Eclectic band Flat Land will perform Saturday at Atlantic

The Gainesville groove-rock band Flat Land performs Saturday at The Atlantic. (Courtesy of Flat Land)

Published: Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 2:05 p.m.

It’s always nice to see a college jam band branch out to start doing more interesting, controlled music; such is the case with local, five-to-six-piece band, Flat Land. I say “band” because there’s no other way of describing them anymore, they exist on their own plane. In the same set, you could hear a song that slightly resembles early ’90s grunge, a song that sounds a bit like Beck’s “Deadweight” and a piece that Radiohead would be proud to call their own.

These guys (and gal) can play for hours, some of the time improvising, sometimes looking like they’re improvising and sometimes just playing awesome covers and even better originals.

Not only are they just really, really tight, but they have tons of fun, which is what’s it’s all about. Their self-titled EP is almost as good as their live performances and definitely worth multiple listens.

Check out their set on Saturday with local soul singer/songwriter Ricky Kendall and local folk-acoustic quintet Nook & Cranny at The Atlantic, starting at 9 p.m.

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Tonight, Miami synth-pop solo-artist WeHo plays with Gainesville girl pop-punks The Rochevanies and local folk-pop duo November Commitment at High Dive, starting at 9 p.m.

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Gainesville’s favorite Thomas Petty cover band, Heavy Petty, performs Friday with garage-soul quartet The Slims as well as the triumphant return, fresh off an East Coast tour, of Adult Boys Thunderband, at Loosey’s starting at 9 p.m.

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Local thousand-piece ska-soul rockers The Savants of Soul perform with Orlando 10-piece soul-rockers Sh-Booms and the local alt-funk quartet Pompeii Gift Shop on Friday at High Dive, starting at 9 p.m.

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French punk-rockers State Poison perform with Tampa’s hardest of the hardcore, Church Whip, local noise-punk trio Radiation and motorcycle-punks Lifechain on Friday at The Atlantic, starting at 9 p.m.

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The Xtremegrass Band performs with alt-country singer/songwriter Justin Freeman and local singer-songwriter Bryce Carlisle on Saturday at High Dive, starting at 8 p.m.

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On Sunday at High Dive, Russian-American surf-rockabilly trio Red Elvises returns to town for a performance with local rock ’n’ rollers dblWiDE and the Bridget Kelly Band, starting at 6 p.m.

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