Monday, December 28, 2009

Chad Rad's picks for shows of the last week of 2009

Posted By on Mon, Dec 28, 2009 at 2:00 PM

Ben Trickey

Mon., Dec. 28

Blue Eyed Goodbyes, Jacob Jones, Ben Trickey. $7. 8:30 p.m. The Earl, 488 Flat Shoals Rd. 404-522-3950.

Mon., Dec. 28

Fox Trotsky, Kid Stuff Come say goodbye to Atlanta trio Fox Trotsky as it gives one final show of jumbled, melodic punk chaos and tension. Burgeoning dance band Kid Stuff opens. Fellow locals Wrister were supposed to be playing a farewell show of loud, sneering vocals and warped, three-chord chargers as well, but alas, they have called it off. Likewise,  long-defunct Marietta math/noise/emo rockers Left to Rust, featuring Hawks guitarist Andrew Wiggins on drums were said to be reuniting for this show too,  but they've backed out as well. Free. 8 p.m. 529. 404-228-6769.

Tues., Dec. 29

Failures, Salvation, Aerosols, Slavescene, Nazi Dust Prepare yourself for an evening of screeching, squelching post-post hardcore grind and miasma from up and down the East Coast. Each of the four bands on the bill carries the torch of Youth Attack Records' fast and acerbic aesthetics into a new era of noise and intensity that reels with feedback and motorik brutality. Be warned. This show is not for the faint of heart. $7. 9 p.m. Eyedrum. 404-522-0655.

Col. Bruce Hampton, Blueground Undergrass Col. Bruce is an old school Atlanta staple who's improv. sets are the stuff of legend. I wouldn't exactly call him a jam band guru, but if that's your thing than this show with BGUG is for you. $15. 8 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522.

Judi Chicago-Noot

Thurs., Dec. 31

Noot d' Noot and Judi Chicago kick up what's sure to be a high-energy dance party over at The Drunken Unicorn on New Year's Eve. The Noots ride the snake of deep, art-funk and space/jazz/rock cuts while Judi Chicago melds a host of Brit. and U.S. pop and electronic influences into their unholy hybrid of old school house meets the art-pop stylings of early Roxy Music records. $10 (adv). $15 (day of show). 9 p.m. 736 Ponce de Leon Place. Tickets for the show are available at www.ticketalternative.com

Thurs., Dec. 31

If the Black Lips are known for anything, it's the pure, unadulterated rock 'n' roll chaos that erupts during their live shows. It's been a good year for these hooligans who are still reeling from the release of their latest album, 200 Million Thousand. Being that it's New Year's Eve and all, this is sure to be a wild night doused in blood, sweat and champagne. Come say goodbye to 2009 with a great big bang as Atlanta's favorite sons do it up right. King Louie comes all the way from New Orleans to open the show with a one-man-band set of lurching, ramshackle rock. After his solo set, the King returns to join up with his bandmates in Missing Monuments for slurred, Cajun garage rock and soul. $20. Dec. 31, 9:30 p.m. The Earl, 488 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com.

Thurs., Dec. 31.

Gringo Star, the Coathangers, the Judies and Young Orchids play a NYE show at The Star Bar that pairs-up tried and true local favorites Gringo Star and the Coathangers with burgeoning newer acts the judies and Young Orchids. Never a dull moment with any of these bands. The price is right and with the Coathangers on board, you know it's going to be an all-out party. Punk, pop, psychedelia... There's something here for all types to dig. $10. 9 p.m. 437 Moreland Ave. 404-681-9018.

Thurs., Dec. 31

Seattle's Band of Horses returns to Atlanta once again to ring in the new year with countrified and orchestral alternative rock that draws comparisons to everyone from Neil Young to the Flaming Lips to My Morning Jacket. Despite the easy comparisons, the group transcends the confines of slow and bucolic alt-country to churn out an ornate and deliberate sound. This year, the Sub Pop recording artists are setting up for not one, but two shows, Dec. 30 and Dec. 31. The Dynamites, featuring Charles Walker, open both nights with a set of Memphis-style super soul, funk and horns galore. $30-$40. Dec. 30, 9 p.m.; Dec. 31, 10 p.m. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. 404-659-9022. www.livenation.com.

Thurs., Dec. 31

Sealions, Abby Go Go, This Piano Plays Itself Sealions ring in the New Year with a set of warped and junk-culture afflicted dance beats. Abby Go Go rides deep grooves of psychedelic strumming and distortion, mesmerizing rhythms and far away dirges. This Piano Plays Itself plays vast and reverb-heavy ambient rock soundscapes. Champaign toast at midnight. $8. 8 p.m. The Highland Inn Ballroom Lounge. 644 North Highland Ave. 404-874-5756.

Thurs., Dec. 31.

Gentleman Jesse makes a New Year's Eve stand. Their brand of refined pop ruckus brings order to an evening of hodgepodge bands that flourish in wildly divergent rock 'n' roll accents. Hawks brings a show of confrontational nudity and noise rock, while Carnivores offer a more playful blend of noisy, indie antics. GG King wields a classic punk bend that's tempered by skulking hooks. The N.E.C. builds deep psychedelic grooves that wrap around loose/improvised rock experiments, evoking comparisons to everyone from Can to the Ventures, and Balkans tear up the stage with fast, youthful energy channeled into an angular patchwork of brash surf-sounding post-punk and noisy melodies. $5. 8 p.m. Dec. 31. 529, 529 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-228-6769. www.529atl.com.

Sat., Jan. 2

Hip to Death, Capibara, the Pinx Armed with heart-wrenching melodies, tastefully stoned riffs and the most fully realized (and good) rock songwriting this town has seen in decades, the Pinx are Atlanta's best kept secret. Hip to death plays jagged, morphine post-punk. Capibara opens with fierce, though undercooked noisy rock rants. $5. 9 p.m. Drunken Unicorn.

Mon., Jan. 4

Tealights, The Sour Notes, It's Elephants Tealights' sound is a delicate balance of bold modern classical sounds, brittle electronic pop and the avant-garde converging on precious and proficient sound that is quietly epic. The Sour Notes from Austin, TX and Atlanta's It's Elephants open the show. $5. 9 p.m. Drunken Unicorn.

(Photo courtesy Myspace.com/BenTrickeyMusic)

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