Here’s a quick look at the best upcoming events in Atlanta this weekend Thursday, March 7th through Sunday, March 10th!
Zale // The Holy Knives // Pleasure Plateau (Free Show) at Star Community Bar
Thursday, March 7th at 9:00pm
Drawing musical inspiration from acts such as Timber Timbre, Arctic Monkeys, Beach House, and Portishead, The Holy Knives’ could be imagined performing at the Bang Bang Bar from Twin Peaks or playing in a True Detective episode. Their belief is that music is a sacred weapon you can use to ward off the march of reality.
The Atlanta Jewish Music Festival presents: Lawrence at Vinyl (Center Stage)
Saturday, March 9th at 9:00pm
As NPR writes, “siblings Clyde and Gracie Lawrence are not your typical pair.” Clyde Lawrence, 24, and Gracie Lawrence, 21, have been writing songs and listening to countless Stevie Wonder, Randy Newman, and Aretha Franklin records together in the living room of their family’s New York City apartment since they were little kids. After years of playing together, they officially created Lawrence, an eight-piece soul-pop band comprised of powerhouse musicians who happen to be their best friends from childhood and college. The keyboard-driven rhythm section and tight, energetic horns create dynamic arrangements to support Clyde and Gracie’s explosive lead vocals and catchy melodies.
Sequoyah Murray, Big Ded, Blessingxx & Twins (dj) at 529
Saturday, March 9th at 9:00pm
At 21 years old, Sequoyah Murray is a singer, composer, improvisational artist and multi-instrumentalist who has spent a lifetime immersed in music. The son of percussionist Kenito Murray and vocalist Treva McGowan, Sequoyah’s fearlessly creative role in Atlanta’s young D.I.Y. jazz, indie rock and experimental music scenes has fostered a gently cluttered and transcendental sound steeped in heavy rhythms and abstract musical textures. – Creative Loafing Atlanta
Mike Krol w/ Spider Bags & Hunger Anthem at The EARL
Sunday, March 10th at 8:00pm
Power Chords, Mike Krol’s new Merge release, picks up where 2015’s Turkey left off. It traces Krol’s journey back to punk rock, harnessing both the guitar technique and the musical redemption referenced in its title. He’s wielding the same influences—Misfits, The Strokes, early Weezer, Ramones—but turning up the gravity and the gain. Indeed, Krol has gone somewhere new; yes, he bludgeoned himself with over-analysis and self-loathing, but along the way he stumbled upon a trove of intricate guitar lines and artfully mutating melodies.
Music ruined Krol’s life. And then saved it. In chronicling that process, Krol has made his best record—painful, voyeuristic, and angry, but ultimately transcendent and timeless. It is the sound of Krol giving in to a force greater than himself, as though the chords are playing him rather than the other way around.
He Is Legend / Holy+Gold/ Pretty Please / New Bedlam at The Earl
Tuesday, March 12th at 8:30pm
Belief can be a powerful thing. When shared even among a small group, possibilities remain endless.
That brings us to He Is Legend’s fifth full-length offering, few [Spinefarm Records]. The communal faith belonging to a cadre of musicians, artists, and fans brought the collection to life. That’s why the title, a nod to Madame Helena Blavatsky’s occult treasure The Voice of the Silence, feels so cosmically apropos for the Wilmington, NC quartet — Schuylar Croom [vocals], Adam Tanbouz [lead guitar], Matty Williams [bass], and Denis Desloge [guitar].
“This is dedicated to the people who supported us through everything,” declares Croom. “I was inspired by the words of Helena Blavatsky. She’s basically the godmother of the occult, and she dedicated one of her books to the few. Basically, that means the few that follow the way. I thought it was very fitting for what we do. It took just a few artists and a few thousand of our fans to come through and say, ‘Fuck yeah, we want you to do another record.’ We left it up to them.”