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Athens roots-rock band Georgia Dish Boys exude down-home charm, from their hand-stitched cover art to their unorthodox recording methods. Yet the group's music also radiates with weird North Georgia grit, as heard on 2017's cacophonous Get Gone.
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Last January, former Reptar and Semicircle member Curt Castle released a stellar debut, If I'm Here at All, which found the Georgia musician putting a sure-footed electropop spin on his previous bands' exploratory indie rock.
A year later, he's finished a super cool stop-motion video for one of the record's standout tracks, the steady, sparkling "Aminoketone."
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Fronted by Rome transplant Cannon Rogers, Athens band CannonandtheBoxes makes melody-centered acoustic music designed to ignite and uplift. Centered on Rogers' velvety singing voice, the group follows in the folky footsteps of local faves Family and Friends on tracks like "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," released earlier this year.
Athens singer-songwriter Elijah Johnston jokingly refers to himself as a "recovering lo-fi addict," and his recent work has indeed found him ditching murky home recordings in favor of a clean, crisp full-band sound.
Led by Vancouver, BC, singer-songwriter Russell Gendron, the music of indie-folk act Bill Jr. Jr."meander[s], dreamlike, through feelings of uncertainty and loss, physical neighborhoods and change," according to the band's bio.
Athens singer-songwriter Brendan Abernathy spent three years in the local rock band Light Brigade before setting out on his own as a singer-songwriter, using loop-based techniques to add live layers to his rich, melodic confessionals. For the past few months, Abernathy has been on a house show tour of the U.S., and he'll finish up the current run with a show at the 40 Watt Club on Nov. 19.
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Athens singer-songwriter Sarah Zúñiga specializes in the sort of earnest, heart-tugging folk-pop that's made for mid-afternoon drives and sunny poolside hangs. Last year, she released a debut EP, Someday Soon, and now she's back with a lighthearted new single and accompanying video, which we're happy to premiere today.
Athens power-pop-punk trio Hunger Anthem has been quiet on the release front since dropping 2015's Cut the Chord EP, a five-song slice of hook-laden rock that "bursts with urgency and is packed with jaw-droppingly great tunefulness," per Flagpole scribe Gordon Lamb.
After forming at UGA in the late 1990s, Je Suis France established a reputation as Athens' go-to indie-rock party band, releasing a self-titled 2000 LP and 2003's terrific Fantastic Area—as well as a stream of exploratory CD-Rs that showcased the group's mischievous side—before its members scattered to various corners of the continent.
Co-led by former Oh-OK member Linda Hopper and featuring the estimable songwriting and guitar stylings of Ruthie Morris, Atlanta band Magnapop saw minor U.S. success in the mid-'90s thanks to alt-rock earworms like "Open the Door." But the band has carved out a steady career since, thanks largely to its popularity among European listeners, and on Sept. 27 it will release a sixth full-length—the group's first album in a decade—titled The Circle Is Round.
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