ATL Concert Roundup — March 25-31

Big Jesus

THIS WEEK’S BEST BET:

Big Jesus
w/ Manray, The Dirty Magazines
Saturday, March 30
The Earl – 466 Flat Shoals Avenue in Atlanta 30316
Admission $5 ADV / $7 DOS / Purchase Tickets

When Big Jesus announced its return from an extended hiatus early this year, it was welcome news, but it also felt a little like a game of musical chairs. Here was former O’Brother guitarist Aaron Womack being brought in to play drums, while Spencer Ussery and C.J. Ridings played a game of switcheroo that saw Ridings take up the guitar duties (along with Thomas Gonzalez) and Ussery make the move to bass. The changes themselves weren’t necessarily all that major, but it was impossible to think they wouldn’t somehow affect the dynamics of the band.

Since the announcement the Big Jesus camp has remained quiet; no new music has been posted, but the band did announce they would be heading into the studio in April to record their first full length. Luckily, eager fans such as myself won’t have to wait that long to hear what the new incarnation of the group will sound like. This Saturday night, the band will make their return to the Earl and have promised to play their upcoming record from front to back. What that will sound like remains to be seen, but here’s hoping it’s a similar mix of modern sludge and aggressive ’90s grunge and noise that made their debut EP one of the better local listens of 2011. See you there.

THE BEST OF THE REST:

Stone FoxesThe Stone Foxes
w/ Board of Whores, Gun Party
Saturday, March 30
Smith’s Olde Bar – 1578 Piedmont Avenue in Atlanta 30324
Admission $8

Turf WarTurf War
w/ Broncho, Beach Day, Concord America
Tuesday, March 26
Drunken Unicorn – 736 Ponce de Leon Avenue in Atlanta 30306
Admission $8 / Purchase Tickets

RosettaRosetta
w/ Nigredo, Beneath Acacia
Wednesday, March 27
Drunken Unicorn – 736 Ponce de Leon Avenue in Atlanta 30306
Admission $6 for 21+, $8 for 18-20 / Purchase Tickets

Outer GodsOuter Gods (Cassette Release Show)
w/ Twins, Deep Space, Tifaret
Wednesday, March 27
529 – 529 Flat Shoals Avenue in Atlanta 30316
Admission is FREE

BrainBrain
w/ Blackfox, Tealvox
Thursday, March 28
The Earl – 466 Flat Shoals Avenue in Atlanta 30316
Admission $7 / Purchase Tickets

CloudeaterCloudeater
w/ RBTS Win, Warsz
Friday, March 29
The Earl – 466 Flat Shoals Avenue in Atlanta 30316
Admission $6 ADV / $8 DOS / Purchase Tickets

Killer MikeKiller Mike
w/ Yamin Semali, Skewby
Friday, March 29
Terminal West – 887 West Marietta Street NW in Atlanta 30318
Admission $12 ADV / $15 DOS / Purchase Tickets

Ron MexicoRon Mexico
w/ Koskee, Palaces, Undead Viking Mafia
Friday, March 29
Basement – 1245 Glenwood Avenue SE in Atlanta 30316
Admission $5

The Purkinje ShiftWREKtacular: WREK’s 45th Anniversary Show
w/ The Purkinkje Shift, Magicicada, Cicada Rhythm, Good Golly Svengali
Saturday, March 30
Drunken Unicorn – 736 Ponce de Leon Avenue in Atlanta 30306
Admission $5

King of PrussiaKing of Prussia
w/ Draglines, Jesse and the Great Perhaps
Monday, March 18
Wonderoot – 982 Memorial Drive in Atlanta 30316
Admission $5

Ocean is TheoryOcean is Theory (Final Show)
w/ Mel Washington, The Levee, Low Tree Grow Tall, Pioneer Trees
Saturday, March 30
Masquerade – 437 Moreland Avenue in Atlanta 30307
Admission $10