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Meticulous local indie-pop outfit Wanderwild released its debut LP, In Due Time, in November, which we called "an artful and ambitious full-length that pulses and shimmers its way through nine thoughtfully composed tracks." Today, we're pleased to premiere a video for the record's glimmering closing number, "Day 31."
A player in Athens' early-aughts melodic-indie-rock scene that centered on bygone venues like Tasty World and spawned fondly remembered acts like The Pendletons and The Eskimos, Fairburn Royals released three albums on Atlanta's Two Sheds Music before calling it quits in 2005. In 2016, singer Matt Lisle returned to Georgia, and the band was reborn.
Tweed Recording Academy, a new school offering "cutting-edge audio engineering and mixing programs," plans to open in downtown Athens in fall 2019, according to a press release. The school will occupy the former Lamar Lewis Shoe Store building, which spans the block from Clayton Street to Washington Street and also includes the former Copper Creek brewpub.
Hundreds of readers voted for their favorite local musicians in this year's Flagpole Athens Music Awards contest, and next Thursday, June 21 at the Morton Theatre we’ll reveal the winners. Above, check out this year's finalists—the groups that received the most votes in each category.
After reportedly being attacked by a hacker late last week, the ticketing company Ticketfly has taken its system offline while it sorts out what it terms "a recent cyber incident."
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Flagpole readers know Andy Barton for his frequent bylines in our music section, where he's recently written thoughtful and informative profiles on local acts Neighbor Lady, Shade and Linqua Franqa. But folks might be surprised to learn that Barton has another ongoing outlet for his creative energy in Reverie Rush, a dreamy indie-pop project that is gearing up to release its debut EP, Beginners, June 15.
Chameleonic local singer-songwriter Don Chambers is set to release a new album, Love of Oblivion, this Thursday. Featuring contributions from an A-list supporting cast, including members of Drive-By Truckers, the Olivia Tremor Control and Southern Bitch, the record finds Chambers veering away from the ambient textures and guitar chaos of his most recent output towards a soulful, classic rock-inspired sound.
The finalists for the second annual Vic Chesnutt Songwriter of the Year Award, presented by the Classic City Rotary in memory of the late Athens musician, have been announced.
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When we last heard from Americana wanderer Scott Low—formerly of Athens bands Efren and the Southern Bouillon—he had decamped to the mountain town of Clayton and released a boisterous solo effort, The New Vintage. Now, Low is back with a follow-up, Burning Tires, Smoking Gun—out June 15 via 10 Foot Woody and available to pre-order on Bandcamp—and today we're pleased to premiere a new single from the album, the mournful and meditative "The Night the Music Died."
Athens Popfest has announced the initial lineup for this year's festival, which takes place Aug. 9–12 at the Georgia Theatre, Little Kings Shuffle Club and The Foundry.
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After initially teasing a February release, Athens/Atlanta power-pop crew The Shut-Ups are finally officially dropping their anticipated comeback record, Just Another Generation, this Friday. The album's first single, "Don't Get Me Started," is already available to stream on the group's Bandcamp page, and today we're excited to premiere a video for its earworm of a follow-up, "We're Gonna Waste Your Time."
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As previously announced, Athens-based garage-rock duo Eureka California will release its fourth full-length, Roadrunners, May 4 via local label HHBTM. Previously, the group shared the record's punchy first single, "Threads," plus the more leisurely "Mexican Coke." Now, we're pleased to premiere the invigorating "Over It," which you can stream below.
In our recent Calendar Pick for Maine musician Jeff Beam's Flicker show—happening tonight, Monday, Apr. 2—we made mention of opening act Ear Ear, "a one-time 'concept band' that is shrouded in mystery but reportedly contains some of the [Elephant 6] collective’s heavy hitters."
After putting in work for nearly a decade with Athens rockers Modern Skirts, Phillip Brantley debuted his new trio, Palace Doctor, with last year's Mangled LP. In contrast to the Skirts' sunny indie-pop, Palace Doctor—consisting of Brantley on guitar and vocals, plus Nick Robbins (Velveteen Pink) on bass and Jeremy Wheatley (Crooked Fingers) on drums—deals in a moody, muted brand of rock that incorporates strains of grunge, doo-wop and Americana.
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The sixth annual Athens Hip Hop Awards took place last night, with this year's event placing a special emphasis on activism. Local performers, politicians and community organizers gathered for a full evening of music and much more, in an effort to celebrate local hip hop and the community that supports it.
Read more about the awards here. Below, check out this year's winners:
Athens troubadour Cortez Garza releases his latest full-length, The Low Vibe, tomorrow. Flagpole's Gordon Lamb calls the album, tracked with Matt Tamisin at Japanski Studio, a "tight collection of a mere eight songs [that] is refreshing in both its brevity and strength of composition."
Athens musician Bryan J. Howard is known for fronting The HEAP, the local indie-soul group that recently released its second full-length, Overdue, as well as his work with alt-rock mainstay Cracker. Howard also moonlights as a voiceover artist, contributing to "a variety of projects, from video-game characters to audiobook narration," according to his website.
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Just as Athens' event calendar revs up to full speed this time of year, local bands seem to drop new music left and right at the first signs of springtime. To wit, here are three recent tunes from across the stylistic spectrum, each of which is worthy of your attention.
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