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Live music picks: Oct. 14-20

Influential post-punk pioneer Bob Mould brings his words and music tour to Eddie's Attic Friday, Oct. 14. He'll perform songs from his long career and read from his recent autobiography, "See a Little Light." Photo: Noah Kalina

Influential post-punk pioneer Bob Mould brings his words and music tour to Eddie's Attic Friday, Oct. 14. He'll perform songs from his long career and read from his recent autobiography, "See a Little Light." Photo: Noah Kalina

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Bob Mould

Former Hüsker Dü and Sugar frontman Mould has been a solo artist for longer than he was ever in a band, but he’ll always be remembered for those great and groundbreaking outfits he led in his earlier years. This tour combines music with excerpts from his recent autobiography, “See a Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Memory.”
7:30 p.m. Oct. 14. $25; $20 in advance. Eddie’s Attic, 515 N. McDonough St., Decatur. 404- 377-4976.

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Duran Duran

Back in 2003, I asked Duran Duran frontman Simon Le Bon whose idea it was to get the original five members back together. “I think it was yours,” he said, “you and pretty much everyone else we had to talk to. Honestly, since 1993, in almost every single interview there was the question, ‘Can we expect a reunion?’” The band began working on new material in 2001, but that full reunion only held for a few years. Guitarist Andy Taylor left again in 2006 after just one album, “Astronaut.” The rest of the band remains, releasing two more albums and hitting the road so hard that this is the second time the band has been to Atlanta this year.
8 p.m. Oct. 14 (non-table set-up). $35-$65.50. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive, Atlanta. 404-233-2227.

Maria Muldaur performs at Blind Willie's on Friday, Oct. 14. Photo courtesy www.mariamuldaur.com

Maria Muldaur performs at Blind Willie's on Friday, Oct. 14. Photo courtesy www.mariamuldaur.com

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Maria Muldaur

In 1974, Maria Muldaur hit the Top 10 with “Midnight at the Oasis” from her self-titled debut album. She never reached those commercial heights again, since she’s spent most of her career — both before and after that hit — exploring American roots music. She’s much more than a one-hit wonder.
9:30 p.m. Oct. 14. $20. Blind Willie’s, 828 N. Highland Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404- 873-2583.

SATURDAY
A Benefit For Criminal Records and Sweet Relief

The original line-up of beloved Atlanta alt-rock quartet Magnapop reunites to help struggling Little Five Points music retailer Criminal Records. This could turn into one of the biggest local music events of the year, with talented folks such as Kelly Hogan and Mike Geier already announced and more promised as the date approaches.
8:30 p.m. Oct. 15. $15; $12.50. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

TUESDAY
Bush

After fronting British grungey-come-latelys Bush in the ’90s, Rossdale married No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani and formed the blandly Bush-like Institute. Then he went solo, with slightly better musical results, but Rossdale found himself trying to sell last decade’s goods to a world that pays far more attention to his wife. So now we get Bush 2.0, the Nostalgia Years.
5 p.m. Oct. 18. $32. The Masquerade, 695 North Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-577-8178.

TUESDAY
Dawes, Blitzen Trapper

Dawes recalls the years when the California-infused folk-rock of Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Crosby, Stills and Nash dominated the turntables of college kids all over the country. It’s a remarkable re-creation that manages to sound fresh and unaffected on the band’s new album, “Nothing Is Wrong.”  Portland, Ore., band Blitzen Trapper crafts rock that is folksy, fuzzy and adventurous, occupying a place where Pavement and the Band overlap.
8 p.m. Oct. 18. $20; $17.50 in advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

WEDNESDAY
Tyler Ramsey

Ramsey is probably best known as the guitarist in South Carolina-based Band of Horses, but he’s also a solo artist (and based in Asheville). His 2008 album “A Long Dream About Swimming Across The Sea” was a delicate, folky beauty distinguished by Ramsey’s yearning, Neil Young-tinted voice. It’s easy to understand what caught the ear of Band of Horses leader Ben Bridwell, who brought Ramsey in following the release of Band of Horses’ second album, “Cease to Begin.” He’s playing these live shows in support of a new album, “The Valley Wind.”
8 p.m. Oct. 19. $18. Eddie’s Attic, 515 N. McDonough St., Decatur. 404- 377-4976.

THURSDAY
Alexi Murdoch

Each new gem we get from Murdoch is a reason to celebrate. You couldn’t call him prolific. The London-born, Scottish-bred, Los Angeleno came across like Irishman Damien Rice without the grandeur on his 2002 “Four Songs” EP. Inside the disc’s booklet was an expanse of black with just five words: “there’s nothing wrong with space.” It hinted at the music’s quiet, open folkiness. His profile began to rise when his music appeared on an “O.C.” soundtrack, in the film “Garden State” (though not on the soundtrack) and on TV’s “Prison Break.” “Four Songs” was followed by four years of touring, writing and recording before Murdoch finally self-released his full-length debut, “Time Without Consequence,” in 2006. It would be five more years before his new one, the gorgeous “Towards the Sun.”
7 p.m. Oct. 20. $25. Eddie’s Attic, 515 N. McDonough St., Decatur. 404- 377-4976.

Atlanta's Sonia Leigh returns to town for a show at the Variety Playhouse Thursday, Oct. 20.

Atlanta's Sonia Leigh returns to town for a show at the Variety Playhouse Thursday, Oct. 20.

THURSDAY
Sonia Leigh

This Atlanta singer and songwriter has been a hard-working musician on the local scene for many years, and now she’s getting noticed on a national scale. If you’re trying to teach someone about the value of never giving up, Leigh’s tale is the perfect inspiration. Thanks to her longtime association with the Zac Brown Band, she’s now signed to Brown’s Southern Ground record label, climbing the country charts and gaining a whole slew of new fans.
8 p.m. Oct. 20. $17.50; $15 in advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

Shane Harrison / sharrison@ajc.com

2 comments Add your comment

old devil

October 14th, 2011
4:49 pm

First! Only the second time ever…

Steve

October 14th, 2011
8:02 pm

DURAN DURAN!!!!!! AWESOMEEEEEEEEEE