Editor's Note: New Athens resident Adam Barnett is exploring AthFest all weekend long and chronicling his impressions for Flagpole in a series titled Who the Hell Are These Bands?
Photo Credit: Adam Barnett
So, I decided to go to this Music Awards show hosted by Flagpole last night because, in the three weeks since I moved to town from Champaign-Urbana, IL, I’ve invested more time in walking around my Animal Crossing town than I have out in Athens. This could be due to the overwhelming number of events going on every single night; there are just too many options. So, instead of stressing over what I should do each night, I spend hours on my 3DS catching the same rare beetles over and over again so that I can be the richest man in the virtual town of GoofsRUs.
Here's video captured by an audience member at the Athens Music Awards show last night of Victrola Rotor Oilmen (it's an anagram of—oh, you know) paying tribute to their dearly departed brother/spirit guide Bill Doss.
The group performed two Doss-penned songs: "A Sunshine Fix" and "Love Athena." The two classic Olivia Tremor Control tunes appeared on the 2000 rarities collection Presents: Singles and Beyond. And, though the occasion was somewhat solemn, last night, with of Montreal's Bryan Poole tackling Doss' guitar and vocal parts, they sounded fucking great.
The Flagpole Athens Music Awards show, held last night at the Morton Theatre, was a smashing success. Thanks to everyone who came out! Below is a list of all the winners. Stay tuned for a photo gallery, as well as an extended recap, to come.
You might be thinking, “Athfest hasn’t even started yet!” And, technically, you’d be right. It may not have been AthFest according to the official schedule, but that didn’t stop the western part of downtown Athens from hosting a series of killer shows Thursday night before things officially kick off tomorrow.
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