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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Chad Rad's picks: Best shows of the week (Sept. 30-Oct. 6)

The Sunny Day Real Estate show at Center Stage this Saturday has been sold out for months, but there are plenty of other great shows on which to spend your hard-earned dollars this week. Here's a list of nine shows going on between tonight and Wed., Oct. 6 that I wholeheartedly endorse, in order of priority.

Of course the smart money is on the Wavves show at the Earl on Sunday night. Recent drama with Black Lips aside, the Wavves  kid puts on a fun show of sweetly damaged California pop melodies ravaged by noise in the most brain-pleasing way. According to singer/guitar player Nathan Williams, the idea behind the group was to create songs that resembled something like Beatles-esque pop filtered through the dissonance of Sonic Youth's guitar sounds, but due to his lack of skills when it came to recording, the resulting songs more closely resemble something like a mashup of Pavement circa Slanted & Enchanted and the Jesus & Mary Chain circa Psychochandy, wrapped in a Zoloft haze — can't go wring there. Ganglians and Facehugger open. $10. 8 p.m. Sun., Oct. 4. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com.

Grizzly Bear needs no introduction, so I won't waste your time, other than to say that they're bringing their brand of fey and lofty art pop to Variety Playhouse on Mon., Oct. 5. The show is currently sold out, but keep on eye on the Variety Playhouse's Twitter page as more tickets are rumored to be made available this week. 8 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354.

click to enlarge Photo by Dale Heise
  • Photo by Dale Heise

Tonight Digital Leather plays 529. I've yet to hear a recording from this one-time Jay Reatard cohort that I can fully endorse, although word on the street is that the Sorcerer album on Goner is the one to get. Regardless, Digital Leather played 529 a couple of months back and the full-band treatment of what's mostly the one-man studio project of Omaha resident Shawn Foree, gave sort of a dark, Buzcocks pop edge to these synth-heavy no wave numbers, adding some much needed girth. Thee Crucials and the F'n Heartbreaks open. $7. 9 p.m. 529, 529 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-228-6769.

click to enlarge Photo by Josh Sisk
  • Photo by Josh Sisk

Dan Deacon is playing at Eyedrum on Fri., Oct. 2. The last time Baltimore's electro-guru Deacon rolled through town, the show nearly erupted into a riot when set lists and hipster politics collided with epic drama. The one-man party starter returns to Atlanta on a victory lap for his latest album, Bromst. Expect nothing short of his now legendary all-out dance spectacles of sweaty and deranged fashionistas pushing as close as they can get to the man who stands in the middle of it all twisting knobs, pumping fists and blowing minds. Fellow Baltimoreans Nuclear Power Pants, and Atlanta duo A-Z — featuring former Vera Fang vocalist Zopi Kristjanson — and members of Lyonnais open the show. $10. 9 p.m. Eyedrum Art & Music Gallery, 290 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Suite 8. 404-522-0655. www.eyedrum.org.

Tonight (Wed., Sept. 30) OvO and Subarachnoid Space play the Drunken Unicorn. Trans-European duo OvO have spent a lifetime exploring the most disturbing elements of black metal and industrial dirge to concoct a deep, dark and totally horrifying sound. Portland-based Subarachnoid Space play sweeping, instrumental washes of noise and ethereal metal that swell with tension and urgent beauty. Local noisemakers Go Go Ghost also performs. $8. 8 p.m. The Drunken Unicorn.

Also on Thursday night These Arms Are Snakes, DD/MM/YYYY, Whores and Hawks play at the Star Bar. $8-$10. 9 p.m. 404-681-9018.

The Psychedelic Furs, Happy Mondays and Islands play the Masquerade on Fri., Oct. 2. Born of London’s post-punk and glam-rock scenes circa ’77, the Psychedelic Furs charged into the ‘80s with catchy, scratchy-voiced, teen-angst pop anthems. The group scored major Trivial Pursuit points when their song “Pretty in Pink” became the inspiration for John Hughes’ film of the same name. And if their return to the stage wasn’t enough, Manchester hooligans the Happy Mondays and Islands share the bill, adding a set of their own drug-addled rave pop. $26.50. Masquerade, 695 North Ave. 404-577-8178. .

If I wasn't going to the Wavves show at the Earl, the ige'timer show at Eyedrum sounds cool. A couple of Berliners (doublebass player Klaus Janek and broken toys/ lo-fi electronics guy Simon Berz) are tinkering around with bass and some mangled up toys to make churn-out some very Germanic sounding avant-garde noisiness. Colin Bragg opens with a solo acoustic guitar set.

Eyedrum may have been bailed out of its financial troubles after hosting the fundraiser of the century in August, but it was only a temporary fix. To help Atlanta's long-standing art and music institution stay afloat, 4th Ward Afro Klezmer Orchestra leader Roger Ruzow is spearheading the first of many upcoming music benefits. 4WAKO headlines an evening filled with the jazzy, blue-eyed funk of Cadillac Jones and marching-band antics via the Atlanta Sedition Orchestra. Sat., Oct. 3. $10. 9 p.m. 290 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Suite 8. 404-522-0655. www.eyedrum.org.

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