• Tonight in Athens: The Mattson 2

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    Slimmish pickings for live entertainment tonight, but if you're out and about, consider popping into Green Room, where The Mattson 2 will perform. The California-based group, composed of twin brothers Jonathan and Jared Mattson, takes cues from jazz, surf, drone and new wave; all together, it's a chilled-out, West Coast take on the hyper-extended electro-jazz of Tortoise and their ilk.

    Local experimental favorite Hand Sand Hands and a stripped-down duo version of jazz mainstay Kenosha Kid will also perform. 

    Stream the Mattson 2's new album, Agar, which is out today on Um Yeah Arts, below:


  • Watch Members of Sad Dads Try To Eat 13 Raw Onions

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    Last month, we brought you news of a Kickstarter campaign from local band Sad Dads, which offered a slew of unorthodox rewards to those who donated, including, at the $25 level, the ability to force bassist Michael Jefts to eat an entire raw onion. 

    Not only did the band meet its $500 goal, it exceeded it by $100—and the final onion tally sat at 13.


  • Athens Intensified in Photos

    Athens Intensified kicked off last Thursday with three nights of music at a handful of downtown venues. Below, check out Flagpole intern Randy Schafer's photos from AI's first weekend.

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  • Q&A With Caleb Caudle, Playing Georgia Theatre Monday

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    North Carolina native Caleb Caudle is no stranger to Athens, having made several stops in town during long tours across the country. This time around, he plays the Georgia Theatre rooftop’s Americana Monday series in support of his new record, Paint Another Layer On My Heart, which includes contributions from Americana sweetheart Lydia Loveless and members of American Aquarium. 


  • Live Review/Photos: Ty Segall at Georgia Theatre, Saturday, Sept. 13


    Photos by Jason Thrasher

    I first stumbled onto Ty Segall in 2010 via two tracks from Melted on the Mondo Boysmixtapes put out by Athens alum and Aquarium Drunkard helmster Justin Gage. Since then, keeping up with Segall and friends’ (Mikal Cronin, Fuzz, Thee Oh Sees, Sic Alps) nonstop output of Northern California garage-punk-psych-metal has been like watching rabbits multiply, tricky to quantify and difficult to describe.


  • Michael Stipe: 9/11 'Changed My Notion of Home and Safety Forever'


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    Today is the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C. To commemorate the day, The Guardian has published an excerpt fromEverywhere is Anywhere is Anything is Everything, a new book featuring artwork depicting "the 21st Century condition" by Canadian author and artist Douglas Coupland.

    The excerpt, written by R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe, a NYC resident, features Stipe's assessment of Coupland's 9/11-inspired black-and-white graphic art, as well as his thoughts about that fateful morning itself and its political and cultural aftermath.

    It's all pretty unwieldy, as Stipe's writing tends to be, but it's also thoughtful and engrossing. A few choice cuts:


  • Drive-By Truckers Release Trailer for New Live Film


    Photo Credit: David McClister

    In February, the Drive-By Truckers kicked off their annual series of "homecoming" shows at the 40 Watt Club with a special, invitation-only concert where they performed their then-new recordEnglish Oceans, in its entirety.

    The show happened to coincide with the worst winter weather Georgia had seen in years. But that didn't stop the band from taking the stage, nor did it dissuade fans from coming out. An upcoming concert film, titled Black Ice Vérité, documents the English Oceansperformance, as well as the Icepocalypse that swirled just outside. 

    In addition to the film, the band announced it is re-releasing English Oceans as a "deluxe edition" with an additional disc of eight live songs. The whole package is out Nov. 18 viaATO.

    Watch the film's trailer below:


  • On the Rise: Watch a New Oak House Video

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    Photo Credit: Elliot Fuerniss

    Songwriter Gresham Cash cycled through a couple other names for his new alt-rock project—Sehrmann, Cedar Waxwing—before settling on the pleasant, placid Oak House. The band, composed of Cash as well as members Slade Adams, Wes Gregory and Wes Kent, is set to release its debut album, Plastique Cash, next Tuesday, Sept 16.

    In advance of the record's release, the group has posted a fancy-looking music video for one of the record's tracks, the reverb-laden, Jeff Buckley-esque "Little Queen."


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