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Live Music Picks, Oct. 1-8


AC3 Festival 2009

This is the fifth year for AC3, offering three days of below-the-radar hip-hop spread out over multiple venues in East Atlanta and Little Five Points. National acts Rakim, Kidz in the Hall, Black Sheep, J-Live, People Under the Stairs and others share the stage with Atlanta artists such as Killer Mike, Collective Efforts and Psyche Origami.
8 p.m. Oct. 1-3. $33. The EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-522-3950,

Sunny Day Real Estate. Photo: Brian Tamborello

Sunny Day Real Estate. Photo: Brian Tamborello


Psychedelic Furs

A lot of post-punk British bands of the early ’80s wanted to be the earlier version of David Bowie, which Bowie himself no longer wanted to be. The Furs’ Richard Butler was the most successful, carving a distinctive style out of hero worship thinly disguised with a punky veneer.

8 p.m. Oct. 2. $26.50. The Masquerade, 695 North Ave. 404-577-8178,


Sunny DayReal Estate

Emo, punk rock’s more sensitive offspring, got much of its blueprint from this cultishly adored Seattle band, which disbanded for the second time in 2001 only to reunite for another round of touring this year.  It’s not unassuming frontman Jeremy Enigk’s fault that so many inferior talents have diluted his melancholy model.
9 p.m. Oct. 3. $27. Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St. 404-885-1365,



These metal pioneers are getting a lot more respect than their forefathers, making it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year on their first nomination. Black Sabbath was nominated eight times before making the cut back in 2006, when the band was inducted by Metallica’s James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich.
7 p.m. Oct. 4. $53.50-$73.50. Philips Arena, One Philips Drive. 404-878-3000,

Maxwell. Photo: Eric Johnson

Maxwell. Photo: Eric Johnson



No one would accuse Maxwell of being prolific. He’s released just four albums in 13 years, and this year’s “BLACKsummers’night” is his first since 2001. His classic-soul inspired sound is still remarkably powerful, and the album was worth the wait.
7:30 p.m. Oct. 5.  Philips Arena,One Philips Drive. 404-878-3000,

Grizzly Bear
It began as a bedroom-recorded, one-man project by Edward Droste. With 2006’s “Yellow House,” Droste recruited a band and ventured forth from his Brooklyn bedroom with his intricate and beautifully twisted electro-folk. In May, the band released “Veckatimest,” an album of lush beauty that will still be revealing treasures when it lands on best-of lists at year’s end.
8 p.m. Oct. 5. $20. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. 404-524-7354,



A return to vitality with “How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb” earned the Irish superstars a Grammy for album of the year in 2006. This year’s “No Line on the Horizon” is a disappointing muddle. That shouldn’t stop this live powerhouse from delivering a mesmerizing performance during one of the year’s biggest spectacles. The 360-degree, in-the-round-style stage promises unobstructed views from every seat. Early reports indicate that the band has managed to bring a surprising intimacy to the massive arenas hosting the shows.
7 p.m. Oct. 6. $30-$250. Georgia Dome, One Georgia Dome Drive. 404-223-9200,


Blink 182

The aging pop-punk boys from San Diego are back together after a five-year hiatus. Let’s hope those missing years haven’t resulted in too much maturity in Blink 182’s live show. Back before the hiatus, the trio’s gigs were always a blast of stupid, noisy fun. And it just wouldn’t be a Blink show without poop jokes, sexual puns and other concerns of the average pre-adolescent.
6:30 p.m. Oct. 7. $20-$69. Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, 2002 Lakewood Way. 404-443-5000,


Blitzen Trapper, Wye Oak

For those who think there’s nothing new under the Americana sun, both of these bands put a fresh twist on the folk-rock model.
8:30 p.m. Oct. 8. $12. The EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-522-3950.

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September 30th, 2009
5:49 pm


Are you gonna sit there and not recognize the Smooth Jazz Concert featuring Boney James, Walter Beasley, Urban Jazz Coalition and Michael Manson, Saturday at the Mablehouse Barnes Ampitheatre. Best outdoor venue in the Metro Area. Atlanta lost it’s only Comtemporary Jazz radio station who used to advertise and sponsor some great event in the ATL. For a site that’s advertising music happenings, you all are falling short. Nothing against Maxell, but Boney’s current and twelfth CD, Send One Your Love, spent 8 consecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz charts.

Shane Harrison

September 30th, 2009
6:00 pm

I can’t get to everything, but you just helped out by letting more people know about this show. I always welcome input from anyone wanting to talk up a show they’re excited about. Tell everyone about it right here. And for those of you who want more info on the Atlanta Smooth Music Festival, go here:

The show starts at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, but Boney James is the headliner, so he won’t be going on until the evening (8:15 p.m. according to the schedule posted here:

[...] season. Regardless, here are some suggestions of what to do this weekend. You can also find more live music picks from the Atlanta Music Scene blog. As always, feel free to share your suggestions in the comments! — Jamie [...]


October 5th, 2009
1:37 pm

U2 at the GEORGIA Dome here we come! Looking forward to hearing ‘Maginificent’ and seeing Muse live as well.


October 6th, 2009
7:02 am

I digress. I know you do what you can. I’m still just a little frustrated about how the live jazz scene has dimished over the years. That, coupled with the loss of our only Comtemporary Jazz radio station recently. I know there are still some nice venues. They just don’t get the nod like the mainstreams. Thanks for all you do Shane.


October 7th, 2009
10:16 am

I was hoping to find a review of the great show Regina Spektor put on last night at the Tabernacle, but was surprised to find not even a mention of the show? That’s too bad – it was really something.