Bird Music: The National, Decembrists and PJ Harvey

Long time readers of this blog know that I have some interests other than the Thrashers and NHL hockey. I'm a big fan of both indie bands and indie movies. We are now into the hazy days of summer here in Atlanta and a couple of great indie bands pass through in the next ten days.

On Wednesday, I'm heading out to see The National perform at the Tabernacle (a step up in venue size for them). Tickets are still available. They feature two sets of brothers with roots in Ohio (but they started playing together in NYC). Their lead singer is unusual in that he is a bass vocalist (rare in frontmen). I'm terrible at describing music, so check out their myspace page if you're interested in them. There last show at the Variety Playhouse was great and I enjoyed chatting with a few of them after the show.

This Sunday Tony Furtado will be playing at Eddie's Attic in Decatur. To be honest, I knew nothing about Furtado until I watched him open for the Toad the Wet Sprocket reunion show and I was totally wowed by his technical ability. Furtado plays a mix of rock, blues, jazz on both gituar and banjo. I tend to think of the banjo as sort of a funny instrument but this two time national banjo champion shows the serious side of the instrument.

The following week long time indie rocker Polly Jean Harvey comes to town at Centerstage. I've never seen her live and am looking forward to this show.

The next day one my current favorites The Decembrists bring their rock opera "The Hazards of Love" to the Tabernacle in Atlanta. Their latest album features the travails of betrayed madiens, a devilish rake and a chorus of dispatched children. As usual a large vocabulary or dictionary is useful. I've watched them three times before and enjoyed each occasion. My mother is going to their Denver show this week and will give me a scouting report for the Atlanta show.

So if you're looking to get out of the hosue and check out some summer time music in Atlanta here are some "Falconer approved shows" in the next two weeks. Feel free to say hello. I'll probably be wearing my Detroit Tigers hat as they remain in 1st place in their division!!!

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