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Marshmallow Coast, Golden Eels, Old Smokey

Catch a few of Athens’ most quietly essential current bands at the 40 Watt on Saturday. First up on the bill is Old Smokey, the beguiling, Jim Willingham-fronted back-porch folk group with a penchant for eccentric instrumentation and playful yet profound songcraft. Next in line is Marshmallow Coast, singer-songwriter Andy Gonzales’ long-running psych-pop project, playing in rare full-band form in support of May’s starry, subdued HHBTM Records effort, Vangelis Rides Again. Please make a point to see Golden Eels, the newest vehicle for talented townie Neil Golden’s mega-catchy oddball pop jams. At five bucks for all three, it’s the week’s live-music bargain.

9 p.m. $5.


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