ATL Concert Roundup — April 25-May 1

Wizard Smoke

THIS WEEK’S BEST BET:

Wizard Smoke (Album Release)
w/ Predator, Death of Kings
Saturday, April 30
Drunken Unicorn – 736 Ponce de Leon Place in Atlanta 30306
Admission $8

On their sophomore LP, local doom peddlers Wizard Smoke have managed to strike the perfect balance between volume and density. The six-song effort’s monolithic slabs of Sabbath and Sleep-inspired metal and sludgy tempos is both punishingly loud and and brutally heavy, but somehow the music never feels too abrasive or overwhelming. In The Speed of Smoke, the band may also have crafted the perfect album title; these are long, adventurous songs that take their time to develop. The billowing clouds of weed-driven distortion uncoil slowly, allowing the huge, menacing riffs to breathe and drift their way across your speakers before dissipating into the next track. Repetition is definitely part of the formula, but the amount of detail the group manages to weave into their stoner doom tapestry is striking. If you haven’t yet downloaded their album, go pick it up for free off of their website. While you’re there, you should also download their excellent debut (free!), Live Rock in Hell. But, most importantly, you should come out Saturday night and help the band celebrate the release of The Speed of Smoke at the Drunken Unicorn where you’ll be able to snag the new album on limited edition vinyl and cassette. Now, how dope is that?

THE BEST OF THE REST:

XOXO (members of Say Anything)
w/ O’Brother
Monday, April 25
King Plow Arts Center – 887 West Marietta Street in Atlanta 30318
Admission $25 pledge to Break the Silence

Parts and LaborParts and Labor
w/ Bambara, White Hills, So So Death
Tuesday, April 26
529 – 529 Flat Shoals Avenue in Atlanta 30316
Admission $8

Bass Drum of DeathBass Drum of Death
w/ Barreracudas, Shathouse Rats
Tuesday, April 26
The Earl – 488 Flat Shoals Avenue in Atlanta 30316
Admission $8 / Purchase Tickets

The Fresh & OnlysThe Fresh & Onlys
w/ Crocodiles, Young Prysms
Wednesday, April 27
The Earl – 488 Flat Shoals Avenue in Atlanta 30316
Admission $10 / Purchase Tickets

Toy DevilsToy Devils
w/ New Terminus, Tracer Metula
Wednesday, April 27
Drunken Unicorn – 736 Ponce de Leon Place in Atlanta 30306
Admission $5

500 Songs for Kids500 Songs for Kids
w/ Too many bands to mention
Thursday-Sunday, April 28-June 1
Smith’s Olde Bar – 1578 Piedmont Road NE in Atlanta 30324
Admission $10

SepulturaSepultura
w/ Belphagor, Hate, Keep of Kalessin, Neuraxis, Bonded By Blood
Friday, April 29
Masquerade – 695 North Avenue in Atlanta 30308
Admission $21 / Purchase Tickets

James Hall and the Futura BoldJames Hall and the Futura Bold
w/ Abby Gogo, Torture Town
Friday, April 29
Star Bar – 437 Moreland Avenue in Atlanta 30307
Admission $10

La ChansonsLa Chansons (Album Release)
w/ Last Aurora (Album Release), Attention System
Friday, April 29
Drunken Unicorn – 736 Ponce de Leon Place in Atlanta 30306
Admission $10

John Spencer Blues ExplosionJon Spencer Blues Explosion
w/ The Ettes
Sunday, May 1
Variety Playhouse- 1099 Euclid Avenue NE in Atlanta 30307
Admission $20 ADV / $25 DOS / Purchase Tickets