This Week in ATLRetro, June 28 – July 4, 2021

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

We at ATLRetro care about your health and well-being, so This Week we are bringing you our next installment of our Home-Edition, a week’s worth of hootenannies and shenanigans you can experience straight from your couch and/or safely socially distanced!

Manic Monday, June 28

Get artsy and check out Hammonds House Museum’s exhibit, Departure by Charly Palmer! Get weird and wonderful with Edgar Wright’s THE SPARKS BROTHERS (2021) screening at Midtown Art Cinema this week! Post-punk it up and catch a digital screening (iTunes, Amazon, etc.) of Matt Hinton’s newest documentary, PARALLEL LOVE (2021), which delves deep into the strange and bizarre lives of a small-town Georgia band! Rock out and tune into Kool Kat Rev. Andy Hawley’s Psychobilly Freakout Radio broadcasting on Garage 71 at 8pm, every Monday! Check out Laces’ “Almost Happy” featuring Butch Walker! Glam rock it up with Art d’Ecco’s cover of “That’s Entertainment!” Marc Ribler (Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Carole King, etc.) releases a new solo album, THE WHOLE WORLD AWAITS YOU on July 16. Atlanta-based new wave punk band Lesibu Grand has released their newest single “Not Sweet Enough.” 

Timeless Tuesday, June 29

Midtown Art Cinema screens Lisa Immordino Vreeland’s documentary portrait, TRUMAN & TENNESSEE: AN INTIMATE CONVERSATION (2020) this week! Get down with an online 90s Alternative Happy Hour with DJ Baby Berlin at 6:30pm! Frenchy and the Punk release their Emma Peel-themed video for “Emma Bella Citronella!” Psych it up as MONSTERWATCH shares EP via Rebel Noise, NOISE YOU WILL NEVER CARE ABOUT, out now! The Psychedelic Furs share new video for “Wrong Train” out now! Get old-school with L.A.’s Gretchen Lieberum (Maya Rudolph, Wendy/Prince) and her new album, THIS MAY ONLY BE A DREAM. THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ERNEST: THE LIFE OF ACTOR JIM VARNY continues their virtual fundraiser campaign for the documentary here! Get your Americana fix as Envoy Records announce their debut release, a split single featuring “Phoenix” by Elijah Ocean and “Let’s Go” by Peter Donovan, available now! Stay Free Recordings releases BARMY LSD ARMY from acclaimed British street artist and Electronic musician Charles Uzzell Edwards!

Way Back Wednesday, June 30

Bizarre it up with a Free Online Riff of TWIN PEAKS at 9pm! Get your Swing fix in the comfort of your own home every Wednesday, with WE Swing Dance’s Online Dance at 7pm! Or swing on down to 57th Fighter Group Restaurant for West Coast Swing Wednesdays at 6:30pm! Get jazzy and live stream (or in person) the Gordon Vernick Quartet hosted by the Red Light Café at 9pm! Drive-By TruckersJay Gonzalez shares duet with Michael Cerveris, Crying Through the Wall” streaming now with new album, BACK TO THE HIVE out now! New-Wave it up with Ronna Reason’s single “American Queen” and check out her self-titled debut EP! James Levy shares a new single and video, “Fool” from forthcoming LP SOLDIER out on Side Hustle Records! Stay Free Recordings has just released a new collaboration and single, “Consequences Coming,” from punk pioneer and former Sex Pistol Glen Matlock and gamed guitarist Earl Slick!  

