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Joe & The Coats play Arlene's Grocery on June 4

I-banker turned singer-songwriter Joe Barney delivers catchy pop rock with thoughtful lyrics, dynamic guitar playing, and sweet melodies that don’t rot your teeth. With songs inspired by his countless breakups with, "supermodels" and a sound reflective of his time working with famed Rolling Stones producer Rob Fraboni, Mr. Barney, along with his band, The Coats, paints a portrait of a talented young artist struggling to find love and meaning in New York City. In an era of emotionally detached, beat-infused electro-pop music so often bereft of musicianship, Joe & The Coats offer a refreshingly honest, fun, and finely crafted classic rock show. (www.joebarney.com)


Drink your drinks tonight at Exit In - Mattoid, Frank and Quintron!

Get ready Nashville. Tonight the Exit In has a bangin' lineup. Mattoid (your favorite Nashvillian from Helsinki), Frank the Fuck Out and Quintron with Miss Pussycat will all bombard your ears and eyes with lyrical fantasies of love and sex and adventures! Get there for an ass-kicking good time! - Deli Staff


Last Minute Plans: Distractions @ Empty Bottle

The self-titled from Distractions was released this week by the local cassette label Plus Tapes. The first thing that jumps out at you when consuming the sounds of Distractions is the deep rich baritone sounds of Tom Owens. I feel his delivery can best be compared to that of Matt Berninger (The National), but when combined with eclectic sound of his band mates it really sets this band apart. Musically, the band draws from a variety of sources as diverse as British Invasion era rock to spaced-out psychedelic fuzz. The tempo and depth of sound shifts often, and through that shifting draws the listen in the many layers of distracting bliss. 

They are celebrating the release of their new tape tonight at Empty Bottle with Bird Names, Zelienople and Ken Camden. The show starts at 9pm and tickets are just $5.


Let's Check In on the Kids

...turns out they're alright. This may come as a shock, but there's a festival in town this weekend: installment number 4, if my math is correct, of The Kids Are Alright Festival, held at the Bob Bullock State History Museum. It's what we call a U21 festival. Prices are exceedingly friendly - free for events on Friday and $6 for a wide array of music on three stages Saturday. (Above is Sienna of the group Schmillion, winners of the Chronicle's 2009 'Best U18 Band' poll...) The kids, it turns out, are not just alright, they're total pros. 


Maps & Atlases on Wild Honey Pie


While in New York promoting their new album Perch Patchwork Maps & Atlases performed an impromptu acoustic version of “Solid Ground” for Wild Honey Pie.


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