Rrest, Atlanta's wooziest purveyors of smoky, melancholic pop, just dropped their self-titled debut and have sweetened the deal by issuing a third single from the set. "Goodnight, Chanteal" (streaming below), follows the buzzed, after-hours rock of "Recycle Bins" and "Untitled (Sandy)" while reserving a more retro, psychedelic slant. Vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Wes Ables' vocals seem beamed in via short-wave radio, offering only the bare-bones melody soundtracked by the unhurried, uncluttered instrumentation. The song's breakdown unarguably resembles that of the Beatles' "I'm So Tired," revealing a phantom pedigree that other acts might try to deny. Guitarist Andrew Teems' plays his busted blues with a refined hand and seen-it-all confidence that drives the tune's resolved existence home, with Ables offering "Let's make out all the way to your car 'cause I'm not sure how this will all end." Good luck, buddy. Rrest celebrates the album's release party tonight (Fri., Oct. 11) at the Earl.
Rrest, Book Club, and Sea Fix. $7. Tonight (Oct. 11). 8 p.m. The Earl, 488 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-522-3950
Fullerton, Calif. based Burger Records specializes in cassette releases, with many bands on its roster coming from the more psychedelic end of the garage-punk spectrum. Five acts that exemplify the Burger sound play Terminal West tonight (Tues., Oct. 8) as part of the Burgerama Caravan of Stars. That's not to say the bands all sound identical, as the groups bring different influences to the table, be it the chill electronic vibes of Gap Dream or the primal post-punk beats of Habibi. The Caravan lineup has been changing as the nationwide tour has gone along, with its latest addition, former Cee-Lo Green collaborator Curtis Harding, joining tonight in his hometown.
Burgerama Caravan of Stars 2013: The Growlers, Cosmonauts, Gap Dream, Together Pangea, Curtis Harding, and Habibi play Terminal West tonight on (Tues., Oct. 8). $15. 8 p.m.
Rich Homie Quan
Last spring, a cardboard cutout of Rich Homie Quan appeared downtown, but few knew who he was. By summer, even Drake recognized his image. A student of Lil Wayne's earliest and most eager cuts, and Andre 3000's understated cool, Quan struck a balance between influences in his mixtape-sleeper-turned-Billboard hit "Type of Way." To hear a crowd sing along with "I know you feel some type of way-aa-ay" is to know that he won't apologize for his success. As the Boondocks would say: Game recognize game, and Quan thinks you lookin' kind of unfamiliar. Wed., Oct. 2, 11 p.m. The Basement, 1245 Glenwood Ave. 404-622-8686. - Christina Lee
Places to Hide is a '90s Chapel Hill indie rock band that formed in 2013 ... in Atlanta. Sprouting from the local DIY scene, the group has formed less than a year ago, and has recently released its debut full-length, Almost Nothing, via Irrelevant Recordings and Out Of This Records on LP and CD respectively.
Although Places to Hide's roots are planted deeply in the '90s, the group is no nostalgia act. Lead by primary songwriters Kyle Swick and Deborah Hudson, the group's approach to overdriven guitars, spastic drumming, and boy/girl yelling/singing is steeped in honesty and packed with hooks - a refreshing take on an old genre that's been beaten to death by the Brooklyn contingency as of late. Taking queues from old school indie rock stalwarts such as Superchunk, Sebadoh, and even hyped up newbies like Yuck, the Hiders play catchy indie-punk anthems that leave just enough vulnerability and naiveté to make them irresistible.
Almost Nothing takes shape as a trip through your twenties: Love, lust, drugs, and student loans. The guitars hit you hard to knock you off balance so you falter just enough to lean on a friend for stability. With lyrics like "You asked me if I was lonely/ Well, I don't think I'm anything/ so when I say it's all OK I hope you don't believe me," in "Drugs Pt. 2" how can you not be taken back to the worst/best years of your life?
Director James Sizemore's The Demon's Rook makes its official Atlanta premiere at Landmark's Midtown Art Cinema tonight (Sat., Sept. 28) at midnight. Although there was private sneak preview of a rough cut of the film back in April, this is the local screening of the film in its intended state, which is reportedly shorter and better.
