TALive Weekend Picks 11/7-11/9: Including Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes, Decatur Wine Festival, Aretha Franklin, and so much more!

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With so much to do this weekend, how will you choose?

Friday, November 7, 2014

Deerhoof      

Where: The State Theatre, Falls Church, VA

Deerhoof is a punk rock band whose erratic style veers between pop, noise, and classic rock and roll. The band’s live shows are known for their minimal gear, maximal volume, and surrealist banter. Since their formation in 1994 in San Francisco they have self-produced their records and self-managed their career. The band’s current line-up consists of John Dieterich, Satomi Matsuzaki, Ed Rodriguez and Greg Saunier.

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Amanda Shires

Where: Eddie’s Attic, Decatur, GA

Just in case the title alone wasn’t a dead give away, Amanda Shires’ Down Fell the Doves is not a record for the faint of heart, faith or spirit. Not that anyone who heard her last album would have expected such. Carrying Lighting, the critically acclaimed 2011 breakthrough that put Shires on the map as one of Americana music’s most arresting new voices (and Texas Music magazine’s 2011 Artist of the Year), was a kudzu-tangled web of frayed heartstrings and combustible desire that revealed the one-time “little fiddle player from Lubbock” to be a grown woman unafraid to “get wrecked in love” and dish out the same with keen poetic insight and unnervingly mature, femme-fatale conviction. But as striking as Lightning was, Down Fell the Doves (Shires’ debut for Lightning Rod Records) is where the gloves really come off.

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Matisyahu w/ Radical Something  

Where: Jannus Live, St. Petersburg, FL

Known for blending Orthodox Jewish themes with reggae, rock and hip hop beatboxing sounds, Matisyahu’s 2005 single “King Without a Crown” was a Top 40 hit in the United States.  Since 2004, he has released four studio albums as well as two live albums, two remix CDs and two DVDs featuring live concerts. In addition, Matisyahu played the role of Tzadok in The Possession, a supernatural horror film directed by Ole Bornedal and co-produced by Sam Raimi. Through his career, Matisyahu has worked with Bill Laswell, reggae producers Sly & Robbie, and Kool Kojak.

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Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes / The Black Cadillacs          

Where: Vinyl, Atlanta, GA

They never look the same at the end of their set; a pair of hip horn-rimmed glasses breaks in half, buttons become undone, and their once slicked-back hair is simply not anymore. But they wouldn’t be themselves if it were any other way; they thrive when they render themselves void of energy, and humbly hope it rubs off on the kids in the crowd, too. They are Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes. To see them live is to experience the crux of who they are: A high-energy indie rock band dead set on producing the best live sound they know how. And boy, do they know how.

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Jukebox the Ghost w/ Coins // Mike Mains & The Branches     

Where: The Loft, Atlanta, GA

Jukebox the Ghost features the incredibly catchy lead single “The Great Unknown,” which was co-written by Jukebox’s Ben Thornewill (vocals & piano) and Greg Holden (co-writer “Home” for Phillip Phillips). The single was released in June around the same time Yep Roc took the song to AAA Radio where it was #3 most added first week out. The band and the label were extremely excited this week with the news that “The Great Unknown” broke into AAA’s Top 40 – a first for Jukebox the Ghost – with key support from Lighting 100 in Nashville (WRLT), 101.9 KINK-FM in Portland and WXPN in Philly to name a few. The new single is also finding a few fans at Commercial Alternative with stations such as WRFF in Philly showing early support and inviting the band to join Bleachers earlier this month for their “Summer Block Party.”

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Chinua Hawk and Chris Cauley     

Where: Eddie’s Attic, Decatur, GA

Chinua Hawk is an Atlanta based singer/songwriter who does not settle for microwave music. His slow cooker approach explores the intricacies of love through acoustic driven soul. Hawk took the difficult, yet rewarding route of being an independent artist with his own umbrella company, CH Entertainment. Over a span of almost two decades, Hawk has produced 5 albums, including his latest 2013 offering, Waiting on Christmas. Hawk’s mission is to revive the music that shaped his southern New Jersey upbringing. Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston are among his musical heroes.

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Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires w/ special guests 

Where: 529, Atlanta, GA

What awaits you when the needle drops on Dereconstructed, the new album by Lee Bains lll & the Glory Fires? Nothing less than pure heaven, that’s what. Consider the record’s opener, “The Company Man.” It revs up with a riff sleazy enough to clog Rod Stewart’s stomach pump as an incantation that only a Yellowhammer can truly understand is bellowed and then screamed. Before you know it, the joint is hotter than a Birmingham soaking pit while you, the listener, are reminded, lest you forget, don’t ever trust the company man.

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Saturday, November 8, 2014 

Decatur Wine Festival

Where: The Old Courthouse Square, Decatur, GA

Taste wines from around the globe, sample delicious food from Decatur-area restaurants, and enjoy live DJ Troy Cono at metro Atlanta’s largest outdoor wine festival. Proceeds benefit the Decatur Arts Alliance, which produces the Decatur Arts Festival and many other arts events, free to the community each year.

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Chris Smither

Where: Eddie’s Attic, Decatur, GA

Honing a synthesis of folk and blues for 50 years, Chris Smither is truly an American original.  Still On the Levee, to be released on July 22, 2014 is a career-spanning retrospective double CD. Recorded in New Orleans with studio-mates, The Motivators, Still On the Levee plays host to special guests including Allen Toussaint and Loudon Wainwright III. The record highlights the vast catalog of an American music master.

