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After initially teasing a February release, Athens/Atlanta power-pop crew The Shut-Ups are finally officially dropping their anticipated comeback record, Just Another Generation, this Friday. The album's first single, "Don't Get Me Started," is already available to stream on the group's Bandcamp page, and today we're excited to premiere a video for its earworm of a follow-up, "We're Gonna Waste Your Time."
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As previously announced, Athens-based garage-rock duo Eureka California will release its fourth full-length, Roadrunners, May 4 via local label HHBTM. Previously, the group shared the record's punchy first single, "Threads," plus the more leisurely "Mexican Coke." Now, we're pleased to premiere the invigorating "Over It," which you can stream below.
In our recent Calendar Pick for Maine musician Jeff Beam's Flicker show—happening tonight, Monday, Apr. 2—we made mention of opening act Ear Ear, "a one-time 'concept band' that is shrouded in mystery but reportedly contains some of the [Elephant 6] collective’s heavy hitters."
After putting in work for nearly a decade with Athens rockers Modern Skirts, Phillip Brantley debuted his new trio, Palace Doctor, with last year's Mangled LP. In contrast to the Skirts' sunny indie-pop, Palace Doctor—consisting of Brantley on guitar and vocals, plus Nick Robbins (Velveteen Pink) on bass and Jeremy Wheatley (Crooked Fingers) on drums—deals in a moody, muted brand of rock that incorporates strains of grunge, doo-wop and Americana.
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The sixth annual Athens Hip Hop Awards took place last night, with this year's event placing a special emphasis on activism. Local performers, politicians and community organizers gathered for a full evening of music and much more, in an effort to celebrate local hip hop and the community that supports it.
Read more about the awards here. Below, check out this year's winners:
Athens troubadour Cortez Garza releases his latest full-length, The Low Vibe, tomorrow. Flagpole's Gordon Lamb calls the album, tracked with Matt Tamisin at Japanski Studio, a "tight collection of a mere eight songs [that] is refreshing in both its brevity and strength of composition."
Athens musician Bryan J. Howard is known for fronting The HEAP, the local indie-soul group that recently released its second full-length, Overdue, as well as his work with alt-rock mainstay Cracker. Howard also moonlights as a voiceover artist, contributing to "a variety of projects, from video-game characters to audiobook narration," according to his website.
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Just as Athens' event calendar revs up to full speed this time of year, local bands seem to drop new music left and right at the first signs of springtime. To wit, here are three recent tunes from across the stylistic spectrum, each of which is worthy of your attention.
'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.)
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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."
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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.
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