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It’s not unfathomable that a currently inactive band like Centro-matic can have its legacy positively—and constantly—reconfigured in our digital age. Thanks to recently tweeted endorsements from artists like Jason Isbell, the indie darlings from Denton, TX are experiencing something of a renaissance, despite disbanding in 2014. Frontman Will Johnson is keeping his former band’s brand of rock and roll abstraction alive through contemplative solo releases and incessant touring. Johnson takes a break from an Undertow Music-endorsed living room jaunt around the U.S. to perform at Normaltown Hall on Sunday, Oct. 9.
The sad news rolled in on social media yesterday that Curtis Vorda, an Athens musician known for his free spirit, virtuosic singing talent and work with bands like psych supergroup Dark Meatand prog-tinged rockers American Mannequins, passed away after suffering a brain aneurysm.
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Sometimes, it takes a while. This statement might be something of a mantra for Built to Spill, the perennially under-appreciated indie band (by virtue of its sonic aesthetic, not its business practices, of course). Now performing live as a three-piece, the Boise, ID-based group proved that less is, if not more, plenty sufficient to captivate a nearly sold-out crowd at the Georgia Theatre Saturday evening.
There is an immutable elegance lying at the heart of every one of life’s struggles. The tension that binds the spaces between hope for retribution and total breakdown is rich fodder for Omaha, NE songwriter Simon Joyner. With his latest album, Grass, Branch & Bone, Joyner summons his most compelling stories via the derelict Midwestern landscape and the characters he finds there, lost in moments of hopeless abandon and glowing nostalgia.
Riot Fest Chicago happened last weekend, and Flagpole contributor Mike White was there to capture the craziness of a lineup that included UK megastar Morrissey, indie rock legends Sleater-Kinney, punk favorites Descendents and many others. Check out his photos below:
This Wednesday, Athens residents will have the opportunity to experience some of the best music Cuba has to offer.
The recent lifting of the U.S. travel ban has ushered in a new era in American-Cuban relations. The Havana Cuba All-Stars are celebrating this development by touring the U.S. and Canada for the first time.
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Even before the storied gothic post-punk outfit Bauhaus called it quits in 1983, singer and bass player David J Haskins’ solo aspirations were already brewing. The same year that Bauhaus’ four members parted ways, Haskins—known as David J—released his debut solo album, Etiquette of Violence.
Red Bull’s Sound Select monthly music showcase comes to Athens this week with a killer lineup of rising hip hop stars.
The event is being headlined by D.R.A.M., a Virginia-based rapper who recently attained superstar status with this year’s biggest hip hop crossover hit, “Broccoli.”
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