Fri., Feb. 26 — Collective Efforts, Dillon, J-Live. Collective Efforts' Freezing World embodies a dark sound of the times drawn from the harsh social and economic realities of post-Bush America, but it's not a nose dive into political oblivion. Melancholy guides thick drums, samples and a lyrical flow that sidesteps petty complaints for a call to get back to the grind... Continue reading.$12-$15. 9 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522.
Fri., Feb. 26 — The Dynamites with Charles Walker Think they dont play old-school, horn-infused, sweat-soaked R&B like they used to? Think again as Walker fronts one of the tightest, most intense funk/soul outfits working today. And the retro-styled bands crisp originals are perfect vehicles for the singer to lay his gritty pipes over. $12. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. — Hal Horowitz