Atlanta Music Guide Weekend Preview 10/31/18 – 11/4/18

There’s some cool weeknight shows happening this week so we had to do this a couple days early! Here’s a quick look at some of the best events Atlanta has to offer this weekend Wednesday, October 31st through Sunday, November 4th!

Blis, YOU, King of Summer, Michael Cera Palin (LAST SHOW) at 529

Wednesday, October 31st at 9pm

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Playing powerful, dynamic music informed by emo, indie rock, and math rock, Blis. are an Atlanta-based band who turned a personal crisis into the basis of their breakthrough album. Blis.was formed in 2011 by guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Aaron Gossett, who initially planned for it to be a solo project. Eventually, Blis. expanded into a trio with the addition of bassist Luke Jones and drummer Jimi Ingman. The band didn’t immediately mesh with the other acts on the Atlanta club scene, which was not friendly to rock at the time. Slowly but surely, Blis. began to make a name for themselves through persistent live work. In February 2015, Blis. dropped their debut EP, a four-song release called Starting Fires in My Parent’s House. Blis. initially hoped to cut an album right away, but personal issues were complicating Gossett’s life. He and his girlfriend discovered they were going to be having a child, and her parents strongly objected to their relationship and their decision not to marry. The situation made it more difficult for Gossett to focus on Blis., but it also informed a striking and deeply personal new set of songs. With Blis. expanded to a quartet with the addition of guitarist Josiah Smith, they began shaping the new songs into their second album, which they started recording after landing a deal with the independent label Sargent House. The first full-length album from Blis., No One Loves You, arrived in October 2017, and quickly earned enthusiastic notices from the alternative music press.

 

Material Girls, Dip, The Pleasure Point & Michael Myerz at 529

Thursday, November 1st at 10:00pm

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Material Girls only come out at night. The Atlanta sextet indulge in glam and goth while maintaining a percussive no wave edge on their new album Leather. It’s a pointed balance, but the combination comes naturally for these gutter dwelling creatures who cut their teeth on the sweaty Atlanta nightlife, and is enough to summon the ghosts of CBGB and Andy Warhol. The 8 song record explodes with post-modern sleaze and over the course of 30 minutes, the band ride a wave of malaise towards a decrepit paradise.

After a promising 4 song EP and a year spent touring, including a few dates supporting the B-52s’ Cindy Wilson, the gang is sharper than ever thanks to the addition of guitarist Robbie Rapp (Muuy Biien) and bassist Meghan Dowlen. The Siouxsie-inspired shrieks of Dowlen are a particularly sharp dagger in the Material Girls arsenal, which alternates between squalling psychedelia and apocalyptic post-punk. Echoes of Richard Hell and Pere Ubu flow through nihilistic lyrics, uncaged performances, and inventive riffs.

Leather is a study in contrasts, an illustration of Material Girls ability to deconstruct the tired tropes of punk while pushing DIY music to new heights of zoned in, drugged out chaos. On the surface, this experiment is artistic and abstract, but the visceral energy of Material Girls leaves no room for hazy intellectualism. They vomit on expectation with makeup smeared faces, toying with desire, and keeping the listener tied up in Leather. Out July 2nd via Irrelevant Music (US) & Exag’ Records (EU).

 

Zero Mile Presents: Tyler Ramsey at The Earl

Thursday, November 1st at 8:00pm

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Praised by NPR, Stereogum, WNYC and The Huffington Post, Tyler Ramsey is a multi-instrumentalist equally at home playing guitar, piano, keyboards, bass and percussion, but is best known as a talented finger-style guitarist and singer-songwriter. 

 

Bogey and the Viceroy at the Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater

Friday, November 2nd at 6:30pm

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The 2018 Fred Amphitheater Concert Season kicked off with a performance from the Commodores and Fred fans were introduced to the high energy upbeat party music of Bogey and the Viceroy, the show’s opening act. Every fan was on their feet dancing for the entire set. After the show, Fred fans took to social media and called the venue requesting that we bring the band back for a feature show. You asked for it and you got it – the Fred is excited to announce that we have added a special 13th bonus show to the 2018 concert season and Bogey and the Viceroy will take the stage for our special End of Season Bash on Friday, November 2nd.New Orleans native Bogey Thornton and the talented troubadours of the Viceroy cover classic soul from every era, adds in a heaping dose of retro rock and pop and top it off with a mix of today’s current chart-toppers. At center stage is the energetic presence and stellar vocals of Bogey who is backed by a dynamic 8-piece band featuring a horn section and female backing vocalist. Mark your calendars, grab your friends and get to the Fred for night of “Swanky Soul and Rock n Roll” for our season end party! 

 

Susi French Connection at The Vista Room ATL

Saturday, November 3rd at 9:00pm

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One of The Vista’s most popular groups returns! The Susi French Connection song list includes disco, classic country, rock and pop hits by everyone from Donna Summer to Neil Diamond to the Bee Gees, Abba and many others. SusiFrench guarantees a good time! 

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