February is coming in hot on “full power mode” with a jam packed month of amazing musicians touring through Atlanta. February, at its very core, is about the celebration of love in all of its weirdest + wildest forms. Whether that be applauding the shifts you encounter, good or what you perceive as to be bad, or simply performing small acts of self care by attending your favorite shows to dance the night away, February has some good energy surrounding the path to giving and receiving more and more love in your life.
With so much music happening this month in Atlanta, we somehow narrowed down a few favorites to spotlight on this month’s concert guide for February.
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After releasing Heater in January via Citrus City Records, Atlanta’s True Blossom is ready to officially debut its album at 529. Led by guitarist Chandler Kelley and singer Sophie Cox, the five-piece mixes ‘80s synth with ‘70s disco elements, setting the band apart from the conventional pop scene. Heater’s lead single, “Baby,” teems with disco hi-hats and Sophie Cox’s emotional dream-pop vocals. True Blossom is currently busy planning a spring east coast tour, wrapping up a music video (keep your eyes glued to the group’s social pages) and tracking its next release, but satiate your appetite for funk-tinged pop at 529 in the meantime. — Katie Lipsiner
Slightly ahead of the release of Copeland’s forthcoming album, Blushing — due out Feb. 14 via Tooth & Nail Records — the band’s tour, with support from Many Rooms and From Indian Lakes, will be all the more invigorating. Blushing is Copeland’s first full-length release since 2014’s Ixora Twin. To celebrate the album announcement, the group has released three new tracks. On “Pope,” a voice softly whispers, “Did you dream about anything last night?,” repeating the phrase over entrancing violin. These singles beautifully retain elements of Copeland’s past discography, while also pushing their sonic boundaries. — KL
Atlanta-based group Yukons released its first full-length, South of the Equator, just last year. The trio has dug its heels into the local music scene in the past couple of years, bringing unique and engaging Latinx-influenced punk rock. Yukons will be back at 529 on Feb. 15 with lo-fi four-piece Kibi James, Chicago’s Fran, “space baby rock” quartet Pinkest and DJ Florista. The trio will perform songs from South of the Equator, giving a performance that will undoubtedly be as biting and wild as it is thoughtful, as the group uses music to unapologetically express both its pride in, and struggle with, its members’ identities as Latinx, queer artists in the south. — Erin Patrick
Based in Los Angeles but with roots in Philadelphia, both coasts inform the sound of Mt. Joy. The indie rock five-piece’s first full-length release came last year, following a string of single releases dating back to 2016. The self-titled LP was a long time coming, as a couple members of the band have been playing music together since high school. While Mt. Joy falls within the indie rock realm, its sound can be described as soulful and leaning toward alt-folk. It’s music that feels familiar even upon first listen; it’s comforting and brings on bouts of nostalgia. — EP
It’s been three years since Little Tybee’s last full-length release, but a handful of recent shows and a 2018 single perhaps point to something on the horizon. Atlanta’s own folk-pop outfit has been a staple of both the DIY and social activism scenes. In addition to contributing violin and viola to Little Tybee’s eclectic and seemingly boundless sound, Nirvana Kelly serves as Georgia Artists for Progress’ executive director. The nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization focuses on encouraging political action through art-affiliated events, such as last October’s “Turn Up the Turn Out” partnership with the Bakery, during which Little Tybee performed. So, if supporting local (and extremely talented) artists doesn’t feel good enough already, Little Tybee’s mission to further Georgia’s progressive politics certainly sweetens the deal. — KG
One of Sad Girl Co.’s goals for 2019 is to further our mission of fostering community and catalyzing discussion, by turning that self-expression safe space into something more tangible. As our first step towards making this happen, we’ve partnered with three ____ acts/bands/artists to host our very first event at the Earl. Punk four-piece Chick Wallace, Charleston’s She Returns From War and southern-pop outfit The Underhill Family Orchestra will perform, and donations will be collected for immigrant and refugee advocates Tapestri. The nonprofit is dedicated to ending violence and oppression in immigrant and refugee communities, using culturally competent education, community organization, direct services and southeastern advocacy to stop destructive norms from continuing into the next generation. — KG
Bringing a sense of urgency to indie pop, The Aces stole the hearts of listeners across the country with their 2018 full-length debut, When My Heart Felt Volcanic. The LP overflows with heartfelt lyrics and groovable beats, making it the perfect soundtrack to mending or breaking hearts. Comprised of sisters Cristal and Alisa Ramirez, and childhood friends McKenna Petty and Katie Henderson, the all-female quartet has a refreshing way of weaving confident pop with familial bonds, solidifying the notion that women are not each other's competition. — KL
Brooklyn duo (once trio) Wet plays at Aisle 5 toward the end of February, following the 2018 release of its second LP, Still Run. Since the group’s first EP in 2014, Wet has been slowly but surely solidifying its sound and making a name for itself as a one-of-a-kind pop/electronic outfit. Comprised of songs written and performed by Kelly Zutrau and Joe Valle, Still Run presents a fuller sound than previous releases, with tracks that have been lived with, molded and remolded by time and experience. Zatrou’s buttery voice can be heard atop hooks and percussion that are often danceable, and you’ll finding yourself tapping your toes even as she sings about the tenderest of emotions. — EP
Dev Hynes is more than just a musician, but an artist able to create a world of “ugly beauty” all his own. Working under the moniker Blood Orange as a producer and multi-instrumentalist, Hynes’ fourth album Negro Swan is a vision of intersectionality, inclusion, Hyne’s personal battles with mental health in the black community and the role that music plays in unfurling those narratives. Capturing the toxicity hurled towards marginalized communities in the current political climate, Negro Swan unveils swirling R&B landscapes of all-consuming bliss and anxiety, while also creating art and love within it. — KL
Who are your top picks to see this February? Let us know!
