AMERICANA | Michelle Malone

w/ The Hackensaw Boys

Wed. March 21

The Pour House


Since emerging as one of the more prominent singer-songwriters in Atlanta in the late ’80s and early ’90s, Michelle Malone has been tagged as something of an alt-country folkie, blues singer, and straight-up power-pop rocker. Her first releases were independent efforts on cassette and vinyl that led to a 1990 major-label debut titled Relentless (Arista). Listed as “Moanin’ Michelle Malone” on the front sleeve, her brand-new album Sugarfoot (SBS) sounds a bit more rockin’ and assertive, with a mix of vintage country, swampy blues-rock, and Southern-tinged guitar-pop. “I wanted to make a fun record, one that could help me escape the doldrums of adult reality,” she says. “Instead of diving into the deep end of the river, I decided just to romp around in the creek for a while … splashing around in the shallow end.” Fellow Peach State pickers The Hackensaw Boys headline. Music starts at 9 p.m. See www.michellemalone.com for more. T. Ballard Lesemann WEDNESDAY


FUNK | Porter-Batiste-Stoltz

Sat. March 24

The Pour House


Porter-Batiste-Stoltz’s show at the Pour House this Saturday falls smack in the middle of Lent, but that won’t stop the New Orleans legends from bringing the funk like it’s Phat Tuesday all over again. Bassist George Porter Jr. started laying down rump bumpin’ bass lines with the Meters back in 1965, and percussionist Russell Batiste Jr. was a founding member of the break-off Funky Meters. Brian Stoltz has held his own with the Neville Brothers and the Meters-crowd for years, establishing himself as New Orleans’ premier guitar-man. From Porter’s post-Katrina collaboration with the New Orleans Social Club to Batiste’s work with Papa Grows Funk, all three have stayed busy with impressive side projects. With a solid 13-song album, Expanding the Funkin’ Universe, and a consistent touring schedule, PBS is a project the three players are clearly prioritizing. Come ready to boogie down — there’s a fire on the bayou. Check out www.porterbatistestoltz.com for more. —Stratton Lawrence SATURDAY


ROCK | Cold War Kids

w/ Tokyo Police Club

Mon. March 26

The Village Tavern


After a casual kick-off in 2004 in their hometown of Fullerton, Cali indie band Cold War Kids quickly earned a reputation for a delicate, organic, jittery pop/rock sound reminiscent of The Band, Jeff Buckley, Spoon, and Velvet Underground. Led by singer/pianist Nathan Willett — whose high-tone vocal style stands out as a major component — the band recorded two EPs before signing with the Downtown Records label last year (home to Gnarls Barkley and Eagles of Death Metal). Willett, drummer Matt Aveiro, bassist Matt Maust, and guitarist Jonnie Russell released their full-length debut, Robbers & Cowards, last October. Toronto indie-rock quartet Tokyo Police Club return to town (they opened for Enon at the Map Room last fall) with tunes off their new one, A Lesson in Crime (Paper Bag). See www.coldwarkids.com and www.tokyopoliceclub.net for more for more. —TBL MONDAY



Mon. March 26

Torch Velvet Lounge


Torch Velvet Lounge, located downtown at 545 King St., describe their scene as “a marriage of sultry comfort and metropolitan sophistication.” Throughout the week, a variety of weekly DJs — Mateo, Moo Moo, Sirhal, Taylor Massey, and others — spin a mix of acid-jazz, ambient lounge, reggae, house beats, and reggae styles. Call 723-9330 or see www.torchvelvetlounge.com for more. —TBL MONDAY