Guitarist and songwriter Adam Klein is an Athens roots-music trailblazer, as evidenced by his seven-album discography, which started with 2006's Distant Music and continues with Low Flyin' Planes, a new LP out Mar. 1 on Klein's label, Cowboy Angel Music.
R.E.M. continued its long-running feud with Donald Trump over the weekend, firing back at the president after he tweeted a video featuring one of its songs to his 58 million Twitter followers.
The video, originally posted by pro-Trump meme account @CarpeDonktum, consists of a series of images of Democrats looking sad at Trump's State of the Union Address, set to the 1993 R.E.M. hit "Everybody Hurts." The video was taken down for copyright violation, but Trump later posted the same video, this time set to Lee Greenwood's "Proud to Be an American."
"World Leader PRETEND!!!" the band said in a statement referencing another one of its songs. "Congress, Media—ghost this faker!!! Love, R.E.M."
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For the new episode of Behind the Scene, Dave Kirslis and Andrea DeMarcus of local Americana duo par excellence Cicada Rhythm joined Flagpole's film squad for a very special Valentine's Day game. Longtime partners who are recently married, Kirslis and DeMarcus showed off just how well they know one another by answering a series of personal questions, then guessing the other's response.
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Electronic pop duo Matt and Kim are currently celebrating their 15th anniversary of being a band. Over the past decade and a half, musical and real-life couple Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino have become known for their catchy party tunes, over-the-top live shows and outlandish music videos. (They won an MTV VMA back when that still kind of meant something.) It didn’t take them long to go from writing songs in Matt’s childhood bedroom to playing massive festival stages on a regular basis, and they’ve held onto that position for well over a decade. Attendees of Wednesday’s Georgia Theatre show should expect plenty of singalongs, props and maybe a bit of light nudity.
Ahead of the show, we took a minute to talk with Johnson about his most notable memories from the past 15 years.
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As the bassist for voguish local eclecto-pop outfit Reptar, Ryan Engelberger specialized in bubbly rhythms and spirited melodies. With Semicircle, he helped craft thoughtful arrangements that were delivered in hushed tones.
Now, as Curt Castle, he has found a satisfying middle ground, mining pathos from pop on his debut, If I'm Here at All, which is out today on True Blue Records. To coincide with the release, we're pleased to provide a stream of the new LP in its entirety.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' final public performance, a famed set atop the Apple Records building in London, local Beatles tribute act Abbey Road Live will play a pop-up show Thursday on the rooftop deck overlooking Wuxtry Records downtown.
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Attention, Athens-area songwriters and fans of said songwriters: The nomination period for the third annual Vic Chesnutt Songwriter of the Year Award is currently underway.
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