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Day Joy brings indie-rock goods to Atlantic

Gainesville’s Grabass Charlestons performs a CD-release show with Army of Ponch and Children’s Children on Friday at Loosey’s. (COURTESY OF GRABASS CHARLESTONS)

Published: Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 12:15 p.m.

Sometimes, you might be walking, or working, or sleeping, and you might be wondering during one or all of these activities, “What is dream-pop?” Well, it’s Day Joy. Day Joy is a gazillion-piece indie-rock band with a great sound and a winning personality. Hailing from Orlando, these folks have the goods. Upon your first listen of their single “Go To Sleep, Mess,” one wonders exactly how these guys can pull this off live? Well, I can’t and won’t explain it, but you can see for yourself on Friday at The Atlantic, when Day Joy plays along with local blues-rock up-and-comers Flat Land, starting at 10 p.m.

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Gainesville’s favorite too-good-to-be-punk punk band, Grabass Charlestons, performs a CD release show along with metalists Army of Ponch and Children’s Children on Friday at the new stage at Loosey’s Pub, starting at 9 p.m.

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Tonight, Colt Ford, the country-rapper and multi-instrumentalist from Athens, Ga., plays it up for you at The Venue along with Atlanta-based country-rapper Justin Freeman, starting at 8 p.m.

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Are you a fan of traditional Irish music? Well, you’ll love A Traditional Irish Session Band (hopefully more than you love the name of said band). They’ll be playing at the Civic Media Center on Friday for the Wax Moon Music Series along with Wild Carrot and Sad Scout, starting at 8 p.m.

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There’s a fourth wave ska-kick going around, and try as we might, we just can’t shake it. Ska bands are cropping up like wildflowers in spring around these parts and for those of you who can’t get enough upbeat tempos, you must be ecstatic; for the rest of us, we’ll just wait it out for a year like we did all the other times this music reared its lovable-but-slightly-annoying head into our lives. The six-piece ska-lars group The Partials perform with skate and ska enthusiasts Waxed Curbs, The Duppies and Kreepah at 1982’s Skalloween event on Saturday, starting at 8 p.m.

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