• Q&A With Neal Casal of Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Playing Georgia Theatre Thursday


    Photo Credit: Matthew Mendenhall

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    You're apt to be familiar with at least one project Neal Casal has been involved with over the past decade or so. At the moment, he’s taken up lead guitar duties for the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, who play the Georgia Theatre Thursday, Oct. 23Flagpole caught up with Casal to discuss what it’s like to be asked to play in high-profile bands and the similarities of working in different media.


  • Flagpole Premieres: Hand Sand Hands, 'Pores' Video

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    We've been fans of local experimental rhythmsmith Jonathan Miller and his Hand Sand Hands project since Miller emigrated from the Twin Cities to Athens in 2012. Attendees at this summer's Flagpole Athens Music Awards got a taste of HSH's upcoming album, Good Luck With That, which now has a release date: Nov. 11, when you can grab the album on cassette via Arrowhawk and digitally via Autumn + Colour.

    The album—there's the cover art above—features contributions from bassist Taylor Chmura and drummer Chase Merritt (both of Little Gold), who lend the music a live, full-band feel, though it loses none of HSH's sample-based strangeness.

    Below, check out a video for "Pores," the record's strong lead single, filmed by the increasingly in-demand Dominar, LTD.


  • Video: In the Studio with Versatyle tha Wildchyld


    Overshadowed by the South’s rap capital, roughly 60 miles east of Atlanta, the artists of the Athens hip hop scene often struggle to let their voices be heard. For many, it’s a daily battle of lyric and beat. Quite often, local hip hop takes a backseat to the mainstream artists who stroll through town, leaving each Athens rapper grabbing for scraps, trying to find their musical seat.

    For act one of a three-part series showcasing local artist Anthony Little, aka Versatyle tha Wildchyld, Flagpole dropped by the home studio of Athens sound engineer and music producer Joel Hatstat, as the two joined forces to create some new tracks. Versatyle sheds light on the origin of his song “Grinding and Shining,” as well as his newest single, “When I Write.”

    More work than play when recording, Little says, “When I’m in the studio—that’s my money.”

    Watch the clip below:


  • Watch a New Video from Honeychild


    Photo Credit: Nathan Baerreis

    Honeychild is gearing up to release Surrender, the pop follow-up to the tropical American Beach (Flagpole review). An Indiegogo campaign has been in the works for a while, and though the group has thus far raised less than half of the desired $8,000, there's still another week-plus for folks to donate.

    And the band is making it easy to do so: At Honeychild's show Saturday, Oct. 18 atHendershot's—where they'll play the new record in its entirety—frontlady SJ Ursrey tellsFlagpole she will have a laptop set up where folks can pre-order the album through the Indiegogo page.

    Below, watch the recently released, Shannon Moncrief-directed video for "Make Out," a tune from Surrender


  • Oct. 24 Martina McBride Show Postponed

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    This just in from the good folks at the Classic Center:

    The Martina McBride performance originally scheduled for Friday, October 24, 2014 has been postponed and been rescheduled for Saturday, January 17, 2015. The Classic Center, on behalf of the concert promoter and Martina McBride’s management team, sincerely thank you for your understanding in this matter. The performance will go on fully as planned on the new date and all tickets already purchased will be fully honored and valid at that time. Existing ticket holders who have conflicts with the new performance date should contact the Box Office during normal operating hours by Nov. 7 for resolution. Remaining available tickets for the concert will continue to be on-sale for the January performance.


  • Flagpole Premieres: Musickland, a Documentary About Rocker-Turned-Farmer Adam Musick


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    Last February, we hipped you to an in-progress documentary called Musickland, centered on rocker-turned-hog-farmer Adam Musick, the former frontman of Athens rock band Southern Bitch. Now, Flagpole is thrilled to premiere the finished project, courtesy of student filmmakers Cameron Bargerstock and Jacob Rosdail. 

    The 34-minute film is an incisive portrait of a very particular internal battle. It captures Adam Musick and his wife and former bandmate Wendy as they live, work and contemplate the series of events that led them from the 40 Watt stage to a farm in rural Virginia. It also documents Adam's slow but steady—and still ongoing—return to music.

    Stream Musickland below:


  • Photo Gallery: tUnE-yArDs at Georgia Theatre

    Bay Area experimental pop outfit tUnE-yArDs played the Georgia Theatre Wednesday night with opener James Tillman. Below, check out photos from the show:

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  • UPDATE: The Bworst UGA Football Tribute Songs of 2014 So Far

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    We're almost a month and a half into the Georgia football season, and for fans, there's plenty of reason to be optimistic. Despite a crushing week-two loss to South Carolina, the Dawgs are in the driver's seat in the SEC East; CMR and company might very well find themselves back in the Georgia Dome come December.

    There's perhaps no UGA football tradition more indelible than the ill-considered and/or blatantly cash-grabby fan-made fight song, and so, nearing the season's midpoint, we thought it would be a good time to round up the best and worst—and bworst—tribute jams of the year so far.


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