornographers, Sting and More!

It’s that marvelous time again, Friday! There’s a ton of great things to look forward to, with some brilliant shows by indie heroes, young rock ‘n’ rollers, local faves and rock legends. Not to mention a few very special World Cup games (USA on Saturday, and England on Sunday!).

Friday, June 25 – Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs, Anna Kramer and the Lost Cause, Tiger! Tiger! at the EARL
A combination of blues, country and rockabilly make up the music Holly Golightly has been performing for years. A master at her craft Golightly ultimately rocks out and we dig it. Local bands Anna Kramer and the Lost Cause and Tiger! Tiger! open. Get there early, soak it all in.

Friday, June 25 – MC Chris, MC Lars feat. YTCracker and Math the Band at the Drunken Unicorn
Nerdcore hip-hop celeb emcee MC Chris rose to fame working on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. You might know him as the character he played on several episodes – Meatwad’s favorite rapper MC Pee Pants. We’ll assume that if you got the reference, chances are you already have tickets to the show.

Saturday, June 26 – The New Pornographers at the Variety Playhouse
Matador Records band The New Pornographers got things going with their 1997 debut single “Letter From an Occupant.” Since then the band has pretty much been indie rock royalty. The New Pornographers released four full-length records – and spawned a couple solo projects from band members AC Newman, Neko Case, Dan Bejar, Todd Fancey and Kathryn Calder – they’ve received great critical and public acclaim, and continue to enjoy bigger and bigger audiences. So yes, this is a cool show and you should probably go to it.

Saturday, June 26 – James Hall and the Futura Bold with Young Orchids, Ghosts of Summer Suns at Smith’s Olde Bar
Underground rock legend James Hall is not stranger to the stage and the road. But even with nearly three decades under his belt, James Hall still has what it takes to “wow” the new rock ‘n’ rollers on the block. With his band, the Futura Bold, James Hall recently released a new record – it’s good, dirty and loud. Just the way rock should be. Soul-pop band Young Orchids and deep-dark rock outfit Ghosts of Summer Suns open.

Saturday, June 26 – Howlies, The Coathangers, Balkans, Mermaids, Gold-Bears, the Spencer Garn & Mark Carbone Duo at Star Bar
The Star Community Bar and Creative Loafing are hosting this little big show. Featuring some of Atlanta’s top lo-fi/garage psych-rock buzz bands on one stage at everyone’s favorite Little 5 Points dive. We know for sure this show will be rock, it will be packed and possibly sweaty. If you’re into that sort of thing this is where you want to be.

Monday, June 28 and Tuesday, June 29 – Sting and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra at Chastain Park Amphitheatre
And lastly, if you want to extend your weekend a little, one of our favorite golden oldies (he’s getting up there you know – 58 already!), Sting, will be performing with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra for two days on Monday and Tuesday. If you’re lucky, he might even break out the lute to rock to “Don’t Stand So Close To Me.”

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