Photo Credit: Anna Webber
Athens music fixture and Dead Confederate leader T. Hardy Morris is gearing up to releaseDrownin On a Mountaintop, the full-length follow-up to our favorite record of 2013, Audition Tapes (Flagpole review).
Thus far, the label has made two songs from Drownin available to stream: Last October, we first heard the country-punk single "Painted On Attitude," and this week, Noisey premiered another new tune, the twangy grinder "My Me."
For the last decade, Dweezil Zappa has toured with his Zappa Plays Zappa project, which celebrates the music of his late father Frank. The group hits Athens this Wednesday, May 6, for a show at the Georgia Theatre. Flagpole caught up with Dweezil for a phone chat.
Photo Credit: Randy Schafer
This week's cover story focuses on Athens rapper and community activist Ishmael Cuthbertson, who performed and recorded under the moniker Ishues in the mid-2000s before leaving the music industry to focus on faith and family.
In preparation for the article, Flagpole writer and photographer Randy Schafer spent time with Cuthbertson and his family over the course of several weeks this spring. To supplement his words and photos, Schafer also put together a 12-minute video documentary, which you can watch below:
Photo Credit: Jason Thrasher
Vibrant and volatile Athens-based psych-rock supergroup Dark Meat burned brightly and toured hard for several years in the late aughts before its players scattered and the band called it quits. But recently, a majority of members found themselves back in Athens for the wedding of two of their own, and decided to lay down one last jam.
Photo Credit: Anne Yarbrough
This Is the Life, the debut album by local psych-pop outfit Blue Blood, has been a long time in the making. After several delays, the record is finally set to hit stores tomorrow, Tuesday, Apr. 28 via Atlanta label This Is American Music.
For a taste of what to expect from This Is the Life, check out an exclusive stream of one of the album's standout tracks, the airy, anthemic "Money to Lose":
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:
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