With the 2015 album Exit Youth, Atlanta trio Shepherds showed an ability to create a big, rich vibe with a minimalistic drums-bass-guitar setup. On tunes like “Reverie,” the group put a dreamy spin on skittering post-punk. In October, Shepherds returned with Insignificant Whip, an album with Athens in its DNA: It was tracked at Chase Park Transduction, pressed at Kindercore Vinyl and released via local label Arrowhawk Records. Now a five-piece, the band has further fleshed out its sound and vision, adorning its socially conscious art-rock with goth and shoegaze elements.
SHEPHERDS Atlanta band blending noise pop, indie rock and soul. LP release show! See Calendar Pick on p. 21.
THE VASSAR BLONDES Local indie-pop four-piece.
O KEY Experimental pop project led by Art Contest's Cole Monroe.
OTTOMAN SLAP Punky, riffy, geriatric-teen outfit grown in the cracks of Athens' music scene.