Photo Credit: Wes Frazer
There are plenty of progressive, thoughtful bands from the South, but few have the fury of Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires. Following in the tradition of the Drive-By Truckers, who mused about the “duality of the Southern thing,” for the Glory Fires' 2014 release, Dereconstructed, the band brought hellfire and guitars along with meditations on the Civil Rights Movement and how the South is implicated in American history, warts and all.
In anticipation of their follow-up of Dereconstructed (due later this year on Don Giovanni Records), Bains and company bring their ethically infused rock and roll fireworks to the Caledonia Lounge on Thursday, where they’ll be joined by Athens mainstays Five Eight and T. Hardy Morris.
The last we heard from the Classic City's foremost wizard of lo-fi beatscapes, murk daddy flex, aka Terence Chiyezhan, he was bowling Athens over with the Genesis LP, which we called "a kaleidoscopic stew of hip hop beats, global style and multi-genre finesse" in our 2014 review, and which landed at No. 4 in our list of that year's best local records.
As the solo project of Athens musician Jack O'Reilly (Wieuca, Blanko), Jack's Johnson is more or less whatever O'Reilly wants it to be at the moment. Today, we're tickled pink to premiere the latest single from Jack's Johnson, the enjoyable, incorrigible "Cropduster."
Photo Credit: Cara Robbins
It's been close to five years since singer-songwriter Green Gerry left Athens to return to his native California. Gerry has kept busy since then, following up his 2013 sophomore record, King Baby, with a string of singles released over the summer on L.A.-based label Hit City U.S.A. A combination of frustration with the music industry and despair over current events led him to release his third effort, Electric Iron, on his own, with all proceeds going to charity.
Flagpole caught up with Green Gerry to talk about the newest record, industry woes, and plans for the future.
That headline pretty much tells the story, but here's a bit more detail:
Not often have I stood amongst a group so diverse as last night at Athens in Harmony Redux, where people across a wide range of age, races and styles mingled and observed. Fittingly, the concert also offered a wide variety of music.
Photo Credit: Stacey-Marie Piotrowski
Garage-rock duo Eureka California released one of the finest local albums of 2016 with the catchy, combustible Versus, and now the group is back with a three-song 7-inch single on longtime label HHBTM.
The band has shared "Wigwam," the single's punchy namesake, which you can stream below:
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