• Listen to The Dream Scene's Christmas II

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    Forget Black Messiah: Athens just got its own musical Christmas present in the form of a long-awaited surprise release from local avant-pop outfit The Dream Scene.

    If you're unfamiliar with Javier Morales' excellent 2009 collection of lovingly warped holiday tunes, go check it out. I'll wait.

    Good, you're back. Wasn't that awesome? What's that? You want more? Well, pilgrim, you're in luck: Yesterday, Morales unveiled a sequel to Christmas.


  • Swamp Photo Essay, Part One: Life On the Stage


    Performing music in front of a crowd of people provides its own challenges, routines and expectations—and its own rewards, far beyond the gratification of a good jam behind closed doors. At first, though, it can be daunting. 

    "I know both Owen [Hunt] and I used to be really, really shy about things," says Tommy Weigle, guitarist and vocalist for local indie rock three-piece Swamp. "So, playing live, a lot of the time, was… not necessarily like, 'Let's get this over with'… Sometimes it's nice to get out of a familiar environment and try something new—but sometimes it's terrifying." 

    In addition to conquering the live music beast, the members of Swamp have to manage school responsibilities, finances, maneuvering around each other's schedules and planning what gigs to play when and where.

    From Sep. 18–Nov. 6, Flagpole photo intern Randy Schafer shadowed the members of Swamp, to document what it's like to be in a band in Athens while simultaneously attending college at UGA.  


  • Nuçi's Space Extends Reconstruction of the Steeple Deadline

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    Photo Credit: Jason Thrasher

    Last month, Nuçi's Space launched the "Reconstruction of the Steeple" Indiegogo campaign to refurbish the St. Mary's steeple—the site of R.E.M.'s first gig—and to help fund the nonprofit resource center's programming for 2015. 

    As of today, the crowdfunding campaign has raised over $128,000—a whopping sum, but well shy of its $250,000 goal. Since it met the halfway mark, though, Indiegogo has agreed to extend the fundraising deadline past its initial Dec. 13 date to Jan. 2, says project manager Marc Tissenbaum.


  • Michael Stipe: R.E.M. Will 'Never, Ever' Reunite


    Former R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe—who, at age 54, is starting to bear a passing resemblance to John Malkovichgave an interview to "CBS This Morning" that aired Saturday in which he looked back on his 30-year career to promote REMTV, a DVD box set of the band's television appearances. Here are some of the highlights:


  • Hear a Song From of Montreal's Upcoming Album, Aureate Gloom

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    Photo Credit: Ben Rouse

    News came down yesterday that of Montreal, the long-running, shape-shifting Athens-based indie-pop project helmed by songwriter Kevin Barnes, will release a new full-length Mar. 3 via Polyvinyl.

    Aureate Gloom will feature the same core cast of musicians as last year's Lousy with Sylvianbriar— Clayton Rychlik, Bob Parins, Bennett Lewis and JoJo Glidewell—though if single "Bassem Sabry" is any indication, Barnes and company have ditched the garage-rock of that record in favor of a strange, stripped-down dirty-disco sound.

    Stream "Bassem Sabry" below:


  • Live Review: Centro-matic at Georgia Theatre

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    Photo Credit: Sean Dunn

    The sizeable crowd at the Georgia Theatre last Friday included more than a few highly regarded local musicians and music industry insiders, many of whom had been in the Classic City for decades. Both in quantity and quality, Centro-matic had a fine crowd for its final Athens show. 


  • Monsoon Plays Flagpole's Parade of Lights Float Thursday



    The annual Downtown Parade of Lights is tonight (Thursday, Dec. 4), and like always, you can count on the Athens Music Scene float—a co-production of Flagpole, the 40 Watt Club and AthFest—to bring the serious holiday jams. 

    This year, we've got local punks Monsoon set to kick 'em out from atop the moving stage, which rolls out at 7 p.m. from the corner of Dougherty and Pulaski streets and continues around the downtown loop. 


  • B-52s' Kate Pierson Announces Solo Album, Drops Video

    She may be a New York City gal these days, but Kate Pierson will always be known as an Athens music legend, having co-founded the B-52's in the Classic City way back in 1976.

    Aside from her work with the legendary new wave outfit, Pierson has stayed busy with a steady stream of collaborations over the years. And yesterday, Pierson announced that she will release her debut solo album, Guitars and Microphones, which features contributions from Australian singer Sia (who shares songwriting duties) and The Strokes' Nick Valensi, on Feb. 17. 


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