To say that Athens/South Carolina rapper Donny Knottsville (formerly of Classic City hip hop crews Deaf Judges and Mad Axes) is prolific is to understate his output over the past several months.
First, in October 2014, he hit us with Brainiac Frankenstein, a solid selection of DIY-backpacker jammers that featured Athens musicians like Sienna Chandler and Knottsville's former partner in crime Louie Larceny. In March, he dropped Red Dirt White Light, a sneering, low-end heavy follow-up.
Nearly lost in the shuffle was Hoof Beats, a February mixtape that featured Knottsville rapping over a backdrop consisting entirely of samples taken from the songs of the great Bay Area avant-rock group Deerhoof.
The band recently took to Twitter to congratulate Knottsville on a job well done:
Since the release of last year's Sunswimmer (Flagpole review), Athens rockers New Madrid have pounded the pavement with a seemingly nonstop slew of tour dates. Now, the group is offering up documentation of their time on the road in the form of a Record Store Day exclusive release.
HBO's noirish crime drama "True Detective" returns this June for a second season starring Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch, and the Internet is very excited about it.
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Nuci's Space has begun construction on the St. Mary's steeple, a project Flagpole reported on last November, and which was partially funded via an IndieGoGo campaign. As you might expect, media attention has once again been focused on the structure, which famously marks the site of R.E.M.'s first-ever public performance in April 1980.
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AthFest has announced a few more outdoor performers for this year's festival, which takes place June 26–28.
While Slingshot was raging here in town (see our photos and a review), Flagpole correspondents were also up in Knoxville, TN for this year's Big Ears Festival. Check out a bunch of photos from the fest below:
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