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As reported earlier this month, beloved Athens band The Glands are dropping their long-awaited third album, Double Coda, via New West Records Nov. 9. The record will be released as a standalone CD or double-LP and also as part of I Can See My House From Here, a box set that also includes remastered and expanded versions of the group's first two albums, Double Thriller and The Glands.
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.
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.
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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The cross-genre collaboration is a risky endeavor. At its best, it magnifies strengths and exposes hidden talents. At its worst, well, it's a big ol' mess. As one might expect given both artists' track records, "Justice," the new tune from fusion upstart Misnomer and hip-hop luminary Mariah Parker, aka Linqua Franqa, falls squarely into the former category.
A player in Athens' early-aughts melodic-indie-rock scene that centered on bygone venues like Tasty World and spawned fondly remembered acts like The Pendletons and The Eskimos, Fairburn Royals released three albums on Atlanta's Two Sheds Music before calling it quits in 2005. In 2016, singer Matt Lisle returned to Georgia, and the band was reborn.
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Flagpole readers know Andy Barton for his frequent bylines in our music section, where he's recently written thoughtful and informative profiles on local acts Neighbor Lady, Shade and Linqua Franqa. But folks might be surprised to learn that Barton has another ongoing outlet for his creative energy in Reverie Rush, a dreamy indie-pop project that is gearing up to release its debut EP, Beginners, June 15.
Chameleonic local singer-songwriter Don Chambers is set to release a new album, Love of Oblivion, this Thursday. Featuring contributions from an A-list supporting cast, including members of Drive-By Truckers, the Olivia Tremor Control and Southern Bitch, the record finds Chambers veering away from the ambient textures and guitar chaos of his most recent output towards a soulful, classic rock-inspired sound.
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When we last heard from Americana wanderer Scott Low—formerly of Athens bands Efren and the Southern Bouillon—he had decamped to the mountain town of Clayton and released a boisterous solo effort, The New Vintage. Now, Low is back with a follow-up, Burning Tires, Smoking Gun—out June 15 via 10 Foot Woody and available to pre-order on Bandcamp—and today we're pleased to premiere a new single from the album, the mournful and meditative "The Night the Music Died."
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