Check It!: Week of May 13-19

A weekly round-up of all things music in downtown Atlanta.

Note: Check It! will be a weekly update of all things music pertaining to downtown Atlanta.

The Constellations Set Album Release Date

Atlanta soul-rock group The Constellations has announced its new album “Do It For Free” will drop June 12 on 429 Records. The band gained buzz over the last few years after playtime on 99X and then being signed to Virgin. Debut album “Southern Gothic,” was released in 2010, playing as a sort of ode-to-Atlanta, referencing downtown’s landmarks and vibrant nightlife. Since then, the group’s been touring extensively across the country. Their next big Atlanta show will be at Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood on July 26. But for now, download an mp3 of “Right Where I Belong” off the new album here.

Party in the Park Announced

Centennial Olympic Park is getting in on the music festival action this year with their one-day concert called Party in the Park. The Flaming Lips, Young the Giant, AWOLNATION, Dawes, and Ponderosa will all play Saturday, May 19 in the park for only $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Gates are open at 3 p.m. and the music goes all the way until 11 (just like Spinal Tap). Get your tickets here.

CounterPoint Line-Up Out

CounterPoint Music Festival is set to debut September 27-29 at the old Echo Project site—8,000 acres along 12 miles of the Chattahoochee River south of Atlanta. Multiple stages will showcase some of the most popular acts in electronic music today, including Bassnectar, Skrillex, Pretty Lights, Avicii, Steve Angelo, M83, Crystal Castles, Zeds Dead, Big Gigantic, and yes, even Big Boi. The outdoor camping-optional festival will also include art, food and drinks from local sources. Tickets are on sale now. Check out the rest of the lineup and more info here.

Local Notes’ Pick of the Week

Singer-songwriter M. Ward, known for his membership in both She & Him and Monsters of Folk and his work with artists ranging from Jenny Lewis to My Morning Jacket, will make a stop in Atlanta this Thursday, touring on his seventh album “A Wasteland Companion.” Also playing is the Lee Ranaldo Band. You may recognize Ranaldo from a little band known as Sonic Youth.  They’ll be at the Buckhead Theatre, May 17 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $21 in advance and can be purchased here.

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