Relatively new Athens project Blanko isn't a band in the traditional sense. Rather, it's an audio-visual outlet for the skewed musings of local songwriter and artist Larson Collier, known for playing with indie rockers Big Morgan.
Photo Credit: Sandra Rek
Local indie-rock stalwarts Elf Power are riding high after releasing Twitching in Time, a career highlight, back in May. Following a summer tour with Tobin Sprout, the band is settling back in to Athens life and ushering in autumn with an animated collage video for Twitching in Time gem "Cycling Aimlessly," which we're pleased to premiere today.
Athens rapper Malcolm Walters, aka Donny Knottsville, maintains a prolific recording schedule, having released a string of solid mixtapes over the past few years, and in July he dropped his most complex and cohesive album yet, Celestial Seasons, which you can download for free on Bandcamp.
Athens garage-punk group Kwazymoto has been hard at work putting the finishing touches on a new full-length titled Limerance Land—the successor to last year's On Mount Rennie—which it plans to release Friday, Oct. 13.
Folk trio Cicada Rhythm has been a Flagpole fave since the then-duo of Andrea DeMarcus and Dave Kirslis moved to Athens in 2013. In 2015, the group released its official debut via Normaltown Records. Since then, the band's been gigging steadily and working on new material.
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The fifth annual Chess and Community conference Saturday at the Georgia Center featured entrepreneur Beau Shell (the Lil' Ice Cream Dude), journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault (who integrated the University of Georgia) and a tournament between the Classic City Knights youth chess team and local police officers.
Here's a video by Flagpole senior staff photographer Joshua L. Jones featuring Chess and Community founder Lemuel "Life the Griot" LaRoche.
United Group of Artists successfully put on their fifth annual Athens Hip Hop Awards on Sunday, Mar. 26. Mokah and Knowa Johnson have worked since moving to Athens five years ago to begin and maintain the AHHA, sometimes against resistance.
The University of Georgia's independently organized version of the famed TED Talks is happening from 1–5 p.m. today, and they'll be streamed on Facebook Live so you can avoid work and watch from the comfort of your own office.
Check out the list of presenters—all UGA students and alumni—here. We're proud to say they include Flagpole contributor Carolyn Crist, who's also an adjunct professor at the Grady College of Journalism and co-owner of printing company Pixel & Ink.
Photo Credit: Joshua L. Jones
It's that time of year again: Pollen is filling our noses, spring is in the air, and the Georgia legislature is trying to pass another campus carry bill.
A group of over 200 students and other protesters gathered in front of the UGA Arch Tuesday afternoon, chanting, “Hey hey, ho ho, campus carry has got to go,” and holding signs.
Speakers included professors, students and survivors of the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007.
“The majority of UGA feels that this bill will make our campus less safe,” said student Mallory Harris, who organized the protest.
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.
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