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Archive for August, 2011

Brian Wilson anchors night of perfectly executed nostalgia

BrianWilsonBrian Wilson doesn’t speak much in the traditional sense, but he doesn’t have to.

 When you’re able to begin a concert with one of the most recognizable songs ever, you’re talking about someone special, someone who can be a little wobbly physically and vocally, yet still help produce an immensely enjoyable evening of musical nostalgia.

 The architect of some of pop music’s greatest songs isn’t anyone’s idea of an engaging performer. At Wednesday’s concert at a blistering Chastain Amphitheater, Wilson hitched up his jeans, slid behind a keyboard and said, simply, “Hello, Atlanta. Thank you for coming.”

 And then he and his impeccable nine-piece band launched into “California Girls.”

 For the next two-and-a-half hours (including a 20-minute intermission during which Wilson sat alone in a folding chair slightly offstage), the iconic musician barreled through a musical vault rivaled only by a handful of peers.

 “Do You Wanna Dance,” “Catch a Wave,” “Little Deuce Coupe,” “In My …

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Dolly Parton Charms Alpharetta Crowd On Her Better Day World Tour

Dolly Parton performed Wednesday evening at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Alpharetta on her Better Day World Tour. Known as the “Queen of Country Music”, Dolly Rebecca Parton was born in Sevierville, TN on January 19, 1946. She is a talented singer-songwriter, author, multi-instrumentalist, actress and philanthropist, best known for her work in country music and films. Dolly is one of the most successful female country artists with 25 number-one singles. and a record forty-one top-10 country albums. She has the distinction of having performed on a top-five country hit in each of the last five decades and is, along with Reba McEntire, one of the only two country artists having had No. 1 singles in each of four consecutive decades.

AJC photographer Robb Cohen covered the event with his camera. Check out the photo gallery. What did you think of  the concert?  What were your favorite songs from the show? What are Dolly’s best qualities as a performer?

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Live music picks: Aug. 5-11

Philadelphia's Kurt Vile comes to the EARL in support of his new album, "Smoke Ring For My Halo." Photo: Shawn Brackbill

Philadelphia's Kurt Vile comes to the EARL in support of his new album, "Smoke Ring For My Halo." Photo: Shawn Brackbill

TODAY
Kurt Vile

Philadelphia native Kurt Vile’s music grafts together some strange musical branches. Bits of Velvet Underground drone merge with the acoustic folk side of Neil Young. The melodic heartland rock of Tom Petty is filtered through the off-kilter song craft of Robyn Hitchcock. It’s a spot-the-influence game that you could play all day, but Vile melds these pieces into a distinctive musical strain of his own. It comes together beautifully on his latest album, “Smoke Ring For My Halo.”
8 p.m. Aug. 5. $12. The EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Ave., Atlanta. 404-522-3950.

SATURDAY
Gillian Welch

Welch — along with guitarist and musical foil David Rawlings — is an American treasure, a singer and songwriter whose amazing grace and subtle power outshine many better-known folk, country and Americana practitioners. Her songs are old souls that exude a bright-eyed …

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Hot tickets: Aug. 2

Trombone Shorty (aka Troy Andrews) will bring his band Orleans Avenue to Center Stage Oct. 15. The tour is in support of new album, "For True," scheduled for release Sept. 13. Photo: Kirk Edwards

Trombone Shorty (aka Troy Andrews) will bring his band Orleans Avenue to Center Stage Oct. 15. The tour is in support of his new album, "For True," scheduled for release Sept. 13. Photo: Kirk Edwards

ON SALE NOW
Cody Marlowe, Lullwater, AM83. 9 p.m. Aug. 26. Vinyl. $10; $6 in advance. TA.
Tyler Ward. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19. Vinyl. $12; $10 in advance. TA.

ON SALE AUG. 5
Easter Island. 8 p.m. Sept. 14. Smith’s Olde Bar – Music Room. $8 in advance. TA.
Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers, Jon McLaughlin. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29. Vinyl. $18; $16 in advance. TA.
Donna The Buffalo. 8:30 p.m. Sept. 30. Variety Playhouse. $20. TM.
Ryan Cabrera. 8 p.m. Oct. 12. Smith’s Olde Bar – Music Room. $12 in advance. TA.
Lydia Loveless. 8 p.m. Oct. 13. Smith’s Olde Bar – Atlanta Room. $10 in advance. TA.
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue. 9 p.m. Oct. 15. Center Stage. $30-$35. TM.
Trampled By Turtles, These United States. 8:30 p.m. Oct. 21. Variety Playhouse. $15. TM.
Umphrey’s McGee. With Eclectic Method (Oct. …

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