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Friday, July 1, 2011

Young Antiques unveil A Man, Not A Biography

Tonight, true school power pop trio the Young Antiques celebrate the release of a brand new album, A Man, Not A Biography (Two Sheds Records) with Five Eight and Ricer.

This is album number four for the ‘Tiques, and it finds the group’s world-weary singer and guitarist Blake Rainy crafting big, major chord ballads of a thirtysomething man making his way through a prosaic, urban landscape, and telling the stories of everyone that he meets along the way.

"Biography" is the album’s thesis so to speak, amid a mix of new and (mostly) unreleased older songs that stretch back as far as 2004. In a sense, the album is as much about a day in the life for Rainey as it is about how the band has grown over the years. As a body of work that covers so much ground and was recorded in three different studios, the album feels a bit like a patchwork of mental states. But a smooth unifying glaze of top-notch production gives the album a unifying arc.

Stand-out tracks include “Come On Let These Girl Blues Go,” “Supermodel” and “Fucked Up In Public” and “The Last Thing,” the titles of which evoke pretty epic tales in and of themselves.

For fans of Big Star, the Replacements, Todd Rundgren and Rockpile.

$7. 9 p.m. The Earl, 488 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-522-3950.

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