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  • On the Rise: Watch a New Video from Mothers

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    Over the past several months, singer-songwriter Kristine Leschper—a.k.a. Mothers—has firmly established herself as one of Athens music's most essential new acts. Armed with only her formidable voice and one stringed instrument or another, Leschper crafts spare, striking folk tunes that often call to mind Angel Olsen at her most quietly devastating. 

    After the jump, check out a video of Leschper performing a new tune, "Get Around." The mandolin-powered song, like most of Mothers' output, bobs and weaves before ultimately landing with a crushing emotional left hook. "Tell me when you've had enough," she sings, more dare than reassurance.

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  • What's Ahead for Behind the Scene?

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    Cartter Fontaine films luthier Scott Baxendale at work for an episode of Behind the Scene.

    When Cartter Fontaine from Dirtty Toe Productions and I set out to conduct the first few interviews for our aptly-titled blog series, Behind the Scene, we weren’t sure how they would turn out. We’re used to covering musicians here at Flagpole, but when our editor gave us the go-ahead to pull back the curtain, we were grateful for the opportunity if unsure how to approach it exactly.

    We love writing about bands, but there’s another story to be told about our town’s scene, and we hope our series contributes meaningfully to this telling. At first, it was a work in progress; usually, we would show up to speak with one of our subjects and tell them that we were in the midst of an experiment to figure out how to best profile some of Athens music’s finest offstage supporters.

    More after the jump.

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  • Live Review: The Zombies at Georgia Theatre, Thursday, Apr. 17

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    Photo by Mike White

    I was a bit worried for the Georgia Theatre when I arrived to the venue Thursday night. It seemed unnaturally empty when I arrived at the beginning of Pat Sansone’s solo opening set. Although best known as the multi-instrumentalist of Wilco and for his "side project" with fellow Wilco-er John Stirratt, The Autumn Defense, Sansone’s resume is extensive. (I once met Sansone at the Hideout in Chicago and we chatted about his work on Ryan Adams’ Heartbreaker before I bought him a beer and left to tell my friends that I just nerded out with a member of Wilco.) In other words, the dude’s got cred, and it’s no surprise that The Zombies picked him to open their current tour. Sansone made his gratitude very vocal, taking some of his time to thank The Zombies on a few occasions.

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  • Win Tickets/CD: The Whigs Play the 40 Watt Saturday

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    The members of The Whigs don't reside in Athens any longer, but that doesn't stop them from considering our town home at heart. Saturday, the band returns for a sure-to-be raucous show at the 40 Watt Club, and we've got a pair of tickets and a copy of the group's new album, Modern Creation, on CD to give away courtesy of New West Records.

    To win both of these prizes, comment after the jump with why YOU deserve the tix and tunes. We'll choose a winner Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

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  • Photo Gallery: The Zombies at Georgia Theatre

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    The Zombies played the Georgia Theatre Thursday, delivering a career-spanning set of psych-pop hits. After the jump, check out a selection of photos and videos from the show.

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  • Flagpole Heads to Moogfest Apr. 23–27

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    Kraftwerk

    From April 23–27, the latest installment of Moogfest will take place in Asheville, NC. Excitement has swirled for months over the fact that the legendary Kraftwerk will perform three separate instances of their "3D" show, Nile Rogers will perform with Chic, the Pet Shop Boys will appear and mega-producer and dance music pioneer Giorgio Moroder will play.

    And indeed, those are four of the major reasons I want to be there. But through a deeper reading of the festival's schedule I've found multiple things to get psyched about, including Sasha, Flying Lotus, Egyptian Lover, Mix Master Mike and more.

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  • Brian Crane Memorial Scheduled for Apr. 27

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    Crane (driving), with The Sugardaddies

    Last Friday, we reported that longtime local musician and scene fixture Brian Crane had died. Now, Crane's brother Bill, a Georgia-based political strategist, WSB radio broadcaster and syndicated columnist, writes with the news that the family has arranged an Irish wake-style memorial, per Brian's wishes, to be held at East/West Bistro on Sunday, Apr. 27 from 4–7 p.m.

    Bill Crane also pays tribute to his brother in his column this week. After the jump, read Brian Crane's official obituary.

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