Tues., March 9 -- Chickens & Pigs are playing a show with the Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band. Chickens & Pigs singer/guitarist Jeff Evans often says that his songs are mostly about food or animals, which is a bit misleading. Sometimes a pig is a pig, but in Green Lights its a metaphor for any number of characters. $10. 8:30 p.m. The Earl, 488 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-522-3950.
Succeeding marvelously at channeling the grit and free abandon of the Stooges and MC5 into a propulsive, riff-based, Black Sabbath-informed mule-kick of a live show, [Awesome Color] caught the ear of Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore -- who wasted no time snatching the band up for his Ecstatic Peace! label. -- AMG
$8. 9 p.m. 529, 529 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-228-6769.
Wed., March 10 Fruit Bats, Blue Giants (ex Viva Voce), The Singleman Affair. $10-$12. 8:30 p.m. The Earl, 488 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-522-3950.
Wed., March 10 -- Creative Loafing kicks off Drink Week, a drunken, 8-day safari through Atlanta's various bar scenes on Wed., March 10 at the Star Bar. In addition to the debauchery for debauchery's sake, the show doubles as a send-off party for local power-trash and garage pop foursome the Howlies who will be en route to Austin, TX to play several SXSW shows, including a CL-sponsored showcase at the Galaxy Room a week later. Lloyd's Rock Steady Revue play their regularly scheduled Wed. night set of reggae-inflected soul, jazz, funk and ska jams. DJ Boss Jonesy will spin records between band and until last call. Free before 9 p.m.. $5 after. Star Bar, 437 Moreland Ave. 404-681-9018.
Thurs., March 11 -- Worn In Red, Predator, Girls At Dawn, Dinosaur Feathers. Brooklyn trio the Girls at Dawn (feat. ATL expat. Sarah Baldwin formerly of Knife and the 4th Ward Daggers on drums) play sweet and lazy ramshackle rock songs that inject punk primitivism with a healthy dose of morphine, giving rise to a pretty, but dreary sound. $5. 9 p.m. 529, 529 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-228-6769.
Thurs., March 11 --New York's Cymbals Eat Guitars wield noisy pop that's rich with irony and riffage that recalls the twisted, '90s indie rock of Pavement, Modest Mouse and Built to Spill with youthful bounce. Bear in Heaven plays a dark and sweeping blend of new wave and synth-heavy avant-garde pop. Freelance Whales performs a set of ethereal pop from its French Kiss-released Weathervanes LP. $10. 9:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950.
Thurs., March 11 -- Former frontman for psych. roots pop outfit Green on Red, Chuck Prophet comes through town in support of his latest album, Let Freedom Ring (Yep Roc). Young Antiques open. $10. 9 p.m. Star Bar, 437 Moreland Ave. 404-681-9018.
Thurs., March 11 -- Leatherface, Yesterday's Ring, All Night Drug Prowling Wolves. Leatherface makes the journey from Sunderland U.K. in support of their latest album of rasping, working class punk ruminations, A Stormy Petrel. Elder statesmen of Atlanta's punk scene, ANDPW play their first show in town since October, and will be showing off material from their forthcoming sophomore full-length, Make It Right. Canadian counterparts Yesterday's Ring also perform. $10-$12. 9 p.m. The Drunken Unicorn. 736 Ponce de Leon Place.
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