#NewMusic This Week: Iceland’s Ásgeir

Ásgeir – In The Silence:  Ásgeir, a melodic folk singer and instrumentalist from Reykjavík, Iceland, recently released his sophomore album, In The Silence. Like me, you’ve probably never heard of him until now, since his record-breaking debut album, Dýrð í dauðaþögn, was only available in his native language, Icelandic. Apparently, 10% of Iceland’s population own his debut album, more than Björk, Sigur Rós and Of Monsters And Men! In the Silence, however, is available in English. The pleasant, airy sounds with soulful lyrics written almost entirely by Ásgeir’s 72-year-old father, are sure to make this album an international hit. Get it now and don’t miss him live when he comes to your town!

Tour | iTunes | Vinyl | Sounds like: Bon Iver, James Blake

Watch “King And Cross” and listen to an acoustic version of “Going Home” below…

The Toe Rag Acoustic Sessions…



#NewMusic This Week: Tinariwen, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Sam Roberts Band

Tinariwen at Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, 2011

Tinariwen – Emmaar:  Tinariwen is a nomadic band of Tuareg blues musicians from the Saharan Desert in Northern Africa. Since forming in 1979, political chaos and violence have escalated in Mali, where Islamist extremists have gone as far as kidnapping a band member and banning music entirely. But this has not stopped Tinariwen (translated “deserts”) from sharing their story through music. Last year, the band escaped to Joshua Tree National Park in California to record their 7th studio album, Emmaar. I’ll never forget their inspiring show at Variety Playhouse in Atlanta (11/12/2011) and I highly recommend making the trip to Georgia Theatre in Athens on March 19th.

Tour | iTunes | Vinyl

Sounds like: Terakaft, Bombino, Toubab Krewe

Hurray for the Riff Raff – Small Town Heroes:  After making our list of top 9 shows last April, Hurray for the Riff Raff are back with their new album, Small Town Heroes. Take a listen, buy the album and go see them live at Variety Playhouse on March 1st (opening for Shovels and Rope)!

Tour | iTunes | Vinyl | Sound like: The Carter Family, Shovels and Rope

Sam Roberts Band – Lo-Fantasy:  One thing I love about discovering new music is that there is something to discover every week! Before Tuesday, I had never heard of Sam Roberts, but this Montreal-based rocker has just released his 6th studio album, Lo-Fantasy, and it is worth your listen. No upcoming Atlanta shows, but we’ll keep you posted…

Tour | iTunes | Vinyl | Sounds like: Leagues

February Shows in Atlanta, #4: Good Old War and Bronze Radio Return at Vinyl

Atlanta, Fri. 2/22:  Go see Good Old War and Bronze Radio Return at Vinyl!  For the 2nd time, Hartford’s Bronze Radio Return makes our monthly list of top 9 shows (4th in October).  This time they’re opening for Good Old War, an equally talented folk band from Philadelphia.

“My Own Sinking Ship” from Good Old War’s self-titled sophomore album…

Tickets & Such:

  • $12 at the door / $13 online
  • Doors: 8pm / Show: 9pm
  • RSVP on Facebook
  • Vinyl, 1374 West Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309

Last year, Bronze Radio Return played an acoustic set at Sixthman offices in Atlanta.  “Further On” is their new single…

Fun Fact:  Bronze Radio Return frontman, Chris Henderson, grew up listening to “delta blues and jazz standards… American folk and country twang” on an old bronze radio in his father’s art studio.  He told The Huffington Post they “wanted to pay a certain homage to these styles with the music [they] would make together…the return of the bronze radio.”

More from Good Old War:

More from Bronze Radio Return:

February Shows in Atlanta, #7: Goodnight, Texas at Eddie’s Attic

Atlanta, Wed. 2/13: Go see Goodnight, Texas at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur! Last seen in Atlanta opening for Kelly McFarling, this “transcontinental garage Appalachian collaboration” was started by Avi Vinocur of Chapel Hill, NC and Patrick Dyer Wolf of San Francisco.  Goodnight, Texas?  With a population of 18, this small town is exactly halfway between the two.  Their album, A Life of Living, was released in October and is worth your money.  But if you bring the most people with you to the show, the band will give you the CD for free!

Tickets & Such:

  • $10.90 online / $12 at the door
  • Doors: 9:20pm / Show: 9:30pm
  • Opener: Heather Luttrell
  • RSVP on Facebook
  • Eddie’s Attic, 515 N McDonough St, Decatur, GA 30030

More from Goodnight, Texas:

November Shows in Atlanta, #3: Ray Lamontagne at Cobb Energy Centre

**UPDATE** 11/28: Due to physical illness, Ray has postponed this show until Thursday, December 6th.

Atlanta, Wed. 11/28 Thu. 12/6:  Go see “An Acoustic Evening with Ray Lamontagne” at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre!  “Meg White,” “let it be me…” because “you are the best thing” and I could “hold you in my arms.” But I ain’t your “repo man.”  Need I say more?  I’ll let Ray say it…

Tickets & Such:

  • $30.50 – $75 -> online
  • Show: 8:00pm
  • RSVP on Facebook
  • Cobb Energy Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30339

More from Ray Lamontagne:

November Shows in Atlanta, #6: Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three at The Five Spot

Atlanta, Sun. 11/18:  Go see Pokey LaFarge at The Five Spot!  I first heard Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three at last month’s #1 show to see in Atlanta.  If you’re opening for Jack White, you must be doing something right.  And that night at The Fox, this St. Louis band earned them a spot on this month’s list.  I like how Pokey describes their style… “It’s not retro music. It’s American music that never died.”  

Tickets & Such:

  • $10 / $11.30 -> online
  • 21+ / Doors: 8:00pm, Show: 8:30pm
  • Opener: Rolling Nowhere
  • The Five Spot, 1123 Euclid Ave, Atlanta, GA 30307

More from J.D. McPherson:

October Shows in Atlanta, #7: First Aid Kit at Buckhead Theatre

Atlanta, Thu. 10/4: Go see First Aid Kit at The Buckhead Theatre!  This folk duo of Swedish sisters cannot be missed.  Listen to “Emmylou” and I know you’ll fall in love…

Tickets & Such:

  • $21 adv / $26 day of show buy online
  • All ages, Doors: 8:00pm
  • Buckhead Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30305

More from First Aid Kit: