calendar picks MUSIC | Wednesday, Oct. 29
The Devil Makes Three, The Cave Singers
Georgia Theatre · 7:30 p.m. · $15 The Devil Makes Three’s name sounds far more sinister than its songs. Sure, the group has its fair share of tunes about death and other themes fitting for the Halloween season, but it’s hard to get too dark and spooky with acoustic guitar, banjo and upright bass. Though the band hails from Brattleboro, VT, its sound would have felt at home in Dust Bowl-era middleAmerica. The trio’s latest release, I’m a Stranger Here, was produced by Buddy Miller and recorded at the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach’s Nashville studio. The Devil Makes Three has a reputation for shining in a live setting, so expect polished renditions of songs tailor-made for Americana enthusiasts. [Dan Mistich] MUSIC | Thursday, Oct. 30
Chief Scout, Concord America, Red Sky Days, Small Beige Girl
Max · 10 p.m. Athens-via-Suwanee singer-songwriter Trey Rosenkampff has fast made a name for himself in regional circles via Chief Scout, his houseshow-ready garage-rock project that takes the unbridled energy of early Black Keys and fuses it with the arena-ready hooks of, well, latter-era Black Keys. Except, Chief Scout doesn’t sound like the Black Keys. Sure, there are high-octane, vaguely bluesy guitar heroics involved. But the 20-year-old Rosenkampff’s is a more inclusive and incisive brand of retro-rock, not to mention fresher all around. Dig the new single “Run Away From Home,” which features a catchy truth bomb of a chorus: “Run away from the ones you love/ ‘Cause if you stick around for too long/ You ain’t gonna love them anymore.” [Gabe Vodicka] ART | Sunday, Nov. 2
Duane Paxson Opening Reception
Athens Academy · 2–4 p.m. · FREE! Well versed in a variety of media, Duana Paxson combines natural forms like branches and vines with materials such as steel, fiberglass, textured resin and fragments of ceramics to create hybrid sculptures. Paxson’s art career began in the early ’80s after receiving an MFA from the University of Alabama with a major in sculpture and a minor in ceramics. A former clarinet player and music student, he incorporates the free-form nature of music into many of his pieces. Currently cranking out works from his studio in Comer, GA, Paxson has participated in nearly 100 exhibitions across the country.
His solo show will be on view in the Myers Gallery through Friday, Jan. 23. Additional displays at Athens Academy present latheturned wooden bowls by John Callinan and works by students attending North Oconee High School. [Jessica Smith]
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MUSIC | Sunday, Nov. 2
Nude Beach, Shellshag, Harsh Words, Basement Benders, Stormies
Hi-Lo Lounge · 8 p.m. · $5 I’m not going to not mention Tom Petty and Big Star, because, c’mon, Nude Beach’s incredible new double album, 77, oozes those and other easy-to-identify influences from every dirt-clogged pore. But don’t let all the hero worship distract you from the fact that the Brooklyn-based trio has its own thing going in the particular way it blends classic rock sensibility with powerpop goodness and scrappy punk action. Plenty of bands do this or something similar in 2014; very few do it well. Nude Beach is near the top of the list. A mustsee potpourri of local and touring punks rounds out Sunday’s stacked bill. [GV]
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