Monday, October 19, 2009

Chad Rad's recommended shows for the week

Posted By on Mon, Oct 19, 2009 at 4:50 PM

Tealights

Tealights play 529 on Tues., Oct. 20. Tealights' self-released debut CD, Take Us By Sea (out this month), is a sweeping marriage of laptop textures and bold strings sculpting dramatic moods that are very pretty, but very brittle. Take Us By Sea is the backbone of a musical vernacular driven by dark romanticism set adrift in modern classical and experimental arrangements. Like Claude Debussy on a date with Björk, surrealism and impressionism mingle in the dramatic male/female wailing in “Wait.” The lingering string melodies over front lady Nancy Shim’s cool voice are the weeping heart of the CD. White Hinterland from Portland Ore. opens the show.$7. 9 p.m. 529 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-228-6769.

Tealights "Clouds" mp3

click to enlarge Har Mar Superstar
  • Har Mar Superstar

Wed., Oct. 21 Imagine a sweat-soaked love child of Ron Jeremy and Meatloaf who's blessed with the soulful pipes of Stevie Wonder and wearing only a pair of tighty whities and a Cheshire Cat grin - that's Har Mar Superstar. The hirsute sexual dynamo returns with his fourth album, Dark Touches. La Chanson and Roman Photos warm up the stage for him. $8 (adv). $10 (door). 9 p.m. The Drunken Unicorn.

Also on Wed., Oct. 21 All Night Drug Prowling Wolves, GG King and Jeffrey Butzer are playing at 529. It's a release party for a brand new ANDPW 7-inch, titled "Drank Irish. $6. 9 p.m. 529 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-228-6769.

GG King "Drug Zoo" mp3

Jeffrey Butzer "Theme For A Tailor" mp3

ANDPW "Drank Irish" mp3

THURS., OCT. 22.Supercluster is a super group of sorts that rounds up a stable of musicians with pedigrees that boast names, such as Olivia Tremor Control, Circulatory System, the Instruments, Deerhunter and more - spearheaded by former Pylon vocalist Vanessa Briscoe Hay. The group's debut album, Waves is an aptly titled collection of slow, baroque songs that ebb and flow with moods of haunted, rural imagery and melancholy pop, all wrapped in an acid-stained Appalachia. It's a dark, sultry concoction of unconventional reflections that build on an arsenal of strings, layered female voices and experimental luster. Atlanta acts Casper and the Cookies and DQE open the show on $8. 8:30 p.m. The Earl. 488 Flat Shoals Rd. 404-522-3950.

On Fri., Oct. 23 Long defunct Atlanta duo FLAP reunites for its twentieth anniversary, 11 years after Andy Hopkins (guitar, vocals) and Matt Miller (guitar, vocals) parted ways. To call FLAP an acoustic duo undermines their bold experimental sensibilities that smashed through all sorts of barriers to arrive at fun and twisted numbers that the group calls “jazz-math-grass compositions.” Tag Team Opens. $7. 9 p.m. 529 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-228-6769.

click to enlarge Seawolf
  • Seawolf

Also on Fri., Oct. 23 West Coast troubadour Alex Church is the sole voice behind Seawolf's bucolic and bittersweet songs that draw comparisons to Dylan, Will Oldham and Iron & Wine. Seawolf is on the road in support of Church's latest release White Water, White Bloom. San Fran folk pop duo Port O'Brien and LA songstress Sara Lov open the show. $10. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950.

On Sat., Oct. 24 The Destroy All Music Festival returns once again, this time to celebrate 25 years of pure unbridled noise as (anti) art, a religion, a tradition and a staunch political agenda. This year the line-up includes a smattering of basement dwelling feedback heads from around the country, including names like Andrew Coltrane, Wasteland Jazz Unit, Graham Moore, Mr. Natural and a few others. Prepare yourself for an evening of sometimes pretty, sometimes wrathful but always unorthodox sounds. $10. 6 p.m. Eyedrum, 290 MLK Jr. Drive SE. 404-522-0655.

Also on Sat., Oct. 24 Untied States celebrates the record release party for their new album, Instant Everything, Constant Nothing. Orphins and Balkans also perform. $7. 9 p.m. 529. 529 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-228-6769.

Over at The Star Bar on Sat., Oct. 24 the 10th annual Johnny Cash

Tribute & Diabetes Benefit is being hosted by the likes of Psycho Devilles, Blacktop Rockets, Ghostrider Car Club, Caroline & The Ramblers, the Atomic Rockets, Chickens & Pigs and more. $10. 8 p.m. 437 Moreland Ave. 404-681-9018.

(Tealights photo by Bartram Nason)

(Seawolf photo courtsey Dangerbird)

(Har Mar Superstar photo by Langdon/Augusto)

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