Songwriter Vic Varney is known to Athenians for his work with post-wave punks The Method Actors. Since his time in Athens, he has focused on a solo songwriting career. The New York City resident plays Athens for the first time in over a decade on Saturday, Jan. 31, when he takes the stage at Hendershot's.
Flagpole caught up with Varney for a chat.
Photo Credit: Jess Williams
Chief Scout, Heyrocco and Concord America are reporting for Flagpole from the road.
Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Dale Weiners, a man who has worn many hats, and also shoes, in his life. I just graduated from the Tijuana Online School of Journalism and Children’s Dentistry, where I got my associates degree in music reviewism and I attempted a minor in fixing children’s toothbrushes.
The organizers of Slingshot, the self-billed "international festival of music, electronic art and tech," have announced the initial lineup for 2015's edition, which takes place in Athens Mar. 26–28.
World-renowned, Athens-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Kishi Bashi is currently on a tour that spans the majority of the continental U.S. Sadly, there's no local date yet announced, but we can hope? Or, we could just cry.
To give us some solace in our time of sadness, Kishi Bashi has debuted a music video for "In Fantasia," the striking, seven-minute closer to last year's Lighght.
Photo Credit: via Facebook
After suffering the major indignity of having a van full of gear stolen on the mean streets of Chicago last year, Athens rockers The Powder Room rallied strongly. Most recently, theyreleased their debut album, Curtains, had it pressed to vinyl, enlisted longtime Athens drummer Patrick Ferguson and headed out of town a couple of weeks ago for a short tour.
An excellent if unholy triumvirate of local and regional rock and rollers—Chief Scout, Heyroccoand Concord America—hit the asphalt last Friday for a two-week tour up and down the Eastern seaboard, and the bands will be filing periodic updates with Flagpole from the road.
Photo Credit: Photo courtesy of AthFest
AthFest Educates has formally opened the submission period for bands interested in performing on one of the outdoor stages at this year's AthFest, which takes place June 26–28.
Photo Credit: Photo via Facebook
Big news today from the Reptar camp: The local electro-pop group announced it has signed with Joyful Noise Recordings—the label has also been home to fellow Athens acts of Montreal and Kishi Bashi—and that its long-awaited full-length follow-up to 2012's Body Faucet is on the way, with details to be revealed soon.
In the meantime, the band is offering up a limited-edition 7-inch release featuring two songs not on the upcoming LP: "In Through the Eyelids" and "Delusional."
Buy the EP here. Watch a video celebrating the signing announcement below:
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