ATL Concert Roundup — July 11-17

Big Business

THIS WEEK’S BEST BET:

Big Business
w/ Torche, Helms Alee
Thursday, July 14
The Earl – 488 Flat Shoals Avenue in Atlanta 30316
Admission $12 ADV / $14 DOS / Purchase Tickets

Holy baby Jesus, it’s a Hydrahead triple bill. Tour of the summer? Well, if you like your rock big and burly with a touch of prog and bit of caustic humor, then, yeah, it probably is. On their own, a headlining slot by either openers, Torche or Helms Alee, would likely be enough to take the top spot on the Concert Roundup, but as it is we’ve got another veteran sludge monster to talk about.

In the beginning, there was something gloriously uncontrived about Big Business’ beefy hardcore assault. Fast and aggressive, crushingly heavy and loud, the band somehow managed to generate more power and thunderous noise as a drums-and-bass duo than most full-fledged bands could ever dream of. But when guitarist Toshi Kasai joined the ranks for 2009′s Mind the Drift the band actually softened their sound, allowing for some semblance of melody to flow in and out of their muscular low-end rumblings. Listening to all those fancy psych riffs and spastic bursts of prog-metal noodling certainly but made for a much more cerebral musical experience, but at the sludgy heart of things the ominous atmosphere of distortion continued to crackle and smolder so the loss of primal simplicity was alright by me.

In 2010, the band added a second guitarist, Scott Martin, to the mix and later this month will release their first collaboration together when the Quadruple Single 12″ EP hits stores. I was really curious to see what another guitarist would bring to Big Business’ already formidable live show, but, unfortunately, Kasai will not be joining the group on this tour as he has some prior recording obligations to attend to. So we’re once again faced with catching the band as a power trio, which still means all the boisterous noise and staggering energy you can handle. Think you’re up for it? See you at the show.

THE BEST OF THE REST:

Real EstateReal Estate
w/ Dent May, The Back Pockets
Tuesday, July 12
The Earl – 488 Flat Shoals Avenue in Atlanta 30316
Admission $10 / Purchase Tickets

Cass McCombsCass McCombs Band
w/ Lower Dens
Tuesday, July 12
Drunken Unicorn – 736 Ponce de Leon Place in Atlanta 30306
Admission $10 ADV / $12 DOS / Purchase Tickets

SadeSade
w/ John Legend
Wednesday, July 13
Phillips Arena – 1 Phillips Drive in Atlanta 30303
Admission $53.50-$153.50 / Purchase Tickets

Taking Back SundayTaking Back Sunday
w/ Thursday, Colour Revolt, The New Regime
Wednesday, July 13
Center Stage – 1374 West Peachtree Street in Atlanta 30309
Admission $30 / Purchase Tickets

Street ViolenceStreet Violence
w/ Wife, Slutever, Nerdkween
Wednesday, July 13
Star Bar – 437 Moreland Avenue in Atlanta 30307
Admission is $5

Cute BootsCute Boots
w/ Maren Parusel, What Happened To Your Fire Tiger?
Thursday, July 14
529 – 529 Flat Shoals Avenue in Atlanta 30316
Admission $7

Today the Moon, Tomorrow the SunToday the Moon, Tomorrow the Sun
w/ The Futura Bold, I Was Totally Destroying It
Friday, July 15
Star Bar – 437 Moreland Avenue in Atlanta 30307
Admission is $8

Order of the OwlOrder of the Owl
w/ Mice in Cars, Gray Young, The Subliminator
Friday, July 15
529 – 529 Flat Shoals Avenue in Atlanta 30316
Admission $5

Silent and ListenSilent & Listen
w/ Dutch Angle, Supervisor of the Loveless Average (Album Release Show)
Friday, July 15
Drunken Unicorn – 736 Ponce de Leon Place in Atlanta 30306
Admission $5

Gentleman Jesse and His MenGentleman Jesse and his Men
w/ Beat Beat Beat, The Biters, Bukkake Boys
Friday, July 15
The Earl – 488 Flat Shoals Avenue in Atlanta 30316
Admission $10 / Purchase Tickets

9th Wonder9th Wonder and Label
w/ Methuzulah, Poe Mack, Clan Destined
Friday, July 15
Apache Cafe – 64 Third Street NW in Atlanta 30308
Admission $10

The FranticThe Frantic
w/ Ex Humans, HAWKS, Husseins
Saturday, July 16
The Earl – 488 Flat Shoals Avenue in Atlanta 30316
Admission $10 / Purchase Tickets

Bill CallahanBill Callahan
w/ Neal Morgan
Saturday, July 16
Smith’s Olde Bar – 1578 Piedmont Avenue in Atlanta 30324
Admission $15 / Purchase Tickets

EmpiresEmpires
w/ Trances Arc, All Get Out, The Levee
Saturday, July 16
The Masquerade – 695 North Avenue NE in Atlanta 30306
Admission $8

New AnimalNew Animal
w/ Death of Paris, Sing Sing 76, Future Wives
Saturday, July 16
WonderRoot – 982 Memorial Drive SE in Atlanta 30316
Admission TBA

Verge of BlissVerge of Bliss
w/ Hanzelle, Romeo Spike
Friday, July 15
Drunken Unicorn – 736 Ponce de Leon Place in Atlanta 30306
Admission $5