With album numero dos, It’s Real, out now on Merge Records, Ex Hex make two stops in Georgia this week on their way to their label’s 30th birthday shindig in Chapel Hill. Catch ’em at the Georgia Theatre in Athens on Wednesday, July 24 and Friday, July 26 at The EARL in Atlanta. Labelmates Spider Bags open both shows, with an early set in Athens from the ever-rambunctious Nihilist Cheerleader, and a (temporarily, at least) reconstituted Preakness in Atlanta.
Any time Iron Maiden charges through your town, all other shows cease to matter. They’re at Lakewood Amphitheatre (or whatever corporate name it’s under this year) on Saturday, July 20th, and you better believe that between the band and the capacity crowd of Maiden maniacs, a few dozen water towers’ worth of sweat is gonna be expunged by the end of the night. Except by Eddie. Eddie doesn’t sweat.
New York’s Hollis Brown marry the easy-on-the-ears accessibility of mid ’70s AM Gold with the everyday earnestness of early ’80s Heartland Rock, with nary a wink nor nod of irony. As aptly demonstrated on their latest album, Ozone Park, they simply write tremendously likable, melodic, gently rockin’ songs and perform them well. Check ’em out at Smith’s Olde Bar on Sunday, July 14!