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The Chosen Ones: March 2-4, 2011

Wednesday, March 2 - Small Reactions, The North Trolls, A.Grimes @ The Earl

Some post-punk indie pop, a smack of punk rock, and a dose of psych-rock sounds good for a Wednesday night, so head to the Earl.

Here’s an interview with the intriguing A. Grimes.


Listen: Sudden Walks by Small Reactions

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Also on Wednesday, something a bit different for live music night at Eastside Lounge – Beautiful Little Fools with Daniel Clay and Little Horn for a night of organic, smooth indie rock. 9:30pm


Thursday, March 3 -

Triple D’s presents: Jacuzzi Boys w/ Predator & Wymyns Prysyn @ The Earl 8:30pm

Young Antiques, Author’s Apology, and Dark Owls @ The Highland Inn Ballroom 9pm

A: The Color, The Woodgrains, The Orkids, Stokeswood @ The Masquerade $8, 18+ Heaven

Dropsonic, The Terror (EP release) and Ghost Party @ The Star Bar FREE SHOW!

Friday, March 4 –

Six Shot Revival, Stonerider, Part Of The Problem @529

Team Luis Presents: Sealions, Lera Lynn (record release), Natalie Prass @ The Star Bar

Bright Eyes @ Variety Playhouse is sold out, so go to Picaflor Studio instead for:

Siberia My Sweet, Misfortune500,Tendaberry 9pm

The Chosen Ones: February 16-21, 2011

Wednesday, February 16 -

Between Drunken Unicorn and The Earl, it’s a tough decision on Wednesday, but both shows will strike the persnickety rocker’s fancy:

Wowser Bowser, Qurious, Backseat Dreamer$7 for <21+, $5 for 21+ 9pm @ The Drunken Unicorn

Sorry No Ferrari, Hello Ocho, The Humboldt Trio $5 21+ @ The Earl

and if you’re into hip hop battles, check out Clan Destined vs The Ruination 9pm $5 @ The Five Spot

Thursday , February 17 –

If you missed Trench Party earlier this month, catch them Thursday night with one of the best bands to claim Atlanta as their home, Howlies:

Howlies, Brass Bed, Trench Party $8 21+ 8:30 @ The Earl

or get sweaty with The Swear, Sneaky Hand, Supervisor of the Loveless Average $5 @ The Highland Inn Ballroom

Team Luis’ shows are always a sure bet and F.R.E.E.: Little Tybee, Reptar, Hello Ocho, The Future of Airports 9pm @ Star Bar

Friday, February 18 –

The most likely to stack up to this equation:

Great Music + Good People + Awesome Alternative Venue + Fun, fun, fun = RockScience Revival: Red Sea, A.Grimes, Soft Powers, The Leotards 8:30pm $5 @ Picaflor Studio

Also, The Earl has The Whiskey Gentry, American Aquarium, Ocha La Rocha $10 9pm 21+

Saturday, February 19 –

4th Ward Heroes is throwing a party at Star Bar with Cousin Dan, Wolves, Machines are People Too, Anonime 9pm $5

while, Triple D’s brings the great Anna Kramer & The Lost Cause to the Earl with Lee Bains Ill & The Glory Fires $10 9pm 21+

Pretty Ambitious Recordings Presents: Predator, WIFE, Transvestite $7 for <21+, $5 for 21+ 9pm @ The Drunken Unicorn

Wowser Bowser, So So Death, Mountain Lion, Night Moves Gold 9pm $5 21+ @ 529

Back Pockets Album Release with Carnivores, Buffalo Bangers, Bubbly Mommy Gun @ The Big House 368 Ponce DeLeon (Next to the Shriners Temple)

Monday, February 21 –

And if you didn’t get enough music over the weekend, then head out to 529 on Monday night for Dead Rabbits, Young Circles, Gun Party, She Came From Above

The Chosen Ones: February 11-14, 2011

Friday, February 11 – Darwin Deez, Friends, Nomen Novum, $12 9pm 18+ @ The Drunken Unicorn

Darwin Deez is from New York. Friends is from Florida. Nomen Novum is the local support. In this case, each band makes this a show not to miss. It’s a night of minimal pop, new wave, experimental brilliance.

Correction: Friends had to cancel this show. It will be Darwin Deez and Nomen Novum.

