Friday, September 18, 2009

What it do ATL: Weekend concert round-up

Posted By on Fri, Sep 18, 2009 at 6:45 PM

click to enlarge Medeski, Martin & Wood
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TONIGHT

MEDESKI, MARTIN & WOOD With the third entry in the trio’s wildly ambitious Radiolarians trilogy just released, MM&W are primed with great new material that pushes even their elastic definition of jazz. The group’s explorations into folk, blues, gospel and funk are colored by the experimental tendencies that expand their improvisations and make each show unique. $25-$27.50. 8:30 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com. — Hal Horowitz

TELEFON TEL AVIV Joshua Eustis’ Telefon Tel Aviv, a solo act after January’s death of creative partner Charles Cooper, creates a somewhat darkly textured IDM sound. The Race, also featuring Eustis, also performs with an opening set by Romeo Spike. $10. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. — Jonathan Williams

(Photo by Liz Penta)

MARK FARINA, DILO, KEVIN O, MIKE ZARIN San Francisco/Chicago house legend Mark Farina returns a mere three months after a memorable night at what used to be called the Mark. Same venue, new name for Friday’s (9/18) party, as the Mushroom Jazz maestro graces the decks and effects once again.

Direct from Buenos Aires, Dilo will keep things interesting in the upstairs lounge. Local faves Kevin O and Mike Zarin will start things off. $10-15 10 p.m. Filter, 79 Poplar Street.– Alejandro A. Leal

SATURDAY

OTHER SOUND FESTIVAL Over the last four years, Other Sound has served as a showcase for the many indie-rock and outsider musical acts in Atlanta. Rather than relegate the festival to a handful of 21-and-up bars, organizers Kat Colohan, Justin Sias and Eric Holder have descended upon Little Five Points for a day-long event that utilizes the neighborhood's infrastructure in some inventive ways. Free. Sat., Sept. 19. Little Five Points' Findley Plaza, Criminal Records and the Star Bar. – Chad Radford

INDIGO GIRLS, MATT NATHANSON The darlings of Decatur come home once again for another evening of their thoughtful, melodic and uplifting music. Amy and Emily just keep cranking it out, and their fans keep soaking it up. Nathanson opens. $33.50-$58.50. 7:30 p.m. Chastain Park Amphitheatre. 404-249-6400. www.livenation.com. — JK

PAUL BURCH Burch demonstrates a deep, abiding affection for vintage country with stops at rockabilly, Western swing, ragtime and even sample Latin rhythms on Still Your Man, his seventh and best release of his career. $15-$75. 8 p.m. Eddie’s Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. — Chris Parker

TONY DEMARCO, PADDY O'BRIEN, PAT EGAN Traditional Irish music by three notable names in the genre: O'Brien, a master of the two-row button accordion who boasts a repertoire of more than 3,000 tunes, seasoned Sligo fiddler DeMarco, and folk guitarist/vocalist Egan. $15-$10. 7 p.m. Riverwood High School auditorium. 404-847-1980. www.atlantairishmusic.com. — Mark Gresham

YO LA TENGO, ENDLESS BOOGIE Led by former music critic Ira Kaplan, Yo La Tengo seamlessly shifts from delicate, sonorous textures to ragged, distortion-spiked guitar, proving comfortable with both the plaintive minimalist and unhinged roaring extremes of noise pop. $20. 8:30 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404 524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com — CP

EAST ATLANTA STRUT East Atlanta Village takes its turn with the 12th annual EAST ATLANTA STRUT, a day-long festival featuring local artists, entertainment, and legendary amounts of food and drink. The Strut gets started early at 8 a.m. with a 5K race through East Atlanta's residential streets; the beer, music and food follow soon afterward. Attendees are encouraged to use public transportation or bicycles, as parking is limited. Check out the full line-up of bands playingFree. Noon-11 p.m. Glenwood and Flat Shoals avenues. – Jessica Hunt

SUNDAY

GALILEO 400TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT This first of two “Galileo” concerts in one week features trumpeter David Kuehn, violinist Liesl McWhorter, organist/harpsichordist Calvert Johnson, and sopranos Andrea Love, Ruth Reveal and Laura Baker performing music from the Baroque era. Free. 3 p.m. Julia Thompson Smith Chapel, Agnes Scott College. 404-471-6043. www.agnesscott.edu. — MG

PEELANDER-Z, STILL FLYIN', EXCALIBRAH Japanese comic book punks Peelander-Z hail from planet Peelander, and their members — Peelander-Yellow, Peelander-Blue and Peelander-Red — unleash a fury of kitschy, high-energy stage antics. Fronted by former Masters of the Hemisphere vocalist Sean Rawls, Still Flyin’ has transformed from a reggae battle royale into a more concerted effort at writing snappy pop tunes. Excalibrah opens. $10. 8 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. — CR

WORKS PROGRESS ADMINISTRATION I don't know what to expect tonight, as this is a shifting conglomerate of members of Nickel Creek, Toad the Wet Sprocket, and both Elvis Costello's and Lyle Lovett's bands. What I heard sounded really good, so I say go! $20-$100. 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. — JK

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