Parallels, These United States


With Aurora, Magic Places

At 7 p.m. Thursday, May 17

No Control, 108 E. 40th St.

It's been a year, almost to the day, that Toronto's Parallels played an impressive synth-pop showcase at Hang Fire.

The band was the brainchild of Crystal Castles drummer Cameron Finlay, who intended it to be a side project until he fell in with the unforgettable Holly Dodson, whose pixie-ish vocals recall the young Madonna. Parallels then became a full-time synth-dance project, with an acclaimed album (Visionaries), successful American club tours, and a big flag in Now Magazine as Best Electronic Act of 2009.

As they wind their way back to Savannah, things have changed a bit: While doe-eyed Dodson is still the frontwoman and focal point, Nick Dodson (her brother) is playing drums now, with Artem Galperine handling the major keyboards and freaky stuff.

The second Parallels album, XII, comes out June 26.

(Trivia dept.: The Dodsons' father Rich was a founding member of the Stampeders, and he wrote their song "Sweet City Woman," which was a huge international hit in 1971. Ask your parents. Parallels albums are released on his record label.)


At 9 p.m. Saturday, May 19

Wormhole Bar, 2307 Bull St.

Next month, the hardworking psych pop/country folk band releases a self-titled album, its fifth full-length in five years. According to songwriter, bandleader and bizarre storyteller Jesse Elliott, These United States is "a concept album that acts as a panoramic snapshot of numerous American musical styles over the past century, but still looks forward to the weird new world at the completion of the Mayan calendar."

The new record features collaborations with John McCauley of Deer Tick, Michael Nau of Cotton Jones, Matthew Houck of Phosphorescent, Laura Burhenn of The Mynabirds, futuristic cellist Ben Sollee, David Moore of Langhorne Slim, Josh Read of Revival, and the entire Frontier Ruckus band.


Our friends at Savannah Stopover are officially sponsoring the kickoff party for SEAM (Savannah Emerging Artists Movement), May 18 at the Sparetime. Tickets are $7 for music by Triathlon, spins from DJ Frost, and general convivial charm. SEAM is an offshoot of Dollhouse Production, the new multi–purpose arts and fashion facility operated by Peter and Blake Mavrogeorgis, and this event was originaklly to include just art and fashion. Then it grew. And grew. Starts at 10 p.m. ... The last time the Nashville-based acoustic band Belfry Fellows played Randy Wood Guitars, it was actually called Rockin’ Acoustic Circus. The young hotshot pickers return May 18 ... C