The Chosen Ones:

Friday, February 11 –

Oh Fortuna, “Christ, Lord”, The Leotards, Wowser Bowser @ Wonderroot

Pretty Ambitious Presents: Birthday Boat Party w/ Mermaids, Abby Go Go, Turf War, Lucy Dream 9pm $5 @ The Star Bar

Trench Party, The Acorns, The Congress $5 @ The Highland Inn Ballrrom

Tapes ‘n Tapes, Oberhofer, The Preakness $14 9pm 21+ @ The Earl

Modern Paranoia, Gun Party, Ricer 9pm $5 21+ @ 529

Yann Tiersen, Shannon Wright Hell 9:30pm $20 @ The Masquerade

Monte Negro, Satellite District, Attention System 9pm @ Vinyl (Free Parking)

Saturday, February 12 –

Feeding Fingers, Mystery Men $6 @ The Highland Inn Ballroom

The Features, The Polar Dunes, The Kingston Springs $10 21+ @ The Earl

Today the Moon, Tomorrow the Sun, Cusses, Baby Baby $7 for <21+, $5 for 21+ 9pm @ The Drunken Unicorn

Sunday, February 13 –

Romeo Spike, Asher Armstrong, Verge of Bliss $5 7pm @ Smiths Olde Bar

Monday, February 14 -

Hijacking Music presents: Ghost Party, Graham Yoder, B4n5hee, Tricil, Labels are Limits Free 9pm 21+ @ 529

The Chosen Ones: February 5-9, 2011

Saturday, February 5 – Dodekapus Presents: I Can Dream All Day, Art Show at Relapse Theatre 200 Permalume Place NW, Atlanta, GA, 30318

Though not a music event, the Dodekapus Art Collective event, I Can Dream All Day brings imagination and creativity to the forefront, while also raising funds and awareness for some worthy humanitarian efforts. The art show, Saturday, February 5, takes place in the warehouse of the wonderful Relapse Theatre, where the group of collaborative artists will offer “a wild and experimental journey through the land of dreams and nightmares with magical performances, pillow fights, mysterious potions, and extravagant displays of the imagination.”

The experience gets started at 8pm and is only $5, unless you bring a canned food item for the Atlanta Community Food Bank, in which case your entry drops to $3. A silent auction of artwork created by a group of kids at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta will also be running throughout the evening, with proceeds going back to this top-notch non-profit institution. The artwork being auctioned off was made during Dodekapus’ visit to the Children’s hospital in December, when the collective threw an art party for these kids, helping them visually depict their hopes and dreams.

Saturday February 5 -

The Booze, The Forty-Fives, Shovels and Rope @ The Earl, $7 21+

Charges, Five Eight, Star Fighter, Baby Baby @ 529, $5 21+

The Queers, The Apers, Posey and The Party Pirates @ Star Bar $10 21+

Stokeswood, Crane, The Brotherland @ Vinyl $10

Monday, February 7 –

Siamese Twins, Vegan Coke, The Bums @ 529 FREE 21+

Nerdkween, Clint Bussey (of Before the Solstice) @ Carroll Street Cafe FREE, All ages Presented by Rock Science

Tuesday, February 8 –

Wild Nothing, Abe Vigoda, Roman Photos @ Drunken Unicorn $10 21+

Wednesday, February 9 –

OK Productions and Tight Bros Present: Free Energy, The Postelles, Turf War  @ The Earl $10 21+

Knaves Grave, The Clap, Ghost Bikini, The Husseins @ Star Bar $3 21+

Mice in Cars, New Terminus, Waking the Bates @ Eastside Lounge $5 21+

The Chosen Ones: January 14-19, 2011

Atlanta is serving up something you’ll be craving after being home-bound by this week’s ice fiasco. If you’re looking to dance, get out to The Drunken Unicorn on Friday night to party with Pink Pompeii. Otherwise, you might be happy at Wonderroot with the gypsy-folk nuances of Christ, Lord and the beautiful voice of Adron.

If you’re in the mood for some melodic rock in the vein of Death Cab For Cutie, hit up The Highland Inn Ballroom on Saturday for some New Terminus. Need a dose of dark atmosphere in your music, head to The Earl Sunday night to stare at A.Grimes.

