Blog Topic: Live Reviews

  • Homedrone: Live Review and Photo Gallery: 2018 Classic City American Music Festival


    The Classic City American Music Festival celebrated 10 years on Sunday at The Foundry in Athens. Twelve bands performed on two stages over the course of the afternoon and into the evening, featuring a combination of country, folk, rock, bluegrass and rockabilly sounds.


  • Homedrone: 10 More Bands We Loved at AthFest 2018


    Photo Credit: Savannah Cole


    Over 150 acts played this year's AthFest Music & Arts Festival. Last week, we previewed the fest by highlighting 10 bands we thought were worthy of your time. Here are 10 additional acts our writers saw and loved:


  • Homedrone: Photo Gallery and Review: U2 at Infinite Energy Center


    All photos by Mike White

    Monday night, U2 made their long-awaited return to the Atlanta area when they made a stop at the Infinite Energy Center Arena in Duluth on their The Experience + Innocence Tour. It has been nine years since the Irish rockers played the Georgia Dome to a reported crowd of 61,000 during their 360° Tour. Comparatively, Infinite Energy could be considered “intimate” with a capacity of 12,000. 


  • Homedrone: Our Six Favorite Sets at Shaky Knees 2018

    The Shaky Knees Music Festival returned to Atlanta's Central Park last weekend. Here are correspondent Nathan Kerce's six favorite sets of the fest:


  • Homedrone: Five Acts I Loved at SXSW 2018, Even Though I Was Sick as Hell


    Photo Credit: Nathan Kerce


    I spent last week in Austin, TX seeing as many bands as I could in an attempt to gain valuable content for Flagpole Music’s Instagram account. Just a few days into my trip, I contracted an intense infection that would push my body to its limits and turn SXSW’s already somewhat stressful environment into an Eraserhead-like nightmare. Here are five acts that I saw while sick that I still managed to love.


  • Homedrone: SXSW Report: Todd Rundgren, Fader Fort, Panels and More


    Photo Credit: Gordon Lamb

    Todd Rundgren

    For just about three weeks leading up to this year’s South by Southwest, I’d been increasingly bothered by sustained pain on my upper right side that spread from my shoulder to my neck and then straight down my arm until everything felt like it was on fire all the time. After dragging myself to double appointments with both an acupuncturist and chiropractor the week before traveling, it was determined that I was injured for the most unexciting reasons (years of bad sleeping positions, poor posture, general misadventure).


  • Homedrone: Live Review: Red Bull Culture Clash Hits Atlanta for the First Time


    Photo Credit: Brian Hall/Red Bull Content Pool


    Last week, Red Bull held its annual Culture Clash event in Atlanta for the first time. For those who don’t know, Culture Clash is basically the summer blockbuster version of a sound clash competition. Originating in Jamaica, a sound clash features two or more groups of artists and DJs coming together to battle it out on stage, with the crowd deciding who reigns supreme by the end of the night. Crews spin their best tunes and bring out artists to perform and play “dubs”—remixed or re-recorded versions of popular songs that are meant to shout out their crew and diss the competition.


  • Homedrone: Five Athens Popfest Highlights


    R. Ring


    Led by Boston-based musician Ellen Kempner, Palehound played a strong set at the Georgia Theatre Thursday evening. The band’s set mostly consisted of songs from its excellent, recently released sophomore album, A Place I’ll Always Go. Kempner’s wonderful, deeply personal and at times quite heavy lyrics were on display, and her exceptional and unique guitar playing grabbed everyone’s full attention from start to finish. Infectious song-of-the-summer contender “Flowing Over” was the biggest highlight of the band’s unfortunately brief performance.


  • Homedrone: Live Review and Photo Gallery: Paul McCartney at Infinite Energy Center


    All photos by Mike White

    On Thursday night, Paul McCartney played the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth as part of his “One on One” tour, which started last April. It was obvious the venue was thrilled to have him, considering earlier this year it lured him to play by naming a new street, Paul McCartney Boulevard, in his honor. Upon arriving to the venue, I was greeted with a huge banner that read “Welcome to Duluth, Paul.” 


  • Homedrone: Shaky Knees Festival in Review


    Photo Credit: Maria Lewczyk



    You may recognize Pinegrove from their 2016 album Cardinal, which showed up on “Best Albums of the Year” lists for plenty of music publications. The emo-folk band from New Jersey swept up fans with its alt-country twang and homestyle lyrics. The stage was way too small for the crowd; the audience piled out into the walkway and trees behind the Ponce de Leon stage, and those brave enough to stand in the crowd were crammed elbow to elbow. It was clear that Pinegrove has a massive fan base. The audience sang along to every word of every song, including “Angelina,” which was released prior to Cardinal on a 2015 compilation tape called Everything So Far. Lead singer Evan Hall was charismatic, commanded the performance and made the Pinegrove set one of the most enjoyable of Shaky Knees. [Maria Lewczyk]


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