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.
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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.
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Believe it or not, it's been four whole years since the release of Guarantees, the impressive debut album from Athens mood-rockers Grand Vapids. That record, which Flagpole's Andy Barton called "an album of sheer beauty, featuring a dense wall of guitars and a chugging rhythm section," received praise from regional and national outlets and established the foursome as a Classic City band to watch.
As the leader of Athens band Kenosha Kid, guitarist Dan Nettles has spent well over a decade exploring the cosmic intersection of jazz, post-rock, jam and improv composition. Despite the headiness of Nettles and crew's approach, the results are eminently approachable and frequently thrilling, as on last year's smoky, funky Outside Choices.
This weekend, the Wild Rumpus Parade and Spectacle returns to downtown Athens for a 10th annual edition, inviting Athenians of all stripes and all ages to dress up, howl at the moon and celebrate Halloween for a good cause. (See The Calendar for a full schedule of events.)
Athens band Georgia Dish Boys' sound is familiar yet unorthodox, a viscous blend of alt-country twang, noise-rock squall, outsider folk and Southern gothic allure. On last year's Get Gone, the group led with massive rock hooks and showcased frontman Seth Martin's laryngitic yowl.
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The first full-length documentary in a planned series "that aims to celebrate the creative class in the Classic City," filmmaker James Preston's Athens Rising: The Sicyon Project chronicles Athens' multifaceted arts and music scenes, with an additional focus on dance, food, comedy, theater, festival culture and more.
As an outlet for songwriter Andy Dixon's sundry creative impulses, Athens band Gumshoe has found itself exploring everything from twangy Americana to soulful stomp to angular indie rock. With his latest album, The Governor's Brother—out Nov. 16—Dixon gets deep, dark and disillusioned as he processes the 2016 election and its unsettling aftermath.
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The first full-length documentary in a planned series "that aims to celebrate the creative class in the Classic City," Athens Rising: The Sicyon Project chronicles Athens' multifaceted arts and music scenes, with an additional focus on dance, food, comedy, theater, festival culture and more.
Local act Kwazymoto is one of the most musically and conceptually ambitious bands in town, as proven by last year's Limerence Land, a five-song stunner that found the group pushing the boundaries of punk. Now, Kwazymoto is set to return with a follow-up, My American Family, which it plans to drop Sept. 28, with an album-release show to follow Oct. 6 at the Caledonia Lounge.
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