Weekend Picks 11/7-11/9

The second weekend of Atlanta music is filled with Americana newcomers, soul legends and more! Check out all of your options and have a great music-filled weekend!

Friday, November 7th

Amanda Shires at Eddie’s Attic

Just in case the title alone wasn’t a dead give away, Amanda Shires’ Down Fell the Doves is not a record for the faint of heart, faith or spirit. Carrying Lighting, the critically acclaimed 2011 breakthrough that put Shires on the map as one of Americana music’s most arresting new voices (and Texas Music magazine’s 2011 Artist of the Year), was a kudzu-tangled web of frayed heartstrings and combustible desire that revealed the one-time “little fiddle player from Lubbock” to be a grown woman unafraid to “get wrecked in love” and dish out the same with keen poetic insight and unnervingly mature, femme-fatale conviction. But as striking as Lightning was, Down Fell the Doves (Shires’ debut for Lightning Rod Records) is where the gloves really come off.

General admission tickets are $10 in advance, $14 at the door. Table seats are $12.50 and must be purchased in multiples of 4. Online and phone sales close at 5pm day of show. Doors open at 6pm.


Mastodon Tour w/ Gojira and Kvelertak at The Tabernacle

Art is a cyclical beast. The same can easily be said of Grammy Award nominated hard rock juggernaut Mastodon. The group’s four members recognize the importance of life’s omnipresent cycles on their sixth full-length album, Once More ‘Round the Sun. The band orbits around themes of loss and rebirth, twirling a sonic spiral of its signature robust riffing, hypnotically haunting soundscapes, triage of dynamic voices, and thundering seismic grooves. At the same time, this particular collection proves personal for Brann Dailor, Brent Hinds, Bill Kelliher, and Troy Sanders.

Tickets cost $38.50. Doors open at 6:30pm.

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Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes and The Black Cadillacs at Vinyl

They are Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes. To see them live is to experience the crux of who they are: A high-energy indie rock band dead set on producing the best live sound they know how. And boy, do they know how. After well-deserved accolades from music blog ‘Consequence of Sound’ for their 2012 CMJ showcases, DE&TGL are gaining momentum as a band you should go to bat for. From the source, their songs are: “rock songs, heavy and dark, light-hearted and danceable, observational and introspective,” says guitarist Timon Lance.

Tickets cost $10 in advance, $12 day of show. Online, phone, and outlet sales close at 6pm on the day of the show. Doors open at 7:30pm.


Jukebox the Ghost w/ Coins at The Loft

Jukebox the Ghost features the incredibly catchy lead single “The Great Unknown,” which was co-written by Jukebox’s Ben Thornewill (vocals & piano) and Greg Holden (co-writer “Home” for Phillip Phillips). The single was released in June around the same time Yep Roc took the song to AAA Radio where it was #3 most added first week out. The band and the label were extremely excited this week with the news that “The Great Unknown” broke into AAA’s Top 40 – a first for Jukebox the Ghost – with key support from Lighting 100 in Nashville (WRLT), 101.9 KINK-FM in Portland and WXPN in Philly to name a few. The new single is also finding a few fans at Commercial Alternative with stations such as WRFF in Philly showing early support and inviting the band to join Bleachers earlier this month for their “Summer Block Party.”

Tickets cost $13 in advance, $15 day of show. Online, phone, and outlet sales close at 6pm on the day of the show. Doors open at 8pm.


Saturday, November 8th

Aretha Franklin at The Fox Theater

Aretha Franklin was born on March 25, 1942, in Memphis, Tennessee, the fourth of five children of a Baptist preacher and a gospel singer. A gifted singer and pianist, Franklin went on tour with her father’s traveling revival show and later went to New York and signed with Columbia records. She went on to release several popular singles, many of which are now considered classics. In 1987, she became the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Franklin won her 18th Grammy Award in 2008, making her one of the most honored artists in Grammy history.


Tickets cost $62-$147. Show starts at 8pm.


