Soulful Atria and Whitlock team up in new band The Slims

The Snakehealers perform Friday at The Atlantic with the Ex Boogeymen, Moonbeard and Squeaky. (Courtesy of Snakehealers)

Published: Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 11:39 a.m.

The Slims are the best band you've never heard nor heard of; but they're no strangers to the Gainesville scene, by any means. Lead vocalists Travis Atria and Collin Whitlock (of Morningbell and Shoddy Beatles fame, respectively) have been making sweet tunes in this town for the better part of a decade, and their newest effort is arguably their best.

Their full-length album, “Killa Dilla,” hit the Internet in May, 2011, to massive friendly acclaim, and calls for a live performance have been circulating ever since.

Soulful, rocking, sweet and wistful, The Slims' album stands out not only locally but internationally, honestly. One would defy you to come up with a better album that was released in the past decade. Seriously. Some stand-out tracks include, but are not limited to, “Lovey Dovey (Snooky Falls in Love),” “Everybody Knows I'm Here (Introducing The Tamborines)” and “I'm in Love (Too Good to Be True).” The best part of The Slims is the fact that they're playing these songs in public, finally.

Go see these gentlemen play; this is definitely the best show this week and probably this year. You can catch their set at The Atlantic on Saturday, along with local dance-rock party prodigies, Bang Bang Boom, The Savants of Soul and The Mud Flappers, starting at 9 p.m.

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On Friday, the Ex Boogeymen performs with Moonbeard, Squeaky and local awesome-rockers Snakehealers at The Atlantic, starting at 10 p.m.

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Tampa Indie rockers The Groves perform with Pilly Wete and Benny Cannon & Friends on Friday at High Dive, starting at 9 p.m.

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Former Neutral Milk Hotel singer/songwriter Jeff Mangum performs Friday at the Florida Theater of Gainesville, starting at 8 p.m.

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Local New Order fanatics Ars Phoenix performs at Mars Pub and Arcade, along with Astari Night, Attention System, Ferals and Analogue Ghost on Friday, starting at 9 p.m.

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Local prog-rockers Fick perform with local indie-dance rockers Far Away Planes and local folk-humorists Adult Boys Thunderband on Saturday at High Dive, starting at 9 p.m.

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For fans of Brit-pop, take note of this tasty little show on Sunday because, let's face it, you've got nothing better to do on a Sunday: Go see A Silent Film, all the way from England, playing with Brooklyn synth-poppers Carousel and locals Xylitone at High Dive, starting at 8 p.m.

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