ATL Concert Roundup — May 30-June 5

Okkervil River

THIS WEEK’S BEST BET:

Okkervil River
w/ Future Islands, Titus Andronicus
Tuesday, May 31
Variety Playhouse – 1099 Euclid Avenue NE in Atlanta 30307
Admission $17.50 / Purchase Tickets

Any one of these bands by themselves would be a highly recommended show, but put all three together and you have an absolute can’t miss event. In the two openers, Titus Andronicus and Future Islands, you have a pair of bands responsible for two of 2010′s best albums (#4 and #2, respectively, on our list), and if you’ve never heard the heartrending majesty of Okkervil River, well then, let’s just say you have a significant hole in your music library. Indeed, if you’re any sort of fan of cathartic music, of music that bleeds you out emotionally and rejuvenates you with its unbridled passion, tomorrow night’s show at the Variety Playhouse will move you on a variety of levels. My wife and I have joked about how this lineup allows you the luxury of three separate concert experiences on one stage; you can rock out to Titus Andronicus’ brazenly earnest, punk-indebted anthems, dance sweatily to Future Islands’ soul-stirring, electro-infused art pop or mope about to Okkervil River’s doomed folk confessionals. It’s sort of a one night mini festival, if you will — only without any of the mediocre filler acts.

A lot of shows will come into town this year, but I can only a imagine a few, if any, will have the dynamic range and depth of this lineup. Don’t blow it.

THE BEST OF THE REST:

Title FightTitle Fight
w/ Touché Amoré, The Menzingers, Dead End Path, Antpile
Monday, May 30
The Archive Gallery – 611 North Avenue in Atlanta 30308
Admission $12

The Dirty LungsThe Dirty Lungs
w/ Vegan Coke, Life At Sea
Wednesday, June 1
Star Bar – 529 Flat Shoals Avenue in Atlanta 30316
Admission $5

Royal Thunder
w/ Sons of Tonatiuh, Black Skies, Caltrop
Thursday, June 2
529 – 529 Flat Shoals Avenue in Atlanta 30316
Admission $7

Mog RocketMog Rocket
w/ Gnomonaut, The Humboldt Trio
Thursday, June 2
The Earl – 488 Flat Shoals Avenue in Atlanta 30316
Admission $5 / Purchase Tickets

Times New VikingTimes New Viking
w/ Reptar, Red Sea
Friday, June 3
The Earl – 488 Flat Shoals Avenue in Atlanta 30316
Admission $10 / Purchase Tickets

Gun PartyGun Party
w/ Guyliner, Andy D.
Friday, June 3
529 – 529 Flat Shoals Avenue in Atlanta 30316
Admission $5

Number ExchangeNumber Exchange (Album Release Show)
w/ Clap for Daylight, Zelda’s Dead
Friday, June 3
Drunken Unicorn – 736 Ponce de Leon Place in Atlanta 30306
Admission $8

Matt and KimMatt & Kim
w/ The Thermals, Autobot from Flosstradamus
Friday, June 3
Masquerade – 695 North Avenue in Atlanta 30308
Admission $20 / Purchase Tickets

Oryx and CrakeLittle Advances House Show
w/ Oryx and Crake, Small Reactions
Saturday, June 4
1268 Portland Avenue in Atlanta 30316
Admission is FREE