Threats & Promises

of Montreal’s Freewave Expression, And More Music News and Gossip

Kevin Barnes. Credit: Christina Schneider

GOO GOO MUCK: On Aug. 30, The Humms, those well-established vanguards of American garage rock with a distinctly backwoods flair, will release a new LP, the group’s first in nearly two years. It’s aggressively titled Pelzer Fuck Club, presumably named after the absolutely tiny town of Pelzer, SC, which, all things considered, probably makes this a very exclusive club. That said, you can submit your preorder now for digital, cassette tape or vinyl. The first two tracks to be released are “Burn One Off” and “Golden Bears.” The former dunks its donut deeply into the propulsive caveman swamp stomp The Humms have often trod, and the latter grooves along a relatively hardcore tiki-beat chant that is so far from the beach you may never find the water. Check it all out over at, and follow along at 

THE RADIANCE OF TERROR DREAMS: As long as you’ve got that credit card out of your wallet, you might go ahead and consider preordering the new album by of Montreal. It comes out digitally July 29 and is titled, with full text stylization, Freewave Lucifer f<ck f​^​ck f>ck. There’s some meaning behind the name explained in the album notes, but you’re gonna have to go read those yourself. The physical album comes out Sept. 9, and the band will celebrate with a show at the 40 Watt Club the night before. The lead single, “Marijuana’s A Working Woman,” is a funk-lite tune that goes through a few different movements and touches on psych, tape manipulations and more. As always with of Montreal, it’s catchy and potentially earwormy. Find this and preorder at, and for more information, please see and 

SPIRITS IN THE MATERIAL WORLD: It’s been a hell of a long time since I mentioned Ghost Dad The Robot in this column. Fact is, this long-running project is highly enjoyable and, in its best moments, positively channels the work of Alan Parsons and Steely Dan. The group will play Boar’s Head Lounge Saturday, June 18. Also on the bill is E.W. Harris & Company. For more information, please see, and review your homework at

WORKS EVERY TIME: The Segar Jazz Affair, the long-running smooth jazz program coordinated and hosted by DJ Dwain Segar, will host—along with Aubrey Entertainment—saxophonist Dwan Bosman at the Rialto Club at Hotel Indigo Sunday, June 19. Doors are at 5 p.m. and Bosman will play two sets, one at 6 p.m. and one at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. To explore Bosman’s work, please see, and to learn more about the Segar Jazz Affair, please see Purchase advance tickets for the show via

LISTEN TO THE BREEZE: If you’re looking to get a jump on midsummer, then pay attention to the killer lineup happening at Buvez Tuesday, June 21. Billed as a “Midsummer’s Eve Show,” patrons this night will be treated to performances by a handful of Athens’ most expansive and creative artists. Namely, Goddess Complex, Lola Jean Darling, Group Grope, Space Brother and MRE. That’s it. That’s your notification. Vaya con dios. 

LET THE SUN SHINE: The Sunflower Concert Series at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia is underway, having clocked two shows already. Upcoming shows in the series are old school and contemporary R&B group The Original Splitz Band (July 12), Klezmer Local 42 with opening act Mary Sigalas and the Hotty Hots (Aug. 23), and bona fide legend Randall Bramblett (Sept. 27). These shows are limited to 45 attendees, and advance tickets are $17 for adults and $5 for children ages 4–13. I guess kids under 4 count as carry-on items. To purchase tickets and get more information, please see