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Live music picks: Jan. 27-29

James Armstrong comes to Blind Willie's Friday, Jan. 27, touring behind a new album, "Blues at the Border." Photo: Laureen Smith

James Armstrong comes to Blind Willie's Friday, Jan. 27, touring behind a new album, "Blues at the Border." Photo: Laureen Smith

FRIDAY
James Armstrong

This California-born bluesman began his recording career back in 1995 with “Sleeping With a Stranger,” but he was almost derailed by an attack in 1997. An intruder broke into his home and stabbed the singer, songwriter and guitarist multiple times. It left him with injuries that required many months of rehabilitation to recover his ability to play guitar. He bounced back with “Dark Knight” in 1998 and “Got It Goin’ On” in 2000. It took more than 10 years, but he’s back with a new album, “Blues at the Border,” another fine example of his contemporary yet reverent take on traditional blues.
9 p.m. Jan. 27. $12. Blind Willie’s, 828 North Highland Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-873-2583.

FRIDAY
Marc Broussard

This powerful Louisiana singer, songwriter and guitarist is carving out his own musical territory while maintaining an admirable reverence for tradition. In 2007, he released “SOS: Save Our Soul, “ a set of his own takes on classic Southern soul. With 2008’s “Keep Coming Back,” he returned to his own compositions for his third big-league album, which also marked his debut for Atlantic Records. The follow-up, titled simply “Marc Broussard,” hit stores in 2011.
8:30 p.m. Jan. 27. $28; $25 in advance. Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-885-1365.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY
Widespread Panic

The sprawling Athens jam rock band with a big bluesy undercurrent inspires its faithful throng of fans to travel long distances to catch a live show. The band was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2008. The band is doing this mini-tour of acoustic dates before going on an indefinite hiatus, so this might be your last chance to see them for a while. The sold-out shows are also a benefit, acting as food drives for the fan-based organization “Panic Fans for Food.”
8 p.m. Jan. 27-29. Sold out ($62.50). Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022.

Atlanta quintet Brother Grey will celebrate the release of its debut album, "1," with a show at the Hard Rock Cafe's Velvet Underground on Saturday, Jan. 28. Photo: Russell Dreyer

Atlanta quintet Brother Grey will celebrate the release of its debut album, "1," with a show at the Hard Rock Cafe's Velvet Underground on Saturday, Jan. 28. Photo: Russell Dreyer

SATURDAY
Brother Grey

This Atlanta quintet is celebrating the release of its debut album, “1,” which roars out of the gate with crunchy guitar riffs and the powerful yet tuneful voice of frontman Chris Pierson. The band’s music combines the heavier edges of ’90s rock with a nod to the new wave of British metal of the early ’80s (check the galloping “One In the Same”). The album’s remarkably polished and full-bodied production is as radio-ready as it gets in modern rock.
8 p.m. Jan. 28. $12; $10 in advance. Velvet Underground at Hard Rock Cafe, 215 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-688-7625.

SATURDAY
Mat Kearney

Mat Kearney has been called John Mayer with a touch of hip-hop, and there are certainly similarities between the two. They’re both appealing singer-songwriters with a gift for hooks and melodies. And if you watch much TV, you’ve probably heard his music, especially if you’re a “Grey’s Anatomy” fan. The Nashville-based musician’s third major-label album, “Young Love,” was released in 2011, and included the single, “Hey Mama,”  which was inspired by his new bride.
9 p.m. Jan. 28. $24. Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-885-1365.

The Mountain Goats, led by singer-songwriter John Darnielle (center), take the stage at the Variety Playhouse on Saturday, Jan. 28. Photo: D.L. Anderson

The Mountain Goats, led by singer-songwriter John Darnielle (center), take the stage at the Variety Playhouse on Saturday, Jan. 28. Photo: D.L. Anderson

SATURDAY
The Mountain Goats

Main Mountain Goat John Darnielle is more like a documentarian than your average songwriter with a guitar. He’s released album after album of sharply observed songs that are so fetchingly presented that the casual listener could easily miss the barbs just beneath that catchy surface. For many years, it was just Darnielle and a guitar, but Mountain Goats is currently a rockier trio. The documentary streak remains, despite the slicker surface of recent albums, including the latest, “All Eternals Deck.”
9 p.m. Jan. 28. $20. The EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Ave. S.E., Atlanta. 404-522-3950.

SATURDAY
Eric Taylor

This talented Texas-based musician, a seasoned singer-songwriter with exceptional storytelling skills, spent his youth in Atlanta. It’s been nearly five years since his latest all-new 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.” And in 2011, he released “Live at the Red Shack,” which brought together some famous friends, including Lovett and Nanci Griffith, for a live-in-the-studio retrospective of some of Taylor’s finest songs.
8 p.m. Jan. 28. $20. Eddie’s Attic, 515 N. McDonough St., Decatur. 404-377-4976.

