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Live music picks: Nov. 5-11

Atlanta's Janelle Monae opens for Athens band Of Montreal at the Variety Playhouse Saturday and Sunday. Photo: Andrew Zaeh

Atlanta's Janelle Monáe opens for Athens band Of Montreal at the Variety Playhouse Saturday and Sunday. Photo: Andrew Zaeh

FRIDAY
La Roux

Young British singer and songwriter Elly Jackson and her co-captain Ben Langmaid craft the hookiest synth-pop since the genre’s early-’80s heyday. In most hands, this stuff sounds dated, but Jackson’s piercing vocals give La Roux’s memorable tunes a modern edge. The duo even managed to land in the Billboard Top 10 earlier this year with “Bulletproof.”
8:30 p.m. Nov. 5. $22.50; $20 advance. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022.

FRIDAY
Branford Marsalis

He’s collaborated with Sting, the Grateful Dead, Bruce Hornsby and Harry Connick Jr. He’s been a soloist with orchestras all over the country and served as leader of the house band on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.” The three-time Grammy winner’s latest album is “Music Redeems,” credited to the Marsalis Family and taken from a live concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington.
8 p.m. Nov. 5. $39-$59. Ferst Center for the Arts, 349 Ferst Drive N.W., Atlanta. 404-894-2787.

Shearwater, led by singer-songwriter Jonathan Meiburg (in front), plays the EARL Friday. Photo: Amy V. Cooper

Shearwater, led by singer-songwriter Jonathan Meiburg (in front), plays the EARL Friday. Photo: Amy V. Cooper

FRIDAY
Shearwater

You don’t need to be told that Jonathan Meiburg, the leader of Austin’s Shearwater, is an ornithologist, because his music is speckled with the lore and lexicon of birds. His band is named for a seabird, after all. “The Golden Archipelago,” Shearwater’s sixth full-length album, is a winged musical journey as Meiburg and company glide above our planet. The songs tell of frightening beauty and heartbreaking decay, with images of a shuddering sky, cracking ice and an island “broken away from the world” delivered in Meiburg’s sweet, soaring voice.
9 p.m. Nov. 5. $12. The EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Ave., Atlanta. 404-522-3950.

FRIDAY
Jaron and the Long Road to Love

Formerly half of Atlanta pop duo Evan and Jaron (with his twin brother), Jaron Lowenstein has gone country. “Pray for You,” a track from his new outfit’s debut album “Getting Dressed in the Dark,” climbed to No. 13 on the Billboard country singles chart.
9:30 p.m. Nov. 5. $14-$100. Wild Bill’s, 2075 Market St., Duluth. 678-473-1000.

FRIDAY
Robert Earl Keen

Texas singer-songwriter and storyteller Robert Earl Keen has an appeal that spans generations. At a Keen show, you’ll see rowdy college kids and graying fans of alt-country, all of them having a raucous good time, singing and stomping along to excerpts from a catalog that spans more than 20 years. With Randy Rogers Band, Reckless Kelly.
8 p.m. Nov. 5. $27 advance. The Buckhead Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road, Atlanta. 404-843-2825.

Sufjan Stevens performs at the Tabernacle Saturday. Photo: Denny Renshaw

Sufjan Stevens performs at the Tabernacle Saturday. Photo: Denny Renshaw

SATURDAY
Sufjan Stevens

The Stephen Foster-meets-Philip Glass epics and banjo- or piano-led balladry of Stevens’ most recent albums gets an injection of the electronics that dominated his earliest work. “The Age of Adz” melds bits and pieces from all of its predecessors and culminates in a 25-minute epic titled “Impossible Soul.” Stevens’ last Atlanta appearance was at the Fox Theatre in September 2006, and the show was more fanciful and literary than your average pop music concert, the band adorned with butterfly wings and Stevens fitted with a set of bird wings. There are apparently wings involved this time around, too, but the stage show is also informed by the work of late Louisiana folk artist Royal Robertson, whose work inspired much of the new album.
8 p.m. Nov. 6. $35; $30 advance. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY
Of Montreal, Janelle Monáe

