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Blog Topic: Live Reviews

  • Homedrone: Live Review: Jason Isbell and Will Johnson at Georgia Theatre

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    Photo Credit: Sean Dunn

    It was little surprise that Jason Isbell sold out three consecutive nights at the Georgia Theatre last week. After his meteoric rise following his move to Nashville, Isbell has become a household name among those who consume popular music outside of Top 40 charts. It certainly didn’t hurt that he had former Centro-matic frontman Will Johnson in tow.

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  • Homedrone: Live Review and Photos: Built to Spill, Hop Along, Alex G at Georgia Theatre

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    Photo Credit: Sean Dunn

    Built to Spill

    Sometimes, it takes a while. This statement might be something of a mantra for Built to Spill, the perennially under-appreciated indie band (by virtue of its sonic aesthetic, not its business practices, of course). Now performing live as a three-piece, the Boise, ID-based group proved that less is, if not more, plenty sufficient to captivate a nearly sold-out crowd at the Georgia Theatre Saturday evening.

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  • Homedrone: Live Review: Brian Wilson Plays Pet Sounds at the Fox Theatre

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    Photo Credit: Paul DeMerritt

    A fundamental tension has defined the history of the Beach Boys. On one hand, there's the Beach Boys that have dominated the radio for the past 50 years—the band that honed a formula for accessible, sun-obsessed anthems behind hits such as “Kokomo.” And then there’s the Beach Boys with Brian Wilson at the reigns, where psychedelia, pop expertise and vivid harmonies play in unison.

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  • Homedrone: Wrecking Ball ATL in Review

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    Photo Credit: Mike White

    Thursday

    Check out a Wrecking Ball photo gallery here.

    DAY ONE

    Starting the day bright and early at noon, I made my way through the crowds of Misfits shirts and into the Masquerade’s signature black-coated building to catch some smaller acts. Despite the good intentions of Auspice and Abuse of Power, the execution of their sets left little curiosity to seek them out further. Not a good start. Thankfully, The Menzingers,Deafheaven and Touche Amore performed admirably to some of the largest crowds that I have ever seen for those bands, with almost every member head-bobbing along or screaming at the top of their lungs. In terms of crowd participation, these were three of the highlights of Saturday. [Maria Lewczyk]

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  • Homedrone: Mothers, Arrested Development, Kishi Bashi, The Coathangers Highlight AthFest 2016

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    Photo Credit: Joshua L. Jones

    Muuy Biien

    Tug is a new local band that, even in its relative infancy, is already one of the more exciting prospects for the future of Athens punk scene. The sort-of supergroup is made up of three longtime local musicians: former Tonda leader Dick Hunsinger, Art Contest’s Garrett Burke and Monsoon’s Emmett Cappi. Their set at the 40 Watt Friday could be best described as a mix of experimental noise rock, traditional hardcore and metal. Cappi, though mostly known as a supporting player in past projects, shined as he took on the role of lead singer. His energy was the kind of stuff you only see in a band’s earliest days, as if he has been waiting years to get this intensity out in the open. Hunsinger continues to be one of the best instrumental musicians in Athens; his guitar playing in Tug is as powerful as it has ever been. Burke’s math-rock drumming skills translate fine to Tug’s harsher sound. Though I’m not sure if they would appreciate the comparison, Tug’s ability to blend a large variety of genres into a sound this accessible and genuine calls to mind the likes of ambient noise-metal megastars Deafheaven. While Tug’s recent EP, Cover the Earth, is a decent introduction to the band’s sound, its live set is required listening. [Nathan Kerce]

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  • Homedrone: Prince's Final Concert Was a Stunning Journey Through His Career

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    Photo Credit: Mike White

    I would like to tell you now about the final concert of Prince Rogers Nelson.

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  • Homedrone: Big Ears Festival in Review

    Last weekend while Slingshot was slinging its thing to Athens, its big sister, Big Ears, was conducting its fifth incarnation up in Knoxville, TN. This transcendent, semi-annual event consistently offers one of America's premiere gatherings of the musical avant-garde. 2016 was no different in this respect and the fest exceeded its precedent by continuing to expand the diversity of its programming. Check out our full report within…

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  • Homedrone: 2016 Slingshot Festival in Review

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    Photo Credit: Joshua L. Jones

    Bombino

    Part of the way through Bombino's set on Thursday night, his bassist told the audience that the Tuareg guitarist was under the weather. Could have fooled me. Though the acoustic bits at the beginning of the set had some trouble competing with noisy bar patrons at the back of the room, Bombino's virtuosic riffs were so mesmerizing that even he seemed to get lost in the blaze. Music in Athens can sometimes feel like a museum of itself, but Bombino's imported tishoumaren six-string shredding proved absolutely vital, evocative even though I couldn't understand a word of his lyrics. I can only imagine what he would have sounded like at 100 percent. [Adam Clair]

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  • Homedrone: A Few Highlights of Athens Intensified 2015

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    Photo Credit: Alexandra Gavillet

    Wavves

    The 2015 edition of Athens Intensified took place last weekend at several downtown venues. Below, a few of two Flagpole writers' highlights of the festival:

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  • Homedrone: Live Review: Wrecking Ball ATL Festival

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    Braid

    The Wrecking Ball ATL festival was held at the Masquerade on the weekend of Aug. 8 and 9. A huge number of emo, hardcore and pop-punk bands gathered to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the historic Atlanta venue and its enduring legacy.

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