By Lane Claffee
September 27, 2017
The Project Pabst music festival is back for its second year in Atlanta, happening October 7th in the East Atlanta Village. The festival started in Portland, as what the Pabst Brewing Company called “a love letter to Portland,” and has grown into several national events, having four show dates this year in Denver, Portland, Philadelphia, and Atlanta.
There are also notable side-attractions this year, including an interactive graffiti art display, and an arcade filled with nostalgic video games, titled “the PBRcade,” but the main appeal of Project Pabst is the artists that it showcases. The festival is devoted not only to nationally recognized talent, but to local acts as well; many of the bands on the bill are Atlanta based. Even local visual artists are given a spotlight here, as each event date has a unique, corresponding design for the 16 oz. Pabst Blue Ribbon cans (created by a local artist of each host city) that will be sold at the venues.
Project Pabst has a history of celebrating diverse artists both classic and current, ranging from garage rock legends The Sonics and Wu-Tang icon Ghostface Killah to contemporary indie rock stars Alvvays. As this year is no different, here are five acts playing Project Pabst Atlanta 2017 that are absolutely necessary to see.
Buried deep into the festival’s roster are Atlanta post-punk outfit Glare. Their self-titled EP, available on Bandcamp, shows songwriting chops that feature catchy dark wave melodies written into some gloomy, punchy punk rock. Be sure to catch their set and show some love to this great up-and-coming Atlanta trio.
The Coathangers (garage/punk rock)
The Coathangers have been gaining momentum as one of Atlanta’s biggest punk rock acts since signing to Suicide Squeeze Records in 2009. After releasing their third album, Nosebleed Weekend in April 2016 and playing on Last Call with Carson Daly the following May, the garage-punk outfit will be returning to the festival to support their latest release, the Parasite EP. Not only are their original tunes captivating and tough as hell, but they also do a killer cover of “Sex Beat,” by the influential punk band The Gun Club.
The Internet (soul/trip-hop)
You may remember Syd Tha Kyd as the relatively quiet member of the Odd Future collective. As that collective began to fall apart, Syd and fellow OF member Matt Martians broke off and started a side project, the incredibly smooth soul/trip-hop band known as The Internet. Their last album, Ego Death, features collaborations with Janelle Monae, KAYTRANADA and Tyler, the Creator, as Syd and Martians croon over a full band, making some atmospheric neo-soul that’s sure to please any fan of the genre.
Dinosaur Jr. (alternative/noise rock)
It goes without saying that Dinosaur Jr. is one of the most influential alternative rock bands of all time. They’ve held their cult status for over three decades and are still going strong, as they released their eleventh studio album Give a Glimpse of What Yr Not last year. Frontman J Mascis’ description of their music as “ear bleeding country” gives insight as to what to expect: Mascis’ signature low, twangy vocal delivery lies on top of the blazing wall of noise produced by his virtuosic guitar playing, and the equally legendary rhythm section, bassist Lou Barlow and drummer Patrick Murphy.
Iggy Pop (rock/proto-punk)
Iggy Pop is a living legend. He’s outlived many of his contemporaries while living and playing twice as hard. His repertoire includes several of the most acclaimed punk albums ever created,
as well as collaborative albums with the late, great David Bowie, like Lust for Life and The Idiot, which he famously described as a mix between Kraftwerk and James Brown. Now, almost fifty years after his beginning with the Psychedelic Stooges, his 2016 collaborative album with Josh Homme Post Pop Depression and his recent live performances show that he is still as artistic and invigorating as ever.
Check out the full Project Pabst 2017 lineup.