Embrace the feminine fortitude of three exceptional artists, Ladycop (Brooklyn), Lille, and Qurious at The Drunken Unicorn on Monday night for your MLK holiday. The Chosen Ones:

Friday, January 14 -

Pink Pompeii, Shortwave Society, 1880′s Dance Party $5, 21+, 9pm @ The Drunken Unicorn

The Long Shadows, Sleeping in the Aviary, The Mad Flight @ 529

Triple D’s Presents: Sovus Radio, All the Saints, The N.E.C. 9pm, $8, 21+ @ The Earl

Pool Party Taco Night Productions Presents: Ruby Velle Trio
Noot d’ Noot, A Fight To The Death, With Guest DJs:, Skooter, Cristo Disco, Hell, 8pm, $7 @ The Masquerade

Adron, “Christ, Lord“, Beau Victoria $5, 8pm @ Wonderroot

Saturday, January 15 -

Untied States, Aku You, Skin Jobs @ 529

OK Productions Presents: The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger (Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl), Julianna Barwick, Oryx and Crake (acoustic set), 9pm, $12 @ The Earl

Rock Science Records presents: A: The Color, New Terminus, Little Horn $7, 8:30pm, 21+ @ The Highland Inn Ballroom

Prisca, Frances Eagle, Ulrika, $8 Atlanta Room 8pm @ Smiths Olde Bar

The Head - Stockwood EP Pre-Release Party w/ Young Orchids, Adam Anzio 9pm, all ages, Vinyl at Center Stage

Odist and Graham Yoder @ North River Tavern

Sunday, January 16 -

A.Grimes, Hollow Stars, WIFE, 8pm, $5 @ The Earl

Monday, January 17 -

LadyCop, Lille, Qurious $8, 18+, 9pm @ The Drunken Unicorn

Weird Wives (members of Surfer Blood), Carnivores, Lyonnais, Shepards, 9pm, $5, 21+ @ 529

Tuesday, January 18 –

Washed Out, ANR, Soft Powers $10, 9pm @ The Drunken Unicorn

Bridget and the Squares, x_ray visionaries, marko, loudermilk & moon @ Wonderroot

Wednesday, January 20 –

Triple D’s presents: Tyvek, GG King, The Clap, $8, 21+ @ The Earl

Red Sea, Vegan Coke, The Humboldt Trio 10pm @ Eastside Lounge

The Chosen Ones: January 4-7, 2011

Friday, January 7 – Attention System, Siberia My Sweet, Brenn @ The Drunken Unicorn

The first weekend of the new year brings some pretty stellar shows. Among them is this little treat at The Drunken Unicorn, featuring the electro-rock of Attention System, Siberia My Sweet, and a great little band from Nashville called Brenn. They came through Atlanta a few months ago to play at Lenny’s, only to turn around and go back home, because the place had no electricity that night. I’m sure this night will make up for that! $7, 21+ Doors @ 9 pm

Friday, January 7 – Ohmpark’s 4th Year Anniversary Party w/ From Exile, Jungol, This Piano Plays Itself, Nigredo, Qurious @ The Earl

The Atlanta music blog, Ohmpark has been kicking it for 4 years now, which is more than most blogs can boast. To celebrate, Ohmpark founder, Davy Minor has enlisted the help of a few of his favorite local bands for a rare night of amazing music! Get there early, it’s your best bet!  8pm, $5, 21+

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The Chosen Ones – November 30-Dec.3, 2010

Thursday, December 2 – Siberia My Sweet EP Release Show w/ Sonen @ The Clermont Lounge

The all-girl indie dance rock trio, Siberia My Sweet is set to celebrate the release of a new EP, Alone. The band will be handing out free copies of the album to the first 25 people in the door on Thursday night at The Clermont.

And if electronic dance music is your thing, you’ll be in Hooker Heaven with Sonen opening up the show! Sonen has been hosting the Laserbeam Kitty events all year at The Highland Inn Ballroom and know a thing or two about putting on a great show! DJ F1-11 will be closing the night out spinning post-punk, new wave, indie electro-rock til you drop! $8, 9:30pm


Tuesday, November 29

Hawks Stolen Gear Benefit Part 1 w/ Hawks, Turf War, Demonaut @ 529

Wednesday, December 1

Dead Rabbits, Six Shot Revival, Hip to Death and The Humms @ 529 $5 9pm 21+

Ricer, Single Mothers, Sycophants @ Eastside Lounge

Thursday, December 2

Odist, The North Trolls, The Mata Haris @ The Earl $7

Friday, December 3

Skin Jobs, Charges, Glen Iris @ 529 $5

Va-Va Voom Christmas Burlesque Show @ The Shelter

McNary and Strange Planet @ North River Tavern

Swank Sinatra, Opiate Eyes, Horrible Idea @ The Drunken Unicorn

Stomp and Stammer Anniversary Party w/ Abby Go Go, Shannon Wright, Knaves Grave @ The Earl

The Chosen Ones – November 24-28, 2010

Wednesday, November 24 – Pink Pompeii, La Chansons, Apollo Gold @ The Drunken Unicorn $5, 21+ 9pm

Pink Pompeii is a fun electronic dance/rock trio that bring beauty to the beats through lush female vocals and the frequent sounds of cello. Can’t think of a better way to spend Thanksgiving Eve! Joining them are the hubby/wife duo, La Chansons that bring on the synth-laden dance pop rock so that you can get your dance on!

