Here’s my list of things not to miss this January – from a few albums I’m stoked are finally coming out to some killer shows…my bank account is about to hate the amount I’m going to spend on music this month.
Family and Friends with Roadkill Ghost Choir and Semicircle
$12 // 1/9 @ 9pm // Georgia Theatre
Ok, if you live in Athens and have never heard of Family and Friends, then do you actually live here? Pair F&F’s high energy indie-folk aesthetic beside the eerie rock style of Roadkill Ghost Choir, along with Semicircle’s melancholy and hushed tones, and you definitely have a killer show.
Justin Townes Earle’s new album, Absent Fathers – Available 1.13
One listen to his single, Looking For A Place To Land, will have you hooked on Earle and his gritty vocals embedded with a hint of his Nashville upbringing, with lyrics so thoughtfully melancholy you just may shed a tear. Keep an eye out for his newest album on the 13th.
Greensky Bluegrass with The Last Bison
$15 // 1.17 @ 9pm // Georgia Theatre
Not only are you going to get your banjo-picking fix with Greensky Bluegrass, but this show also offers one of my personal favorite bands, The Last Bison, as your opener. Greensky will gift your ears with some good, old-fashioned bluegrass while The Last Bison fulfills your all your folk-dreams with harmonies so beautiful it almost hurts. This show undeniably isn’t one to miss.
Elephant Micah’s new album, Where In Our Woods – Available 1.20
If you’ve never heard of Elephant Micah before today, go to their Bandcamp right now and take a listen to ‘By the Canal’, off their upcoming album. Joseph O’Connell’s peaceful vocals, backed by the ukulele’s sweet melody and a strong bass drum combine for a super addictive song (I personally haven’t stopped listening). Watch for the rest of the album, released on the 20th.
The Bread Brothers with Tarnation and Feather Trade
$5 for 21+/$7 for 20 and under // 1.24 @ 10pm // Caledonia Lounge
Having just started listening to The Bread Brothers, I can’t seem to get enough. They’ve officially made the transition from my “New Artist” to “Favorites” playlist. If their LP currently up on Spotify is half as good as their live show, we’re in for a treat. Check them out at the Caledonia on the 24th.
$13 preorder/$15@door // 1.26 @ 8pm // Vinyl
While it’s pretty much 7 degrees outside in all of the south, Vacationer’s newest album Relief takes listeners on an actual luxury cruise to some place where the sun actually shines. You won’t want to miss those groovy vibes.
The Lone Bellow’s new album, Then Came the Morning
Available on 1.27
The Lone Bellow’s entrance onto the music scene in 2010 successfully entranced enough people to continue touring on it until now… because they’re soul is unlike anything I’ve ever known. Try not to think about the haunting of “Two Sides of Lonely” when you pass a grave site. I dare you. I’m overjoyed to have a new album of tunes to addict myself to.
St. Paul and the Broken Bones
$15 // 1.29 @ 9pm // Georgia Theatre
St. Paul and the Broken Bones are the type of musicians that make you wish full skirts and tailored suits were still in style. And they’re bringing all that Mad-Men elegance and musical-genius to the Georgia Theatre on the 29th. Make sure to save the date and put their album, Half the City, on repeat in the mean time (all while we bite our fingernails waiting for their sophomore album, due out later this year).
The first of many posts to come written by STM’s first ever intern, Rabekah Hansen! She hails from John’s Creek, but don’t hold that against her. Rabekah is currently in a long term relationship with Chipotle (and it’s going really well), prefers the Stones, and has more yoga pants than you will ever have.