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    Black Lips Debut New Songs at Hometown Blowout

    Black Lips came to party Saturday night in Atlanta. A dozen beer cans went airborne before the quartet played a note at their one-off hometown show, and they weren't coming solely from the crowd. Guitarist Ian St. Pé smashed a PBR tallboy on his head and hurled it into the sold-out 1,000-capacity Variety Playhouse. Fittingly, the six new songs the band debuted were rowdy rock jams, the ideal soundtrack to a riotous house party. The majority of the new songs (each introduced by St. Pe, shouting a variation of, "Holy shit, folks, here comes another brand-new one!"), are a direct descendant of their more raucous early albums, like 2005's Let It Bloom and 2007's Good Bad Not Evil, prizing melody and swiftness over theatrics and weirdness, which dominated their 2009 release, 200 Million Thousand. But that's just the music.

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    Iron & Wine Debut New Songs in Atlanta

    "I figure you have the records, so I gotta change it up," Sam Beam said with a shrug and a grin about halfway through his set at Atlanta's Variety Playhouse Tuesday night. "At least, that's my take. Some people feel otherwise, but fuck 'em." Dressed in a brown-gray suit, olive vest and white button-down, his hair tastefully combed back, the Iron & Wine main man looked professional, professorial even, harkening back to his days teaching film at the University of Miami. For Beam, "changing it up" meant taking the wraps off four songs from the forthcoming Kiss Each Other Clean (Jan. 25), Iron & Wine's first album in three years and his major label debut. "Glad Man Singing," the first of the batch, found Beam projecting his vocals and emitting a James Taylor vibe.

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    Deerhunter Launch Tour with Hometown Gig

    Change was in the air Friday night at Deerhunter's U.S. tour kickoff in their hometown of Atlanta. "Fall is here," singer-guitarist Bradford Cox cheerfully said at the start of the night. "Leaves will be falling soon." Aside from the seasonal shift, a new Deerhunter was onstage, one without blogosphere drama (beef with producers, unauthorized albums leaks, erratic website posts), onstage fellatio, and all manner of similar distractions (including Cox's public nervous breakdown).

  • SPINhouse Live Presents Ted Leo

    There were some important lessons to be learned, musically and otherwise, when Ted Leo visited the SPIN offices last night for an intimate solo set. For instance, don't mix Irish whiskey--the beverage Leo imbibed before arriving--with tequila, the libation Leo was handed a couple songs into his set. "I wasn't going to do this song, but because of that shot, I think I will," Leo quipped before launching into one of the three selections he played from his upcoming full length, Shake the Streets (Lookout!) due to drop October 19. Despite Leo's modest insistence that the new songs ("Me and Mia," and "Bleeding Powers" among them) didn't translate well to a live setting, each came off strongly.

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