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Locals Rock for BreastFest; Rhino Reissues R.E.M.’s Green

I Remember This: Rhino Records is giving the full-on special reissue treatment to R.E.M.’s now 25-year-old album Green. Although it wasn’t the first album by the band to sell a million copies (that honor went to its predecessor, Document), it was the first album to propel it solidly into superstarland. Released auspiciously on Election Day of 1988, fans were instructed via postcard to do two things that day: vote and get a copy of the album. The reissue is slated for May 14. The double disc set features a remastered version of the original album plus a 21-track bonus disc featuring part of a Greensboro, NC live show recorded on Nov. 10, 1989. The whole kit and caboodle is getting released on 180-gram vinyl, too. If you want the full Greensboro show, though, you’ll have to celebrate Record Store Day on Apr. 20, when a five-track EP of songs from that show that won’t be included on the Green bonus disc will be released. For ongoing info, see; it’s updated more often than you might think.

When You Sleep: The beautiful people in pacificUV have announced that the group’s newest album, After the Dream You Are Awake, will land on earth May 14 via Mazarine Records. Although the band is alternately and collectively referred to as shoegaze, dream-pop, indie-rock and other graspable concepts, if you’re among the uninitiated, I encourage you to enter its soft fray with no preconceptions. Just listen and dream it all up on your own. To this end, pacificUV has assembled a nine-song sampler of tracks from the past 10 years, which you may download from (It’s the one named pacificUV Sampler). The band will tour in support of the new album in late spring. Keep your ship afloat via and

Step Into Light: Remember last week when I told you about a sweet little album from Tom Bavis and Julia Barnes named Exile on Charlton St.? Well, I privately bemoaned to Bavis that there should be a way for people to stream at least some of the songs. So, you know what he did? He went back to the lab and made this happen. You can stream three tracks from the album (“Two of Us,” “Seven Year Itch” and “Three Little Birds”) over at, and once you’re ready you can make your purchase at

Echoes: You’d be hard-pressed to find an Athens musician who appeared on more live recordings than the late Craig Lieske. Simply by virtue of his extensive list of collaborations, there are literally miles of tapes featuring his playing. In particular, a very nicely recorded collaboration between Lieske and E. Serson Brannen (The Subliminator) will be released via Atlanta label Sacred Records in the near future. (It’s actually at the pressing plant as we speak.) The recording, credited simply to Brannen & Lieske and titled Live at the 40 Watt, is of a show that took place just this past Jan. 3. Lieske passed away Jan. 18. Keep up with this project via

To Your Health: The annual BreastFest event will happen Saturday, Mar. 23 at Terrapin Beer Company (265 Newton Bridge Rd.). The event, where 100 percent of the proceeds go to support different aspects of breast health, begins at 1:30 p.m. and runs until 7:30 p.m. Live music comes courtesy of DJ Triz, Kinky Waikiki, Dangfly and The HEAP. And, of course, there will be lots of local food vending, a silent auction, beer tasting, brewery tours and more. It costs $30 in advance and $35 at the door. For more information and details on specific beneficiaries of this year’s event, see

Get Ready: My Athens, a crowd-sourced, Instagram-based art show that aims to celebrate our local art and culture, will take over the Bottleworks gallery on Prince Avenue all April long. The folks behind the event will exhibit two nights of live music at the gallery—on Friday, Apr. 12 and then a week later, Friday, Apr. 19. Musicians for the first night have yet to be announced, but on Apr. 19 we’re proud to announce that Flagpole will present performances from Dream Boat and Outer Spaces. The former, of course, is the spankin’ new space-folk project from Page Campbell (Hope for Agoldensummer) and Dan Donahue (Krush Girls), and the latter is the latest vehicle for local songwriter Cara Beth Satalino‘s striking tunes. So, this will be the best. More info, including ticket information, is forthcoming. [Gabe Vodicka]