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Saturday, May 8, 2010

Chad Rad's weekend concert picks May 7-8

On Fri., May 7 (tonight) Captured By Robots are taking over The Earl with the Falcon Lords. It's $10 and the music starts at 9 p.m. 488 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-522-3950.

Over at the Star Bar, Grinder Nova is celebrating the release of its brand new “Cordoba Raza” b/w “Tijuana Sidewinder” 7-inch (Malacas records) with a release party. Pinche Gringo from (Chapel Hill, NC), the Mystery Men?, Jeffery Bützer and the Atomic Rockets open the show. The band also says there will be dancing girls, Piñatas, and chicken shit bingo on hand, and the first 100 people through the door will get a free copy of the single. $7. 9 p.m.

Check out the “Cordoba Raza” MP3

At The Highland Inn Ballroom Lounge, Soulphonics and Ruby Velle, Peachtree Soul Club DJ's (final night). $10. 8:30pm. 644 N. Highland Ave. 404-874-5756.

...and of course, Van Morrison is playing over at Verison Wireless Amphitheater.

Greil Marcus recalls the first time he heard Van Morrison's 1968 masterpiece, Astral Weeks, with staggering clarity. "It was after midnight and my wife and I had the radio on when they started playing Astral Weeks. It had just been released, but Van Morrison's career had kind of disappeared at that point," Marcus remembers. "No one was thinking about him, but then there were these songs on the radio that didn't sound like anything we had heard before. After a while my wife said, 'I think we're going to be listening to this for a long time.' It was an odd thing to say about something on the radio, so I remember it distinctly. I bought the album the next day, and that's the copy that I still play."

Continue reading Greil Marcus tackles Van Morrison’s Yarragh

When That Rough God Goes Riding: Listening to Astral Weeks...

Saturday night is looking like the real night to go out this weekend, but there's a lot going on. First, the original beer drinkers and hell  raisers, ZZ Top are tearing it up at Chastain Park. It will be a cool show and all, but closer to home, Atlanta indie rock brats the Balkans are celebrating the release of their “Bill Spills,” “Leopard Print” b/w “Georganne” single via Double Phantom Records Records. Baltimore's Wham City synth pop affiliates Future Islands, Lower Dens, featuring avant-folk songstress Jana Hunter, and Atlanta's own #phonepunk# open the show. $7. 9 p.m. 529. 404-228-6769.

Over at Wonder Root. The Back Pockets are celebrating the release of their new CD, Blissters N Basements. You can download the whole thing for free via the Rabbits Full of Magic blog, but Em! and Co. will be playing in honor of the new CD with Small Talk, Giant Lion and the Wild, the latter of whom will also be celebrating the release of their debut full-length, Set Ourselves Free. (Asian Man Records). There’s a $5 cover, but if you pay $10 you will get a copy of bot the Back Pockets and the Wild’s CDs. WonderRoot. 982 Memorial Dr. 404-254-5955.

Nashville staples Th' Legendary Shack Shakers are playing over The Earl on Saturday night as well. They truly are an explosive band on-stage, and Duane Dennison from the Jesus Lizard is in the band, and they're touring behind their latest album, a strange hybrid of industrial rhythms and country melodies, called Agridustrial.  If you go see one show this weekend, make it this one. Danny Barnes opens. Read Jeffrey Bützer's interview with The Shack Shakers' Colonel J.D. Wilkes. $12. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950.

...and last but not least, Nick Ogawa, Darling Trees and DJ and the Bear play the Rebel Scum party after the screening of the film over at the Plaza Theatre. $5. 9 p.m. Highland Inn Ballroom Lounge. 644 N. Highland Ave. 404-874-5756.

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