Terminal West has gained a reputation as one of the best places to see live music in Atlanta. But is it Atlanta’s BEST live music venue? Well, I am sorry to say that I am not even going to try to answer that question. “WTF?” you ask. Sorry…I just wanted you to read this post. But now that you are, let me share my opinion of Terminal West and tell you about some of the shows on its calendar. Or just scroll down to the shows, including Ed Helms’ band, The Lonesome Trio. Ed’s the actor / comedian who played Andy Bernard in “The Office” and Stu (DDM) in “The Hangover(s)”. He also happens to be an Atlanta native.
Terminal West is part of the King Plow Arts Center in West Midtown. So that alone makes it cool. But it also has a great layout for live music, excellent acoustics, high-end lighting, a couple of bars on either side of its main room, and spacious bathrooms. (Oh…about the acoustics – I actually don’t know how good they are due to the quality of the bartenders. Plus I don’t really hear so well, being a loon and all. But I can’t imagine they suck.) If all of that isn’t enough, not only is there a giant smelter looking thing by the bathrooms – and who doesn’t like giant smelter looking things? – but upstairs there’s an outdoor bar and roof deck overlooking the railroad tracks. Notwithstanding its name, and the train and tracks in its logo, TW is not a defunct train station. (Nor a defunct train terminal for all you pedants who like to harp on the difference between a station and a terminal. OK – fellow pedants. Pedant is such a great word because as soon as you use it you are one – definition here). TW is, in fact, on the site of a defunct iron and steel foundry. So apparently the giant smelter looking thing is a smelter. Shocking.
Selected Upcoming Shows
Now, as promised, here are five upcoming shows at Terminal West that you should consider seeing:
Ruby Velle and the Soulphonics
Friday May 29 | Doors 8 – Show 9 | 18+
This band is soulful American music at its best. If you have someone you are wooing, woo him or her here. Go ahead, say it five times fast. Get tickets.
w/ Radio Birds
Saturday June 6 | Doors 8 – Show 9 | 18+
Put broadly, American Aquarium is an indie rock band with a country flair. Whether you call it alternative country, twang-core, or garage folk, one thing is for certain: these guys love to play loud music. Tix are $12 to $15…get ’em here.
The Lonesome Trio
Monday June 8 | Doors 7 – Show 8 | 18+
This event is “partially seated”‘. [So sometimes you sit and sometimes you stand? That’s just odd.]
Ed Helms and two of his Oberlin College buddies make music together. We listen. Hopefully he cracks a few jokes between songs. Although he seems a tad too earnest for that, right?
Tickets are $15 to $20…here.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
w/ Alex G
Saturday June 13 | Doors 8 – Show 9 | 18+
Unknown Mortal Orchestra is an up and coming New Zealand / American band that has been described as “alien beatnik pop music that echoes ’60s psychedelia and krautrock minimalism”. Now I have no idea what that means, but it makes me want you to see them. Tickets are $15…here.
Smithsonian (Smiths tribute)
and Clashinista (Clash tribute)
Saturday June 26 | Doors 8 – Show 9 | 18+
The Clash, kinda. The Smiths, kinda. Together. Questions? These are both super-tight bands that supremely capture the objects of their homage.(Smithsonian pictured.) Tickets are $10 – $12…here.
There you have it…one of Atlanta’s Best Music Venue(s)!!!
MusicLoon is excited to announce its first concert ticket give-away! We’ve got two tickets to see Awolnation at the Tabernacle on Saturday night June 13th. One winner will be selected from our subscriber list on June 1st. Not a subscriber? Sign up here by May 31 and you will automatically be entered to win.
We’ll be giving away tickets to a concert every month. Keep an eye out for our ‘Win Tickets…” emails at the beginning of each month for a show the following month. Is there a show coming you want to see? Email us and we’ll put your suggestion in the hopper for a potential give-away. PLUS we’ll put your name in the hat twice!
One winner will be selected and contacted on June 1, 2015.
Shaky Knees 2015 is just over a week away. There are 74 acts on the schedule! It could be that you know them all, but I’m guessing there may be a few bands that you haven’t heard yet. So to help you get a sense of each band’s sound, MusicLoon has compiled three Spotify Playlists, one each for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Most of the bands have just one song on the list while the better known bands have two or three. The order of songs is generally from bands performing earlier in the day to those performing later.
The playlists are under user Music_Loon and are called Shaky Knees Friday etc. Here are the links: Friday | Saturday | Sunday.