Saturday, November 27 – Nerdkween CD Release w/ Parallel Poke and Richard Parsons @ The Highland Inn Ballroom $8, 21+ 9pm

The enigmatic and talented Nerdkween will be releasing her second album, Profitandloss, which features gorgeous vocals over ambient experimentation with electronics and instruments. Price of admission also gets you the brand, new, shiny album!

Richard Parsons will be opening up with his impressive, organically layered tunes that pack an emotional punch through solid, soulful songwriting.

Saturday, November 27 – Swine Song Presents: Wake of the Titan, The Humboldt Trio, The Common Axes @ The Drunken Unicorn $6, 21+ 9pm

Wake of the Titan is an incredibly impressive band. The trio is made up of trained musicians that live and breath through their instruments, even giving the illusion that body and instrument have become one on stage.

They sound a bit like Muse and a bit like Nine Inch Nails, but Wake of the Titan will wow you in their own way with their spacey rock and symbolic lyrical imagery. And don’t be shy about talking to them, they are some of the nicest guys on the planet.

Joining them are the spectacular instrumentalists, The Humboldt Trio and The Common Axes, that have dubbed their genre of music as “ghost rock.” I’m intrigued.

Honorable Mention:The Stuffing w/ Manchester Orchestra, Death on Two Wheels, O’Brother, Dead Confederate and more @ The Center Stage Complex

This show is sold out, but I guess you can see why. Put on by Atlanta label, Favorite Gentlemen, this showcase of rock will take place throughout the Center Stage Complex on Wednesday, November 24.


Wednesday, November 24 -

The Whynatte Two Year Anniversary Party w/ The Constellations and Vonnegutt @ Smiths Olde Bar

Hollow Stars, Lyonnais @ 529 $5

Faithless Town, Dirty Pollyanna, The Tips @ The Earl $7

Spindrift, Ocha La Rocha, Damon Moon & The Whispering Drifters @ The Star Bar

Thursday, November 25 TURKEY DAY -

Thanksgiving Death Disco @ 529 FREE, 21+, 9pm

The Gaye Blades, Predator, Barreracudas @ The Earl $7

Friday, November 25 -

Minus the Bear, Tristen @ The Masaqerade $20 Heaven 8pm

Laserbeam Kitty w/ The Falcon Lords, Cousin Dan, DJ Keith Evans @ The Highland Inn Ballroom $5 21+

FREE ACID: The Ruination, Dr.Conspiracy and Drumz of Def, DT, A.Grimes, DJs @ 529

Black Friday w/ TayO, R_Garcia, Reklein, Social Espionage @ Mint Gallery 9pm

ATL Dubsteb presents: Borgore w/ Judi Chicago, Ployd, Shortstack @ King Plow Arts Center 18+

Saturday, November 27 -

Vegan Coke, Qurious, Free Ticket, The Deem Team @ Java Lords FREE

Night Driving in Small Towns, What Happened to Your Fire Tiger, Mice in Cars, Starfighter @ 529 9pm, $5, 21+

The Booze, The Biters, Non Believers, Customers @ The Star Bar $5, 21+

Benefit for Billy Fields w/ The El Caminos, Tiger! Tiger!, AM Gold, The Seventh Ring of Saturn, Pink Pompeii, The Fingers @ The Earl $10

The Chosen Ones – November 19-22, 2010

Saturday, November 20 – A Can for A Can: Howlies and The Barreracudas @ The Star Bar

Tis the season for thanking and giving, so bring your canned food to The Star Bar on Saturday and in return for your giving, you’ll get a can of PBR. I’m not going to guarantee that it’ll be cold, but we can only hope!

Then you can be thankful for the garage punk sounds of Howlies and The Barreracudas. Howlies will be celebrating the release of their latest EP, Stunned. So stock up on your vinyl while you’re there. Also on deck, DJ Dookie Platters (Noot d’ Noot) spinning dubstep and funk til close.

