It's the freakin' weekend, so go out and soak up some tunes. Below, Flagpole's best bets for sonic entertainment:
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You’re going to the Twilight Criterium on Saturday, right? Right? Well, if you don’t feel like jockeying for space with half the city, here are a couple of VIP events, along with a good way to get your pre-race drank on.
Since the release of last year's Sunswimmer (Flagpole review), Athens rockers New Madrid have pounded the pavement with a seemingly nonstop slew of tour dates. Now, the group is offering up documentation of their time on the road in the form of a Record Store Day exclusive release.
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To enter, tell us why you deserve to go for free in the comments below. We'll choose two winners Friday at 2:30 p.m.
It’s a ritual unlike any other in sports. Conventional wisdom would suggest that staging an all-out civil war immediately before a season starts is not the best way to build camaraderie, establish chemistry or avoid injury in team competition.
But roller derby isn’t your average sport, and the Classic City Rollergirlsdon’t mind talking a little trash or getting into each other's faces,especially before the season starts, as every skater competes for one of the 20 coveted spots on the team charter and, ultimately, the active roster of 14.
Songwriter Vic Varney is known to Athenians for his work with post-wave punks The Method Actors. Since his time in Athens, he has focused on a solo songwriting career. The New York City resident plays Athens for the first time in over a decade on Saturday, Jan. 31, when he takes the stage at Hendershot's.
Flagpole caught up with Varney for a chat.
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The six-DVD R.E.M. retrospective REMTV is available starting Monday, Nov. 24, just in time for holiday shopping, and you can get a sneak preview of its main feature, the full-length documentary R.E.M. By MTV, Sunday at Ciné (read our Calendar Pick here).
For a taste of what to expect, check out the five-minute excerpt from the film below, which follows the band on its injury- and illness-riddled Monster tour. It's a serious blast from the past that reminds us what it was like when MTV was the go-to source for music news and gossip.
Ex-Athenian rock and roll heartthrobs The Whigs return to town for a show at the 40 Watt Club Friday, Nov. 21, and we've got a pair of tickets to give away. To enter, tell us in the comments below what your favorite Whigs song is and why. We'll choose a winner Friday at 2:30 p.m.
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