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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.
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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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