The canned goods will benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank courtesy of PBR and Whynatte will be serving up drink specials at the bar.Event presented by Esperanza Atlanta and 4th Ward Heroes. $8, 21+

Saturday, November 20 – Waking the Bates, Vegan Coke, The Sneaky Hand, Odist, and Last @ Relapse Theatre

Relapse Theatre has recently been renovated and this party is to celebrate the new space. Get your fill of progressive rock as Vegan Coke, Odist, The Sneaky Hand and LAST take you through alternate dimensions. These bands make frequent rounds at Atlanta venues, but on this night you’re priveledged to having them share one stage.Party time. Excellent.


Friday, November 19 -
Small Reactions (7″ release show), Sorry No Ferrari, Sons of Thor @ 529 9pm, $5

Maserati (CD release), Royal Thunder, Brainworlds @ The Earl $10

Wade in The Rhythm, Bodega Roja, and Sara Crawford and The Cult Following @ The Five Spot

Real Love Benefit for Alfred Real w/ Sons Of Sons, TrioSaurus and The Squirrelheads @ The Highland Inn Ballroom

Saturday, November 20 -
Wowser Bowser (EP release), This Piano Plays Itself, Co Co Ri Co, Sunspots @ The Drunken Unicorn $7 9pm

Beautiful Little Fools, Anna Bullard, The Low Days @ Kavarna Coffee FREE

Roman Photos (7″ release) @ 529

Chunklet Magazine presents: Knaves Grave, Mood Rings, Soft Powers @ The Earl $5

Abby Wren & What It Is, Marionette (Richmond, VA) @ Lenny’s Bar

Sunday, November 21 -
Aaron Lee’s Ukulele By Bicycle Tour w/ Lille and Little Horn @ Picaflor Studios

Sharon Van Etten, Junip @ The Earl

The Chosen Ones – November 15-18, 2010

Wednesday, November 17 – Future Islands, Lonnie Walker, Nomen Novum @ Eyedrum 10pm, $7

Atlanta’s Nomen Novum is one of my favorite local bands. The duo of David Norbery and Mark Godfrey blend an assortment of atmospheric, electronic recordings with hazy guitars and experimental instrumentation. Their sound reminds me of a Radiohead/Vampire Weekend union, though Nomen Novum can’t outright be compared to either. There’s a sincerity and playfulness in their music that resonates through each song.

Nomen Novum will be opening up for Baltimore new-wavers, Future Islands and Lonnie Walker (Raleigh), who manages to invent his own musical style combining punk, dance, and folk rock.

Get Nomen Novum’s latest offering, Go Primal, for free at

Thursday, November 18 – Nophi Compilation Four – Official Worldwide Release Party @ Eastside Lounge

Nophi Recordings are celebrating their latest compilation album, with a party at Eastside Lounge featuring performances by Citizen Green, R_Garcia, and Fader Vixen, all featured on the Nophi Compilation 4 album. This compilation of electronic and experimental rock artists from Atlanta has received some great feedback from the local press. It features 20 songs from various independent Atlanta artists, including Sonen, The Extraordinary Contraptions, Jungol, Dirty Lungs, Meut, and Capibara.

DJ sets by Taradactyl and Threv will close out the night. Get there early for a full album listening party for Compilation 4.

Thursday, November 18 – Back Pockets, Lera Lynn, Night Driving in Small Cars (UPSTAIRS), A.Grimes, Quiet Hooves, Husseins (Basement) @ The Star Bar, FREE

I usually write my own show preview, but because I loved it so much, here’s the press release:

Atlanta and Athens are so close, yet they rarely hug each other on the same stages.  Almost never on stages and basements in one night. But(t)  . . . It will at Star Bar for an insane night of rainbow exploding magic for FREEBIES!  No money at the door.  NO MONEY AT THE DOOR.  BACKPOCKETS are a hodgepodge of Atlanta Art/Theater/Music/Bored Kids making and creating little worlds of happiness.  QUIET HOOVES cram 10 Athens music regulars into a mix of off kilter dancey madness.  A GRIMES scares people.  LERA LYNN soothes you.  NIGHT DRIVING IN SMALL TOWNS makes toes tap right at the edge of yer sneakers. HUSSEINS are punk.  Punk punks.

No one really knows how to make a press release.


Monday, November 15 -     The Future Now, North Trolls, This Piano Plays Itself @ 529 9pm FREE

Wednesday, November 17 – Adron, Trapper’s Cabin @ The Earl $7

Thursday, November 18 – Bridges and Powerlines, Living Rooms @ 529
9pm $5

Thursday, November 18 – Book Club, Lille @ The Highland Inn Ballroom $5