Doug DeLoach: Looking back on the most memorable musical events of 2013

A month-by-month recap of another year gone by.


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  • Metropolis (1927) with live score by Martin Matalon played by Sonic Generator at Woodruff Arts Center.

January: Sarah Jarosz Trio at Eddie’s Attic ... “Culture Shock” at the High Museum featuring Lonnie Holley and Cole Alexander, Faye Webster, Rex Hussmann, and Cicada Rhythm, among others ... Rain Parade with Tim Lee 3 at the Earl ... Elizabeth LaPrelle and Anna Roberts-Gevalt with Phillip Roebuck at Grocery on Home.

February: Dennis Palmer, RIP (Feb. 15)

March: McIntosh County Shouters at Kopleff Recital Hall (GSU) ... Bob Stagner, Roger Ruzow, Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel, the Edgewood Saxophone Quartet at First Existentialist Church ... Mercury Orkestar, 4th Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra, Yale Women’s Slavic Chorus at the Earl ... Michelle Malone Banned at Eddie’s Attic.

April: Joy Kills Sorrow, Daniel Hope and Friends (Schubert octet and Beethoven septet), David Grisman Folk-Jazz Trio, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra with Marcus Roberts Trio at Savannah Music Festival ... Kat Lea & the Volcanauts (aka Tongo Hiti) at Trader Vic’s.

May: Metropolis (1927) with live score by Martin Matalon played by Sonic Generator at Woodruff Arts Center ... Bubbapalooza (multiple artists) at Star Bar (in memory of Gregory Dean Smalley and Earl Maddox) ... Duet for Theremin & Lap Steel, Collaborations album release concert at 529.

June: Slim Chance and the Convicts, Caroline & the Ramblers at Tunes from the Tombs, Oakland Cemetery ... Swimming Pool Q’s, The A&M Years (1984-1986) album release concert at Smith’s Olde Bar.

July: The Bonaventure Quartet featuring Amy Lynn Pike, Lost and Found at the Clermont Lounge album release concert, Steve’s Live Music.

August: Daniel Bachman and Marshall Ruffin at Eddie’s Attic ... Andy Browne at Star Bar ... Klimchak Nostalgia for the Future album release concert at Balzer Theater (Herren’s).

September: Chris Scruggs and the Air Castle All-Stars at Kavarna ... Kevin Haller, RIP (Sep. 30)

October: Murder Lisa (Kat Lea, Nick Christian) band debut at Decatur Square.

November: Lonnie Holley and Marshall Ruffin at Grocery on Home ... Eugene Chadbourne and Tatsuya Nakatani at Eyedrum ... Creative Music in Hapeville featuring the Jake Legg Half-Quartet (Rob Rushin and Sean McNally), plus Roger Ruzow, Bob Stagner, Evan Lipson, and Thelonious Morganfeld.

December: Ria Riot at Variety Playhouse, a tribute to Ria Pell, featuring Kat Lea, Caroline and the Ramblers, Slim Chance & the Convicts, the Rent Boys, El Caminos, and others.

Top 10 albums of 2013
(in alphabetical order)

Cuneyt Sepetci & Orchestra Dolapdere, Bahriye Ciftetellisi (L. M. Dupli-Cation)

Dennis Johnson (composer), November (for solo piano) performed by R. Andrew Lee (Irritable Hedgehog/Penultimate Press)

Duet For Theremin and Lap Steel, Collaborations, (self-released)

Herbie Hancock, The Complete Columbia Album Collection: 1972-1988 (Legacy Recordings)

Leyla McCalla, Vari-Colored Songs (Dixie Frog)

Longing for the Past: The 78 rpm Era in Southeast Asia, Various Artists (Dust-to-Digital)

Daniel Bachman, Jesus I’m A Sinner (Thompkins Square)

Peter Rowan, The Old School (Compass)

Sam Amidon, Bright Sunny South (Nonesuch)

The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records (1917-1932), Various Artists (Revenant/Third Man)