Throwback Thursday, July 1

Bluegrass it up with The Travelin’ McCourys at Eddie’s Attic! Catch a screening of Edgar Wright’s THE SPARKS BROTHERS (2021) at the Plaza Theatre indoors at 2pm/7pm! Or catch the 50th Anniversary screening of William Friedkin’s THE FRENCH CONNECTION (1971) indoors at 9:45pm! Spend the night with BritPop on the patio at Napoleon’s! R&B it up with Chante Moore at City Winery! Rufus Wainwright releases the Judy Garland classic, “Over the Rainbow” in celebration of Pride Month! Jazz it up with Chris Standring at Suite Food Lounge! Ann Wilson opens the vault to pre-Heart era recordings! New EP of unheard archival songs from the rock and roll icon’s first band, The Daybreaks, is available now digitally with Limited Edition 10” vinyl available for pre-orders! Boogie down and check out Jazz Beat Productions’ new podcast, Doc’s Jazz Beat with host Doc Robinson! Boogie down during the 80s Alternative New Wave Synth Pop online event every Thursday at 10pm! Eighties-esque Adult Books share sophomore album GRECIAN URN – check out single, “Florence!” Don’t Go Into the Cellar Theatre Company presents their online Pod-Casket 11, every Thursday at 4pm! Make your way to Smith’s Olde Bar for their retrotastic Thursday Throwdown

Freaky Friday, July 2

Make your way to the Midtown Art Cinema for a screening of Questlove’s SUMMER OF SOUL (2021), documenting the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, screening this weekend! Rock out with Kool Kat Rich Desantis and the Street Fighting Band as they pay tribute to The Rolling Stones at The Strand in Marietta! Time Warp it up with Lips Down on Dixie at the Plaza Theatre’s screening of THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW at 10pm! Drew Beskin (Kool Kat The District Attorneys) releases his third solo album (PROBLEMATIC FOR THE PEOPLE) today, and offers a peek at the first official single, “Going Alright for You” out now! Stomp on down to City Winery for a night (2 shows) with Wynonna Judd! Catch a Free Online Riff of Batman: The Animated Series at 9pm! Underground New York art-rock duo Disturbios return with new singles and videos ahead of their self-titled debut album! Check out their slinky surfy, instrumental “Surf Gnossienne,” a riff on composer Eric Satie’s 19th century Gnossiennes pieces, along with their similarly 60’s-inflected “Summer Loves!” Get comfy with The Rare Occasions as they share “Origami” via Ones to Watch, and you won’t want to miss their new album, BIG WHOOP out today! Atlanta’s Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel release new album, OUMUAMUA now! Check out their single, “Vesta!” Prog-rock it up with another track release, “The Wall (Live 2019-20)” from Kansas’s upcoming live album POINT OF KNOW RETURN LIVE & BEYOND out today! Rock out and get some soul as Atlanta’s Lynx Deluxe’s JUNGLELAND debuts on Drivin N Cryin Records! DJ FernandoF brings you Flashback Friday, with a live video blend of 70s, 80s, 90s and more at Hot Betty’s Breakfast Bar in Tucker!

Swell Saturday, July 3

Get intergalactic with a screening of Steven Spielberg’s classic, E.T. (1982) in 35mm at the Plaza Theatre at 5pm! Make your way to 529 for their Welcome Back Dance Party! St. Lenox is reborn through Dungeons & Dragons, via his single “Teenage Eyes!” Boogie down during an 80s Video Dance Party online at 9pm! Atlanta’s dim releases new single “Break You Down” streaming everywhere! Violet Island release cover of A-Ha’s Take On Me! Dark Horse Records celebrates new Joe Strummer collection, ASSEMBLY, out now!  American Television pay tribute to Black Flag, Bad Religion and more on their new LP, ADOLESCENCE out now!

Science ‘n’ more Sunday, July 4

Happy Independence Day from us to you! Get intergalactic with a screening of Steven Spielberg’s classic, E.T. (1982) in 35mm at the Plaza Theatre at 3pm! George Harrison’s masterpiece, ALL THINGS MUST PASS, is celebrated with suite of new 50th Anniversary editions [Super Deluxe Edition of landmark 1970 solo album collects 70 tracks over five CDS or eight LPS including 42 previously unreleased demo recordings, session outtakes and studio jams]! Sixties/ seventies-inspired indie popper, Stacey, shares new single and video, “Strange (But I Like it),” out now! Swedish psychedelic indie-rock outfit La Fleur Fatale release anniversary single and music video, ”Skydancer!”

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