Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me, director Drew DeNicola's critically acclaimed new documentary on the would-be-legendary Memphis power-pop group responsible for inspiring basically a whole generation of underground rockers, will play at Ciné beginning tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 6, at 7:30 p.m.
The band, known for its earworm-y rock anthems like "September Gurls" and "In the Street"—the latter of which would be re-recorded by Cheap Trick and used as the theme song for "That '70s Show"—released three outstanding studio albums before fading away in the 1980s. A reunion album of sorts (minus founding member Chris Bell, who died in 1978, and featuring two members of The Posies in his stead), In Space, was released in 2005. Frontman Alex Chilton died in 2010.
Buy tickets and watch the trailer after the jump.
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The Athens Area Humane Society will hold its fourth annual Charity Chili Cook-Off this Saturday, Nov. 23, from 5:30–7:30 p.m. at Terrapin Beer Co. (on Newton Bridge Road). The $22 tickets benefit AAHS, and competitors include 13 local charities (Dee’s Haven Parrot Rescue, Athens Community Council on Aging, Free IT Athens, BikeAthens, Learning Ally, Oconee Warrior Foundation, Humane Society of Morgan County, Georgia Equine Rescue League, Oconee Regional Humane Society, Casa de Amistad, Hope Haven, The Ark and Community Connection).
The charity that wins the most votes gets a $300 cash prize. Tickets are $10 for ages 13-21 and kids 12 and under get in free. Groovekid will supply music, and there will be adoptable dogs on hand to look at you with sad brown eyes.
More foodie news after the jump.
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2. Let Ben Bridwell break your heart (and join the pregame for tomorrow's showdown against Auburn) Friday at the 40 Watt.
3. Also at the 40 Watt: let Deerhunter weird you out and rock you out Saturday night.
More after the jump.
With thousands of Athenians headed down to Florida this weekend, we asked Athens writer, Jacksonville native and Flagpole Senior Jean Shorts Correspondent Joe VanHoose to fill us in on what to do down there besides tailgate. His opinions—specifically that Athens is not the the greatest city in the Southeast—do not reflect the opinions of Flagpole Magazine.
Kids Like You and Me, a new documentary that follows Atlanta punks the Black Lips on a recent Middle East tour, will have its Georgia premiere at Atlanta's Plaza Theatre on Sunday, Oct. 27. Watch the trailer and read what director Bill Cody has to say about his film after the jump.
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1. Get intense at Athens Intensified.
3. Hope your costume's ready! The Wild Rumpus Parade and Spectacle happens Saturday.
More after the jump.
The inaugural Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit happens this weekend (Oct. 25–27) in Asheville, NC. Like Moogfest, the organizers' former event (which is continuing separately), Mountain Oasis will cull together some of the most interesting minds in electronic music today. (See photos from last year's Moogfest here.)
There's a little bit here for everyone—from electro-bros who crave the drop (Bassnectar and Panty Raid) to indie rockers (Cut Copy and Animal Collective) to elitist bass heads (Actress and Raime). The programmers at Mountain Oasis are so demanding that pretty much everything is worth seeing, but here's who we'll be sure to catch, schedule conflicts be damned. And of course, Flagpole will be in the trenches bringing you all the dirty throughout the weekend.
Our picks after the jump.
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Long before he rechristened and rejuvenated his creative spirit as Father John Misty, Josh Tillman was a busy musician. He released several full-length records under the J. Tillman moniker, and spent a few years playing drums for Fleet Foxes during the band's rise to indie-folk prominence.
But in May 2012, not even four months after playing his final show with the band, he released Father John Misty's Fear Fun, a refreshing, delightful, and occasionally hilarious record that does a jig in the face of typical "acoustic singer-songwriter" music. His fun-loving, dance-inducing, wise-cracking new take on the world was warmly received, and he's spent most of his time since touring, both in a headlining capacity and with other buzzy artists like The Walkmen, Youth Lagoon, and Wild Nothing.
Consider this the victory lap, then. Before getting to work on Fear Fun's follow-up, Tillman has announced a series of solo dates (supported by hilarious avant-comedian Kate Berlant) that will take him into November, and find him visiting the Georgia Theatre this Saturday, Oct. 26. In the name of journalistic integrity, your humble Flagpole correspondent spent 17 minutes and 34 seconds grilling Tillman with a series of very important questions and very deep thoughts. Thankfully, he gave them the attention they deserved.
Read on after the jump.
If you're headed to Nashville to take in the sights, sounds and smells of the UGA-Vandy game this weekend, your time in Music City just potentially got a whole lot cooler.
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