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This week's cover story, about the resurgence of cassettes on both a local-music level and beyond, got us thinking about our favorite Athens tape releases of 2014. Below, a few picks for your listening pleasure:
It's relatively slim pickings tonight in live music land, but there are a couple notable gigs to get you hot and bothered:
Nashville is best known for Music Row-style country, but a burgeoning indie rock scene has been attracting national attention of late. Peace-punkers Natural Child are just one of the many bands from that contingent that have been tearing up the road with constant touring across the U.S. and the world.
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UPDATE: Walter Martin's show Wednesday at Normaltown Hall has been canceled, per the venue.
Walter Martin, best known for his bass work with indie giants The Walkmen, has taken to performing in homes instead of rock clubs in support of his whimsical new solo record, We’re All Young Together. Although his stop in Athens is at Normaltown Hall instead of someone’s cozy den, it was also organized through Undertow Music’s Living Room Showsinitiative.
Flagpole caught up with Martin to discuss what it’s like to perform so close to his audience, his star-studded new album and the status of his band.
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Legendary Dinosaur Jr. frontman J. Mascis brings his solo acoustic tour to the 40 Watt Club Thursday, with support from Australian folk duo Luluc. We've got a pair of tickets to give away. To enter, tell us in the comments below why YOU deserve to go for free. We'll choose a winner Thursday at 4 p.m.
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Brian Burton, aka Danger Mouse, became a household name in 2004 after The Grey Album, his inspired mash-up of Jay-Z's Black Album and the Beatles' self-titled "white album," went viral. Since then, he's become one of the most in-demand music producers of our time, teaming up with CeeLo Green in Gnarls Barkley and helming records by Beck, the Black Keys, Norah Jones and others. Most recently, Burton produced U2's the-call-is-coming-from-inside-your-MacBook opus Songs of Innocence.
Burton, a former Athens resident and UGA student, returns to play the Georgia Theatre Wednesday, Oct. 1 with his current project, a collaboration with Shins frontman James Mercer called Broken Bells. The group released its second LP, the sleek, funky After the Disco, in February. Flagpole got Burton on the phone for a quick chat.
Slimmish pickings for live entertainment tonight, but if you're out and about, consider popping into Green Room, where The Mattson 2 will perform. The California-based group, composed of twin brothers Jonathan and Jared Mattson, takes cues from jazz, surf, drone and new wave; all together, it's a chilled-out, West Coast take on the hyper-extended electro-jazz of Tortoise and their ilk.
Local experimental favorite Hand Sand Hands and a stripped-down duo version of jazz mainstay Kenosha Kid will also perform.
Stream the Mattson 2's new album, Agar, which is out today on Um Yeah Arts, below:
If you're a fan of Whiskeytown, the seminal but defunct Ryan Adams-led act from North Carolina, you're not alone amongst your fellow Athenians. Our little town boasts a rather sizeable and influential alternative country contingent; twangy rockers like Drive-By Truckers and, more recently, Futurebirds have even gone on to represent the Classic City on the national scene.
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