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Live music picks: July 1-7

Perry native Ernest Greene, who records under the name Washed Out, will preview his upcoming full-length debut album, "Within and Without," at the EARL on Saturday, July 2. Photo: Will Govus

Perry native Ernest Greene, who records under the name Washed Out, will preview his upcoming full-length debut album, "Within and Without," at the EARL on Saturday, July 2. Photo: Will Govus

FRIDAY
The Mosier Brothers

You might have seen banjo man Jeff Mosier, guitarist Johnny Mosier and fiddler David Blackmon as part of Blueground Undergrass, an Atlanta band that combined jam-band sensibilities with a bluegrass base long before that became almost commonplace. Jeff was also part of Col. Bruce Hampton’s Aquarium Rescue Unit, and played with both Phish and Widespread Panic. Before any of that, though, the brothers played together in the more traditionally bluegrass outfit Good Medicine and their current incarnation takes them back in that acoustic string-band direction. This gig celebrates the release of the band’s self-titled new CD.
8 p.m. July 1. $18; $15 in advance. Eddie’s Attic, 515 N. McDonough St., Decatur. 404-377-4976.

Florence Welch of Florence + The Machine performs at the Fox Theatre Friday, July 1. Photo: Alex Lake / Universal

Florence Welch of Florence + The Machine performs at the Fox Theatre Friday, July 1. Photo: Alex Lake / Universal


FRIDAY
Florence + The Machine
The siren song of Florence Welch grabbed attention in her native U.K. with the release of the debut album “Lungs” back in 2009, drawing comparisons to fellow female musical adventurers Kate Bush, Sinéad O’Connor, Tori Amos and Joanna Newsom. It took a little longer for her to catch on in the U.S., but the single “Dog Days Are Over” got a boost from use in TV commercials for the movie “Eat Pray Love” and when it was performed on “Glee.”
8 p.m. July 1. $30. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-881-2100.

SATURDAY
Washed Out

Here’s another Georgia native quietly making his mark on the indie music scene. Perry native Ernest Greene caused a stir just by posting his bedroom-created music online back in 2009 under the name Washed Out. Two years later, he’s about to release his debut full-length album on venerable Seattle indie label Sub Pop. The music he crafts is often dubbed chillwave for a reason. On that soon-to-be-released debut, “Within and Without” (coming July 12), swaths of icy synthesizers swirl and shimmer as Greene purrs softly about life, love and other sweet things. Lead track “Eyes Be Closed” is what Underworld might sound like if it was fronted by a blissfully happy young newlywed. Greene’s voice melts into the lush mix on the appropriately titled “Soft.” It might sound like a syrupy trudge, but everything Greene does has an edge of melancholy and he manages a nice balancing act between synth-pop nostalgia and forward-looking soundscapes. Expect to hear a lot about “Within and Without” in the coming months.
9:30 p.m. July 2. $12. The EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Ave., Atlanta. 404-522-3950.

WEDNESDAY
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.
7 p.m. July 6. $25. The Masquerade, 695 North Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-577-8178.

Musiq Soulchild, seen here opening for Kem at the Fox Theatre earlier this year, returns for a headlining gig at Center Stage on July 6. Photo: Robb D. Cohen / www.robbsphotos.com

Musiq Soulchild, seen here opening for Kem at the Fox Theatre earlier this year, returns for a headlining gig at Center Stage on July 6. Photo: Robb D. Cohen / www.robbsphotos.com

WEDNESDAY
Musiq Soulchild

Philadelphia-born neo-soul man creates an organic yet thoroughly modern meld of R&B and hip-hop that’s more concerned with craft than chart action, a trait he shares with fellow Philadelphians and one-time collaborators the Roots. His sixth album, “MusiqInTheMagiq,” hit stores on May 13.
8 p.m. July 6. $34; $31 in advance. Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-885-1365.

THURSDAY
Harvey Milk

Many have tried to categorize this Athens combo, but there’s a single word that seems shackled to them like a house arrestee’s ankle bracelet: Sludge. Sometimes there’s metal, sometimes there’s mellow, but always there’s sludge. The band’s latest release, 2010’s “A Small Turn of Human Kindness,” is even grimmer than usual. But then it’s tough to know just how grim things really are when two of the band’s members gleefully ripped apart the band’s recorded output on the online music magazine Self-Titled Daily. The assessment of that latest album? “We have reached the point of complete and total creative bankruptcy, but at least we made it shorter than the last record, so you can get through listening to it and return it to the store for a refund faster.” With Wizard Smoke.
8:30 p.m. July 7. $12. The EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Ave., Atlanta. 404-522-3950.

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