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.
With her canny pop-classical hybrid, violinist Annie Leeth has established herself as an Athens-music chameleon, able to slide seamlessly onto experimental and indie-pop bills alike. Since releasing her debut LP, Recurrence, last year, Leeth has continued to fine-tune her expressive, loop-based approach.
Led by former King of Prussia frontman Brandon Hanick, Athens "spirit-folk" recording project/supergroup Future Lives also features members of Drive-By Truckers and Velveteen Pink, as well as violinist Annie Leeth and pop songsmith Nicholas Mallis, among others.
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.
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.
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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