If you're just back in town and looking for a way to properly ring in the New Year on this fifth day of January, you could do a lot worse than The Foundry, where Allman Brothers drummer Butch Trucks will perform with his newly formed Freight Train Band.
When Caleb Keith isn’t moonlighting as a country singer and songwriter, he’s a doctoral candidate at the University of Georgia’s Institute of Higher Education and the senior coordinator for assessment and research in the Department of Student Affairs, Assessment and Staff Development. A full-fledged Dawg who pursues his musical passions on the side, his life encompasses two different takes newcomers and outsiders have on the promises and opportunities of this tight-knit college town.
Keith will be chasing a different dream soon, once he relocates to Arkansas and begins a new career at the University of the Ozarks. In anticipation of his farewell show this Saturday at Flicker, Keith talked to Flagpole about his overall Athens experience.
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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.
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.
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.”
It's been many moons since we've gotten to enjoy a new Cinemechanica studio recording. The Athens math-rock band's most recent release is 2008's Rivals EP; its last full-length, The Martial Arts, came out way back in 2006. Thankfully, the group is set to make up for its lengthy absence with the self-titled Cinemechanica, out Sept. 23 via Arrowhawk Records.
If any local band is currently Having a Moment, it's Mothers, songwriter Kristine Leschper's solo project turned full-band stunner. After turning heads on tour with of Montreal, taping an NPR Tiny Desk Concert and earning praise from Stereogum, Brooklyn Vegan and other tastemaking blogs, the group is set to release its debut LP, When You Walk a Long Distance You Are Tired, Feb. 26 via Grand Jury.
Now you can stream the album in its entirety thanks to NPR, who premiered it via its First Listen series yesterday:
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