Weekend Picks 11/14-11/16

Two weekends before Thanksgiving means it’s time to treat yourself before you give thanks to others! Check out all the Atlanta weekend shows below.

Friday, November 14th

Caroline Herring w/ Special Guest Heather Maloney at Eddie’s Attic

With accolades and endorsements from critics and fellow musicians alike, Signature Sounds recording artist Caroline Herring has emerged as one of the most literate and distinctive songwriters of her generation and one of the freshest voices to hit the music scene in a long time. Since her debut in 2001, Herring has gained a devoted following and much critical acclaim. Named “Best New Artist” at the Austin Music Awards, Caroline has been profiled on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” been a guest on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion,” and was the only American representative involved in the prestigious Cecil Sharp Project in England, a group of musicians commissioned to compose music based on the life and collections of the famous song catcher.

General admission tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Table seats are $18.75 each and must be purchased in multiples of 4. Online, phone, and outlet sales close at 5pm on the day of the show. Doors open at 6pm.


The Funky Knuckles at Vinyl

The inevitable result of a talent-soaked soul and jazz community, The Funky Knuckles are taking the sound of Dallas to an entirely different level. They have been together six years and have held a weekly residency since the beginning. The band is comprised of sidemen from some of the most respected acts in the music industry (Beyonce, Erykah Badu, Chrisette Michelle, Talib Kweli, P. Diddy, The Polyphonic Spree, etc.), yet possesses a sound distinctly separate from any of their individual projects.

Tickets cost $12 in advance, $15 day of show. Doors open at 8pm.


T. Hardy Morris & The Hardknocks at The EARL

“A lot of it is memory or just feeling,” T. Hardy Morris says of his extraordinary debut solo album, Audition Tapes. “But there was also a lot of happenstance and circumstance.” Stark and startling in its evocative, atmospheric power, Audition Tapes sees Morris – best known as frontman for Southern psych-rockers Dead Confederate as well as a member of the collaborative supergroup Diamond Rugs – unleashing something quite unique, a kind of outlaw country grunge, haunting and forlorn and possibly even dangerous.

Tickets are $12 in advance, $14 on the day of the show. Online, phone, and outlet sales close at 6pm on the day of the show. Doors open at 9pm.


Straight No Chaser at The Fox Theater

If the phrase “male a cappella group” conjures up an image of students in blue blazers, ties, and khakis singing traditional college songs on ivied campuses… think again. Straight No Chaser (SNC) are neither strait-laced nor straight-faced, but neither are they vaudeville-style kitsch. As original member Randy Stine comments, “We take the music very seriously; we just don’t take ourselves too seriously.” In the process, they are reinventing the idea of a cappella on the modern pop landscape.

Tickets range from $32-$47. Show starts at 8pm.


Saturday, November 15th

Roxie Watson at Eddie’s Attic

Roxie Watson is a five-piece string band from Atlanta, Georgia that blends gorgeous vocal harmonies and stellar songs into live performances that will just as soon make you laugh as shed a tear. Their music combines elements of old country, rock-a-billy, bluegrass, gospel, and even a little touch of classic rock ‘n roll. Lisa Love of Georgia Music Magazine and the Georgia Music Foundation describes the band by saying, “When you have a group of women who are natural story-tellers, who sooth their aggressive musical chops with beautiful harmonies, temper their rock-n-roll sensibilities with an understanding of Appalachian tradition, and come off as a little bit Keith Richards, a little bit Bill Monroe, you get Roxie Watson.”

General admission tickets are $15 in advance, $19 at the door. Table seats are $18.75 each and must be purchased in multiples of 4. Online, phone, and outlet sales close at 5pm on the day of the show. Doors open at 6pm.


Stars w/ Hey Rosetta! at The Loft

A Song Is A Weapon. So goes the title of a track from The North – the latest stunning offering from Canada’s best kept secret indie institution – STARS. And with those fighting words, STARS are back, having never gone away. Over the course of more than a decade together, STARS have consistently proven themselves adept at producing incisively sharp, beautifully orchestrated pop music. Their sixth album, The North, is no exception. In many ways, it is their finest record to date – a culmination of all they have learned and lost; a record of what it is to love today, of how to live a life in music.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $22 on the day of the show. Online, phone, and outlet sales close at 6pm on the day of the show. Doors open at 7:30pm.


Tyler Ramsey w/ Special Guests at The EARL

After steadily writing while both on and off the road over the course of last year, Tyler Ramsey headed to Nashville, TN, to record his third album The Valley Wind at Alex The Great studio in early January. Friend and bandmate Bill Reynolds (who’s worked with The Avett Brothers and Lissie) produced and aided on bass, while friend Seth Kauffman (Floating Action) sat in on drums and guitar, also singing background vocals. Over a rare snowy set of six days in the southern city, Ramsey crafted nine, finely spun songs, keeping the focus on performance as they were played, and letting fresh ideas reveal themselves as they would.

Tickets are $12. Online, phone, and outlet sales close at 6pm on the day of the show. Doors open at 9pm.


Steve Tyrell at Center Stage

Apologies to Adam Sandler, but Steve Tyrell is truly America’s wedding singer. The Texas-born Tyrell had already earned massive success across the music industry for his A&R, production and film work when, in 1991, he was encouraged by director Charles Shyer to record “The Way You Look Tonight” for a climactic wedding reception scene in Father of the Bride. But it was Shyer’s partner, producer/director Nancy Meyers, who hit upon the idea of Tyrell not only singing the song on the soundtrack but also appearing in the film, crooning the romantic tune to the newlyweds as they share their first dance.

Tickets cost $29-$39. Doors open at 7pm.

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Sunday, November 16th

Lee Roy Parnell at Eddie’s Attic

Lee Roy Parnell is among the elite few who can be identified as a triple threat: an ace  guitarist as well as a distinctive singer and hit songwriter. Parnell has garnered the respect of fans and industry veterans alike with his soulful vocals and award-winning slide guitar playing. His  music runs the gamut of diversity: blue-eyed soul, Deltablues, road house rock, Southern boogie, Texas swing, and gospel defying conventional classification.

General admission tickets are $25 in advance, $32 at the door. Table seats are $31.25 and must be purchased in multiples of 4. Online and phone sales close at 5pm day of show. Doors open at 8pm.


Saintseneca w/ Swarming Branch at The EARL

Saintseneca is a young band from Columbus Ohio led by singer-songwriter and multi instrumentalist Zac Little. Following in the footsteps of heartland bands who have sought to twist the music of the old weird America into new shapes Saintseneca perform songs that sound familiar and uniquely original, all at once.While the group formed in Columbus Ohio, Little hails from the rural hills of Appalachia. It is a solitary and dramatic landscape that has infused the band’s songs with a sense of introspection and striking narratives.

Tickets are $8. Doors open at 8pm.


Monster Energy Outbreak Tour featuring Attila at The Masquerade

Instead of cracking open a few beers, raising their fists, hollering at chicks, and having a good time, so many bands choose to whine about their hearts and their hair. Where’s the fun in that? Thankfully, Atlanta’s Attila haven’t forgotten how to party on their fifth full-length album and third for Artery Recordings/Razor & Tie, About That Life. Boasting brutal grooves and a whole lot of bravado, this is metal at its most raw, raucous, and ratchet.

Tickets cost $21 in advance. Show stars at 6:30pm.

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