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Beirut will play at The Variety Playhouse. Photography by Kristianna Smith

Sound Surround

by Sophie Loghman | Jezebel magazine | October 24, 2011

Experiments in Awesome
Little Five Points' beloved establishment, The Variety Playhouse, will play host to indie folk acts Beirut and Basia Bulat on Oct. 27. Come out and enjoy the lyrical genius of Zach Condon, along with other Beirut contributors Kelly Pratt, Nick Petree, Paul Collins, Perrin Cloutier and Ben Lanz, as they fill the stage with six members, even more instruments, and colossal sound. We're willing to bet that charming songstress Basia Bulat will also win your devotion. Doors open at 7:30PM; show starts at 8:30PM. 1099 Euclid Ave. NE, 404.524.7354,
Birds of Prey
On Oct. 28, intimate venue The Buckhead Theatre will join forces with alt-country band The Jayhawks for a lively night filled with music, dancing and energy. After breaking onto the music scene in the late 1980s, The Jayhawks garnered fans from around the country, while continuing to release a host of studio albums throughout the last three decades. The band's latest release, Mockingbird Time, is a hearty tribute to this band's beloved, robust sound. Doors open at 8PM; show starts at 9PM. Tickets start at $28. 3110 Roswell Road NE, 404.843.2825,

The Kings of Rap
Join rap aficionados from across the South on Oct. 28-29 at Philips Area for the massively anticipated pairing of Jay-Z and Kanye West. Jay-Z and West descend upon the Atlanta arena for their Watch the Throne tour for two nights only. Don't miss out on all the excitement that this dynamic duo is sure to bring, starting at 7:30PM both nights. Tickets start at $59.50. 1 Philips Drive, 404.878.3000,

Ra, Ra, Ra!
Edgy New York rock band Ra Ra Riot will grace East Atlanta's The EARL on Oct. 29. Though the group is relatively new to the oversaturated indie scene, Ra Ra Riot members are making names for themselves with rococo-inspired licks, soaring vocals and funky albums that are fused with traces old-time pop and classical music. Having performed their hit song, “Shadowcasting,” on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon earlier this month, Ra Ra Riot is slowly but surely gaining headlines throughout the county. Don't miss this live performance, which is sure to get your heart thumping. Doors open at 9PM. Tickets are $17 at the door. 488 Flat Shoals Ave. SE, 404.522.3950,

Put a Lil' "Umph" in It
Whose got the umph? Gotta have that umph. Umphrey’s McGee returns to The Tabernacle on Oct. 28-29 for a little bit of pre-Halloween ruckus. Join other Atlanta "Umphreaks" and "McGeeks" as the Chicago-based jam band fuses music with technology for an unforgettable night. The group's eclectic style has been adored by fans throughout the country since their debut in the late 1990s, earning them modern-day comparisons to Phish and Grateful Dead. 152 Luckie St. NW, 404.659.9022,