ATL Concert Roundup — August 8-14

Strange Daze Festival 2011

THIS WEEK’S BEST BET:

Strange Daze Music and Arts Festival 2011
w/ Corner Kid, Spirits & the Melchizedek Children, Order of the Owl, A. Grimes, New Terminus, more…
Saturday, August 13
Noni’s and the Music Room – 357 and 327 Edgewood Avenue in Atlanta 30303
Admission is FREE

The Strange Daze Music and Arts Festival is in its third year, and while this year’s lineup may not be its biggest, it’s certainly the most interesting I’ve seen. According to festival founder Nadia Lelutiu, the emphasis for this year’s event is community. Her goal is to bring together various factions of the local scene — bands who normally wouldn’t share a stage together — and see what happens. “Maybe it can foster new collaborations, create new comfort zones, or maybe it’ll just feel good,” she wrote in a recent newsletter promoting the festival. While the results of her efforts remain to be seen, the intention is certainly admirable.

And there is cause to believe that some of Lelutiu’s passion and enthusiasm for Atlanta music is beginning to infect this year’s crop of bands. One of the more promising pairing from this year’s lineup will take place at Noni’s where heavy rockers Order of the Owl and shoegazers Spirits and the Melchizedek Children will merge their set to close out the evening. While that collaboration alone should be incentive enough to bring you out to the Old Fourth Ward this Saturday night, let’s remember that this is a festival, dammit, and there’s a lot more going on including scheduled performances from artists as varied as A. Grimes, New Terminus and Nomen Novum. Need more convincing? How about the live debut of Corner Kid, whose atmospheric debut, Atlas, at Last!, is one most captivating and ambitious local records I’ve heard this year. Want more? If art is your thing, there will also be a special art showcase at Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium where Matt Maher of the Sneaky Hand will have his art on display, among others. If that’s still not enough for you then, well, fuck it. We don’t want you there anyway.

THE BEST OF THE REST:

WoodsWoods
w/ White Fence, Spirits and the Melchizedek Children
Monday, August 8
The Earl – 488 Flat Shoals Avenue in Atlanta 30316
Admission $10 / Purchase Tickets

The Purkinje ShiftThe Purkinje Shift
w/ Predator, DJs Alex McCleskey and Rick Moore
Monday, August 2
529 – 529 Flat Shoals Avenue in Atlanta 30316
Admission is FREE

Dope BodyDope Body
w/ Hume, Feast of Violet
Tuesday, August 9
529 – 529 Flat Shoals Avenue in Atlanta 30316
Admission is FREE

Off With Their HeadsOff With Their Heads
w/ Dead to Me, The Riot Before, Campaign
Wednesday, August 10
Drunken Unicorn – 736 Ponce de Leon Place in Atlanta 30306
Admission $8 ADV / $10 DOS / Purchase Tickets

Death Cab For CutieDeath Cab For Cutie
w/ Frightened Rabbit
Thursday, August 11
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre – 2200 Encore Parkway in Alpharetta 30022
Admission $32 / Purchase Tickets

Gun PartyGun Party (Album Release Show)
w/ Great American Country Drifters, Dead Rabbits, Elk Milk
Thursday, August 11
Star Bar – 437 Moreland Avenue in Atlanta 30307
Admission is FREE

Street ViolenceStreet Violence
w/ Turn Down Service, Ricer
Thursday, August 11
The Earl – 488 Flat Shoals Avenue in Atlanta 30316
Admission $5 / Purchase Tickets

Young AntiquesYoung Antiques
w/ Glen Iris, Life At Sea
Thursday, August 11
529 – 529 Flat Shoals Avenue in Atlanta 30316
Admission $5

SubsonicsSubsonics
w/ Carnivores, Howlies
Friday, August 12
The Earl – 488 Flat Shoals Avenue in Atlanta 30316
Admission $7 / Purchase Tickets

Curio MuseumCurio Museum
w/ Ampline, Hello Cobra, Sleepy Genes
Friday, August 12
529 – 529 Flat Shoals Avenue in Atlanta 30316
Admission $5

El Ten ElevenEl Ten Eleven
w/ The Globes, Scaffolds
Saturday, August 13
Drunken Unicorn – 736 Ponce de Leon Place in Atlanta 30306
Admission $10 ADV / $12 DOS / Purchase Tickets

Wolves and JackalsWolves and Jackals
w/ Death of Kings, Guzik
Saturday, August 13
Star Bar – 437 Moreland Avenue in Atlanta 30307
Admission $7

The ClaymoresThe Claymores
w/ Volunteer Cass, The Fortunate Few
Saturday, August 13
WonderRoot – 982 Memorial Drive SE in Atlanta 30316
Admission $5

Joan of ArcJoan of Arc
w/ Implodes, Cassandras
Sunday, August 14
The Earl – 488 Flat Shoals Avenue in Atlanta 30316
Admission $10 / Purchase Tickets