Atlanta-based quintet Dams brings soulful sound to 1982

Orlando reggae-rockers Supervillains will play High Dive on Friday.

Courtesy of Supervillains
Published: Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 11:34 a.m.

Atlanta is a musical resource that we here in Gainesville seldom get to access. It’s kind of a musical oddity that confounds some and excites others, where the rural South runs headfirst into the biggest city this side of Houston. Atlanta’s history and culture define it, but what exactly does it add in the way of music? Rap? Blues? Yeah, there is lots of that running around up there, getting good press and so on, but is that it? No, of course not, because where there are a ton of people, there are a ton of different ideas.

The group Dams is one of those ideas that a talented group of folks put together in the hopes of being interesting, and they have succeeded. Heavy, soulful and inspired, this quintet has the dynamics to get your heart-rate up only to ease it back down. If you enjoy music of any kind, Dams has something that you’ll like. “Cicada” is a nice tune to get yourself acquainted with their sound, and once you’ve heard it you’ll likely be wanting more.

Check them out, Friday, along with a new band from members of Fick and Burned Down Houses, and the groups Rhodes Island and Grayson, at 1982 starting at 8:30 p.m.

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Orlando reggae-rockers Supervillains perform with local “ska” kids Crazy Carls, Trial By Stone and Pompeii Gift Shop for yet another reggae show at High Dive on Friday, starting at 8 p.m.

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Local rootsy-funky-rock quintet Flatland performs with The Wholetones and Hard Luck Society at 9 p.m. Friday at The Atlantic.

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The Swamp Cats and HR Gertner & The Abusers will perform during the first-year anniversary of the Gainesville Food Truck Rally, which also features a half-dozen other local artists Saturday at High Dive, starting at 5 p.m.

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Self-proclaimed “Snoop Dog before you knew his name” Los Angeles rapper Nipsey Hussle will do whatever that entails Tuesday, along with Erk tha Jerk, 360, Streetlamp Theory, Raymo and many other acts at High Dive, starting at 8 p.m.

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Punk rock is finally coming to Gainesville in the form of Bloomington, Ind., quartet Tooth Soup, local poppy political punk Nomore and the band Wax Wings on Tuesday at 1982, starting at 9 p.m.

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