Friday, February 5, 2010

Chad's weekend concert picks

Posted By on Fri, Feb 5, 2010 at 6:49 PM

click to enlarge Girls (photo by Sandy Kim)
  • Girls (photo by Sandy Kim)

Fri., Feb. 5. -- Bay area surf pop/new wave band Girls are playing a sold-out show at the Earl tonight, but you can still catch their free in-store at Criminal Records at 7 p.m. Criminal Records. 1154 Euclid Ave. 404-215-9511.

Girls “Lust For Life” mp3

Fri., Feb. 5 -- The Residents show at Variety Playhouse is where the smart money is tonight. NBCBayArea.com recently described the show as "a semi-retrospective of their entire career," and the "complete reinvention of their songbook was one of the show's strong suits."

For nearly 40 years, the Residents have flourished in the freaky fringes of absurdist pop, churning out disturbing theatrics and musical experiments that wreak havoc on the senses. Virtually nothing is known about their identity other than rumors. All of their activities are facilitated by an elusive organization known as the Cryptic Corporation, and the Residents don't do interviews. Continue reading... $25-$27.50. 8:30 p.m. Fri., Feb. 5. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. 404-524-7354.

Fri., Feb. -- Jonathan Richman w/Tommy Larkins. Richman’s Modern Lovers inspired new wave, while his naive sweetness and vulnerability made him a natural for There's Something About Mary, which turned him from cult fave to phenomena. Last year, he recorded an album with Vic Chesnutt. $12. 9 p.m. Star Bar. 404-681-9018. — Chris Parker

Fri., Feb. 5 -- David Allan Coe. When it comes to country music outlaws, DAC is as real as they come. He hails from Ohio but lets a Rebel flag fly high over his songwriting career, which kicked off in 1969, and is perhaps most acclaimed for "Take This Job and Shove It," the perennial blue-collar classic that Johnny Paycheck made famous in the '70s. Sure, he's had allegations of racism and misogyny lobbed at him over the years, but he's just a good ol' boy, never meanin' no harm. Atlanta's like-minded songwriter and self-proclaimed "American Biker and Southern Gentleman" JB Walker opens the show fronting the Cheap Whiskey Band. $24. Center Stage. 1374 West Peachtree St. 404-885-1365.

Sat., Feb. 6 -- Retribution Gospel Choir, Jupiter Watts. $10. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com.

Sat., Feb. 6 -- Dubbed an evening of "improv with an edge," the Darren Nelsen Band is a guitar, bass and drum trio that dabbles in fusing jazz, metal, funk, hip-hop, reggae, surf, and various other musical non sequiturs. Schwarzkommando crafts free-form art rock as an homage to both the fiction of Thomas Pynchon and Brian Eno's methods of "oblique strategy" (look it up). It's a psychedelic space, punk jazz and blues thing, and no two sets are ever repeated. Improv jazz-rock trio Burgess Penguin opens. $7. 9 p.m. Eyedrum, 290 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive S.E., Suite 8. 404-522-0655.

Sat., Feb. 6 -- The Whiskey Gentry. A four-band bill topped off with the Whiskey Gentry, who blend Irish and Appalachian music, sort of like moonshine-fueled Pogues. Have Gun Will Travel hails from Tampa, and has a big reputation as the premier Americana band in town. $10-12. 8 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. -- James Kelly

Sat, Feb. 6 -- The Feeding Fingers, We Are The Becoming, Entertainment. $8 -$10. The Drunken Unicorn, 736 Ponce de Leon Place.

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