If you’re not going to the Shaky Knees Festival in Central Park (Old Fourth Ward), consider checking out the Late Night Shows. There are still tickets available for most of the shows. Doors open at 10:30 and shows start at 11:30; Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.
The kick-off party at Terminal West on Thursday night with James Blake has been sold out for a while now. The Late Night venues include Terminal West, Masquerade, Center Stage / The Loft / Vinyl, and The Earl. Ticketing for these shows is à la carte and completely separate from the Festival. Also Shaky Knees will donate a portion of each Late Night ticket sale to the Songs For Kids Foundation.
See y’all there!
This Spring and Summer, Radio 105.7 and Park Tavern are presenting a free Sunday night concert series, “Sunset Sessions”, featuring “buzz-worthy” alternative bands. Shows will be at Park Tavern under the air-conditioned Garden Tent beginning this Sunday April 26th and running through September 6th. Doors open at 6pm; the music starts at 7pm and ends at 11pm. The first headliner of the series is Bad Suns with The Electric Sons and Kiev opening for them. Must be 21+ to attend.
Bad Suns is a band worth seeing! This will be their second appearance in three attempts at playing Atlanta. The band’s first attempt in February 2014 was foiled when their van broke down as they left a gig in New Orleans bound for The Basement in East Atlanta. They played to a boisterous room at The Masquerade last October and then returned to Atlanta a couple of months ago to headline a sold out show at Vinyl. The band arrives in Atlanta fresh from playing the Coachella Music Festival in their home state of California these past two weekends.
Their inaugural single, Cardiac Arrest, was a surprise hit for Bad Suns in the summer of 2013 and they had to hustle into the studio to record their 4 song EP, Transpose (released January 2014), followed by their first full length LP, Language & Perspective (released June 2014).
This past year has seen the up and coming post-punk band touring in support of 1975 and New Politics. Bad Suns is now wrapping up a tour of their own having sold out venues across the country. Check ‘em out Sunday night at Park Tavern (map) for free!
Full Schedule and Mobile App Now Available!
Shaky Knees kicks off three weeks from today on Friday May 8th and the full schedule has been released. There’s also an app – for iPhone and Android – so you can create a customized schedule of the bands you want to see. There will be five stages – Peachtree, Piedmont, Ponce De Leon, Boulevard and Buford Hwy – with the headliners appearing at 9:30 each night on the Peachtree Stage: Friday, The Strokes; Saturday, The Avett Brothers; and Sunday, Tame Impala. The app has other cool features too, including real-time photos and videos from the festival.
Doors open daily at noon, and musicians – and kids – from the Songs for Kids Foundation will open things up for 15 minute sets starting at 12:15. The SFK team comprises talented musicians with big hearts who do great work for kids…you should get there early and check ‘em out!
A quick look at the schedule reminds us how good the lineup is this year. It may present you with some tough choices about what bands to see. At 6:15 on Friday, there are two bands playing that I’m crazy about: TV on the Radio – Happy Idiot is my favorite tune of theirs (listen on Spotify) and Death from Above 1979 – listen to Trainwreck 1979 on Spotify. Single day and three-day tickets, both regular and VIP, are still available.
Finally…If you’re going to the Sweetwater420 Fest this weekend, have fun! Looks like the rain will let up tomorrow…but it will be great rain or shine! Tix still available here.
500 Artists Performing Rolling Stone Magazine’s
500 Greatest Songs of All Time
Don’t miss this year’s installment of a great Atlanta live music tradition!
Since its founding in 2007, the mission of the Songs For Kids Foundation has been to enrich the lives of children suffering from illness and hardship. SFK integrates musicians year-round into the lives of kids both in and out of children’s hospitals and special needs camps through live interactive concerts, hospital bedside performances and their Songs For Kids Records songwriting & recording program. This weekend, listen to talented local musicians playing some of the greatest songs of all time and support this amazing organization! Donate what you can at the door. Once inside, donate $50 or more and get your pick of a wide selection of cool 500 Songs for Kids T-shirts!
Haven’t been to Vinyl? Take this chance to check it out…you’ll be happy you did! An intimate room with a capacity of 300, Vinyl provides a friendly environment to listen to live music in a professionally managed venue. In the last few months alone some outstanding bands have performed on the Vinyl stage, including Joywave, Bad Suns, Vacationer, and Night Terrors of 1979. Vinyl is located on West Peachtree at 17th Street.
Doors open at 7PM on both Friday (4/17) and Saturday (4/18) nights with bands taking the stage starting at 7:30.