Jeffrey Butzer and Midwives
With a solid following that continues to build in Europe, Asia and the US, Jeffrey Butzer is easily one of Atlantas new prized musicians with music that is reminiscent of Gainsbourgs darker days in France, of the thematic explorations of Galt McDermont, and of songs that create the setting of late nights that are experienced but experimentative, the sort of nights we all wished we had more often. Read more about his new CD here. For our July show, Butzer is joined for a special reunion with his original band The Midwives, but will play a short set of songs off his new album. Were very excited to hear both sets.
Tous Les Jours
Tous Les Jours is the psychedelic hypno-drone guitar rock project of Ronney Douglas, who has become a fixture in the rapidly growing Atlanta scene. Originally a guitarist in Ocha La Rocha, he now heads Tous Les Jours, and is also in the improvisational Gringo Star side project Pink Police. Tous les Jours' original recordings are lovely in their minimalist experimentation, with songs that feature little more than a voice and a stripped down guitar to the more expansive tracks complete with an accordion. His full band however, with two guitarists, bassist and drummer, promises to be a much higher energy version of the Ronney's original concept. You'll want to see it.
Free. 9 p.m. Star Bar, 437 Moreland Ave. 404-681-9018. More about the rest of the line-up following the jump.
Their name made us a bit skeptical at first, but multiple recommendations led us to find the young south Florida foursome Surfer Blood refreshing, if not a little familiar. Dreamy vocals reminiscent of Bryan Wilson collide with a Cars-esque catchy rock backdrop and it feels like life ends and begins near the ocean. They are barely old enough to pass an ID check at the door, but are definitely deserving of their spot on the stage. Listen to their song "Swim (to reach the end)" here.
Dark moods, nightmarish themes, and a certain spaghetti western swing set Sick Figures apart from your standard Atlanta fare. With titles such as Graveyard Swagger, The Whiskey Song and Halloween, Sick Figures music could easily be a soundtrack to a Tim Burton film.
Grand Prize Winners
Part of a new movement of soul-rap bands playing their own instruments, K Slaughter, Believe, Platypus Jones and Whiteshoes Blue are the Grand Prize Winners from Last Year. Add Andre 3000 from Outkast as a frontman to Blondie, and you begin to understand the sound of the band. The occasional trumpet and trombone shifts GPWFLY from a sort-of new wav-ish late 70's style to something completely its own, though you never fully know what to expect. As one fan puts it, "This music reminds me of cocaine," a comparison we believe comes from the all-out fun and seemingly impulsive nature of this band.
Clark Scott, AKA DJ C_Lark, has become one of Atlanta's favorite underground Djs as a regular spinner at the Star Bar's popular shows. His sets often lean towards 60's garage and psychedelia, creating the soundtrack for what will likely be a rather fun night.
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