Friday, July 28

ATL weekend preview: The Cogburns and more

While a bunch of bloggers are up in Chicago this weekend, I'll remain in Atlanta enjoying music right here. Even though I'm not up in the Windy City, my weekend is shaping up to be a good one. On Friday night there are several interesting shows in the area, including The Cogburns' CD release party.

The Cogburns are one of Atlanta's leading rock/garage/punk bands, full of piss and vinegar. Their new album, Pay Up, Sucker, is the first from the current lineup of Glenn, Jenn, Doug, and Tony Cogburn. As you might have noticed from the shared last name, they consider themselves a family as well as a band.

They recently told Creative Loafing that the album is dedicated to a slew of themes as old as rock itself -- sex, booze, and rock 'n roll. The CD will be made available for the first time tonight (Friday) at Star Bar, where The Cogburns will play alongside Rocket 350 and The Bluejays. I haven't heard the album yet, but I'll be sure to pick up a copy on Friday night. Here are a couple tracks from Pay Up, Sucker to check out:

The Cogburns - You Want It You Got It
The Cogburns - Spooky Song

The band has also been generous enough to make their entire Bob EP (2003) available for download on their website.

You can order Pay Up, Sucker directly from the band for just $12 (postage paid). Those of you across the pond should also note they'll be on tour in Europe soon. Tour dates (foreign and domestic) are on their MySpace page.

If you're looking for some late-night fun in ATL on Friday, there's a trio of great local bands playing a "secret" show at Decatur Social Club. One of the bands is Atlanta's own KillGordon... and I'm not at liberty to identify the other two. More info can be found at KissAtlanta.

KillGordon - In the Know

If you happen to be in Athens on Friday night, both The Selmanaires and 63 Crayons are playing at the 40 Watt. That should be a lot of fun. I'd totally be there if it weren't for the allure of seeing The Cogburns rock out at Star Bar.

The Selmanaires - Images
63 Crayons - Mrs. Brewster

Other interesting shows this weekend include a pair of Ryan Adams gigs (Sat. and Sun.) at Tabernacle and an appearance by Arizona-based pop band The Format Saturday at Masquerade. I won't share any Ryan Adams tracks here (I'd rather not have to hire a lawyer), but here a couple songs by The Format to check out:

The Format - She Doesn't Get It
The Format - The Compromise

Hope you have a great weekend, whatever you're up to. Hope to see some of you running around ATL!


Blogger Nathaniel said...

i am hoping you know what's good for you by going to check out the format! you won't regret it. i can personally promise that.

4:45 AM

Blogger Rich said...

I'll actually be at Ryan Adams if all goes well.

7:31 AM

Anonymous Alex said...

Here's what you missed in Athens

5:52 PM

Blogger Rich said...

Sweet. How was it? Good crowd? Responsive?

5:54 PM

Blogger AmyMeacham said...

Yo Rich, did you make it to Ryan Adams tonight? Steve called last minute with a free ticket in the middle of the 2nd balcony front row! I don't know much about him but it was a great show. I need to look into his stuff now...
(Man do I live the life, hahahaha... he even got me free parking right in front of the Tabby. I must know the right people ;) )

1:50 AM

Blogger Rich said...

Yep, I was there -- 4th row, lower balcony. Glad you got inside. :-)

8:58 AM

Blogger AmyMeacham said...

Hmmm i was pretty close to ya, but in the middle...

1:19 PM

Anonymous Alex said...

It was a somewhat responsive crowd, but apparently, despite being ranked #1 college music town in the U.S. by Rolling Stone, that place is deserted when school is not in, so the crowd wasn't very large.

The show was awesome and intimate.

1:42 PM


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