Dead Confederate frontman T. Hardy Morris, he of Flagpole's favorite local album of 2013, has debuted a new single titled "Painted On Attitude" in advance of a November tour that will find the songwriter traveling up the Eastern seaboard and into Ohio.
"Painted On Attitude" is billed as a shift in Morris' sonic approach, and it does feel like a departure, taking the subdued grunge-folk of Audition Tapes and piling on pedal steel and punk fuzz.
Photo Credit: Anna Pence
Though it has played steadily around town for the last couple years and gained a respectable local fanbase in the process, indie-pop trio Scooterbabe has but one EP to its name, a self-titled, five-track effort released last November.
Now, the band is set to drop the follow-up, again in EP form. The new one is firstname.lastname@example.org (yes, that is the name of the damn thing) and is out Oct. 28 digitally and in the near future on cassette via Pizza Tomb.
The four-song record finds the band honing the C86-inspired sound it has put forth since the beginning. For fans of noisy, navel-gazing jangle-pop, it's a must-listen. Flagpole's Gordon Lamb is blunt in his assessment: "No one in Athens has played well-crafted, distortion-free pop of this type and caliber in a very long time."
Photo Credit: Matthew Mendenhall
You're apt to be familiar with at least one project Neal Casal has been involved with over the past decade or so. At the moment, he’s taken up lead guitar duties for the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, who play the Georgia Theatre Thursday, Oct. 23. Flagpole caught up with Casal to discuss what it’s like to be asked to play in high-profile bands and the similarities of working in different media.
We've been fans of local experimental rhythmsmith Jonathan Miller and his Hand Sand Hands project since Miller emigrated from the Twin Cities to Athens in 2012. Attendees at this summer's Flagpole Athens Music Awards got a taste of HSH's upcoming album, Good Luck With That, which now has a release date: Nov. 11, when you can grab the album on cassette via Arrowhawk and digitally via Autumn + Colour.
The album—there's the cover art above—features contributions from bassist Taylor Chmura and drummer Chase Merritt (both of Little Gold), who lend the music a live, full-band feel, though it loses none of HSH's sample-based strangeness.
Below, check out a video for "Pores," the record's strong lead single, filmed by the increasingly in-demand Dominar, LTD.
Overshadowed by the South’s rap capital, roughly 60 miles east of Atlanta, the artists of the Athens hip hop scene often struggle to let their voices be heard. For many, it’s a daily battle of lyric and beat. Quite often, local hip hop takes a backseat to the mainstream artists who stroll through town, leaving each Athens rapper grabbing for scraps, trying to find their musical seat.
For act one of a three-part series showcasing local artist Anthony Little, aka Versatyle tha Wildchyld, Flagpole dropped by the home studio of Athens sound engineer and music producer Joel Hatstat, as the two joined forces to create some new tracks. Versatyle sheds light on the origin of his song “Grinding and Shining,” as well as his newest single, “When I Write.”
More work than play when recording, Little says, “When I’m in the studio—that’s my money.”
Watch the clip below:
Photo Credit: Nathan Baerreis
Honeychild is gearing up to release Surrender, the pop follow-up to the tropical American Beach (Flagpole review). An Indiegogo campaign has been in the works for a while, and though the group has thus far raised less than half of the desired $8,000, there's still another week-plus for folks to donate.
And the band is making it easy to do so: At Honeychild's show Saturday, Oct. 18 atHendershot's—where they'll play the new record in its entirety—frontlady SJ Ursrey tellsFlagpole she will have a laptop set up where folks can pre-order the album through the Indiegogo page.
Below, watch the recently released, Shannon Moncrief-directed video for "Make Out," a tune from Surrender.
This just in from the good folks at the Classic Center:
The Martina McBride performance originally scheduled for Friday, October 24, 2014 has been postponed and been rescheduled for Saturday, January 17, 2015. The Classic Center, on behalf of the concert promoter and Martina McBride’s management team, sincerely thank you for your understanding in this matter. The performance will go on fully as planned on the new date and all tickets already purchased will be fully honored and valid at that time. Existing ticket holders who have conflicts with the new performance date should contact the Box Office during normal operating hours by Nov. 7 for resolution. Remaining available tickets for the concert will continue to be on-sale for the January performance.
Last February, we hipped you to an in-progress documentary called Musickland, centered on rocker-turned-hog-farmer Adam Musick, the former frontman of Athens rock band Southern Bitch. Now, Flagpole is thrilled to premiere the finished project, courtesy of student filmmakers Cameron Bargerstock and Jacob Rosdail.
The 34-minute film is an incisive portrait of a very particular internal battle. It captures Adam Musick and his wife and former bandmate Wendy as they live, work and contemplate the series of events that led them from the 40 Watt stage to a farm in rural Virginia. It also documents Adam's slow but steady—and still ongoing—return to music.
Stream Musickland below:
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