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Gabe Vodicka’s Slingshot Festival Picks

In addition to the shows and showcases previewed in our main feature on this week’s Slingshot Festival, here are six other happenings you should really make it your beeswax to be at:

Japan Nite
Friday, Mar. 21, 8 p.m. at New Earth Athens

Nowhere is Slingshot’s focus on international art made more explicit than “Japan Nite,” where five bands from that country will perform. Along with perennial party-punk faves Peelander-Z, don’t miss Vampillia, an excellent and over-the-top experimental outfit.

Lera Lynn
Friday, Mar. 21, 8:30 p.m. at Morton Theatre

Former Athenian and fervent folkie Lynn is back at one of the grandest venues in town to premiere tunes from her just-released EP, Lying in the Sun.

Mary Ocher
Friday, Mar. 21, 9 p.m. at The World Famous

Experimental Russian songstress Ocher has collaborated with King Khan and been recorded by Idan Raichel, but her emotive torch-pop calls to mind the freeform rock and roll poetry of 1970s downtown New York City.

Lord Fascinator
Friday, Mar. 21, 11:30 p.m. at Flicker Theatre & Bar

Formerly of Australian indie mainstay Children Collide, songwriter Johnny Mackay crafts eerie, trip-hop-indebted jams as the mysterious Fascinator

Motion Sickness of Time Travel
Saturday, Mar. 22, 10 p.m. at Go Bar

Winterville’s Rachel Evans crafts mind-bending, soul-enhancing synth drones. Her ongoing series of limited-edition CD-Rs, released concurrently with each full moon and available via Bandcamp, continues to drop jaws.

Kishi Bashi
Saturday, Mar. 22, 11 p.m. at Georgia Theatre

Local experimental popster K Ishibashi is enjoying a sizable buzz in Athens and beyond surrounding his upcoming sophomore LP, set for release this May. Dig those hot new tunes.

For the complete Slingshot schedule, click here.


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