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Live music picks: Jan. 21-27

Swedish electro-pop quartet Little Dragon comes to the Masquerade on Tuesday. Photo: Seek

Swedish electro-pop quartet Little Dragon comes to the Masquerade on Tuesday. Photo: Seek

FRIDAY
PleaseRock Presents

Members of Yacht Rock Revue, Please PleaseRock Me and Nigels With Attitude will perform Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon,” the Beatles’ “Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band” and XTC’s “Black Sea.” These local musicians are probably best know in their Yacht Rock Revue guise, playing smooth ’70s rock, but this show finds them taking on some of rock’s most beloved music. As a bonus, they’ll try to sync their performance of “Dark Side of the Moon” to “The Wizard of Oz” in a tribute to the way the two classics of different eras seem to fit together when played simultaneously. Well, that’s what some people say.
8:30 p.m. Jan. 21. $12; $10 in advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

FRIDAY
Girl Talk

Gregg Gillis (aka Girl Talk) mashes together A-ha, Beyonce, Devo, Ludacris, Radiohead, Nicki Minaj, Nirvana, Simon and Garfunkel, Zapp, B.o.B, the Doors and a laundry list of other musical samplings into his latest party album, “All Day.” His shows are notoriously sweat-drenched, hedonistic rave-ups, so you might want to bring a change of clothes.
8 p.m. Jan. 21. $25. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022.

FRIDAY
Grant Hart

Hart was the drummer for influential Minnesota punk trio Hüsker Dü, but he was also, along with guitarist Bob Mould, one of the band’s songwriters. His solo career has been much more sporadic than that of his former bandmate, releasing only three albums under his own name since Hüsker Dü disbanded in 1987. He also formed the band Nova Mob, which issued two albums in the early ’90s. The first Nova Mob album, “The Last Days of Pompeii,” might be the best of Hart’s small but gem-filled post-HD catalog and it’s just been reissued with an expanded track list. With the Venables, Sharks and Minnows.
9 p.m. Jan. 21. $10. The EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Ave., Atlanta. 404-522-3950.

SATURDAY
JJ Grey & Mofro

Grey’s music is soulful, proud, thoughtful and unrepentantly Southern. His latest album is “Georgia Warhorse,” named after the lubber grasshopper. “Yellow and black, and tough like an old-school Tonka toy,” Grey says on his website. “They seem so at ease with the world. Nothing seems to rile them.” Despite the Georgia in the name of the album, Grey distinctively Floridian, though his tales aren’t all sunshine and citrus. If you’ve never thought of Florida as a Southern state, Mofro’s music is a convincing corrective — and the perfect accompaniment for a heaping helping of fried catfish and hush puppies.
8:30 p.m. Jan. 22. $22.50; $20 in advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

TUESDAY
Little Dragon

Those Swedes sure do make infectious music. This Gothenburg group hangs melodic hooks on mechanical synthesizer riffs while Yukimi Nagano coos sweetly above the gurgling pulse. The band’s latest release is the appropriately titled 2009 disc “Machine Dreams.”
7 p.m. Jan. 25. $15; $13 in advance. The Masquerade, 695 North Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-577-8178.

THURSDAY
Eric Taylor

This talented Texas-based musician, a seasoned singer-songwriter with exceptional storytelling skills, spent his youth in Atlanta. It’s been three years since his latest blue-hued trip through the dark side of life, 2007’s “Hollywood Pocketknife,” but Lyle Lovett’s 2009 album, “Natural Forces,” added to Taylor’s recorded legacy with a new take on the songwriter’s “Whooping Crane.”
8 p.m. Jan. 27. $20. Eddie’s Attic, 515 N. McDonough St., Decatur. 404-377-4976.

2 comments Add your comment

jon

January 20th, 2011
7:11 pm

why dont they come to the North Atlanta area? Some people dont want to drive that far out to see these artists.

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Jeff

January 22nd, 2011
10:19 pm

Wake me up when a legitimate, rockin’, talented band comes to town… not some past-punk-group-drummer, not some guy doing “hedonistic rave-ups” and not some mechanical, electro-pop, Swedish quartet with a lead vocalist who “coos sweetly” over a “gurgling pulse.” Geez, people, can we get a solid ROCK band to play? I’m tired of syth-pop, weirdly-unique, or Beiber-esqe bubblegum crap… I want a rollicking, catchy, fun bar band that makes for a worthwhile night out.