The band’s driving force (and at one time sole member), Kevin Barnes, keeps getting better, making psychedelically adventurous indie pop that is catchier and more cohesive with every passing year. This year’s “False Priest” really cranks up Barnes’ Prince infatuation, and that’s a very good thing. Solange Knowles and Janelle Monáe make guest appearances on the album (and Monáe has been touring with the band since September). Monáe’s latest album, the stellar and sprawling “The ArchAndroid,” is easily among the year’s best. According to Metacritic.com, which aggregates reviews from most major publications, it’s the best reviewed album of the year so far.
8:30 p.m. Nov. 6; 8 p.m. Nov. 7. $27.50; $25 advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

MONDAY
Robyn

She recently popped up on “Gossip Girl,” but the Swedish pop singer will do something a little more highbrow in December when she performs at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway. She hasn’t had a U.S. hit since 1997, when two songs from her debut album, “Robyn Is Here,” climbed into the Top 10. “Do You Know (What It Takes)” and “Show Me Love” both peaked at No. 7. In the meantime, she’s continued to gain international success and critical favor. This year, she’s already released two albums (“Body Talk Pt. 1” and “Body Talk Pt. 2”) with a third scheduled for later this month.
7 p.m. Nov. 8. $20 in advance. The Buckhead Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road, Atlanta. 404-843-2825.

TUESDAY
DJ Shadow

DJ Shadow emerged in 1996 with the sampling master class of his debut album “Endtroducing,” a genre-defining example of turntablism. It must take a long time to excavate and thread those grooves together because he’s hardly been a prolific artist. He’s only released two more albums under his own name, but he’s stayed busy with remixes and collaborations with Cut Chemist and others.
9 p.m. Nov. 9. $35; $32 in advance. The Loft, 1374 W. Peachtree St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-885-1365.

THURSDAY
Fantasia

The third-season “American Idol” champ released her debut album, “Free Yourself,” in 2004. Though far from perfect, it was a fine start and tentatively positioned Fantasia as the heir to Patti LaBelle’s atomic-powered diva crown. A self-titled follow-up provided her with the No. 1 R&B hit “When I See U.” Then came a long break from recording, which ended when she released “Back to Me” this year. With Eric Benét.
7:30 p.m. Nov. 11. $87. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-881-2100.

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Barry Levene

November 7th, 2010
12:09 pm

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JIMI HENDRIX MURDERED? “NOT IMPROBABLE” SAYS NOEL REDDING…

The name Jimi Hendrix conjures up some of the most colourful and wildest moments that the sixties produced. Hendrix arrived, he conquered and took the music world by storm, got inside your head and went onto the great gig in the sky – all by the age of 27.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience , left you in no doubt that it was exactly that – an experience.

A trio of musicians who came together from both sides of the Atlantic and found common ground, fame and for one third of the group not very much fortune.

For Noel Redding the bass player in the group the experience was not to be forgotten. Since the death of Hendrix 40 years ago, much as been documented about him and the group.

Looking back to the sixties and you could be thinking you are on another planet. Any history relating to that period is taken up with music and culture. The Jimi Hendrix Experience played it`s part.

Making a timely appearance is a DVD that is being put out by Discs International, containing a never before seen interview with Noel Redding recorded at his home in Ireland in 1988.

It makes fascinating viewing. All the years of seeing film of them in concert and photographs of Hendrix, Redding and Mitchell, you find yourself sitting in a living room not with just a legend – but an ordinary guy talking about his early days with the group. No rock star here, no pretentious name dropping, just plain talking. Listening to him you are left wondering how they made it to top.

I asked producer Will Scally who had the foresight to record this interview how it all came about.

“ I had known and been friends with Noel for many years and always found him a very upfront, straightforward guy. We often spoke about doing an interview, he wanted to speak about the band, money, drugs and the death of Hendrix and much more – even speaking about the possibility of Hendrix being murdered. He was on good form that day and wanted to record this for posterity.

Sadly Noel Redding died back in 2003 aged 57

For those interested in Hendrix, Redding and the history of sixties rock music this rare visual documentary should not be missed.

The Redding Experience Release date DECEMBER 6th 2010.

Barry Levene