The 2019 Flagpole Athens Music Awards show kicked off AthFest at the Morton Theatre on Thursday, where local musicians took home awards in 20 categories based on a reader vote. The night's big winner was folk-rock group Family and Friends, which took home both the Album and Artist of the Year awards.
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Hundreds of readers voted for their favorite local musicians in 20 categories, and on Thursday, June 20 at the Morton Theatre, we’ll reveal the winners of this year’s FlagpoleAthens Music Awards, lovingly designed by local artist and musician Eli Saragoussi.
As unpredictable as they are hard-working, Athens band Georgia Dish Boys are set to follow up last year's rocking Nine Song Movie, which blended trashy Crazy Horse riffage with aching alt-folk, with a new LP, Good Country Livin, in July.
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UGA Presents has announced the slate of performers who will appear at the university's Performing Arts Center during its 2019–2020 season.
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Thursday evening at The Foundry, the 2019 Vic Chesnutt Songwriter of the Year Award was presented to Lydia Brambila, a local singer-songwriter who was nominated for the song "Sirena," from her 2018 album Migraineur.
Athens band Kwazymoto has cemented itself as one of the most forward-thinking rock acts in town, thanks to its tireless search for punk's emotional and intellectual core, as displayed on recordings like last year's My American Family and 2017's Limerence Land.
With the release of last year's Glossolalia—one of Flagpole's favorite local EPs of 2018—Athens group Partials established themselves as the thinking-person's party band, blending heady funk and Afrobeat grooves with rich, provocative lyrics exploring themes of technology and isolation.
Ty Manning is an established and beloved Athens songwriter and guitarist known for his work with several local bands, including the Bearfoot Hookers and, more recently, Ty Manning and the Slawdog Biscuits—a nominee for this year's Flagpole Athens Music AwardsFolk/Americana category.
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Following the recent announcement of this year's outdoor AthFest headliners, the festival has revealed more of the performers who will take the stage during the 2019 event, scheduled for June 21–23.
Though currently based out of Savannah, rapper and producer Kedrick Mack, aka Dope KNife, has formed a close relationship with the Athens scene over the past couple of years, appearing regularly on local bills and collaborating with local artists.
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Athens duo Cicada Rhythm released one of Flagpole's favorite local records of last year with the electrified Everywhere I Go, a cool and confident album that showcased the roots group's expanded palette. Today, we're excited to premiere another new Cicada Rhythm recording: the group's cover of Simon and Garfunkel's lovelorn pop song "Cecilia."
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Wildwood Revival, the Americana-focused music festival that takes place at Cloverleaf Farm in Arnoldsville, just outside Athens, has announced some of the musicians who will perform at this year's event, happening Sept. 27–29.
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In "Run It Up," Flagpole's new podcast, we take a deeper look at some of the stories from the current issue. In this week's episode, Gabe Vodicka, Blake Aued and Rosemary Scott discuss the state of marijuana in the state of Georgia, including a recently approved bill that will allow hemp cultivation, and CBD's explosion in Athens. Plus, they take a sketchy online pot quiz and preview Flagpole's guide to attending the G-Day game… on weed.
Athens four-piece Walden boasts a soaring, radio-ready sound inspired by melody-drenched megastars like U2 and Coldplay. In a testament to its mainstream appeal, the band won the Road to Roo competition in both 2016 and 2017, earning it a spot on the Bonnaroo lineup and a legion of new fans to boot.
In "Run It Up," Flagpole's new podcast, we take a deeper look at some of the stories from the current issue. In this week's episode, Gabe Vodicka talks with Blake Aued about what the future holds for the so-called Murmur trestle, the segment of abandoned railway made famous by its appearance on the back cover of R.E.M.'s debut album. Also, how Georgia's controversial "heartbeat bill" could affect abortion rights on a national scale—or backfire on the Athens lawmakers who supported it. Plus, a preview of this year's Classic City Brew Fest.
Singer-songwriter Ryne Meadow, an Athens native, moved to the New York City area a few years back, but a debilatating bout with depression and anxiety during what he dubs the "dark, two-year stint" left him unsteady and uncertain. Returning home, he "set out to create a new set of songs documenting his daily battle with mental health issues," according to a press release.
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Local songwriter Nicholas Mallis traffics in the sort of crisp, easy guitar-pop that can just as easily soundtrack a midday Hendershot's hang as a post-Go Bar A.M. comedown. Bright and tuneful but with enough existential angst to keep things from turning too florid, Mallis' music nods to his soft-rock forebears while remaining rooted in Classic City strange.
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