Man, oh man, we’re in the doldrums of summer, aren’t we? It’s easy to get a little bleary-eyed as we make the slow slip toward autumn, but keep your eyes open. There’s still lots of good stuff going on. Check out the goings on below…
Hello Again: Last week, the full headlining lineup for Athens Intensified was revealed. This year, the fest will take place over two weekends, and the dates are Sept. 11, 12, 13 and 20. (Full disclosure: This is an event created and curated by me. This is also the local music news column. Thus, I’m going to mention it. Grains of salt available everywhere.) Participating venues are 40 Watt Club, Caledonia Lounge, Flicker Theatre & Bar, Go Bar, New Earth Athens and the Georgia Theatre rooftop. In addition to the previously announced Cibo Matto, you can catch acclaimed Atlanta rapper Killer Mike and legendary Los Angeles DJ, rapper and Roland 808 pioneer The Egyptian Lover. The undercard features over 50 additional bands, including touring acts What Moon Things, Babes, Frost the Wave God, Dola, Genders and others. Local and Atlanta artists include Death Domain, Mothers, The Powder Room, Thunder O(h)m, the entire King Beluga roster, Muuy Biien, T. Hardy Morris & the Hardknocks, Eureka California, Matt Hudgins, The Shoal Creek Stranglers, Grand Vapids, The Rodney Kings and many more. Full passes are on sale now at athensintensified.com. Individual tickets for headlining shows are available there, too, as well as at Wuxtry Records downtown. New this year is a skateboard exhibition and competition, coordinated in conjunction with Get Rad Skateshop, slated to take place on Lumpkin Street in front of the Georgia Theatre on the afternoon of Saturday, Sept. 13. All pertinent info can be found at athensintensified.com and facebook.com/athensintensified.
Gone Fishin’: The Melting Point hosts an all-star cast on Saturday, Aug. 9. The supergroup known as Blasting Cap is composed of Murray Attaway (Guadalcanal Diary), Jeff Walls (The Woggles, Guadalcanal Diary, Hillbilly Frankenstein), Phyllis Walls (Hillbilly Frankenstein) and Robert Schmid (The Swimming Pool Q’s, Go Van Gogh, Method Actors), and they’ll be sharing the bill with the Michael Guthrie Band. Advance tickets are $8, and they’ll run you $10 at the door. For more information, see meltingpointathens.com.
The F*@$%#! Caledonia Wine Mixer: Metal promoter Henry Mitchell has made a really solid go of things over the past two years with his New Metal Order (nMo) shows, and he’s branched out a little bit this month. He’ll be hosting the nMo Wine Mixer (yes, a play on the scene from Step Brothers) Saturday, Aug. 2, but no wine will be actually served. Instead, this completely free event is an open-house invitational of sorts where all industry folks are invited to come out and meet up for some knowledge-sharing and connection-making. Musicians, graphic artists, labels, T-shirt and poster printers, etc. are all welcome. Featured bands are 10 Fingers Strong, Crooked Gear, Control the Devastator and Tulpae. For more info, see facebook.com/NewMetalOrderAthGa.
Tours and Rumors of Tours: Both of Athens’ sure-to-sell-out rock bands are winding their way back to the area this fall. Drive-By Truckers will play Atlanta’s Tabernacle Oct. 10 with St. Paul & The Broken Bones, and Widespread Panic will play the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater at Encore Park (good God, thanks for that mouthful, naming-rights agents!) on Oct. 11. Advance tickets for each show are on sale now and can be had by visiting drivebytruckers.com and widespreadpanic.com, respectively.
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