The film features music from a cast of local acts such as El Fossil, Where.Are.We, the Law, and Aaron Hendrickson (formerly of the band Nigredo).
The film screens at midnight at Landmark's Midtown Art Cinema $7. 931 Monroe Dr. 404-879-0160.
Australian punk veterans and grunge godfathers Cosmic Psychos make one last stop on the road to Goner Fest in Memphis tonight (Thurs., Sept. 26), when the group plays a show at the Earl following a screening of the new documentary film, Blokes You Can Trust.
Atlanta's proximity to Goner Fest usually brings a few punk bands to venues like the Earl (fellow grunge tastemakers Mudhoney on Oct. 2) before or after the four-day event. With the Goner folks' love of Australian punk, it's likely most years that at least one band passing through town will be from down under. "We've never played it, but I've had lots of friends fly over for it," says bassist and vocalist Ross Knight.
Since the group is promoting a film and not a new album, Cosmic Psychos has been performing at each tour stop after the local debut of the film. "The bad thing is, some people might get bored standing around," Knight says. "The good thing is, people can look at us before we play. If they don't like us, they can go home and have an early night."
The new film follows the band from its rural roots to today, chronicling the group's influence on both mainstream grunge and outsider garage-punk. Much of the focus is on Knight, a power lifter and farmer. There are also interviews with numerous musicians who were influenced by the group's use of fuzzed-out bass and wah-wah guitar sounds, including Buzz Osborne of the Melvins, L7 co-founder Donita Sparks, and Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam. Without spoiling the film, you'll likely laugh with Vedder, regardless of your opinion of him or his music, while he demonstrates one of the drinking games the Cosmic Psychos introduced to him on the road.
Cosmic Psychos and Hawks play a screening of Blokes You Can Trust Tonight (Thurs., Sept. 26) at the Earl. $10. 8:30 p.m.
Best know as the frontman for the psychedelic Black Moth Super Rainbow, electronic synth-pop god Tobacco headlines 529 tonight (Mon., Sept. 23) in the latest installment of the Red Bull Sound Select concert series.
The enigmatic artist - aka Pennsylvanian Thomas Fec - brings his dark, analog-based trip-hop to perform with locals deadCAT, the Difference Machine, and 10th Letter. Expect wonderfully bizarre video projections, moody dancing, and tape machines.
Tickets are only $3 if you RSVP through the Sound Select site, and they're $10 at the door.
$3-$10. 9 p.m. 529. 529 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-228-6769.
Dog Bite plays a free show at Star Bar tonight (Thurs., Sept. 19), promoting their textured 13-minute LA EP, released last Tuesday. After recording the dreamy EP in Los Angeles, the atmospheric four-piece has since returned home to Atlanta to work on a new full-length.
Free. 9 p.m. Star Bar. 437 Moreland Ave. 404-618-9018.
It's that time again. DKA, Atlanta's glummest and most productive promoter/record label, brings its fog-riddled dance party to 529 tonight (Tues., Sept. 17) with enough brooding tunes to make your mascara run. Goth, industrial, EBM, death rock, cold wave, and minimal synth vibes soundtrack the bar's cramped quarters, serving as a fitting trial run for Halloween with the spooky niceties and without the cute couple costumes. Featuring support from local haunts DJ Death Ticket and DJ Tifaret (along with guest DJs Twins of Evil and Cryptkeeper), there's plenty in store for revelers of the macabre.
Tonight (Tues., Sept. 17). Free. 9 p.m. 529, 529 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-228-6769.
With two new EPs for Stones Throw Records, Kool Herc: Fertile Crescent and All That I Hold Dear, Queens rapper Homeboy Sandman (born Angel Del Villar) raises the bar on his stylistically stuttering flow tonight (Fri., Sept. 13). With Kool Herc ... he teamed up with producer El RTNC for a full-on homage to the golden era of hip-hop. With All That I Hold Dear, producer M Slago put a smooth shine on his beats. Along the way his deceptively lumbering rhyme schemes settled into a more naturally appealing tempo, propelling his vibe of social Zen to a whole new level.
With Open Mike Eagle, Mega Ran, Dillon, and DJ Obeah. Hosted by Fort Knox. $10. 9 p.m. 529, 529 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-228-6769. www.529atl.com.
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