1. Ty Segall: Ty Segall (Drag City)
Inspired in part by the Postmodern Jukebox project, local hard-rock trio Liberator has launched a series of videos dubbed Liberator Presents, in which the band teams with other members of the Athens music community to cover classics and deep cuts from their favorite artists.
Photo Credit: Kristin Karch
Following President Trump's temporary ban on refugee resettlement and immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries, several Athens bands say they are donating proceeds from digital music sales to civil-rights organizations, including the Southern Poverty Law Center and American Civil Liberties Union.
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."
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