The BLACK ANGELS' second full-length, Directions to See a Ghost (Light in the Attic) is a psychedelic drone-rock masterpiece that flourishes with bright black rhythms and a sensory-slurring pulse. On stage the Austin, Texas, five-piece pours the darkest elements of the blues, Indian ragas and morphine pop into a mesmerizing whirl of drones and melodies that conjure an atmosphere of soul-bending grooves and enchantment. The Warlocks and Imaad Wasif with Two Part Beast open Tues., JULY 8. $12. 8 p.m. The Earl, 488 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com.
(Photo by Briana Purser)
2) Black Angels perform at the Earl.
3) Iris Johansen discusses and signs Quicksand at Margaret Mitchell House & Museum.
4) Joan Armatrading performs at the Variety Playhouse.
5) Sarah Seabolt's Solo Exhibition continues at Gregg Irby Fine Art.
(Photo by Our Labor of Love for the Reynolds Group)
Celebrate we will for DAVE MATTHEWS BAND, who performs with Southport, England, indie-rock band Gomez Mon., JULY 7, for the 2008 Live Nation Concert Series. DMB's first Atlanta appearance since last September's Piedmont Park benefit with the Allman Brothers, the jam band brings an ardent fan base to Lakewood Amphitheatre. What could be better for curing a case of the Mondays than singing along to "Two Step" with 19,000 fellow fans? $40.50-$75. 7 p.m. Lakewood Amphitheatre, 2002 Lakewood Ave. 404-443-5000. www.ticketmaster.com.
1) The Jet Age performs at Lenny's Bar.
2) Kenji Jasper discusses and signs Got and Cake at Wordsmiths Books.
3) Smith's Olde Bar hosts Luchagors, Dollyrots and Jesse Nobody.
4) Salman Rushdie reads and discusses The Enchantress of Florence at the Carter Center.
5) Watch footage of Running of the Bulls while enjoying tapas and flamenco dancers at Cuerno.
(Photo by D. Wade)
LYLE LOVETT's consistent blend of country, folk, blues, gospel and his own style of Texas swing is no more apparent than on his 2007 release, It's Not Big It's Large, a tongue-in-cheek reference to his Large Band. Lovett and his crew roll into town Sun., JULY 6, in support of his new album, his first effort in four years and the second for the Lost Highway label. It's a rather ruminative affair for the 50-year-old Texan; on the third track, "All Downhill From Here," he muses, "I've had an excellent time so far/There's only one thing that I fear/I've been up so long on this lucky star/It could be all downhill from here." But considering how easy it comes to him, you get the feeling this four-time Grammy winner's got miles to go before he sleeps. $37.50-$67.50. 7:30 p.m. Chastain Park Amphitheater, 4469 Stella Drive. 404-249-6400. www.ticketmaster.com.
(Photo by Michael Wilson)
1) Atlanta Pride wraps up its celebration.
2) Lyle Lovett performs at Chastain Park.
3) The Atlanta Braves take on the Houston Astros at Turner Field.
4) The musical Urinetown is at Onstage Atlanta.
5) Doomsayer, Royal Thunder and Let the Night Roar perform at Smith's Olde Bar.
(Photo courtesy Atlanta Pride Committee)
Although ATLANTA PRIDE FESTIVAL has shifted from drought-stricken Piedmont Park to the less alfresco Atlanta Civic Center, the majority of events, including Saturday's Dyke March and Sunday's Pride Parade, will retain their outdoorsy origins. Among this year's offerings, continuing Sat., JULY 5: a nondenominational commitment ceremony, which gives couples the opportunity to pledge their commitments in front of friends and family; shoutOUT!, Pride's first foray into slam poetry; the AIDS memorial quilt display, featuring more than 400 panels; a charity poker tournament; the Atlanta Pride Marketplace; and a human rights exhibit in partnership with Georgia Equality that examines intersectionality and the relationships between identities. Performers will include Sonia Leigh, the Athens Boys Choir, Starlight Cabaret, Exposé, CeCe Peniston, Tiffany and more. Through July 6. Free. Fri., 6-11 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center, 395 Piedmont Ave. 404-523-6275. www.atlantapride.org.
(Photo courtesy Atlanta Pride Committee)
1) The legendary Tom Waits performs at the Fox Theatre.
2) Jim Henson: Puppeteer is on display at the Center for Puppetry Arts.
3) The Atlanta Pride Festival continues in downtown Atlanta.
4) Eddie's Attic hosts the Asylum Street Spankers.
5) Chunklet magazine presents Boris, Torche and Clouds at the Earl.
(Photo courtesy Tom Waits)
1) Check out our Fourth of July fireworks roundup!
2) Welcome King Khan and the Shrines to Lenny's Bar and experience the Indian guitar guru's magic.
3) Watch comedian Greg Morton incorporate Mick Jagger and Tina Turner into his bit at the Punchline.
4) Celebrate Pride Day of Local Musicians and Poets this Fourth of July at Wordsmiths Books.
5) Atkins Park Tavern invites chef Andrew Smith to roast a Fourth of July Pig.
Los Angeles duo NO AGE has taken the indie-rock world by storm, unleashing a wash of lo-fi noise that's driven by infectious pop rhythms. Guitarist Randy Randall and drummer Dean Spunt hammer out an overdriven punk/pop plod that's guided by frayed vocals and fidelity that are bound by a hearty, art-rock bent. Nouns, the group's Sub Pop debut, moves with hazy and catchy hooks that bounce around inside a haze of liberating, blown-speaker fuzz. Like-minded L.A. group Abe Vigoda blends chiming minimalism, tropicalia and angular punk jams into breezy and hard-hitting pop tones. Infinite Body and Bows and Arrows open the Thurs., JULY 3, show. $10-$12. 9 p.m. Eyedrum Art & Music Gallery, 290 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Suite 8. 404-522-0655. www.eyedrum.org.
(Photo by Ed Templeton)
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