'Tis the season—for Slackpole! But before we let readers take over the joint and head out for our annual holiday break, here's a selection of two local videos and a brand-new song guaranteed to put you in the Christmas spirit.
This week, we published a list of our 17 favorite local albums of 2017, which you should make a point to dig into while knocking back a few 'nogs over the holiday break.
For the fun of it—and because lists!—here are my top 10 non-local records of the year, with accompanying audio. You can also check out this Spotify playlist that includes a bunch of my favorite songs of the year.
Punk provocateurs Kwazymoto released Limerence Land, one of our favorite local albums of the year, back in October. Now, not two months later, the group is back with yet another collection of new material: the three-song concept EP The Death of Darby Crash. (Check out the album art above.)
Photo Credit: Craig O'Neal
If you missed out on tickets to this year's installment of Widespread Panic's massively popular three-night New Year's Eve stand at Atlanta's Fox Theatre, two tickets for the Dec. 31 show are currently being auctioned on eBay, thanks to a donation from Panic bassist Dave Schools.
When he's not charting cosmic sonic territory with Future Ape Tapes, Athens musician Donald Whitehead is laying down loose, lucid psych-rap grooves as Space Brother, which Flagpole's Gordon Lamb called "a nice counterpoint to the not entirely post-hip-hop, but definitely wide-open experimentalism of the Apes."
Photo Credit: Andrew D. Hurley/Wikimedia Commons
Photo Credit: Philip Williams / UGA Athletics
Of all the bright spots on this year's 7-0 Georgia Bulldogs football team, none has been more meme-worthy than Rodrigo "Godrigo" Blankenship, the bespectacled redshirt sophomore kicker from Marietta whose unkempt-Clark-Kent appearance and swaggy demeanor have made him a fast fan favorite.
If you have a second, Athens musician Jace Bartet would like to speak with you about the life-altering power of the electric guitar.
In honor of the 25th-anniversary reissue of R.E.M.'s landmark album Automatic for the People, the 40 Watt Club will host #Automatic25, a listening and viewing party, this Saturday. We caught up with Jeff Montgomery, the proprietor of local-music respository Athensmusic.net and an organizer of Saturday's event who has helped throw a number of R.E.M. listening parties over the years.
If there were an award for hardest-working rock band in Athens, it'd surely go to Deep State. The pop-punk four-piece has seemingly remained on the road since releasing the excellent Thought Garden in April, and it's somehow found time to begin prepping another new LP, reportedly titled The Path to Fast Oblivion.
Photo Credit: Sandra Rek
Local indie-rock stalwarts Elf Power are riding high after releasing Twitching in Time, a career highlight, back in May. Following a summer tour with Tobin Sprout, the band is settling back in to Athens life and ushering in autumn with an animated collage video for Twitching in Time gem "Cycling Aimlessly," which we're pleased to premiere today.
Photo Credit: Alex Slater
Athens psych-rock crew Dream Culture is putting the finishing touches on its long-awaited debut LP, Heat Rises, which frontman Evan Leima recorded over the course of three years at makeshift studios set up inside six different houses.
Photo Credit: Imagine Music Festival
Later this month—Sept. 22–24, to be exact—the Imagine Music Festival takes over Atlanta Motor Speedway. Featuring heavy hitters like Deadmau5, Tiesto, Big Gigantic, STS9, Datsik and others, the fest will feature a full weekend of EDM, funk, hip hop and more.
Athens rapper Malcolm Walters, aka Donny Knottsville, maintains a prolific recording schedule, having released a string of solid mixtapes over the past few years, and in July he dropped his most complex and cohesive album yet, Celestial Seasons, which you can download for free on Bandcamp.
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