Gainesville music venues bring top shows to town


The horns of Umoja Orchestra will be in full force Friday when the band performs at The Kickstand, a new venue featuring music at 722 S. Main St

Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, January 24, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 22, 2008 at 8:26 p.m.

Kyle Mitchell is still on vacation. Too bad for him, he'll be missing out on some great shows this week. We've got a lot of ground to cover, so let's get to it.

The Kickstand, a new bicycle collective and music venue (remember them from last week?), is already gearing up for its first show, which will be held on Friday.

The lineup is Dirty Fist, Mike Dorsey, Team Mascot and Umoja Orchestra. The show starts at 7 p.m. Kick off your night early and lend your support to the upcoming collective.

Later in the evening, The Atlantic will feature Cutman, Battle! and touring bands The Attack, The New Threat and Teenage Rehab. The Attack and The New Threat are both from Orlando while Teenage Rehab are from Paducah, Ky.

After viewing Teenage Rehab's Myspace page, I'd almost recommend skipping The Atlantic show, knowing that your door money will go to these blockheads. In a blog entry titled "Lets kill stupid hair cuts and gay band names!!!!," the author rails against "lame bands with no ----" that have "poetic names" and then rattles off a list of albums that somehow must be more rocking. Their macho attitude toward more successful, fashion-conscious acts is not only a turn off, it's immature and base.

My advice if you want to attend, give your support to Cutman and Battle!, check out The Attack and The New Threat, and then hang out outside during Teenage Rehab.

Meanwhile, Gainesville Metal Fest will be happening at Backstage Lounge with Trial by Torment, Dopamean, Athma, Recycle to Soil, Validus and Seven Kingdoms.

Saturday night is overloaded with great shows. Barnacles, ... And This is My Odyssey and Airport Factory are playing at Market Street Pub. The Ones to Blame, The Takers and Freightline are playing at Side Bar.

Army of Ponch and Young Livers will be recording a live split 7" (a 7-inch record featuring music from two bands) at The Atlantic on Saturday. Giuseppe and Human Flight Committee will be joining them on stage as well.

Days of the New are playing Backstage Lounge on Saturday night, too. The band scored a handful of hit singles like "Shelf in the Room" and "Touch, Peel and Stand" about 10 years ago. Since then, they having been lurching on with a different lineup under singer Travis Meeks. Opening are Virgin Records artist Saving Abel and Tampa-based Soulfound.

MEISA, The Music Entertainment Industry Student Association, is hosting a benefit show for themselves on Wednesday with The Kiiks, Joe's Feral Cats, Without Amusia and The Matt Hobbs Band.

On the horizon, The Weakerthans will be playing Common Grounds on April 6.

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