Canadian singer-songwriter Kathleen Edwards plays Variety Playhouse on Sunday, Jan. 29. Photo: Todd V. Wolfson

Canadian singer-songwriter Kathleen Edwards plays Variety Playhouse on Sunday, Jan. 29. Photo: Todd V. Wolfson

SUNDAY
Kathleen Edwards

This acclaimed Canadian singer-songwriter has been moving away from the rootsy sound of her early work and the break is almost complete with the just-released “Voyageur.” That doesn’t mean she’s left everything behind. She still has the warm, heart-tugging voice, a seemingly bottomless bucket of beautiful melodies and a wonderful way with words. If it treads closer to indie rock than Americana, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, because it also feels like a natural progression, as if this is where she was headed all along.
7:30 p.m. Jan. 29. $25; $22.50 in advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

SUNDAY
The Glenn Miller Orchestra

The quickest way to musically evoke World War II? Play something by the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Lush, lovely and swingin’, the music created by Miller and his big band is a timeless joy. Though Miller’s plane disappeared over the English Channel in December 1944, his legacy lives on in this officially sanctioned band, led by Atlantan Nick Hilscher.
3 p.m. Jan. 29. $40. Spivey Hall, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. 678-466-4200.

Lydia Loveless will play tunes from her killer 2011 album "Indestructible Machine" at Star Bar on Monday, Jan. 30. Photo: The Ely Brothers

Lydia Loveless will play tunes from her killer 2011 album "Indestructible Machine" at Star Bar on Monday, Jan. 30. Photo: The Ely Brothers

MONDAY
Scott H. Biram, Lydia Loveless

One of Biram’s earlier press kits boasted a memorable quote from St. Louis arts and entertainment monthly PlaybackSTL: “He’s obviously clinically insane.” Biram stomps, hollers and growls his way through an unhinged marriage of blues, country and punk that’s molded into a big molten lump of time-warped crazy on 2005’s “The Dirty Old One Man Band,” 2006’s “Graveyard Shift” (including the song “Lost Case of Being Found,” which showed up in an episode of FX’s “Sons of Anarchy” along with a couple more Biram tunes) and his latest, “Bad Ingredients.” If you love Neko Case but long for an extra dash of grit in her solo work, you must hear Lydia Loveless. Her gorgeous country-flavored wail grabs you by the heart on her stunning debut album, “Indestructible Machine,” one of 2011’s best albums. You have to be curious about an artist with a honky-tonk heart who lists Richard Hell, Charles Bukowski, Loretta Lynn and Britney Spears as inspirations.
8:30 p.m. Jan. 30. $10. The EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Ave. S.E., Atlanta. 404-522-3950.

WEDNESDAY
The Kills

A meeting of two countries and several musical styles, American vocalist Alison Mosshart and British guitarist Jamie Hince combine minimalist guitar crunch with post-punk and psychedelic experimentation and synthetically generated rhythms. The pair’s latest album, “Blood Pressures, “ brings a slight return to the bluesy racket of the duo’s early work without losing the dark dance moves of 2008’s “Midnight Boom.”
7 p.m. Feb. 1. $20 in advance. The Masquerade, 695 North Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-577-8178.

WEDNESDAY
Jeff Mangum

In 1998, the sometimes Athens-based Neutral Milk Hotel, which was mostly Mangum, released an album called “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea.” It didn’t make even the slightest commercial dent and the reviews were pretty mixed. In the years since then, the album has become a touchstone, cited by many as a major influence. The Allmusic guide likens the album’s sound to “a marching band on an acid trip” and proposing that it’s “either the work of a genius or an utter crackpot, with the truth probably falling somewhere in between.” The reclusive Mangum began re-emerging in 2010 with occasional shows, but this gig is part of his first extensive tour since the late ’90s, so it’s no surprise that the show is sold out.
8 p.m. Feb. 1. Sold out ($36; $31 in advance). Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

Shane Harrison, sharrison@ajc.com

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Frank Furter

January 27th, 2012
8:16 pm

Go see Not Quite Devils sometimes too! http://www.notquitedevils.com

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tcomo

February 1st, 2012
12:08 pm

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**Macy will be leaving her personal phone number open on Feb 1st!

THE CALL-IN NUMBER: (818) 921-7969

Wednesday 2/1/12: Call 4-5 PM (PST)

She’ll be picking an hour where fans call can in and talk one-on-one with her! Ask her anything you want, because it’s probably not going to happen again soon.

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