New Music Dump: Easter Island, Rene LeConte, Franco Funicello

Oh, hello. Here’s a new-music dump for your hump day listening pleasure.

Easter Island’s new 7-inch single, whose release the band will celebrate with a show Sept. 21 at the Georgia Theatre, is a continuation of the sleek, moody music that filled last year’s full-length, Frightened. The two tunes here, “Dinosaur” and “Drift,” boast a more propulsive, individualistic sound.

Rene LeConte’s (Joe Kubler) Young & Dumb is an exciting first outing from the nascent project, a delirious, keyboard-heavy, surprisingly well-formed trip of a record.

Franco Funicello’s Call For a Good Time is an enjoyable, if somewhat eccentric, throwback album that incorporates the trashy, thrashy jangle of late-’80s SST and late-’90s Modest Mouse.


  • AthFest is Canceled This Year as Coronavirus Spreads

    As the coronavirus continues to spread illness and unease throughout Georgia and the U.S., Athens suffers a significant cultural and economic blow as organizers have announced the cancellation of...
  • Five Acts to See at Ad·Verse Fest

    With an eclectic approach that mines the space between music, visual and performance art, Ad·verse Fest features an exciting, queer-centric lineup of scrappy newcomers and more road-tested acts, many...
  • Shane Parish & Sean Dail

    With the innovative North Carolina band Ahleuchatistas, guitarist Shane Parish pushed the boundaries of the early-’00s math-rock scene by incorporating international influences, as well as a healthy dose of...
  • Ruston Kelly, Valley Queen

    Specializing in a twangy, earnest brand of Americana he famously dubbed “dirt emo” in 2018, singer-songwriter Ruston Kelly made good on the term’s promise last year with the release...