In a surprise announcement this morning, the Georgia Theatre revealed that country superstar Kenny Chesney—he of "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy" renown—will perform a show at the downtown venue Friday at 8 p.m. Posters for the appearance include a logo that reads "CMT Instant Jam," leading to speculation that the concert will be taped for an upcoming television show.
Avant-folk group Old Smokey released a stunning sleeper of a record, Wester Easter, in April via Cloud. (Read our feature on the band here.) Now, we're happy to premiere the music video for "Vacant Lot," a taut and textural tune from the album.
Says frontman Jim Willingham of the clip, directed by former Flagpole scribe John Britt:
We shot it up in a quarry somewhere between Carlton and Elberton about 45 minutes north of Athens. We also used a location of an amazing vintage/antique/junk market run by our friend in Carlton. Most of the latter half of the video takes place in the owner Jimmy's fantastical sculpture garden.
Local band Juna will release a new album, the follow-up to last year'sHeteroglossia (Flagpole review), on Sept. 27 via Cohosh Records. Titled On Courage, the new album contains six tracks of sprawling, churning gloom-rock.
Drummer Sasha Schilbrack-Cole tells Flagpole the new record was recorded by engineer Ben Wills (Family and Friends, Of the Vine) and mastered by Joel Hatstat. That's the cover art above.
In addition to the band's established influences, the album introduces some exciting new flavors to its already complex post-rock mix. Shades of Laughing Stock-era Talk Talk, for instance, show up in the album's contemplative opener, "On Patience."
Below, watch the video for "On Patience":
Over in Atlanta, the one-day music festival PARKLIFE takes over Atlantic Station's Central Park on Sunday, Sept. 7, featuring performances by popular British singer-songwriter Jake Bugg, Brooklyn-based folk-country outfit The Lone Bellow, classic rockers The Wild Feathers, California pop singer LP, indie rockers The Weeks and Atlanta group The Shadowboxers.
If there's a general trend to speak of happening now in Athens music, it's a move towards the raucous, propulsive, atonal guitar music of mid-'90s Dischord, Touch and Go and their ilk. Bands like Pinecones and The Powder Room have done their part to remind us that rock's not dead, man, and now comes yet another no-nonsense local group eager to get your lazy ass back in the pit.
Nashville/West Virginia folk-rock outfit Coyotes in Boxes celebrate the release of their YOWLER EP with a free show Friday at The World Famous, where attendees will also receive a free download of the new release. We asked the band to explain the inspiration behind each song on the EP. Plus, check out an exclusive stream of "Astrid," the record's second track.
We’re proud of the work on our first album, and Curtis and Fox, but for our new, six-song EP, we wanted to capture a more eccentric side of the band. YOWLER represents our move to East Nashville from Huntington, WV nicely—the production is slicker and weirder. The songs were inspired as much by cultural archetypes and our own invented mythology than any particular artists that we’ve been listening to lately. Here’s our track-by-track run down on what gave life to YOWLER.
This weekend, the Dog Daze Festival returns for a fourth year to the 40 Watt Club. On Friday and Saturday, you can catch a frighteningly good selection of local bands and a couple regional hotshots—as well as a psychedelic light show Friday and DJs both nights—for a mere $5 each evening. (Read our preview here.)
Today, we're pleased to premiere the 2014 Dog Daze Festival Compilation, a free-to-download collection of songs from many of the groups performing at this year's DDF, including Faux Ferocious, Monsoon, DIP, Wild of Night, Timmy and the Tumblers and many others.
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