The Melvins w/ Honky at The Loft

The Melvins are an American band that formed in 1983. They usually perform as a trio, but in recent years have performed as a four piece with two drummers. Since 1984, singer and guitarist Buzz Osborne and drummer Dale Crover have been the band’s ongoing members. The Melvins’ music is influenced by Black Flag’s mix of punk and metal on their My Way and Slip It In albums, and other slow punk acts like Swans, Flipper and Wipers, but also by some hard rock and metal bands such as Kiss and Alice Cooper; however, their idiosyncratic approach, bizarre sense of humor, and experimentation make neat categorization difficult.

Tickets cost $16 in advance, $18 day of show.Online, phone, and outlet sales close at 6pm on the day of the show. Doors open at 8pm.


The Rural Alberta Advantage w/ July Talk at The EARL

In 2006 singer-songwriter Nils Edenloff, percussionist Paul Banwatt, and multi-instrumentalist Amy Cole came together to release their debut self-titled EP as The Rural Alberta Advantage. The ensuing years have brought two full-length albums (2008’s Hometowns and 2011’s Departing), widespread critical praise (SPIN, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, NPR, among others), two Juno Award Nominations (Best New Group, Video of the Year), a Long List Nomination for the Polaris Music Prize, and a hard-earned reputation as one of the most impressive live bands you’ll ever see.

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


Dope Body w/ Roomrunner at 529

Dope Body are one of the only underground bands in existence brave enough to claim Rage Against the Machine as a formative influence. The Baltimore-based noise-punk quartet embraces the signature sounds of the alternative nation, but uses pedals, loops, and off-kilter rhythms to pummel its teenage heroes into blurry abstraction. Borrowing from punk-funk and nu-metal as much as spazz-core and pigfuck, the group plays Dr. Moreau with a decade’s worth of MTV buzz clips.

Tickets are $8. Online, phone, and outlet sales close at 6pm on the day of the show. Doors open at 9pm.


Sunday, November 9th

Noah Gundersen at Terminal West

At the tender age of 24, Noah Gundersen is already a young veteran who recorded his first album on his dad’s Tascam Studio 8 reel-to-reel home tape machine at 13. His latest album, Ledges, self-produced and recorded at Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard’s Studio Litho in Seattle, represents the latest stop in a journey which began in his strictly conservative, religious home growing up, where he was strictly forbidden to listen to secular music. Instead he grew up listening to Bob Dylan’s gospel albums, along with Christian artists such as Keith Green, Larry Norman and Rich Mullins.

Tickets cost $15-$17. Doors open at 7pm.

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Reverend Horton Heat w/ El Capitan and the Band with No Name at The EARL

Loaded guns, space heaters, and big skies. Welcome to the lethal littered landscape of Jim Heath’s imagination. True to his high evangelical calling, Jim is a Revelator, both revealing & reinterpreting the country-blues-rock roots of American music. He’s a time-travelling space-cowboy on a endless interstellar musical tour, and we are all the richer & “psychobillier” for getting to tag along. Listening to the REVEREND HORTON HEAT is tantamount to injecting pure musical nitrous into the hot-rod engine of your heart. The Reverend’s commandants are simple: ROCK HARD, DRIVE FAST, AND LIVE TRUE.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 on the day of the show. Online, phone, and outlet sales close at 6pm on the day of the show. Doors open at 8pm.


Timeflies at Center Stage

Timeflies is a music duo consisting of 22 year-olds Cal (vocalist) and Rez (producer) that formed in October 2010. Though they got their start in Boston, Cal and Rez are originally from New York and New Jersey, respectively. Using elements of pop, hip-hop, electro, dub step, and rock, Timeflies aims to escape genre limitations, and to create music that everyone can relate to. In late September, Timeflies released their debut album, The Scotch Tape, which proved to be a huge success. In just over 24 hours after its release, the album soared to number 8 on the iTunes top 10 chart and number 2 on the iTunes top 10 Pop chart.

Tickets cost $24. Doors open at 7:30pm.

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