After a decade, the beloved local pop group disbands.
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Photo Credit: Jodi Murphy
I could go on bitching about the persistent rain at the Shaky Knees Music Festival this weekend, but that would be wrong. The downpour saved me from getting atrocious tan lines, it prevented me from even bothering to wear makeup and it kept the crowd much less sweaty than the average cluster of bodies on a Georgian Cinco de Mayo. Left and right, people were joyously gliding through the mud, splashing in the brackish puddles and drinking from open cups with no interest in what the rain did to their alcohol.
Photo Credit: Jodi Murphy
Before I stepped into the mud among several thousand committed fans, I was a little disappointed that the inaugural Shaky Knees festival was being so torrentially rained on. Driving into Atlanta was, of course, especially hellish in the slosh of stop-and-go traffic. Wearing my most substantial rain gear and excited for a weekend of shows by some of my favorite artists, I was determined not to be a poor sport. That seemed the general sentiment of the crowd members, who were playfully skating through the thick mud and doing rain dances.
Welcome to PoleCast, a series of audio interviews with local artists.
In this episode of PoleCast, Steven Trimmer (Glasscrafts, Grass Giraffes) discusses his impulse to create art of all kinds, as well as the discipline these expressions require.
All anyone seems to remember about Deer Tick’s performance at Georgia Theatre last year is that they were fed free BBQ and chocolate chip cookies. People still dreamily reminisce about women clad in silver mini-dresses handing them free Coors Light. Needless to say, the bar was set high for the band’s return to Athens during last weekend’s Twilight Americana Music Festival.
After a final handful of shows, local pop heroes Modern Skirts will hang it up—for good, they say. Flagpole chatted with the band's guitarist and pianist JoJo Glidewell about what he'll take away from the band's 10-year run.
Flagpole: What’s first on the agenda now that you're done with Modern Skirts?
JoJo Glidewell: I’ve been working with of Montreal for about a year now… I’m guitar tech-ing, and then they dress me up, and I’ve been playing with them a little bit recently. So it’s this like kind of getting to do everything sort of job and they’re great to tour with, and I’ve been enjoying that a lot. Also, I’m in a cowboy choir that just started this week.
FP: Do you feel free from the responsibility of Modern Skirts?
In anticipation of his band's headlining appearance at the Songs for Kids benefit at the 40 Watt this Friday, Reptar's touring guitarist Jace Bartet rehashed the goriest moment in his musical career, which happened last summer on the AthFest main stage (and is visually depicted above):