Today, Pitchfork premiered the first single from New Madrid's upcoming Normaltown Records debut, which is called Sunswimmer and is out Feb. 25, 2014. The writer of the blurb, UGA grad Ian Cohen—P4K's designated "Athens guy"—also couldn't resist throwing an R.E.M. mention in there, which, yeah. (In case you're wondering, New Madrid sounds abso-fucking-lutely nothing like R.E.M.)
Stream "Manners" after the jump.
Shapeshifting psych-noise outfit Future Ape Tapes—a duo comprised of local dudes Donald Whitehead and Tom Visions (formerly Tom Television)—has just released a new album, Lives, which you can stream or download for a name-your-price fee over on Bandcamp. That's the splendiferous cover art above.
Watch the video for "Bodily" after the jump.
The Parade of Lights took over downtown Athens last night with its motley selection of wacky floats, excited children and semi-sober revelers. The best float? Why, as always, of course, it was the Flagpole/AthFest/40 Watt Club vessel, which this year featured a very special musical guest: the one and only Cracker.
After the jump, watch the band play "Low."
Nashville-based garage-rock group Those Darlins play Green Room tonight, Thursday, Nov. 5 with Music Band and Monsoon. Tickets are $10 at the door, but we've got a pair to give away. To win, comment after the jump with why YOU deserve to go for free. We'll choose the best answer at 4:30 p.m.
The Hangout Music Fest, a three-day festival that takes place each year in Gulf Shores, AL—so you can get your beach-bum on and see a bunch of bands—will happen May 16–18, 2014.
The lineup has yet to be announced, but last year's bill was pretty star-studded: Stevie Wonder, Kings of Leon, Tom Petty, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Grizzly Bear, The Shins and a host of others performed.
Because it's 2013, and #everything must have a #socialmedia component, festival reps are currently #traveling city to city as part of what's being called the #FindItKeepIt scavenger hunt.
#Tickets for the #2014 happening will be hidden around #Athens on #Wednesday, Dec. 4. To win, you've gotta follow the #Fest on Instagram, where it will post #clues as to the #tickets' location.
The new record from local Southern rock kings Drive-By Truckers, which was formerly scheduled for a February release, will now come out Mar. 4, 2014 via ATO. The thing has a name, too—English Oceans—and some pretty damn fantastic cover art, which you can see above.
The band will make its first semiannual hometown stand of 2014 in February, when it will perform three consecutive nights at the 40 Watt Club. A full U.S. tour will follow; dates will be announced next month.
From the press release:
In typical DBT fashion the songs depict an array of characters. “Pauline Hawkins,” is based on a new novel by Willy Vlautin. DBT’s ever-keen political edge can be seen in two songs on the record. Cooley’s “Made Up English Oceans” and Hood’s “The Part of Him.” “It’s about political assholery -- there’s someone new playing that role every few months,” says Hood. “Grand Canyon,” the final song on the album, is an emotionally overwhelming tribute to Craig Lieske, a longtime member of DBT’s touring family. Lieske died suddenly in January and the album is dedicated to him.
Check the album tracklist after the jump.
Locally bred singer-songwriter Madeline Adams has been camped out in Atlanta for a bit now, so it's unsurprising that the first bit of recorded material we've heard from her in months features contributions from three members of an ATL outfit, avant-pop group Wowser Bowser.
"Parents Houses," a reflective, holiday-themed song, is lusher and sleeker than Madeline's past work, though the singer remains the focal point; with its faded drum programming and icy synths, it's a lovely, grayscaled tune.
Listen after the jump.
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