Live Review: Kevin Devine @ Vinyl, May 8

Live Review: Kevin Devine @ Vinyl, May 8

By Ben Grad Seeing your favorite singer/songwriter play in person is always disappointing. With a rock band, you expect the muddier live sound – that in-your-face, energetic dissonance is part of what defines “rock.” But singer/songwriters (even ones who play with three-piece backup bands, like Kevin Devine) are defined by the clarity of their sound […]

Live Review: Player/Kommander at Vinyl, May 1

Live Review: Player/Kommander at Vinyl, May 1

By Stephanie Roman Player/Kommander describe themselves as "a splash of New York glam with motor oil under their nails." Equally at home playing L.A.'s Viper Room or a juke joint on the Mississippi delta, PK brought their unique style of glitterbilly rock home to Atlanta on Friday night. The band did not let the venue's small crowd prevent them from launching into an […]

Live Review: Starfucker @ Drunken Unicorn, April 24

Live Review: Starfucker @ Drunken Unicorn, April 24

By Julia Reidy  After two-piece Guidance Counselor, who shared drummer Keil Corcoran with the headliners, played to a moderate Saturday night crowd, the aforementioned headliners took the stage without all the attention-grubbing, social climbing behavior their band’s name might suggest. Leaving affectation at the door, Portland quartet Starfucker humbly launched into a mixture of tracks […]

Live Review: Tommy Keene/Magnapop @ The EARL, April 27

Live Review: Tommy Keene/Magnapop @ The EARL, April 27

By Scott Roberts; photo by Sue Volkert An especially sparse (even for a Monday night) crowd at The EARL did not deter hometown darlings Magnapop or veteran headliner Tommy Keene from delivering entertaining sets of energetic, rock-tinged pop. The humble, yet appreciative, crowd was first treated to a loosely confident performance by Magnapop, who opened […]

Live Review: Can Can / Living Things / Electric Six @ Lenny’s, April 25

Live Review: Can Can / Living Things / Electric Six @ Lenny’s, April 25

By Stephanie Roman Saturday night at Lenny's closed out three nights of fantastic local performances. On tap this evening were locals Can Can, along with Living Things from St. Louis (pictured above and below), and international gay bar champions, Electric Six. I was secretly thanking Lenny's for enforcing a "no-smoking indoors" policy tonight since I had a sore […]

Live Review: Ladytron & The Faint SOLD OUT show at Variety Playhouse, April 18

Live Review: Ladytron & The Faint SOLD OUT show at Variety Playhouse, April 18

By Stephanie Roman A late-night audience from the Criminal Records' in-store performances this evening spilled out into the streets of Little Five Points to enjoy the cool air and investigate The Faint and Ladytron show. A substantial crowd had gathered outside Variety Playhouse by the time we reached the door. Small groups of fans murmured their frustration as the words "sold out" filtered down […]

Live Review: Robyn Hitchcock and the Venus 3 @ Variety Playhouse, April 7

Live Review: Robyn Hitchcock and the Venus 3 @ Variety Playhouse, April 7

By Scott Roberts; photos by Sue Volkert From the familiar beginning arpeggiated chords of show opener “I Often Dream of Trains” to the slightly shambolic ending of final encore “Listening to the Higsons” with its familiar sing-along “wo-wo” refrain (and guest star Mike Mills joining in on guitar), Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3 delivered […]

Live Review: Pictureplane/Judi Chicago/Health at The EARL, March 26

Live Review: Pictureplane/Judi Chicago/Health at The EARL, March 26

By Stephanie Roman A dreary and wet evening belied the roster of high-energy performers waiting inside The EARL on Thursday. We entered the room to find Pictureplane (pictured above) – one man tinkering with squeaks and extra reverb from behind a Korg draped in a banner featuring one seriously psychedelic Yoda. The lyrics were muffled, […]

Live Review: These Are Powers, The Chap, Lyonnais, Balkans @ Eyedrum, March 24

Live Review: These Are Powers, The Chap, Lyonnais, Balkans @ Eyedrum, March 24

By Julia Reidy “One of these things is not like the others” seemed to be the theme at Eyedrum last Tuesday night, as a four-band show sent the audience bouncing between acts from serious to kidding, ambient/noise to pop, hipster to humor. All Sesame Street lessons aside, the two local openers, Balkans and Lyonnais, approached […]

Live Review: Attention System/Entertainment/The Prids @ The Drunken Unicorn, March 23

Live Review: Attention System/Entertainment/The Prids @ The Drunken Unicorn, March 23

By Stephanie Roman It seemed fitting that both Attention System and Entertainment shared this evening’s stage with The Prids from Portland; Atlanta’s underground post-punk scene should be proud. These two local bands stand out as part of an exclusive and extremely talented pool of Atlanta musicians that also includes the hauntingly beautiful trio Feeding Fingers. […]

Live Review: Pendulum @ Center Stage, March 25

Live Review: Pendulum @ Center Stage, March 25

  By Samantha A. Parvin Pendulum, the drum 'n' bass/rock/electronic four-piece from Perth, Australia, was an appropriate booking for a Wednesday night at Center Stage; there didn’t seem to be many “9 to 5-ers” in the crowd who would need to get up early on Thursday morning. Pendulum’s fan base is undeniably eclectic, and the […]

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