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THE MAVERICKS

Where: The State Theatre, Falls Church, VA

The Mavericks are an American neotraditional country band founded in 1989 in Miami, Florida. Between 1991 and 2003, they recorded six studio albums, in addition to charting 14 singles on theBillboard country charts. Their highest-peaking American single was 1996’s “All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down”, a collaboration with accordionist Flaco Jiménez. They are best known in the UK for their 1998 single “Dance the Night Away”, which reached number 4 in the UK singles chart.

 

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Aretha Franklin

Where: Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA

Aretha Louise Franklin is an American singer and musician. Franklin began her career singing gospel at her father, minister C. L. Franklin’s church as a child.  Following her signing to Atlantic Records in 1967, Franklin achieved commercial acclaim and success with songs such as “Respect”, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” and “Think”. These hits and more helped her to gain the title The Queen of Soul by the end of the 1960s decade. Franklin eventually recorded a total of 112 charted singles on Billboard, including 77 Hot 100 entries, 17 top ten pop singles, 100 R&B entries and twenty number-one R&B singles, becoming the most charted female artist in the chart’s history. Franklin has won a total of 18 Grammy Awards and is one of the best-selling female artists of all time, having sold over 75 million records worldwide.

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Cody Marlowe and The Dead Flowers / Michael Tracy w/ The Tin Man

Where: Vinyl, Atlanta, GA

Georgia born singer-songwriter and roots-rock artist Cody Marlowe found his inspiration at an early age in the soulful sounds of B.B. King, Merle Haggard, and the Allman Brothers. Marlowe’s songs explore the polarities of good and evil in an intriguing blend of lyrics featuring lost loves and hopeful musings. His most recent album, “Silver and Gold,” is his third release since his first EP, “Where You Are,” released in 2010 and his first full length, “Eighty Nine,” released later that same year. For the new album, Marlowe teamed up with brothers, producer/drummer Kevin Sellors and bass player Ryan Sellors, to form his new back-up band the Dead Flowers. During the recording process, Marlowe recruited Joey Huffman on organ (Hank Jr., Matchbox 20) and Nathan Bedingfield on electric guitar (Aaron Shust).

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The Rural Alberta Advantage w/ July Talk

Where: The EARL, Atlanta, GA

In 2006 singer-songwriter Nils Edenloff, percussionist Paul Banwatt, and multi-instrumentalist Amy Cole came together to release their debut self-titled EP as The Rural Alberta Advantage. The ensuing years have brought two full-length albums (2008’s Hometowns and 2011’s Departing), widespread critical praise (SPIN, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, NPR, among others), two Juno Award Nominations (Best New Group, Video of the Year), a Long List Nomination for the Polaris Music Prize, and a hard-earned reputation as one of the most impressive live bands you’ll ever see. It was through all of this that The RAA’s latest album, Mended With Gold, took shape.

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Randall Bramblett with special guest, Brian Wright

Where: Eddie’s Attic, Decatur, GA

A jewel of Southern music, Randall Bramblett shines on his latest release, The Bright Spots, due out May 14 on New West Records. Fresh off the inclusion of one of his songs on Bonnie Raitt’s Grammy-winning albumSlipstream, he has put together a masterful recording soaked with the soulful feel that has defined his music and that of his Southern contemporaries like Gregg Allman and Warren Haynes. From Howlin’ Wolf to Ray Charles and “dark Motown” influences, sitar samples, gospel strains and even a snippet of water-splashing pygmies, The Bright Spots mixes diverse elements that dovetail into Randall’s finest album yet.

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Dope Body, Roomrunner

Where: 529, Atlanta, GA

Dope Body are one of the only underground bands in existence brave enough to claim Rage Against the Machine as a formative influence. The Baltimore-based noise-punk quartet embraces the signature sounds of the alternative nation, but uses pedals, loops, and off-kilter rhythms to pummel its teenage heroes into blurry abstraction. Borrowing from punk-funk and nu-metal as much as spazz-core and pigfuck, the group plays Dr. Moreau with a decade’s worth of MTV buzz clips.

 

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Sunday, November 9, 2014 

The Fresh Beat Band

Where: Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA

The Fresh Beat Band (formerly The JumpArounds) is an American preschool television series created by Scott Kraft and Nadine van der Velde for Nickelodeon. The Fresh Beats are Shout, Twist, Marina, and Kiki, described as four best friends in a band who go to music school and graduate together as musicians who are determined to follow their dreams. The series premiered onNickelodeon in the United States on August 24, 2009.

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Reverend Horton Heat w/ El Capitan and the Band with No Name

Where: The EARL, Atlanta, GA

The Reverend Horton Heat is the stage name of American musician Jim Heath (born 1959) as well as the name of his Dallas, Texas-based psychobilly trio. Heath is a singer, songwriter and guitarist. One reviewer calls Heath the “godfather of modern rockabilly and psychobilly.” The group originally formed in 1985, playing its first gigs in Dallas’s Deep Ellum neighborhood. Its current members are Jim “Reverend Horton” Heath on guitar and lead vocals, Jimbo Wallace on the upright bass, and Scott Churilla on drums. The band signed to Victory Records on November 27, 2012, and released their eleventh studio album, REV, on January 21, 2014.

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