In its third year, Irrelevant Fest has expanded its lineup to span five days, with shows in East Atlanta's quintessential venue, 529, and West Atlanta's new DIY space, The Bakery.
Irrelevant Records brings us five full evenings of local music, with a combination of emerging new artists and nationally recognized up-and-comers.
We've boiled down a few of those acts that we think you absolutely shouldn't miss. We'll also have some special social media takeovers from a few of the bands throughout the fest. It all kicks off with the Opening Reception tonight at 529. Not too late to get your tickets.
Atlanta pop rockers King of Summer (KOS) are back at Irrelevant Fest, hitting 529’s stage for the opening reception on Wed., July 18. This will also be drummer Tim Sterritt’s – the brother of KOS’s lead singer Ryan Sterritt – final show with the band.
“Our next show after Irrelevant Fest – with Microwave, Can’t Swim and Drug Church – will be our first show with our new drummer, whose name we can’t release yet,” Tim says. “Other than that, we’re sitting on some demos that we’re hoping should see the light of day before the end of the year, and partying.”
Since dropping the music video for “Tunnel of Love” back in February – a track packed with warped guitars and hauntingly melodic visuals – it looks like opening night of the fest could gain some surprises based on King of Summer’s continuous development in their music. – Katie Lipsiner
Chick Wallace is one of Atlanta’s quintessential local bands. After the video premiere for “Ghost” last month, the salty girl surf pop four-piece has been further promoting their debut self-titled EP, “The Chick Wallace EP”, since it’s release in late November.
Although their music falls into the indie-pop genre, their innovative melodic guitar lines and surf-pop rhythms combine with their punk attitudes classify them as anything but the indie cliche.
Lead by vocalist and guitarist Melanie Paulos, the Atlanta locals play almost every local venue in Atlanta over the course of the last couple months of 2018, but their performance during Irrelevant Fest’s Opening Reception is bound to be a special one. – KL
Iconic Atlanta group Material Girls will premiere their debut album, Leather, during day two of Irrelevant Fest 2018. The LP has already received much acclaim, and rightfully so. It’s a pleasantly boisterous 8-track composition that puts a modern spin on late 20th century punk, with some influence from the classic rock ‘n roll, which many in the industry claim is dying.
Material Girls are doing a notable job of bringing life back to the genre, and not just in Atlanta. As they receive national recognition for their innovative and honest art, the group still flies under the radar, adding to their completely authentically punk aesthetic. Their LP release show is sure to be a raucous good time, and one evening of Irrelevant Fest that you should not miss. – Erin Patrick
Fresh off the release of their double single, Rose Hotel will bring their glowing folk-rock to the second night of Irrelevant Fest. The “reimagined” versions of “One Thing” and fan-favorite “Honestly” – tracks from Rose Hotel’s 2017 EP Always A Good Reason – employ new harmonies and expressive French horn. These altered elements are a guide to the future sound of the band, who plans to release new music this year.
“I think, if anything, it’s really just made me feel more confident as a songwriter, and made me want to push my comfort zone and be a little more rock ‘n roll,” frontwoman Jordan Reynolds says of the Atlanta music scene’s influence on her sound. “Because the first EP was more stripped down, and then, since I’ve moved here, I’ve been able to flesh it out into a whole band. I think just the energy of Atlanta, and the way the music scene is super vibrant and eclectic and different, it made me realize that I don’t just have to sit in one box.”
Atlanta trio Yukons has been on the scene since 2016, composed of guitarist and vocalist José Joaquín Izaguirre, drummer Danielle Dollar, and bassist Hannah Lankey. Although the group didn’t form until 2016, most of the members have been making music since their early teens.
Together, each member contributes a unique point of view to the group and the songwriting. Of Venezuelan descent, Izaguirre brings a Latinx perspective to the Atlanta music scene, often singing in Spanish, like on the track, “Abajo Cadenas” from their most recent LP, South of the Equator.
At this year’s Irrelevant Fest, Yukons will be performing tracks from that March release. Izaguirre, Dollar and Lankey all feel strongly about the complexity of the current political climate, and much of South of the Equator takes on this subject. Seeing Yukons live is never dull, not only because of the disarming voice of Izaguirre or the power behind the Lankey and Dollar’s percussive contributions, but because of the topics they tackle with such ingenuity and grace. – EP