ATL Concert Roundup — February 20-26

Manchester Orchestra

THIS WEEK’S BEST BET:

Manchester Orchestra
w/ Chris Staples
Friday, February 24
The Earl – 466 Flat Shoals Avenue in Atlanta 30316
SOLD OUT!

It took me a while to work my way into Simple Math, the third full-length from hometown heroes Manchester Orchestra. My initial reaction was one of disappointment because it seemed to lack the ramshackle pace and sonic heft of their breakthrough LP, Mean Everything to Me. The melodies were certainly there, bold and anthemic, and it was clear that Andy Hull was putting everything he had into his vocals, but something just didn’t click for me. Still, over the years I’ve come to appreciate the value of patience and persistence and I’ve realized that some records—most of the best records, actually—require a kind of nose-to-the-ground determination on the part of the listener. So I stuck it out with Simple Math. And while it’s not quite the monumental powerhouse that made their sophomore effort such a smashing success, there’s still plenty of bold strokes and epic panoramas to examine and soak in. There are a lot more textures to unravel, a lot more nooks and crannies to peek into and feel your way around. It’s the band’s most ambitious offering yet—a dynamic, diverse rock album that’s not afraid to strive for majestic peaks and grand valleys.

But despite Manchester Orchestra’s arena-sized aspirations, their music is at it’s most devastating when experienced in a smaller setting where the walls are free to reverberate and the air can lay thick with anticipation. The band is long removed from their club days, so when the opportunity arises to catch them in a room that is as intimate and close-quartered as the Earl, you best believe that we’ll be there to witness what promises to be one of the best and most talked about performances of this young year. But if you’re planning to go, I hope you got your tickets early, because the show is very much sold out.

THE BEST OF THE REST:

Special OlympiadSpecial Olympiad
w/ Demonaut, Scaffolds
Monday, February 20
529 – 529 Flat Shoals Avenue in Atlanta 30316
Admission is FREE

Soft OpeningSoft Opening
w/ The N.E.C., Aku You
Tuesday, February 21
529 – 529 Flat Shoals Avenue in Atlanta 30316
Admission is FREE

Mike CooleyMike Cooley
w/ An Evening with Mike Cooley
Wednesday, February 22
The Earl – 466 Flat Shoals Avenue in Atlanta 30316
SOLD OUT!

R. RingR. Ring
w/ Knaves Grave, Black Swans
Wednesday, February 22
529 – 529 Flat Shoals Avenue in Atlanta 30316
Admission is FREE

Mike CooleyMike Cooley
w/ An Evening with Mike Cooley
Thursday, February 23
The Earl – 466 Flat Shoals Avenue in Atlanta 30316
SOLD OUT!

Young AntiquesYoung Antiques
w/ Wet Rainbow, Buxton, Swingset
Thursday, February 23
529 – 529 Flat Shoals Avenue in Atlanta 30316
Admission $5

The RomansThe Romans
w/ Janie Chu (Album Release Show), The Good Graces
Thursday, February 23
The Drunken Unicorn – 736 Ponce De Leon Place NE in Atlanta 30306
Admission $13 ADV / $15 DOS / Purchase Tickets

Dog BiteDog Bite
w/ Factory, Mirror Mode, Divine Interface
Thursday, February 23
Star Bar – 437 Moreland Avenue in Atlanta 30307
Admission is FREE

AdronAdron
w/ Doria Roberts
Thursday, February 23
Eddie’s Attic – 515 N. McDonough Street in Decatur 30030
Admission $10 ADV / $12 DOS / Purchase Tickets

The Dreaded MarcoThe Dreaded Marco
w/ Swank Sinatra, The Sneaky Hand
Friday, February 24
The Basement – 1245 Glenwood Avenue SE in Atlanta 30316
Admission $8

StoneRiderStoneRider (Album Release Show)
w/ An Evening with StoneRider
Friday, February 24
Avatar Events Group – 471 Glen Iris Drive in Atlanta 30308
Admission is FREE

MethuzulahMethuzulah (Album Release Show)
w/ Poodie Kinte, Ras Kofi, Binkis Recs, DJ Locsmif
Friday, February 24
529 – 529 Flat Shoals Avenue in Atlanta 30316
Admission $5

VancouverVancouver (Album Release Show)
w/ Austin Archer, FYN, Ghost Town Commons, Jesse the Great Perhaps
Friday, February 24
The Masquerade – 695 North Avenue in Atlanta 30308
Admission $6 / Purchase Tickets

Damon Moon and the Whispering DriftersDamon Moon and the Whispering Drifters (Album Release Show)
w/ Sleepy Genes (Single Release), Cassandras (EP Release)
Saturday, February 25
The Basement – 1245 Glenwood Avenue SE in Atlanta 30316
Admission $8

Cute BootsCute Boots
w/ Sealions, Natalie Prass
Saturday, February 25
The Earl – 466 Flat Shoals Avenue in Atlanta 30316
Admission $7 / Purchase Tickets

Bass Drum of DeathBass Drum of Death
w/ The Ultras S/C, Ghost Bikini
Saturday, February 25
529 – 529 Flat Shoals Avenue in Atlanta 30316
Admission $7

Order of the OwlOrder of the Owl
w/ Demonaut, HALMOS, Wolves and Jackals
Saturday, February 25
The Masquerade – 695 North Avenue in Atlanta 30308
Admission $6

Black TuskBlack Tusk
w/ Chairleg, Lazer/Wulf, Uncle Touchy
Sunday, February 26
The Masquerade – 695 North Avenue in Atlanta 30308
Admission $6 / Purchase Tickets