Saturday, June 12, 2010

What t Do Tonight: Constellations

Posted By on Sat, Jun 12, 2010 at 8:00 AM

Having a ball
  • Having a ball

“Atlanta is strange,” says Constellations frontman Elijah Jones. “We’re all basically pushed together” — the hip-hop kids, the punks, the indie rockers. And naturally a hybrid emerges. The Constellations’ debut album, Southern Gothic, is stylistically inclusive but creatively focused. The sweetly melancholic “December” is baroque- and Bowie-tinged folk-rock; the strutting “We’re Here to Save the Day” sounds like a holy juncture of Sesame Street, Chic, and Goodie Mob (Cee-Lo guests on a song here). While many groups, regardless of genre, tend to know one trick, the Constellations come off like a joyous whorl of contemporary, Atlanta-centric diversity and organic, old-school funky vibes. The Constellations, with Eli “Paperboy” Reed & the True Loves play the Beachland Ballroom at 9 p.m. Tickets: $12. —Mark Keresman

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