Fri., Feb. 26 -- Collective Efforts, Dillon, J-Live. Collective Efforts' Freezing World embodies a dark sound of the times drawn from the harsh social and economic realities of post-Bush America, but it's not a nose dive into political oblivion. Melancholy guides thick drums, samples and a lyrical flow that sidesteps petty complaints for a call to get back to the grind... Continue reading. $12-$15. 9 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522.
Fri., Feb. 26 -- The Dynamites with Charles Walker Think they dont play old-school, horn-infused, sweat-soaked R&B like they used to? Think again as Walker fronts one of the tightest, most intense funk/soul outfits working today. And the retro-styled bands crisp originals are perfect vehicles for the singer to lay his gritty pipes over. $12. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. Hal Horowitz
Sat., Feb. 27 -- Twin Tigers, the Coathangers, Knaves Grave. Twin Tigers celebrate their debut album, Grey Waves (Old Flame Records), due out March 2. The Athens-based foursome summons a rich blend of dark pop melodies that are steeped in hypnotic distortion and fuzz. Local punk banshees the Coathangers showcase some new material before heading out for an expansive North American tour. Knaves Grave opens. $8. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950.
Sat., Feb. 27 -- Blair Crimmins & the Hookers wield ramped-up vaudeville-esque jazz and songwriter fare that could have wafted through the air on a summer night in Atlanta circa 1920 as easily as it does in 2010. Banjo, ukulele, accordion and piano all work their magic in songs that are both sinister and lonely. A Fight to the Death crafts a rollicking sound that revels in jazz and a spaghetti Western atmosphere. Walk the Plank plays downstairs. $8. 9 p.m. Star Bar, 437 Moreland Ave. 404-681-9018.
Sat., Feb. 27 -- Tierra Brutal, No. Tierra Brutal is an instrumental rock band made up of three very different gentlemen with a mutual interest for sonic inquiry. Disparate backgrounds and musical tastes crystallize into a unique amalgamation of punk, psychedelic, ambient, improv, post-whatever... and becomes frozen into a noisy fudgesicle of sound.
$5. 9 p.m. Eyedrum, 290 MLK Jr. Drive SE. 404-522-0655.
Sun., Feb. 28 -- Does Henry Rollins have a Pulitzer yet? The one-time singer for L.A. hardcore denizens Black Flag and the Rollins Band now blogs a mighty roar for Vanity Fair when not acting, recording, writing books and traveling the world. Currently on a sweep across the country, Hank's Frequent Flyer Tour lands in town. Be prepared for a manic spew of political rants, a rapid-fire series of stream-of-consciousness asides, and tales of worldly travels that are at once irate and hilarious. Sarah Palin, the new Tea Party and general American idiocy are all targets when it comes to Rollins' stand-up. $25. 8 p.m. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. 404-524-7354.
Reverend Horton Heat, Grinder Nova The Reverend exposes his split personality over a two-night bill divided into Sunday's psycho night, when Heat and the boys will be performing the more edgy, sleazy, and loud material. On the bill tonight is the swarthy Grinder Nova, whose mix of sultry bossa nova and Latin-tinged go-go dance music is just right. $20. 8 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. James Kelly
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The Quaildogs for sure!
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