Monday, October 12, 2009

Chad Rad's picks: Best shows of the week

Posted By on Mon, Oct 12, 2009 at 12:00 PM

Tues., Oct. 13.

When not singing and playing guitar for critical darlings TV on the Radio, Kyp Malone is a perennial songwriter whose work – as a solo artist and with the band Iran – has remained a sleeper. Malone’s latest, self-titled offering under the name RAIN MACHINE finds him spilling a mixed bag of jazz, bluegrass, funk and sometimes subdued, sometimes blistering guitar excursions. Naturally, this swan dive into free-form musical strumming lands on the personal, self-indulgent, humdrum side, but if you’re patient, his eclectic palette and sobering voice and rhythms are rich with anti-pop depth. Neo-folk songstress Sharon Van Etten opens. The Earl $15-$17. 8:30 p.m. , 488 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-522-3950.

Rain Machine, “Smiling Black Faces” mp3

Wed., Oct. 14

Super Soul Party w/ the Soulphonics & Ruby Velle. No cover before 10 p.m. $5 after. The Star Bar. 437 Moreland Ave. 404-681-9018.

click to enlarge (Thee Oh Sees photo courtesy 230 Publicity)
  • (Thee Oh Sees photo courtesy 230 Publicity)

Wed., Oct. 14

With his latest In The Red-released LP, Help, San Francisco guitarist/auteur John Dwyer fronts Thee Oh Sees to summon the demons of West Coast psychedelia circa '68, then swan-dives into scorched ether, melody and distortion.Mobile, Alabama resident doom wave rockers Wizard Sleeve and Indiana post-punks TV Ghost open. $8 (adv). $10 (door). 8:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950.

click to enlarge (Atlas Sound photo by Lockett Pundt)
  • (Atlas Sound photo by Lockett Pundt)

Thurs., Oct. 15

ATLAS SOUND, BROADCAST, SELMANAIRES Atlas Sound fires up the tour machine once again, this time Deerhunter frontman Brandford Cox has enlisted the Selmanaires to serve as his backing band for this show of ghostly pop drones. Stereolab-esque post-rock Brits Broadcast play in support of their latest release, Broadcast & The Focus Group Investigate. The Selmanaires pull double duty as they open the show. $15. 8:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950.

Atlas Sound feat. Noah Lennox "Walkabout" mp3

click to enlarge (David Bazan photo courtesy Big Hassle)
  • (David Bazan photo courtesy Big Hassle)

Wed., Oct. 14

David Bazan (with Band), Say Hi.

“His identity crisis, drinking binges and family tensions are chronicled in chunky, rootsy rockers that can be stately or foot-stomping — and can, perhaps, offer some resolution."

- The New York Times

“Tales of alcoholism and spiritual doubt abound, delivered with such pristine beauty that [they] are bizarrely life-affirming.”

- The Village Voice

“Deeply personal and jaded… pitched roughly between the fireside balladry of mid-period R.E.M. and the languid melodic radiance of Red House Painters.”

- Under The Radar

$12. 9 p.m. The Drunken Unicorn. 736 Ponce de Leon Place.

click to enlarge (Os Mutantes photo courtesy Anti-)
  • (Os Mutantes photo courtesy Anti-)

Fri., Oct. 16.

After 35 years of resting on legends and laurels, OS Mutantes' founding frontman Sergio Dias Baptista is now presiding over a new version of Sao Paulo Brazil's original Tropicallia '60s pop freedom fighters. Along with original drummer Dinho Leme, and a handful of younger players, the group is touring in support of its first new album since 1974, titled Haih… (Anti-). Brooklyn-based and musical descendents of Os Mutantes, De Leon open the show. $25 (adv). $27.50 (door). 8:30 p.m. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. 404-524-7354.

Fri., Oct. 16

Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions. $20. 8 p.m. The Loft. 1374 West Peachtree St. 404-885-1365.

The delicious dichotomy between darkness and light, the space between inspiration and the manifestation of thought, is where Hope Sandoval’s music and lyrics catch fire. Through The Devil Softly, her second album with Warm Inventions partner Colm Ó Cíosóig (My Bloody Valentine), is a rich brocade of pastoral meditations that resonate with the kind of restrained yet provocative intimacy that only these two artists can provide. Well known for their reticence in the media, they’ve once again chosen to pour out their hearts and minds on record.

Sat., Oct. 17

4TH WARD AFRO KLEZMER ENSEMBLE, LAC LA BELLE 4WAKO returns with another show of Western and African rhythms and Klezmer-influenced song styles laid down by some of the best jazz hands in Atlanta. Lac La Belle (formerly Jennie Knaggs & the Sure Shots) come all the way from Detroit to play a set of classy/sassy countrified folk and swing. $5. 9 p.m. The Highland Inn Ballroom Lounge.  404-874-5756.

Sat., Oct. 17

Japandroids, Real Estate, Surfer Blood play 529. $8 (adv). $10 (door).

Sat., Oct. 17

Om, Six Organs of Admittance, Lichens. $12 (adv). $14 (door). The Earl.

Sat., Oct. 17

Still riding high on the wave kicked up on the heels of their second post-reformation album Farm, Dinosaur Jr. is at it again, with the original line-up of J. Mascis, Lou Barlow and Murph towing the line. Expect an evening of ear-bleeding, decibels, feedback and heartbreaking melodies, all washed in feedback and fuzz when the group rolls through town on Oct. 17. To open the show Dino bassist and sometimes Sebadoh, Sentrido and Folk Implosion leader Lou Barlow has assembled a new trio dubbed the Missing Men, to run through a set of post-slacker, songwriter fare from his latest solo record, Goodnight Unknown. Sat., Oct. 17. $28.50. 8:30 p.m. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. 404-524-7354.

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